• A Quest for Six-Packs, Inspired by Bollywood Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 3:37 AM ET

    For his starring role in the recent action movie “Ishaqzaade,” the young actor Arjun Kapoor did the prep work expected of an aspiring leading man in Bollywood. He took acting classes. He worked on his dancing. And he spent months transforming his flabby stomach into a gym-hardened washboard of six-pack abs. The NYT reports.

  • A nurse carries a baby born exactly when the national census commission's population clock clicked over one billion at 12:32 pm (0702 GMT) to place it among other babies, all born 11 May 2000 in a city hospital in Calcutta. India saw the birth of its billionth citizen, chosen from a hospital in New Delhi, amid growing poverty and homelessness.

    Even as the proverbial battle of supremacy between emerging economic giants China and India continues to polarize views, it seems the South Asian nation may have an edge when it comes to demography.

  • India Needs Infrastructure Investment     Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 8:30 PM ET

    A.S. Thiyaga Rajan, MD at Aquarius Investment Advisors says that India could grow at about 8% if it boosts infrastructure investment.

  • ADB Cuts Growth Outlooks     Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Lei Lei Song, Senior Economist, Asian Development Bank says that Asian economies are becoming more integrated, helping them cushion a slowdown in the West.

  • Indian Stocks' Valuations Near 20-Year Lows     Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 7:45 PM ET

    Ajay Kapur, Head of Equity Strategy, Asia at Deutsche Bank says that India's negative story is already fully reflected in valuations of stocks, which are near 20-year lows. Indian firms have fairly good ROE as its corporate sector is reasonably efficient.

  • CIOs Are Bullish on Equities     Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    Ajay Kapur, Head of Equity Strategy, Asia at Deutsche Bank says that CIOs whom he speaks to are still bullish on equities and expect them to be higher by the end of the year.

  • Pilot Demand Forecast Raising Safety Concerns Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 4:10 PM ET
    Airplane on runway

    There's growing worry about a global pilot shortage among industry experts. Asia already is experiencing a shortage. Learn why.

  • BRIC Countries Need a New Recipe for Growth     Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 8:40 PM ET

    Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist & MD, Mesirow Financial, says BRIC economies face structural changes and that they need a new recipe for growth.

  • Is India Ready to Push the Reset Button on Reforms? Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 12:58 AM ET
    India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

    India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, credited with turning around the economy in the 1990s, is once again fully in charge of economic policy and experts say there is growing urgency to deal with the deteriorating economy.

  • Indonesian Businesses Still Optimistic: Survey     Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Clive McDonnell, Head of Equity Strategy at Standard Chartered says that Indonesian businesses are concerned about costs but they still have pricing power.

  • Brace for Worsening Slowdown Across Asia: Nomura Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 3:19 AM ET
    Brigade Road in Bangalore, Karnataka.

    Most Asian economies from Indonesia to India will deteriorate in the second half of the year because demand from both domestic and foreign buyers will weaken, according to Nomura. The exception is China, where monetary easing and fiscal policies are already starting to take effect and will help its economy rebound in the third quarter.

  • Tai Hui, Head of Regional Research, Asia at Standard Chartered Bank says domestic factors will determine the resilience of Asian economies in the next few months.

  • Asia Won't See Rerun of 2008     Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 7:50 PM ET

    Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC says Asia will not see a re-run of the financial crisis in 2008. Johanna Chua, Chief Economist of Asia Pacific at Citi, agrees, adding that the region has not totally de-coupled from the West but it is more resilient now.

  • Inflation Pressures Remain in Indian Economy     Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 4:20 AM ET

    "The [Indian] economy is on surer footing than it was a couple of months ago,"Taimur Baig, director and chief economist at Deutsche Bank AG told CNBC. But he added "the rupee cost of import is still pretty substantial" and that inflationary pressure on the Indian economy remained leaving the Reserve Bank of India with little room for manoeuvre on economic policy.

  • Weak Rupee Makes Foreign Trips Unaffordable for Indians Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    A falling rupee, that has depreciated about 25 percent over the past one year, coupled with red hot inflation at home and skyrocketing airfares is making foreign travel unaffordable for many Indians.

  • Glenn Levine, Senior Economist at Moody's Analytics says the Indian Prime Minister may find it tough to push through reforms due to India's acrimonious political situation.

  • India’s Stock Market Rally May Not Last: Chart Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 10:34 PM ET

    Despite the gloom about India’s economy, the country’s stock market is up 12.5 percent this year making it the best performer among the BRIC nations. But technical analyst and trader Daryl Guppy says the rally may not last.

  • Risks Lurk in Asia's Most Upbeat Economy Sunday, 1 Jul 2012 | 9:28 PM ET
    Heavy morning traffic, Thamrin Street, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Indonesians are confident that  the economy is capable of withstanding the stress in global, but risks remain.

  • John Noonan, Senior FX Analyst, Thomson Reuters, discusses the possible moves the ECB can take when it meets on Thursday. He adds that signs of aggressive easing by the ECB will be a welcome event because Europe needs a weaker currency.

  • Zafran: Betting on the Population Boom Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 1:30 PM ET

    Many emerging market countries will be home to an exploding population with a growing working-age populace over the next several decades, which will lead to attractive investment opportunities.