Wednesday, 3 August 2016

[wanabidii] News Digest: Low oil prices shrink Gulf jobs for Indians, hit remittances

Wednesday, August 03, 2016
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Low oil prices shrink Gulf jobs for Indians, hit remittances
In 2015, according to World Bank data, Indians working abroad sent home about $69 billion, down 2.1% from $70 billion in the previous year. India is the largest recipient of remittances in the world and the Gulf countries account for more than half of this amount

Rupee slips 4 paise to 66.77 vs dollar in late morning deals
The domestic unit hovered in a range of 66.79 and 66.70 in the morning deals before quoting down at 66.77 at 1030 hrs. Meanwhile, the dollar index was trading up 0.12% at 95.22 against a basket of six currencies in early trade.

HSBC profit falls 29% on China, Britain uncertainty
HSBC said on Wednesday its first-half profit declined 29 percent from a year earlier due to market volatility fueled by uncertainty about China's economic outlook and Britain's relationship with the European Union.

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Sri Lanka success whets international appetite for mangrove conservation
Sri Lanka's pioneering nationwide programme to save its damaged mangrove forests is bearing fruit a year on, prompting the US conservation group backing it to look for another island country to launch a similar effort.

102 rhinos, 46 tigers, 89 jumbos poached since 2013
Over hundred rhinos, 45 tigers and 85 elephants across the country have fallen prey to poachers in the last three years, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Minister of State for Environment and Forests Anil Dave said as per the reports received by his ministry, 20 tigers were poached in 2013, 14 in 2014 and 12 in 2015.

Royal Bengal tiger's carcass found in Kaziranga
Carcass of an adult male Royal Bengal tiger was found in inundated Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in upper Assam on Tuesday, a senior forest department official said.

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Obama will go down as worst prez in US history: Trump
Donald Trump hit back at President Obama for terming him unfit, saying the "terrible president" was a "disaster" and probably the worst in American history, as the war of words between the two escalated. Obama had strongly denounced Trump, saying he is unfit to serve as the 45th president of the US.

London police deploy extra armed officers to protect against attacks
The threat level in London remains at "severe" and the increase is not in response to any specific intelligence but is a long-term response to a spate of deadly attacks in European countries.

North Korea test-fires Ballistic missile, alarms Tokyo
North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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Fluctuating atmosphere of Jupiter's volcanic moon revealed
Jupiter's volcanic moon lo lo has a thin atmosphere that collapses in the shadow of the planet condensing as ice, say NASA-funded researchers, revealing the freezing effects of its shadow during daily eclipses on the moon's volcanic gases. Io is the most volcanically-active object in solar system.

Novel device lets surgeons feel what they can't touch
Researchers have designed a small vibrating device that can be attached to any existing hand-held surgical tool to improve a surgeon's sensitivity to different shapes and textures inside the patient's body.

New drug may prevent vaginal, oral transmission of HIV

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone: 8 big features
The 2016 edition of Samsung’s flagship phablet Galaxy Note is here.

Xiaomi Redmi 3S: First impressions
Xiaomi has made its latest handset – Redmi 3S, official in India. Launched earlier in China, the budget smartphone has an appearance similar to the company’s Redmi Note 3 device. The company has launched two variants of the handset. The 2GB variant is priced at Rs 6,999 and the 3GB version comes with a price tag of Rs 8,999. We spent some time with the device, and here are our first impressions.

Oppo F1s 'selfie expert' smartphone launched in India at Rs 17,990
The Chinese electronics company Oppo has launched its 'selfie expert' smartphone -- F1s -- in India at Rs 17,990. The smartphone is successor to the company's F1 smartphone that was launched in January this year.

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Jammu, Tirupati among 6 places to get IITs
Jammu and Tirupati are among six cities across the country which are set to get IITs, with the Parliament on Tuesday passing a bill in this regard. IITs will also be started in Palakkad (Kerala), Goa, Dharward (Karnataka) and Bhilai (Chhattisgarh).

Paper leak: Telangana govt to hold EAMCET-II exam again
The Telangana government on Tuesday decided to again hold the Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET-II) in wake of the state CID's probe report stating that the question papers were leaked.

Governor sets up a VC search committee for Kalyani University

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India's services growth at a 3-month high: Nikkei PMI
Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Indian service providers enjoyed a welcome upturn in demand during July with the Nikkei Services Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rising from 50.3 in June to a three-month high of 51.9 in July, a business survey on performance of the services sector showed on Wednesday.

Right process for weight gain, loss important: Vivek Oberoi
Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Actor Vivek Oberoi, who will need to lose about 18 kg to shoot some parts of gangster film "Rai", says it's important for him to follow the right weight-loss process.

I loved being aged in 'Baar Baar Dekho': Sidharth Malhotra
While promoting his forthcoming romantic flick 'Baar Baar Dekho', the handsome Sidharth Malhotra revealed he "liked being aged in the movie".

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NIA to take over cases of missing Kerala youths this week
New Delhi, Aug 3 () The NIA will soon take over the case of missing Kerala youths who are believed to have joined banned international terror group ISIS after the state police completed its investigation.

GST bill taken up in RS: Most parties, except AIADMK, support
New Delhi, Aug 3 () Main opposition Congress and most other parties, except AIADMK, today expressed support, with certain conditions, to the introduction of GST in the country as the Rajya Sabha took up the much-delayed bill to amend the Constitution for allowing the measure.

'Venezuela can pay dues to Indian pharma cos from oil exports'
New Delhi, Aug 3 () The government has proposed to the crisis-ridden Venezuela that it can settle dues of pharma companies in India through oil that it exports here.

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Annual Accounts Statements 2015-16 relating to General Provident Fund (GPF) uploaded online

BMTC student passes only at 12 counters

Wipro disagrees with CAG on undue favour by UIDAI
Bengaluru, Aug 3 (IANS) Global software major Wipro Ltd disagreed with the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had shown undue favour to it, the company said on Wednesday.

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CPI backs Mamata govt on decision to rename state as Bengal
Hyderabad, Aug 3 () The Communist Party of India, for a change, is on the same page as the Trinamool Congress government on the issue of renaming the state as 'Bengal', saying the move reflected reality. "We agree. It's alright.

Anguished wife tries to kill Parkinson's-hit hubby, leaps to death
Unable to see the agony of her husband crippled by Parkinson's disease, a 58-year-old housewife repeatedly hit him on his head with a pestle and then leaped to death from their apartment in Miyapur on Tuesday.

Eamcet-II scrapped, fresh test on Sept 11

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DMK members stall Assembly proceedings over 'scarecrow' remark
Chennai, Aug 3 () Opposition DMK today stalled the Tamil Nadu Assembly proceedings following a 'scarecrow' remark by an AIADMK MLA, prompting the Speaker to defer the reply of state Electricity Minister on grants for his department for tomorrow, even as the DMK staged a protest against the remark.

House painter murdered in Chennai
A 45-year-old house painter was found dead in a dilapidated house in Thirumullaivoyal here Tuesday.

Minor girl hugged by self-immolating stalker dies in Tamil Nadu
The 17-year-old girl sustained more than 75% burn injuries in the brutal attack. She had been battling for life for the last four days at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer) in Puducherry.

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Anandiben to meet Governor O.P. Kohli today
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel will meet Governor O.P. Kohli at 5 p.m. today to tender her resignation.

Una incident responsible for Gujarat CM's exit: LJP MP Ramchandra Paswan

Babus jittery over reshuffle talk
Swarnim Sankul-I -it houses the office of the CM and cabinet ministers -and Swarnim Sankul Sankul II where offices of junior ministers are located, was unusally silent on Tuesday , a day for meeting the public.

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More cops to man traffic
District traffic police authorities on Tuesday decided to depute adequate number of traffic policemen and home guards at busy crossings during peak hours.

Eight inter-city buses flagged off
The inter-city Rapid Line bus service was launched in the state by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) on Tuesday with the introduction of 203 buses.

Agitators lock Allahabad University gates, stage protest
The student leaders locked all the gates of Allahabad University and staged demonstration in protest against the alleged anomalies in postgraduate admission test (PGAT).

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Tata Steel sacks project-hit recruits
As many as 860 youths, who were disengaged by the Tata Steel from its Gopalpur project on Monday, staged dharna in front of the plant site near Chamakhandi, 25 km from here, on Tuesday demanding re-engagement.

No revision, state loses coal money
The state government has lost huge revenue due to non-revision of royalty on coal by the Centre.The royalty was last revised on April 2012 amd fixed at 14%.

BJP bandh over NFSA goof-up hits Rayagada
Around 1,126 ineligible beneficiaries have returned their ration cards and it will be distributed among eligible beneficiaries.

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Man arrested for trespassing IAF airbase in Madhya Pradesh
A 30-year-old man was arrested while trying to enter Indian Air force (IAF’s) Maharajpur base, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh using a fictitious name.

MP to develop nine new industrial hubs

Green tribunal allows abattoir to function till August 10

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Haryana enhances ex-gratia for kin of armed forces
Chandigarh, Aug 3 () Haryana government has enhanced the ex-gratia grant given to the family members of the armed forces personnel, who sacrifice their lives in the line of duty, from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.

Shiv Sena leaders apologize for attack on Muslims in Phagwara
Shiv Sena and other right wing leaders have tendered written apology for attack on the Muslims in Phagwara in third week of July and have promised that in future they would not issue any statement or resort to a protest which would hurt Muslims or other communities.

BSF officials seize Rs 75 cr worth heroin in Ferozepur

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