A man sleeps under the shade of a tree on a hot summer day at a public park in New Delhi, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Doctors' leave cancelled as heat wave kills 1,100

A heat wave in India has killed more than 1,100 people this week as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius, and doctors' leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick.  Full Article | Pictures 

Germany lobbies India to buy Eurofighters, submarines 6:35pm IST

NEW DELHI - Germany's defence minister held out the prospect of more talks on a possible sale of Eurofighter jets to India and, on a visit to New Delhi, said Berlin stood ready to back a multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project.

Samit Aich, executive director of Greenpeace India, gestures as he addresses the media during a news conference in New Delhi, May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Crackdown on NGOs

Breather for Greenpeace in battle with govt

The Delhi HC allowed Greenpeace to gather domestic donations in 2 accounts frozen by govt, extending a lifeline to the environmental group that says it is facing the first forced shutdown of one of its global units. The govt blocked foreign funds in 7 bank accounts of Greenpeace India in April saying the group had misreported foreign funds and spent unaccounted money to obstruct developmental projects.  Read 

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

RBI expected to cut rates by 25 bps on June 2

The Reserve Bank of India is likely to cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 7.25 percent when it meets early next week and make a similar move before December, according to the results of a Reuters poll. The survey found 38 of the 48 economists polled expected the RBI would cut the repo rate at the June 2 meeting, with 35 of those expecting a 25 basis points cut.  Full Article 

Employees work at the production line inside the Chery Jaguar Land Rover plant before the plant opening ceremony in Changshu, Jiangsu province, October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song/Files
Auto Sector

China's luxury slowdown hits Tata Motors profits

Weak demand for sleek Jaguars in China battered the profits of its parent Tata Motors, pushing shares down 5 pct on Wednesday and showing the car maker lacked agility in a market where the appetite for brash luxury has ebbed. Tata's net Q4 profit, published late Tuesday, fell a worse-than-expected 56 pct, and India's largest car maker by revenue also held back dividends for the first time since 2002.  Read 

Police and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials escort Shoaib Shaikh (C), CEO of Axact, a Pakistani software company, after he was produced before a district court in Karachi, Pakistan, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athar Hussain

Pakistan seeks FBI help in fake diplomas case

Pakistan has asked U.S. authorities to help it probe Axact, a software firm accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, officials said.  Full Article 

Combination picture shows clothes photographed near abandoned human trafficking camp in the jungle close the Thailand border at Bukit Wang Burma in northern Malaysia May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Asia

Malaysia detains 12 police in trafficking probe

Twelve Malaysian police officials were held on suspicion of links to trafficking camps where 140 graves believed to hold the bodies of Myanmar and Bangladesh migrants have been uncovered.  Article 

Five espressos a day? EU body says stop there

Five espressos a day? EU body says stop there

Drinking up to five espressos a day, or the equivalent, poses no risk to the general population, according to a European review into the safety of caffeine. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out the scientific study after some countries raised concerns about the health effects of caffeine on the heart and central nervous system.  Read 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most powerful woman in the world right now, according to the latest ranking from Forbes.

The most powerful women in the world

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes list of the most powerful women in the world. She is followed by Hillary Clinton, Melinda Gates and U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen.  Pictures 

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Paula Newberg

Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

Though Islamabad hasn’t yet ended the domestic terror that rips through its schools, mosques and markets, or sorted out its hostilities with India, it has embarked on a complicated foreign policy. Seeking to solve its many economic, political and security problems, Pakistan is trying, concurrently, to court four rich and powerful patrons: China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the U.S.  Read 

Raffaello Pantucci

Untangling the web of India, China and Pakistan diplomacy

India, Pakistan and China need to shed their historical legacies, and find ways of ending the paranoid tensions that underlie their global outlooks. Until this has been achieved, the CPEC, BCIM and any other regional economic framework will be undermined and no long-term stability will be found in the heart of South Asia.  Full Article 

Sajan Pillai

How India can support its start-ups

There is no reason why India cannot be the innovation capital of the world, home to the next Google or Amazon. However, the government needs to ensure ideas are given the opportunity to grow into a business. Creating tax reforms, bringing in venture capital, and creating simple policies for new businesses is the way to spark this transformation.  Full Article 

Fizan Abdullah

Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

A number of readily teachable surgical procedures can stem much of the rising tide of human suffering. We associate surgery with space-age operating rooms filled with fancy equipment. A handful of conditions require that. But many do not. Non-surgeons trained to do simple procedures can alleviate up to three-quarters of the surgical need in underserved regions.  Read 

Edward Hadas

The uses and abuses of Gross Domestic Product

Numbers can lie, and undoubtedly will when they accumulate years of approximations, estimates and exclusions. It is probably hopeless to suggest that many of the innumerable data series based on GDP should simply be discarded just because they are mostly false and misleading. They are too popular for that. However, GDP is certainly a measure that should be used with extreme caution.  Full Article 

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