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India's universal healthcare rollout to cost $26 billion


NEW DELHI - India's universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world's population will cost an estimated 1.6 trillion rupees ($26 billion) over the next four years, a senior health ministry official said.

China expresses concern about Indian plan to build border posts

BEIJING - China's defence ministry on Thursday expressed concern over reports that India plans to build 54 new border posts along their disputed border, long a source of tension between the two giant neighbours.

30 Oct 2014

Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

WICHITA Kan. - Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita on Thursday, setting off an explosion and huge fireball, officials said.

World, 8:42am IST

A Minute With: Bollywood's Kalki Koechlin on playing disabled teen

MUMBAI - Kalki Koechlin is one of the few Bollywood actresses in recent years to build her star power while proving her talent in indie and mainstream Indian cinema.

9:20am IST

China says nets 180 graft suspects in overseas manhunt

BEIJING - China says it has captured 180 people suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign targeting suspects who have fled abroad, state news agency Xinhua reported.

World 9:05am IST

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead

HALDUMMULLA Sri Lanka - Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in Sri Lanka ran out on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to over 100 from 300 the previous night.

South Asia, World 30 Oct 2014

Harley-Davidson woos affluent young Indians with bike culture

MUMBAI - Harley-Davidson Inc, battling upstart competitors in its traditional markets, says it is betting on India's young and affluent urbanites to help establish a "leisure riding" culture there and boost sales of its first new bike in over a decade.

Business 30 Oct 2014

Sweden recognises Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

STOCKHOLM - The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs other European Union states would follow its lead.

World 30 Oct 2014

Apple's Cook: "I'm proud to be gay"

REUTERS - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward.

Tech 7:53am IST

Polish prosecutors question Polanski over U.S. sex crime warrant

KRAKOW - Polish prosecutors interviewed filmmaker Roman Polanski on Thursday in connection with a U.S. arrest warrant over a 1977 sex crime conviction, then let him go free saying there were no grounds to hold him.

30 Oct 2014

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