Flag bearer of India Sardar Singh leads the team into the Opening Ceremony of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 19, 2014.   REUTERS/Issei Kato

Jitu Rai wins India's first gold at Asian Games

Jitu Rai won India's first gold medal at the Asian Games on Saturday, clinching the men's 50 metre pistol event after his closest opponent cracked under pressure.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Islamic State advances 20 Sep 2014

SURUC Turkey - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town.

A cook serves the free mid-day meal, distributed by a government-run primary school, to children at Brahimpur village in Chapra district of Bihar July 19, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Lizard in meal sends 300 kids to hospital

About 300 pupils at a school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme. A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food containers provided under the midday meal scheme at a government school in Bangalore, a teacher told Reuters.   Full Article 

Review: Daawat-e-Ishq seems to go on forever

Review: Daawat-e-Ishq seems to go on forever

“Daawat-e-Ishq” is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (C) speaks during celebrations to commemorate Afghanistan's 95th anniversary of independence as he is flanked by presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (R) and Ashraf Ghani in Kabul August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
South Asia

Afghan presidential rivals reach unity deal

The rival candidates in Afghanistan's messy election for a new president finally struck a power-sharing deal on Saturday, aides said, after more than two months of tension over a vote in which each side accused the other of fraud.  Full Article 

An exterior view shows the damaged main terminal of Donetsk Sergey Prokofiev International Airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine ceasefire is "in name only" - NATO

Fighting in Ukraine is continuing and the truce there is a ceasefire "in name only", NATO's top military commander said on Saturday.  Full Article 

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after Indian media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition from Titan and the entry of foreign quartz watches after import restrictions were lifted in the 1980s and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Full Article 

A view of the hospice, probably in the early 1950s
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Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Speaking to India Insight at his Delhi office, Sarna says it was a “very instinctive decision” to write about a “centuries-old connection between India and Jerusalem”.  Full Article 

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India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

China has not one property problem

China has not one property problem, but many

China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

"Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary 

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

The latest parlour game in financial markets is guessing the size of the ECB’s upcoming four-year targeted long-term liquidity operations: how many banks will tap the ECB, for how much? Mario Draghi’s stated goal is to grow the ECB balance sheet back to its 2012 level. If banks’ enthusiasm for the first facility is subdued, markets may react by pushing up the euro.   Full Article 


Give the public a role in Clean Ganga project, says Rajendra Pachauri

Give public a role in cleaning Ganga: Pachauri

India’s holiest river is due for a clean-up, with PM Narendra Modi taking personal responsibility for restoring the Ganga and ridding the river of industrial effluents and untreated sewage. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke to Reuters on the Ganga project, need for transparency and how the public could help.  Read