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US stocks end mixed after Fed rate hike decision

New York, Dec 14 (IANS) US stocks closed mixed, with the Dow closing at a record high, as the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, the third such increase in 2017. The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday gained 80.63 points, or 0.33 per cent, to 24,585.43. The S&P 500 fell 1.26 points, or 0.05 per cent, to 2,662.85, Xinhua news agency reported....

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Projects incomplete for 50 years finished in four years: Rajasthan CM

Jaipur, Dec 13 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia on Wednesday said that important projects lying pending for 50 years were completed in four years by the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the desert state. Addressing a function at Jhunjhunu on the completion of the BJP's four years in power in Rajasthan, she announced development projects worth Rs 2,237 crore.

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Gujarat polling on Thursday for 93 seats; PM, Shah to vote

Gandhinagar, Dec 13 (IANS) The second phase of elections in Gujarat on Thursday will see polling held for 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts in northern and central regions of the state, with a host of VVIPs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, descending on Ahmedabad to cast their vote. Meanwhile, in the so-called 'dry' state of Gujarat, the polic...

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BSE's India INX's highest daily turnover crosses Rs 1,700 cr

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) Stock exchange major BSE said its wholly-owned subsidiary India International Exchange (India INX) witnessed an all-time high turnover of over Rs 1,700 crore or $263.90 million on Wednesday. According to a BSE statement, the highest daily trading turnover was achieved by the India INX at the end of the morning trade session at 5 p.m. (IST). The evening session of...

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Free entrance exams coaching for SC students in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Delhi government has approved free entrance coaching to Scheduled Caste (SC) students for various competitive examinations, a statement said on Wednesday. A monthly stipend of Rs 2,500 per student will be paid for attending the classes, the statement said, adding coaching will be provided for civil services, judicial services, banking, engineering, medicine a...

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Navy to commission first indigenous Scorpene-class submarine

Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) The first of the indigenous Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari, will be commissioned for the Indian Navy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday. The Prime Minister will unveil a plaque at the commissioning ceremony here. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding of the...

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2018 World Cup win will give Germany footballers over $400k bonus each

Berlin, Dec 13 (IANS) Germany's football federation DFB on Wednesday announced that each of their 2018 World Cup players will get a bonus of 350,000 euros ($410,847) if they manage to defend their title in Russia. The DFB and the national team players have agreed on performance-related bonuses for their performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The bonuses are based on the team's perf...

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Jharkhand Assembly disrupted over kissing event, other issues

Ranchi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Jharkhand Assembly saw repeated disruptions on Wednesday over various issues, including the ruling BJP's demand that the house take up the kissing event organised by a JMM legislator, and was finally adjourned for the day without much business. Bharatiya Janata Party members stood up at their seats and demanded a discussion on the kissing competition of tribal c...

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Equity indices extend losses ahead of US Fed policy outcome

Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Continuing with losses for the second day in a row, the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday gave up all their morning gains to end a volatile trade session in the red as investors booked profits in metals, capital goods and banking stocks. According to market observers, apart from domestic macro-data marring investors' risk-taking appetite, caution ahead of the U...

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'The Shape of Water' gift for me: Sally Hawkins

Los Angeles, Dec 13 (IANS) Actress Sally Hawkins calls getting a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actress category for her role in fantasy drama The Shape of Water a beautiful gift. She added that working with the team was an extraordinary and heart expanding experience. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday announced nominees for this year's 75th annual Golden Gl...

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89% of auto sales in India digitally influenced: Report

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) A total of 89 per cent of Indian car purchases in 2017 were digitally influenced -- up from 75 per cent in 2016, a new report said on Wednesday. According to the report released by Google India and market research company Kantar TNS, the auto shoppers exhibited three key digital behaviours. Nearly 96 per cent of them searched online, 80 per cent watched online vi...

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Sandeepa follows strict diet for 'Firrkie'

Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) Actress Sandeepa Dhar is following a gluten and sugar-free diet for her upcoming film Firrkie. Sandeepa will play a model in Firrkie, which also stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Karan Singh Grover, Kay Kay Menon and Jackie shroff. Since I play a model in the film, it is very important for me to look fit. Luckily, being a dancer helps in staying fit, but in the next...

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Navy to induct first Scorpene-class submarine on Thursday

Mumbai, Dec 13 (IANS) The first of the indigenous Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari, will be commissioned in the Indian Navy on Thursday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries, Navy officials said on Wednesday. Commissioning of this submarine -- named after the first Foxtort-class submarine, INS Kalvari inducted into the Navy on December 8, 1967 -- co...

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Why India is important for Asean

Title: The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace; Authors: Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 264; Price: Rs 750 As India prepares to host the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations for a commemorative summit next month, a new book says that the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has brought about a change to the relationship between India and t...

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Polanski investigated over molesting 10-year-old girl

Los Angeles, Dec 13 (IANS) Filmmaker Roman Polanski is being investigated for new allegations of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old child in 1975. While the statute of limitations has long expired, through this investigation, law enforcement officials may be able to use any evidence they collect to help prosecute other cases, reports pagesix.com. Authorities are now probing the ca...

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SC stalls Centre's takeover of Unitech

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed an NCLT order suspending real estate major Unitech's directors and allowing the Centre to appoint its nominees in their place. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud stayed the December 8 order of the National Company Law Tribunal by which it had suspended nine directors of ...

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Women are taking over the world: Amitabh Bachchan

Puri Pai (Thailand), Dec 13 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is busy shooting for Thugs of Hindostan here, finds it admirable to see women working on the set, saying they are taking over the world. On his blog, Amitabh wrote: Serenity not just in the woods and the skies above, but on the work place as well. A serenity of a different kind that exudes diligence and sincerity, speed of...

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US dollar climbs as Fed meeting begins

New York, Dec 13 (IANS) The US dollar rose against most major currencies as the Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting. In late New York trading on Tuesday, the euro fell to $1.1739 from $1.1792, and the British pound dropped to $1.3315 from $1.3348, Xinhua news agency reported. The Australian dollar increased to $0.7560 from $0.7535. The US dollar bought ...

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MISA detainees get status of fighters for democracy in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Dec 12 (IANS) The Rajasthan Cabinet has decided to accord those detained under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) and Defence of India Rules during Emergency during 1975-77 outside the state the status of fighters for democracy. The detainees, most of them Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leaders, will now be entitled to pension and other allowances after getting the stat...

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100 apply to become 'Institutes of Eminence'

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) A total of 100 higher learning institutions have applied for their upgradation as 'Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities' - a new category created for this purpose - with the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, an official statement said on Tuesday. The applications were invited by the ministry in September and the 90 days duration ended on Tu...

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