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Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter join Data Transfer Project

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) To help billions of users manage their data and help them transfer that into and out of online services without privacy issues, four tech giants -- Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter -- on Friday announced to join the open source initiative called Data Transfer Project (DTP). In the early stages at the moment, the Data Transfer Project will help users of on...

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Tamil Nadu getting step-motherly treatment from Centre: AIADMK

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Terming the relation between Centre and states like that of a mother and child, AIADMK's parliamentary party leader P Venugopal on Friday said that his state Tamil Nadu is being meted out step-motherly treatment. Participating in the debate on the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha, he said India was the sixth largest econ...

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Three Modis looting India: TMC

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a travelling salesman and his economic policies a disaster, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy on Friday said that three Modis are looting the country. Speaking during the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, Roy, without naming anyone, said that the only person who had gained from Bharatiya Janata Party's economic policies ...

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Brexit won't hit European economy hard: IMF

Washington, July 20 (IANS) The United Kingdom's planned exit from the European Union will have a small negative impact on the bloc's economy, although it will prove more damaging to countries such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium that have closer links with Britain, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday. In its annual review of the eurozone's economic policies, the Washing...

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India calls for rules-based order in Indo-Pacific

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) India on Thursday called for a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region that should allow use of common spaces on sea and in the air. The Indo-Pacific must be a free, open and an inclusive region, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in her keynote address at the ministerial session of this year's Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to...

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LS to take up no-trust motion on Friday, Modi, Rahul to speak

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The BJP and opposition Congress sharpened their attacks on each other on Thursday, a day before the Lok Sabha takes up the no-confidence motion for debate and voting in an increasingly polarised environment with each side trying to maximise its chances of victory in the 2019 general elections. Top guns of the two parties, including Congress President Rahul Gandh...

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Secularism, individual rights can bring economic prosperity: Study

London, July 19 (IANS) Secularisation coupled with respect and tolerance for individual rights such as abortion, divorce and homosexuality can boost a country's economic growth, reveals a study. The findings, published in Science Advances, showed that a decline in religion can influence a country's future economic prosperity. However, secularisation predicts future economic devel...

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India's growth story intact; GDP to grow around 7.5%: Ficci

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) Despite short-term challenges India's economic growth story remains intact and the country's GDP is expected to grow around 7.5 per cent in the current financial year, industry body Ficci said on Thursday. According to the body, the slowing down of industrial output growth in May and higher retail inflation in June are short-term challenges which are being pro-a...

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Startup incubation centre unveiled in Karnataka's Huballli

Hubballli (Karnataka), July 18 (IANS) NITI Ayog Chairman Amitabh Kant on Thursday unveiled a startup incubation centre in this north Karnataka town to promote entrepreneurship in tier-2 and tier-3 cities. India needs disruptive innovation to tackle challenges in health, education and agriculture sectors. We have to take a leap in social innovation to make 60 per cent of the population in...

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Finance panel assures on Bengal's debt restructuring demand

Kolkata, July 17 (IANS) The 15th Finance Commission on Tuesday assured West Bengal that it would explore all possible ways to meet the state's demand for restructuring the debt. I think the state brought out very forcefully the need for the Finance Commission to look at the legacy issue of the debt. The commission has taken note of the state government's demand and will explore all possi...

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Government increases maximum load capacity for trucks

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) The government has decided to increase the maximum load carrying capacity of all new heavy vehicles by 20-25 per cent, Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday. He said this would bring down the logistic cost in the country by 2 per cent and will help in increasing the ease of doing business. Logistic cost in India is 16 to 18 pe...

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Finance panel to assess Bengal's debt restructuring demand

Kolkata, July 17 (IANS) The 15th Finance Commission will explore all possible ways to restructure West Bengal's debt as demanded by the state, its Chairman N.K. Singh said on Tuesday. I think the state government brought out very forcefully the need for the Finance Commission to look at the legacy issue of the debt overhang, Singh said. The Commission has taken note of the state...

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India accounts for 1/5th of global deaths from floods

Mumbai, July 17 (IndiaSpend/IANS) India accounts for one-fifth of global deaths due to floods, according to government data that lends perspective to a new World Bank study that says climate change will lower the standards of living of nearly half of the countrys population by 2050. As many as 107,487 people died due to heavy rains and floods across India over 64 years between 1953 and 2...

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Did Congress pay for Manmohan's Rajasthan visits, asks BJP

Jaipur, July 16 (IANS) In response to a protest staged by the Congress against the expenses incurred by the BJP government in Rajasthan during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the state, the ruling party on Monday asked if the Congress paid for the visits of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The opposition Congress on Monday staged a massive march here, led by Rajasthan...

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Pakistan's agriculture faces major blow due to water scarcity

Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) Pakistan's agriculture is facing a major blow due to an ongoing water crisis in the country. According to the latest statistics released by the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) of Pakistan, Sindh and Punjab provinces will face 51 per cent of water shortage in the coming days as there is only 220,000 cusec acres of water available in reserves, far less than th...

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China's GDP grows 6.8%

Beijing, July 16 (IANS) China's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 6.8 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2018 to about 41.90 trillion yuan ($6 trillion), official data revealed on Monday. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data, the pace was well above the government's annual growth target of around 6.5 per cent, extending a steady expansion, reports Xinhua news...

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Trump labels EU foe of US

Washington, July 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he considers the European Union an adversary of his country. I think we have a lot of foes, Efe quoted Trump as saying to CBS Evening News in response when anchor Jeff Glor asked him to name his biggest foe globally right now. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn'...

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GJEPC thanks government for exposing diamond import scam

Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) on Friday thanked the Centre and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for carrying out a thorough investigation exposing the Rs 3,000 crore diamond import scam. The GJEPC termed it as unfortunate and said that the acts of some individuals and companies were hurting the trade at large. GJEPC - ...

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Fill up faculty posts fast for quality education: Kovind

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday advised higher learning institutes to fill vacant faculty positions fast to ensure quality education and research. Kovind said this while addressing the heads, directors and vice chancellors of 19 central-level institutions in an yearly meeting. Wherever posts are yet to be created, it has to be done at the earliest. F...

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India presents great business opportunities: Alibaba Cloud

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) With Indian organisations already spending heavily on public Cloud services, time is now right to do business in the country, a top executive from Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese giant Alibaba Group, said on Friday. Alibaba Cloud has always been dedicated to empower enterprises of different sizes to tap into opportunities in the digital age. Wi...

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