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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- The U.S. government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million. The agency said the F-16s would allow Pakistan's Air Force to operate in all-weather environments and at night, while improving its self-defense...

  • *India spends more than $4 bln on annual coking coal imports. NEW DELHI, Feb 12- India is asking the country's big steelmakers to consider converting local medium-quality coal into premium coking coal to slash an annual import bill of more than $4 billion for buying that grade from countries such as Australia and South Africa. Resurgent local output of...

  • Consumers in China and India tend to typically buy gold in jewellery form, swooping in to hunt bargains or if they are confident of a sustained rally. A lack of interest from China and India- which together account for about 45 percent of world gold demand- could put a dent on the metal's biggest rally in years, though panic buying of gold coins and bars led by Western...

  • NEW DELHI— Coca-Cola suspended bottling at three plants in India, including one in the parched northwest where farmers have been protesting the company's use of dwindling groundwater reserves. Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, which is a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Co. based in Atlanta, said it was reorganizing operations across its 24 franchise bottling...

  • *Rajan wants to integrate India into global economy, debate. MUMBAI, Feb 12- In a video conference in mid-2014, Indian central bank governor Raghuram Rajan told employees that he wanted to hire talented external candidates and improve the quality of research at the 81- year-old central bank. But in the storied halls of the Reserve Bank of India, where staff have to...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 11- Tata Motors reported on Thursday strong sales by its British Jaguar Land Rover subsidiary in Europe and North America in the last three months of last year, offsetting a drop in China, once its fastest-growing market. Retail sales by JLR, which has been rapidly expanding its model line-up and volumes with new production planned in Europe and...

  • COLOMBO, Feb 11- Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka's business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new special economic zone. India is nervous about losing influence over the island nation off its southern tip, while China's...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 11- India, concerned at being sidelined from the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, is stepping up efforts to reach agreement with an alternative trade bloc centred around China, and hopes to reach a deal this year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has backed an export-focused' Make in India' drive as the path to prosperity for Asia's third-largest...

  • Tri:Factor: Risks when investing in India Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 1:07 AM ET
    TriFactor : Investing in India

    Investors need to consider the contagion risk to the economy, foreign investors' thinning exposure and oil prices, says Mandeep Nalwa, CEO of Taurus Wealth Advisors.

  • *India ruled Monday against differential data pricing. *Regulators in other Free Basics markets may follow India. "Not only because India was expected to be such a critical piece of the overall Internet.org success story, but more so because it has potential dangerous knock-on effects for the universal access initiative in other markets."

  • *India ruled Monday against differential data pricing. *Regulators in other Free Basics markets may follow India. "Not only because India was expected to be such a critical piece of the overall Internet.org success story, but more so because it has potential dangerous knock-on effects for the universal access initiative in other markets."

  • India's new net rules hit Facebook's free Web plan Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 4:20 PM ET
    Indian demonstrators of Free Software Movement Karnataka hold placards during a protest against Facebook's Free Basics initiative, in Bangalore on January 2, 2016.

    India has introduced long-awaited rules on differential Internet pricing, dealing a blow to Facebook's Free Basics program.

  • Forget China? India reports higher GDP Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 12:57 PM ET
    A porter transports metal pipes on a wooden handcart as people wait to cross a street in Mumbai, India, February 8, 2016. The Indian government on Monday forecast annual economic growth to accelerate to 7.6 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2016 after Asia's third-largest economy grew 7.3 percent in the quarter to end-December.

    India, the world's third largest economy, said it expanded by 7.3 percent in the last quarter vs. 6.8 percent for China.

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- India's economic growth slowed in the last quarter of 2015, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to expedite stalled reforms in the next session of parliament when it presents its annual budget. That rate of growth was faster than the 6.8 percent posted by China in the same quarter, although many economists say the...

  • *India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks. *British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014..

  • NEW DELHI— India says its economy grew 7.3 percent in the last three months of 2015, a rate of expansion that puts the South Asian nation ahead of China's 6.8 percent growth during the same period. The data released Monday by the Indian Central Statistics Office shows a slight downturn for India from the previous quarter, when the country registered growth of 7.4...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- A doctor at a hospital in India's capital, New Delhi, was recently tracking a wall of monitors displaying the vital signs of intensive care patients admitted hundreds of miles away when red-and-yellow alerts rang out. India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into the remote management of...

  • Asian markets to take a New Year breather Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 9:15 PM ET
    Asian markets closed for Lunar New Year, which heralds the Year of the Monkey.

    With several markets closed for the Lunar New Year and only a smattering of Asian data due, it may be a rare quiet week for investors.

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- A doctor at a hospital in India's capital, New Delhi, was recently tracking a wall of monitors displaying the vital signs of intensive care patients admitted hundreds of miles away when red-and-yellow alerts rang out. India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into the remote management of...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- India will release data on Monday showing it remains one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but economists are struggling to reconcile that rosy picture with ground realities like weak exports, investment, and flat corporate order books. "There are inconsistencies between the picture presented by new GDP series and many other tried...