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NEW DELHI The RBI on Friday cut benchmark interest rates for the fifth time this year to spur growth after the economy expanded by 5 in Q1 The repo rate was reduced by 25 bps to 515 taking the cumulative cuts so far this year to 135 bps Banks have passed only a small portion of the cuts this year to


An international team of scientists has invented the worlds strongest silver 42 stronger than last world record They achieved this by mixing a trace amount of copper into the silver which helped in both strengthening it and maintaining its electrical conductivity When you can make material stronger


Mumbai The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday assured the general public that the banking system is safe and stable and there is no need for panic based on rumours The RBI’s statement came on a day when the Nifty Bank index tanked by 130 percent in intraday trade amid a barrage of negative news from t


New Delhi The Goods and Service Tax GST collection in September declined to Rs91916 crore as against Rs98202 crore in the preceding month as per government data released on Tuesday GST collections dropped sharply to a 19 month low of Rs91916 crore in this previous month mirroring a widening slowdown


New Delhi Economist Surjit S Bhalla was on Tuesday appointed as the Executive Director for India at the International Monetary Fund IMF an official order said His appointment has been cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet ACC headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi   The ACC approved


With the recent exchange offers on its OnePlus 6T OnePlus is targeting not only existing OnePlus users but also old iPhone users From November 30 for a limited period customers exchanging their old OnePlus or Apple phone will get a Rs 3000 discount Customers are eligible for 6 months no cost emi on


The government on Friday appointed Anshula Kant as Managing Director of State Bank of India The bank said that Anshula Kant will serve as the MD till she attains the age of superannuation on September 30 2020 or until further orders whichever is earlier With her appointment the Indias largest public


Aditya Birla Group said that Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have completed the merger to create the countrys largest telecom company with 408 mn active subscribers and a revenue market share of 322 A new board has been constituted for the merged entity Vodafone Idea Ltd with 12 directors including


New Delhi The Indian rupee on Thursday weakend to a new alltime low at 7082 against the US dollar after opening at 7069 in morning trading Rupee closed at 7074 a dollar down 020 from its previous close of 7059 The currency today opened at 7069 a dollar and touched a fresh alltime low of 7086 a dolla


Google on Tuesday rebranded its Indiabased payments app Google Tez into Google Pay and has partnered with four private banks to offer consumer loans online The US search giant said that customers will get instant preapproved loans right within Google Pay in a matter of seconds Google has claimed tha


A jewellery shop in Gujarats Surat has made gold rakhis with faces of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and UP CM Yogi Adityanath engraved on them The rakhis made of 22 carat gold are priced between ₹50000 and ₹70000 The jeweller claimed that he had designed 50 such rakhis out of


The Indian rupee on Thursday touched a fresh alltime low of 7040 against the US dollar after the countrys trade deficit widened to a more than 5year high in July The rupee ended at 7016 a dollar down 038 from its Tuesday’s close of 6989 The currency opened at 7025 and touched an all time low of 7040


Chinas investment in foreign windpowered electricity markets has surpassed 12 billion in Europe and Australia alone as private and stateowned Chinese companies move aggressively to capitalise on fastgrowing renewable energy markets the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis IEEFA said


New Delhi Indias patent office rejected a plea last April by a Canadian company to patent a vibrator citing sex toys violate public order and morality The law views sex toys negatively and has never engaged positively with the notion of sexual pleasure the office noted adding Importing and selling s


In a fitting tribute to the 90s the latest campaign by Uber Eats has us humming our favorite jingles and reliving the wonder years For every 90s kid out there the ads will take you to a walk down the memory lane By taking you BackToThe90s Uber Eats has established itself as the app with the best val


According to a  survey conducted by UKbased online market research and data analytics firm YouGov Countrys largest lender State Bank of India SBI is considered to be the most patriotic brand Around 16 per cent respondents ranked SBI to be the most patriotic brand overall followed by Tata Motors and


Oneplus has emerged as the market leader in the premium segment of smartphones in India beating Samsung and Apple in the last quarter according to a report It reached over 40 percentage market share in the premium segment Rs 30000plus in the AprilJune quarter Samsung was pushed to the second spot wi


Apple will help the flood affected Japanese people by undertaking free repair of iPhones iPads iPods Mac computers Apple watches and Apples displays damaged in the torrential rains that hit the western part of the country earlier this monthIf the gadgets were impaired directly by the rain disasters


National Award winning bollywood actor Akshay Kumar whose film padman tried to create awareness on menstrual hygiene has thanked the GST Council for making sanitary napkins Goods and Services Tax GST free Expressing his happiness Akshay tweeted on Saturday One of those days when a news brings tears


The women inmates of the Nagpur Central Jail have started making ecofriendly sanitary napkins under a rehabilitation plan aimed at their skill development and empowerment said a national Commission for Women official todayThe 150 Years Old Jail has several programs aimed at developing the prisoners


New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednseday said that the central government is working towards doubling farmers income by 2022 To attain this the government has doubled the budget for agriculture to Rs 212 lakh crore he added“Our govt is working to ensure that the incomes of our farmers d


After 16 days of hike petrol and diesel prices were cut by a marginal 1 paise per litre each in Delhi and Mumbai on Wednesday Early in the morning IOCL website showed that the petrol price was less by 60 paise in New Delhi and 59 paise in Mumbai But soon the prices were revised The happiness which t


The fuel prices hiked with effect from 6 am today May 18 and the price of petrol in Delhi now stands at Rs 7561 per litre and that of diesel is Rs 6708 per litre   After the rate revision the price of petrol in other cities are Rs 7683ltr in Bengluru Rs 7829 ltr in Kolkata Rs 8345ltr in Mumbai and


Uber is showing off its latest “flying car” concept at its second annual Elevate conference in Los AngelesUber has unveiled its first electric flying car concept aircraft featuring rotors which can reposition to help it fly after a vertical takeoff The aircraft can accommodate four passengers and tr


Delhibased startup LoveRollers offers sex furniture which it claims allows couples to perform over 100 sex positions and help them in conceiving a baby The curves on the furniture are designed with perfect mathematical calculations to enable better sex the startup says LoveRollers was founded in 201


A couple has given up their engineering careers to open a tea shop in Nagpur The couple said they earned ₹15 lakh per month when they earlier worked as software engineers The husband added my wife and I wanted to do something different in life so we started this shop and now we earn up to ₹5 lakh ev


New Delhi Charges for SMS alerts on banking transactions may not squeeze account holders much but can be a reasonable earning for many banks especially in accounts with meagre monthly transactions though income from SMS alert service goes against the advisory from the sector regulator While Reserv


A Chinese energy conglomerate and SoftBank Group Corp signed a 930 million agreement to produce and sell solar equipment in India a country that is trying to bolster local manufacturing and curb reliance on clean energy imports Golden Concord Group Ltd will invest in a 40 percent stake in the joint


Apportioning blame to the Reserve Bank of India RBI over the PNB loan fraud Central Vigilance Commissioner K V Chowdary today said there had been no apparent audit by the central bank during the period of the scam Chowdary stressed the need to put into place a more robust auditing system They did n


Mushrooms are being used as ingredients in coffee milkshakes and tea While a company named Four Sigmatic serves mushroom coffee a cafe in Los Angeles has introduced a shroom shake or a lemon juice tea with mushrooms in it Interestingly mushroom coffee is often made using chaga mushroom and reishi wh


New Delhi The popular Khadi industry lost 7 lakh jobs during the years when sales increased by almost 33 percent Official data provided by the micro small and medium enterprised to the Lok Sabha revealed that the number of people employed in the Khadi sector fell from 116 lakh to 46 lakh between 20


Technology giant Apple is planning to launch a cheaper variant of its 13inch MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018 according to a report from KGI Securities analyst MingChi Kuo The move is expected to help the company push the MacBook shipments up by 1015 this year Apple currently sells the 13in


Bengaluru Mahindra and Mahindra will merge its ondemand logistics platform connecting cargo owners and transportersSmartShiftwith truck rental startup Porter The Mahindra group will invest Rs 65 crore in the new company to bring operational synergies However the merged entity will retain both brand


Whatsapp has begun a new payments feature in India that will allow people to send money to other Whatsapp users excluding merchant accounts The feature is currently in beta according to sources familiar with the company’s plans but hasn’t been publicly announced because it’s not widely available at


West Bengal CocaCola India is planning to source fruits from West Bengal for Brands like Mazza As of now the company is having talks with horticulture department of the state for sourcing mangoes in the initial stage and plans to expand this to pineapple and various other fruitsThe company would soo


New Delhi Finance minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the Union Budget 2018 on Thursday said that the customs duty on mobile phones will be increased to 20 per cent from the existing 15 per cent in a bid to promote Make in India and create jobs in the countryPresenting the budget Jaitley said he


Sharjah The Sharjah Municipality is cracking down on outlets to enforce its ban on mannequins with heads The municipality had issued a circular that mannequins should be headless and displayed with decent clothes The circular was sent to all shops stating that it was forbidden to display mannequins


New Delhi FMCG Major Nestle India said that Maggi complied with the latest guidleines of food safety regulator FSSAI and it does not add any ash to its popular noodles District administration of Shahjahanpur UP had slapped a fine on Nestle India and its distributors last week after Maggi had alle


Nokia has launched a 3GB RAM variant of the Nokia 5 at a price of ₹13499 in India The Nokia 5 is made out of single piece of aluminium and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor It comes with a fingerprint sensor and a polarized 52inch HD display covered with Gorilla Glass for protection


Bengaluru – based cloud kitchen and online food delivery start up Fresh Menu’s parent Food vista india is set to receive investment from media conglomerate Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd BCCL which runs newspapers Times of Inida and Economic Times According to a report in VC Circle BCCL will soon


ITC PEPSICO Patanjali and Coca Cola are among the many domestic and multinational firms that have committed to investing Rs68000crore in india’s food and agriculture Sector the Centre Said on Friday As many as 13 agreements were  signed to this effect on the first day of the threeday World Food Indi


New Delhi Telecom giant Bharti Airtel is likely to shut down its 3G services in next three to four years a top official of the company said on Wednesday Airtel will be refarming the spectrum linked with 3G to its 4G services “There is almost no spent that we are doing on 3G Our view is in next 34


A new video from OnePlus which again uses the occasion to put its latest phone in the spotlight While last year it was OnePlus 3T this it is the OnePlus  The company used a promo video to highlight what its phone can doDash charging was the marquee featurethe company is again using a video released


Ahmedabad Son of BJP President Amit Shah Jay Shah has filled a case for criminal defamation and decided to sue thewirein a news portal for writing an article titled The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah’ where he was criticized saying that that his business owes its success to his father Shri Amitbhai S


New Delhi India has been ranked as the 40th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forums global The Global Competitiveness Index GCI is prepared on the basis of countrylevel data covering 12 categories or pillars of competitiveness namely Institutions infrastructure macro economic environm


New Delhi Russian clothing brand – Acoola are all set to reach the Indian shores The brand supports not only clothing but also footwear and accessories for kids aged 214 years Concept Group a subsidiary company of Sistema JSFC in association with Saamag Group plans to bring ‘Acoola’ branded kids ret


Bengaluru The government on Saturday advised tax payers to file their returns under the Goods and Services Tax GST in advance and not wait for the last day as further extension to the date will not be made Union Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said “We have kept long deadlines for GST filing For at


New Delhi India is now the producer of the most expensive coffee in the world The coffee is called Civet coffee or Luwark coffee It is manufactured in Coorg a small district in Karnataka It is produced from the coffee beans digested by civet cat The feces of this cat are collected processed and sold


New Delhi Gold on Friday had increased at an alarming rate of Rs 31350 from Rs 990 making it the biggest one day surge in the year This sudden increase was due to the biggest fall of the dollar since 2015 This was on the backdrop of the warnings of Hurricane Irma and the earth quake warnings of Mexi


Japan Japan has become the biggest market for KitKat in the world as they are gearing up to release 300 different types of flavors including ‘cough medicine flavored’ KitKat had originally came up in Britain in the year 1935 but reached Japan’s shores only in 1973 The KitKat boom in Japan came in th


New Delhi The Indian rupee dropped by 13 paise to 6418 against the dollar at the interbank forex market on Tuesday The rupee had opened to 6410 per dollar and moved in the range of 6418 per dollar in morning deals This is amid sustained foreign fund outflows An amount of Rs 683 crore had been pulled


Now users can enjoy free international calls along with unlimited national calls on Vodanfone RED Postpaid plans Moreover users will also get up to 5X data quotas smartphone protection from theft damage virus free subscription to Vodafone Play Netflix for up to one year


San Francisco According to the Wall Street Journal Apple is expected to launch its iPhone 8 on September 12 The company will also release the updated versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that will be called iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus The leaks on the upcoming iPhone 8 suggested th


USbased cabhailing startup Uber launched inapp messaging feature along with multidestination rides for users in India The feature aims to help riders and drivers get in touch without incurring all charges or sharing their contact numbers The inapp chat for both iOS and android has been updated and a


New Delhi Reports have been coming that over 36 lakh businesses have made their maiden filings under the GST regime which kicked in from July 1 and still in progress after the last date has been extended The deadline for filing first monthly return and payment of taxes under GST However businesses t


Micromax is making an aggressive come back in the Indian market aiming to get its volume leadership back The company is focussing on strengthening its position in the 9000 15000 category and aims to garner 10 share in the category over the next six months “ There were players that had flooded the


New Delhi The cut off for filing maiden GST returns for July was scheduled to end on 20th August 2017 but the government had extended it to an additional five days till August 25 This decision was based on the technical issues faced following the heavy traffic The finance ministry said The GST Imple


New Delhi The Directorate General of Foreign Trade DGFT has amended to allow export of gold jewellery plain or studded and articles containing gold of 8 carats and above up to a maximum limit of 22 carats only from domestic tariff area and exportoriented units electronics hardware technology parks s


Hyderabad American President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will be present in Hyderabad following the Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES cohosted by both India and US The GES centres promote economic growth inclusion and opportunities among entrepreneurs from across the world with a special f


  Mumbai On Tuesday telecom giants Airtel sold 67 crore shares of its subsidiary Bharti Infratel for over Rs 2570 crore This agreement had commenced so that they would use the amount from the proceedings to reduce its debt The sale was done for Rs 3806 per share Following the sales Bharti Airtel an


    Mumbai On Monday August 07 2017 the Indian rupee had weakened by 14 paise The current standing is 6372 to the US dollar which gained against currencies overseas following fresh demand for the American currency from banks and importers The rupee had strengthened by 11 paise to end at a fresh tw


  Beijing According to a research by Strategy Analytics on Thursday global wearables shipments rose eight per cent annually from 20 million in second quarter last year and Xiaomi has beaten Apple in global wearable technology market In the total 22 million units of all wearables that were shipped


Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is among the richest men in the world Bezos topped Microsofts top billionaire Bill Gates who ran the worlds richest man since May 2013 Bezos is the owner of the hottest Amazon in the online shopping industry Bezos became the richest person in the world for Amazons stake Accor


  Bengaluru After months of deals back and forth Snap deal has accepted Flipkart’s 900950 million buyout offer The Jasper Infotech board which runs Snap deal has agreed to the deal which would make it the biggest acquisition in Indian ecommerce space SoftBank Snapdeal’s largest investor has been p


  Mumbai As a result of Reliance Industries reporting its highest quarterly earnings and its announcement of a bonus issue amid capital inflows by foreign funds Benchmark Sensex ran up 124 points today  The stock of Reliance Industries a market heavyweight logged a rise of 376 per cent Not to menti


  Reliance Jio chairman Mukesh Ambani on Friday unveiled the Jio phone at the annual general meeting of Reliance Industries It was Mr Ambani’s son Akash Ambani and daughter Isha Ambani who had introduced the Jio phone Mr Ambani said “The phones will be available for user for beta testing on August


Bengaluru With the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax GST onetwo percentage points to GDP growth is reported by Reuters poll Even though there was a steady decline in the beginning of the year due to demonetization it is expected that Indias economy is expected to expand 73 percent in the


Bengaluru based firm – Flipkart has offered a revised sum of 900 – 950 million to acquire Snapdeal The deal is still under discussion and yet to be finalized Snapdeal’s board is very likely to accept the revised offer as reported Snapdeal had earlier rejected the earlier deal which amounted up to 8


London Y International UK Ltd food processing plant in Britain has won the prestigious Queens Enterprise Award 2017 for its exceptional contribution to the UKs trade industry and economy Managing Director of Lulu Group International Yusuf Ali MA said “I am extremely honored and proud to hear the new


 New Delhi According to a report submitted by Truecaller app which has over 250 million users globally India tops the list of countries most affected by spam calls It accounts for over 22 spam calls a month  Below India lie countries like the US Brazil Chile and South Africa averaging about 20 spam


  New Delhi Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited BSNL has declared discount for all its broadband offers The new offers are as follows 2 mbps unlimited broad band – Rs 599 INR Rural areas will have Rs 650 INR pack where in 15 gb of data is available at 2 mbps speed and after the limit is reached 1 gb mbp


 Air India has taken the primary steps to reduce wastage and cost and also to improve its catering services by stopping serving non vegetarian meals to passengers on board its domestic flights in its economy class segment The official statement from Air India states that “Air India has taken a consc


 The effects of GST have also hit the gold sales in India India ranks 2 in the consumer of Gold The precious metal is used for everything from wedding gifts to investments and it is expected that it will prove challenging to small scale artisans and retailers As per the GST the tax on gold has jumpe


London Kingfisher Airlines owner Vijay Mallya’s extradition case hearing to be held today at London’s Westminster Magistrate court Vijay Mallya is accused of financial fraud on defaulting on payment of loans worth around a staggering Rs 900 Crore INR Mallya was earlier arrested by Scotland Yard whic


New Delhi According to sources it is believed that the Snapdeal board has rejected an offer of 800 – 850 million USD approx 5500 Crore from Flipkart in regards to their takeover offer SoftBank – Snapdeal’s largest investors has been mediating over the sale for a few months SnapDeal is one of India’s


New Delhi Punjab National Bank PNB Maestro debit cards holders will face a card blockage if they fail to replace it with a more secure EMV chip based card by the end of this month The bank will not charge anything for the replacement and it will be provided free of cost The replacement is as per R


According to reports restaurants and bars across India will close early on June 30 to avoid confusion with the Goods and Service Tax GST which is to be launched on July 1st Restaurants which usually close at around 130 am will either shut early at 1130 pm or take orders only till midnight the repor


European Commission has fined Google a record 27 billion for abusing its market dominance as a search engine by giving illegal advantage to its shopping comparison service Google gave prominent placement to its service in search results and demoted those of rivals However Google claims its link help


Marketing is more of a vocation The best marketers have gone to school and learnt a lot about marketing but they also have a natural inclination to sell just about everything There are other marketeres who learn all the theory of marketing but never seem to flourish in the area This is possibly bac


Mumbai The Reserve Bank of India on Friday said it has not issued any instructions restricting the exchange of Qatari Riyals in the country The central bank came up with the clarification amid reports that certain authorised dealers persons are not undertaking sale or purchase of the Qatari currenc