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NPS subscribers may be allowed to invest more in equities

Monday, February 19, 2018, 5:15 PM
The pension fund regulator is considering increasing the cap on equity investments for private sector subscribers of NPS from a maximum of 50% - 75% of one's investment. The move will be in the interest of existing and new subscribers who would want to take advantage of the potential of equity in generating the higher inflation-adjusted return over other asset classes in the long-term.
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Govt may review norms for statutory auditor appointment in PSBs

Monday, February 19, 2018, 5:03 PM
Hit hard by the country's biggest bank fraud at PNB, the government is looking at tightening the norms for appointment of statutory auditors at public sector banks (PSBs) to help detect any irregularities early and take corrective actions, according to a government official.
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Samsung to set up 15 Smart Healthcare centers in TN

Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:56 PM
Korean electronics major Samsung has inked a partnership with the Government of Tamil Nadu for setting up 15 Smart Healthcare centers in the State. Under the initiative, Samsung would provide advanced healthcare equipment like digital ultrasound, x-ray machines, apart from LED TV, air conditioner and refrigerators to select government hospitals, a press release said.
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CLOSING BELL: NSE Nifty as on Feb 19th, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:52 PM
NIFTY opened at 10,596.20 and closed at 10,378.40 points today. The Top 5 gainers of the day are Bharti Infratel Ltd., Yes Bank Ltd., Reliance Industries Ltd., Coal India Ltd and Axis Bank Ltd. The Top 5 losers of the day are Tata Steel Ltd., Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., Bajaj Auto Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Ltd and HCL Technologies Ltd.
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CLOSING BELL: BSE Sensex as on Feb 19th, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:43 PM
BSE opened at 34,411.24 and closed at 33,774.66 points today. The Top 5 gainers of the day are Rain Industries Ltd., Indo Count Industries Ltd., Fortis Healthcare Ltd., Religare Enterprises Ltd and United Breweries Ltd. The Top 5 losers of the day are Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, NIIT Technologies Ltd., PC Jeweller Ltd and Syndicate bank.
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Google Arts and Culture unveils 10 3D-printed vases

Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:23 PM
Google Arts and Culture on Monday unveiled 10 3D-printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum here to mark the culmination of its 'Future Relics' project -- the first-ever lab experiment in India. The "Future Relics" project, which was announced in November 2017, blends ancient craft and modern technology to build relics for the future.
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Narendra Modi launches Nasscom's 'FutureSkills' platform

Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:04 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched Nasscom's platform - FutureSkills - for skill development in eight varied technologies. Modi launched the platform via video conference during the inaugural session of the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)-2018. Nasscom also inked an agreement with the Ministry of Electronics and IT for strengthening re-skilling initiatives.
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Pay utility bills now with Google 'Tez' digital payment app

Monday, February 19, 2018, 3:59 PM
Google India on Monday announced that people can now pay water, electricity, DTH and mobile bills with its "Tez" digital payment app without any transaction charges. Built on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI), the "Tez" app will bring bill payments for over 80 billers for private and public utility service providers across the country.
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Chatbots to handle 25% customer service and support by 2020

Monday, February 19, 2018, 3:46 PM
Twenty-five percent of customer service and support operations will integrate virtual customer assistant (VCA) or chatbot technology across engagement channels by 2020 -- up from less than two percent in 2017, Gartner said on Monday. More than half of organizations have already invested in VCAs for customer service as they realize the advantages of automated self-service.
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Man dies after co-passenger kicks him out of moving train in Bhopal

Monday, February 19, 2018, 3:17 PM
A 23-year-old man died after he was kicked out of a moving train by another passenger, without any apparent provocation, near Sukhi Sewania railway station on the outskirts of Bhopal, railway police said. Ritesh, the victim, was sitting near the door of a general coach of the Kamayani Express when Rajmal Pal aka Rajju kicked him out, said a Government Railway Police official.
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Girls May Inherit Ovarian Cancer Gene From Fathers

Monday, February 19, 2018, 3:07 PM
Scientists have found a gene responsible for ovarian cancer that can be passed down from fathers to their daughters. The study found that genes on the X-chromosome get potentially passed down through the father to his daughter, thus increasing the risk of ovarian cancer in girls. A mutation on the X-chromosome may also advance ovarian cancer's age of onset by more than six years.
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Robots To Clean Up Manholes In Kerala From Next Week

Monday, February 19, 2018, 3:03 PM
In a first in Kerala, the state government will soon be utilizing the services of Robots to clean sewer holes.The trial runs of the robot, developed by a startup company, Genrobotics, have been successfully held recently and the product will be launched next week, Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Managing Director, A Shainamol said.
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Mosquito gut holds key to preventing dengue, Zika: Researchers

Monday, February 19, 2018, 2:58 PM
The midgut of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits viruses that cause dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever to humans, holds the key to stop these diseases that affect billions of people across the world every year. The midgut is the primary site of infection and the metabolic environment of tissues within the gut determines the mosquitos ability to replicate and transmit a virus.
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CBI raids Rotomac Pen's Kanpur properties in loan default case

Monday, February 19, 2018, 2:50 PM
The CBI on Monday raided several locations in Kanpur in connection with an Rs 800 crore loan default by the Rotomac Pen company's chief Vikram Kothari, an official said. Coming close on the heels of the Rs 11,515 crore Punjab National Bank's fraud, the Rotomac case that surfaced late Sunday fanned speculations that Kothari too, might try and flee the country.
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Rough diamond imports up 11% in Apr-Jan period: GJEPC

Monday, February 19, 2018, 2:46 PM
Imports of rough diamonds have increased by 11.11% to USD 15.53 billion during the April-January period of the current fiscal, according to Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council. The imports had aggregated to USD 13.97 billion in the 10-month period of last fiscal, 2016-17. The inbound shipments of gold bars also rose by 18.2% to USD 4.37 billion during the April-January period of 2017-18.

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