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US dollar rises on tax reform expectation

New York, Dec 16 (IANS) The US dollar increased against other major peers on renewed hopes for passing a tax bill in the country. In late New York trading on Friday, the euro fell to $1.1759 from $1.1799 in the previous session, and the British pound declined to $1.3325 from $1.3441 in the previous session, Xinhua news agency reported. The Australian dollar inched down to $0.764...

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Gurugram Fortis charged Adya's parents over 1,208% more for medical devices: NPPA

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Fortis Memorial hospital in Gurugram charged 1,208-1,737 per cent more than procurement price for much of the medical equipment, including disposable syringes and three way stop cocks, to the parents of seven-year-old dengue patient Adya who had died at the hospital despite undergoing treatment for two weeks, according to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority ...

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6.9-magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia

Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said. No casualty or damage has, however, been reported. The epicentre of the earthquake was 11 km southwest of Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java province, 102 km from West Java's capital Bandung, with a depth of 107 km in the Ear...

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Worse air pollution this year but Diwali less polluting: CPCB

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The air pollution situation in the NCR was worse this year against the situation in the peak season last year though Diwali was less polluting, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said here on Friday. In Delhi, the peak pollution episode between November 7 and 12, 2017 saw the range of major pollutant PM2.5, or particles in air with diameter less than 2.5 ...

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Golfer Chadha emerges leader in Round 2 of TATA Open

Jamshedpur, Dec 15 (IANS) Chandigarhs Abhijit Singh Chadha emerged leader in round two, courtesy a flawless seven-under-64 that took his total to 13-under-129 at the 16th TATA Open here on Friday. Sri Lankan Anura Rohana produced the best round of the tournament so far, a staggering 10-under-61, to move into tied second at 12-under-130 along with three-time former champion Mukesh Kumar (...

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Make government buildings easier to access for differently-abled: SC

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that accessibility to buildings of the central and state governments should be made easier for differently-abled people. A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan issued 11 directions requiring both the Centre and state governments to provide accessibility features like ramps, accessible toilets, lifts with Braill...

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Delhi government to provide 'chai and rusk', medical care at night shelters

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Providing some succour from the biting cold to the homeless, the Delhi government on Friday announced that it will serve breakfast of 'tea and rusk' to residents of its night shelters from Saturday, till the end of January. Announcing its 'winter action plan', the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) said a four-member medical team will visit the night s...

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India's Forex reserves down $1.04 bn

Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves decreased by $1.04 billion as on December 8, 2017, official data showed on Friday. The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement showed that the overall Forex reserves dipped to $400.89 billion from $401.94 billion reported for the week ended December 1. India's Forex reserves comprise of foreign cu...

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BJP likely to shift to new address in January 2018

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may shift to its new spacious office in New Delhi's Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg in January 2018, a party leader said. Construction work of the new office has been completed, and the party may shift into it after January 14, 2018, a party leader told IANS requesting anonymity. He said the party had earlier decided to sh...

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I want to break marathon record before retiring: Bekele

Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele, who holds the world and Olympic records for both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre events, on Friday said he aims to be the best in marathon before he calls it a day. My plan is to break that record before I retire. I want to break marathon record before I retire. So of course, my time is second best in the world this time (...

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2017: Mark Wahlberg named most overpaid actor

Los Angeles, Dec 15 (IANS) Actor Mark Wahlberg has topped Forbes magazines list of 'The Most Overpaid Actor Of 2017'. The list is based on a valuation which included the performance of an actor's last three non-animated, large-scale movies released prior to June 1, 2017, reports forbes.com. Wahlberg made over $68 million pre-tax this year. Wahlberg pulled in only $4.40 at the box...

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84% manufacturing firms globally embraced software over hardware: Report

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) With the device manufacturing industry embracing software over hardware as its primary business model, a new report said on Friday that 84 per cent of the organisations in the sector globally have already put software at its core in delivering services and generating revenue. According to a report by global IT security firm Gemalto, nearly all (94 per cent) devic...

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Cricketer Ajinkya's dad detained for rash driving which killed woman

Kolhapur (Maharashtra), Dec 15 (IANS) The Kolhapur police detained and let off Madhukar B. Rahane, father of Indian cricket star Ajinkya Rahane, for speeding and rash driving which resulted in the death of an elderly woman here on Friday, an official said. The incident occurred when Rahane, his wife and other family members were travelling to the tourist beach resort of Tarkarli in Sindh...

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ISL: Pumped-up FC Goa aim goal fest against Delhi Dynamos

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Other clubs would not have fancied it, but FC Goa can be expected to go for a big win against Delhi Dynamos in their quest to reach the top of the Indian Super League (ISL) season four table if they clinch victory by three goals or more at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. Such has been their form that every victory they have registered has seen them...

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Beijing to limit number of new cars

Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) The Beijing municipal government on Friday said it will slash the new car registration quota by a third starting next year in a bid to reduce traffic gridlocks and ease air pollution. Currently, Beijing allocates 150,000 licence plates for new cars every year and the number will be reduced to 100,000 in 2018, according to a new regulation. Beijing residents...

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Balance between development, nature needed to protect environment: Prakash Baba Amte

Kolkata, Dec 15 (IANS) Ramon Magsaysay awardee and social worker Prakash Baba Amte on Friday termed deforestation as the biggest threat for environment and wildlife in the country and called for a balance between developmental work and nature. Deforestation is the biggest threat for the environment and wildlife in this country. The forest cover is fading fast. Unless we learn to differen...

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SC extends deadline for Aadhaar linking till March 31, 2018

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes, as well as mobile phones and bank accounts, from December 31 to March 31, 2018. However, the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said those who do not have an Aadhaar number but were opening bank accounts would have to furnish their enrolment...

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Equity indices extend gains, exit polls outcome uplift sentiments

Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Riding on the exit polls outcome which predicted a BJP win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the two key indices of the domestic markets extended gains for the second consecutive session on Friday. According to market observers, the key equity indices -- which surged to higher levels supported by healthy buying in metals, consumer durables and auto...

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Anushka, Virat enjoy honeymoon in 'heaven'

Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) Newly wed actress Anushka Sharma and star cricketer Virat Kohli are currently enjoying their honeymoon in snowcapped mountains -- but won't say where. Anushka on Friday shared a cosy selfie with Virat, and the white landscape makes the perfect backdrop. In heaven, literally, Anushka captioned the image, without divulging the destination they are in. ...

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Four winter sessions shorter than present one: Minister

New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) Winter sessions of Parliament have been shorter than the present one at least four times in past, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said on Friday. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session, Goel said the 1976, 1990-91, 1994, and 2013, winter sessions were shorter than present. The Winter Session this ti...

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