02 Nov 2016

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All educational certificate to be digitised

A national academic depository (NAD) on the lines of a securities depository, is set to come up in the next three months to digitally store school learning certificates, degrees and other academic awards of institutions of higher education. The depository would be established and operationalised within the next three months and would be rolled out throughout the country in 2017-18, the Union Cabinet decided. The NAD would be

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NITI Aayog ranks Maharashtra most farmer-friendly state

Maharashtra has been ranked first state in the country on reforms in agricultural marketing, followed by Gujarat and Rajasthan, by the NITI Aayog. Its first-ever index on reforms in the farm sector was issued on 31 october 2016. Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu performed poorly, not even reaching the halfway mark of 50. Termed the Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly

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TDP to launch ‘Jana Chaitanya Yatra’ in Andhra Pradesh

The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will launch ‘Jana Chaitanya Yatra‘ in Andhra Pradesh to highlight the welfare and developmental initiatives of the government.Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will also launch the membership drive of the party in Koppolu village in Prakasam district, with a target to achieve the one-crore mark. The TDP national president will take the party membership first followed by his Cabinet

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Textiles Minister to Inaugurate National Handicrafts Fair at Dilli Haat

Minister of Textile Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani will inaugurate a fortnight long Exhibition cum sale of Handicrafts developed by Artisans of Clusters at Dilli Haat  on 2nd November 2016. This fair is being promoted and marketed by Council of Handicrafts Development Corporations (COHANDS), with financial assistance from the office of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament,

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Haryana golden jubilee: PM launches 3 schemes, declares 7 rural dists as ODF

GURGAON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched three schemes for Haryana, declared seven rural districts of the state open defecation free and eight as kerosene free as he inaugurated the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of its formation. Addressing a huge gathering at the Tau Devi Lal stadium here, he also lauded the steps taken by Haryana towards improving the adverse sex ratio and called upon the people

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‘India to get electricity from offshore wind plants in 5yrs’

India will get electricity generated by wind-propelled plants installed in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu in about five years as part of the country’s green energy development programmes, an energy expert has said. “It would take three to five years that we see commercial offshore winds projects in India,” said Steck who is an expert in renewable energy at DNV GL, which has a 30-consultant team in India and made its entry into the

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Election of candidates can be set aside if they lie about education: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that voters had a fundamental right to know about the educational background of people contesting polls and that election of a candidate could be set aside for making false declaration on educational qualifications in the nomination paper.  The ruling came when a bench of Justice AR Dave and Justice L Nageswara Rao quashed the election of Manipur Congress MLA,

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Panama Paper Leaks: Pakistan SC orders to probe Nawaz Sharif involvement in corruption allegations

In a setback to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Pak Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered to form a judicial commission to probe into the Panama Papers scandal involving corruption allegations against the family of the beleaguered premier. Sharif is under pressure from Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf,(PTI) to step down. A five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali conducted the

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After Supreme Court rap, government appoints 10 judges

NEW DELHI: On the first working day after the Supreme Court's rap on keeping judicial appointments pending for as long as nine months, the Centre on Monday cleared appointment of 10 judges for the high courts of Gauhati and Delhi and sent the names to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. The appointments come amid a prolonged stand-off, with the government determined to open the process to

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Delhi High Court completes 50 years

The Delhi high court which was established on 31 October 1966 turns 50 years . Housing a total of 36 courtrooms and dealing in both civil and criminal proceedings, the Delhi high court has witnessed some of the most challenging cases from the time of its inception.  As it completes 50 glorious years of establishment today, the Delhi high court can be seen as one that has constantly striven for efficiency in disposal of cases

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Arnab Goswami quits Times Network, likely to start independent news venture

Arnab Goswami,  president-news and editor-in-chief of the Times Now and ET Now television channels, is leaving the Times Network, reveal sources. The speculation is that he might start an independent news venture, TV or digital. Goswami started his career with The Telegraph, where he worked between 1994 and 1995, before joining Prannoy Roy’s New Delhi Television (NDTV) as a reporter and anchor. He rose there

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World Bank appoints Kristalina Georgieva as CEO

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kimannounced the appointment of Kristalina Georgieva as Chief Executive Officer of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA), lending arms for middle-income and poor countries known collectively as the World Bank. “Kristalina is a globally recognized leader with a proven track record in

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Sushil Chandra to take charge as CBDT chairman

Senior Indian Revenue Service officer Sushil Chandra will  take over as chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the policy-making body for the Income Tax department. Incumbent Chairperson Rani Singh Nair  retired from service after being at the top post for three months, after she took over on August 1. Chandra, a 1980-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre), is at present working in the

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S Ramadorai steps down as chairman of NSDA

New Delhi: S Ramadorai, a key official driving the government's ambitious skill development agenda, has resigned from the posts of chairman, National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).Rohit Nandan, Vice-Chairman of the Governing Body and Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, will discharge the function of chairman, NSDA, till a

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Vice Admiral SR Sarma takes charge as DGNP, Vizag

Vice Admiral SR Sarma today assumed charge as Director General of Naval Project, Visakhapatnam, from Vice Admiral DM Deshpande in a formal ceremony.  The DGNP undertakes construction of large marine infrastructure works and other technical works of various shore establishments including handling major state-of-art projects such as jetties, marine infrastructure up-gradations, ship lifts, bridges and also enhancing

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Bindheswar Pathak Brand Ambassador of Swachh Rail Mission

Stepping up the efforts to keep railway premises clean, Indian Railways has joined hands with Sulabh International and decided to make its founder Bindeshwar Pathak as Brand Ambassador of Swachh Rail Mission. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will felicitate Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International as a Brand Ambassador for Swachh Rail Mission of Indian Railways on Wednesday, said a senior Railway

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Dr. Ajay M. Gondane appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia

India named Ajay M. Gondane as the next High Commissioner to Australia. He is from Indian Foreign Service Batch 1985 and is expected to take up the assignment shortly. Dr Gondane’s appointment was announced days after the current High Commissioner His Excellency Mr. Navdeep Suri was appointed as Indian Ambassador to UAE. Dr Gondane has previously served as Deputy Consul General, CGI, New

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Borje Ekholm appointed as President and CEO of Ericsson

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericssont its board of directors has appointed Borje Ekholm as President and CEO, effective January 16, 2017. Ekholm joins Ericsson from his current position as CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor. His appointment comes almost three months after the company ousted global CEO Hans Vestberg. Ericsson has been struggling across all major geographies. In the third quarter,

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World Bank appoints 1st advisor to curb LGBTI discrimination

The World Bank has appointed its first adviser tasked with promoting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues in its development work. The newly created senior position is part of the bank’s efforts to solidify its commitment to researching and curbing discrimination against LGBTI persons across the 136 countries where it has offices. The initiative by the poverty-fighting institution comes at a time when

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CRISIL downgrades UCO Bank’s tier-II bond rating

CRISIL has downgraded rating for UCO Bank‘s tier-II bonds from “AA-“to “A+” on significantly higher-than-expected deterioration in asset quality, which impacted the bank’s profitability for quarter ended June.The bank’s asset quality will continue to remain under pressure over the next few quarters, CRISIL. The stretched cash flow of highly leveraged corporates and limited recovery of non-performing assets

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India-Japan amended tax treaty comes into force

NEW DELHI: The amended bilateral tax treaty between India and Japan, which provides for strengthened exchange of information to help reduce tax evasion, has come into force from October 29. The agreement to amend the 27-year old Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) was signed when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited India in December 2015.  In a notification, the Department of Revenue said, "All

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Finance Ministry releases Rs 1,093 crore for restoration of infrastructure in J&K

The finance ministry  released first instalment of special assistance of Rs 1,093.34 crore for repair and permanent restoration of damaged public buildings in Jammu and Kashmir in pursuance of the announcement made by the Prime Minister last November. A total sum of Rs 2,000 crore has been provided for permanent restoration of damaged Infrastructure such as schools, colleges, hospitals, bus stations and other critical

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Andra pradesh, Telangana top Ease of Doing Business List

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have jointly topped the ease of doing business ranking, while Gujarat has slipped to the third position in the list prepared by the World Bank and the Indian government’s department of industrial policy and promotion this year. Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana occupied the fourth, fifth and sixth slots in the index based on the degree of implementation of the government’s 340-point

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Federer most valuable athlete brand of 2016: Forbes

Roger Federer has been named the top athlete brand in the Forbes Fab 40, the world’s most valuable sports brands. The Swiss superstar has a brand value of $37 million a year, the amount by which endorsement income exceeds the average endorsement income earned by the Top 10 earning athletes in the same sport during the past year. Federer’s brand value is greater than NBA basketball player LeBron James ($34

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Indian Documentary Film “Daughters of Mother India”Wins Award

Indian National Award winning documentary “Daughters of Mother India” won the first prize in the Documentary Film category at the sixth CAM International Film Festival. The fest was organised by Arabic Egyptian Society for Culture, Media and Arts (CMA) in cairo.  Directed by Vibha Bakshi, the movie portrays India’s story of resolve, hope and courage in the fight against gender violence. It frames the

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Nadia Murad and LamiyaAji Bashar wins 2016 Sakharov Prize

Two Yazidi women who survived sexual enslavement by Islamic State before escaping and becoming “inspirational” advocates for their community in Iraq have won the EU’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were abducted with other Yazidi women in August 2014 when their home village of Kocho in Sinjar, northern Iraq, was attacked by Isis jihadis. It was one of the darkest

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Rekha to get Lifetime Achievement Award at Dubai film fest

Indian actor Rekha will be honoured by the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival runs from December 7 to 14, and is now arguably the leading cinematic event in the region with both Doha and Abu Dhabi having shut shop some time ago. In a four-decade career that saw her act in 180 movies, Rekha’s first steps into filmdom were unimpressive and seemed dangerously

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Angelique Kerber receives WTA Year-End World No. 1 awar

Germany’s Angelique Kerber started her morning in Singapore by defeating Simona Halep, 6-4, 6-2. Kerber is now 2-0 in the Red Group at the WTA Finals in Singapore, putting her in a good spot to advance to the semifinal stage for the first time in her career.But her day wasn’t over then. There was also the small matter of being awarded the WTA Year-End World No. 1 Award as well.  Angelique Kerber (born 18

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India defeat Pakistan to win Asian Champions Trophy

India prevailed 3-2 over Pakistan to reclaim the Asian Champions Trophy hockey title . Goals from Rupinder Pal Singh (18th minute), Yousuf Affan (23rd) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (51st) helped India surmount the challenge from Pakistan, which rallied from two goals behind through strikes by Muhammad Aleem Bilal (26th) and Ali Shan (38th) in the title clash of the fourth edition of the tournament. This was the first time the

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Gareth Bale extends Real Madrid contract until 2022

Gareth Bale has signed a new Real Madrid contract that is worth £18 million a year and will keep him tied to the club until 2022. The Welshman’s contract takes him to June 2022 when he will be 33 and makes him football’s third-highest paid player behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo Messi and Ronaldo earn net salaries of around €21 million (£19 million) while Bale’s earning puts him ahead of Neymar, whose recently

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Lewis Hamilton wins Mexican Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton kept his title hopes alive with a comfortable victory from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the Mexican Grand Prix. Hamilton survived a scare at the start, when he ran wide at the first corner after locking a front tyre. But otherwise he was untroubled en route to his 51st career win. In the championship, the result changes little, and Rosberg can win the title by finishing second to Hamilton at the

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Antartica’s Ross Sea declared as world’s largest Marine Protected Area

Antartica’s Ross Sea was declared as world’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) to protect the Earth’s most pristine marine ecosystem. It was declared after landmark international agreement among 24 countries and European Union in Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart, Australia. Key Facts The Ross Sea is one of the last intact marine ecosystems in the

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Fishing cat sighted in Andhra Pradesh

A fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) was sighted in the moderately dense mangrove surrounding of the Gilalakalandi harbour near Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The movement of the fishing cat was sighted moderately dense mangrove area which is home for Asian sea bass fish species seed. About Fishing cat The fishing cat is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia. It is the state animal of West Bengal.

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2 billion children in world breathe toxic air, most of them live in north India, says UNICEF report

NEW DELHI: As India wakes up on Monday to smoke-filled skies from a weekend of festival fireworks, New Delhi's worst season for air pollution begins, with dire consequences. A new report from UNICEF says most of the 2 billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in north India and neighbouring countries, risking serious health effects, including damage to their lungs, brains and other organs. Of that

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Air pollution behind 10% under-5 years deaths: Unicef report

NEW DELHI: A report by the United Nations Children's agency, Unicef, released on Monday has confirmed the worst fears of people living in polluted areas — that bad air is contributing to death of many children even before they celebrate their fifth birthday. Outdoor and indoor pollution, the agency noted, are directly linked to respiratory diseases that account for almost one in 10 under-five deaths, making air

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President Mukherjee arrives in Nepal on three-day visit

KATHMANDU: President Pranab Mukherjee today arrived here on a three-day state visit to Nepal, the first by an Indian Head of State in 18 years, to hold talks with the top leadership on ways to boost bilateral ties especially after the formation of a new government. Mukherjee, who arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport, was received by President Bidya Devi Bhandari. He will hold talks with the political

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Powerful quake spares lives, but strikes at Italy's identity

The third powerful earthquake to hit Italy in two months has spared human life but struck at the nation's identity, destroying a Benedictine cathedral, a medieval tower and other beloved landmarks that had survived the earlier jolts across a mountainous region of small historic towns. Lost or severely damaged in the shaking were ancient Roman walls, Gothic and Baroque churches and centuries-old paintings crushed beneath tons

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India abstains from voting on nuclear arms ban at UN

A UN General Assembly committee has adopted a resolution to launch negotiations next year on a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons, even as India abstained saying it is not convinced the move can lead to a comprehensive instrument on nuclear disarmament. The General Assembly’s First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security, adopted the draft resolution on nuclear disarmament

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First case of Zika virus reported in Myanmar

The first case of the mosquito-borne virus in the southeast Asian country, state-owned Myanmar, a pregnant foreign woman in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon has been diagnosed with Zika. The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned earlier this month that Zika was likely to spread throughout Asia after being detected in 70 countries, including at least 19 in the Asia Pacific region. Zika has spread to some 60

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India, Algeria mull fertilizer Joint venture

India to initiate a joint venture arrangement with Algeria for a multi-billion dollar fertilizer plant located in the North African country seemed to have moved to the front burner following a meeting between Algerian Minister for Industry and Mining and the Indian Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L. Mandavia. India, which has up to 96 per cent phosphate dependency, with the volumes running to some six

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Exhibition showcasing Indians’ history launched in Singapore

An exhibition on 200-year-old history of Indians showcasing early days of cattle traders, laundry men and brick-makers has been launched in Singapore Trade and industry minister S Iswaran yesterday launched the exhibition at the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) in the “Little India” precinct. The exhibition, “Once Upon a Time in Little India”, details the lives of early South Asian migrants, who came to call precinct their home.The

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Taiwan makes visa formalities easier for Indians

Taiwan has announced a simplified group visa policy to encourage tourist groups from Southeast Asian countries, including India and Indonesia, to visit the nation. The group visa is free of cost for five or more people and is aimed at promoting Taiwan as a destination for exhibitions and conferences. Taiwan is also being promoted as a locale for shooting movies. The two-way traffic is also set to increase between India

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Himachal Pradesh becomes India’s second open defecation free state

Himachal Pradesh was declared ‘Open Defecation Free’ (ODF), the country’s second state, after Sikkim to get this status under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to have toilet for every individual household. Among bigger states, however, Himachal Pradesh will be the first state to become ODF. All 12 districts of the state have been covered as ODF districts. The newly acquired status, which

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Odisha Govt to announce new tourism policy

Odisha Government is all set to unveil a new tourism policy soon with a focus on developing infrastructure and promoting hotel industry by providing incentives. “The draft is almost completed and the new policy will be declared after it is approved by the cabinet. The state Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda to lay the foundation stone of tourism amenities centre (Jajabara) at Girishola (Rs 1.50 crore), development works

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Kerala becomes open defecation free state

Kerala has become the third Open Defecation Free (ODF) state in the country. The announcement was made on the state’s foundation day on Tuesday. Earlier, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim had declared themselves Open Defecation Free. “Kerala becomes first high density populated state in the country to achieve Open Defecation Free status today on its formation day,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

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Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise Mitra Shakti 2016 begins

The fourth edition of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise ‘MITRA SHAKTI 2016‘ is being conducted at Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka from October 24 to November 6. The main focus of this edition of the joint exercise is to enhance inter-operability while carrying out Counter Insurgency (CI)/Counter Terrorism (CT) operations under the United Nations Mandate. A comprehensive training

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10th Indo-nepa Joint military Exercise Surya Kiran Commences

India and Nepal commenced their 10th joint military exercise here which will be held over two weeks with emphasis on counterterrorism in mountainous terrain.The Indo-Nepal Joint Military Exercise Surya Kiran-X commenced at Army Battle School, Saljhandi in Nepal. The Surya Kiran series of exercises are being conducted annually, alternatively in Nepal and India. Notably in the series of military training exercises

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India Ranks Poorly In Commonwealth Youth Index

India has ranked very poorly at 133 in a new Global Youth Development Index compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat on the countries’ prospects for young people in employment, education, health, civic and political spheres. India ranked 133rd in the index covering 183 nations, below neighbouring countries like Nepal (77), Bhutan (69) and Sri Lanka (31) and trailing behind the South Asian average.

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India will be home to 10,500 startups by 2020: Nasscom

India has emerged as the third largest startup base and such ventures are poised to grow 2.2 times to reach 10,500 by 2020 despite a perception that the ecosystem in the country has slowed down in the last year.India is in the third position just behind US and UK, and nearly 1,400 new start-ups are expected by end of 2016, up by 8-10 per cent from last year, revealed the “Indian Startup Ecosystem Maturing – 2016”

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IFFI to begin from Nov 20 with films from 88 nations

he 47th International film festival of India is to kick off from 20th November in Goa. This year of 1032 entries received, 194 films from 88 countries have been chosen to be screened in the IFFI. The 47th edition will have special focus on South Korea. Indian playback singer SP Balasubramaniam will be honoured with life time achievement award at the festival. The edition will also have a special award for the best debut

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India, Iran to sign Farzad-B gas field deal by February next year

India and Iran agreed that aim to strike a deal early next year on the Farzad-B gas field in the Persian Gulf, the Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry announced. The Farzad-B natural gas field was discovered four years ago. It is estimated to hold 18.75 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to the latest estimates. The Indian company ONGC Videsh, which has drilled an exploration well in the field, is expected to prepare a

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India and Palestine inks MoU to setup Palestine-Indo techno park in Ramallah

India and Palestine  signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a Palestine-India Techno Park in Ramallah, the External Affairs Ministry said. In a statement here, the ministry said that during the visit of President Pranab Mukherjee to Palestine in October last year, the announcement for setting up of park was made. According to the statement, India has announced a grant of $12 million for setting up the park

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EU, Canada sign CETA free trade deal

The EU and Canada signed a free trade deal  that was almost derailed last week by objections from French-speaking Belgians , exposing the difficulties of securing agreement from 28 member states as Britain prepares for Brexit talks. The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said there was no parallel between the deal struck with Canada and looming Brexit talks. Trudeau and top EU officials signed the

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