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Modi govt puts brakes on India's universal health plan

10:17am IST

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping

10:25am IST

NEW DELHI - Sher Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop.

Thomson Reuters CEO Jim Smith (R) chats with Ruth Porat at a Thomson Reuters reception prior to the White House Correspondents' Association Gala, in Washington, April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Theiler/Files

Google to pay CFO Porat $70 mln in two years

Google Inc said it would pay its new Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat, more than $70 million in the next two years through a combination of restricted stock units and a biennial grant.  Full Article 

An employee speaks to a potential customers next to a Ford car inside the company's showroom in Mumbai March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Ford to triple exports from India with new plant

Ford Motor Co plans to triple exports from India with a $1 billion plant that will be one of its most heavily automated in Asia, offsetting slower sales inside the country with a push to sell more local production abroad.  Full Article 

Members of the media present live coverage on a field during a search and rescue operation near to the crash site of an Airbus A320, in Seyne-les-Alpes, March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Germanwings Plane Crash

Co-pilot appears to have crashed jet: prosecutor

The 28-year-old German co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought down the Airbus A320 with the intent to destroy it, a French prosecutor said on Thursday.  Full Article | Video 

People watch a vehicle which belonged to Shi'ite Muslim rebels burn during clashes in Aden March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Nabeel Quaiti

Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes on Houthis

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden under Saudi protection on Thursday and arrived in Saudi Arabia as Houthi rebels battled with forces still loyal to him.  Read | More 

A member of an Afghan women's rights activist group puts flowers on the grave of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on last week in Kabul March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

A week after woman lynching, Kabul protests on

The lynching of a woman by a mob in the Afghan capital continued to fuel public anger on Thursday, as residents gathered at the site of her death to protest a week after the killing.  Full Article 

FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan and UEFA President Michel Platini (L) attend the CONMEBOL ordinary congress in Luque March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

FIFA taking wrong approach to development: Ali

FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan believes that world soccer's governing body is taking the wrong approach to development of the sport, leaving many national associations without basics such as kit and pitches.  Full Article 

Actress Penelope Wilton of the ITV series "Downton Abbey" accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

Downton Abbey to wind up after sixth season

The hugely popular British period drama "Downton Abbey" will wind up after a sixth season, its executive producer Gareth Neame said, but he would not be drawn on how the show would end.  Full Article 

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