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Highways may get their old numbers back 
Date: 28 Nov 2018

The new names of highways have created confusion as people know major stretches by their old names. It’s not just road-users but even officials in the highway  ministry and National Highway Authority of India are confused about the new numbers of national highways across the country. Even seven years after the old numbers were changed, tenders floated by NHAI mentions Delhi-Mumbai stretch as NH 8 instead of its new name, NH 48.
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Giant Wheel Of Highway - Western Peripheral Expressway opens today 
Date: 19 Nov 2018

NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurating the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal stretch, or the Western Peripheral Expressway (WPE), Delhi will now have a third ring road around it which will divert heavy traffic that passes through Delhi but is bound for other parts of the country. PM Modi had inaugurated the first leg of the project, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, in July this year. With the second leg opening today, the expressway will be
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Land pooling policy approved by DDA: Details 
Date: 08 Sep 2018

Around 19,000 hectares of land will be developed in Delhi as part of the land pooling policy, which was approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on September 7. It has now been forwarded to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for approval. The policy was cleared after five years at DDA`s board meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. As part of the policy, 17 lakh dwelling units are expected to come up, out of which 15 perc
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PM Narendra Modi to lay foundation stone for India's longest Purvanchal Expressway in UP's Azamgarh 
Date: 15 Jul 2018

After inaugurating world`s largest mobile manufacturing unit of Samsung in Noida, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation for the country`s longest Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh on Saturday. The 340-km-long Purvanchal Expressway will link nine districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh cities, including PM`s parliamentary Constituency Varanasi, directly with Lucknow and Delhi. It will also be linked with the 302-km-long Lucknow-Agra Expressway
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Delhi Land Pooling Policy 
Date: 06 Jul 2018

Land pooling policy is a great chance for DDA to undo past errors The proposed modifications to the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) land pooling policy have been widely seen as a game-changer in affordable housing. But to contextually analyse the land pooling policy and the modifications proposed under chapter 19 of Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD 2021), let’s look back to what happened over the preceding few years. MPD
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WhatsApp Group Admins can now control who sends messages: A look at new features 
Date: 03 Jul 2018

WhatsApp has been adding new features across groups, especially for admins in order to make it easier for some to control the kind of conversations that take place in these groups. The latest WhatsApp feature for Group Admins will make it easy for them to restrict who can send messages to the entire group. This is an important setting, which is being rolled out for iOS and Android users of the popular messaging app. Here’s a look at all the new feature
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Bankers` panel suggests 5 - pronged strategy to tackle NPAs, no proposal to create a bad bank 
Date: 03 Jul 2018

Bankers committee led by Punjab National Bank Chairman Sunil Mehta has submitted its draft report to the finance ministry with a five-pronged strategy to tackle stress in the banking sector. However, there is no proposal or recommendation to create a bad bank. The Mehta-committee comprised of representatives of all major banks, including State Bank of India (SBI). The report titled `Sashakt` highlighted nine guiding principles aimed at the
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Walmart-Flipkart deal Traders are holding nationwide protest against $16 billion deal 
Date: 03 Jul 2018

US retail giant Walmart on Monday defended its move to acquire Flipkart, saying it is in line with the government`s FDI policy, amid protests by traders against the deal. The acquisition will boost manufacturing in India by providing thousands of local suppliers access to consumers through the marketplace model, the company said in a statement. The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), a body of traders, on Monday organised mass protes
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The mystery surrounding the deaths of 11 people at a north Delhi home 
Date: 03 Jul 2018

The Investigation: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Monday said it is investigating the case from various angles. Police is investigating the case from the angle of the family`s spiritual or mystical practices. Some handwritten notes were also found at the house. The notes mentioned ways of attaining salvation. It is here to note that the bodies were found in the same way mentioned in the notes. "It`s also being investigate
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11 of family found dead. some of them blindfolded and hanging from an iron grill in the ceiling at their home in Delhi 
Date: 02 Jul 2018

NEW DELHI: In a macabre incident, 11 members of a family were found dead – some of them blindfolded and hanging from an iron grill in the ceiling — at their home in Delhi on Sunday. There is no clarity yet whether it was a mass suicide or a suicide-cum-murder. One theory is that one of the dead could have killed the others and later committed suicide. The police have registered a murder case, thus ruling out suicide by all of the 11 dead.
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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank funds for OBOR projects - Government refuses to spell out stance 
Date: 25 Jun 2018

AIIB funds for OBOR projects:Govt refuses to spell out stance Mumbai, Jun 24 (PTI) New Delhi today declined to spell out its stance on a possible funding of a project linked to Beijing`s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). "These things (loan proposals) are discussed at the board level and the final decision is taken keeping all interests and viewpoints in mind. We don`t mak
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Heads of 11-PSBs to appear before parliamentary panel on Tuesday 
Date: 25 Jun 2018

Heads of 11 state-owned banks will apprise a parliamentary committee about the problems of mounting bad loans and increasing fraud cases on Tuesday, sources said. They will be appearing before the Standing Committee on Finance, headed by veteran Congress leader M Veerappa Moily, which is looking into `Banking Sector in India- Issues, Challenges and the Way Forward, including Non- Performing Assets/ Stressed Assets in Banks/Financial Instit
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Railway connectivity important document of China visit - Nepal PM KP Oli 
Date: 25 Jun 2018

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Sunday said his visit to China has further enhanced the friendship and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in wide`ranging areas including cross`border rail and road connectivity. Speaking to journalists upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu after a five`day visit to China, Mr. Oli said the agreements on railways, energy, transportation, infrastructure developme
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SP-BSP alliance kicks off informally, here is what special two parties have decided 
Date: 25 Jun 2018

BSP-SP alliance: Yet to make an announcement for an alliance before 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh’s two top parties – Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party – have already built up a considerable amount of confidence in each other. Top leaders from both parties have decided not to take induct any MLA from the other flock, The Indian Express reported citing sources on Sunday. The understanding has come up as a trust-building exerc
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Mrs. India Earth finalist Shailja Dwivedi, Army Major Amit Dwivedi's wife, murdered by another Major. Army Major Wanted To Marry Officer's Wife, Killed When She Refused - Cops 
Date: 25 Jun 2018

Army Major Nikhil Handa, who was arrested on Sunday in connection with the murder of the wife of a fellow officer, was obsessed with the woman and wanted to marry her. He murdered her when he found out she was not okay with the plan, the Delhi Police said. Shailza Dwivedi, wife of Major Amit Dwivedi, was found run over by a car, her throat slit, in the Delhi Cantonment area on Saturday. Major Handa and Ms Dwivedi had met in 2015 in Nagaland when her
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Uttar Pradesh to spend Rs 4000 crore towards land acquisition for New Greenfield Noida International Airport at Jewar 
Date: 25 Jun 2018

Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is committed to the building of airport capacity as part of its NABH (NextGen Airports for BHarat) Nirman initiative. Three key aspects of NABH Nirman are (1) fair and equitable land acquisition, (2) long-term master plan for airport and regional development and (3) balanced economics for all stakeholders. As part of NABH Nirman, MoCAcalled a meeting of all stakeholders to review the progress of setting up of Noida Internati
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Bankers worry over arrest of Bank of Maharashtra CEO, want Govt to intervene 
Date: 23 Jun 2018

The Indian Banks Association (IBA) on Friday came out in support of Bank of Maharashtras top officials, just two days after they were arrested. The IBA met with top officials from public sector banks, private sector banks and foreign lenders and decided to seek the Finance Ministrys intervention over the sudden arrests on Wednesday. "All the bankers unanioumously expressed anguish and concerns for what has transpired there for bonafide
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Actor Irrfan Khan is battling cancer, He finally confirmed that he was suffering from a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. 
Date: 19 Jun 2018

In a first ever confirmation since being diagnosed with a rare disease, actor Irrfan Khan has finally confirmed that he was suffering from a high-grade neuroendocrine cancer. In a special note, published in Times of India, Irrfan said that the cancer he’d been diagnosed with was rare and had more unpredictability of its treatment. NEURO is not always about the brain. In an emotional note, he said, “It’s been quite
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Saudi-led forces launch biggest assault of Yemen war . UAE Naval Vessel on Fire in Red Sea Following Houthi Attack - Report 
Date: 14 Jun 2018

ADEN: A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by foreign and Yemeni troops massed south of the port of Hodeidah in operation “Golden Victory”
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With assembly team, IKEA lays ground for India debut. 
Date: 13 Jun 2018

In the ‘do-it-for-me’ culture prevalent in India, consumers are used to enjoying the comfort of fully assembled furniture delivered to their doorsteps IKEA, which aims to soon open a 37,160 square metre store in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, is setting up its first ever in-house assembly team and offering local delicacies such as samosas to woo shoppers, at a time when growth in some of its more established markets is slow
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PM Modi, SC, Brazil responsible for Rs. 39,000cr debt - Videocon 
Date: 13 Jun 2018

Videocon Industries Ltd., with its massive Rs 39,000cr debt, is facing bankruptcy proceedings after the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) admitted a plea from lenders last week, led by the State Bank of India. The proceedings are to be completed within 180 days. However, Videocon has filed an appeal to wrest back control, and has blamed PM Modi, the Supreme Court for its misfortunes. Videocon: Modi`s demonetization killed CRT television
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Currency With Public Reaches Rs. 18.5 Lakh Crore: RBI Data 
Date: 11 Jun 2018

New Delhi:  Currency with the public has reached a record high level of over Rs. 18.5 lakh crore, more than double from a low of about Rs. 7.8 lakh crore it had hit post-demonetisation decision in late 2016, as per RBI data. At the same time, the total currency put in circulation by the Reserve Bank has also more than doubled to over Rs. 19.3 lakh crore -- from a low of about Rs. 8.9 lakh crore post- demonetisation. Currency with the p
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PSU banks suffer whopping Rs 87,000 cr loss in FY18 
Date: 11 Jun 2018

Losses of public sector banks crossed a whopping Rs 87,300 crore in 2017-18 fiscal, topped by scam-tainted Punjab National Bank which took a hit of nearly Rs 12,283 crore. Losses of public sector banks crossed a whopping Rs 87,300 crore in 2017-18 fiscal, topped by scam-tainted Punjab National Bank which took a hit of nearly Rs 12,283 crore. Of the 21 state-owned banks, only two banks, Indian Bank and Vijaya Bank, posted profits during 2017-18. Indi
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India refuses to endorse China's BRI 
Date: 11 Jun 2018

QINGDAO: India was the only country in the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation  (SCO) on Sunday which refused to endorse China`s ambitious Belt and Road initiative for which Beijing has signed pacts with nearly 80 countries and international organisations. A declaration issued at the end of the two-day summit of the SCO said Russia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have "reaffirmed their support for th
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Working in mission mode to ensure housing for all by 2022, says Modi 
Date: 07 Jun 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY). During the interaction, Modi told them that his government in the Centre was working towards making the housing sector free from corruption and middlemen to ensure people get their own houses without hassles. “We have been working to free the housing sector from middlemen, corruption and ensuring that the beneficiaries ge
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WhatsApp to enter digital payments in India next week, partners with 3 banks 
Date: 01 Jun 2018

 Facebook is all set to launch its WhatsApp payment services in India as early as next week, reports Mint. WhatsApp Pay has partnered with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank for transaction process. State Bank of India (SBI) will also join once it has the necessary systems in place, according to people privy to the information. Facebook was eyeing a full rollout with four partners but decided to go ahead with just three as competitors
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DDA seeks to amend the Master Plan to increase the floor area ratio to provide relief to those facing sealing action. 
Date: 29 May 2018

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court refused to modify on Thursday its order directing Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to invite suggestions and objections to the proposed amendments in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021 (MPD), saying changes in the MPD cannot be brought about without a meaningful public participation. A bench of justices MB Lokur and Navin Sinha also pulled up the government for seeking a modification of its May 15 order that allowe
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Priyanka Chopra visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh 
Date: 22 May 2018

Actor and global Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra is visiting the Rohingya refugee camps on a field visit. Priyanka on Monday tweeted a photograph of herself from an aircraft looking out of the window. Priyanka, 35, has worked with Unicef for a decade and was appointed as the national and global Unicef goodwill ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She promotes causes such as environment, heal
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Walmart shares tumble over 4%, market cap falls nearly $10 billion 
Date: 13 May 2018

Walmart shares slumped more than 4% in the morning trade on Wednesday wiping off nearly $10 billion from its market capitalisation, hours after the retail giant announced $16 billion worth Flipkart deal. The shares took a beating amid concerns that the deal could impact profits of Walmart. The American retail major`s shares fell over 4% on the New York Stock Exchange at around $82.13 apiece. At this level, the market capitalisation was more
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PMO refuses to open incomplete expressways 
Date: 30 Apr 2018

The much-hyped commissioning of the ambitious Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) and Delhi leg of the Meerut Expressway could not take place on Sunday. The fifth such failure to meet the deadline came after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) pointed to non-completion of some civil and beautification works. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to commission to Expressways on Sunday. Sources in the Road Transport and Highways Ministry
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10 Nations Around The World That Have Legalized Prostitution 
Date: 19 Apr 2018

The oldest job in the world has, for quite a long time now, been regarded as a hateful and fallen choice of work. Prostitution exists and will continue to exist despite bans and their legal status, due to reasons like poverty or unforeseen situations. Some countries choose to outright ban the practise, while other countries have tried regulating prostitution, providing sex workers with health and social benefits. Here are some of the count
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From Delhi to Mumbai in 12 hours flat? Delhi Mumbai Expressway to be ready in 3 years. 
Date: 17 Apr 2018

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the government would start building a new expressway connecting Gurgaon and Mumbai. The project will cost approximately Rs 1 Lac Crore. A sum of Rs 1 Lac Crore will be spent on this expressway … Nitin Gadkari outlined major initiatives of his ministry for de-congestion of Delhi NCR. Work on the project will be completed in three years starting from this
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US, UK, France Launch Missile Strikes Against Syria 
Date: 14 Apr 2018

Britain`s Ministry of Defence said four Tornado jets using Storm Shadow missiles had taken part in the attack which had been designed to target a military facility where it was assessed Syria had stockpiled chemicals. "Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area,"
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FM Arun Jaitley says he is being treated for kidney-related ailment 
Date: 05 Apr 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is suffering from a kidney ailment and may have to undergo a surgery soon, resulting in cancellation of a visit to London next week for annual economic talks, sources close to the minister said. Jaitley, 65, is undergoing diagnostic tests and doctors have so far indicated that it was a kidney-related ailment, they said. The minister, however, has not yet been hospitalised but has been advised to avoid going out in publi
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SC doesn't agree to Centre's plea Aadhaar would curb banking frauds 
Date: 05 Apr 2018

The Centre`s argument that Aadhaar would help curb ills like terrorism and banking frauds today did not find favour with the Supreme Court which said the bank officials were "hand-in-glove" with fraudsters and scams do not happen because the culprits are unknown. The top court also questioned the government for asking the entire population to link their mobile phones with Aadhaar "just to catch a few terrorists" and asked what wo
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PM to inaugurate Eastern Peripheral Expressway this month: Gadkari. Cycle track of 2.5 metre has also been constructed on both the sides of this expressway. 
Date: 04 Apr 2018

India`s first smart and green highway, the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), which consumed 5 lakh tonne of cement and 1 lakh tonne of steel, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this month, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said today. The Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the 135-km six-lane access-controlled expressway, built at a cost of nearly Rs 11,000 crore to decongest the national capital along with the
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project 
Date: 13 Mar 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday invited Pakistan to join the Chabahar seaport project that India developed, and added that his country wants to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Dawn reported. Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, made the comment during a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad. The lecture was organised to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplom
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Monetisation of 105 road projects can fetch Rs 1.25 lakh crore: Nitin Gadkari. 
Date: 28 Feb 2018

Monetisation of 105 road projects can fetch Rs 1.25 lakh crore: Nitin Gadkari. Gadkari also announced that the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Eastern Peripheral Expressway on March 15 along with the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. Monetisation of 105 road projects can easily fetch Rs 1.25 lakh crore and there is no dearth of funds for building highways, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. The road transport minister also said the highways mi
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Syria conflict - Women sexually exploited in return for aid 
Date: 28 Feb 2018

 Women in Syria have been sexually exploited by men delivering aid on behalf of the UN and international charities, the BBC has learned. Aid workers said the men would trade food and lifts for sexual favours. Despite warnings about the abuse three years ago, a new report shows it is continuing in the south of the country. UN agencies and charities said they had zero tolerance of exploitation and were not aware of any cases of
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Trend of going back to cash payments. KYC norms may force m-wallets to cut ops, jobs. 
Date: 28 Feb 2018

BENGALURU: Amazon has seen its mobile wallet user base shrink by about 30% in the light of the latest know your customer (KYC) regulations, while other industry players try and meet the latest rules put forth by the country`s central bank, which gets implemented from midnight of Wednesday. There is a fear among m-wallet firms that they may have to scale down or consider shutting operations due to the final stance by the RBI on KYC rules. The regulator said o
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Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi's term limit 
Date: 27 Feb 2018

How to handover governance to those who can serve this objective better. How to take control from those who are governing when there are others who can govern better. BEIJING — For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear. Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote
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WhatsApp UPI Based Payments Feature Live In India, Here's How To Use It To Transfer Money 
Date: 12 Feb 2018

With the payment option coming to the app, WhatsApp has become more than just a messaging tool. The newly rolled out payments feature lets users transfer money to their WhatsApp contact via the app. By introducing this UPI-based payments feature, the instant messaging application is basically trying to counter the other available wallets in India like -- Paytm, Mobiwik, Google Tez and the rest. This payments feature is UPI-based which will basically al
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Tata Steel, Vedanta, JSW to make financial bids for Bhushan Power & Steel. Bhushan Power & Steel, Has defaulted on loans worth Rs 47 Thousand Crore. 
Date: 29 Jan 2018

Tata Steel, Vedanta, and JSW Steel have finalised their plans to make financial bids for Bhushan Power & Steel, which has defaulted on loans worth Rs 47 Thousand Crore to Indian lenders. Besides, the big three metal majors, Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company and a Dubai-based investor are also expected to bid. The last date for accepting the bids has been extended to February 8 as bidders seek more clarity on the income tax (I-T) liabilities. The Bud
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TTV’s bypoll win leaves AIADMK red-faced 
Date: 25 Dec 2017

A large-margin victory for the VK Sasikala family in the RK Nagar bypoll swiftly led to bigger questions over the longevity of the O Panneerselvam-Edappadi Palaniswami-led AIADMK especially with Dhinakaran and many of his prominent aides asserting the government will be toppled in a span of three months Speaking to reporters in Madurai on Sunday before he returned to Chennai, TTV Dhinakaran, who contested as an independent and won, said: "The p
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Apple has admitted that it takes some measures to slow down the performance of older phones. 
Date: 21 Dec 2017

 If you think your older iPhone seems to run slower, you`re not crazy. Apple on Wednesday said a software feature released last year makes your phone operate more slowly to offset problems with its aging lithium ion battery. As batteries get older, they don`t hold their charges as well as newer batteries, and can have worse problems when the charge is low or the temperature is cold. Apple said in a statement:   &nbs
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Saudi Arabia says it intercepts Houthi missile fired towards Riyadh, no reported damage 
Date: 19 Dec 2017

RIYADH: Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile fired towards the capital Riyadh on Tuesday but there were no reports of casualties, the Saudi-led coalition said, the latest in a series of attacks by an Iran-aligned group in Yemen. A spokesperson for the Houthi movement said a ballistic missile targeted the royal court at al-Yamama palace, where a meeting of Saudi leaders was under way. There was no official word on this assertio
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