Friday, 18 November 2016

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Sensex dives 77 points on US rate hike fears
Sensex extended its downward trend for the fifth session today, falling over 77 points to end at fresh six-month low of 26,150 as foreign investors continued to pull out funds on fears of a rate hike in the US.

'Demonetisation to drag down '17-18 GDP growth at 5.8%'
The cash crunch arising out of demonetisation is expected to paralyse economic activity in the short-term, and the 2017-18 GDP growth is likely to be 5.8 per cent, says a report.

Rupee cracks 68-level, tumbles 32 paise

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COP22: Four nations map course to carbon-free economies

Builders liable to face consequences for air pollution: NGT
The principle that "polluter pays" was on Thursday applied by the National Green Tribunal which said that it is builders and not the construction workers who will have to face "consequences" for polluting ambient air quality in the national capital.

Kerry appeals Trump to take 'green' actions

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Trump offers NSA post to campaign adviser: Reports
President-elect Donald Trump has offered the influential post of national security adviser to his controversial campaign adviser, former general Michael Flynn, US media reported Trump officials as saying on Thursday.

North Korea slams South's deal with 'sworn enemy' Japan
North Korea lashed out Friday at a new South Korea-Japan intelligence-sharing accord, accusing Seoul of a gross act of betrayal with the "sworn enemy" of the Korean people.

Ban Ki-moon receives France's Legion of Honour 
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour from French President Francois Hollande on Thursday for his contributions to tackling climate change.

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Chinese astronauts return home after longest stay in space
Two Chinese astronauts returned to Earth safely on Friday after completing China's longest-ever manned space mission as the country firmed up its plans to establish its permanent space station by 2022.

Scientists discover roundest object in the Universe

China tests controversial gene-editing tactic to fight cancer
In a global first, scientists in China have injected a human with cells genetically modified to fight cancer using a controversial gene-editing test. The team used a technique known as 'CRISPR-Cas9' which works like a pair of genetic scissors to cut very specific sections of DNA.

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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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Donald Trump's rhetoric leaves Indian students unsure about pursuing higher education in US
Call it a knee-jerk reaction, but Trump’s protectionist rhetoric in the run-up to the election has left many aspiring Indian students confused.

Over 900 permanent teaching posts lying vacant in Delhi University
Over 900 permanent teaching posts are lying vacant in University of Delhi, one of the most sought after varsities in the country, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. However, DU has hired ad-hoc and guest faculties in order to ensure that studies of the students are not affected.

J&K govt orders mass promotion of students to next level
In a major relief to students who have missed their classes for over four months due to the ongoing unrest in the Valley, J&K government on Thursday announced mass promotion of students to next levels and also ordered continuation of "No-Detention" policy for the current academic session.

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Streetsmart Mumbaikars manage multiple exchange despite safeguards
As most bank branches await the arrival of indelible ink, several customers are managing to make multiple currency exchanges in a day.

One killed as 40-yr-old building collapses in Bhiwandi

With live music and food, Kitsch Mandi is back at Bandra festival
Looking for live music, fabulous food, dance performances, quirky stalls selling stuff as varied as flower baskets and cotton scarves and art workshops for kids?

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Managers of Pak artistes questioned
A joint team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch and the income tax department questioned the managers of Pakistani artistes Fawad Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Porter gets locked inside Jet flight
In a bizarre incident, a porter, who was assisting a wheelchair-bound passenger to his Jet Airways flight - 9W745 - to Varanasi, got locked inside the aircraft, which was given a green signal for departure.

Pay property tax dues without penalty till Feb
Providing a huge relief to property tax payers, the threen municipal corporatios on Thursday announced complete waiver of the interest and penalty amounts if the arrears were paid till February 28, 2017.

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Sait not guilty until proven: Siddaramaiah

Karnataka govt announces police reforms

IISc prof wins Infosys Science Prize in Engineering category; awards to be given on January 7

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Don't call it black money, call it unaccounted: Telangana CM KC Rao
1,000 notes.On Thursday, he said the move should be welcomed, if it helps in cleaning up the country's financial system.

Cash crunch triggers feeling of emptiness
The sudden demonetisation of old notes has had an adverse impact on mental health of individuals, with people complaining of 'acute stress'. Psychiatrists warn that if the situation does not improve in the next fortnight it will lead to `impulse control disorder', characterised by depression and frustration.

Malakpet market whimpers sans stock
For the second day in a row, the onion market at Malakpet wore a desolate look, with limited fresh stock coming in owing to the severe cash crunch. Predictably, traders either downed their shutters or sold old stock at premium rates.

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Elephant tramples 80-year-old man to death in Tamil Nadu
An 80-year-old tribal man was trampled to death by a wild elephant in the Madukkarai range forest on in Tamil Nadu on Thursday morning. The body was found on Friday morning.

Stalin visits Ayanavaram market to get the feel of demonetisation effect
A few days after meeting people in a queue outside a bank near Madurai, DMK treasurer and leader of the opposition M K Stalin on Friday visited Ayanavaram market in Chennai and spoke to shopkeepers about demonetisation of currency notes and how their business has come down due to liquidity problem.

Demonetisation choking cooperative banking system in TN, Madras HC informed
At this peak agriculture season, district cooperative banks and their affiliated primary agricultural cooperative societies are unable to lend loans to several lakhs of farmers, a society told the Madras high court, cautioning that if the Centre’s demonetisation policy continued for another 10 or 20 days in its current format, the entire cooperative institution would become defunct.

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Goons attack crime branch team in Ahmedabad

PM's innovative approach of Reform - Perform - Transform - Inform is the right direction of good-governance: Vijay Rupani

Destination Gujarat needs a push

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Congress stalwarts to grace Indira's birth anniversary event
Congress president Sonia Gandhi would inaugurate a photography exhibition on the November 21, which will be organized as part of the anniversary celebrations at Swaraj Bhawan and Anand Bhawan.

Mela to have more green toilets this year
Apart from banning plastic and thermocol, the Magh Mela administration has decided to install green toilets for devotees, pilgrims and visitors.

Modi government doesn't care about people, says Samajwadi Party

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Sea, sand and sun @ Surfers' paradise

BJP posters target Naveen government failure
The BJP on Thursday launched posters of party president Amit Shah's forthcoming rally in the city on November 25, which, sources said, would be used to highlight 16 years of Naveen Patnaik government's misrule.

Long wait at banks irks Koraput farmers
Members of the agrarian community have to stand in long queues in banks to exchange the old notes like the rest of India.Their economic activities have also been curtailed because of demonitisation.

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Campaigning ends in Shahdol, Nepanagar, polling tomorrow
Campaigning for the bypolls to Shahdol Lok Sabha and Nepanagar assembly seats came to an end on Thursday with the ruling BJP getting ready for its first litmus test after demonetisation of high-end currency notes. Polling for the two tribal seats will be held on Saturday.

Demonetization: EC directs to pay cash allowance to polling staff
Amid non-availability of smaller denomination notes, the Election Commission (EC) has instructed all the collectors of poll bound districts to pay cash allowance to the polling staff appointed in Shahdol and Nepanagar bypoll.

After CM, CS directs babus on night stay in villages
In a move to ensure that bureaucrats have their ear to the ground, chief secretary Basant Pratap Singh has directed collectors and commissioners to visit villages and stay there at night to establish direct contact with the locals.

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Demonetization side-effects: Ludhiana MC rakes in moolah
The Union government's decision to allow scrapped notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 to be used to pay property tax or sewerage and electricity bills has set the cash registers ringing for the municipal corporation. Residents are thronging MC offices to clear their dues with the banned currency.

No evidence recovered from Shalimar mall owners
Chandigarh police failed to recover any tool of evidences, including computers, printers and laptops from the possession of managing directors of Shalimar Estate Private Limited, R K Aggarwal, and his wife Kamlesh Aggarwal, during their two-day police custody.

Weeds, water, winter make Sukhna a migratory bird haven
The weeds at Sukhna lake may be an eyesore for walkers and tourists and the target of the UT Administration's removal drive but migratory waterfowl do not seem to share this view.

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