Month: December 2017

Soccer: Guardiola calls for more protection for players

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels more needs to be done to protect players from suffering serious injuries after seeing Kevin De Bruyne carried off in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Following City goalkeeper Ederson’s dramatic late penalty save, Palace’s Jason Puncheon lunged in on De Bruyne and took …

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Soccer-Guardiola calls for more protection for players

LONDON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels more needs to be done to protect players from suffering serious injuries after seeing Kevin De Bruyne carried off in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Following City goalkeeper Ederson’s dramatic late penalty save, Palace’s Jason Puncheon lunged in on De Bruyne …

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Rajinikanth’s political move: AIADMK cannot be vanquished, says Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami

Anyone could enter politics in a democracy, but none could vanquish the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu’s ruling party said after superstar Rajinikanth announced his decision to throw his hat into the political ring.(PTI) Anyone could enter politics in a democracy, but none could vanquish the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu’s ruling party said after superstar Rajinikanth announced his …

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GST: Knots yet to be untied

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has eased procedures to help small and medium industry players, but assessees still face problems in filing returns. This was reflected in declining tax collections, though other factors such as rate cuts and use of integrated GST (IGST) also played a part in subdued collections, particularly in October …

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GST: CPI inflation of major commodities

Barring cigarettes, the impact of the goods and services tax (GST) does not seem to be much on retail price inflation. The GST Council had raised the cess on cigarettes in the very first month of the introduction of the new indirect tax regime in July 2017.    The cess was also raised on luxury cars from …

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Congress asks workers, Sewa Dal volunteers to help devotees during Magh Mela

Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar has asked party workers and Sewa Dal volunteers to help devotees visiting the Sangam. Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar has asked party workers and Sewa Dal volunteers to help devotees visiting the Sangam – the confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythic Saraswati – during the ‘Magh …

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Indo-China border to celebrate new year with jawans

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived at the ITBP camp in Matli on the Indo-China border this evening to spend the new year with jawans who brave sub-zero temperatures during the winter as they secure the country’s frontiers. (Reuters) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived at the ITBP camp in Matli on the Indo-China border …

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Overcast conditions raise hopes for white New Year in Himachal Pradesh

Strong icy winds swept across Shimla and surrounding areas, and the sky remained heavily overcast, raising hopes for a white New Year. (PTI) Strong icy winds swept across Shimla and surrounding areas, and the sky remained heavily overcast, raising hopes for a white New Year. The high-altitude tribal areas and mountain passes, which experienced another …

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As 2017 ends, here is how India is celebrating the coming of 2018

New year eve celebrations underway in India. (ANI) New Year 2018: Just about an hour is left for people in India to usher in the new year. With December 31 being a Sunday, people got a big opportunity to welcome the new year along with family members and friends through the day at home rather than …

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GST refund woes bite exporters

Non-payment of tax refunds and last-mile procedural glitches have continued to be the biggest bane of exporters in the new tax regime. The issues have shaved off higher growth prospects for outbound trade. A sharp rebound in exports in November, though, might present another picture. But experts attributed this to other factors such as rising …

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Oil and gas sector is changing – and so is geopolitics

WINDFALL  How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens American Power  Meghan L. O’Sullivan  Simon & Schuster479 pages; $29Geopolitics is power played out against geographical settings. In this battle, ideas and ideologies matter. But it is often the most technical and complex factors — the ones we least understand and therefore discount, according …

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2G Case: CBI and ED seek prosecutors’ written opinions to file appeal

NEW DELHI: The investigating agencies have sought “written opinion( s)” from the public prosecutors who dealt with the 2G case so that the judgment of the special CBI court acquitting all the accused in the spectrum allocation case can be challenged without any delay. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) have …

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Big data, machine learning, AI to shape job market in 2018

50,000 open data analytics jobs currently expected to double to 100,000 in 2018 Chennai, December 31:   The year 2018 will see a sharp increase in demand for professionals with skills in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, even as people with capabilities in Big Data and Analytics will continue to be …

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Happy New Year 2018: Quotes and Messages

It’s time to bid adieu to the departing year as a new dawn will break in just a couple of days to welcome the new one – yes, 2018 is virtually upon us. It’s time to bid adieu to the departing year as a new dawn will break in just a couple of days to …

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Congress doing caste politics to regain power, says Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today hit out at the Congress, saying the party is practising the politics of castiesm, regionalism and corruption to regain lost power. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today hit out at the Congress, saying the party is practising the politics of castiesm, regionalism and corruption to regain lost power. Das …

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An uncertain new year

India started 2017 having just undergone one extremely disruptive event — demonetisation — and halfway through the year had to deal with another, the introduction of the goods and services tax, or GST. This has, thus, been a profoundly unusual year for the Indian economy.It has been marked by dynamics such as de-stocking and re-stocking, …

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Tamil Nadu: A victory that spells defeat for many

Having experienced expulsion by the ruling AIADMK faction in Tamil Nadu, T T V Dhinakaran, nephew of jailed V K Sasikala, declared himself the “true political heir” of the late J Jayalalithaa after winning the R K Nagar by-election. He contested as an independent candidate.For almost 33 years, the AIADMK is holding the R K …

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Sonia Gandhi’s absence does little to deter followers in Rae Bareli

Sonia Gandhi hasn’t been to Rae Bareli for about a year and a half. But her long absence, ever since she fell ill during a roadshow in Varanasi in August 2016, appears to have done little to deter her supporters in the Nehru-Gandhi bastion. After Priyanka Gandhi Vadra recently cleared the air saying her mother …

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I am not a fresher, will use my experience: Jairam Thakur, chief minister, HP

The new BJP government in Himachal Pradesh is determined to pull the state out of the financial stress and restore law and order, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur told ET’s Dalip Singh in an interview. Thakur, 52, the youngest of five children of a farmer, dismissed factionalism in the party as a factor in governance and …

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Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan now in a safe house

In Marathi there is a saying that a blind man prays for one eye, and God gives him two. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is out of the woods with the Bombay High Court quashing the governor’s permission to prosecute him in what has come to be known as the Adarsh housing scam. The …

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Story in numbers: Crucial Bills coming up this winter session

Test Of Mettle Recent wins of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections will not give it the legislative muscle to push critical bills through the Rajya Sabha. The BJP now covers 19 of 29 states, and 67 per cent of the country’s population. In the Lok Sabha, the …

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Hyderabad metro train develops technical snag, services affected for almost 1 hour

The movement of trains was stopped between Ameerpet and Mettuguda for almost an hour. Hyderabad metro train developed a technical snag on Sunday, which led to the disruption of services for some time. Confirming the same, an official of the Hyderabad metro said that the train had developed a technical snag at Ameerpet in the …

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Make reforms while sun shines on world economy: IMF chief Christine Lagarde

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde. (Reuters) International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has urged France and other countries to push through reforms “while the sun is shining” on the global economy. In an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche published today Lagarde said the strength of the global economic recovery had taken the …

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Crude oil prices likely to remain volatile in 2018

International crude oil prices are likely to remain highly volatile with an upward bias in 2018 due to production cuts announced by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) despite a rise in demand.   After hitting a 13-year low of $26.55 per barrel on January 20, 2016, crude oil prices have recovered good …

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New investment norms may raise policyholders’ returns

Traditional plans from insurance companies have always suffered from one handicap. The returns from these plans tend to be very low, despite their long-term nature.To remedy this situation and ensure that life insurance plans are able to offer higher returns to policyholders, a committee constituted by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) …

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Flights, trains disrupted; Delhi likely to see more fog on Monday

The low visibility delayed around 200 flights with over 40 flights diverted to other airports and several cancelled. (IANS) Even as a thick fog enveloped the city on Sunday morning and disrupted flight operations for over three hours, the weather office has predicted dense fog on Monday morning with temperature expected to fall further to …

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China will have a say on all major international issues: Xi Jinping

China will have a “say” on all major international issues and actively push its Belt and Road initiative, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year message today. Xi said China will resolutely uphold the authority and status of the UN, actively fulfil China’s international obligations and duties. He also said that China will …

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E-commerce row: Suresh Prabhu has assured formulation of national policy for retail trade, says CAIT

Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu. (PTI) Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has assured to formulate a national policy for retail trade to bring all verticals, including small business, big retail, e-commerce and direct selling under it, said industry body CAIT. “On demand of CAIT (Confederation of All India Traders) to formulate a national policy for retail trade, …

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Budget 2018: Make PAN mandatory for overseas package tours: ICAI to Government

It further noted that PAN should be made mandatory on air-ticket bookings for foreign overseas package tours. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has suggested the government to make PAN compulsory on air-ticket bookings for overseas package tours to bring high value transactions into the data system. In its pre-Budget memorandum with regards to …

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Domestic, global flows are expected to stay favourable till early 2018

Benchmark indices gained about 28-29 per cent in 2017, their best yearly performance in three years. The gains came despite corporate earnings disappointing and the economy growing at a sluggish pace.Many stocks saw their valuations get re-rated, taking multiples way above their historic averages. This was made possible by the highest-ever investments by domestic mutual …

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GST: E-way bill system to be implemented from Feb 1 to curb tax evasion

The GST provision requiring transporters to carry an electronic waybill or e-way bill when moving goods between states will be implemented from February 1 to check rampant tax evasion and boost revenues by up to 20 per cent.Earlier, tax evasion was rampant as some preferred not to pay tax by resorting to cash dealing. Once …

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Xi promises to continue China’s economic reforms, global prominence in 2018

China will have a “say” on all major international issues and actively push its Belt and Road initiative, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year message today.He also said that China will remain firmly committed to the pledges to tackle climate change, actively push for the BRI and always be a builder of …

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2 protesters in Iran killed as Instagram, Telegram are blocked

Iran on Sunday blocked access to Instagram and a popular messaging app used by activists to organise and publicise the protests now roiling the Islamic Republic, as authorities said two demonstrators had been killed overnight in the first deaths attributed to the rallies.They were fanned in part by messages sent on the Telegram messaging app, …

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Setback for new Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, EC asks CBDT to re-evaluate assets

In his complaint on October 30, Negi had accused the chief minister of giving wrong information before Assembly polls in 2007 and 2012 as also in in 2014 which he lost. (IE) In a major setback to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the election commission has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) …

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LIVE US shooting: In Denver attack, number of policemen shot dead

(FE graphics) LIVE US shooting: Multiple deputies down in active situation in suburban county outside of Denver; residents asked to avoid windows and shelter in place, says US media. (Details awaited) Source: Financial Express

In new year message, Xi Jinping says China will have a ‘say’ on all major international issues

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Reuters) China will have a “say” on all major international issues and actively push its Belt and Road initiative, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year message today. Xi said China will resolutely uphold the authority and status of the UN, actively fulfil China’s international obligations and duties. He …

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Vikram Bakshi’s CPRL re-opens 16 more McDonald’s outlets in Delhi-NCR

McDonald’s estranged partner Vikram Bakshi on Sunday said another 16 out of 84 closed outlets in Delhi-NCR have re-opened after a new logistics partner ColdEX was engaged.Bakshi had on December 28 opened 16 outlets with the supply from the new logistics partner.”Another 16 outlets have re-opened in Delhi and NCR as of now and more …

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Delhi winter: Thick fog to welcome 2018; more traffic disruption on anvil

Even as a thick fog enveloped the city on Sunday morning and disrupted flight operations for over three hours, the weather office has predicted dense fog on Monday morning with temperature expected to fall further to five degrees Celsius.Flight operations were affected at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here between 7.30 a.m. and 11 …

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Is Rajinikanth trying to buy more time?

CHENNAI: A reluctant Rajnikanth has finally decided to take the political plunge. However, the actor seems to be trying to buy more time by announcing his intent to contest only in the next assembly polls — that will be held only in the summer of 2021 — and also by not revealing the name of …

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Manchester United’s Young charged with violent conduct: FA

(Reuters) – Manchester United’s Ashley Young was charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association (FA) on Sunday after his altercation with Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic in the Premier League the previous day. Young appeared to strike Tadic with an elbow during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. “Young’s charge follows an incident during …

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Pulwama attack: 5 jawans killed in attack on CRPF camp in J&K

One more Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan has lost his life in the ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, taking the toll to five.The terrorists had stormed a training centre in the Pulwama district in the wee hours of Sunday, of which three were reported to be …

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Soccer-Ederson’s penalty save preserves City’s unbeaten record

* Manchester City held 0-0 in dramatic draw at Crystal Palace * Ederson saved Luka Milivojevic’s stoppage-time penalty * Palace lost captain Scott Dann to injury after 17 minutes * City’s Gabriel Jesus came off injured six minutes later * Sergio Aguero stepped in and hit the post with first chance * Palace keeper Hennessey …

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Several flights, trains delayed as Delhi battles dense fog

Even as a thick fog enveloped the city on Sunday morning and disrupted flight operations for over three hours, the weather office has predicted dense fog on Monday morning with temperature expected to fall further to five degrees Celsius. Flight operations were affected at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here between 7.30 a.m. and …

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Govt depts in race to take credit for EVs

India’s drive towards becoming an electric vehicle (EV) market is proceeding shoulder to shoulder with another race. Government departments and ministries are in a race to own electric vehicles and promote the cause of electric mobility in the world’s largest two-wheeler and fifth-biggest car market. The NITI Aayog, the government’s policy think tank, had plans …

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AIADMK can’t be vanquished: TN CM Palaniswami on Rajini’s political move

Anyone could enter politics in a democracy, but none could vanquish the AIADMK, Tamil Nadu’s ruling party said after superstar Rajinikanth announced his decision to throw his hat into the political ring.“I am yet to read his (Rajinikanth’s) statement. It is his decision. He has only announced to enter politics…Nobody is born nor will be …

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Social media apps Instagram, Telegram access restricted on Iran mobiles: Agencies

Access to Telegram, which the government has accused of being used to foment violence during the protests, was cut in the early afternoon, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency and other media. (Reuters) Access to the popular photo sharing and messaging apps Instagram and Telegram was restricted on mobile phones, Iranian media reported today, …

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Soccer: De Bruyne carried off at Palace as Jesus also suffers injury

LONDON (Reuters) – Kevin De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher late in Manchester City’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday, with Gabriel Jesus also leaving the pitch injured and in tears. Belgium international De Bruyne, who has been instrumental to City’s success this season, suffered the injury after …

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De Bruyne carried off at Palace as Jesus also suffers injury

LONDON (Reuters) – Kevin De Bruyne was carried off on a stretcher late in Manchester City’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday, with Gabriel Jesus also leaving the pitch injured and in tears. Belgium international De Bruyne, who has been instrumental to City’s success this season, suffered the injury after …

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58 cows die Madhya Pradesh cow shelter in 28 days, probe ordered

Authorities have also sent samples of the fodder to a Bhopal lab for analysis. (Representative Image: PTI) At least 58 cows have died in the last 28 days in a cow shelter in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district and a three-member committee has been set up to probe the issue, an official said on Sunday. …

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Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar party hard to welcome New Year 2018, see photo

Yuvraj Singh with Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar. (Source: Instagram) They are the legends of Indian cricket. Iconic stars Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Ajit Agarkar were seen partying as hard as they once used to practice in their sporting heydays. While Yuvraj Singh wore a red party hat, it was cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar …

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