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  • Uber to invest $1 billion in India in next nine months
    Uber to invest $1 billion in India in next nine months 7 hours ago

    (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will invest $1 billion (640 million pounds) in India in the next nine months as the online ride hailing company is bullish on the Indian market. Uber said it would use the additional investment to improve operations, expand into newer cities, and develop new products and payment solutions. "Uber has grown exponentially in India, a global priority market for us, which has also quickly become the largest market geographically for Uber outside the U.S.," Amit Jain, President of Uber India said in a statement. More »

  • Special Report - Indian doctor’s legal troubles bedevil World Medical Assoc …
    Special Report - Indian doctor’s legal troubles bedevil World Medical Assoc … 18 hours ago

    By Steve Stecklow, Andrew MacAskill and Aditya Kalra LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - The former president of the Medical Council of India, which regulates the country’s medical colleges, stood before a judge last week in a dingy courthouse in this northern city. For several years, Dr. Ketan Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired in 2009 to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students. Prosecutors there allege he was involved in a conspiracy in 2010 to obtain a 20 million rupee bribe – about $450,000 at the time – in return for having the Medical Council recommend allowing another school to expand its student body. More »

  • World Medical Association to look into future president after Reuters story
    World Medical Association to look into future president after Reuters story 19 hours ago

    By Steve Stecklow, Andrew MacAskill and Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI/LONDON (Reuters) - The World Medical Association, the leading international medical-ethics body, said it will look into “a number of questions” raised by a Reuters investigation of the organisation’s future president. Earlier today, Reuters reported that the WMA is standing behind Indian urologist Dr. Ketan Desai, who is scheduled to assume its presidency in 2016, even as he faces criminal allegations in two cases in Indian courts. Desai was first elected president of the WMA in 2009 but his inauguration, originally slated for 2010, was suspended after he was arrested on allegations that he was involved in a conspiracy to obtain a bribe from a medical college. More »

  • India says Punjab attackers came from Pakistan, but talks on for now
    India says Punjab attackers came from Pakistan, but talks on for now 21 hours ago

    By Nigam Prusty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Gunmen who stormed a police station and killed seven people in India's Punjab came from Pakistan, the Indian government said on Thursday, but it gave no indication that a plan for bilateral high-level security talks have been jeopardized by the attack. Citing a preliminary analysis of data from GPS tracking devices carried by the gunmen, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament the three men crossed over via a river that criss-crosses between Pakistan and India. In a statement shorn of the nationalist rhetoric the ruling party is known for, Singh warned of a forceful response to any attempt to undermine India's security, but did not specify what action was being taken after Monday's attack. More »

  • Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30
    Landslide near Nepal's popular Annapurna trek route kills 30 22 hours ago

    By Gopal Sharma LUMLE, Nepal (Reuters) - Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation's most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said. Heavy monsoon rains have also caused flooding and fatalities across northern India in recent days. More »

  • India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon
    India hangs 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts plotter Yakub Memon Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    India executed convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon on Thursday for conspiring in the nation's deadliest attack, a series of blasts that killed hundreds in Mumbai more than two decades ago. More »

  • India Executes Organiser Of Mumbai Bombings
    India Executes Organiser Of Mumbai Bombings Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    A man accused of organising a series of bomb attacks in India which left 257 people dead has been hanged. Yakub Memon was put to death after his latest appeal for clemency was rejected by India's Supreme Court. Memon was accused of being the "driving spirit" behind the dozen or so blasts that ripped through India's financial capital Mumbai on 13 March 1993. More »

  • India hangs Mumbai blasts convict 22 years after attack Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    By Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kalra MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution. Memon was convicted as the "driving spirit" behind the serial blasts in India's financial capital Mumbai, then known as Bombay. The execution drew wide public support but has stirred controversy about whether the punishment adequately reflected the help Memon gave authorities in solving the crime. More »

  • India president and supreme court reject clemency for 1993 bombings plotter
    India president and supreme court reject clemency for 1993 bombings plotter Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    India's president and supreme court rejected last-ditch pleas to stay the execution of Yakub Memon over his role in the country's worst-ever attack, clearing the way for him to be hanged on Thursday, the Press Trust of India reported. More »

  • Hours before Mumbai bomber due to hang, court rejects final appeal Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Suchitra Mohanty and Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Yakub Memon's last hope of avoiding the hangman's noose for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings was dashed on Wednesday, after India's Supreme Court threw out his final plea for mercy hours before he was due to be executed. Memon could go to the gallows before 7 a.m. (0130 GMT) on Thursday, his 53rd birthday, for his role as the "driving spirit" in a series of bombings that killed at least 257 people. The case has aroused controversy because police considered Memon's brother, "Tiger" Memon, and mafia don Dawood Ibrahim to be the masterminds behind attacks designed to avenge the destruction of an ancient mosque by Hindu zealots in 1992. More »

  • India set to become world's most populous country by 2022 - U.N.
    India set to become world's most populous country by 2022 - U.N. Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India is set to overtake China and become the world's most populous country in less than a decade - six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United Nations predicted. The current global population of 7.3 billion is forecast to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, slightly above the last set of U.N. projections. More »

  • Punjab gunmen expose India's soft border ahead of Pakistan talks
    Punjab gunmen expose India's soft border ahead of Pakistan talks Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Andrew MacAskill and Frank Jack Daniel DINANAGAR, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Three men carrying assault rifles, bombs and a rocket launcher who went on a murderous rampage in a small Punjab farm town this week have shown how vulnerable India is to attacks that challenge tentative peace overtures with neighbour Pakistan. Monday's raid in an area that has long been tranquil came weeks after a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. It fits a pattern of violent surges that make negotiating peace harder between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan, who have fought three wars since independence in 1947. More »

  • India's SpiceJet in talks with Boeing, Airbus for $11 billion jet deal
    India's SpiceJet in talks with Boeing, Airbus for $11 billion jet deal Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian budget airline SpiceJet Ltd is in talks with Boeing Co and Airbus Group to acquire about 100 new narrow-body jets, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday, in a deal that would be worth about $11 billion at list prices. SpiceJet wants to buy more Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 Max aircraft, Kiran Koteshwar told Reuters, as it looks to rebuild its business after almost collapsing last year. Koteshwar said the company plans to place an order, which would be its biggest ever, by the end of this financial year and would look to raise fresh equity or debt to pay for the planes once it had decided how many to buy. More »

  • Mealworms, algae make a tasty dish at London fest Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Simon Falush LONDON (Reuters) - India Hamilton and Danny Jack use meal worms, algae, tree sap and homegrown flowers in a delicious spread served in a tree house to get their customers thinking about where their food comes from and its impact on the planet. In a project subsidised by the global health foundation, the Wellcome Trust, Hamilton, a micro-biologist by training, and Jack were cooking 40 covers twice a day from a make-shift kitchen at the base of a tree at the Shuffle Film Festival in an East London park. The Symbiosis Restaurant is a key feature of the Shuffle film festival curated by "Shallow Graves" film director Danny Boyle who was behind the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. More »

  • Gunmen who carried out India's Punjab attack were Muslim - police
    Gunmen who carried out India's Punjab attack were Muslim - police Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Andrew MacAskill DINANAGAR, India (Reuters) - Three gunmen who fought a 12-hour battle on Monday near the Pakistan border were Muslim, the Punjab police chief said on Tuesday, contradicting speculation that the attack may have been carried out by Sikh separatists. "The inspection of the bodies shows that the assailants were Muslims," said Sumedh Singh Saini, director general of police in the northern state, speaking to reporters at the police station that came under attack. Ten people, including four police, three civilians and the three militants, were killed in a prolonged battle that began early on Monday morning, the first of its kind in Indian Punjab in more than a decade. More »

  • Indian court puts off last-minute decision on death-row bomb convict Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    India's Supreme Court has put off by a day a decision on whether to stay the execution of the only person sentenced to death for India's deadliest bomb attack, meaning the convict will learn his fate just hours before he is due to be hanged on Thursday. Yakub Memon was convicted as the "driving spirit" behind blasts in Mumbai in 1993 that killed at least 257 people, but his case has divided opinion in India, with several eminent figures saying the sentence is too harsh. Police consider Memon's brother, "Tiger" Memon, and mafia don Dawood Ibrahim to be the main masterminds behind the attack, carried out to avenge the destruction of an ancient mosque by Hindu zealots in 1992. More »

  • South Africa’s first post-isolation captain Rice dies Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    South Africa's first captain of the post-isolation era Clive Rice died on Tuesday after battling a brain tumour, local media reported. Rice's family confirmed his death to South Africa's Eye Witness News, saying he was admitted to hospital on Sunday with severe stomach pains. The all-rounder captained South Africa at the age of 42 on their historic post-isolation limited overs tour of India in 1991, but was then controversially left out of the squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand the following year. More »

  • GKN to buy Dutch aerospace supply firm for 706 million euros Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - British engineering company GKN said it agreed to acquire Netherlands-based Fokker Technologies for 706 million euros (452 million pounds), boosting its standing as an aerospace supplier and lifting its shares. GKN, whose historic roots are in auto-part supply but which has moved into aerospace in the last two decades, said the deal would extend its global reach in the aerospace sector, building on its acquisition of Volvo's aerospace unit in 2012. Chief executive Nigel Stein said Fokker's activities were complementary and GKN was attracted to its presence in China, Turkey, India and Mexico. More »

  • EU suspends sale of 700 generic drugs made in India
    EU suspends sale of 700 generic drugs made in India Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    European Union nations have until August 20 to suspend the sale of some 700 generic drugs made in India, the EU's executive confirmed on Monday. More »

  • Abdul Kalam, father of India's missile programme, dies at 83
    Abdul Kalam, father of India's missile programme, dies at 83 Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, considered the father of the country's missile programme, died on Monday in hospital at the age of 83, a doctor said. Popularly known as "Missile Man," Kalam led the scientific team that developed missiles able to carry India's nuclear warheads. India's first atomic test was in 1974. More »

  • Former Indian president A P J Kalam dies aged 83
    Former Indian president A P J Kalam dies aged 83 Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    India's former president and top scientist A. P. J. Kalam, who played a lead role in the country's nuclear weapons tests, died on Monday, a hospital official said. He was 83. More »

  • RBS in talks to sell Indian private banking unit to Sanctum Wealth
    RBS in talks to sell Indian private banking unit to Sanctum Wealth Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Sumeet Chatterjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc is in talks to sell its Indian private banking business to Sanctum Wealth Management, a firm set up by its local private banking business head Shiv Gupta, a spokeswoman for the bank said on Monday. Switzerland's Union Bancaire Privee said in March it was buying the overseas business of British wealth manager Coutts from RBS, as part of the bank's drive to pull back from foreign markets and focus on UK retail and commercial banking. RBS' India private banking business was not part of that deal. More »