Daily Archives: September 17, 2018

Digital assistants now deliver news

For consumers, the speakers are being used instead of radio or television for on-demand news “What’s the news?” has become a familiar refrain for consumers with smart speakers, opening up a new channel for publishers but also raising concerns about the growing influence of tech platforms in media. Devices such …

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Union Bank to exit Antwerp hub

State-owned Union Bank of India has decided to quit the Antwerp diamond hub in Belgium as the branch did not generate expected business, a senior bank official said. The Finance Ministry had advised all the public sector banks to review their overseas business and close branches that are not profitable …

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Centre’s steps may not stop rupee sliding: economists

‘External sources key to fall in rupee’ The measures announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday to address widening current account deficit and attract inflows to stabilise the currency may not yield result immediately and the rupee could be under further pressure. The steps were primarily aimed at easing …

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‘States may miss FY19 fiscal targets’

Spending on elections, other populist measures to blame, says ICRA Funding of farm loan waivers, poll-related spending and other populist measures are likely to ensure that States are set to miss their fiscal consolidation targets budgeted at the beginning of the year, says a report. “Given the factors such as …

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Typhoon slams into China after killing 59 in Philippines

A total of 2.37 million people have been evacuated in Guangdong province Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into mainland China late on Sunday after leaving a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and Macau and killing at least 59 people in the northern Philippines. The world’s biggest storm this year felled trees …

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NSCN(I-M) counters ‘genocide’ charge

Says it was the Kukis who started conflict The Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) has termed as baseless the “accusation” by the Kuki tribal group that it was responsible for ethnic cleansing in Manipur more than two decades ago. The Kuki-Naga conflict in the 1990s …

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ISRO launches two U.K. satellites

Aims for early Chandrayaan-2 mission The late-night dark skies at Sriharikota lit up in bright orange hues as the PSLV-C42 lifted off and vanished into the thick black clouds, carrying two satellites from the United Kingdom – NovaSAR and S1-4 from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space …

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Tech Mahindra sacks homophobic supervisor

On the heels of a Twitter exchange, the IT-BPO major has let go of a discriminating employee Information technology company Tech Mahindra has, on the back of a former employee’s sustained Twitter campaign, sacked a senior company official in charge of the training and diversity portfolio. The move came following …

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