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Exclusive: Prescient messages about Indian companies circulate in WhatsApp groups

MUMBAI Three days before Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd announced quarterly results this summer, a message circulated on a private WhatsApp group saying the Indian drugmaker would not post good numbers.

Modi's party condemns member who offered reward for Bollywood star's head

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI India's ruling party on Monday ordered one of its senior members to apologize publicly after he offered a reward for anyone who beheaded a Bollywood star of a movie whose portrayal of a Hindu queen and a Muslim conqueror has enraged Hindu activists.

Nov 20 2017

India's MRPL seeks 1 million barrels of high-sulphur U.S. Oil

NEW DELHI India's state-run Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd has floated its first tender to buy high-sulphur crude oil from the United States, a tender document showed on Monday.

Nov 20 2017

Reverse migration? Pollution in India's cities draws residents back to rural life

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Namita Singh's young daughter suffered from bronchitis when the family lived in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, where fumes from clogged traffic and a smoky haze every winter outweighed the charms of its Mughal architecture and famed cuisine.

Nov 19 2017

Release of Indian film about Rajput queen delayed after protests

The producers of "Padmavati" - a Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a Rajput queen, said on Sunday they had indefinitely delayed the release of the film, which has been accused of distorting history and has sparked protests.

Nov 19 2017

Moody's gives Modi a boost by raising India's sovereign rating

MUMBAI/BENGALURU Moody's Investors Service upgraded India's sovereign credit rating for the first time in nearly 14 years on Friday, saying continued progress on economic and institutional reforms would boost the country's growth potential.

Nov 17 2017

Game on: in Indian online adventure, players decide fate of trafficked child

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The mission is to save a teenage girl's life. The weapons are informed choices and taking a stand, while at the end the player is asked to take a pledge to help children in real life.

Nov 17 2017

Middle East, U.S. crude oil curbs Indian appetite for African supplies

NEW DELHI India's imports of African crude oil in October plunged to their lowest in over four years, with the world's No.3 oil consumer increasingly turning to cheaper supplies from the United States and heavier Middle Eastern grades, ship tracking data showed.

Nov 17 2017

'We're praying': Officials say India will not act on smog this year

NEW DELHI As pollution level climbed to 12 times above the recommended limit this week in India's capital, government officials said they knew what was needed to control the smoky haze, but nothing would be done, at least this year.

Nov 16 2017

India tells top utility to mix crop residue with coal to reduce New Delhi smog

NEW DELHI India directed its largest utility NTPC Ltd to blend crop residue with coal at its power plants, in a bid to reduce stubble burning on agricultural lands which is clouding New Delhi with smog.

Nov 16 2017

South Korea, Japan say listing North Korea as terror sponsor will pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize

SEOUL South Korea and Japan on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it would ramp up pressure on Pyongyang to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.