An employee scans a package for an order at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of Mumbai November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Online grocers benefit in India's e-commerce boom

Put off by snarled city traffic and a shortage of parking, more Indians are shopping for groceries online, helping e-tailers like Bigbasket.com and Localbanya.com turn in profits while supermarkets are struggling.  Full Article 

India advised against challenging Vodafone tax ruling - source 26 Nov 2014

MUMBAI - The attorney general has recommended the government refrain from appealing a Bombay High Court ruling in favour of Vodafone Group Plc in a long-running tax dispute, a person directly involved in the matter said.

Commuters travel past a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) building in Kolkata November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Markets pricing in rate cut, despite wary RBI

Investors in India's markets are betting that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will persuade a more hawkish Reserve Bank to reduce benchmark interest rates as early as next week. Finance ministry sources have told Reuters that Jaitley will urge Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan to cut rates at the Dec. 2 policy review.  Full Article | Exclusive - RBI under pressure to cut rates 

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe walk on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain near Lanjigarh in Orissa state February 21, 2010.REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/Files
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Disputes over land for industry on rise in India

Civil unrest in India is expected to worsen after a 30 percent rise in two years in the number of disputes between local communities and authorities taking over land for industrial projects, charities said on Wednesday. Most of the conflicts over land takeovers by the state were recorded in mineral-rich regions such as Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya and Assam, they said.   Full Article 

A driver pumps petrol into his car at a petrol station in Brussels March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Files
Energy

Saudi, UAE signal no push for OPEC oil cut

OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and fellow member the United Arab Emirates signalled on Wednesday they were unlikely to push for a major change in oil output at the group's meeting this week to prop up prices that have sunk by a third since June. OPEC's meeting on Thursday will be one of its most crucial in recent years, with oil having tumbled to below $78 a barrel.   Full Article 

Reporters speak on their phones after attending a news conference during the international player draft for the Indian Super League in Mumbai August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Soccer

India's two leagues to merge in 5 yrs: FA official

India’s two rival soccer leagues will merge within five years and will be profitable not long after, a senior official at the country’s football association said on Wednesday.  Full Article 

A nurse prepares a syringe containing an experimental Ebola virus vaccine next to a volunteer called Marie (L) during a media visit at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Ebola Outbreak

GSK vaccine passes early safety test

An experimental Ebola vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline caused no serious side effects & produced an immune response in all 20 healthy volunteers who received it in an early-stage clinical trial.  Full Article 

Protesters demonstrate over the grand jury verdict in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young
Ferguson Teen Shooting Verdict

More than 400 arrested as protests spread

National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence in Ferguson as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States.  Full Article | Pics 

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files

American firms behind Google's Europe woes

To many in Brussels it's Google's fellow Americans - such as Microsoft - whose complaints and lobbying have driven a probe by the European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance.  Insight 

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Cracked land is seen at Guarapiranga reservoir, during a drought in Sao Paulo November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil’s epic water crisis a global wake-up call

One of the world’s biggest cities is running out of water. Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, could run dry within weeks. The humanitarian and economic cost would be immense. The fiasco should be a global wake-up call for other metropolises. The immediate cause of the crisis is a year-long drought.  Full Article 

An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind.  Commentary 

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China monetary policy enters difficult adolescence

China’s economy is in the throes of financial adolescence. If all credit in China still came from banks, a reduction in the benchmark rate set by the People’s Bank of China would benefit most borrowers. In the past few years, however, China has sprouted all kinds of new ways to save and borrow that don’t respond predictably to the central bank’s orders.  Full Article 

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