ASIA PACIFIC

  • India wary of assertive China, intrusive Pakistan: IAF Chief November 29, 2014

    Bengaluru: With the strategic gravity shifting from west to east, especially to Asia and Asia Pacific, "India faces security challenges in the region due to an assertive China and an intrusive Pakistan", the IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, said on Saturday. "The situation is not good for the environment,...
  • In veiled message to China, Barack Obama renews commitment to Asia-Pacific pivot November 15, 2014

    Brisbane: US President Barack Obama sought on Saturday to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington's strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled message to a rising China with a vow to "deepen our engagement using every element of our power". Speaking in Australia on the final stop of a...
  • Sony World Photography Awards launch hunt to uncover India's best photographer November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world's most prestigious photography competitions, together with Sony Asia Pacific, launches a competition to discover India's best photographer. India National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from India. Entries are free via worldphoto website and photographers can enter any...
  • Poor-rich gap growing in India, Asia-Pacific: United Nations October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The gap between the poor and the rich is growing in the Asia-Pacific region and there has been an increase in income inequality in many major economies including India, China and Indonesia, a UN-ESCAP report has said. "Inequality is key socio-economic challenge for the region. At the national...
  • Arjun Atwal best Indian in tied 17th at Asia-Pacific Open in Japan September 28, 2014

    Arjun Atwal closed with a round of one-under 70 to finish tied 17th, the best among the Indians at the 150 million Yen (approx US $1.5 million) Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup on Sunday. Atwal, who did not have any status on PGA Tour this year, is over in Asia,...
  • Eight Indians in Fortune list of powerful AsiaPacific women September 21, 2014

    New York: As many as eight Indian women, led by ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar, have made it to the Fortune list of 25 most powerful women "shaping the new world order" in the AsiaPacific region. Kochhar, ranked highest among Indian women, has been ranked second across the region, while three...
  • 12 Indian firms in Forbes' 50 best companies in AsiaPacific September 2, 2014

    New York: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL Technologies and HDFC Bank are among the 50 best public companies in AsiaPacific according to a compilation by Forbes, which ranked India second behind China as home to the "world's next growth engines". The Forbes 2014 'honour roll of the Fabulous 50' lists best...
  • India has the slowest Internet penetration growth in Asia Pacific region June 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India, which accounts for the third largest online userbase globally after China and the US, has had the lowest Internet penetration growth in Asia Pacific (APAC) at 17.4 per cent so far this year, research firm eMarketer said in a report. However, it left behind major emerging markets in...
  • Starbucks taking Indian coffee to its outlets across globe November 22, 2013

    Opening its first store in south India in Bangalore, American coffee giant Starbucks on Friday said it is taking the Indian grown coffee to its 19,000 stores across the world. "In India, the coffee (that) farmers grow. we not only sell the coffee in our stores here in India, but also...
  • 'The Lunchbox' selected for Asia Pacific Screen Awards November 12, 2013

    Melbourne: Director Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox' is among the four Indian films that have been nominated in the Seventh Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) this year. The awards will be held in Brisbane next month. According APSA official statement, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the names of 39 films...
  • Miss Asia Pacific World Srishti Rana's tiara seized by Air Intelligence Unit November 5, 2013

    Busan: Twenty oneyearold Srishti Rana, who bagged Miss Asia Pacific 2013 pageant in Korea recently, is in trouble. Srishti's tiara, made of diamonds and other valuable gems, has been seized by Air Intelligence Unit as it was an undeclared item. The tiara of Rana will be returned once the value...
  • Miss India runnerup Srishti Rana crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 October 31, 2013

    Busan: Twenty oneyearold Srishti Rana has made the country proud by winning Miss Asia Pacific 2013 pageant in Korea. She is India's second consecutive winner to win the coveted titles. The 21yearold outshined among 49 other contestants in the pageant held in Korea on October 30. She was crowned by the...
  • Poor finish by Indians, Lee wins berth to Augusta Masters October 27, 2013

    Longkou City (China): Trishul Chinappa and Viraj Madappa, two of India's most promising youngsters, struggled on the final day and ended with rounds of 76 and 80 to finish tied 34th at the AsiaPacific Amateur Championship (AAC) at the Nanshan International Golf Club, here on Sunday. All four Indians, who...
  • Park SungJoon strolls to top at AsiaPacific Open September 28, 2013

    Osaka: Park Sungjoon of Korea continued his great form after carding a third round threeunderpar 68 to charge into a twoshot lead at the AsiaPacific Panasonic Open golf tournament on Saturday. The slightlybuilt Korean, who has not missed a single cut in Japan this season, overcame the tough playing conditions with...
  • All six Indians miss cut in AsiaPacific Panasonic Open September 27, 2013

    Osaka (Japan): It was a disastrous outing for Indians golfers here as none of the six starters were able to make the halfway cut at the AsiaPacific Panasonic Open golf tournament on Friday. Three of the Indians missed the cut by one shot at the USD 1.48 million event sanctioned...
  • US backs India's emergence as regional anchor April 12, 2013

    Washington: Rebalancing its security posture in the AsiaPacific region, the US says it is investing in a longterm strategic partnership with India to support its ability to serve as a regional economic anchor and security provider. The US defence department's "commitment to the AsiaPacific region is part of a broader US...
  • US to 'rebalance' its military in Asia Pacific: Pentagon March 22, 2013

    Washington: As part of its "rebalance" in the Asia Pacific region, the US is all set to deploy additional military resources, including more aircraft careers and fighter jets, a top Pentagon official has said. "Our rebalance means that a higher proportion of our assets will be in the region," the...
  • Jeev Milkha Singh honoured with lifetime award December 15, 2012

    Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei: Jeev Milkha Singh, the first Indian professional golfer to join the European Tour in 1998, celebrated his 41st birthday in advance as he was honoured with the Asia Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award. Jeev was in the august company of 18time major champion Jack Nicklaus and eighttime...
  • Bhambri crashes out as Indian challenge ends at Nanjing event October 19, 2012

    Nanjing: None of the Indian players could take advantage as Yuki Bhambri, who was the lone survivor till Thursday, also crashed out of the Asia Pacific Australian Open wild card play off tournament, here on Friday. Unseeded Yuki lost 26, 36 to his second seed opponent Jimmy Wang from Taipei in...
  • YukiDivij pair make shock exit from Nanjing event October 18, 2012

    Nanjing (China): The topseeded Indian pair of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan crashed out of the men's doubles event of the AsiaPacific Australian Open wild card playoff tournament after suffering an upset straight set defeat, here on Thursday. Yuki and lefthanded Divij lost 67, 46 to local pair of MaoXin Gong...
  • Vidya, Humaima to compete at the APS Awards October 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Vidya Balan's dare bare show in 'The Dirty Picture' has bagged her a nomination in the best actress category at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs), for which Pakistani actress Humaima Mallick is also in competition for her role in 'Bol'. Vidya played southern sex siren Silk Smitha in...
  • Shiv Kapur ends tied fourth at Panasonic Open September 23, 2012

    Hyogo (Japan): Indian golfer Shiv Kapur picked up the biggest cheque of the year after finishing tied fourth with a superb fourunder 67 in the final round of the AsiaPacific Panasonic Open here on Sunday. Kapur picked up a cheque of USD 80,000 after finishing with a fourday total of 13under...
  • Jeev, Shiv open strongly at Panasonic Open September 20, 2012

    Hyogo (Japan): Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh continued his strong comeback from injury with a fine fourunder 67 to be tied 11th after the opening round of the AsiaPacific Panasonic Open here on Thursday. Also shooting a fine opening round of 67 was Shiv Kapur. Kapur and Jeev, forced into rest for...
  • Indore girl wins Miss Asia Pacific 2012 June 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Himangini Singh Yadu, who represented India at the Miss Asia Pacific 2012, has won the international title. She is the first one to win the crown in 12 years. The beauty pageant was held in Busan, South Korea, Saturday. "This is a dream come true! All the hard work,...
  • 'Ties with China priority of India's foreign policy' June 7, 2012

    Beijing: India on Wednesday told China that it sees improving bilateral ties as a priority of its foreign policy and expressed desire to expand strategic cooperation, setting aside concerns here over future direction of the relations in the backdrop of the big US push into the AsiaPacific region. Conveying a strong...
  • Jet likely to order 100 planes for $ 3.75 bn May 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Jet Airways is expected to order more than 100 narrowbody aircraft for up to $3.75 billion in 201213 as the largest Indian carrier grabs market share from its troubled rivals, a leading consultancy said. The airline is understood to be actively evaluating Airbus's narrowbody A320 aircraft, and is likely...
  • NCR costliest in India in office rentals May 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Setting up an office is most expensive in the national capital region in terms of rental cost across the country while it is fifth costliest place in the entire Asia Pacific region, a study has found. The country's second most expensive location Mumbai is the only other Indian city...
  • China to become biggest IT consumer in AsiaPacific May 20, 2012

    Beijing: China will soon surpass Japan to become the biggest consumer of IT products and services in the AsiaPacific region, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). China's expenditure on IT is gradually approaching that of Japan, and will hit $173 billion in 2013, about four per cent higher than Japan,...
  • Global shares recover, but fear on Greece remains May 17, 2012

    Tokyo: Asian shares on Thursday recovered a bit of the ground lost in the previous day's selloff, but investors found no reason to bet on risk amid deepening turmoil in Greece and fears of contagion to other stressed euro zone economies. MSCI's broadest index of AsiaPacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose...
  • Asian shares steady after selloff May 17, 2012

    Tokyo: Asian shares steadied on Thursday from the previous day's selloff, but investors found no reason to bet on risk amid deepening turmoil in Greece and fears of contagion to other stressed euro zone economies. MSCI's broadest index of AsiaPacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.1 percent, after sliding more than...