The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building is pictured next to a police van in Mumbai April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Sensex rises about 1 pct, blue chips gain

The BSE Sensex and Nifty rose about 1 percent on Tuesday, recovering from their lowest close in 3-1/2 months in the previous session, as blue-chip stocks such as ICICI Bank surged on value-buying.  Full Article | Analyse top Sensex gainers 

Rupee notes are seen in this picture illustration taken in Mumbai April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

India cancels licences of nearly 9,000 NGOs

The registration of nearly 9,000 charities has been cancelled for failing to declare details of donations from abroad, as New Delhi tightens surveillance on foreign-funded NGOs in the country.  Full Article 

An employee speaks on phone as he walks out of research and development centre of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in Mumbai April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Pharma Sector

Sun Pharma may spend up to $7 billion on M&A

Sun Pharmaceuticals Industries, emboldened by its takeover of domestic rival Ranbaxy Laboratories, is willing to spend as much as $7 billion on further acquisitions, bankers familiar with the generic drugmaker's strategy said.  Full Article 

A pair of sandals lies amid broken glass in a car after a shooting incident in Karachi, Pakistan, April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Pakistan hunts clues to activist's murder

Pakistani investigators have found no match for casings of bullets that killed a prominent human rights activist, dashing hopes for quick answers to a murder that has raised fears for the safety of dissenting voices.  Full Article | Video: Sabeen Mahmud's funeral 

Michael Chan (L), brother of Australian death row prisoner Andrew Chan, walks beside Chintu Sukumaran, brother of Australian death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran, who carries a self-portrait painted by Myuran Sukumaran, at Wijayapura port in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Beawiharta
Indonesia Executions

How Indonesia executes death row inmates

Indonesia is expected to soon execute by firing squad a group of nine convicts, most of them foreigners, for drug offences on the prison island of Nusakambangan in Central Java.  Factbox 

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files

FB launches video calling in Messenger app

Facebook Inc introduced free video calling in its Messenger phone app on Monday as the company seeks to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same reach as its 1.4 billion user social network.  Full Article 

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Reuters Interview

Junior Finance Minister Jayant Sinha gestures during an interview with Reuters in New Delhi, India, April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

RBI to retain powers to regulate government bonds - Jayant Sinha

India will not take away the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) power to regulate trade in government bonds even as it prepares to remove the central bank's responsibility for managing public debt, junior finance minister Jayant Sinha told Reuters.  Full Article 

Aviral Gupta

Sectors that will suffer from a bad monsoon

Farming accounts for nearly 18 percent of India’s $1.8 trillion economy and supports the livelihood of millions. Since 60 percent of farmlands are rain-fed, a failed monsoon can seriously impact food prices and the economy as a whole. If the county receives deficient rains during the four-month long rainy season starting June, many sectors would be negatively affected.  Full Article 

Data Dive

How ‘find and replace’ for human DNA works

How ‘find and replace’ for human DNA works

Editing DNA using the CRISPR/Cas9 technique works similarly to the “find and replace” function in a word-processing program. First CRISPR — short for ”clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats” — searches for a unique string within the DNA sequence. Once found, the Cas9 enzyme cuts the DNA at the prescribed location, and replaces it with healthy DNA.  Article 

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron (C) joins local supporters in a ‘selfie’ photograph whilst campaigning in Norton Sub Hamdon near Yeovil, south west England, April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Will UK leave the EU? Election may help decide, but it won’t be simple

The chance of Britain quitting the European Union will depend on the outcome of next month’s general election. But judging the risk is complex given the probable involvement of the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats in supporting a government led by either Labour or the Conservatives.  Full Article 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps during a photo session with participants in the 7th National Conference of Sportspersons in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 27, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA/Files

Building the perfect leader: North Korean propaganda’s secret sauce

Recent rumors about North Korean textbooks exhorting a young Kim Jong Un’s prowess as a driver and sailor have sparked a renewed cycle of blogs and articles musing on just how weird North Korea is. Why is their propaganda so odd, we ask. Do they believe it all?   Commentary 

Internet cafe in Hong Kong

China’s crackdown on cyber security: A guide for the perplexed

China is cracking down on cyber security. Demanding new banking regulations and draft counter-terrorism legislation could make it harder for foreign companies to compete in the People’s Republic. But even though domestic players should benefit, they are far from happy. Breakingviews attempts to crack the code.  Full Article 

Una Galani

Daiichi Sankyo scrubs out Indian M&A nightmare

Daiichi Sankyo has emerged from a long spell of infirmity in India with its financial faculties just about intact. The Japanese group’s 2008 purchase of a stake in Ranbaxy was once a fable about overseas expansion gone wrong. By knowing when to quit, and riding on India’s market exuberance, Daiichi has got itself to a position of being able to exit without shouldering big losses.  Full Article 

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