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  • Stoppard called 'greatest living playwright' at London Theatre Awards December 1, 2014

    London: Tom Stoppard was given a special award as "the greatest living playwright" on Sunday at the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards in recognition of more than a half century of work that has won him an Academy Award and four Tony Awards. The 77-year-old Czech-born author, whose plays include...
  • Standard and Poor's raises India's outlook to 'stable' from 'negative' September 26, 2014

    Mumbai: Standard and Poor's raised the outlook for India's "BBB-minus" rating back to "stable" from "negative," saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's "strong" mandate would allow it to implement fiscal and economic reforms. S&P had cut India's rating to "negative" in April 2012, and that came to symbolize the plummeting investor...
  • The terrible hypocrisy faced by monsters in Indian cinema: End the impossible body image set by Hollywood. All 'creatures' are beautiful September 12, 2014

    New Delhi: It is the dead of night. You have just finished watching that episode of the latest season of 'American Horror Story' on your laptop. There's a slight nip in the air, it is September after all. You switch off the lights, and pull the sheets to cover you. Just...
  • US government software standards may enable spying by NSA July 15, 2014

    San Francisco: US government standards for software may enable spying by the National Security Agency through widely used coding formulas that should be jettisoned, some of US' top independent experts concluded in papers released on Monday. Such mathematical formulas, or curves, are an arcane but essential part of most technology...
  • S&P says budget has no impact on India's sovereign ratings July 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Standard & Poor's said that the budget would not have an impact on India's sovereign ratings until the agency could see how the measures will be implemented, especially regarding meeting the fiscal deficit target. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said last week that India would stick to the fiscal deficit target...
  • Standard & Poor on Budget: Steps in right direction but short on details July 10, 2014

    Mumbai: Global rating agency Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lauded fiscal consolidation steps announced in Budget that will benefit the credit fundamentals, but pointed out that it will have no immediate impact on the sovereign credit rating, as the Budget is short on details. "The Budget has no immediate impact on...
  • 'Good days coming for BritishIndian ties' July 7, 2014

    Mumbai: British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on Monday said that it was exciting to visit India when the excitement about the Indian economy and the optimism about the prospects for future growth are palpable. "I have been here for a day and already I can feel the buzz in...
  • News 360: A CRPF soldier turns whistleblower June 26, 2014

    In shocking revelations, a CRPF commando of the elite CoBRA battalion, Sujoy Mandal has told CNNIBN how Standard Operating Procedures were flouted in a botched up antiNaxal operation. When the commando questioned why SOP was not being followed, the Deputy Commandant dismissed his apprehensions. ...
  • Government suspends 9 engineers for substandard work in irrigation project June 24, 2014

    Chhattisgarh Government has suspended five assistant engineers and four subengineers of Water Resources Department over irregularities in execution of an irrigation project in Bilaspur division, a top official said. The irregularities related to extension, renovation and modernisation of canals under Minimata Bango dam project. The officials were suspended after the Department's...
  • Teachers to give wakeup calls to parents at 5 am in Mangalore district June 19, 2014

    Mangalore: The parents of the children who are studying in 10th standard will get a wake up call from their teachers at 5 o'clock in the morning from next month. The teachers will ask if their child has woken up or still asleep. If the child is still sleeping, the...
  • India's ratings to depend on next governement economy, fiscal policies: S~~amp;amp;P April 17, 2014

    Standard and Poor's may upgrade India's outlook if the government that is elected next month addresses some of the country's fiscal and economic challenges through steps such as passing a goods and services tax. "If in the future they implement policies that effectively addresses some of the credit weaknesses that I...
  • Congress has double standards on corruption, accuses Modi March 30, 2014

    New Delhi: In the run up to elections 2014, the battle is heating up and the war of words is intensifying. As leaders raise the pitch and parties try to trump each other over who has the moral right over fighting corruption, Narendra Modi at rallies across Maharashtra this Sunday...
  • 67th Armoured Regiment gets President's Standard February 21, 2014

    The frontline 67th Armoured Regiment was honoured with the President's Standard here in recognition of its dedicated service for over four decades. A formation of roaring tanks took part in the parade commanded by Colonel B Ravi on the occasion as Army Chief General Bikram Singh bestowed the rare and prestigious...
  • Parliament to be adjourned sine die today February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: 12:00 pm: 11:30 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after uproar by Opposition parties demanding special economic package for seven backward states. 10:50 am: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that there is a possibility that the Parliament session could be extended. "Everything is possible. We will discuss...
  • Why vote on account won't move market needle February 15, 2014

    The big cue investors will watch out for on Monday is the vote on account, though many market experts believe that it is likely to be a nonevent for the stock market, reports CNBCTV18. Here's why brokerages sees it as a nonevent: ICICI Securities: There are no major expectations from...
  • Bahuguna not satisfied with educational standards in Uttarakhand January 27, 2014

    Expressing dissatisfaction over the quality of education in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Monday asked teachers to understand their responsibilities and educate students in a manner which would enable them to survive in today's highly competitive world. "Educational standards in our state cannot be called satisfactory. Teachers will have to...
  • Make milk adulteration punishable with life imprisonment: Supreme Court December 5, 2013

    The Supreme Court on Thursday urged state governments to make necessary amendments to their laws to make production and marketing of adulterated milk an offence punishable with life imprisonment. The observation by an apex court bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice AK Sikri came after taking note of Uttar Pradesh,...
  • Dow Jones average closes above 16,000 for the first time November 22, 2013

    New York: The Dow Jones industrial average is closing above 16,000 for the first time as encouraging news on the job market pushes stocks higher. Applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since September. The number of applications is close to where it was before the Great...
  • S&P says next government's agenda to determine rating November 8, 2013

    Standard & Poor's said on Thursday it will review India's rating once a new government due to be elected next year lays out its policy agenda, reducing the prospect of a destabilising downgrade to below investment grade ahead of the polls. That could delay the next review until after May 2014,...
  • IBM asked to pay Rs 5357 crore outstanding income tax: Reports November 3, 2013

    Mumbai: Indian tax authorities have asked IBM's local unit to pay Rs 5357 crore in outstanding income tax on fiscal 2009 revenue, media reported on Saturday. In an emailed statement, an IBM India spokeswoman confirmed the company had received a tax notice, but declined to comment on the amount of tax...
  • Best Bankers' Awards: Celebrating excellence in banking sector October 6, 2013

    Top bankers come together for Best Bankers' Awards to celebrate excellence in banking sector. ...
  • Slowing economy may force Chidambaram to wield budget knife October 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The finance minister may have to slice at least 200 billion rupees from government spending to prevent a budget blowout, which could threaten to send the country's credit rating into "junk" status, two ministry officials said. P Chidambaram will make a final decision on whether to go ahead with...
  • US: Stocks fall as government heads towards shutdown October 1, 2013

    New York: Stocks fell on Monday as Wall Street worried that a budget fight in Washington could lead to an event far worse for the economy a failure to raise the nation's borrowing limit. Investors pulled back from stocks as a budget standoff between Republicans and Democrats in Congress threatened to...
  • Rocky road ahead for India: Standard & Poor's August 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Global rating agency Standard and Poor's on Wednesday cautioned that large deficit economies including India could face more economic problems in the near term. "The road may be rocky in the near term, particularly for the largest deficit countries - India and Indonesia - but we don't think this...
  • US defends study of blood transfusions for premature babies August 24, 2013

    A government-supported study of blood transfusion levels in premature infants adheres to the highest ethical and clinical standards, the National Institutes of Health said this week in response to advocacy group Public Citizen, which has called for the study to be stopped. The Transfusion of Premature (TOP) trial aims to determine...
  • New steel import norms will dent capacity utilisation, say experts August 13, 2013

    The recent government notification to ease steel import norms will not only increase inward shipment of the metal, but also add to woes of domestic firms battling demand slowdown, industry experts said on Monday. The industry called for an urgent review of the decision, saying the quality of domestic steel...
  • Standard Chartered renews sponsorship with Liverpool July 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Liverpool Football Club and Standard Chartered Bank on Thursday announced a twoyear extension to their main sponsor agreement. The bank signed up as the club's main sponsor in July 2010 appearing on the front of the 'Reds' shirt for the last three seasons. The partnership has now been extended...
  • Kunal Kapoor: Make India a crueltyfree cosmetics zone July 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor has used the dying telegram service to urge the government to ban the import and sale of cosmetics that are tested on animals. The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has decided to discontinue the 160yearold telegram service on July 15. Kunal did a good deed by...
  • Bangladesh tells EU it will boost worker rights, inspections July 9, 2013

    Geneva: Bangladesh pledged on Monday to quickly boost worker rights and recruit more factory inspectors as it seeks to preserve European Union trade benefits after 1,129 workers were killed in the collapse of a garment plant in April. The EU, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi garments, has threatened punitive...
  • Swiss bank UBS to exit banking business in India: Source June 22, 2013

    Mumbai: Swiss bank UBS AG will surrender its Indian banking license and close its banking unit, covering fixed income, forex operations and credit services, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Saturday. However, UBS will continue its corporate client service business, which includes mergers and acquisitions, equities...