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  • Kerala assembly presented White Paper on fiscal health

    Thiruvananthapuram, June 30 (IANS) The Left Democratic Front government on Thursday presented in the Kerala assembly a White Paper on the state's fiscal health, and vowed to put the state economy back on the rails through cost-cutting and tapping uncollected revenue. The state salaries, interest … More »

    IANS - 17 minutes ago
  • US company ViaSat sets up R&D centre in Chennai

    Chennai, June 30 (IANS) The US-based satellite broadband Internet company ViaSat on Thursday inaugurated its India research and development (R&D) centre here. The $1.4 billion revenue Nasdaq-listed company hopes to increase the headcount at the centre to 250 in three years, a senior official said. … More »

    IANS - 25 minutes ago
  • Oil falls towards $50 on higher supply outlook, economic worries

    Oil fell towards $50 a barrel on Thursday, pressured by higher Nigerian output and concern about the economic outlook following Britain's vote to leave the European Union last week. Returning Nigerian supply will put pressure on prices, Goldman Sachs said, adding that outages caused by Canadian … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 7 minutes ago
  • Sensex heads for best quarterly gain in 2 years; Brexit fears ease

    Sensex heads for best quarterly gain in 2 years; Brexit fears ease

    Indian shares rose more than 1 percent on Thursday, erasing their 2.2 percent losses suffered on Friday after Britons unexpectedly voted to exit the European Union, as investors focused on improving prospects of the domestic economy. Hopes of a good monsoon and a recovery in earnings have boosted … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
  • Short covering propels equity markets

    Mumbai, June 30 (IANS) Short covering on the back of latest key economic decisions, combined with positive global cues and a firm rupee, propelled the Indian equity markets on Thursday into making healthy ... … More »

    IANS - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
  • India to get over $1 billion from World Bank for Modi's solar goals

    India to get over $1 billion from World Bank for Modi's solar goals

    The World Bank said on Thursday it would lend India more than $1 billion for its huge solar energy programme, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought climate change funds from its visiting head. Modi is banking on India's 300 days a year of sunshine to generate power and help fight climate … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 38 minutes ago
  • World stocks poised for worst month since January

    Global stocks were set for their worst monthly performance since January, with renewed concerns over global growth forcing European shares and oil prices onto the back foot again following two positive sessions. Worries that a weaker Chinese yuan could spark deflation, seen as a key reason for the … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 41 minutes ago
  • Bank of Maharashtra to raise Rs.1,000 crore capital

    Pune, June 30 (IANS) Bank of Maharashtra will raise Rs 1,000 crore capital for growth and focus on home loan, small and medium enterprises (SME) and priority sector over the next two years. Addressing shareholders at the 13th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday here, S. Muhnot, Chairman and … More »

    IANS - 3 hours ago
  • RBI chief Rajan: unsure if monetary policy panel to set rates in August

    The process to set up India's monetary policy committee is ongoing and it is not clear if it will get to set interest rates at the central bank's next policy review on Aug. 9, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said according to TV channels. India is in the midst of putting in … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • The yen as a safe haven: a familiar but painful refrain for Japan

    TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A weak economy, deflation, massive public debt, negative interest rates and an ageing citizenry don't seem like good reasons for a country’s currency to surge, but that’s exactly what happened to Japan’s yen after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. The … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Gold edges down as calm returns after Brexit shock

    Gold edges down as calm returns after Brexit shock

    Gold fell on Thursday after rising as much as 1 percent during the previous session, with safe-haven demand easing as the shock of Britain's decision to leave the European Union began to fade. Spot gold had fallen 0.3 percent to $1,314.30 an ounce by 0357 GMT. "It seems that the market has now … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Key Indian equity indices open higher

    Mumbai, June 30 (IANS) Key Indian equity market indices opened higher on Thursday in line with global peers and taking positive cues from implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 26,740.39 on Wednesday, opened higher at 26,926.17. … More »

    IANS - 6 hours ago
  • Gender bias at workplace even today

    Here are five examples of gender bias that exist in offices today. If a woman is rejected based on her answers to these questions, it points to a clear case of gender bias. Gender bias is often hidden in the values of an organisation. … More »

    Simplus Information Services - 6 hours ago
  • Asia stocks rise as post-Brexit rebound continues, yen stays flat

    Asia stocks rise as post-Brexit rebound continues, yen stays flat

    Asia stocks rose across the board on Thursday, tracking an overnight rally on Wall Street, while the safe-haven Japanese yen stopped rising as global markets regained a semblance of calm after last week's Brexit shock. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.3 percent, … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Volkswagen's diesel settlement will fund range of clean air efforts

    German automaker Volkswagen AG will pay as much as $15.3 billion after admitting it cheated on U.S. diesel emissions tests for years, agreeing to buy back vehicles from consumers and provide funding that could benefit makers of cleaner technologies. The largest-ever automotive buyback offer in the … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Singapore's UOB suspends London property loans after Brexit

    United Overseas Bank (UOBH.SI), Singapore's number 3 lender, has suspended its loans programme for London properties in the wake of uncertainties caused by Britain's vote to leave the European Union. UOB would be among the first banks in Singapore to turn cautious on such lending, even though it … More »

    Reuters - 8 hours ago
  • Exclusive - Sandwich chain Jimmy John's to hit the auction block: sources

    Jimmy John's is speaking to private equity firms about a potential deal it hopes will value it at more than $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion), including debt, the people said this week. Private equity firm Weston Presidio is looking to sell its entire 30 percent stake in Jimmy John's, the people said. … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over air bags, emissions control

    Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over air bags, emissions control

    WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp has recalled 3.37 million cars worldwide over possible defects involving air bags and emissions control units. The automaker on Wednesday said it was recalling 2.87 million cars over a possible fault in emissions control units. About 930,000 cars … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Analysis - Global M&A declines in second quarter as mega deals seen too risky

    Analysis - Global M&A declines in second quarter as mega deals seen too risky

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - The value of announced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) worldwide dropped by a third in the second quarter of 2016, as a wave of transactions were abandoned in the wake of concerns over regulatory and tax risks or national security. While 2015 was a record year for M&A, … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Oil up 4 percent on U.S. crude draw; Brent back above $50

    Oil up 4 percent on U.S. crude draw; Brent back above $50

    Oil prices surged 4 percent on Wednesday, with Brent settling above the psychological $50 a barrel mark, after a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude inventories. While spot contracts in Brent and U.S. crude surged, the premium for longer-dated oil spiked too as traders bet crude in storage … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • BOJ sceptics calling time on Kuroda's two-year target

    Dissenters to the Bank of Japan's stimulus measures remain a minority on its board, but their call to scrap the timeframe for its inflation target is gaining converts and casting doubt on the credibility of bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his broader programme. In a bid to end two decades of … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Chinese companies relisting at home attract swarm of quick-hit investors

    Funds offering a mechanism to help Chinese companies cancel their overseas share listings and relist in Shanghai or Shenzhen are attracting a swarm of investors lured by huge potential gains - and apparently undeterred by the risk that regulators could spoil the party. By delisting in New York or … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Global stock, oil prices gain as Brexit jitters abate

    Global stock, oil prices gain as Brexit jitters abate

    Stock markets around the world rebounded for the second straight day on Wednesday as fears about last week's Brexit vote eased and investors wagered central banks would ultimately ride to the rescue with more stimulus. Fading concerns over Britain's vote to exit the European Union bolstered oil … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • EU trade chief says U.S. trade talks can survive Brexit

    The European Union's top trade official said on Wednesday that she is still aiming to complete negotiations for a sweeping free trade deal with the United States this year, despite Britain's vote last week to leave the 28-nation bloc. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said her team is … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • 7th pay panel will boost demand by Rs 45,000 crore: Ind-Ra

    New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Indian cabinet-approved Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendations will boost the demand in the economy by over Rs 45,000 crore and increase savings by more than Rs 30,000 crore, American agency Fitch's subsidiary India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said on … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Rupee rises 26 paise to 67.68 per dollar on firm Asian cues

    In early trade on Wednesday, the dollar index, which tracks the movement of dollar against a basket of six major world currencies, fell 0.14 per cent at 96.11. The rupee had closed on Tuesday amid wild swings caused by market concerns over the British vote to leave the European Union. "In the … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • EU tells UK single market access requires full free movement

    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders met for the first time without Britain on Wednesday less than a week after it voted to leave, delivering a tough message that London can access the bloc's lucrative single market only if it agrees to allow free movement for EU workers. Last week's … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • Tata Power commissions solar plant at Toyota firm

    Bengaluru, June 29 (IANS) Tata Power Solar on Wednesday commissioned a 100 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar plant at Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts Ltd. at Bidadi on the city's outskirts, the solar firm said on Wednesday. "The rooftop plant was installed in a record 21 days on the top of the … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • U.S. consumer spending rises, Brexit casts shadow on outlook

    U.S. consumer spending rises, Brexit casts shadow on outlook

    U.S. consumer spending rose for a second straight month in May on increased demand for automobiles and other goods, but there are fears Britain's vote to leave the European Union could hurt confidence and prompt households to cut back on consumption. "With the confidence-sapping eruption in global … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Coal India signs agreements with SECI for solar projects

    Kolkata, June 29 (IANS) Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Wednesday said it has signed two agreements with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for implementation of 200 MW solar power projects in Madhya Pradesh. ... … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Britain's FTSE makes up all its post-Brexit losses

    Britain's FTSE 100 closed at its highest level since April on Wednesday, as a two-day rally recouped the losses it suffered after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Britain's FTSE 100 settled up 219.67 points, 3.6 percent higher, at 6,360.06 points. The gains lifted the FTSE above last … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • GE's finance unit sheds its "too big to fail" designation

    GE's finance unit sheds its "too big to fail" designation

    The move by the Financial Stability Oversight Council was the first time a non-banking firm has been freed from the designation, a product of the financial crash that can trigger stricter oversight and requirements to hold more capital. It was a big victory for GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who since … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Brexit makes government fix to Tata steel pension plan elusive

    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A government overhaul of the British Steel Pension Scheme - crucial to convincing anyone to buy Tata's British assets – is in jeopardy after Britons' vote to leave the European Union deepened the fund's debts and depleted its assets, analysts and industry sources said. … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Vedanta generates Rs 11,000 crore free cash flow, reduces net debt

    Panaji, June 29 (IANS) Amid falling prices of commodities, Vedanta Ltd generated a free cash flow of over Rs 11,000 crore in the last fiscal, which reduced the company's net debt by over Rs 6,000 crore, a top company official said on Wednesday. During FY2016, driven by opex and capex optimisation, … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • Looking for Brexit-proof portfolios? Try drugs, alcohol and tobacco

    The flight to safety in the aftermath of last week's Brexit vote is sending investors scurrying back into healthcare and consumer-related stocks that have shielded them from nearly every big market dislocation of the past five years. On Wednesday, European healthcare became the first major … More »

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • "LuxLeaks" accountants given suspended prison sentences

    A Luxembourg court on Wednesday handed out suspended sentences to the two former accounting firm employees who leaked data about Luxembourg's tax deals with large corporations, which gained prominence in the so-called "LuxLeaks" affair. Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, both French citizens and … More »

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • Karnataka CM moots industry-government partnership entity

    Bengaluru, June 29 (IANS) Karnataka plans to set up an industry-government partnership entity to promote and provide a host of services under its 'Invest Karnatak' brand, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Wednesday. Addressing the industry captains at a centenary conference of the Federation of … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago
  • Millions of public sector workers get pay, pension rise

    Millions of public sector workers get pay, pension rise

    India on Wednesday approved an increase of at least 14.29 percent in salaries and pensions for about 10 million government employees and pensioners, a move that is expected to boost consumer demand and underpin economic growth. After the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the … More »

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • 7th pay panel to boost real estate sector: India Inc

    New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) India Inc on Wednesday said the country's real estate sector is expected to receive a major boost due to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. "The 7th Pay Commission implementation will be a positive move and raise the affordability of the … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago
  • 'Achhe din' for government staff, pensioners with massive hikes

    New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) A bonanza of 16 per cent pay hike and 24 per cent increase in pension, with arrears from January this year, awaits 47 lakh serving central government employees and 53 lakh pensioners with the Union Cabinet giving its approval to 7th Pay Commission recommendations on … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago
  • UCO Bank will return to profitability in 2017-18: CEO

    Kolkata, June 29 (IANS) State-run UCO Bank, which posted a net loss in the last fiscal on account of high provisions to cover bad loans, is expected to return to profitability by the next fiscal, a top bank official said on Wednesday. "We expect to return to profitability by 2017-18," bank MD and … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago
  • Global and local cues buoy equity markets

    Mumbai, June 29 (IANS) Positive global cues, along with clearances for major economic policy decisions and a firm rupee, buoyed the Indian equity markets on Wednesday. Consequently, the key indices closed ... … More »

    IANS - 20 hours ago
  • SC declines stay on Rs 1,050 cr payment to Sasan power project

    New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to stay the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity's order, directing seven state-run power utilities and Tata Power Distribution Company to pay Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project dues of Rs 1,050 crore. While refusing to stay the March 31, … More »

    IANS - 20 hours ago
  • Essar settles $500 million of Iran oil bill - sources

    Essar Oil, the top Indian buyer of Iranian oil, has this month cleared $500 million of a debt owed to Tehran, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Essar, which operates a 400,000 barrels ... … More »

    Reuters - 20 hours ago
  • Oil prices edge up more after Brexit shock; Norway strike threat supports

    Oil prices edge up more after Brexit shock; Norway strike threat supports

    Oil rose more on Wednesday as traders moved money back into markets hit by the initial shock of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, while a potential oil workers strike in Norway and a crisis in Venezuela's oil sector also provided support. "Right now, post Brexit, different asset classes … More »

    Reuters - 21 hours ago
  • Lloyds to axe 640 jobs in cost-cutting drive - sources

    Lloyds to axe 640 jobs in cost-cutting drive - sources

    Lloyds Banking Group plans to axe about 640 jobs, sources close to the matter said on Wednesday, as Britain's largest mortgage lender continues to scale back its branch network and workforce. All affected employees work in information technology and back-office roles and are being told of the … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago
  • UK car industry: demand not hit by Brexit vote yet, forecast unchanged

    UK car dealerships saw the same number of customers over the weekend as before Britons voted for Brexit last week, Britain's car industry association said on Wednesday, noting that it would not change its forecast for record sales this year. The CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago
  • As Britain turns inward, one firm looks to Europe

    Britain and the European Union are likely to take years to rewrite the rules that govern their business ties after the UK voted to leave the bloc. The firm, which currently employs 172 people, immediately began enquiring about grants to open a design centre in Spain and is considering Portugal, … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago
  • British PM Cameron says hard times ahead but will not abandon fiscal rules

    British PM Cameron says hard times ahead but will not abandon fiscal rules

    Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Wednesday that Britain faces troubled economic times after it voted last week to leave the European Union, but said the government would not abandon its rules on limiting public spending. "There's no doubt in my mind these are going to be difficult economic … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago
  • India lifts ban on trade of certain items with Iran - govt

    India has lifted a ban on trade of specified items with Iran after some western sanctions against the Persian Gulf nation were lifted earlier this year, the government said in a notification on Wednesday. ... … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

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