Slower-than-expected growth boosts rate cut calls

Indian growth slowed by more than expected in the quarter to June, a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi that will prompt more urgent calls from his aides for interest rate cuts.

India seeks SoftBank push for Modi's solar goal 31 Aug 2015

NEW DELHI - India has closed bids for a third of its target of tendering 15,000 megawatts (MW) of solar projects this fiscal year, a government official said, and is expecting interest from investors such as SoftBank to lift the industry.

Hardik Patel wipes his face during a news conference in New Delhi, India, August 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Quest For Quota

Sword-wielding Patel threatens Modi's "model"

A 22-year-old has emerged overnight as a pressing political threat to Narendra Modi, accusing the PM of breaking a promise to provide jobs that helped him win last year's elections. Hardik Patel, by his own admission, scraped through college and failed to land a steady job. But he has proven to be a talented organiser and rabble-rousing orator, creating a mass movement within weeks.  Read | Slideshow 

Commuters travel past a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) building in Kolkata November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

India plans to amend RBI Act by February

The government plans to change the RBI Act before the end of the fiscal year so it can set up a new committee to direct the country's monetary policy, retiring Finance Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi told Reuters. The committee would be comprised of appointees from the govt, the RBI, and independent members appointed by the government, but any changes have to be approved by the parliament.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A veiled woman stands at the premises of her house at a village in Uttar Pradesh August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files
Women's Rights

Petition seeks to stop rape of Dalit sisters

An online petition seeking protection and justice for two “Dalit” sisters allegedly threatened with rape by a village council in Uttar Pradesh has gathered over 175,000 signatures in a week, Amnesty International India says. The group began the petition last week after Meenakshi Kumari, 23, her 15-year-old sister and family were forced to flee their village after their brother eloped with a higher caste woman.  Story 

India's captain Virat Kohli (C) celebrates with Lokesh Rahul (bottom) after taking the catch to dismiss Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal (not pictured) during the fourth day of their third and final test cricket match in Colombo, August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Cricket

India need seven wickets to clinch series

India stood seven wickets away from a series-clinching victory after setting Sri Lanka a formidable 386-run victory target on the penultimate day of the third and final test on Monday. Resuming on a precarious 21-3 in the bowler-dominated weather-hit contest, the visitors needed a string of cameos from their middle and lower-order batsmen to score 274 in their second innings.  Full Article | Slideshow 

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Taliban says Omar’s death was a military secret

Key Taliban members decided to keep the death of their leader a secret for more than two years because the war in Afghanistan was entering a critical phase and most foreign troops were preparing to withdraw at the time, the group said on Monday.  Full Article 

An ethnic Rakhine man holds homemade weapons as he walks in front of houses that were burnt during fighting between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in Sittwe June 10, 2012. REUTERS/Staff/Files
Asia

New Myanmar law seen as targeting Muslims

Myanmar's president on Monday signed into law the last of four controversial bills championed by radical Buddhists but decried by rights groups as aimed at discriminating against Muslims.  Read 

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Online Dating

Ashley Madison site still adding users: Owner

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for infidelity website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after hackers leaked data about millions of its clients.  Full Article 

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