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ONGC Videsh to Acquire 11% Stake in JSC Vankorneft

India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to an cquisition by ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) for 11% stake in JSC Vankorneft from M/s Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), the National Oil Company (NOC) of Russian Federation (Russia). Rosneft operates Vankor fields, with Vankorneft, its wholly owned subsidiary. OVL will be paying an ...

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IMF Sees Subdued Growth, Warns of Stagnation, Rise in Protectionism

With global growth subpar at 3.1% in 2016, with slight increase to 3.4% next year, persistent stagnation in advanced economies could further fuel anti-trade sentiment with calls for protectionism in developed economies, said IMF in its latest outllok that may send warning bells to India and China. Global economic growth will remain subdued this year following a slowdown in the ...

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Mozart’s Music Reduces Hypertension (BP), Says Study

A study from the University Bochum in Germany showed in its recent comparative research of the classical music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss II vis-a-vis Abba of the 1980s that the hepertension comes down when you listen to Mozart or Strauss but not ABBA. They corraborated how Mozart’s music can reduce blood lipid concentration, blood pressure and heart ...

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Foreign University Collaboration to be Cheaper Now: HRD Ministry

HRD Ministry has announced new UGC conditions which will apply to any Indian institutue seeking foreign academic collaboration and award of joint degrees. Indian Universities and Colleges need to approach the University Grants Commission (UGC) for starting twinning and collaborative arrangement with quality Foreign Educational Institutions (FEIs) in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to the award of a degree. The ...

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Depression in Parents Leads to ‘Anti-Social’ Kids: Study

Researchers have hit upon another angle of depression — that parents who undergo depression can lead to offsprings who are prone to breaking rules and law and indulge in substance usage. Eva Telzer from the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said, “There are a lot of changes happening in the teenage years, especially when we are thinking about risk-taking behaviours.” ...

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JNU Bus Incident: Navnirman Sena Man Held for Mysterious DTC Bus Bag

Delhi Police on Thursday night arrested Amit Jani, the Uttar Pradesh Navnirman Sena chief, who had threatened to kill Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and another student Umar Khalid by leaving behind a bag full of weapons and a letter to kill the student leader. The bag full of weapons and a letter threatening Kanhaiya and ...

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Now Buy Jewellery on Interest-Free EMI

Purchasing jewellery for a big occasion could mean pouring out one’s hard-earned savings but to make it notionally less burdensome, Candere.com, an online jewellery retailer, has come to the rescue of jewellery lovers. Candere.com offers easy EMI on diamond jewellery to its consumers without charging any interest, or additional cost over and above the price of the jewellery. The entire ...

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Kanhaiya Kumar Gets Death Threat in DTC Bus for Nagpur Speech?

In less than 24 hours after he said, Nagpur is not Sanghbhoomi alone but of Ambekar’s land too, JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar received an open threat, this time in the form of a pistol with a threatening letter, that was left behind on a DTC bus from ISBT to JNU campus. Kanhaiya Kumar, the bete noir of RSS, reached the ...

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Top 100 Universities of India as per All-India Ranking by Ministry of HRD

India’s Union HRD ministry’s NIRF has released the the country’s ranking of top universities and institutes in categories of univesities, engineering institutes, management institutes, and pharma institutes. As expected JNU has come on top at third while the science streams had IISc of Bangalore on top of the list. Leaving aside IISc and ICT-Mumbai, JNU tops the general stream of ...

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Top Universities of India List under NIRF Ranking Released, JNU 3rd, HCU 2nd, BITS,Pilani 9th

Ending fake claims of rankings across the country, India’s Union HRD ministry’s NIRF has released the the country’s ranking of top universities and institutes in categories of univesities, engineering institutes, management institutes, and pharma institutes. As expected JNU has come on top at third while the science streams had IISc of Bangalore on top of the list. Leaving aside IISc ...

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April Fool Parody News Trending Now

Come April 1, the day of fools makes many news ventures into releasing false news to make the day for their news-hungry readers. Today the news from Firstpost saying for sure that Congress Vice President rahul Gandhi will tie the knot or marry has been trending. With a sub-head "Who is the girl you ask?", the news outfit went on ...

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Entry Fee Hiked Steeply for Monuments from Today

Visiting centrally Protected Ticketed Monuments under Archaeological Survey of India will cost 200% more from today, April 1, 2016 as the government has decided to enhance the entry fee at 116 Centrally protected ticketed monuments under Archaeological Survey of India from Rs.10 to 30 per person. The new rate comes into effect from today, April 1, 2016 and the department ...

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India Business Confidence on Decline in Last 3 Months

Indian business sentiment fell for the first time in three months in March 2016 as companies faced lower demand amid rising input prices on the back of the weak rupee, though political atmosphere remained stable after the release of JNU student leaders. The MNI India Business Sentiment Indicator, a gauge of current sentiment among BSE-listed companies, fell to 62.7 in ...

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Ananda Gajapati Raju of Vizianagaram Ruling Clan Dies

Ananda Gajapati Raju, 65, former MP and twice state minister of Andhra Pradesh, died on Saturday after prolonged illness. His brother and Union Aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju rushed from Delhi to Vizag after learning the news. He was rushed to the hospital from his residence in Vizag at 7.45 a.m. with respiratory problem and all efforts to revive him ...

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Handling volatile capital flows–the Indian experience

BY POONAM GUPTAADD COMMENT Capital flows to emerging economies are considered to be volatile. Influenced as much by global liquidity and risk aversion as by economic conditions in receiving countries, capital flows move in a synchronous fashion across emerging economies. There are periods of rapid capital inflows, fueling credit booms and asset price inflation; followed by reversals when exchange rates ...

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India Internet Users Now More Than US Population Put Together

India’s current Internet users have crossed 352 million with the liberal addition of 52 million in the first half of 2015 by IAMAI, whose report is apparently based on estimates and not on empirical data. Otherwise, the number is overwhelming as it is more than the entire population of the US put together. As of 2014, the US population was ...

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Sensex Crashes by 1100 Points

While the market is going agogue over the sudden crash of Sensex by 1100 point in intra-day trading on Monday, eroding about Rs.4 lakh crore from the pockets of shareholders, there is one reason for optimists to smile.  BUY now! Many TV show experts are suggesting the move to buy but foreign investors are driven by the ripple effect created ...

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India Seeks to Block Onion Exports, Increase Imports to Control Price

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With the onion prices skyrocketing, the Indian government has cracked whip on rising prices of onions in the country going for a faster track imports and a tender has been floated for 10,000 MT of Onions which will be opened on 27th August, 2015. Currently, the onion prices are in the range of Rs. 80 (US$1.2) per kilogram. To offset the ...

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Supreme Court relents, Allows CBSE 2 Months to Hold AIPMT 2015

Following the CBSE’s inability to conduct the cancelled AIPMT 2015 entrance exam within a month, the Supreme Court on Friday gave two months time to the Board to conduct the exam, preferably before August 16. Following paper leak and mass copying reports, the apex court cancelled the AIPMT held on May 3 and asked the board to re-conduct the AIPMT ...

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Choice Based Credit System Not to Hamper Academic Liberty, Clarifies UGC

The UGC has clarified that the introduction of Choice Based Credit System will not in any way hamper the academic liberal environment of the universities, despite rumblings from several institutions and universities in the country. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been trying to introduce the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for quite some time and guidelines have been framed ...

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Ramzan 2015: Muslims’ Month-Long Fast Begins

Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, began on Thursday with Muslims observing daytime fasting and converging in Iftar parties in the night to break their day-long fast, an occasion for both social gatherings and religious get-together. President of India Pranab Mukherjee has greeted all fellows Muslims on the occasion of the commencement of the holy month of ...

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