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India's four-pronged strategy to focus on food security

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | T S Vishwanath | Buenos Aires

India, led by Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu, is expected to adopt a four-pronged strategy at the Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) at Buenos Aries from December 10-13, 2017. One, in a world that is leaning towards regional and bilateral trade agreements, India will want the Ministerial...

Prabhu confident of garnering support on various issues

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PNS | Buenos Aires

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday exuded confidence that India will get support of WTO member countries on issues like food security, Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and protection to small farmers which are dear to India as well as other developing nations. Ahead of the formal launch of the...

Telecom Commission to consider IMG recommendations on Dec 21

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PTI | NEW DELHI

The Telecom Commission is likely to discuss the relief package recommended by an inter-ministerial group for the sector in its meeting scheduled for December 21, a senior official said. The panel, the apex decision making body of the Telecom Department, may also discuss opening of new set of spectrum — E-band...

Infy's settlement move with SEBI fine, says former CFO

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PTI | HYDERABAD

The Infosys' move to settle with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) the alleged disclosure lapses involving a severance pact is “perfectly fine”, the company's former Chief Financial Officer, TV Mohandas Pai, said on Sunday. He disagreed with the whistleblower who has reportedly asked the market regulator SEBI to prosecute...

Bitcoin surge, ICOs raise regulatory hackles on e-ponzi fears

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PTI | NEW DELHI

A gravity-defying bitcoin rally to over Rs 10 lakh a piece, interspersed with 'stories' of people making crores from thousands, has left the regulators flummoxed amid fears that a complete lack of regulatory regime for such cryptocurrencies may give rise to 'e-ponzi' scams. The financial sector watchdogs, including RBI and Sebi,...

PMEAC member: 2018-19 budget may not be populist

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PTI | New Delhi

The Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Panel (PMEAC) member Rathin Roy has expressed hope that the forthcoming budget will not be a ‘populist’ and will reflect the commitment of the Government to improve quality of expenditure. Roy said, the Government, will come with yet another good budget, which is likely...

Govt looking to amend Negotiable Instruments Act in Par session likely

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PNS | NEW DELHI

The Government is looking to amend the Negotiable Instruments Act (NIA) in a bid to promote less-cash economy and a Bill in this respect is likely to be introduced in the upcoming Parliament session. “We have worked out something. The draft Bill is getting final shape. After clearance from the...

Communication: The soft arm of the industry

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | Sudhanshu Patni

Establishing a brand identity in a highly-diversified country like India is not an easy matter. The practice of public relations makes the things easy, especially when an organisation is passing through tough situations. The best example is the role played by right communication in a very recent phenomenon. Till the...

GST, note-bank shocks lasting for 2 more yrs: Reddy

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PTI | MUMBAI

Refusing to hazard a guess on GDP growth in the short-term given the ‘shocks’ like GST, note-ban and the mountain of bad loans, former Reserve Bank Governor YV Reddy has said the economy requires two more years to ‘consolidate’ and claw back to higher growth levels. It is very difficult...

‘Choose right privatisation process for AI to make it more competitive’

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PTI | GENEVA

Right privatisation process should be chosen for Air India to make it more competitive, IATA chief Alexandre de Juniac said as he asserted that there is no need for the Government to own stake in the carrier. Supporting the decision to sell stake in the debt-laden airline, he said...


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N Korea blames US for tensions in rare UN talks

10 Dec 2017 | AFP | Seoul

North Korea blamed US "nuclear blackmail" for soaring tensions over its weapons programme in rare meetings with a senior UN official, but agreed to regular communication with the organisation, state media said today. Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Beijing today after wrapping up a five-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at defusing the crisis, just a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States...

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Himalayan region shows lack of political will: Chipko leader

12 Dec 2017 | PNS | Dehradun

The Chipko Movement leader and noted activist Chandi Prasad Bhatt said that the Himalayan region is experiencing the effects of lack of political will and absence of ground level implementation of various environmental laws. He said this while delivering the second RS Tolia memorial lecture on the occasion of International Mountain Day at the regional science centre of the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) here on Monday...

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