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  • Minister says 2,000 girls "killed" every day
    Minister says 2,000 girls "killed" every day

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two thousand girls are "killed" every day due to a preference for sons in India with most aborted or murdered just after birth, the country's minister for women and child development said. Despite laws that ban parents having tests to determine the gender of unborn children, sex selective abortions remain a common practice in parts of India, and have resulted in a decline in the number of girls compared to boys. Some are born and have …

  • Gold demand muted on Akshay Tritiya, buyers hope for lower prices
    Gold demand muted on Akshay Tritiya, buyers hope for lower prices

    By Meenakshi Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - Gold purchases in India started slowly on Tuesday, a festival day, despite a fall in local prices, as hard times in rural areas have hit demand and many buyers are holding back because they expect prices to fall even further. Indians are the world's biggest consumers of bullion and Akshay Tritiya celebrated on Tuesday is usually one of the busiest gold-buying festivals along with Diwali and Dhanteras. Those hopes looked misplaced early in the day, with …

  • India won't yield to foreign investors' demand for tax waiver - finance ministry source
    India won't yield to foreign investors' demand for tax waiver - finance ministry source

    The government will not yield to the demand of foreign portfolio investors for a tax waiver on capital gains of previous years, a top finance ministry official told reporters on Tuesday. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in his budget speech that capital gains made by foreign investors from April 1, 2015 would be exempted from minimum alternative tax (MAT). "Government will not yield to the demand of FIIs (foreign institutional investors) to withdraw tax notices issued to them," said the …

  • Badminton Asia Championships: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa eliminated in the first round
    Badminton Asia Championships: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa eliminated in the first round

    Jwala and Ashwini lost to the Chinese pairing of Ya Ching Tsu and Yu Po Pai in three games. …

  • Xi hails Pakistan security help in west China; Pakistan vows more
    Xi hails Pakistan security help in west China; Pakistan vows more

    By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping praised Pakistan on Tuesday for its contribution to security in China's restive far west where a Muslim minority chaffs against Beijing's rule, while Pakistan promised to step up cooperation in tackling terrorism. Xi, in an address to Pakistan's parliament, also called for closer economic cooperation between the traditional allies a day after they launched energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion. Xi …

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