A labourer speaks on a mobile phone while lying on sacks filled with rice at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market yard, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Rural votes, old traumas drive India's WTO tough line

With grain silos spilling over, exports on rise and an avowed market champion for prime minister, India's threat to trash a global trade deal in the name of food security appears puzzling.  Full Article | Factbox 

Finmeccanica settles with Italy prosecutors to end Indian chopper deal probe 29 Jul 2014

MILAN - Italy's Finmeccanica said on Tuesday it had reached a agreement with prosecutors to settle legal proceedings over a high profile helicopter contract between one of its units and India, adding this did not equal an acknowledgment of any wrongdoing.

Photo of the Flipkart Office in Bangalore from Flipkart's official Facebook page.
E-Commerce Funding

E-tailer Flipkart raises $1 billion in funding

Flipkart, India's largest e-tailer, said on Tuesday it raised a fresh round of funding worth $1 billion as it tries to aggressively scale up after Amazon.com Inc's rapid expansion in the country has heated up competition. Flipkart, founded in 2007 by two former Amazon employees, has raised $760 million since its launch and the recent funding round is the largest for an Indian e-tailer.  Full Article 

Smoke rises following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City July 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
Middle East Crisis

Israel digs in for a long fight in Gaza

Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave on Tuesday, with no end in sight to more than three weeks of conflict.  Story | Gaza's sole power plant hit  

Joan Capdevila reacts after losing a chance to score in a match at Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, April 19, 2009. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez/Files
Indian Super league

Critics claim fading stars unlikely to shine on

Robert Pires and Joan Capdevila will add a modicum of star quality to India's new franchise-based soccer league but critics believe the presence of such veterans is unlikely to help develop the sport in the country. Pires became the latest big overseas name to sign up for the tournament when the former France international joined ex-Arsenal team mate Freddie Ljungberg in the Indian Super League.  Article 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to reporters during a meeting in Brasilia July 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Putin may be on point of no-return over Ukraine

Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm.  Full Article 

Passengers use their mobile phones on a skytrain in Bangkok June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

Always misplacing keys, wallet? Apps may help

Finding misplaced keys, wallets and purses could get easier with new apps that take the guess work out of trying to remember where they might be.  Full Article 

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A demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest in Bangalore July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Woman branded witch, stripped, paraded naked

Thomson Reuters Foundation - A 60-year-old woman was beaten, stripped and tied to an electricity pole in a village in Odisha after local people accused her of being a witch, police said. Villagers in Mayurbhanj district blamed the death of an 18-year-old boy on the woman, saying she had practised witchcraft on him, although medical records showed he died of malaria.  Article 

Opinion

Visitors walk past TV sets during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in at the DNS electronic shop in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/Files

Meet Vladimir Putin’s homophobic, vitriolic, charismatic master of propaganda

Russian President’s popularity has soared at home in the wake of his actions in Ukraine – and the masterful spin his intervention has been given. The joy that greeted his seizure of Crimea was due, at least in part, to a propaganda system more virulent than its Soviet predecessor. At the center of the system is a journalist called Dmitry Kiselyev.  Read 

Shashank Chouhan

Ex-Supreme Court judge Katju stirs the pot

Comments by retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju had parliament in uproar. In a blog post published by the Times of India, the chairman of Press Council of India hinted at a connection between the government and judiciary in the elevation of an allegedly corrupt judge. This isn’t the first time that the man heading India’s print media oversight body has stirred the pot.  Full Article 

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

Plagiarism is dumb. Thinking you’ll get away with it is dumber.

You write a paper? It and all of its sources are on the Internet. You got caught running a red light one night in some godforsaken little town 25 yrs ago? Anyone who doesn’t like you can find the police record. You had a really messy divorce from your childhood sweetheart? Said sweetheart is going to be Googled, located, interviewed and offered a publishing deal.  Read 

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

Some people watch When Harry Met Sally… for the happy ending, the moment when friends finally decide that they want “the sex thing” to get in the way, then decide to get married and spend the rest of their lives together. In initial drafts of the script, they stayed friends, and I think I’d have preferred it that way.  Commentary 

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