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  • Pakistan's Finance Minister Asad Umar resigns

    April 21, 2019
    Pakistan's Finance Minister Asad Umar resigned from the cabinet before securing a multi-billion dollar International Monetary Fund bailout package for the cash-strapped country.
    Umar recently returned after visiting the US in which the details of Pakistan's next IMF bailout were discussed.
    Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion funding from the IMF to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country's economy. About... Read More


    Top IT firms under threat of cyberattack

    April 21, 2019
    India’s leading tech players may be under serious threat from cybercriminals according to cybersecurity investigation website KrebsOnSecurity.com. The website is run by former Washington Post staffer and cybersecurity writer, Brian Krebs. A fresh post on the website on Friday said the criminals responsible for launching phishing campaigns that netted dozens of employees and more than 100 computer systems last month at Wipro, India's third-largest IT outsourcing firm, also appear to... Read More


    Rathi lifts Maharashtra junior boys golf title in Pune

    April 21, 2019
    Gurgaon boy Saurav Rathi hit an impressive 5 under 66 on Day 4 of the IGU Maharashtra junior boys golf championship 2019 held at the Poona Golf Course in Yerwada to lift the category A (16 to18 years) and category B (13 to 15 years) titles with a four-day score of 3 under 281. The leader Aryan Roopa Anand, a phenomenal return on the front 9 saw him close the deficit before carrying his momentum on the back 9 to ensure he had his hands on the title at the end. The unions highlighted that a... Read More
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    Malaysia to revive 2nd major China-linked project

    April 21, 2019
    Malaysia resumed a China-backed rail link project after the Chinese contractor agreed to cut the construction cost by one third to 10.6 billion US dollars.
    The Malaysian government will also take up a multibillion-dollar property and transportation project in Kuala Lumpur involving a Chinese state company, calling it a contribution to China's global "Belt and Road" infrastructure initiative. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is travelling to China next week to attend the... Read More
    Category: International


    Cipla chairman Hamied receives UK Royal Society honour

    April 21, 2019
    Prominent scientist and businessman Yusuf Hamied is among a host of Indian-origin experts honoured in the 2019 list of new fellows of the UK's Royal Society. He is known for his effort to produce low-cost drugs to treat diabetes, cancer and other diseases. The Royal Society is an independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. His honorary fellowship of the world's oldest scientific academy came alongside 51 new fellows and... Read More


    Singapore Changi airport got world's tallest 131-ft indoor waterfall

    April 21, 2019
    The world's tallest indoor waterfall, 131-foot-tall, opened for the general public at Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport. The waterfall is housed inside a dome-shaped complex which has gardens growing over four storeys, more than 280 retail and food outlets, a hotel and a movie theatre. The structure also has a botanical garden with 120 species of plants.
    Category: International


    Helium hydride ion, Universes first molecule detected in space

    April 21, 2019
    Helium hydride ion (HeH+), the first molecule that formed almost 14 billion years ago, was detected by NASA's flying observatory SOFIA towards a planetary nebula. It is the first type of molecule (first molecular bond) that formed in the universe after the Big Bang. At that time, ionised hydrogen and neutral helium atoms reacted to form HeH+. Once the universe cooled down, hydrogen atoms started to interact with helium hydride, creating molecular hydrogen, which set the stage for star... Read More


    ETMONEY becomes Indias first comprehensive financial services app to integrate UPI

    April 21, 2019
    India’s largest app for financial services, ETMONEY has integrated Unified Payment Interface (UPI) as a payment method on its platform as it looks to double its monthly user base by the end of the year. The integration of UPI will simplify the mutual fund payment experience for millions of ETMONEY users as the company continues its journey to simplify the financial lives of new age Indians. In addition to this new payment feature, the platform will continue to support payments through... Read More
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    GSLV phase-4 programme got Cabinet nod

    April 21, 2019
    The Union Cabinet approved continuation of the ongoing Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme phase-4 consisting of five rocket flights during 2021-2024. GSLV programme phase-4: The phase four will enable the launch of two-tonne class of satellites for geo-imaging, navigation, data relay communication and space sciences. The total fund required for GSLV phase four completion has been pegged at Rs 2729.13 crore. This fund includes the cost of five Geosynchronous Satellite... Read More


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    Malis Prime Minister Maiga resigned over Ogossagou massacre

    April 21, 2019
    Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga resigned ahead of a no-confidence vote over his government’s failure to tackle a deadly rise in attacks from Islamist militants and clashes between ethnic communities. Mali has been struggling to restore stability since Islamist extremists linked to Al-Qaeda took control of the country's vast desert north in early 2012. Last month, gunmen killed at least 157 people on Ogossagou, a village in central Mali populated by rival Fulani... Read More


    Rahul Gandhi promises 33 percent reservation for women in Parliament

    April 21, 2019
    Congress President Rahul Gandhi promised  33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and government services if his party led alliance is voted to power. Addressing an election meeting at Supaul in Bihar Prime Minister Modi had misled country in the matter of creation of a record number of jobs for youth. About Rahul Gandhi Born: 19 June 1970 (age 48) New Delhi, India Political party: Indian National Congress Parents: Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi
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    US won WTO ruling against China grain import quotas

    April 21, 2019
    The US has won a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against China's use of tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) for rice, wheat and corn. The case, lodged by the Obama administration in late 2016, marks the second U.S. victory in as many months in the country’s ongoing trade spat with China. TRQs are two-level tariffs, with limited imports allowed at the lower 'in-quota' tariff and subsequent imports charged an 'out-of-quota' tariff, which is generally much higher. The US... Read More
    Category: International


    Amazon to shutdown online operations in China

    April 21, 2019
    Amazon plans to close down online retail operations in China, admitting defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com. They will continue other operations in China such as Amazon Web Services (AWS). Kindle e-books and teams that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad. Amazon entered China in 2004, when it acquired a local online book seller for USD 75 million. They launched its Prime membership programme in China in 2016 with aim to lure customers with... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


    SpiceJet hires 500 Jet Airways employees, including 100 pilots

    April 21, 2019
    SpiceJet already absorbed over 500 employees, including 100 pilots, of the grounded carrier Jet Airways and it is open to induct more as it adds more aircraft and routes in the times ahead. The Gurugram-based no-frills airline has already announced an induction of 27 more planes -22 Boeing 737s and five turboprop Bombardier Q400s - in the fleet to help overcome to an extent the capacity deficit due to Jet Airways temporarily withdrawing its domestic and international services. About Spice... Read More
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    Uber won $1bn investment from Toyota, SoftBank fund

    April 21, 2019
    UBER unveiled an investment of $1 billion in U.S. company Uber to drive forward the development of driverless ridesharing services. The latest cash injection, expected to close in the third quarter this year, came amid fevered anticipation of Uber’s public share offering which is expected to be the largest in the tech sector for years. Toyota has already invested $500 million in Uber as the firm races Google-owned Waymo and a host of other companies, including major automakers, to... Read More




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