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Poll results swing equity indices, close trade in green

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices on Monday danced to the tunes of the assembly polls results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to finally close with gains after swinging from the extreme negative to the positive. Amid much volatility, the S&P BSE Sensex oscillated within a range of over 1,200 points, and the NSE Nifty50 of over 300 points, on an intra-day basis and trimm...

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Indian software market to hit $5.1 bn in 2018: IDC

Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) Indian software market is expected to grow at 11.9 per cent (year-on-year) and touch $5.1 billion by the end of 2018, market research firm IDC said on Monday. Collaborative and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications were among the top three fastest-growing software categories in 2017, primarily led by adoption via a Cloud model (consumed as software-...

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Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar, Yes Bank's Kapoor named most respected entrepreneurs

Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) Biotechnology major Biocon's Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shah and Yes Bank's Chief Executive Rana Kapoor were on Monday named the most respected entrepreneurs of the year 2017 by the London-based Hurun Report. Shaw and Kapoor are the most respected entrepreneurs of the year for their role in the growth of their individual business, job creation, philanthropy and c...

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Abu Dhabi holds summit on women, peace & security

Abu Dhabi, Dec 18 (IANS/WAM) A conference on women empowerment to promote international peace and security was held in the United Arab Emirates' capital on Monday. The conference titled Women, Security and Peace Summit: The Gender Dimensions of International Peace and Security: Keys to Prosperity and Peace was organised by the General Women's Union (GWU) in co-operation with TRENDS Resea...

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Equity indices end volatile day in green

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Dancing to the tune of the assembly poll results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, key Indian equity indices provisionally closed in the green on Monday after swinging from the extreme negative to the positive. The wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed (at 3.30 p.m.) higher by 55.50 points or 0.54 per cent at 10,388.75 points.

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Equity markets still turbulent but in green as poll trends favour BJP

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key indices of the Indian equities markets -- S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 -- ceded some of their gains during the late-afternoon trade session on Monday as counting trends in Assembly polls showed a reduced tally for BJP in Gujarat. However, the key indices remained in green as the party was still favoured to form the next state government in the Western Ind...

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Early hominins' walk was as energetic as modern humans: Study

London, Dec 18 (IANS) The walk of hominins in the Pleistocene era -- which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago -- was no less efficient energetically than that of present-day humans, a study has showed. Traditionally, it was thought that the leaner skeletons of modern humans reflected biomechanical advantages which made locomotion a more efficient activity. The slimm...

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Apple hikes iPhone prices in India post-customs duty hike

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) After the government hiked customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets last week, Apple on Monday became the first smartphone manufacturer to raise prices (on MRP) across iPhone models, except iPhone SE that the company assembles in Bengaluru. As expected, Apple has increased the iPhone prices. The interesting thing now is to see how the Indi...

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Equity indices surge as BJP set to win, Sensex up 300 points

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) The BSE Sensex surged by over 300 points during the mid-afternoon trade session on Monday after counting trends indicated a victory for the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Both the key Indian equity indices traded higher by almost one per cent, cheered by the certainty that the ruling BJP was set to retain power in Gujarat. In Himachal P...

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Australia offers technological help to prevent stubble burning

Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) With stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana causing environmental and health concerns, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (Aciar) has offered technology to check the menace. Happy Seeder is a proven zero-tillage solution -- seeds can be planted directly into stubble without the need for land clearing or tilling -- eliminating the need t...

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Equity indices trade higher as BJP set to win

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key indices of the Indian equities markets on Monday went up substantially after counting trends indicated a victory for the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. The ruling BJP was on Monday set to retain power in Gujarat, with its candidates on the victory lap in 104 of the 182 seats as the Congress again settled for the second place but wit...

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Telecom: Year of turmoil with bleeding balance-sheets under GST's shadow

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) It was a year of turmoil for the hyper-competitive Indian telecom sector as the balance-sheets of many major players kept bleeding, prompting the government to form an panel to chalk out plans to bail out firms. Reliance Industries' Jio continued to disrupt the market with its free or low-priced offers while three or four majors fought for the telecom pie tooth a...

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Key Indian equity indices recover as polls favour BJP

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key indices of the Indian equities markets recovered on Monday after counting trends indicated a victory for BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh during the late morning trade session. The trend reversal happened after both the S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty took an early beating following reports of a possible BJP defeat in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Mo...

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Apple hikes iPhone prices in India post-customs duty hike

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) After the government hiked the customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets last week, Apple on Monday became the first manufacturer to raise prices (on MRP) across iPhone models, except iPhone SE that the company assembles in the country. As expected, Apple has increased the iPhone prices. The interesting thing now is to see how the Indian Ap...

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British PM May delivers defiant message on Brexit

London, Dec 17 (IANS) British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a defiant message on Sunday, saying the British government will not be derailed from the fundamental duty of delivering the will of the people who voted to leave the European Union (EU). Amid all the noise, we are getting on with the job. In the face of those who want to talk Britain down, we are securing the best and most a...

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Researchers unveil design of silicon quantum computer chip

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) In a first, a team of Australian and Dutch engineers has created a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard silicon technology. The new chip design, published in the journal Nature Communications, details a novel architecture that allows quantum calculations to be performed using existing semiconductor components, kn...

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'Starving' polar bear provokes climate change dialogue

Ottawa, Dec 17 (IANS) A video on a starving polar bear in northern Canada's Nunavut region has led to concerns on climate change as well as doubts about the real cause of the beast's emaciation. Earlier this month, video and photos were published showing a scrawny polar bear rummaging in the garbage for food in an abandoned fishing camp on Somerset Island of Nunavut, Xinhua news agency r...

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Cave paintings treasure trove found on Indonesian island

Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) Researchers have found that a tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archaeologists, is very rich in ancient cave paintings dating from at least 2,500 years ago. The team uncovered a total of 28 rock art sites on the island of Kisar which measures just 81 square kilometres and lies north of East Timor. The paintings portray boats, dogs, horses and ...

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Soyuz capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off for space station

Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a team of three astronauts from the US, Russia and Japan blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The capsule with the three crew members -- NASA's Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace E...

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Indian chefs go ga-ga over mustard oil

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Mustard oil has been used for centuries as a food additive and remains a staple in a majority of Indian homes. Incorporating mustard oil into your daily diet is known to protect against heart disease. The oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, both of which help lower bad cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol hence maintaining one's cholesterol...

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