Month: November 2017

2014 Adelaide hundred most special for me, says Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli today described his 141 against Australia in Adelaide in the 2014 tour as his best Test century. (Image: ANI) India captain Virat Kohli today described his 141 against Australia in Adelaide in the 2014 tour as his best Test century, saying that the confidence the team got in that match under …

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HUA approves construction of over 1 lakh more houses for urban poor

The Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 1,681 crore for their construction, it said. The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has approved the construction of 1.12 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), an official release said today. There will be an investment of Rs 8,105 crore …

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Trai moots easier norms for telecom business, speedier M&A nods

Regulator Trai today advocated time-bound approval for merger or transfer of licences after NCLT nod and favoured allowing trading or surrender of excess spectrum of a merged entity within a year. (Image: PTI) Regulator Trai today advocated time-bound approval for merger or transfer of licences after NCLT nod and favoured allowing trading or surrender of …

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It’s a nice, hard-working man’s life that I have led, says Salman Khan

Salman Khan says he has a led a boring but hard-working life contrary to the perception about him in the media. (Image: Reuters) Salman Khan says he has a led a boring but hard-working life contrary to the perception about him in the media. The actor said he still lives in a one-room apartment and …

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Rahul Gandhi promises farm loan waiver in Gujarat

Congress Vice-President (VP) Rahul Gandhi on Thursday promised loan waiver to farmers of Gujarat and free education in government aided colleges if the Congress party were to form the government. He said a policy to waive farm debt would be made within 10 days of the Congress forming the government. He also promised a 80% …

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Explain payments bank a/c issue by Dec 4: UIDAI to Airtel

The UIDAI has asked Airtel to explain, by December 4, why action should not be taken against it for allegedly opening payments bank accounts without “informed consent” of customers who went for Aadhaar-based mobile SIM verification.The Aadhaar-issuing body, the UIDAI, had slapped notices on Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank in this regard in September. …

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Google’s own take on Instagram stories soon

YouTube is adopting the “stories” format made popular by Instagram and Snapchat, but with its own spin. The new feature is called “Reels,” and will allow creators to take advantage of a dedicated tab inside their channel’s page to put stacks of 30-second clips there to share with their audience. Creators can shoot video from …

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China hints at maintaining sizable troops’ presence near

The Chinese military today hinted at maintaining sizable presence of its troops near the area of Doklam standoff during winter, asserting that the region is in Chinese territory.India objected to the road building by the PLA, saying that it endangered the security of the narrow corridor.According to official accounts, both China and India in the …

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Bharti Airtel sees smooth African safari ahead

A strategic shift in its African operations is bearing results for Bharti Airtel. The company has reported profits in the continent for the past three quarters.Airtel reported a record Ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) margin of 32.1 per cent in the September quarter. The net profit before exceptional items of Airtel Africa …

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View: GDP numbers on upturn but India still in the thick of a slowdown

By Aurodeep The GDP figures released on Thursday for the July-September 2017 quarter is an important data point, primarily because it was meant to be a bellwether of whether India has finally escaped the gloom of the goods and services tax (GST) and demonetisation-fuelled slowdown. To that extent, it hasn’t disappointed. At 6.3% year-on-year, it …

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Kin of TCS employee who died on duty want details of medical care, emergency protocol on campus

CHENNAI: Relatives of Moses Ranjan Raj, a Tata consultancy Services employee who collapsed during work and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital in Chennai, have asked the software exporter for a meeting to discuss the circumstances that lead to Raj’s death and the efficacy of in-house emergency aid personnel on campus. According …

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Rahul Gandhi breaks silence over Hindu controversy: My family, my grandmother are Shiv bhakts, won’t do dalali over religion

We do not want to commercialise this thing. We don’t want to do ‘dalali’ over it. We do not want to use it for political purposes too,” he added. Breaking his silence for the first time on Somnath row, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today clarified that he had put his name only on visitors’ register …

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GDP increase reflects solid economic management, says Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday hailed the spike in figures on economic growth for the second quarter of 2017. (Image: PTI) BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday hailed the spike in figures on economic growth for the second quarter of 2017 as a “reflection of solid economic management” and said he anticipated more employment …

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Assam woos investors; targets upto Rs 30,000 cr funds in 2 yrs

The Assam government invited investors to tap investment opportunities in the state and targets investment of Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore in next two years by promoting the north-eastern state as an Indian gateway to ASEAN countries.Sonowal was speaking at a media meet for the ‘Advantage Assam: Global Investors’ Summit 2018′ scheduled for …

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When Ganguly ‘compelled’ selectors to name Kumble for Australia tour

The national selectors had made up their mind to drop Anil Kumble from the 2003-2004 Australia tour but former India skipper Saurav Ganguly put his foot down and ensured that the legendary spinner make it to the series.“I will give you the example of Anil Kumble, who was probably the biggest match-winner India has ever …

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Government doesn’t recognise crypto currency as legal, says FM Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (IE) With virtual currency gaining traction among investors, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said India does not recognise crypto currency as legal tender. Yesterday, virtual currency bitcoin touched a record high of USD 11,434, before declining 20 per cent. “Recommendations are being worked at. The government’s position is clear, we don’t …

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Padmavati row: People should not have preconceived notions, says Rajkumar Rao

“Once you see a film — I don’t mean only Padmavati — you often find there’s no distortion of facts (or history) as is alleged,” he added. (IE) Amid the protests over the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed “Padmavati”, actor Rajkumar Rao today said people should not have preconceived notions about a film without watching it. “We …

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Bigg Boss 11: Hina Khan belittles Gauahar Khan, calls Sakshi Tanwar cross-eyed

In picture L to R: Gauahar Khan, Hina Khan and Sakshi Tanwar The troublemaker from the Bigg Boss 11 house, Hina Khan, has landed in more trouble. After getting repeated warnings from the host Salman Khan, Hina Khan doesn’t seem to be able to stop herself no matter what the cost. A video published by …

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Reversal in trend

The headline number provided by the Central Statistics Office in its first estimates of economic growth in the July-September quarter provides a welcome reversal of trend. Gross domestic product (GDP) at constant 2011-12 prices has grown by 6.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2017-18 over the figure reported for the corresponding quarter of …

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Self-reliance in urea?

In his latest Mann ki Baat address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi counseled farmers to shun excessive use of urea. This plea is in sync with the government’s plan for achieving self-sufficiency in this most consumed and heavily import-dependent fertiliser by curbing its superfluous consumption and boosting domestic production.Self-sustenance in urea seemed out of reach till …

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My family ‘Shiv Bhakt’, won’t do ‘dalali’ over religion: Rahul

AMRELI: A day after a controversy broke out over his religion, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said he and his family members were ‘Shiv Bhakts’ (devotees of Lord Shiva) but asserted that he did not want to use his religion for political gains. Addressing traders in a closed-door meeting here, Gandhi said he did not …

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Trump weighs plan to replace Tillerson with CIA’s Pompeo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump’s national security team, administration officials said Thursday. The move would put Pompeo, a former congressman who has grown close to Trump during …

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GDP growth rate figure of 6.3% may go up further, says Hasmukh Adhia

Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia. (Source: PTI) Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia on Thursday said there may be an underestimation in the second quarter GDP growth rate figure of 6.3 per cent, which could go up further after the real picture about the indirect taxes becomes clear. Referring to TCA Anant’s remarks while releasing the GDP figures, …

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White House talking about replacing Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo

The move would put Pompeo, a former congressman who has grown close to Trump during his tenure atop the CIA, in charge of U.S. diplomacy. (Reuters) The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald …

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Vodafone offer: Telco rolls out big Rs 2,200 cashback offer on smartphones, but there is a catch

Vodafone India on Thursday announced yet another lucrative offer. (Reuters) Vodafone India on Thursday announced yet another lucrative offer. The telecom operator rolled out a cashback offers on four Micromax 4G smartphones and expanding its ongoing partnership with the handset maker for bundled offerings. Vodafone, in its official statement, said,”Its existing and new customers can …

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Government seeks to amend cattle trade ban

The government is planning to amend an earlier order on banning cattle trade for slaughter that had hurt the livestock economy and threatened the meat industry in the country, informed sources said on Thursday. (Image: Reuters) The government is planning to amend an earlier order on banning cattle trade for slaughter that had hurt the …

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West Bengal CM trying to finish Gorkhaland movement: Bimal Gurung

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung today claimed in the Supreme Court that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to break his party to finish the movement for separate statehood.Gurung told a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan that he has been framed in several fakes cases and if …

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There’s a new airline for hipsters. But not everyone’s impressed

What corporate France lacks in cost-cutting potential, it makes up for in style. That at least appears to be the recipe at Joon, the latest aviation brainchild of Air France-KLM Group, which starts operating this week.The pitch goes like this: tech-savvy and fashion-conscious flight attendants serve de rigueur staples from baobab juice to organic quinoa …

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Chandigarh gang rape: BJP MP Kirron Kher slams those trying to give political colour

Some reports and social media users had accused Kher of blaming the victim for the incident. (ANI) BJP MP Kirron Kher today said that her advice asking women to be cautious if they see suspicious men in an auto-rickshaw they plan to travel in was aimed at preventing crimes and she never blamed the victim …

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Improvement in GDP numbers a pause from downward trend: Congress

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that growth of agriculture and core sectors was abysmal. (Image: Reuters) Congress said on Thursday that the improvement in GDP numbers to 6.3 per cent was “a temporary pause from the downward trend” and accused the Narendra Modi government of giving a “desperate spin to hide its luminous under-performance”. …

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Lalu Prasad-Nitish Kumar war of words on Twitter on

The war of words between Kumar and Prasad is going on in Twitter with no one taking the other’s name. (Reuters) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today mocked at the RJD supremo saying ‘corruption is etiquette’ for Lalu Prasad who, on the other hand, retorted that the JD(U) president’s clean image is actually ‘fake’. The …

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Engineers India Limited recruitment 2017: Navratna PSU announces vacancies for managers, Sr officer, Hindi Typist; check details now

EIL recruitment 2017: Engineers India Limited, a Navratna PSU of the Government of India has announced vacancies Company Secretariat, Town Planner Manager, Naval Architect Manager, Mining Manager, Hindi typist, etc. (Website) EIL recruitment 2017: Engineers India Limited, a Navratna PSU of the Government of India has announced vacancies Company Secretariat, Town Planner Manager, Naval Architect …

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Modi to address 7 rallies on Dec 3 and 4 in poll-bound Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would once again visit poll-bound Gujarat on December 3 and 4 and address seven rallies in Saurashtra and south Gujarat where polling will be held on December 9.Modi would also visit Ahmedabad in the evening to attend a function at Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratisthanam (SGVP). As per the SGVP website, …

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Maharashtra’s IT sector attracts over ₹5,100-crore investments

Mumbai, November 30:   The Maharashtra government has managed to attract investments worth more than ₹5,100 crore in Information Technology and ₹829 crore in Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) in the last three years, said a senior official with the government. To provide jobs The government introduced an IT and ITES policy in June 2015 to …

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Surveillance cameras just got smart

Videocon Telecom to incorporate advanced software in its CCTVs Chennai, November 30:   Surveillance cameras will soon become intelligent. They will be able to count the number of plates used in a banquet hall (often there is a dispute on the plates served) and even read the number plate of a car speeding at 120 kmph …

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Nifty50 may see some pullback, but keep overall exposure light

In our previous note, we had mentioned about confirmation of the levels of 10,410 becoming a temporary lower top for the market. Thursday’s expiry session saw the volatility on expected lines, but the session remained weaker than expected. The benchmark Nifty50 ended the day losing 134.75 points or 1.30 per cent after failing to sustain …

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OPEC agrees oil cut extension to end of 2018

VIENNA: OPEC agreed on Thursday to extend oil output cuts until the end of 2018 as it tries to finish clearing a global glut of crude while signalling it could exit the deal earlier if the market overheats. Non-OPEC Russia, which this year reduced production significantly with OPEC for the first time, has been pushing …

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Distorted India maps given to students in pre-board exam, says BJP

The TMC teachers’ cell was responsible for the goof-up, he claimed at a press conference and showed a map bearing the watermark of the ‘WBBSE’ (West Bengal Board of Secondary Education). (PTI) The BJP today alleged that some schools in West Bengal had distributed a distorted map of India among Class 10 students appearing in …

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Arun Jaitley on Virat Kohli, FM asks this big question about Indian captain, answer will amaze you

Virat Kohli. (ANI) Indian captain Virat Kohli on Thursday won the Popular choice award at the Indian of the Year award event. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the award to the 29-year-old batsman. Interestingly, while speaking on the subject, Jaitley also revealed something special about Kohli that was not in the public sphere till now. …

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Economy out of woods, growth to hit 6.5-7% for FY18, says Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar

For the moment, “we must celebrate uptick in the economy”, Kumar further said. (Twitter) The September quarter growth rebound shows that the economy has come out of the woods and economic expansion for the full year will come in at 6.5-7 per cent, Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said today. For the moment, “we must …

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Benami property: Here is the big weapon in crackdown against wrongdoers

Prime Minister said that in a fight against benami property, the Unique Identification Number will work as a “big weapon”. Blasting skeptics of Aadhaar Card and the usages it is being put to, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the UID number is helping to bring an “irreversible change”. Prime Minister said that …

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Anil Ambani group to file Rs 5,000-cr defamation suit against Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi

A Reliance group spokesperson said: “Abhishek Singhvi has made false, defamatory and libellous statements against the group. (Reuters) The Anil Ambani-led Reliance group today said it will file a Rs 5,000-crore defamation suit against Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi for making “false and defamatory statements”. A Reliance group spokesperson said: “Abhishek Singhvi has made false, defamatory …

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Dow breaks above 24,000 mark as tax bill wins crucial support

The Dow Jones Industrial Average pierced through the 24,000 mark for the first time on Thursday and the other indexes rallied on strong indications that President Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan may get enough support for passage.Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said he would back the tax legislation under consideration by the Senate, saying he believes …

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Journalist shot dead by unidentified assailants in Kanpur

A young journalist working for a Hindi daily was shot dead on Thursday by unidentified assailants near the Nagar Palika market in Billhaur, 60 km from here, police said.Gupta, who was in his 30s, succumbed to injuries while being rushed to a hospital.As the news of the killing spread, senior police officials rushed to the …

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The Latest: Arkansas’ Cotton says he’s focused on Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s national security team (all times local): 11:23 a.m. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s office says he’s focused is on serving the people of Arkansas in the Senate. That’s after reports that he might be picked to run the CIA in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump’s …

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Hodgson warns against return to dark days of crowd trouble

(Reuters) – Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has compared the crowd trouble that marred Tuesday’s goalless draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League to the “dark days” of football and said that such behaviour should be avoided at all costs. Several stewards suffered minor injuries and one from each club was hospitalised …

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Indians largest non-EU migrants in UK

Indians are the largest migrant group from outside the European Union (EU) to settle in the UK but the overall migration in the country has fallen over the last one year, according to latest datareleased today.Overall, the ONS data found that net migration to the UK had fallen by 106,000 to hit 230,000 during the …

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Bangladesh readies rickshaw for down-to-earth pope

DHAKA: Pope Francis will forego his trusty pope mobile for a cycle rickshaw in Bangladesh, Catholic officials said today, as the famously frugal pontiff began a three-day visit to the country. A spokesman for the Catholic Church said the pope had asked to ride in a cycle rickshaw to a park where he will lead …

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White House considers replacing Secretary of State Tillerson

1 White House considers replacing Secretary of State Tillerson The Latest: Attorney general facing committee interview Trump pal: Radio host ‘confirmed’ Wikileaks’ Clinton promise UK PM May is focused on tackling extremism, spokesman says in response to Trump Kuwait invites boycott-hit Qatar to Gulf summit New city of the dead takes shape underneath Jerusalem Images …

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US hopes India will do more against ‘global threat’ North Korea

We hope that India will do more and we’ll continue to have those conversations with the government,” she said. (Reuters) Terming North Korea a “global threat”, the US said today that it expects India to do more to help America and its international allies exert pressure on Pyongyang to give up its missile and nuclear …

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