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    Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday as worries receded over the threat of disruptions to Middle East supplies due to Saudi Arabia-led air strikes in Yemen. Goldman Sachs said the bombing of Yemen would have little effect on oil supplies as the country was only a small crude exporter … More »

    Reuters - 26 minutes ago
  • Gas price to be revised lower at $5.02 per unit

    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The petroleum ministry has revised downward the price for domestic natural gas reducing it from $5.61 to $5.02 per unit -- effective from April 1, a senior official told IANS on Friday. The cut reflects the reduced international hub prices. International crude oil … More »

    IANS - 57 minutes ago
  • L&T bags deals worth Rs.1,711 crore in March 2015

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Diversified company Larsen and Toubro (L&T) on Friday said its construction and power divisions has bagged orders worth Rs.1,711 crore in March this year. While the factories and buildings arm of L&T won orders valued at Rs.880 crore, the power transmission and distribution … More »

    IANS - 57 minutes ago
  • IndiGo heads for up to $400 million IPO amid travel boom - sources

    IndiGo heads for up to $400 million IPO amid travel boom - sources

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    Reuters - 1 hour 2 minutes ago
  • Honda to invest $154 million to expand India motorcycle, car output

    Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Friday that it would invest 9.65 billion rupees ($154 million) to expand its motorcycle and automobile production in India, targeting growing demand in Asia's third-largest economy. The Japanese automaker said its unit, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, would spend 5.85 … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 32 minutes ago
  • Colgate to pay third interim dividend of Rs.130.5 crore

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Global FMCG company Colgate-Palmolive India Ltd (CPIL) said its Board, in a meeting held on Friday, has declared a third interim dividend of Rs.8 per share of Re.1 each on face value for the ongoing fiscal. "The dividend payout to the shareholders will be Rs.130.5 crore and … More »

    IANS - 1 hour 35 minutes ago
  • Toshiba, United Technologies sign agreement to localise operations of HVAC products

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    ANI - 1 hour 48 minutes ago
  • Toshiba develops world's first 48-layer BiCS

    Tokyo, Mar. 27 (ANI): Japanese multinational conglomerate Toshiba Corporation has announced the development of the world's first 48-layer three dimensional stacked cell structure flash memory 'BiCS', a ... … More »

    ANI - 1 hour 48 minutes ago
  • Facebook's drone Aquila to use laser to beam down internet access on earth

    Washington, March 27 (ANI): On the second day of its F8 conference at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Facebook has reportedly announced its plan to use a drone to beam the Internet down to billions of people ... … More »

    ANI - 1 hour 48 minutes ago
  • Sensex down 119 points; healthcare stocks drop

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), was down 118.98 points or 0.43 percent during the afternoon trade session on Friday. The ... … More »

    IANS - 2 hours 2 minutes ago
  • Interview - Bank of England, stung by scandals, flags market concerns

    The Bank of England is warning about potential irregularities in financial markets on a regular basis as it tries to address the problems that dragged it into recent market scandals, a senior BoE official said. Chris Salmon, executive director of markets at the BoE, also told Reuters that more … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 2 minutes ago
  • Sensex to touch 54,000 by 2018: 5 things to know

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    The benchmark index Sensex may touch 54,000 in 2018, according to a report by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, a global investment bank. This is nearly double the current 28,000 levels for the Sensex. … More »

    Simplus Information Services - 2 hours 10 minutes ago
  • Catholic Syrian Bank to file for $80 mln IPO in April - sources

    Catholic Syrian Bank Ltd will file a draft listing prospectus by the end of April, paving the way for an initial public offering to raise nearly $80 million, two sources involved in the process told Reuters. ... … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 25 minutes ago
  • YouTube, Vevo videos receive age certificates amid concerns over shielding kids from explicit content

    London, March 27 (ANI): In a bid to shield children from unsuitable content, music videos on YouTube and Vevo are being tagged with age certificates. … More »

    ANI - 2 hours 38 minutes ago
  • Iron ore slump set to shrink China's mining capacity

    Iron ore slump set to shrink China's mining capacity

    A slide in iron ore prices is turning the screw on China's fragmented mining sector, paving the way for closures and consolidation with three-quarters of the country's mining capacity operating at a loss, industry officials said on Friday. More mine closures in China, the biggest consumer of the … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 43 minutes ago
  • Sensex heads towards third straight weekly fall

    Sensex heads towards third straight weekly fall

    The BSE Sensex and Nifty hovered near their lowest in more than 10 weeks in a volatile session on Friday, heading for a third consecutive weekly loss as caution prevailed over concerns about rising tensions ... … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 49 minutes ago
  • Apple's Tim Cook to give away his 785 million dollar fortune to charity

    Wellington, March 27 (ANI): Apple chief executive Tim Cook has announced his decision to give away his estimated 785 million dollar fortune to charity, after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college ... … More »

    ANI - 3 hours ago
  • Exclusive: Modi govt puts brakes on India's universal health plan

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto. The health ministry developed a draft policy on universal … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • India needs to be energy independent to serve people's need: Modi

    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Stressing on energy security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India will have to be independent in this area and seek new avenues to replenish existing sources in a bid to serve the growing appetite of the people. "We need to be independent when it comes to … More »

    IANS - 3 hours ago
  • Gold buying slows amid price rally; Akshaya Tritaya demand eyed in India

    Gold buying slows amid price rally; Akshaya Tritaya demand eyed in India

    Gold bullion purchases across Asia slowed this week as a long rally in prices discouraged buyers, with traders keeping a close watch on top consumer India ahead of a festival that usually sparks strong demand for the metal. Before dipping on Friday, spot gold had rallied the seven days through … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Apple planning to unveil 3 iPhones this year including iPhone 6C

    Melbourne, March 27 (ANI): Apple's iPhone fans may receive three surprises at once this year as reports suggest that the firm is planning on unveiling three new models of the iPhone in September. … More »

    ANI - 3 hours ago
  • India may exempt ONGC, Oil India from paying subsidy in March-quarter - source

    State-backed oil producers Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd(ONGC.NS) and Oil India Ltd(OILI.NS) may be exempt from paying subsidies to fuel retailers in the March quarter, a source familiar with the plan said on Friday. India regulates retail prices of liquefied petroleum gas and kerosene to keep … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Modi says India should try to cut oil imports by 10 percent in 2022

    Modi says India should try to cut oil imports by 10 percent in 2022

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday India should try to cut oil imports by 10 percent in 2022 from 77 percent now. He was addressing an energy summit in the capital city of New Delhi. India imports ... … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

    Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup (C.N), … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping

    Sher Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Asian stocks mixed as Mideast worries linger, oil eases

    Crude oil prices were lower due to the dollar's bounce and as the market reassessed the potential impact of the escalating conflict in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and allies carried out air strikes on Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Thursday. Data on Friday showed Japan's core consumer price index … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Japan core consumer inflation grinds to halt, keeps BOJ pressured

    Japan core consumer inflation grinds to halt, keeps BOJ pressured

    Japan's annual core consumer inflation ground to a halt in February, the first time it has stopped rising in nearly two years, keeping the central bank under pressure to expand monetary stimulus later this year. Other data published on Friday didn't offer much solace with household spending … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Gold dips after seven-day rally but set for second weekly gain

    Gold dips after seven-day rally but set for second weekly gain

    Gold eased on Friday as traders booked profits after a seven-day rally and as the dollar rebounded on strong U.S. data, but the metal looked set to post its second straight weekly gain on expectations U.S. interest rates will stay low for longer. Tensions in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia and … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Sensex up 136 points; capital goods stocks gain

    Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Friday was trading 135.74 points or 0.49 percent up as capital goods stocks rose. The wider ... … More »

    IANS - 5 hours ago
  • Stocks slide, oil prices jump after Yemen air strikes

    Stocks slide, oil prices jump after Yemen air strikes

    Oil prices jumped 5 percent and stock markets worldwide slumped on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and allies carried out air strikes in Yemen, which fueled worries in the Middle East that energy shipments ... … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets

    Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets

    Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook Inc (FB.O) to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts. Facebook executives made the case on … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Oil leaps 5 percent, most in a month, on air strikes in Yemen

    Oil leaps 5 percent, most in a month, on air strikes in Yemen

    Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, the biggest daily gain in a month, as air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears that escalation of the Middle East battle could disrupt world crude supplies. The Saudi military operation against the Iran-backed Houthi … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Wall St. falls in choppy session but ends off lows

    Wall St. falls in choppy session but ends off lows

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    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • India's top three mobile phone operators spend $13.6 billion in airwaves auction

    India's top three mobile phone operators spend $13.6 billion in airwaves auction

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top three mobile phone network operators have spent a combined $13.6 billion in a government auction of airwaves to secure almost 80 percent of the spectrum on offer, reinforcing their positions in the world's second-biggest mobile market. "The outcome of this … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Gold pares gains after Yemen air strikes rattle markets

    Gold pares gains after Yemen air strikes rattle markets

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Gold pared gains after hitting a 3-1/2-week high on Thursday, after a knee-jerk reaction to escalating tensions in the Middle East knocked stocks and drove investors into assets viewed as lower-risk, such as bullion and German bonds. Stock markets worldwide were knocked … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Insight - Fed market gurus prep rate hike amid last-minute anxieties

    The New York Federal Reserve officials tasked with prying interest rates off the floor have been meeting with bankers and traders to plot how best to do it, amid deep uncertainty over how much control they will really have over short-term lending markets. With the U.S. central bank expected to … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Ultratech wins court order to take back mines possession in Rajasthan

    Mumbai/Jaipur, March 26 (IANS) Cement maker Ultratech Cement, a subsidiary of Aditya Birla Group's Grasim Industries Ltd, on Thursday said the Rajasthan High Court has "quashed and set aside" a state government order resulting in cancellation of a limestone mining lease to the company's subsidiary. … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Acquired 12 telecom circle in auction, says Vodafone India

    New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Vodafone India has acquired spectrum in 12 telecom circles in the recently concluded spectrum auction for a total cost of Rs.25,810 crore, which will help it in expanding its 3G services, a company statement said here on Thursday. Significantly expanding its 3G … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Volvo CEO wins breathing space as chairman denies seeking replacement

    Volvo's CEO Olof Persson appeared to have won some breathing space on Thursday after recent criticism of the Swedish truck maker's performance but he needs to show progress over the next year to placate investors. Volvo's chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg on Wednesday denied a newspaper report that he … More »

    Reuters - 16 hours ago
  • GAIL seeking 7 LNG cargoes from Oct. 2015-Dec. 2016 - tender document

    GAIL is looking to buy seven liquefied natural gas cargoes for delivery from Oct. 2015 until Dec. 2016, according to the tender document obtained by Reuters. Deliveries are to be split between India's ... … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Airtel says existing and fresh spectrum acquired in auction

    New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Bharti Airtel Thursday said it has not only renewed telecom spectrum in the 900 MHz band for all the six areas where the licence period was expiring this year, but also for additional circles across the bands. "Of this, Rs.17,618 crores has been spent on the renewal of … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Reliance Jio says spectrum won for 13 service areas

    Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) Reliance Jio Infocomm, a part of industrialist Mukesh Ambani-led group, Thursday said it has acquired the right to use telecom spectrum in 13 key circles across India after the recently-concluded auction. With this, in addition to the pan-India spectrum in the 2,300 MHz … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Fed officials say rate hike plan intact despite weak U.S. data

    The Federal Reserve should remain on track to raise interest rates later this year despite the U.S. economy's weak start to the year and a stock market sell-off this week, two Fed officials said on Thursday. In separate events in Frankfurt and Detroit, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • ECB's Draghi says money printing already helping recovery

    Bond-buying by the European Central Bank will reinforce the euro zone's economic recovery, its president, Mario Draghi, said on Thursday, adding that there was already evidence that the scheme was taking effect. "Monetary policy is reinforcing the cyclical recovery. I insist in saying 'cyclical' … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Idea says spectrum won for area fetching 73 percent of revenues

    Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) Idea Cellular, which has emerged the top bidder for spectrum in the latest round of auction, Thursday said it has retained the airwaves and won additional bandwidth for areas covering 73 percent of its revenues. "Idea's successful bid has helped it retain its spectrum in … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Ford to triple exports from India with new $1 bln plant

    Ford to triple exports from India with new $1 bln plant

    Ford Motor Co plans to triple exports from India with a $1 billion plant that will be one of its most heavily automated in Asia, offsetting slower sales inside the country with a push to sell more local production abroad. "India is very cost competitive, which is important particularly for small … More »

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • Kingfisher "considering all options" on Mr Bricolage deal

    Kingfisher said on Thursday it was considering all options regarding its proposed 275 million euro ($300 million) takeover of France's Mr Bricolage after the majority of the board and the largest shareholder of the target company expressed reservations. Last July Kingfisher, Europe's largest home … More »

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • 18 tax defaulters owe Rs.500 crore

    New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Eighteen tax defaulters -- 11 of them Gujarat-based -- collectively owe over Rs.500 crore to the exchequer, tax officials announced on Thursday. "Defaulters are advised ... … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago
  • Adidas to shift some production from Asia in quest for speed

    Adidas to shift some production from Asia in quest for speed

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    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • ADB's $300 mn loan to improve road connectivity

    New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) The government on Thursday signed a $300 million loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for improving road connectivity and increasing domestic and regional trade in north Bengal and the north eastern region (NER) of the country. According to Tarun Bajaj, … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago

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