Modi to wield broom in "Clean India" campaign

Modi to wield broom in "Clean India" campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take up a broom and sweep the filthy streets of the capital on Thursday, launching a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of cleanliness and better sanitation.  Full Article 

Sensex posts second weekly decline; flows, earnings awaited 01 Oct 2014

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex fell on Wednesday, with blue chips such as ITC Ltd retreating, as traders refrained from building positions ahead of an extended holiday period, while foreign investor sales also weighed on sentiment.

College students pose with HIV/AIDS awareness messages painted on their faces during an awareness campaign in November 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

India set to run out of critical free HIV/AIDS drug

India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs programme in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month.  Full Article 

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (R) greets a guest at a reception following a flag raising ceremony in Hong Kong October 1, 2014, REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Hong Kong Protests

Protesters demand Hong Kong leader's exit

Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge.  Full Article | Related Story 

The names of trainee health workers are seen written on their protective suits at a World Health Organization (WHO) training session in Freetown September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Umaru Fofana

The worst Ebola outbreak on record

West Africa is struggling with the worst Ebola outbreak since the disease was identified in 1976, and the first case has been diagnosed in the United States.  Factbox | Deaths hit 3,338, but widely undercounted - WHO 

Employees sew clothes at a garment factory in New Delhi September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Factories expand at slowest pace in September

Indian factory activity expanded at its slowest pace in nine months in September as growth in new orders slowed, dragging on overall output, a business survey showed on Wednesday. The HSBC Manufacturing PMI fell to 51.0 in September from 52.4 in August but sustained above the 50 mark for the eleventh month.  Full Article 

People walk past the New York Times Building in New York August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

NYT to cut jobs as new products disappoint

The New York Times said it would cut jobs, including about 7.5 percent of newsroom positions, to slash costs as its print advertising revenue dwindles and new products - while "journalistic sensations" - fail to live up to expectations. NYT Opinion, a mobile app, will be shut down as it is not attracting enough subscribers, the executive editor said.  Full Article 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a ceremony in which he introduced his political rival Abdullah Abdullah as chief executive officer, a newly created role similar to that of prime minister in the national unity government, in Kabul October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Jawad Jalali/Pool

New president re-opens bank scandal inquiry

Afghanistan's new president on Wednesday re-opened an inquiry into a 2010 bank scandal involving a Ponzi scheme that collapsed triggering a financial crisis and dealing a heavy blow to confidence in the banking sector. President Ashraf Ghani re-opened an inquiry into the theft of almost $1 billion from Kabul Bank.  Full Article 

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talk at the National Martin Luther King Memorial on the National Mall in Washington September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Why work with Modi? It’s the economy, stupid

PM Narendra Modi's first state visit to the United States this week signified to Indians around the world that their country is back, front and center, on the world stage. Their hopes are now pinned on their new prime minister and his team, writes Anja Manuel.  Column | Pentagon upbeat about ties 

Robert Beckhusen

U.S. doesn’t face threat from Syria’s air power – rebels aren’t so lucky

The White House is in a difficult spot when it comes to Syria. Not only is the United States at war with Islamic State, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s foes, but U.S. aircraft are also flying through the same airspace, and focused on part of the same mission, as the Syrian Air Force. Even stranger, Obama came close to ordering airstrikes against Assad last year.  Read 

Actor Naseeruddin Shah

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life

It’s difficult to hold back your surprise when Naseeruddin Shah, one of India’s foremost art house actors, says the film industry doesn’t interest him greatly. In a career spanning almost four decades, Shah won acclaim for his movie roles and continues to dabble in theatre. He discussed his autobiography and his life in an interview with India Insight.  Full Article 

Mukesh Agarwal

The benefits of falling oil prices for India

The fall in global oil prices couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for India. In August, oil imports dropped 15 percent year-on-year, driven primarily by a fall of $10 per barrel in prices. Brent has fallen below $100 over the past month, and could slip further. Increasing supplies from the United States and slowing demand are contributing to the weakness in prices.  Full Article