India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front R) is welcomed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front L) upon his arrival at the State Guest House in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo released by Kyodo August 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kyodo

PM Modi seeks Japan's help for 'inclusive vision'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Japan on Saturday seeking to capitalise on his affinity with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to strengthen security and business ties on his first major foreign visit since his landslide election victory in May.  Full Article 

U.S. planes strike militants, drop aid near Iraq's Amerli 9:20am IST

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said.

Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley speaks during a news conference in Srinagar June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Ismail/Files

Arun Jaitley sees economic growth speeding up

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he expected GDP growth higher than the 5.7 percent it clocked in the three months until June as a series of government measures take effect. He said inflation was on a downward trend and that he was more confident now of meeting the fiscal deficit target of 4.1 percent.  Full Article 

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) leaps after catching England's Eoin Morgan (2nd R) for 10 runs during the third one-day international cricket match at Trent Bridge cricket ground, Nottingham, England  August 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Philip Brown

India leave England in a spin after going 2-0 up

India's slow bowlers tormented England again to claim a six-wicket victory in the third one-day international in Nottingham on Saturday to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.  Full Article 

A CH-47 'Chinook' helicopter lands during an exercise at the U.S. military base in Grafenwoehr February 10, 2014.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/Files

India nears $2.5 bln deal for Boeing helicopters

India has decided to acquire Boeing's Chinook and Apache helicopters, a defence ministry official said, in a deal valued at $2.5 billion that could ease ties between Delhi and Washington. The new government of Narendra Modi has grand plans to vastly strengthen India's military capability, in order to play its role as a regional power and meet challenges posed by China and Pakistan.  Full Article 

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) political party, listen to his speech during Revolution March in front of the Parliament house building in Islamabad August 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistan police fire teargas on protesters

Pakistani police fired teargas after thousands of protesters threatened to march on the prime minister's house to force him to resign, a police source said. At least 8,000 protesters have been rallying in the centre of the capital Islamabad for more than two weeks.  Full Article 

A Pro-Russian separatist walks past a destroyed tank at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town

Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Movie Review: Raja Natwarlal

'Raja Natwarlal' is a victim of half-baked ideas

“Raja Natwarlal” is a flimsily written and half-heartedly directed film, which falls short of its lofty ambitions because no one associated with it seems to have any concern for detailing or authenticity on celluloid. Emraan Hashmi seems to have got the role down pat, and doesn’t feel the need to do anything extra. The script holds Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon down, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

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Tata Motors, M&M top Sensex gainers

Tata Motors, M&M top Sensex gainers

The BSE Sensex jumped 2.9 percent in August, the seventh consecutive monthly gain for the benchmark index in 2014. The broader Nifty closed 3 percent higher, its fourth straight month of gains. The Indian stock market hit multiple record highs in August, helped by relentless foreign buying, easing of geopolitical tensions and continued optimism about the domestic economy’s revival.  Full Article 

Nita Bhalla

The suicide letters that symbolise India’s misguided shame

Shame. It’s a word I often hear when speaking to women in India, where a combination of patriarchy, misogyny and extreme conservatism makes women feel ashamed of the crimes being committed against them. They are ashamed of being sexually harassed, ashamed for being molested and ashamed after suffering a beating.  Full Article 

Andy Mukherjee

Supreme Court order adds urgency to India’s coal crunch

The two-decades-old practice of selectively allocating mines to metal, cement and power producers is illegal, the court ruled. The judges have not yet decided what punishment to hand out. But investors are prepared for the worst, and for good reason: two years ago, the court cancelled the underpriced sale of telecom spectrum, quashing all 122 licenses in one go.  Full Article 

McLaren Mercedes team members dump buckets of ice water onto Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain as he takes part in the "Ice Bucket Challenge" after the first practice session at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Roche’s $8 billion bet outsmarts ice-bucket challenge

Dumping cold water on heads, the social-media phenomenon now boosting research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a great way to raise charitable cash. But the drug made by Roche’s target, InterMune, treats an obscure yet equally fatal disease with more sufferers.  Full Article 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning ceremony of warship, INS Kolkata at a naval base in Mumbai August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Asia’s top-down corporate reforms vary in promise

Asia is in the throes of a top-down corporate reform drive. Newish leaders in China, India, South Korea and Japan are pushing to overhaul the way companies work. But investors eyeing better returns will find not all reforms are equal. India has failed over the years to revive its tired state-owned enterprises despite selling off minority stakes in companies.  Full Article