Alibaba representatives applaud as the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange is rung, before the initial public offering (IPO) of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd under the ticker "BABA" in New York September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Alibaba surges on massive demand in trading debut

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares surged in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance to get in on what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history and profit from China's growing middle class.  Full Article | Interactive: In the company of Jack 

Global shares end flat, closing out strong week 1:52am IST

NEW YORK - Stock markets around the world closed flat on Friday as early gains failed to hold through the session, though the upward trend in equities continued and Alibaba soared in its historic U.S. trading debut.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he gives a speech in front of students at the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo September 2, 2014. Modi, on his first major foreign visit since a landslide election win in May, arrived on Saturday for a five-day trip aimed at capitalising on his personal affinity with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to bolster security and business ties. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS PROFILE)
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Indian Muslims will die for India, Modi tells CNN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who was elected in May and faces criticism for remaining silent about several incidents deemed anti-Muslim, said Indian Muslims were patriotic and would not betray their nation, which has a long history of sectarian strife. Muslims make up some 15 percent of the Indian population.  Article 

A man shows his iPhone 6 as he walks out from the Apple Store at Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Apple faithful line up for latest, larger iPhones

Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.  Full Article | Slideshow 

A still from the film "Daawat-e-Ishq" from its Facebook page.

Movie Review - Daawat-e-Ishq

“Daawat-e-Ishq” is one of those infuriating films that seem to go on for ever, getting more monotonous by the minute, writes our Bollywood correspondent Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Dejected supporters from the "Yes" Campaign walk through George Square in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Scots spurn independence in historic vote

Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Flag bearer of India Sardar Singh leads the team into the Opening Ceremony of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Diversity, sporting power on show at opening

The 17th Asian Games opened in a multi-coloured blaze of fireworks and carefully crafted K-Pop routines on Friday, as athletes from the world's most populous region came together in pursuit of gold and glory in South Korea.  Full Article | Pictures 

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after Indian media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition from Titan and the entry of foreign quartz watches after import restrictions were lifted in the 1980s and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Full Article 

Indian soldiers at Lion's Gate during World War I
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Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Speaking to India Insight at his Delhi office, Sarna says it was a “very instinctive decision” to write about a “centuries-old connection between India and Jerusalem”.  Full Article 

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India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

China has not one property problem

China has not one property problem, but many

China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

"Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary 

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

ECB’s trillion-euro race may start slowly

The latest parlour game in financial markets is guessing the size of the ECB’s upcoming four-year targeted long-term liquidity operations: how many banks will tap the ECB, for how much? Mario Draghi’s stated goal is to grow the ECB balance sheet back to its 2012 level. If banks’ enthusiasm for the first facility is subdued, markets may react by pushing up the euro.   Full Article 

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Give the public a role in Clean Ganga project, says Rajendra Pachauri

Give public a role in cleaning Ganga: Pachauri

India’s holiest river is due for a clean-up, with PM Narendra Modi taking personal responsibility for restoring the Ganga and ridding the river of industrial effluents and untreated sewage. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, spoke to Reuters on the Ganga project, need for transparency and how the public could help.  Read 

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Director Danis Tanovic gestures during a photocall to promote the movie "Epizoda u Zivotu Beraca Zeljeza" (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/FIles

Hashmi is a “calm, decent guy”: Tanovic

When Danis Tanovic chose Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi to play a Pakistani whistle-blower in his new project, the Oscar-winning Bosnian film-maker wasn’t aware of the actor’s notoriety as Indian cinema’s “serial kisser”. Tanovic eventually watched some of Hashmi’s Bollywood hits and found it funny that the actor had such a different image in India.  Article 

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