A Kashmiri protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by Indian police during a demonstration in Srinagar, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

One dies in Kashmir after police fire on protesters

One person died on Saturday in Kashmir following an injury suffered after police opened fire to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators during a daylong protest strike over the arrest of a separatist leader. Police said around 24 people were injured in the clashes.  Story 

Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33, targets government workers 4:50pm IST

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 on Saturday outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said. | Video

India's HFC gas decision significant: U.S.
Environment

India's HFC gas decision significant: U.S.

India's surprise decisionto agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas afteryears of opposition is a "significant step" toward global actionto address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climatechange envoy said Friday.  Full Article 

A fisherman prepares to cast his fishing net in the waters of the Vembanad lake as a container ship is seen docked in the background, at a port in Vallarpadam, in Kochi February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sivaram V/Files
Trade Data

India frets trade gains could unravel

India's trade deficit in March was the highest in four months, at $11.79 billion, as exports continued to fall, underscoring risks for growth prospects in Asia's third largest economy. A plunge in global prices of crude oil, by nearly half since last June, has slashed India's import bill, making for a less worrisome trade deficit, despite a drop in exports in recent months.   Full Article 

A schoolgirl reads from a textbook at an open-air school in New Delhi November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files
Educating Girls in Rajasthan

Boys persuade girls back to school in campaign

Boys campaigning for girls' education is not common in most parts of the world but in Rajasthan they are at the heart of a drive to get more girls into schools. Educate Girls trains young people to go into villages to find girls that are not in the classroom in a country where more than three million girls are out of school.  Full Article 

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's picture taken from his website.

‘Broken Horses’ tribute to Sergio Leone: Chopra

Vidhu Vinod Chopra hasn’t directed an Indian film since 2007, but couldn’t resist the lure of foreign shores for “Broken Horses“. Chopra tells Reuters why he wanted to make a Hollywood film.  Interview 

England's James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Marlon Samuels who was caught by James Tredwell which equals the record for the most test wickets for an England player. Action Images via Reuters / Jason O'Brien

King of swing Anderson tops Botham's record

James Anderson became England's highest wicket-taker in test cricket when he claimed his 384th victim in the drawn first test against West Indies in Antigua.  Story | England's leading test wicket-takers 

Financial ministers and governors pose for their group photo at the IMF spring meetings in Washington April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
Greece

G20 more upbeat on growth, fret over Greece

The Group of 20 economies struck a hopeful tone on the outlook for global growth, even as officials fretted that Athens' inability to strike a deal with its lenders could upset Europe's tentative recovery.  Story 

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Aditi Shah

100 ‘smart cities’? Getting just one done will be a challenge

PM Narendra Modi’s plan to build 100 "smart cities" by 2022 to decongest existing urban centres probably will take longer to achieve. Reuters visited the foundations of one of these cities in Gujarat, a finance centre called Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), and interviewed the CEO of the company executing the project.  Full Article | India builds first 'smart' city 

A new crisis is brewing between two nuclear-armed neighbors

A new crisis is brewing between India, Pakistan

Last week, India announced it will establish protected settlements to rehouse about 200,000 Hindus in the Kashmir Valley. Forced out of Indian Kashmir by Pakistan-supported Islamists in 1989-1990, the displaced citizens are a priority for Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist government. Conversely, Islamist protests illustrate opposition to Hindu empowerment.  Commentary 

China’s answer to Uber may be worth more than Uber

China’s answer to Uber may be worth more than Uber

Could China’s answer to Uber be worth as much as the original? Taxi-hailing apps, Didi Dache and Kuadi Dache, could already be worth almost $14 bln – twice their reported value when they merged. They could even close in on the $40 bln valuation of the U.S. app. All depends on how much passengers are willing to pay for something they now get free.  Read 

Mohamad Bazzi

An ancient imam at the centre of Iran nuclear deal

When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif announced on April 2 that his country tentatively accepted an agreement limiting Tehran’s nuclear programme, he made a point of praising his boss, the supreme leader. After two years of negotiations, Zarif could be expected to thank Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all Iranian political and national security matters.  Read 

A worker operates a machine on an assembly line for the bottling and labelling of soybean oil at the Pyongyang Essential Foodstuff Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on June 8, 2013. Similarly undated pictures released by KCNA earlier on Saturday showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the factory.        REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD EMPLOYMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS � THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Years after the famine, here’s how North Koreans really get by

Though markets in some form have always existed in North Korea, the declining official role of the state in economic activity means that private trade has never been as widespread - or necessary - as it is today. The reason for this is simple: the state can no longer provide for the people in the way it once could, and it was the horrific famine of the mid-1990s that was the turning point.  Commentary 

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