Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the start of a crucial parliament budget session. Mr Modi is due to present his first federal budget amid growing disenchantment with his government. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi faces his first major appraisal this weekend when his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government p(...)

Altobridge shareholders believed that its key asset – the intellectual property linked to the technology it was developing – remained valuable despite decision to place it in receivership. Illustration: Thinkstock

Shareholders in technology developer Altobridge say that questions remain to be answered over the decision to place it in receivership last year.Inte(...)

Between 15 per cent and 40 per cent of dumped plastic enters the ocean each year, according to a survey in the journal ‘Science’. Photograph: Erik De Castro/Reuters

Nearly nine million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year – much more than previously thought – and about one-third of it com(...)

An economist based in Galway who had an account with HSBC in Geneva has said it was suggested to him by an official there that he switch his money fro(...)

The smart money is clearly on a negotiated settlement, but only after a good bit of sabre-rattling. Photograph: Getty Images

It is said that the reason universities are such snake pits of political intrigue is that the stakes involved in most academic arguments are trivial. (...)

Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture: “This visit to the US represents a huge opportunity to promote Irish beef in one of the most valuable markets in the world.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has begun a major trade mission to the US to mark the lifting of the US embargo on Irish beef. Beef from(...)

Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Michael Taft, research officer with the Unite trade union who have called on the Government to host a European debt conference. Photograph: Collins

The Government should show leadership and host a European debt conference to look at solutions to the burden of debt both in Ireland and in Europe, a (...)

Bangladeshi labourers:  while Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries its  gross domestic product grew 6.1 per cent in 2014. Photograph:  Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, is not necessarily a place you would think of when exploring future possibilities in south Asia. In (...)

Presidential guards parade before newly appointed ministers and deputy ministers at a swearing in ceremony outside the presidential palace in Athens on January 27th, 2015. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Sometimes the right thing to do is the wise thing. That is the case now for Greece. Done correctly, debt reduction would benefit Greece and the rest o(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: gave strong hints that the Bank of England could increase interest rates from their record lows sooner than expected. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The ECB has done its part – now it’s up for countries to implement structural reforms. That was the message from Benoît Cœuré, a senior ECB figure,(...)