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Mindtree surges over 2.50% ahead of Q2 nos; here's what to expect

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Huawei woos Indian telcos with 5G tech as govt sits on US calls for boycott

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Maha polls: Sanjay Dutt backs Aaditya, wishes for his victory

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Actor Sanjay Dutt has backed Aaditya Thackeray, who is making his debut in electoral politics, and said he hopes the Yuva Sena leader wins by a huge margin as the country needs dynamic young leaders. The 29-year-old Yuva Sena chief, who is theelder son of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, is contesting the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly polls from Mumbai's Worli constituency. He is the first member of the Thackeray clan to contest an election. In a video posted on Twitter, Dutt said Aaditya Thackeray is like "a younger brother to me". "He comes from a fantastic lineage of Balasheb Thackerayji, who supported me and my family immensely and was like a father figure to me. I can never forget that. Uddhav bhai is the same," the 60-year-old actor said. "I wish Aaditya all the very best. I hope he wins with a huge mandate because we need dynamic young leaders in our country. Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra," he added. Ever since the Shiv Sena was founded by late Bal Thackeray in..
                 

Bihar: Gaya cop suspended after video of him accepting bribe goes viral

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Rupee slips 17 paise to 71.71 against USD in early trade

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The Indian rupee opened on a cautious note and fell 17 paise to 71.71 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday amid rising crude oil prices and increasing demand for the US dollar vis-a-vis other currencies overseas. Forex traders said muted opening in domestic equities also weighed on the domestic currency. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened at 71.60 then fell to 71.71 against the US dollar, showing a decline of 17 paise over its previous closing. The Indian rupee on Tuesday had closed at 71.54 against the US dollar. Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note on Wednesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 34.64 points down at 38,471.45 and Nifty higher by 8.25 points at 11,436.55. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) purchased shares worth Rs 436.02 crore on Tuesday, according to provisional exchange data. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, rose by 0.02 per cent to 98.31. Crude oil benchmark, .....
                 

Maha: Man booked for raping, blackmailing college student

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A man from Maharashtra's Palghar district has been booked for allegedly raping a 23-year-old college student on several occasions and blackmailing her, police said on Wednesday. The woman in her police complaint said the accused, Haitik Bharat Shah (age not specified), a resident of Dahanu area who was studying at another institution, raped her first at a resort in Goa where she went for a college picnic earlier this year, a police spokesperson said. He also clicked some pictures with her and threatened to post them on social media if she refused to have physical relations with him, the official said. Later, he kept on blackmailing the woman over the pictures and allegedly raped her on several occasions, he said. The woman also alleged that the accused forced her to sign some documents, including marriage registration papers, the official said. He recently also uploaded a photograph of both of them as his WhatsApp profile picture and when the woman asked him to remove ....
                 

Air quality 'very poor' at many places in Delhi-NCR

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Many areas in the Delhi-National Capital Region recorded air quality in the "very poor" category on Wednesday morning, with particulate matter less than 10 micrometers in diameter being the primary pollutant. Delhi's overall Air Quality Index (299) also bordered "very poor" levels. On Tuesday, it stood at 270 at 4 pm. Seventeen of the 37 air quality monitoring stations in the national capital recorded the overall AQI in the "very poor" category, according to data of the Central Pollution Control Board. The AQI at Mundka, Dwarka Sector 8, Delhi Technological University, Anand Vihar, Wazirpur, Rohini, Bawana, Ashok Vihar, Nehru Nagar and Jahangirpuri was 368, 362, 355, 328, 323, 323, 320, 319, 319 and 318. Other areas that experienced very poor air quality included Alipur (314), Narela (312), Vivek Vihar (311), Sirifort (309), CRRI - Mathura Road (304), Okhla Phase 2 (303) and ITO (302). The neighbouring areas of Ghaziabad (337), Loni Dehat (335), Noida (318) and Greater Noida (308) .....
                 

Why so many leaders campaigning when CM confident of win? Sule

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NCP leader Supriya Sule has questioned the presence of several central ministers and senior BJP leaders from across the country to campaign for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is confident of an easy win. Addressing a rally at Kalyan town in Thane district of Maharashtra on Tuesday night for NCP nominee Prakash Tare, she dubbed the BJP's demand for the Bharat Ratna honour for Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar as an "election gimmick". Targeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who has been addressing a number of rallies in the state to campaign for the BJP, Sule sought to know why he did not pay a visit to Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli in August when the districts were ravaged by floods after heavy rains. "When the chief minister says there is no fight at all for the BJP in Maharashtra, what is the need for so many senior party leaders, including CMs of various states and Union ministers, to campaign in Maharashtra?" she asked. "This shows..
                 

Comparisons with Ayushmann won't bother me: Sunny Singh on 'Ujda Chaman' and 'Bala'

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The second weekend of November will see two films about bald men battling out -- Ayushmann Khurrana's "Bala" and Sunny Singh's "Ujda Chaman" and the latter says he won't be bothered about comparisons. "Ujda Chaman", a remake of the 2017 Kannada movie "Ondu Motteya Kathe", features the "Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety" star as a young man facing premature hair loss. The film is scheduled to be released on November 8. The story of "Bala" is based along the similar lines and will hit the screens a day before "Ujda Chaman". "I am away from all of this. I am doing a film, I am also getting to know that this film ('Bala') is kind of similar. Initially you feel like 'why and how is this happening?' but then you feel it's ok. He's playing his part, I am playing mine. We both are actors doing our jobs. I love him and I'm a fan of his acting," Sunny told PTI. The actor said he recently met the "Dream Girl" star and the duo greeted each other with warmth. "I know Aparkshakti and Tahira too, so it's all ....
                 

Funds raised by PE/VCs to invest in India drop by 11.5% in Q2FY20

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Whistleblower alleges siphoning of funds from MIAL; GVK gets MCA notice

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Coastal Karnataka, Tamil Nadu to receive heavy rainfall today: IMD

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Isolated places over Coastal Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Wednesday, according to the weather department.The Indian Meteorological Department further stated that a few areas over Lakshadweep and Kerala and Mahe are also likely to receive heavy downpour throughout the day.Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning very likely at isolated places over Kanataka, Kerala, Mahe, Lakshadweep and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.According to the IMD, the Southwest monsoon has further withdrawn from entire north Bay of Bengal, some parts of central Bay of Bengal, entire Odisha, Chhattisgarh, some parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, some more parts of Telangana, entire Vidarbha, Marathawada, some parts of North Interior Karnataka, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, some more parts of Konkan, entire north Arabian Sea and some parts of central Arabian Sea.Conditions are becoming favorable for further withdrawal of southwest monsoon from some .....
                 

Shah to address 4 elections rallies in Haryana today

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address election rallies in Faridabad, Samalkha, Bahadurgarh and Gurugram in poll-bound Haryana on Wednesday.On October 14, Shah had addressed public rallies in Fatehabad, Sirsa and Hisar.During his address, the BJP president had accused Congress of "speaking the language of Pakistan" on issues such as the repeal of Article 370 and said the entire country was happy over its abrogation.He had added that Modi has punctured Opposition's "vote bank politics" by abrogating Article 370.Shah had also hit out at former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who has won elections from Rohtak and termed the previous Congress regime as "corruption-ridden".In its manifesto titled 'Mhare Sapno ka Haryana' (my dreams of Haryana), the BJP has made a host of promises ranging from launching Haryana start-up mission, constitution of a new 'Yuva Vikas and Rozgar' ministry and one All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), doubling of farmers' income by 2022 and .....
                 

Weekly stock picks by Religare Broking: Buy Bajaj Auto, Bharat Electronics

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US House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'; move may infuriate China further

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The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill sought by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong that aims to defend civil rights in the semi-autonomous territory. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which will now move to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law, has drawn rare bipartisan support in a polarized Congress. Its passage is likely to further aggravate China which has accused "external forces" of fuelling weeks of unrest in the global financial hub. "Today we're simply urging the Chinese president and the Hong Kong Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, to faithfully honor the government's promises" that Hong Kong's rights and autonomy would be protected, Republican Representative Chris Smith, prime sponsor of the bill, said on the House floor. Millions have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, initially against a now-dropped bid by its leaders to allow extraditions to the authoritarian Chinese mainland. The months-long movement has expanded into a..
                 

Will govt meet its fiscal deficit target? Bond traders are too skeptical

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Video of 'drug party' inside Jodhpur jail goes viral

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A video of Jodhpur jail has gone viral in which inmates of the prison can be seen enjoying an alleged 'drug party'.In the video, the inmates are also seen using mobile phones. One of them is heard saying the jail authorities on the pretext of providing VIP treatment ask for money from the inmates.On being asked about the incident, Jail Superintendent Kailash Trivedi said the video appears to be an old one."I do not really know about this incident but I think this is an old video which is now being misused. We do not have any idea about the location where the video was shot and we don't even know who recorded the video. The jail authorities will first identify the people in the video and also find out when this video was recorded," he said."One of the people featured in the video, has been shifted to Udaipur Central Jail a few days ago and another criminal was shifted to Gangapur around six months ago," Trivedi added.Jailor Jagdish Pooniya said the inmate who has alleged in the video ....
                 

Patna: FIR against five Bihar Museum officials for alleged ticket money embezzlement

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A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against five officials of the Bihar Museum over alleged irregularities in printing and sale of museum tickets.The complaint was filed by Museum Director Mohammad Yusuf who alleged that on internal audit a "big discrepancy" was found in the printing and sale of museum tickets.Additional Secretary Jai Prakash Narayan Singh, former accountant Yogendra Prasad Pal, and Museum President Collection Maumita Ghosh are among the five officials against whom the complaint was lodged.The said scam came to light during an internal audit.Reportedly, the entry ticket for the museum costs Rs 100, but initially the tickets were sold without any number on them. Later, when numbering was made compulsory, the accused persons printed 'four tickets of the same number', of which the amount of one ticket was given to the museum and the rest was pocketed by them...
                 

Erdogan says Turkey 'can never declare ceasefire' in north Syria

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed a US proposal to broker a ceasefire in northern Syria and said he was not worried over US sanctions, in comments published in Turkish media Wednesday. He also said the Syrian army's entry into the flashpoint northern Syrian city of Manbij was not a "very negative" development for his country as long as the region is cleared of Syrian Kurdish fighters. "They tell us 'to declare a ceasefire'. We can never declare a ceasefire," Erdogan told journalists on a flight back from Azerbaijan, in comments published by the Hurriyet daily. US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel Wednesday to Ankara to press Turkey to halt its offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters, President Donald Trump said Tuesday. Pence's office released a separate statement adding that he would "voice the United States' commitment to reach an immediate ceasefire and the conditions for a negotiated settlement." "It is not possible for us to..
                 

Turkish bank charged with evading US sanctions on Iran

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A major Turkish bank has been criminally charged in an indictment with participating in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran. The charges against Halkbank, a state-owned bank, were announced Tuesday by federal authorities. In a release, US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman says senior bank officials designed and carried out the scheme to move billions of dollars of Iranian oil revenue illegally. He says the crimes were supported and protected by high-ranking Turkish government officials. Berman says some of them received millions of dollars in bribes to promote and protect the scheme. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers called the crimes one of the most serious Iran sanctions violations his office has seen. A representative of the bank could not immediately be reached for comment...
                 

French police fire targas, water cannons at protesting firefighters

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French police fired teargas and water cannons at thousands of firefighters protesting in central Paris on Tuesday over a lack of resources and professional recognition. The demonstration started off noisily but peacefully, with whistles, smoke and sirens, before the situation got heated and firefighters scuffled with police as they attempted to block a main road. The police resorted to firing teargas and water cannon at their fellow emergency services professionals. Dozens more protesters assembled outside the parliament building, dispersing hours later after a stand-off with police Some brandished banners with slogans such as "Do more with less, welcome to the fire service", while others hit out at what they described as "political contempt" for their cause. The interior ministry spoke of "isolated" incidents leading to six arrests and three police officers injured. "Our numbers are falling, but we're overwhelmed by the number of call-outs. We're being asked to do everything, even .....
                 

Magnitude 4.8 quake shakes part of central California

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Telangana: Congress MLA taken into preventive custody for trying to participate in RTC's 'Rasta Roko' protest

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Sangareddy Police held Congress MLA Jagga Reddy for allegedly trying to take part in the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees' 'Rasta Roko' (road blockage) protest on Tuesday.According to the police, the 'Rasta Roko' protest was being held illegally, without taking permission from the police. Hence Reddy was arrested."The Congress MLA has been taken into preventive custody and he has been shifted to the local police station here. While he was being shifted, an RTC driver, Ismail, pelted stones on a police patrol vehicle which left its windshield broken. He was nabbed by the police and a case has been registered against him," said a police official.The TSRTC workers organised 'Rasta Roko' protests in all districts of the state on Tuesday.Speaking to ANI, Joint Action Committee (JAC) president of TSRTC, Ashwathama Reddy had said: "This strike is not a normal one. This is for justice to RTC and the people of Telangana. All the RTC workers, their families, .....
                 

Single agency being set up to process defence exports

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Indians are entrepreneurs at heart: Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata

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Income-tax officials give thumbs down to govt's faceless assessment move

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Telangana HC directs state govt, TSRTC employees to initiate dialogue

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The Telangana High Court has directed the state government and Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees to initiate a dialogue immediately and resolve the issues, said Ashwathama Reddy, President, TSRTC Joint Action.The High Court on Tuesday posted the case for October 18.Reddy, while speaking to ANI, said: "The Telangana High Court has heard both the sides, the version of RTC workers as well as the government's. We have stated that we will not end the strike until the government fulfils our demands. We have also stated that we will not hold talks with the government. However, the court has directed the government and TSRTC workers to hold talks immediately and resolve the issues.""The High Court has also stated that normal public should not face any problem due to the ongoing issues between the government and RTC employees. RTC employees should initiate talks with the government and assure that the problem gets resolved. The High Court has posted the case to .....
                 

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das discusses rate transmission with PSBs

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2 contractors killed, 2 injured at Saudi oil refinery

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Two in tight race to lead UN nuclear watchdog

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Two candidates from two continents are in a tight race to become the next head the UN's nuclear watchdog, which is tasked with monitoring the implementation of the faltering Iran nuclear deal, a diplomat said Tuesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is searching for a new chief following the death of its head, Yukiya Amano, in July. Romanian diplomat Cornel Feruta, the organisation's acting director general since Amano's death, is running neck-to-neck with the Argentinian ambassador to the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, to replace Amano. In an informal vote by the 35-member board of governors of the Vienna-based organisation, Feruta received 14 votes, while Grossi got 15 endorsements, the diplomat said. A third candidate, Lassina Zerbo of Burkina Faso, got five votes. In total, 34 votes were cast. Zerbo is the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), also based in Vienna. A fourth candidate, Marta Ziakova, head of the Slovak Nuclear .....
                 

BJP to celebrate accession day on Oct 26th across J&K

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Can synchronised stagnation be stopped?

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Sensex rises 292 points, Nifty ends at 11,400 on optimism of US-China pact

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India in the Cold War

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JK govt to soon set up 50 PCOs in each district in Kashmir for people to make free calls

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Jammu and Kashmir government will soon open 50 PCOs in each district of Kashmir division for the people to make calls free of cost, a senior official said on Tuesday. Kashmir's Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan said the locations and other modalities to set up the PCOs have already been finalised and will soon be acted upon. "List and other details have been provided to the Bharat Sanchar Nigham Limited authorities and the work will start shortly," he said. General public will avail calling facilities in these PCOs free of cost, he added. The government's latest step to ease communication in the Valley comes days after revival of the suspended mobile telephony for the post-paid mobile phone subscribers. The mobile internet service and pre-paid mobile telephony services, however, remain suspended in the Valley...
                 

Services affected on Blue Line, Yellow Line due to tech issues

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Services were affected on Delhi Metro's Blue Line for nearly half an hour on Tuesday evening due to a technical issue, officials said. "Services on the Blue Line were affected today from 4.30 PM to 5.05 PM due to a signalling issue between Dwarka Mor-Dwarka section (towards Dwarka Sec 21)," a senior DMRC official said. Blue Line connects Dwarka in Delhi to Electronic City in Noida. "Trains were regulated during this period as the maintenance staff attended to the issue. This led to bunching on the line which was gradually cleared once the issue was resolved at 5.05 PM," he said. Earlier in the day, services between Sultanpur and HUDA City Centre stations of Yellow Line were also affected from 8.30-8.57 AM due to a point flash (signalling issue) near Sultanpur Metro station, the DMRC said. Trains were regulated during this period which led to minor bunching on the line which was gradually cleared once the issue was resolved at 8:57 AM, officials said...
                 

Car robbery solved, three arrested

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Delhi police cracked a recent car robbery case arresting three men by roping in a woman constable to trap them, police said on Tuesday. With the help of technical analysis of mobile phone, police learnt that one of the accused Somvir (23) had a girl friend, and decided to honey trap him by roping a woman constable who lured the accused and started chatting with him on WhatsApp, they said. Somvir had never met his female friend, taking this advantage, the woman constable initiated conversation. After gaining his trust, she called him to meet in a nearby park and the accused was arrested, police said. His associates -- Pardeep and Manoj were also arrested later and the robbed car was also recovered, they added. According to police, Pardeep wanted to lead a lavish life and to fulfill his desire, he made a plan to rob a car for supplying illegal liquor in the area of Delhi and NCR. As per plan, he roped in his associates Manoj and Somvir. "On October 10, Pardeep called Somveer and asked..
                 

Perils of loan waivers

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Bandhan's anti-poverty scheme that caught Abhijit Banerjee's attention

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Man held for possession of Indian star tortoise

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SAD leaders obstructing coordination with SGPC for Parkash Purb celebrations: Amarinder

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Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accused Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Harsimrat Badal and Sukhbir Badal of obstructing coordination between the state government and Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) for Parkash Purb celebrations to mark 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak."Sukhbir and Harsimrat Badal are trying to scuttle an amicable settlement of the issue at every step for their political gains, What kind of Akalis are these? Definitely not the Taksali Akalis of the founding party," said the Chief Minister while campaigning for Congress candidate Captain Sandeep Sandhu in the upcoming by-election.The Chief Minister said three cabinet ministers met SGPC officials on Tuesday and had an amicable discussion on the organisation of the festival.He refuted opposition claims about the state government not delivering on its promises."All the promises are being fulfilled in stages and the remaining would also be implemented as the fiscal situation of the ....
                 

Mah: Eleven thousand people form human chain to create EC logo

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To raise awareness about citizens' duty to vote, around 11 thousand persons including students created the logo of the Election Commission of India by forming human chains at Washim in Maharashtra on Tuesday. District authorities claimed that the number of people who participated in the formation of the logo at the Police Ground here set a record. Maharashtra would be going to the polls on October 21. School and college students, teachers and others participated in the exercise, wearing green, white, orange, black and gray caps -- the colors that appear in the EC's logo. District collector Hrishikesh Modak said the record was submitted to the Golden Book of World Records. On March 8, more than 8,000 women and girls had set a record by creating the logo of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyan by forming human chains, officials said...
                 

Convicted robber arrested over two years after jumping parole: Police

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A robbery convict evading arrest for over two years after jumping parole was apprehended at Lado Sarai area in South Delhi, police said on Tuesday. Uttam Nagar resident Jitender, 29, was serving jail term for his offence committed in January 2014 and was given a 20-day parole on April 1, 2017, said Special Cell's Deputy Commissioner of Police Pramod Singh Kushwah. But he jumped parole and never reported to the jail for serving his remaining sentence, said Kushwaha, adding the police had even announced a reward of Rs 20,000 on his arrest. "Police got a tip-off on Sunday that Jitender would come near Children Park, Lado Sarai around 7 pm to meet one of his contacts. A trap was laid and he was arrested," the DC added. A semi-automatic pistol and four live cartridges were also recovered from his possession, he said. Jitender along with one of his associates had robbed a man of cash and valuables after intercepting his car on gun point in the Mahendra Park area on the night of January 7, ....
                 

Cong's Naseem Khan complains about fake 'Pakistan Zindabad'

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An offence has been registered against a Facebook account holder for allegedly uploading a fake video of Congress leader and former minister Naseem Khan, police said on Tuesday. Khan approached Sakinaka police station with a complaint that a video uploaded on a Facebook page falsely showed him chanting 'Pakistan Zindabad' during a speech, an official said. "Our probe has found that the video was doctored and was uploaded by a Facebook account holder named Venkat Goddul. We have registered a case under section 125 of Representation of the People Act 1951 and section 171g (false statement in connection with an election) of the IPC," he said. He said Goddul tampered with an old video of Khan to malign his image and circulated it on social media, following which the latter approached poll authorities...
                 

Roads in MP are like Vijayvargiya cheeks, will make them like Hema Malini's cheeks: State Min

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Cabinet Minister PC Sharma on Tuesday compared condition of roads in Madhya Pradesh to "cheeks" of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and added that Congress government will make them like "cheeks" of Lok Sabha MP Hema Malini.The minister gave the statement at the time he was inspecting Habibganj area along with Public Works Development (PWD) minister Sajjan Verma."Roads in Madhya Pradesh were built like that of Washington. What has happened to these roads now? After heavy rain, there are potholes everywhere. Presently, the condition of roads is like stains of smallpox. It seems that the condition of the roads has become like the cheeks of Kailash Vijayvargiya," Sharma told reporters here."These roads will be repaired within 15 days on the orders of Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Very soon we will make these roads like cheeks of Hema Malini," he said.Sharma's "Washington" jibe was aimed at former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who had said, in 2017, that .....
                 

Bengaluru Bulls up against Dabang Delhi in PKL semifinals

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A thrilling victory over U P Yoddha in Eliminator 1 boosting their confidence, Bengaluru Bulls will take on table-toppers Dabang Delhi in the first semifinal of the Pro Kabaddi League here on Wednesday. The first meeting between the two sides this season ended in a narrow 33-31 victory for Dabang Delhi while the second witnessed a thrilling 39-39 tie. Bengaluru Bulls, the reigning champions, fought a mighty battle against a spirited UP Yoddha team and prevailed 48-45 in Eliminator 1 to make it to the semifinals. The match initially ended 36-36 and it needed extra-time to decide a winner. Two massive raids from Pawan Kumar Sehrawat in the first-ever extra-time in Pro Kabaddi history ensured victory for Bengaluru Bulls, setting up a showdown against Dabang Delhi. U Mumba face Bengal Warriors in the second semifinal, also on Wednesday at the same venue. U Mumba are on a five-match unbeaten streak but will face a confident Bengal Warriors, who are well-rested after their final league .....
                 

Article 370 BJP's answer to all issues, questions: Pawar

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the BJP had only Article 370 and its revocation in Jammu and Kashmir as an answer for all questions raised during the Maharashtra poll campaign. The state polls are scheduled for October 21 and results will be declared on October 24. Addressing a rally in Pune's Hadapsar area, Pawar said, "Since the BJP does not have anything concrete to show, they are harping on abrogation of Article 370 in J-K. When it was revoked, some people in Kashmir protested. The Congress supported the proposal and asked that people there be taken into confidence." "We are also happy (on the revocation). There were no complaints. I publicly announced my support but they (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah) address people and question my opinion." He said the BJP should tell people what it achieved in its five-year tenure rather than making Article 370 the central issue of their campaign. "Question them about farmer suicides, .....
                 

Sebi formalises graded exit load structure on liquid funds

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PMC Bank depositor commits suicide, another dies of heart attack

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A depositor of scam-hit PMC Bank allegedly committed suicide here, while another died of a heart attack a few hours after taking part in a protest by bank customers seeking their money back. Dr Nivedita Bijlani (39), who allegedly ended life on Monday evening, and Sanjay Gulati (51) who died of a heart attack on the same day, had deposits of over Rs 90 lakh each with the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank. The bank has been put under restrictions by the RBI following the discovery of a Rs 4,355 crore scam. Deposit withdrawals have been capped at Rs 40,000 over a six-month period, causing panic and distress among depositors. Bijlani, a post-graduate in medicine, allegedly ended her life by taking overdose of sleeping pills at her residence in suburban Versova late Monday evening, police said, adding that she had deposits of over Rs 1 crore with the bank. However, the police also said that Bijlani, who had remarried recently, suffered from chronic depression, and had..
                 

Queen Maxima dolls up in beige dress to meet Indian alumni from the Netherlands

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As Queen Maxima of the Netherlands met Indian alumni from the Dutch country, she donned a beige dress with a disc hat adding charm to the look.On the second day of her visit to India, the Queen seemingly matched the hues of Safdarjung Tomb where she met the Indian alumni from the Netherlands.The knee-length beige outfit brought out the sassy side of the Queen who accessorised her tresses with a fascinating large disc hat.The cherry-red hat perfectly added an extra oomph to the Queen's classy outfit.On Monday, the Queen attended a banquet hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind wearing a specially tailored pink saree gown.The Gaara thread work done in ivory white, blue and mauve on the gown made it look even more in tune with the occasion.Even more, she displayed her royal side wearing a diamond tiara perfectly fitted onto her neatly tied hair.Queen Maxima and the king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander were given a traditional welcome at the airport where several officials lined up to ....
                 

Letter to BS: How to stem the rot that plagues Cooperative banks

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Odd-even scheme:Two-wheelers likely to be exempted, final call to be made soon

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Gearing up for implementing odd-even scheme early next month, Delhi government is likely to exempt two-wheelers from the ambit of the vehicle rationing method in line with suggestion of the Transport department, an official said. The Transport department has suggested to allow two-wheelers during odd-even scheme to be in force from November 4-15. It has also suggested to rise the fine for violations of the odd-even formula from earlier Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, he said. Delhi government has already announced exemption to women under the scheme which will be in place to combat likely high air pollution post Diwali. The private CNG vehicles will be banned during the scheme period. "The department has suggested to exempt two-wheelers from odd-even scheme considering the public transport will be unable to bear the burden in case two-wheelers which form around two-third of registered number of vehicles in the city, are banned for the whole period of the scheme. It has however suggested to .....
                 

Bank of Maharashtra files police complaint against spreading rumours

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Bank of Maharashtra on Tuesday said it has lodged a complaint with Pune police and cyber cell against the circulation of fake news and spreading of rumours about its financial health on WhatsApp, a news site and other social media platforms. This complaint is filed against maligning the image of the bank in various social media platforms, it said in a BSE filing. The details of the news portal and Twitter handle are informed to authorities, the filing said. It said the bank has requested the authorities to detect the origin of fake news and take stern action against the persons behind this act. "The bank is well capitalised and having a strong loyal customer base of more than 27 million customers and it is growing from strength to strength. The published wrong information about Bank of Maharashtra is misguiding the public in general with an ulterior motive," it said. The news appearing in social media is not correct and inferences are drawn without knowing the facts, it added. While ....
                 

BJP never raised any questions on law and order in Parliament: AAP

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The AAP on Tuesday slammed the BJP for the "increasing" number of crimes in Delhi, saying the party talked about issues other than crime and its MPs never raised any question in Parliament on the deteriorating law and order situation in the city. Party leader Ajoy Kumar, who recently joined the party after quitting the Congress, said that crimes are increasing every day in Delhi but no concrete steps are being taken by the Centre. "On social media, people are saying that to protect the people of Delhi, the city will need to set the police right," he said in his first press conference as a spokesperson of the AAP. "The BJP is talking about various issues but not about crime. The police is under the BJP-led Centre, all the MPs are of the party but they never talk about law and order. The BJP has never even raised any question on the law and order situation in Parliament. Its leaders have also never met the Delhi police commissioner on the issue," he claimed. Kumar alleged that while .....
                 

Letter to BS: Media is democracy's watchdog, it doesn't need a policy

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New inductees in UP have left BJP's local leaders feeling uncertain

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Doctor with a/c in scam-hit PMC Bank kills self;cops deny link

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A 39-year-old doctor having an account with scam-hit Punjab and Maharashtra (PMC) Bank allegedly committed suicide at her residence in the metropolis' Versova area, police said on Tuesday. An official, however, said police "did not think" the suicide was related to the crisis at PMC Bank and financial woes it had subjected thousands of depositors to. Some officials of the bank are accused of colluding with private firm HDIL to disburse loans fraudulently that ultimately caused a loss of Rs 4,355 crore to the lender, leaving depositors unable to withdraw large sums and in danger of losing their savings. Nivedita Bijlani (39), a doctor staying with her father in Versova's Model Town area, consumed a heavy dose of sleeping pills on Monday night, the official said. "The cause of the suicide is yet to be ascertained. She had an account in PMC Bank but we don't think it (death) was related to the crisis in the bank," he said. Bijlani was suffering from depression for the past ....
                 

Why India lags behind China

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Childporn on international WhatsApp groups: CBI seizes huge porn material from Chennai-based accused

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The CBI has claimed to have recovered huge amount of porn material from one of the seven Indian accused booked by the agency for being part of international WhatsApp groups circulating child sexual abuse content, a probe triggered by a tip-off from German investigators which had arrested a group member in that country. After registration of an FIR in September last week, the CBI had carried out searches at the residence of all the seven accused whose numbers were shared by the German authorities with the International Police Cooperation Cell of the agency, officials said. During the searches, the agency has recovered 11 mobile phones, two hard discs, 11 SIM cards, 2 memory cards and two pen drives which will be sent to electronic forensic evaluation, they said. The agency also claimed to have recovered a lot of porn material from one of the accused based in Chennai. German investigators had arrested oneSasche Treppke in Lubeck for involvement in sexual abuse of children and .....
                 

India, Netherlands complement each other extremely well, make a great team: King Willem

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander on Tuesday said India and the Netherlands complement each other extremely well and have the potential to make each other stronger in the areas of technology and innovation. Speaking at the inaugural session of the India-Netherlands Technology Summit, the King said for 10 years now, the two countries have been close partners in the field of innovation. He said the Netherlands has extensive knowledge in the areas of agriculture, water and climate action and it can be used for finding solutions to some of the problems being faced by India such as flood and drought. Another area where he felt that the two countries could share their experiences and approach was in terms of public private partnerships. "India and Netherlands complement each other extremely well and have the potential to make each (other) even stronger. We make a great team," he added. Eight collaborations were announced between the two countries during the technology summit in different areas, ....
                 

India is 102 in Hunger Index of 117 nations, undoing decade of improvement

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C'garh cabinet panel for indirect election for mayor's post

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A sub-committee of Chhattisgarh cabinet has recommended that elections for mayors of municipal corporations and chairpersons of other civic bodies be held in the indirect way. The sub-committee of Urban Administration Minister Shivkumar Dahariya, Parliamentary Affairs Ministers Ravindra Choubey and Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar on Tuesday held a meeting to examine the rules governing municipal elections. The schedule of civic polls is yet to be announced, but they are likely to be held in December. The three ministers, after the meeting, told reporters the sub-committee proposed indirect elections for mayors and chiefs of smaller civic bodies. People will elect corporators, and the corporators will elect mayor and chairpersons from among them, they said. The sub-committee also proposed voting by ballot paper and not EVMs (electronic voting machines). It also recommended that there should be campaign expenditure limits for election for corporator's post -- Rs 5 lakh in .....
                 

Robber who filed police complaint to mislead probe in another case arrested

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A robber, who had filed a report about his missing motorcycle on police website to mislead probe in a case of robbery he committed over the weekend, was arrested in south Delhi's Madangir area, officials said on Tuesday. Jitender, 22, and his accomplice had robbed a woman's purse near Panchsheel flyover over the weekend but while trying to escape, they fell off their motorcycle. They left the bike at the crime scene and filed a report about the two-wheeler missing on the police website in a bid to mislead the police investigation, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Atul Kumar Thakur. Jitender was arrested on Sunday after police received a tip he would be visiting C- Block Park in Madangir to sell stolen mobile phones, police said. A snatched mobile phone was recovered from him, they said. Efforts are on to arrest his accomplice...
                 

No political development at the moment: Sourav Ganguly

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BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly Tuesday brushed aside speculations that he would join the saffron camp and said it would not happen "at the moment" as neither he nor Union home minister Amit Shah had any discussion about it during their recent meeting. Shah had met Ganguly on Saturday trigerring speculations that the former Indian cricket captain had been offered the BCCI presidents post in return for which he would contest the crucial West Bengal assembly elections in 2021 as a BJP candidate. Ganguly, who is the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), had on Monday pipped former India batsman Brijesh Patel. He emerged as the lone contender in the race for the BCCI presidentship as he was the only one to have filed the nomination for world cricket's most-coveted post. "I've heard these political questions before too when I met Mamata didi, the chief minister of West Bengal," Ganguly told reporters at CAB. "I met Amit Shah for the first time. Neither was I ...
                 

Congress delegation meets EC over 'I-T raids' on residential premises of staff members

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A delegation of the Congress party on Tuesday submitted memorandums to the Election Commission regarding "criminal intimidation of voters" in Haryana's Kaithal and alleged Income Tax raids on the residential premises of the staff of the party.Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari and Anand Sharma were part of the delegation.Sibal told media here, "Central Board of Direct Taxes officials entered houses of our accountants across the country, without a warrant or document. If this is not a danger to fundamentals of Indian democracy, then what is?""For three days, the Congress Party's accounts section was totally paralyzed. With whatever meager funds party has at its disposal, accepting the fact that the BJP is the richest political party of the world and have massive funds and resources at its disposals, which has been very well documented not only nationally but globally," Sharma said."Congress party is required to transfer, whatever funds it has, to its candidates in Maharashtra and in Haryana, ....
                 

Potential in road logistics attracting startups: Report

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Challenges in India's road logistics sector such as fragmentation in the ecosystem is attracting start-ups to work in this segment, according to a report. India's road logistics sector is plagued by quite a few challenges, such as fragmentation in the ecosystem and information asymmetry due to multiple intermediaries that leads to low asset utilisation, the report by Deloitte said. "Given this scenario, a host of start-ups have taken on the challenge of organising this largely unorganised sector to serve the owner-operator community," the report titled A time of reckoning: Road logistics in India' said. In the process, the budding entrepreneurs are carving new channels, and meeting both existing and new needs of the historically under-served truck owner community, it added. Further changes in the macro-environment around data affordability, unified tax regime, and emergence of digital payments have increased the attractiveness of this sector, it said. "In addition to providing loads ....
                 

Asaram's devotee's plea to meet him in jail dismissed

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The Rajasthan High court on Tuesday dismissed the plea of a Delhi-based devotee of self-styled godman and rape convict Asaram, seeking the court's permission to meet him in jail. Stating that the jail authorities did not let him meet Asaram in jail, devotee Jogendra Tuli, an advocate by profession, had also sought "ayurvedic treatment and nutritious food" for the rape convict on the ground of his "old age and frail health" and wanted his plea to be converted into a public interest lawsuit. A bench of Chief justice Indrajit Mohanty and Justice Sanget Raj Lodha, however, dismissed the plea after hearing brief arguments from Tuli and the state's Additional Advocate General Karan Singh. Tuli argued that Asaram was weak and old, and require ayurvedic treatment and nutritious food. But he was not being provided either, he said, while urging the court to convert his plea into a PIL. Objecting to Tuli's argument, law officer Singh said the petition did not qualify at all for being treated as ...
                 

Promoters sell 22% stake in Bajaj Consumer Care for Rs 700 crore

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Wipro Q2 net profit jumps 35.1% to Rs 2,552 crore on back of large deals

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Ganguly wants India to reverse losing trend in knock-out games of ICC events

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is set to be the new BCCI president, wants the Virat Kohli-led national team to reverse the trend of losing the knock-out games in ICC events. "India are a good team. I know they have not won a big tournament. But they play well in big tournaments except the semifinals and the final. Hopefully, Virat can change it around. He is a champion player," Ganguly told reporters here on Tuesday. India have not won an ICC event since the 2013 Champions Trophy. The team finished runner-up in the 2017 Champions Trophy final after losing to Pakistan. In the World Cup earlier this year, India were one of the favourites to win the title but ended up losing the semifinal to New Zealand. In the 2016 World T20 held at home, India failed to go beyond the semifinals...
                 

Rahul Gandhi knows results, so didn't come to Maha: Fadnavis

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi did not turn up for campaigning in Maharashtra initially as he knew that his party was going to lose, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Tuesday. Addressing a rally for October 21 state elections in Purandar assembly constituency in Pune district, Fadnavis said there was no contest this time as the opposition was weak. "Rahul Gandhi also ignored the assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana as he knows the result of these elections," he said. Gandhi started campaigning in Maharashtra from Sunday. If Vijay Shivtare, the Shiv Sena leader and BJP-Sena alliance's candidate from Purandar, wanted to increase his victory margin, he should ask the opposite side to arrange a rally of Rahul Gandhi, Fadnavis said in a dig at Congress leader. The BJP-led government carried out better infrastructure development in Maharashtra than the past Congress and NCP regime, he said. Due to Shivtare's efforts as minister, the Gunjawani pipeline .....
                 

Dutch king, queen visit govt school in northeast Delhi, hold interaction with students

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Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima took a guided tour of a government school in northeast Delhi on Tuesday where students showed them how they have adopted Sustainable Development Goals in their curriculum. Rakesh Semalty, the principal of the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya in Nand Nagri, explained to the king and queen the concept on which the school is based. "We have adopted 12 goals, including health and sanitation, gender equality, climate action and quality education," Semalty told them. The king and the queen, who arrived in the national capital on Sunday night, were welcomed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. "Students were delighted to meet them and vibrantly introduced happiness curriculum and entrepreneurship mindset curriculum to the royal couple," he said. The students who gave the couple a guided tour of the school explained that their education goes beyond traditional textbooks, examinations and memory-based examinations. "We are moving ahead of it. .....
                 

Sebi asks brokers, depository participants to submit reports on cyber-attacks in 15 days after qtr ends

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Market regulator Sebi on Tuesday asked stock brokers and depository participants to submit quarterly reports, containing information on cyber-attacks and threats experienced by them, in 15 days after the end of the quarter. "Effective from quarter ending on December 31, 2019, the time period for submission of the report shall be 15 days after the end of the quarter," the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said in separate circulars. For the quarter ended on September 30, 2019, quarterly reports need to be submitted not later than November 30 this in a specified format. Apart from stock brokers and depository participants, Sebi said that registrars to an issue and share transfer agents would also need to follow this timeline. The regulator, in December 2018, came out with cybersecurity framework for stock brokers and depository participants. Under the framework, stock brokers and depository participants need to submit quarterly reports containing information on .....
                 

RBI issues guidelines on 'on tap' authorisation on payment systems

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The RBI on Tuesday issued guidelines on on tap' authorisation of payment systems, including minimum networth criteria for different players, with an aim to encourage innovation and competition. In a circular, the RBI said it has been decided to offer on-tap authorisation for Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU), Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) and White Label ATMs (WLAs). "The payment system operators should ensure interoperability among different retail payment systems," it said and added the authorisation would be given based on merits of the proposal, and RBI's assessment of potential for additional entities in that segment. For entities desirous to function, operate, or provide platforms for BBPOU, the RBI said they should have a Rs 100 crore net worth and should be maintained at all times. In case of TReDS, the minimum paid up equity capital should be Rs 25 crore. The minimum net worth for entities desirous of entering the WLA segement should be Rs 100 .....
                 

September exports repeat decline, contract by 6.5% to reach 3-month low

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Genpact to acquire US-based Rightpoint

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Business process management firm Genpact on Tuesday said it will acquire Chicago-based Rightpoint for an undisclosed amount. The deal is designed to bring experience and process innovation together to help clients drive end-to-end digital transformation and win in the growing experience economy, a statement said. Rightpoint's co-founder Ross Freedman will continue as CEO of this business, it added. To compete in a digital-first world, drive better outcomes, and unlock new business models, businesses must be able to drive transformation throughout an organization from customer experience through to operational processes," said NV Tyagarajan, president and CEO, Genpact. In the next two years, the fusion of experience innovation and process innovation will become table-stakes' as organisations look to reposition themselves in the market, he added. Rightpoint was founded in 2007. In 2015, Rightpoint partnered with private equity firm Stella Point Capital to help fuel its growth. The .....
                 

Speed-limit mistake on PWD signboard on NH24 forces traffic police to withdraw 1.5 lakh challans

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The Delhi Traffic Police will withdraw 1.5 lakh challans issued to commuters for breaching the speed limit on NH24, because of a mistake on the signboard put up on the highway by the Public Works Department, a senior official said on Tuesday. The PWD signboard said the speed limit on the highway for Akshardham-Sarai Kale Khan stretch was 70kmph, but the police had restricted the maximum permissible speed to 60kmph. The challans to be withdrawn were issued to more than 60 commuters since August until October 10, the police official said. A number of commuters issued challans had complained to police, pointing out the error. Many of them said they did not get the proof, a photograph of the offence, with the challans. "Police had set their cameras at a speed of 60kmph. However, the PWD department had placed a signboard of speed limit of 70kmph," the official said. He said the department had received a lot of complaints following which "we have decided to withdraw the challans and set our..
                 

Guj govt doubles salaries of GSRTC fixed-pay employees

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In a Diwali bonanza, the BJP government in Gujarat on Tuesday announced to almost double the monthly salaries of more than 12,000 fixed-pay employees of the State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC), which operates a fleet of bus services. The new hike will be applicable to 12,692 fixed-pay employees of the corporation, said deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel. "Since Diwali is approaching, the revised salary structure will come into force from tomorrow (October 16) itself. Simultaneously, salary for 15 days of the ongoing month will be calculated as per the new raise," he told reporters in Gandhinagar. Now, a senior scale class-2 officer will draw monthly emoluments of Rs 40,800 against the previous Rs 16,000 while the monthly salary of a junior scale class-2 officer will shoot up from Rs 14,800 to Rs 38,000, said Patel who also heads Finance portfolio. "Class-3 supervisors, who are drawing Rs 14,500 per month, will now be paid Rs 21,000. Salaries of drivers-cum- .....
                 

Q2 preview: Refining boost seen for Reliance Industries earnings

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NE to open up trade with ASEAN, BIMSTEC nations through 'tea and khadi diplomacy': Jitendra Singh

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Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said the Northeastern states will open up trade and commerce with ASEAN and BIMSTEC nations through "tea and khadi diplomacy". The Northeast is the largest tea producing region of the country and a sizeable quantity of khadi is also produced there. Addressing as chief guest at the curtain raiser event of the North East Expo 2019, organised here, Singh said the exhibition gave glimpses of art, culture, food, handlooms and handicrafts of the Northeast . "The North East Expo, 2019, will provide a platform for entrepreneurs from the eight Northeastern states to open up trade and commerce with ASEAN and BIMSTEC nations through tea and khadi diplomacy," he said. The event also aims to identify and carry out preservation of the distinctive arts of the different tribes of the Northeast, he said. The ASEAN comprises Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia and Laos as member countries. Bangladesh, India, ...
                 

Ganga likely to have necessary e-flow by Dec 15

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The Centre has directed hydropower and irrigation projects on Ganga to ensure a minimum and uninterrupted flow in the river by December 15, a notification said. Issued last month, the notification reduced by more than half the time that was originally given to the projects to ensure compliance with the mandated environmental flows. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in October last year had come out with a notification asking hydropower and irrigation projects to make necessary arrangements like controlled gated spillways and structural modifications in the next three years. It was issued after demands from Ganga activists for ensuring necessary environmental flow that was being affected by irrigation and hydropower projects. Environmental flows describe the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well being that depend on these ecosystems. There are 11 major projects from Uttarakhand ....