A private security personnel stands guard outside an ICICI Bank branch in Kolkata January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

ICICI sets quarterly record profit as Q3 net rises 14 pct

India's biggest private-sector lender booked a 14 percent rise in quarterly profit on Friday, roughly matching analyst estimates and setting a record, as growth in income from interest and fees outpaced growth in bad loans.  Full Article 

Coal India's base issue size of 5 pct fully covered - exchange data 2:51pm IST

MUMBAI - The government's sale of a 5 percent stake in Coal India Ltd was fully covered by 2.33 p.m. on Friday, data from stock exchanges showed. The offering has a green shoe option, or provision to sell an additional stake of 5 percent.

A passenger stands outside the SpiceJet Airlines ticket counter at the domestic airport on the outskirts of Agartala, November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

SpiceJet board approves share sale plan

Troubled carrier SpiceJet said its board has approved selling shares worth up to 15 billion rupees ($242.6 million) in the company, following a deal between its current majority owner and a co-founder leading a rescue plan. SpiceJet has been struggling to pay its bills due to a cash crunch and had briefly grounded planes in December.  Full Article 

Policemen escort driver Shiv Kumar Yadav (3rd R in black jacket) who is accused of a rape outside a court in New Delhi December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Victim of alleged rape sues Uber in U.S. court

A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi sued the online car service in U.S. federal court, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures. In the lawsuit, the woman, who resides in Delhi and was not named, called Uber the "modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking."   Full Article 

England's James Anderson (3rd L) celebrates with team mates after taking the wicket of India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) during their One Day International (ODI) tri-series cricket match at the WACA ground in Perth, Western Australia January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Hamish Blair

India collapse for 200 against England in ODI

Ajinkya Rahane hit a patient 73 before England skittled out India for 200 in their crucial one-day tri-series match at Perth on Friday. Rahane added 83 runs with opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (38) in 20 overs before the wheels fell off the Indian innings.   Full Article | Slideshow 

A man walks past a TV screen broadcasting a news program about Islamic State hostages Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh (top R) and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (top C), along a street in Tokyo January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
Islamic State

Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive

Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan.  Full Article 

A man walks past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/Files

US drone programme in Yemen faces intel gaps

The U.S. is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its stealth drone programme in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda after Houthi rebels seized control of parts of the country’s security apparatus.  Full Article 

Armed volunteers prepare for patrol on their boat in Phang Nga province January 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Amy Sawitta Lefevre

Thai vigilantes take up fight against trafficking

A motley group of Thai civilians, frustrated by their government's lacklustre response to human trafficking, have taken up arms to patrol one of Asia's busiest smuggling routes.  Full Article 

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