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December 20, 2018 11:21 PM Kings owner brings NBA games to Mumbai

“Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver added in a statement. The NBA prizes its growth in India. The population and growing middle class has generated grassroots and business opportunities 16

December 7, 2018 7:58 PM China readies Chang’e-4, its moon lander, for launch

The instruments will probe the structure of the rocks beneath the spacecraft, study the effects of the solar wind striking the lunar surface. Chang’e-4 will also test the ability of making radio astronomy observations from the far side of the moon, without the effects of noise and interference from Earth. According to the Xinhua News Agency, Chang’e- 20

December 3, 2018 2:41 PM Oil remains India’s bugbear as rupee, bonds buck trade cheer

“The Indian rupee stands to benefit less from this as India is not as reliant on exports, and the bounce in oil prices could also weigh on the currency,” said Khoon Goh, head of research at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. in Singapore. The rupee declined 0.7 per cent to 70.04 at 12:10 p.m. in Mumbai, while the yield on 10-year bonds rose two basis 30

November 21, 2018 3:54 PM American is killed by bow and arrow on remote Indian island

Dependra Pathak, police chief in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said Chau, from Washington state, may have been trying to convert the islanders to Christianity. Right before he left in his kayak, Chau gave the fishermen a long note. In it, police officials said, he had written that Jesus had bestowed him with the strength to go to the most forbidden 27

November 1, 2018 1:54 PM Towering statue of India’s independence leader unveiled

NEW DELHI—India’s prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader being promoted as a national icon in the ruling party’s campaign ahead of next year’s general elections. Patel, who hailed from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s native Gujarat state, was also India’s first home minister 26

October 26, 2018 9:53 PM Sri Lanka president sacks prime minister, appoints strongman

His return to power as prime minister could signal that Sri Lanka is sliding back to an era of violence against political opponents, critics and journalists, observers said. The move was an unexpected turn after weeks of controversy over allegations of an assassination plot against the president. A police informant and self-described Sri Lankan anti-corruption 35

October 14, 2018 11:18 PM Boeing 737 flies into brick wall — and just keeps going

An Air India pilot flew a Boeing 737 through a brick wall Friday. Incredibly, that marked the beginning of its journey and not the end. The jet not only clobbered the top of a five-foot perimeter wall but also destroyed a small landing guide tower as it climbed out of Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tamil Nadu, India, shortly after midnight 40

October 9, 2018 11:42 PM One of oldest U.S. coal companies files for bankruptcy as fuel demand drops

The restructuring agreement, which must be approved by a judge, includes refinancing an outstanding loan and a “business transformation” meant to significantly increase cash flow, the company statement said, without providing details. The group of lenders that holds a majority of Westmoreland’s debt also plans to bid for the company’s assets, the statement 34

October 6, 2018 3:57 PM 20 killed as overcrowded minibus falls into gorge in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, INDIA—At least 20 people were killed and 16 others injured on Saturday when an overcrowded minibus fell into a deep gorge along a mountainous road in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. The 22-seat minibus was carrying at least 36 passengers when it plunged off a Himalayan mountain road near southern Ramban town, said police officer Anita 30

September 30, 2018 2:19 AM Maldives confirms Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as president-elect

Solih, 56, was a democracy activist during decades of autocratic rule in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation and a former parliamentary majority leader. He became the Maldivian Democratic Party’s presidential candidate after its other top figures were jailed or exiled by Yameen’s government. Party leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed, in exile 25