A girl bathes to cool off herself with water that is leaking from a broken pipe valve on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

More than 500 killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looks set to continue this week, officials said on Monday.  Read 

Sensex ends down over 1 percent, tracking lower Asia 4:08pm IST

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and Nifty fell more than 1 percent on Monday, tracking weaker regional markets as fears about an earlier-than-expected U.S. rate hike weighed on sentiment, while cigarette-maker ITC Ltd slumped after disappointing earnings.

A policeman is silhouetted against the setting sun as he stands guard on the banks of river Tawi ahead of Republic Day celebrations in Jammu January 23, 2012. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files
Kashmir Attack

Militants target telecoms in Kashmir, one dead

Militants attacked a mobile phone shop in Jammu & Kashmir on Monday, killing one employee and wounding two, in the second attack in as many days to target telecommunication businesses in the disputed region. The militants fired at a franchisee outlet of state-owned company BSNL in Sopore in northern Kashmir before fleeing, a senior police officer said.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (not pictured) during a meeting at the presidential Blue House on May 18, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. REUTERS/Chung Sung-Jun/Pool
A Year In Office

One year on: Modi, reforms and markets

PM Narendra Modi completes one year in office amid hopes from markets and investors that he will push the pedal harder on reforms. The govt is on course to deliver on structural reforms, although the impact on the ground will only show over the medium term.  Column 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A Bangladeshi migrant who arrived recently by boat sits on a dock near a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Malaysia finds 139 suspected migrant graves

Malaysia's police chief said 139 graves believed to contain the remains of migrants were found near the country's border with Thailand, and that some graves contained more than one body.  Read 

Video: Help needed for Nepal quake disabled
Nepal Earthquake

Video: Help needed for Nepal quake disabled

After the second earthquake struck Nepal on May 12, the total number of injured people rose to nearly 18,000. It's overwhelmed medical facilities, where there's just over 20 physiotherapists at work.   Video 

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter (L) receives a gift from Palestinian children during his visit to Dura al-Qar' village in the West Bank city of Ramallah May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Blatter misled us all, says Platini

FIFA president Sepp Blatter misled the world of football by reneging on a commitment to step down in 2015, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Monday.  Full Article | Platini to support Prince Ali in FIFA bid 

People gather in front of a monument to Turkmenistan's President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov during its inauguration ceremony in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Marat Gurt

President cements personality cult with statue

Turkmenistan unveiled the first monument to President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov on Monday - a gilded 6-metre-high statue of the leader on horseback perched on a white cliff, reflecting his flourishing personality cult in the reclusive gas-rich nation. Berdymukhamedov, a 57-year-old dentist, is officially titled "Arkadag" (The Patron) and brooks no dissent.  Full Article 

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Raffaello Pantucci

Untangling the web of India, China and Pakistan diplomacy

India, Pakistan and China need to shed their historical legacies, and find ways of ending the paranoid tensions that underlie their global outlooks. Until this has been achieved, the CPEC, BCIM and any other regional economic framework will be undermined and no long-term stability will be found in the heart of South Asia.  Full Article 

Sajan Pillai

How India can support its start-ups

There is no reason why India cannot be the innovation capital of the world, home to the next Google or Amazon. However, the government needs to ensure ideas are given the opportunity to grow into a business. Creating tax reforms, bringing in venture capital, and creating simple policies for new businesses is the way to spark this transformation.  Full Article 

Fizan Abdullah

Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

A number of readily teachable surgical procedures can stem much of the rising tide of human suffering. We associate surgery with space-age operating rooms filled with fancy equipment. A handful of conditions require that. But many do not. Non-surgeons trained to do simple procedures can alleviate up to three-quarters of the surgical need in underserved regions.  Read 

Edward Hadas

The uses and abuses of Gross Domestic Product

Numbers can lie, and undoubtedly will when they accumulate years of approximations, estimates and exclusions. It is probably hopeless to suggest that many of the innumerable data series based on GDP should simply be discarded just because they are mostly false and misleading. They are too popular for that. However, GDP is certainly a measure that should be used with extreme caution.  Full Article