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  • Indian economy

    Consumer sentiment stabilizes after third rate cut

    NEW DELHI -- Consumer sentiment in India, which dropped marginally in June, seems to have stabilized. The MNI India Consumer Sentiment Indicator stood at 119.5 last month against 119.6 in May. "It is encouraging to see that consumer sentiment ha

    July 5, 2015 12:13 am JST
  • Eyeing construction boom

    Kansai Paint aims to tap coating demand in India

    OSAKA -- Kansai Paint plans to invest about 7 billion yen ($56.4 million) to build a new factory in India, taking advantage of growing demand there for building coating materials. The company, which controls roughly half of the Indian market for

    July 4, 2015 02:38 am JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    India's service performance contracts further in June

    TOKYO -- India's service sector activity in June contracted to its lowest point since March 2014 due to new competition and extremely hot temperatures. The Nikkei India Services Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, in June declined to 47.7 from 4

    July 3, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • India wired

    Private sector pledges $70bn for digital revolution

    NEW DELHI -- "E-governance is going to change into m-governance very fast," Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday at an event staged to fast-track his Digital India initiative, which aims to deliver digital empowerment for all and a knowl

    July 3, 2015 12:31 am JST
  • India nutrition

    Noodle scare ignites consumer awareness

    NEW DELHI -- India's recent food scare over lead and unlabelled monosodium glutamate in instant noodles has put manufacturers on notice over compliance with food safety standards and raised awareness among consumers. Nestle India, the Indian a

    July 2, 2015 11:17 pm JST
  • India technology

    Healthcare apps on the rise but ethics an issue

    NEW DELHI -- Two years ago, most patients visiting Dr. Manav Kalra's dental clinic in India's capital New Delhi would have heard about him by word of mouth. Now they are booking appointments after seeing his profile on Practo, a listing website for

    July 2, 2015 04:15 pm JST
  • Regional relations

    Myanmar, India see new warmth in old ties

    YANGON -- Twice a month, the container ship SCI-Kamal sets off from the Yangon waterfront bound for the port of Chennai, in India's Tamil Nadu province, carrying dried beans, wood products and other wares. It returns two weeks later bearing machiner

    July 2, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Startups and the economy

    Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 10:00 am JST
  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Big discoveries start at the molecular level

    To better understand human biology, scientists delve into the molecular mechanisms that drive cellular functions -- from the way cells process nutrients to how they grow, divide and die. They seek answers to key questions: How do cells interact

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • George Magnus: Greece will cast long political shadows

    If Greece were in Asia, it would be the seventh largest economy, of little geopolitical consequence and soon to be overtaken by Bangladesh and Vietnam. Greece's size, however, is not the right metric to use when gauging its significance in Europe's

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Frederic Neumann: Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Southeast Asia catches eye of venture capitalists

    BANGKOK -- It was a long time coming, but Southeast Asia is finally attracting investments from top-tier global venture capital firms. Until the turn of the century, the conventional wisdom among Silicon Valley venture capitalists was to avoid i

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Entrepreneurial engines

    Startups are finding fertile ground in Asia -- Southeast Asia in particular. Populations are getting wealthier, smartphones are ubiquitous and governments are holding out carrots for innovators. Homegrown ventures are sniffing out opportunities far

    July 2, 2015 12:00 am JST
  • Exploring new heights

    India's leading domestic airline files for IPO

    MUMBAI -- Budget carrier IndiGo, India's largest domestic airline with a 40% market share, will be taking off for the stock markets. IndiGo's operating company InterGlobe Aviation filed its draft prospectus for an initial public offering with th

    July 1, 2015 10:08 pm JST
  • Frederic Neumann

    Greek turmoil is not without risks to Asia

    The coming weeks will prove critical for Greece's membership of the eurozone. For Asia, the immediate impact of a potential "Grexit" should be manageable. A powerful policy response by major central banks and comfortable reserve buffers in the regio

    July 1, 2015 04:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei PMI

    Factory activity losing steam across Asia

    TOKYO -- Asia's factory activity lost steam across the landscape in June, as output and new orders slowed. In India, the Nikkei India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, fell from 52.6 in May to 51.3 in June as new business inflows

    July 1, 2015 02:00 pm JST
  • Dabur India

    Ayurvedic goods maker eyes ASEAN market

    NEW DELHI -- Dabur India is a leading food and health care product maker with a history of more than a century, and a reputation for applying the country's traditional medical practice of ayurveda. The company, with its successful footprint in the M

    July 1, 2015 01:00 pm JST
  • Adani Enterprises

    Coal miner halts work at Australian mine

    MUMBAI -- Indian infrastructure conglomerate Adani Enterprises has halted engineering work at its huge Australian coal mine project, Carmichael mine, citing ongoing delays in regulatory approvals. Adani Mining, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Ent

    June 30, 2015 09:00 pm JST
  • Could Greece happen here?

    Japan needs to step up IR activities

    TOKYO -- Greece's debt crisis has sent shock waves through financial markets around the world. But the nation's looming default traces all the way back to 2009. Greece lost investors' confidence when it was discovered that the country had concea

    June 30, 2015 07:00 pm JST
  • Geoff Cook

    Asia's wealthy show their social conscience

    As Asia's middle class is going through a generational shift in wealth, there is also a shift in how that wealth is being used to influence society. More than any other region globally, the wealthiest of the Asia-Pacific are now placing more importa

    June 30, 2015 01:00 pm JST