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Telecom equipment imports up at Rs 74,116 cr

Jul 25, 2014 at 20:30 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Import of telecom equipment surged to Rs 74,116.21 crore in 2013-14, up 20 percent year- on-year, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.The minister shared data in a written reply to a question by Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan on ...

Consumer affairs ministry may frame norms for online shopping

Jul 25, 2014 at 19:27 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: With increase in number of complaints from people buying products online, the consumer affairs ministry is proposing to frame guidelines for protection of consumers' interest in online shopping.The Department of Consumer Affairs has been r...

India should get its deal at WTO before saying yes to US, EU

Jul 25, 2014 at 12:26 | Source: FirstPost

Narendra Modi governments reported stand that India will not agree to a critical trade pact of WTO until Indias food security concerns are addressed is a strong and right message to the West, which has been trying to push its agenda at the cost of mi...

Ban on green felling in 1986 historical: Himachal CM

Jul 25, 2014 at 00:30 | Source: FirstPost

Shimla, July 24 (IANS) The government's blanket ban on green felling imposed in 1986 was historical for conserving and safeguarding the forest wealth, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said Thursday."Then prime minister Indira Gand...

Key to healthy ageing hidden in balanced diet

Jul 25, 2014 at 00:15 | Source: FirstPost

Washington, July 24 (IANS) As scientists across the world are searching for some clues on how to achieve healthy ageing, a trio of ageing experts has called for moving forward with strategies that have been shown to delay ageing in animals.In additio...

South Korea unveils $40bn stimulus to help spur growth

Jul 24, 2014 at 16:17 | Source: BBC

South Korea has unveiled a $40bn (£23bn) stimulus package to help boost the economy. The funds will be used to offer financial support to small and medium-sized companies, create jobs and stimulate the property market. The stimulus was unveiled the ...

No quick decision seen on tougher EU sanctions on Russia

Jul 24, 2014 at 05:45 | Source: FirstPost

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union ambassadors will debate proposals on Thursday on restricting Russian access to Europe's capital markets and defence and energy technology but are not expected to make a quick decision.Ambassadors from the 28 EU nat...

Ethiopia vows to eliminate child marriage, FGM

Jul 23, 2014 at 23:45 | Source: FirstPost

Addis Ababa, July 23 (IANS) The Ethiopian government has vowed to eliminate child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2025.Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Tuesday announced a package of action at a global summit in London,...

Focus on innovation to boost country's economic growth: DIPP, Secretary

Jul 23, 2014 at 23:32 | Source: Assocham

Indian companies will have to more focus on innovation, comprehensive strategy to boost the country's economic growth, said Mr Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP) at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today. Th...

Move to push back trade pact deadline

Jul 22, 2014 at 08:32 | Source: Calcutta Telegraph News

New Delhi, July 21: India will try to defer WTO�s trade facilitation agreement to December 31, 2014, from the July 31 deadline fixed in Bali last year. New Delhi has worked out a hard bargaining strategy for a permanent solution on food subsidies ...

Fake drugs in India may cross US$ 10 billion in next three years: ASSOCHAM

Jul 18, 2014 at 18:22 | Source: Assocham

Fake medicines big part of drug biz: rising at alarming rate in India! Growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 25%, the fake drugs market in India is likely to cross US$ 10 billion mark by 2017 from the current level of about wort...

In Thailand, baby gender selection loophole draws China, HK women to IVF clinics

Jul 16, 2014 at 04:15 | Source: FirstPost

SYDNEY/BANGKOK (Reuters) - At 26, with a baby daughter, a Hong Kong mother and her husband wanted a second child. To make sure it would be a boy, they paid $9,000 and flew to Thailand, the last place in Asia where gender selection treatment is availa...

Imagica: Mumbai's gateway to a magical world

Jul 16, 2014 at 00:15 | Source: FirstPost

Khopoli (Maharashtra), July 15 (IANS) The Haunted Castle of Salimgarh, Wrath of the Gods, Wild West, Deep Space, Prince of the Dark Waters, Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor, Scream Machine, Gold Rush Express, Mr. India-The Ride and D2-Dare Drop - there are al...

The North East is no dump: Why Modi govt's transfer of governors is in poor form

Jul 15, 2014 at 09:11 | Source: FirstPost

One IAS from Andhra Pradesh, who was allotted Assam, remembers his familys reaction when they came to know about it: When I told my mother that I was posted in Assam, she started crying. I asked her why. She said that the only time she heard about As...

PM announces £1.1bn defence spending

Jul 14, 2014 at 17:32 | Source: BBC

Spending of £1.1bn on defence has been announced by the prime minister. Speaking at the Farnborough International Air Show, he outlined investments of £800m for a new surveillance package and £300m for a new ice patrol ship and radar. There will a...

Church of England all set to vote on allowing women bishops

Jul 14, 2014 at 16:28 | Source: FirstPost

York:The Church of England could vote on Monday to allow female bishops for the first time in its history, ending half a century of bitter divisions over the role of women.A yes vote by its governing body, the General Synod, could see the first women...

Why Benarasi weavers think Rs 50 cr from Budget 2014 won't reach them

Jul 14, 2014 at 11:23 | Source: FirstPost

The Rs 50 crore allocation for the formation of a textile cluster in Varanasi is only a minor step to support weavers and the world famous Benares silk. There are a number of other measures that have to be taken to reassure the weavers and artisans w...

A friend remembers: For Jehangir Pocha, charm came naturally

Jul 14, 2014 at 09:24 | Source: FirstPost

Editor's Note: Journalist Jehangir Pocha passed away on 13 July. His friend of many years writes about him.By Niloufer DundhHis warm smile, twinkling naughty eyes, the passion he threw behind what he wanted and believed in ... this is the Pocha I kne...

Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya review: A DDLJ remake that completely fails

Jul 14, 2014 at 07:32 | Source: FirstPost

It's been almost 20 years sinceDilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengewas released. There is now literally a generation gap between one of Bollywood's most-loved romances and the present crop of romance-seeking young things. So yes,DDLJcould probably do with an...

Business v state investment disputes in EU spotlight

Jul 14, 2014 at 05:37 | Source: BBC

Should foreign businesses have the right to take a sovereign state to arbitration to seek compensation for a change in the law or government policy? And if so, in exactly what circumstances? These issues have been raised as a result of a plan being n...

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