Packets of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles are seen on display at a grocery store in Mumbai, India, June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

Court concludes hearing Maggi noodles case

The Bombay High Court has concluded hearing a case filed by Nestle India challenging a local regulator's report that Maggi instant noodles contained excess lead, a lawyer for the company said.  Full Article 

Bin Laden relatives reportedly killed in private jet crash in Britain 6:40am IST

LONDON - A private jet crashed in southern England on Friday, killing four people on board, a spokesman for Britain's Hampshire police service said, and Saudi and British media said the passengers were relatives of deceased al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. | Video

A child plays on an improvised swing at a slum in Mumbai September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Budgetary Boost

Govt ups budget for some social welfare sectors

The government on Friday sought parliamentary approval to raise federal spending on social welfare, months after opposition lawmakers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's own officials slammed his cuts in spending.  Full Article 

French gendarmes work on a oversized crate, believed to contain plane wreckage, in the cargo area of the airport in Saint-Denis on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, in this still image taken from video shot on July 31, 2015. REUTERS/Reuters TV
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Airplane debris in France for MH370 probe

Airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and may belong to the vanished Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 arrived in France on Saturday for investigators to study its origin.  Full Article 

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Indians Detained

Four Indians held in Libya, two freed

India said on Friday that four of its nationals had been detained near the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, an area that is under the control of Islamic State militants, but that it had secured the release of two of them. The Indian men, who have been in Libya for more than a year and were working at Sirte University, were detained at a checkpoint about 50 km outside Sirte late on Wednesday.  Full Article 

Mark Karpeles (L), chief executive of Mt. Gox, leaves in a taxi after a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

Former CEO of defunct Mt.Gox held: reports

Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoins, reports said.  Article 

England v Australia - Investec Ashes Test Series Third Test - Edgbaston - 29/7/15. Australia captain Michael Clarke leaves the field dejected after being bowled. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Livepic

Australia admits: We need to talk about Michael

Another insipid display by a once great cricketer as his side slumped to an embarrassing defeat to go 2-1 down in the Ashes series had Australian pundits questioning whether captain Michael Clarke was in terminal decline on Saturday.  Read | My poor form a concern: Clarke 

A still from Drishyam

Movie Review: Drishyam

Since the release of Jeethu Joseph’s Malayalam film “Drishyam” in 2013, it has been remade in four different languages. In each remake, the story doesn’t change, right from the opening shot to the way it ends, except the actors. Nishikant Kamat’s film works well if you haven’t seen the original.  Review | What not to ask Tabu 

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David Rohde

Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

Rupa Rege Nitsure

No economic case for another rate cut soon

Given the fragility of India’s economic recovery, we do not expect an abrupt rise in rates soon, but the probability of rate reduction also looks slim. A bigger concern has to do with the rise of the dollar, which has increased markedly against the rupee over the past year, partly also reflecting its weak external fundamentals.  Full Article 

Richard Beales

The Economist’s elite owners seek elite print run

The widespread carnage in print advertising has not passed The Economist. The title’s cachet and its record may make it easier for wealthy owners to double down on a bet that their publication can succeed where others have failed. It would nevertheless be a contrarian call worthy of The Economist’s own editorial page.  Full Article 

John Foley

Market sirens lead China astray

China's pledges to prop up the stock market are unwise. It didn’t have to be this way. After the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell 8.5 percent on July 27, the main stock regulator announced it would continue to support the market. Such twitchiness is astonishing. Dark talk of "malicious shorting" adds to the air of a government on the back foot.  Full Article 

The Great Debate

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

What Donald Trump offers is his detestation of the very mechanics of politics — and of democracy itself. He has no time for the negotiations, consensus building, civility and seriousness required in a democracy. The aptly named Trump is telling them that he will trump the entire political system. He’ll replace the mess of politics with a clean sweep of super heroics.  Commentary 

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