MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex surges over 300 points and the Nifty gains nearly 100 points after the government's energy reforms lead to a rally in energy firms, while wins by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party in two state elections raise expectations for additional reforms.
Narendra Modi has anointed India's state-backed broadcaster as his media brand of choice, prompting private news outlets to complain that they are being kept out of the loop. Starchy and unpolished, Doordarshan News and All India Radio (AIR) are expected to offer one big advantage over their slicker private rivals: a less combative and questioning platform. Full Article
Cheaper oil won’t be much of a tonic for Asian economies. While painful for exporters, sliding prices should benefit consumers of crude. For most in the region, though, less expensive oil is mainly a sign that growth is stalling. The big exceptions are India and Indonesia. For them, the price slide over the past 4 months translates into significant budgetary savings. Full Article
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seems to have finally taken the responsibility of targeting inflation as it is a sensitive political issue and could not be left to the discretion of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). With CPI as the anchor, the target will be 4 percent measured annually (+/-2 percent). Inflation targeting is a good game and not a difficult one. The real problem is in achieving the target. Full Article
The Ebola news has made me think about Elia Kazan’s crackling and moody Panic in the Streets, a 1950 thriller about a deadly bacterium that has entered New Orleans and threatens to spread. On a recent re-viewing, it definitely left me quavering — and gave me a nightmare chill I hadn’t experienced on previous occasions. The parallels to the Ebola outbreak are creepy. Read
As long as Islamic State militants fight like a traditional army, with infantry, heavy weapons, vehicles and fortified positions, the United States and its allies can attack them as they would any traditional army — and beat them. But that depends on the militants cooperating. It’s evident the group is already changing its methods — a prospect that should deeply worry the rest of the world. Commentary
Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. Full Article