Thursday, 13 October 2016

[wanabidii] News Digest: Domestic reforms to cushion India from global shocks: Arun Jaitley

Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Domestic reforms to cushion India from global shocks: Arun Jaitley
Finance minister Arun Jaitley today said domestic reforms will "neutralize" any adverse impact of the global slowdown. He said the government has put FDI on automatic route in almost 90 per cent of the areas that are eligible for foreign direct capital.

China overtakes US again as world's top crude importer
China imported record volumes of crude oil last month, eclipsing the United States as the world's top buyer of foreign oil as Beijing's state reserves shipped in cheap crude to fill new storage tanks.

China's exports, imports fall in September
A rebound in global commodity prices in recent months has helped temper China's long export and import slump, but the country's foreign trade still faces significant downward pressure. China's September exports fell 10 per cent from a year earlier, far worse than expected.

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Online sales of threatened cacti an open door for illegal trade
Unregulated sale of endangered species of plants such as cacti on major e-commerce websites like eBay and Amazon has threatened their survival, a new research has found. These plants are also offered via online stores based in the US, France, Germany, Australia, the Czech Republic, the UK & others.

India, EU sign MoU to clean rivers
"I have seen in Europe how beautifully water is flowing there. I hope our country would learn from it," Water resources minister Uma Bharti said at an MoU signing ceremony at the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

NGT directs Delhi govt to shut pickling units in city
Noting that pickling units fall under prohibited list of industries as per Master Plan 2021, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government to shut down such industries units located in the national capital with immediate effect.

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Scotland takes step toward another independence vote
Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon says she will publish a bill next week laying the groundwork for a new independence referendum, the first step toward a new vote on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.

BRICS relevant due to Western unilateralism: Putin
BRICS reflects the member-countries' commitment to uphold international law when some Western countries are trying to promote unilateral approaches, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

'Father of us all': Thais pray outside hospital of ailing king
Like others camping out in front of the riverside hospital, she and her family have been lighting incense and chanting Buddhist prayers for 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej -- the only monarch most Thais have ever known.

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Government looks to press ahead with GM mustard
In keeping with its commitment to the SC that has stayed a decision on commercial release till Oct 17, the govt is looking to reengage public opinion and non-govt organisations. This follows consultations at the highest levels in govt which have concluded that the GM crop has benefits.

'Earth's mantle swallowed massive chunk of India, Eurasia'

Calcium supplements may damage your heart: Study
Taking calcium in the form of supplements may raise the risk of plaque buildup in arteries and heart damage, although a diet high in calcium-rich foods appears to be protective, scientists have found.

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Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus price details revealed, goes up to Rs 92,000
The iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, 128GB and 256GB will cost Rs 72,000, Rs 82,000 and Rs 92,000 respectively

Apple slashes prices of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus by up to Rs 22,000
Apple has announced biggest-ever price drop for its smartphones in India. Under the new pricing, iPhone 6S (128GB), carying an MRP of Rs 82,000, will now be available at an MRP of Rs 60,000. iPhone 6s Plus (128GB) will now be available at an MRP of Rs 70,000, the smartphone too has received a price cut of Rs 22,000. Apple's 4-inch smartphone iPhone SE, too has got a price cut. The 64GB version of iPhone SE will now be available at Rs 44,000.

WhatsApp privacy policy challenged in Delhi High Court: 5 things to know
A public interest litigation in the Delhi High Court (HC) challenges the change in WhatsApp's privacy policy.

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University can deny admission to students not carrying docs, says Delhi HC
The students, who secure a rank in an entrance exam but fail to produce the required documents at the time of counselling, cannot fault the university for denying admission, Delhi high court has held.

Fate of several foreign students in medical colleges uncertain after SC's ruling on NEET
Hundreds of foreign students who had enrolled this year for undergraduate programmes in private medical colleges in India now face an uncertain future due to a "tricky" domestic legislation regarding entrance examination for them. Foreign students in India come to pursue MBBS or BDS courses either through an institutional quota system, like in government colleges, or by directly applying to private colleges.

UGC seeks public feedback on establishment of world class institutions

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GRP helpline retrieves valuables worth Rs 15.7L in September
The Government Railway Police's helpline retrieved valuables worth Rs 15.73 lakh in the month of September which were accidentally left behind by commuters in various trains. These largely consisted of electronics.

5-storey structure in Bandra East slum collapses

Shiv Sena workers tried to kill me: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya

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Soon, Delhiites can locate loos on their smartphones
The Centre has prepared a road map to help people find toilets quickly in cities across the country simply by tapping Google Maps on their smart devices the same way they do to spot a popular restaurant or the nearest ATM.

Limbs gone due to rare ailment, man looks to PM Modi for job
Thirty-year-old Mithilesh Kumar Gautam, a tailor from Rohtas district in Bihar, has undergone four surgeries at AIIMS hospital since March this year. By early May , he had lost all four limbs, which had to be amputated as doctors diagnosed a form of dry gangrene.

Where encroachers hold the fort as conservation takes a backseat

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Rain alone can quench Bengaluru's thirst

Paralympian Aditya Mehta forced to take off prosthetic limb at Bengaluru airport
A double silver medallist at the Asian Para-Cycling Championship 2013, Mehta was forced to remove his prosthesis by CISF officers when he was about to board a flight. The above-the-knee amputee was later allowed to board the flight, but only after security officials, “yanked the prosthetic off”.

Karnataka will rely on willow power
R Vinay Kumar and his men will look to get off to a winning start against a team which is high on confidence.

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IL&FS Engineering Services bags Rs 162.58 cr pipeline laying contract

Old age home supervisor rapes 16-year-old girl

Law panel seeks opinion on ending 'evils' in three religions

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Murder in TN bus: Accused surrenders before court
The main accused in the murder of a bus passenger near Sattur in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu surrendered before a judicial magistrate in Madurai on Thursday.

Cauvery issue: Meeting convened by DMK demands special session of Tamil Nadu assembly
The Tamil Nadu government should convene a special session of the assembly and pass a resolution to pressurise the Centre to set up a Cauvery management board, said a resolution passed at a meeting of farmers associations, DMK, Congress party, CPI and CPM. The meeting was convened by DMK in Chennai on Thursday.

Three Chennai college students die as tanker lorry ploughs into crowd
Three students of Chellammal Woman’s College in Guindy died and four others suffered injuries when a water tanker ploughed into a crowd near Spic office on Anna Salai on Thursday afternoon.

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Gujarat ATS arrests two ISI suspects near Bhuj
Startling details have emerged during questioning of the two ISI agents Sakur Sumra and Mohammed Alana, both residents of Kukma near bhuj. Alana and Sumra used to provide information about troop movement to ISI through phone calls made to a woman named Razia in Pakistan.

ATS nabs two suspected Pakistani spies in Kutch
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has nabbed two persons allegedly working as spies for Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI, police said.

One more arrested in foodgrain scam
Cyber cell of the city crime branch on Wednesday arrested Devaji Mali in the foodgrain scam.

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Muharram processions taken out peacefully in Pratapgarh

Constable 'rapes' 60-year-old pilgrim on boat at Sangam

Poor children to get 5,000 aid
Children from weaker sections of the society studying in private schools under Right to Education Act (RTE)-2009 would be given Rs 5,000 for purchasing books and uniforms for the ongoing academic session.

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Post-mortem reports unavailable, investigations hit roadblock
On June 27, 2007 the Balakati outpost under Balianta police station here had sent a body to Capital Hospital for post-mortem.

Japanese Encephalitis death toll 47; Koraput preps to fight killer virus
Despite the state government's efforts to contain the spread of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus, the killer disease continues to claim lives in Malkangiri district.

Minister visits Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in Chennai
School and mass education minister Debi Prasad Mishra and MLA Debasis Nayak on Wednesday met ailing Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in a Chennai hospital and inquired about her health.

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Nadira Babbar all set to mesmerize theatre-goers
12-Day Fest Begins Today At Bharat Bhavan

Body donation: Elderly woman shows the way

Second phase of 'addiction-free India' rally in December
Medha Patkar and Dr Sunilam on Wednesday announced the second phase of "Addiction-free India" rally across the country from December 6.

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Dharamshala gears up for India-NZ cricket fever

High Court questions Haryana on allotment of bus routes to private players
Deswal submitted that Haryana roadways is the principal service provider for passenger transport in the state and consistent quality and punctuality of the service provider have made it first choice of the passengers.

Kurukshetra village makes helmet must for two-wheelers

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