An Afghan woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Mazar-i- sharif  April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Abdullah leads in Afghan election but short of majority

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released, but is short of an outright majority.  Full Article 

Search ends for missing on Everest, some Sherpas call for shutdown 7:14pm IST

KATHMANDU - Rescuers have given up searching for three sherpa guides missing two days after the deadliest ever accident on Nepal's Mount Everest killed at least 13 and shocked the mountaineering world.

Nitin Gadkari, former president of India's main opposition Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), speaks during an interview with Reuters at his party office in New Delhi April 9, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

People are going to vote for change: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari, former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a member of the BJP’s manifesto committee, spoke to Reuters at his residence in New Delhi. Here are edited excerpts.  Full Article 

Private security guards move a barricade outside a closed plant of Toyota Motor Corp's India unit near Bangalore March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Standoff Ends

Karnataka govt orders Toyota to resume work

Karnataka government has ordered Toyota Motor and its union to resume work at its local factories immediately after a month-long standoff between the Japanese auto maker and its workers, the company said. The move comes after many unionised workers at Toyota's two Indian plants near Bangalore refused to return to work despite the ending of a lockout last month over a pay row.  Full Article 

A communal bus drives past burnt cars near a checkpoint that was the scene of an overnight gunfight near the city of Slaviansk April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Deadly Ukraine gun attack shakes fragile truce

At least two people were killed in a gunfight early on Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.  Full Article | Video: Ukraine gunfight shakes truce 

Movie Review: 2 States

Movie Review: 2 States

Abhishek Varman’s “2 States”, based on a Chetan Bhagat novel of the same name, is a good example of a movie subject that would appeal to a new, younger Indian audience. However, it ends up being a rather dull and outdated commentary on the misconceptions Indians have about each other, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during a news conference at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Djokovic out for "some time" with wrist injury

Novak Djokovic said he would not be able to play tennis "for some time" after being hampered by a wrist injury. "The good thing is I don't need to have a surgery," said Djokovic.  Full Article 

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Shashank Chouhan

Promises and more promises: India’s parties pitch their visions

Campaign season in India means it’s also promise season, and political parties aren’t short on pledges. There has been plenty of coverage of the manifestos from the biggest national parties, Congress and the BJP, so here are some highlights from the others.  Full Article 

Deepak Yohannan

Third party premium for motor insurance increased

The premium for third party insurance is set by the insurance regulator. The problem is that companies know the portfolio will be bleed and hence, avoid taking risks as much as possible. There is also a lack of awareness, especially among owners of two-wheelers, who end up not insuring their vehicle every year.  Full Article 

Diageo throws money at Indian empire-building

Diageo throws money at Indian empire-building

Diageo is engaging in some expensive empire-building in India. An under-powered tender offer meant an earlier attempt to take control of Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits was only partially successful. Now the world’s biggest spirits maker has more than doubled the price it is willing to pay, offering $1.9 billion to raise its stake to 54.8 percent from 28.8 percent.  Commentary 

Paul Donovan

The Reform Club

In one sense, the fact that ambitious global reforms are likely to be more modest in reality is to be welcomed. The most successful reforms tend to be those reforms that are undertaken against a backdrop of economic growth elsewhere in the world. If three-quarters of the world were to try and reform all at once, there would be no external growth left to ease the pain of adjustment, writes Paul Donovan.   Full Article 

Neal Gabler

America: The anecdotal nation

Americans seem to have a greater fondness for anecdotes than citizens of any other nation. Newscasts have human-interest segments; no recent State of the Union address is complete without the president pointing up to the gallery and telling stories of his guests there. Though many anecdotes are harmless, they can be worrisome when it comes to public policy.  Commentary 

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