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GES to create congenial ecosystem for startups: Amitabh Kant

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Saturday said the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which is being co-hosted by the United States and India for the first time, is expected to develop a congenial ecosystem for the growth of startups in the country. The expectation from this Summit is to create an ecosystem for startups and support them. It is a step in that dir...

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Moody's upgrades NHAI rating in October

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Saturday said global rating agency Moody's upgraded the issuer ratings of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to Baa2 from Baa3 in the beginning of October and revised outlook to stable from positive. The ratings of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) and...

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Over 52% of participants at GES will be women

Hyderabad, Nov 18 (IANS) Over 52 per cent of the participants in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), scheduled to be held here on November 28-30, are women. Women will represent 52.5 per cent of entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters at the GES 2017, being co-hosted by the US and India. This is the first time that women form the majority of participants at a GES,...

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Fast pace of innovation essential for success: Narayana Murthy

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) IT major Infosys co-Founder N.R. Narayana Murthy on Saturday said globalisation has created an extremely competitive environment where faster pace of innovation is a critical to success. The Padma Vibhushan awardee was speaking at the SRM University's 13th Convocation at the Kattankulathur Campus where he was the Chief Guest. The implications of globalis...

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Moody's upgrade cheers equities, but weekly gains muted

Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) Riding on a sovereign ratings upgrade of the Indian government's bonds by US credit rating agency Moody's and bargain hunting by investors, the key Indian equity indices closed Friday's trade on a higher note. However, on a week-on-week comparison, the overall sentiment in the markets remained flat on the back of weak domestic macro-data, along with geo-political te...

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Antibiotic resistance: 'Bad bugs, no drugs' turning into reality

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) With the growth of antibiotic resistance already complicating treatments for several diseases in India including common urinary tract infections, the country appears to be in an advanced position to immerse itself in the ignominy of the fast-arriving post-antibiotic world in which even common infections would once again become incurable. Antibiotic resistance, wh...

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'Too early to say if there's Trump effect on tourism business'

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's travel ban and immigration policies might have not gone down well in some parts of the world but Caroline Beteta, the Visit California President and CEO, says it's too early to gauge the effect on travel business in the Golden State following such action. It's little too early to say that because we do our inbound international researc...

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From airports to seaports, ITDC cruises along

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Moving out of airports due to stiff competition from private players, the India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (ITDC) is making a gradual comeback with duty-free outlets at seaports. Currently operating at 11 seaports across the country, ITDC aims to to cover all the major ports in the country with duty-free outlets by 2020. The seaport duty-free out...

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Nearly 200 nations pledge to review plans to limit emissions

Bonn, Nov 18 (IANS) Amidst the shadow of the US decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, nearly 200 nations on Saturday pledged to launch a process next year to start reviewing existing plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Stepping up climate risk insurance, Germany pledged additional $125 million to support provision of insurance to 400 more million poor and vulne...

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BBC investigation exposes US, UK protecting IS in Syria

A BBC expose, with graphic visuals, is quite emphatic: The US and British-led coalition forces enabled hundreds of IS jihadists escape from Raqqa after the headquarters of their self-declared Caliphate was bombarded out of recognition. This will set the cat among the pigeons. The matter will surely come up in the British Parliament and Congressional hearings in Washington. More such misc...

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Plant respiration larger source of carbon emissions than thought

New York, Nov 18 (IANS) Carbon released by plant respiration may be around 30 per cent higher than previously predicted, a new study claims. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that as the mean global temperature increases, respiration will increase significantly. Such increases may lower the future ability of global vegetation to offset carbon di...

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Google salutes Indian filmmaker V. Shantaram

Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) Google on Saturday celebrated the 116th birth anniversary of renowned Indian filmmaker, actor and writer Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, famed as 'V. Shantaram', alias Annasaeb. A colourful doodle depicts Shantaram's pensive profile, with an iconic old movie camera of the early filmmaking era, stills from a Marathi film, and his two later blockbusters, Do Aankhen Bara H...

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Indira Gandhi's fearlessness brought out the best in her (Nov 19 is Indira Gandhi's 100th bi

No past Prime Minister of India evokes as much passion as Indira Gandhi. Her admirers believe she could do no wrong and was the messianic leader India needed in her time; her detractors hold her responsible for creating a personality cult, encouraging dynastic politics and weakening the institutions of democracy. As in the case of any leader with a long tenure and an enduring impact, her legacy i...

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New global effort launched to end TB by 2030: WHO

Geneva, Nov 18 (IANS) Delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the WHO said. The announcement on Friday came as the delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis, Xinhua news agency reported. The delegates promised to achieve strengthen health systems and improve access ...

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China, Ukraine to deepen cooperation in renewable energy

Kiev, Nov 18 (IANS) China and Ukraine have agreed to step up their cooperation in renewable energy, the Ukrainian government said. The agreement was reached during the plenary meeting of the Chinese-Ukrainian Subcommittee on Trade and Economic Cooperation in Beijing, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ukrainian government press service as saying in a statement. Ukraine, which heavily ...

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African airlines struggle amid strong USD

Kampala, Nov 18 (IANS) Although passenger numbers are expected to slightly increase for African airlines in 2017, the carriers are likely to remain under pressure from a strong USD, the IATA has said. The airlines, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), are expected to make a combined loss of about 100 million dollars in 2017, making Africa the only region that ...

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Infosys to buyback shares from November 30

Bengaluru, Nov 17 (IANS) Global software major Infosys Ltd would buy back 11.3-crore of its equity shares of Rs 5 face value by paying Rs 13,000 crore at the price of Rs 1,150 per share from November 30, said the IT major on Friday. Buyback of 11,30,43,478 equity shares of Rs 5 each at a price of Rs 1,150 per share under the tender offer route opens on November 30 and closes on December ...

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British High Commission organises event on LGBTQIA

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The British High Commission and the Multiple Action Research Group (MARG) partnered to celebrate the recent Delhi Pride March through an event held here on Friday. The event, Breaking Stereotypes, recognised MARG's work, along with that of LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) activists around the world. Breaking Ster...

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Climate finance row persists for developing nations

Bonn, Nov 17 (IANS) With the two-week-long UN Climate Change negotiations meandering through its scheduled closing day here on Friday, climate experts are still quarreling over the flow of climate finance from the developed to the developing world. How much money will rich nations give to poor nations under the Paris Climate Agreement is a big question. The more important is time. When, ...

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India, France agree to cooperate on Indian Ocean Region security

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) After officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held the first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Manila last week on the security and development of the Indo-Pacific region, India and France on Friday agreed to cooperate on the security architecture of the Indian Ocean Region. In terms of maritime security, both sides discussed increasing cooperation in the Ind...

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