An employee poses with bundles of rupee notes inside a bank in Agartala, Tripura August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

Budget shows intent to keep fiscal deficit low - S&P

India's budget for 2015/16 highlighted the government's commitment to keeping the fiscal deficit low, ratings agency Standard and Poor's said, adding that the country's debt burden and subsidy bill could constrain its ratings.  Full Article | Full Coverage: Budget 2015 

Bonds fall on govt's 2015/16 fiscal deficit target 9:33am IST

MUMBAI - Indian bonds and the rupee fell in early trading on Monday after the government set a higher-than-expected fiscal deficit target for the 2015/16 year as part of the federal budget unveiled on Saturday.

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A visitor holds a new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (top) smartphone next to another device at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event ahead of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, September 3, 2014.    REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files

Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones

Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim its throne as undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.  Full Article 

Crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment in the southern Indian Ocean to look for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, April 14, 2014 in this handout picture released by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/Handout via Reuters

Australia may soon call off MH370 jet search

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks.  Full Article 

Bangladesh pays tribute to U.S. blogger killed in machete attack

Bangladesh pays tribute to killed U.S. blogger

Bangladeshis gathered on Sunday to pay tribute to a U.S. blogger and critic of religious extremism who was killed in Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers in the Muslim-majority nation. Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants on Thursday after a book fair.  Full Article 

England's captain Eoin Morgan (3nd R) leads his team off the field after Cricket World Cup match loss to Sri Lanka in Wellington, March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

Changes demanded after England's latest flop

The incoming chairman of England's cricket board has flagged a review of the team's approach to the one-day format after a third crushing loss at the World Cup.  Full Article 


Brit awards shake up album chart, boost Smith

Fallout from the Brit awards shook up the music charts on Sunday, knocking U.S. rock band Imagine Dragons off the top spot in favour of English singer/songwriter Sam Smith, data from the Official Charts company showed.  Full Article 

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    How much does it cost to watch a suspected militant? Lots.

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