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  • Culture and policy explain why sex ratios are skewed in Asia

    TOKYO Asia's recent demographic upheaval is well documented: Rapid economic development and urbanization over recent decades have pushed up life expectancy, leading to aging populations and the array of socioeconomic challenges that quickly follow s

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Asia's gender imbalance is bad news for growth

    There is an unsettling statistic that bodes ill for Asia: The region has roughly 100 million more men than women, with the biggest gulfs seen in China and India. In some places, however, the imbalance skews the other way. In either case, the gender

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Company in Focus: Maruti Suzuki wants the world, starting with rural India

    MUMBAI In 2016, India ranked fifth in global auto sales, at 3.6 million units, coming just behind Germany. A big chunk of those sales came from Maruti Suzuki India, which sold 1.4 million cars to grab about 40% of the domestic market. A local unit o

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB forecasts the slowest Asian growth since 2001

    MANILA Asia's growth will fall to its slowest pace since 2001 this year amid policy uncertainty in advanced economies and an outflow of capital, according to the Asian Development Bank.In its 2017 Asian Development Outlook, released on April 6, the

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Tata Motors unit pioneers Indian-built industrial robots

    MUMBAI -- Tata Motors subsidiary TAL Manufacturing Solutions has begun selling what it calls the nation's first homegrown industrial robot in a key step for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative.The TAL Brabo is said to have help

    April 13, 2017 12:23 am JST
  • Indian government to combat agricultural wastage

    NEW DELHI -- In a bid to reduce post-harvest waste in India valued at 920 billion rupees ($14.2 billion), and to raise farming income, the government is launching an ambitious national scheme involving large food parks, integrated cold chains, and f

    April 12, 2017 11:50 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index rises for first time in five days

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks recouped early losses to end higher Wednesday as investors looked past geopolitical tensions over North Korea and Syria and turned buyers after four days of declines.The Nikkei As300 Index added 0.3% or 3.9

    April 12, 2017 09:41 pm JST
  • India shares fall as investors take profits ahead of company earnings

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Indian shares fell Wednesday, erasing most of the gains added in the previous session, as waning risk appetite amid lingering geopolitical concerns prompted investors to take profits before companies announce quarterly earnings

    April 12, 2017 09:23 pm JST
  • Tata Consultancy, Infosys likely to post tepid earnings as technology spending stays weak

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- India's top software exporters are likely to report yet another quarter of muted revenue and profit in January-March, as demand for outsourcing remains weak amid macroeconomic uncertainties and an industry-wide shift to new tech

    April 12, 2017 08:06 pm JST
  • Interview

    DBS sees biggest threat from internet players like Alibaba, Tencent

    SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) -- When it comes to digital services, Singapore's largest lender is more concerned about recent entrants such as Alibaba Group Holding's Ant Financial Services than about advances at traditional banks.The need to fend off

    April 12, 2017 05:20 pm JST
  • Surging West African oil exports push tanker rates higher

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- Crude oil freight rates for tankers have bounced back. The benchmark Worldscale Index for the largest tankers is up more than 30% compared to the end of March. Strong demand for tankers taking on crude in West Africa and bound for

    April 12, 2017 04:47 pm JST
  • Sanitary breakthrough brings hygiene and work to rural India

    SILIGURI, India -- "My daughters shall not lead my life," said Binita, shredding pine wood pulp with her fingers. She meant two things: They will not be driven into prostitution, and they will enjoy better feminine hygiene.Binita, a mother of three

    April 12, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Coca-Cola nears biggest showdown with India activists

    BANGALORE -- As India's clean water shortage grows, environmental campaigns against Western soft-drink companies are gaining momentum.A court forced PepsiCo, a U.S. food and drinks group, to shutter a decade-old bottling plant in the state of Kerala

    April 12, 2017 12:45 am JST
  • India shares post first gain in four days as Infosys, ITC rebound

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Indian shares rose for the first time in four days on Tuesday, helped by a rebound in index heavyweights Infosys and ITC, as investors stepped up purchases before the start of the quarterly earnings season.The BSE Sensex index g

    April 11, 2017 09:01 pm JST
  • Geopolitical jitters drive fourth loss for Nikkei Asia300 Index

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan fell for a fourth day as mounting military tensions in North Korea and Syria sapped investors' risk appetite.The Nikkei Asia300 Index fell 0.6%, or seven points, to 1,161.78. Chinese heavyw

    April 11, 2017 08:49 pm JST
  • India car sales growth likely flat this year as fuel prices set to rise, group says

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- The pace of India's passenger vehicles sales growth will likely remain little changed this fiscal year, as fewer new launches and rising fuel prices cloud the outlook for demand, the nation's main auto industry group said.Sales

    April 11, 2017 08:35 pm JST
  • China Mobile leads Asian telecoms

    TOKYO/BEIJING -- Among Asian telecom companies, China Mobile has the biggest market cap by far, a feat it accomplished by beating out mainland rivals in the race to provide high-speed 4G service. China Mobile's market cap stood at $225.3 billion on

    April 11, 2017 11:30 am JST
  • Difference makers

    Indian Nobel winner knows he has barely made a dent

    NEW DELHI -- Kailash Satyarthi has spent years risking his own life to save exploited child laborers. He sees no respite ahead.In the summer of 2004, Satyarthi, now 63, launched a secret operation to rescue 12 girls from a circus troupe in northern

    April 11, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Analysts guardedly optimistic about 2017 Asian growth

    Economists of major Southeast Asian countries revised up their growth forecasts for 2017 from three month ago due to brighter prospects for exports and in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump's pro-growth policies in the short term. Currently

    April 11, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Flipkart closes $1.4bn funding round, acquires eBay India

    NEW DELHI -- Flipkart, India's largest online retailer, on Monday announced it has raised a whopping $1.4 billion from Tencent Holdings, eBay and Microsoft in its biggest-ever funding round since its inception a decade ago, a deal which will help it

    April 10, 2017 11:38 pm JST