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  • Insight - Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, sui …
    Insight - Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, sui … 8 hours ago

    By Mayank Bhardwaj VAIDI, India (Reuters) - Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after he swept into office. Unseasonal storms have badly damaged the winter crop in large parts of the fertile northern plains, most likely contributing to the suicides, and villagers have blamed Modi for not stepping in to help the distressed farmers or ensuring that crop prices remained stable. The farmer suicides in India's most politically sensitive region are the latest in several setbacks for Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is hoping to consolidate power by winning local elections in large, predominantly rural states over the next two years. The government has delayed a comprehensive health plan as it shifts focus from subsidies to investment, while religious tensions have made minorities uneasy. More »

  • UPDATE 1-Cricket-New Zealand win toss, bat first in World Cup final 10 hours ago

    * NZ look to make first use of good pitch * Australia seeking fifth title, NZ their first By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, March 29 (Reuters) - New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and elected to bat first in the cricket World Cup final against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Australia thrashed India to reach the title-decider, while New Zealand edged South Africa in a cliff-hanger to reach their maiden final. "We'll know we'll play well today, it doesn't guarantee success, but we know we'll be tough to beat." Australia captain Michael Clarke, who will retire from one-day internationals after the final, said he would also have preferred his team to bat first on a glorious autumn's day in Melbourne. More »

  • India's Nehwal to top women's world rankings
    India's Nehwal to top women's world rankings Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    India's Saina Nehwal will replace Olympic champion Li Xuerui as the women's world number one badminton player, ending China's stranglehold at the top of the rankings. China have long dominated the women's game and the last non-Chinese to be world number one was Denmark's Tine Baun in December 2010. While Li, who won Olympic gold in London, has struggled with a foot injury, the other contender for the top ranking, All England champion Carolina Marin of Spain, lost in the semi-final of the India Open super-series. Olympic bronze medallist Nehwal, 25, will play Japan's Yui Hashimoto in the second semi-final but will advance to the top irrespective of her result. More »

  • Badminton-India's Nehwal to top women's world rankings Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    India's Saina Nehwal will replace Olympic champion Li Xuerui as the women's world number one badminton player, ending China's stranglehold at the top of the rankings. China have long dominated the women's game and the last non-Chinese to be world number one was Denmark's Tine Baun in December 2010. While Li, who won Olympic gold in London, has struggled with a foot injury, the other contender for the top ranking, All England champion Carolina Marin of Spain, lost in the semi-final of the India Open super-series. Olympic bronze medallist Nehwal, 25, will play Japan's Yui Hashimoto in the second semi-final but will advance to the top irrespective of her result. More »

  • Miner Vedanta to file notice of claim in Cairn India tax dispute
    Miner Vedanta to file notice of claim in Cairn India tax dispute Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    (Reuters) - Vedanta Resources Plc said it would file a notice of claim related to a tax demand of about 205 billion Indian rupees (2.21 billion pounds) its unit Cairn India Ltd received from the Indian government this month. The notice is the first step required before seeking international arbitration under the UK-India bilateral investment treaty, Vedanta said on Friday. London-listed Vedanta has most of its operations in India. Cairn Energy Plc , which sold its stake in Cairn India to Vedanta in 2011, also filed a notice of dispute under the treaty this week after receiving a tax demand of more than $1.6 billion. More »

  • ReWalk Robotics plans India launch of walking device by 2nd qtr Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    ReWalk Robotics Ltd plans to launch its wearable robotic exoskeleton device in India by the second quarter of 2015, Chief Executive Larry Jasinski said. "We ship the first few units within the next 10 days," Jasinski told Reuters. ReWalk, approved in the United States and the European Union, was invented by the company's Israeli founder, Amit Goffer, a quadriplegic. The company will launch the device in north India through a deal with New Delhi-based surgical products distributor Saimed Innovations. More »

  • I was never concerned about my spot, says Australia's Finch
    I was never concerned about my spot, says Australia's Finch Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground. Finch hit an uncharacteristically scrappy 81 in a match-winning partnership of 182 with Steve Smith as Australia beat India by 95 runs on Thursday to set up a final meeting with New Zealand. "It wasn't my best innings, I had to grind a little bit but I was fortunate to have Steve Smith at the other end," he told reporters at Melbourne airport on Friday. "He sort of kept that partnership flowing while I was trying to grind it out and get down the other end." The Sydney victory takes the muscular right-hander back home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the site of the impressive 135 with which he opened the tournament. More »

  • Australia's renaissance leads to World Cup final Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket's ultimate prize four times, but the achievement marks a stunning turnaround from the depths of two years ago. Battling mediocrity in all formats, Michael Clarke's side lurched from crisis to crisis in the annus horribilus of 2013, as reports of in-fighting, sackings and bar-room assaults dominated newspaper headlines. Pundits debate the exact moment of Australia's nadir, but few would have tipped the team's spectacular implosion during a 4-0 test series white-wash in India. The second loss of that series made Australia the first team to lose a test match after declaring their first innings closed and was to be the catalyst for the infamous "Homework-gate" scandal. More »

  • Cricket-Australia's renaissance leads to World Cup final Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, March 27 (Reuters) - Australia's trip to a seventh World Cup final on Sunday may seem standard fare for a nation that has already won cricket's ultimate prize four times, but the achievement marks a stunning turnaround from the depths of two years ago. Battling mediocrity in all formats, Michael Clarke's side lurched from crisis to crisis in the annus horribilus of 2013, as reports of in-fighting, sackings and bar-room assaults dominated newspaper headlines. Pundits debate the exact moment of Australia's nadir, but few would have tipped the team's spectacular implosion during a 4-0 test series white-wash in India. The second loss of that series made Australia the first team to lose a test match after declaring their first innings closed and was to be the catalyst for the infamous "Homework-gate" scandal. More »

  • Mature fans accept end of India's World champion reign
    Mature fans accept end of India's World champion reign Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's notoriously volatile fans showed rare maturity in accepting the end of their team's reign as world champions after Thursday's semi-final defeat against co-hosts Australia in Sydney. The defending champions struggled during their build-up, losing a four-test series 2-0 against Australia and then failing to win a single match in the following tri-series, also involving England. The Hindustan Times newspaper summed up the mood of the nation with their front page headline which read "Heartbreak, but young team does India proud". "Overall, quite happy with where we were," said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while addressing reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground after the 95-run loss. More »

  • Cricket-Mature fans accept end of India's World champion reign Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Sudipto Ganguly MUMBAI, March 27 (Reuters) - India's notoriously volatile fans showed rare maturity in accepting the end of their team's reign as world champions after Thursday's semi-final defeat against co-hosts Australia in Sydney. The defending champions struggled during their build-up, losing a four-test series 2-0 against Australia and then failing to win a single match in the following tri-series, also involving England. The Hindustan Times newspaper summed up the mood of the nation with their front page headline which read "Heartbreak, but young team does India proud". "Overall, quite happy with where we were," said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while addressing reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground after the 95-run loss. More »

  • Bangalore Blogger: We don't need Earth Hour – we need Earth Decade
    Bangalore Blogger: We don't need Earth Hour – we need Earth Decade Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    On Saturday, 28 March 2015, we mark Earth Hour, the global environmental NGO WWF's answer to saving the planet. The latest indications on the impending impacts of climate change are that we'll all be living below sea level by the turn of the next century, or living in barren, drought conditions where we have to flee from wildfires on a regular basis while fighting our neighbours for the last drop of water. WWF has chosen to fight climate change with a one-hour global lights off event. More »

  • Cricket-I was never concerned about my spot, says Australia's Finch Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground. Finch hit an uncharacteristically scrappy 81 in a match-winning partnership of 182 with Steve Smith as Australia beat India by 95 runs on Thursday to set up a final meeting with New Zealand. "It wasn't my best innings, I had to grind a little bit but I was fortunate to have Steve Smith at the other end," he told reporters at Melbourne airport on Friday. "He sort of kept that partnership flowing while I was trying to grind it out and get down the other end." The Sydney victory takes the muscular right-hander back home to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the site of the impressive 135 with which he opened the tournament. More »

  • Sex talk stumps Aussie cricket captain Clarke
    Sex talk stumps Aussie cricket captain Clarke Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Australia captain Michael Clarke was momentarily stumped by a bungled question which appeared to be about his sex life as he celebrated Thursday's World Cup semi-final win over India. More »

  • Australia confident Hazlewood will be fit for final
    Australia confident Hazlewood will be fit for final Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Australia are confident pace bowler Josh Hazlewood will be fit to face New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup final despite being forced to leave the pitch towards the end of the semi-final. The 25-year-old took 4-35 against Pakistan in Australia's quarter-final and backed that up with a strong display in Australia's 95-run victory over India that sent the co-hosts into the title showdown. "Hazlewood come off the field there at the end there with a sore thumb, but sounds to me like he's completely fine," captain Michael Clarke told reporters after the match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. I think at this stage, everybody else is pretty good." Hazlewood was preferred as a third specialist pace option instead of spinner Xavier Doherty for the semi-final against India as Australia put out an unchanged side for the first time in the tournament. More »

  • India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping
    India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Ratnajyoti Dutta NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July. Using remote analysis to assess soil moisture and crop development has the potential to cut input costs and raise yields, say experts, in a country of 1.25 billion where half of workers make a living from agriculture. Under the scheme, farmers would be able to access advisories on their mobile phones to help them to choose seed varieties, apply the right fertilisers or time irrigation 'shots', though some are sceptical about how effective the plan will be given natural or other obstacles. More »

  • Exclusive - Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health pla …
    Exclusive - Modi government puts brakes on India's universal health pla … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto. The health ministry developed a draft policy on universal health care in coordination with the prime minister's office last year. The National Health Assurance Mission aims to provide free drugs, diagnostic services and insurance for serious ailments for India's 1.2 billion people. The health ministry proposed rolling out the system from April 2015, and in October projected its cost as $25.5 billion over four years. More »

  • India's top three mobile phone operators spend $13.6 billion in airwaves …
    India's top three mobile phone operators spend $13.6 billion in airwaves … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Aman Shah MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top three mobile phone network operators have spent a combined $13.6 billion (9.1 billion pounds) in a government auction of airwaves to secure almost 80 percent of the spectrum on offer, reinforcing their positions in the world's second-biggest mobile market. "The outcome of this auction ... will eventually lead to a significant outflow of funds and further burden the industry, which already remains under a debt of 2.5 trillion rupees ($39.8 billion)," Cellular Operators Association of India said in a statement. Altogether India raised $17.6 billion in the auction after 19 days of fierce bidding, of which the government expects to receive about 288.72 billion rupees ($4.6 billion) in initial payments, telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday. Idea Cellular, the country's third-biggest mobile operator by market share, spent 303.06 billion rupees in the auction, the single biggest amount spent. More »

  • Defeat to New Zealand galvanised Australia - Clarke Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Losing to New Zealand in the World Cup pool stage was the kick up the backside Australia needed and the subsequent improvement was on show in their semi-final victory over India on Thursday, captain Michael Clarke said. Australia have a chance to gain revenge on their neighbours for the one-wicket defeat in an Eden Park bearpit last month when they meet the unbeaten Black Caps at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Although Clarke and his fellow batsmen were embarrassed by New Zealand's pace attack in Auckland, he thinks they might not have got through to the final had it not happened. "The boys have got out of bed every single day to try and become better, and I think you've seen that in our results." Fired by Steve Smith's 105, Australia scored a World Cup semi-final record 328 for seven before dismissing the reigning champions for 233 for a thumping 95-run victory. More »

  • India's reign as world champions ends in Australia Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Julian Linden SYDNEY (Reuters) - India's reign as cricket's world champions is over. Four years after they won the World Cup at home, they bowed out in the semi-finals, beaten by Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. India came into the World Cup with low expectations after struggling during their build-up but lifted themselves up when it mattered. India's players were disappointed to lose but gracious in defeat, acknowledging that the Australians had played better. More »

  • Ford to triple exports from India with new $1 billion plant
    Ford to triple exports from India with new $1 billion plant Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Aditi Shah SANAND, India (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to triple exports from India with a $1 billion (668.72 million pounds) plant that will be one of its most heavily automated in Asia, offsetting slower sales inside the country with a push to sell more local production abroad. "India is very cost competitive, which is important particularly for small vehicles," Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields told reporters at the factory opening in Sanand, outside Gujarat's biggest city, Ahmedabad. Smaller cars are key to Ford's efforts to compete in Asia and particularly in India, where a growing urban population means compact models account for about one in every two passenger cars and utility vehicles sold. More »

  • Secret Terror Trial: Law Student Not Guilty
    Secret Terror Trial: Law Student Not Guilty Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A law student has been found not guilty of a terrorist plot, which the Crown had claimed may have included plans to murder former prime minister Tony Blair. Erol Incedal, 27, broke down in tears as he was cleared of preparing acts of terrorism after a retrial at the Old Bailey, which has been highly controversial as it was held mostly in secret. However, he was found guilty of possessing bomb making instructions at his first trial in November last year and will be sentenced alongside co-defendant Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, who had earlier pleaded guilty to possessing bomb making instructions. During the course of the second old Bailey trial, the Crown claimed Incedal, a British citizen of Turkish descent, had not settled on any firm attack plan, but had been considering a range of potential options, including a Mumbai style attack in the UK. More »