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Nov 21, 2012
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On the ground on the night – the Mumbai attacks


(Phil Smith is General Manager for Reuters News, South Asia and at the time of the 2008 attacks was Reuters Editor, South Asia based in Mumbai and living in the south of the city near Nariman House)

I was enjoying a relatively early night on that Wednesday at my home in Colaba, when I was jolted awake by a loud bang and several smaller ones. Thinking it was just leftover festival fireworks and people having fun, I turned over, only to be roused by the unmistakable sound of automatic gunfire.

Mar 27, 2011

Inside U.S.-declared no-go zone, Japan quake evacuees await aid

March 27 (Reuters) – OTSU, Japan – Ninety-three-year-old Kou
Murata sat cross-legged on the floor of an elementary school
classroom, her home for the past fortnight since the massive
9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s east coast.

Surrounded by piles of quilts and blankets, she fretted over
what was to become of her in the twilight of her life.
  “I am afraid because people are leaving, and we are alone,”
she said, looking small and frail in a jacket decorated with

Oct 22, 2009

Acer to protect margins, sees sales jump

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Acer <2353.TW>, the world’s No. 2 PC maker, aims to boost revenue by more than 70 percent over the next three years, while maintaining margins to avoid repeating a similar meteoric rise and fall less than a decade ago.

Much of the growth is set to come from low-cost netbook PCs, which Taiwan’s Acer expects to jump over 50 percent in 2010, Chairman J.T. Wang said, citing an improving global economy and a shift to selling smaller, more mobile PCs for the explosive growth.

Oct 22, 2009

Acer sees revenue almost doubling in 3 yrs -chairman

TAIPEI, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Acer Inc <2353.TW>, the world’s No. 2 PC maker, expects revenue to grow about 70 percent to $30 billion in three years, helped by growth in the PC and handheld devices sector, the company’s chairman said on Thursday.

Acer also expects shipments of its low-cost netbook PCs to rise over 50 percent in 2010 from this year, Chairman J.T. Wang said, helped by an improving global economy and as more users migrate to the smaller form for more mobility.

Oct 19, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Taiwan’s Ma urges China to scrap missiles

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou urged China on Monday to scrap the growing number of missiles aimed at the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own, a potential stumbling block to trade ties worth $130 billion.

Taiwan planned to buy more weapons from the United States to protect itself, although it did not want an arms race with China, Ma said, as the military balance tips in the mainland’s favor.

Oct 19, 2009

Taiwan leader sees steady GDP growth, eyes inflation

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Monday that the island needs to diversify its exports to stay competitive and forecast 4 percent economic growth next year.

Taiwan government forecasts of 3.92 percent growth next year and a 4.04 percent contraction this year as the tech-reliant economy eases out of a recession due to the worst global downturn since the Great Depression.

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      "Reuters News General Manager for South Asia based in Bangalore. Prior to that, Phil was four years in Beijing as General Manager North Asia and before that Editor South Asia based in Mumbai. He was in Sydney as Bureau Chief Pacific and first moved to Asia from London in 1997 based in Singapore."
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