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Culture Ministry restoring Bengal heritage sites, work likely to end by October

Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) The Union Culture Ministry is carrying out large scale restoration work of heritage buildings and places of art in Kolkata using organic and natural conservation processes, with the project likely to be completed by October, a top official said here on Friday. The whole idea is to look for the best as mediocracy kills the effort, said Culture Secretary Raghavendra...

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MCX Q1 consolidated net profit down 72%

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) The Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX) on Friday reported a decline of 72 per cent in its consolidated net profit in the first quarter of 2018-19 on account of an exceptional item. According to the MCX, consolidated net profit during the quarter under review declined to Rs 7.33 crore from Rs 26.30 crore, on account of an exceptional item of Rs 23.80 crore. ...

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India's Forex reserves deplete by over $734 mn

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves depleted by $734.5 million during the week ended July 13, official data showed on Friday. According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves declined to $405.08 billion from $405.81 billion reported for the week ended July 6. India's forex reserves comprise of fo...

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On International Chess Day players happy at CCI's order against AICF

Chennai, July 20 (IANS) The recent order by Competition Commission of India has given Indian chess players an additional reason to celebrate the International Chess Day on Friday. Almost all the players to whom IANS spoke to welcomed the CCI order and are hopeful of things changing for their benefit. On July 12, the CCI held the undertaking prescribed by AICF for players regardin...

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Wipro net flat yearly, 16% up quarterly in Q1

Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) Global software major Wipro on Friday reported Rs 2,094 crore consolidated net profit for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2017-18, posting flat (0.5 per cent) growth annually from Rs 2,083 crore in the same period year ago. Sequentially, however, net profit grew 16 per cent from Rs 1,801 crore quarter ago. Consolidated revenue for the quarter (Q1) under...

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China, UAE pledge further people-to-people exchanges

Abu Dhabi, July 20 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and China pledged on Friday to strengthen their people-to-people exchanges as they agreed to lift bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The decision was taken during the talks the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping had with UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum an...

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Malaysia to publish final report on missing MH370 flight on July 30

Kuala Lumpur, July 20 (IANS) Malaysia's Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced on Friday that the final report on the investigation into Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in March 2014 with 239 people on board, will be made public on July 30. Every word recorded by the investigation team will be tabled in this report, Loke said, according to state-owned Bernama news a...

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Personal health data of 1.5 million Singaporeans, PM hacked

Singapore, July 20 (IANS) The personal health data of 1.5 million people, almost a quarter of the population, including the details of the city-state's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, have been hacked, a Health Ministry statement said on Friday. The data of Lee, including information on his outpatient dispensed medicines, was specifically and repeatedly targeted. He has survived cancer t...

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Wipro net flat yearly, 16% up quarterly in Q1

Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) Global software major Wipro on Friday reported Rs 2,094 crore consolidated net profit for the first quarter (Q1) of fiscal 2017-18, posting flat (0.5 per cent) growth annually from Rs 2,083 crore in the same period year ago. Sequentially, however, net profit grew 16 per cent from Rs 1,801 crore quarter ago. Consolidated revenue for the quarter (Q1) under...

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Can't do one-dimensional characters: Shikha Talsania

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Shikha Talsania, who has received rave reviews for her performance in the film Veere Di Wedding, says she cannot do one-dimensional characters and prefers to have layers in her roles. Shikha, along with celebrities like Pulkit Samrat and Angira Dhar, opened up in Open House with Renil on zoOm. I cannot do one-dimensional characters. I cannot play a ...

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Bajaj Auto's Q1 standalone net profit up 21%

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Two and three-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto on Friday reported a rise of 21 per cent in its standalone net profit for the first quarter of 2018-19. According to the company, its Q1 standalone net profit increased to Rs 1,115 crore from Rs 924 crore reported for the corresponding period of the previous financial year. The company's standalone turnover (adj...

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Trump invites Putin to US amid criticism over Helsinki meet

Washington, July 20 (IANS) The White House has announced that the Russian President has been invited to Washington later this year, despite mounting criticism over US President Donald Trump's failure to take Vladimir Putin to task over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 US presidential polls. The White House's announcement came on Thursday even as leaders in Washington were still struggling t...

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NASA launches tools to increase commercial use of satellite data

Washington, July 20 (IANS) NASA has launched an online toolkit to make it easier for users to find, analyse and utilise the most relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. The Remote Sensing Toolkit provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input, NASA said in a statement on Thursday. The toolkit i...

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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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LS passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, RS anti-corruption amendment

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The second day of Parliament's Monsoon Session on Thursday witnessed some productive time with the Lok Sabha passing the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill and the Rajya Sabha passing amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act. Both the houses, which were adjourned for the day after passing these two important bills, also expressed concern over incidents of mo...

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Delhi Health Minister prescribes strict measures against vector-borne diseases

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) With monsoon knocking on the door, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday directed all stakeholders to take strict action for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases in the national capital. In a meeting held with senior officials of the Department and other agencies, Jain reviewed the preparedness and status of action taken for the prevent...

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Nepal, India review implementation of bilateral projects

Kathmandu, July 19 (IANS) The sixth meeting of Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism was held here to review the progress made in the implementation of bilateral, economic and development projects. The meeting was co-chaired on Wednesday by Ambassador of India to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi. According to the Indian Embassy here, the meeting underlined the...

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Kotak Mahindra Bank's standalone Q1 net profit up 12%

Mumbai, July 19 (IANS) Kotak Mahindra Bank on Thursday reported a rise of more than 12 per cent in its standalone net profit for the first quarter of 2018-19. According to the company, its Q1 net profit increased to Rs 1,025 crore from Rs 913 crore reported for the corresponding period of the previous financial year. Net Interest Income for Q1FY19 increased to 2,583 cr from 2,246...

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'Indian Army could scrap Brigadier rank'

Jaipur, July 19 (IANS) Officer cadre restructuring in the Indian Army, including doing away with the Brigadier's rank, is under review, a top army officer said here on Thursday. It is just a thought process at this point of time. We are all to offer our recommendations on this issue. Once it is decided, it will be promulgated officially, said South Western Army Command chief, Lt Gen Cher...

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LS takes up Bill to deter fugitive economic offenders

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Thursday took up a bill that provides for measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading prosecution by staying outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts. Taking part in the discussion on The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, BJP's Nishikant Dubey blamed the previous Congress-led UPA government for the rise in non-performing as...

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