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India orders clampdown on Internet porn, sparks debate

India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said on Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world's largest democracy.  Full Article | Poll - Should porn be banned? 

Sensex gains for a fourth consecutive session 4:09pm IST

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and Nifty rose on Monday to mark their fourth consecutive session of gains, as lenders advanced on hopes of stable asset quality after ICICI Bank Ltd's positive outlook and a decrease in bad loans at some of the state-run banks.

A worker grinds a metal shaft metal used in water pumps at a manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Ahmedabad June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Factory growth speeds to six-month high in July

Indian manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest pace in six months in July as new export orders accelerated, a business survey showed on Monday. The Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52.7 in July from June's 51.3, bucking weakness seen across much of the rest of Asia.  Full Article 

The United States Federal Reserve Board building is shown behind security barriers in Washington October 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/Files

Funds turn to China, India to counter Fed hike

Asian dividend-paying equity funds are reducing investments in traditional safe bets in favour of companies with rising dividend payouts to guard against investors selling out from the funds when U.S. interest rates rise. The funds are buying Chinese state-owned enterprises and Indian banks, where payouts show promise of rising over time.  Full Article 

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German carmakers buy Nokia maps for $2.7 bln

German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around $2.75 billion to buy Nokia's maps business, a deal that will help them to develop self-driving cars. Daimler BMW and Audi will each hold an equal stake in the business, known as HERE, keeping it from falling into the hands of new rivals are emerging from Silicon Valley.  Read 

Men wade along a flooded street at Kalay township at Sagaing division, August 2, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Hundreds could be dead in Myanmar floods

A death toll of 27 from flooding across Myanmar was expected to rise as rescue workers struggled on Monday to reach some of the hardest-hit and most remote inundated areas, officials said.  Read 

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah speaks at a news conference at the Main Media Centre of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Dawson/Files

Sheikh Ahmad coy about Blatter's successor

As the candidates hoping to succeed FIFA's outgoing president Sepp Blatter continue to lobby for support, the political kingmaker who could have a big influence on who gets the job says world soccer has more to worry about than picking its next boss.  Full Article 

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Ketan Desai, the former president of the Medical Council of India, walks after his hearing at a courthouse in Lucknow, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files

Why Ketan Desai, accused of crimes, is set to lead the world’s top medical ethics body

Dr. Ketan Desai is slated to head the WMA even as he faces conspiracy allegations in Indian courts. Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students.  Full Coverage 

David Rohde

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

Rupa Rege Nitsure

No economic case for another rate cut soon

Given the fragility of India’s economic recovery, we do not expect an abrupt rise in rates soon, but the probability of rate reduction also looks slim. A bigger concern has to do with the rise of the dollar, which has increased markedly against the rupee over the past year, partly also reflecting its weak external fundamentals.  Full Article 

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