Kerala expects 5-10% increase in tourist footfall in 2019

Kolkata, Feb 19 After recovering from devastating floods last year, Kerala is expecting 5-10 per cent increase in tourists’ arrival in 2019 and its revenue from the sector is expected to grow by about 3-6 per cent in the current year, an official said here on Tuesday. The state’s tourism sector suffered an estimated loss […]

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2 goods trains derail in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Feb 19  Nineteen rakes of two goods trains derailed near here on Tuesday, disrupting services, a railway official said. The first train derailed between Khelari and Garwah stations. The second train coming from the opposite direction collided with the derailed rakes, leading to its own derailment, Rajesh Kumar of the Eastern Central Railway told […]

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Punjab Budget session heats up as Akalis protest against Sidhu

Chandigarh, Feb 18  Angry scenes were witnessed in the Punjab Assembly in a war of words between state cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLAs, especially Bikram Singh Majithia, which forced adjournment before the budget could be presented in the House here on Monday. Sidhu and Majithia could be seen […]

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Singapore-based BIGO announces $100 mn investment in India

New Delhi, Feb 18  Singapore-based social media platform BIGO Technology on Monday announced an investment of over $100 million to expand its business in India in the next three years, creating nearly 1,000 jobs. As part of the investment, the internet company will start a regional centre by the end of this year in the […]

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Niti Aayog delegation visits Saudi Arabia, Invest India grid launched

New Delhi, Feb 18  Invest India Grid was launched in Saudi Arabia during the visit of Niti Aayog delegation with 40 opportunities of investment, trade and business also identified during the visit. The delegation, led by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, comprised of leading Indian CEOs who took part in discussions with the Saudi Centre […]

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Chinese shares open higher; yuan weakens

Beijing, Feb 18  Chinese stocks opened higher on Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.65 per cent to open at 2,699.82 points. The Shenzhen Component Index opened 0.77 per cent higher at 8,187.89 points, Xinhua news agency reported. Meanwhile, the central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 36.00 […]

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Africa urged to strengthen food safety processes to tackle hunger

Nairobi, Feb 17 A Kenyan scientist has urged the African states to strengthen sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) processes as a means to boost food safety that is key to tackle hunger on the continent. Dennis Rangi, director general of Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), said on Saturday the processes are capable of improving food […]

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Trump meets US trade delegation after Beijing talks

Washington, Feb 17  US President Donald Trump said that he met the team of US negotiators who had travelled last week to Beijing for a new round of trade negotiations with China. “Trade negotiators have just returned from China where the meetings on trade were very productive,” Trump, who is currently at his private residence […]

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CCI covers Imran’s portrait following Pulwama attack

Mumbai, Feb 17  The Cricket Club of India (CCI) has covered a portrait of former cricketer and current Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at its premises following the terrorist attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. The portrait is displayed in the restaurant of the […]

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Shortage of skilled IT workforce looms over India: Nasscom

Bengaluru, Feb 15 As the demand for disruptive technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics grows, shortage of a skilled IT workforce to run them is posing a challenge to the stake-holders, Nasscom, the industry’s apex body, has said. “There is an urgent need to re-skill about 50 per cent of India’s IT workforce, as […]

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