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15 January, 2019 6:07 PM PM Narendra Modi visits Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala, offers prayers

Centuries-old Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is known as one of the 108 'divyadesams' of Lord Vishnu. Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday offered prayers at the centuries-old Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, known as one of the 108 'divyadesams' of Lord Vishnu. PM Modi, who entered the sprawling shrine through the eastern entrance, spent 222

15 January, 2019 2:00 PM Exports up 0.34% in Dec 2018; trade deficit narrows

The trade deficit stood at USD 14.2 billion in December 2017. New Delhi: The country's exports grew marginally by 0.34 percent to USD 27.93 billion in December 2018 on account of negative growth in sectors such as engineering and gems & jewellery, according to a commerce ministry data. Imports, however, dipped by 2.44 percent to USD 41 billion during 167

15 January, 2019 1:03 PM Trade Deficit Narrows To 10-Month Low As Gold Imports Fall

Trade deficit narrowed to $13.08 billion in December, the lowest in 10 months, due to a fall in gold imports, the trade ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. In November, the trade deficit was $16.67 billion. In December, merchandise exports rose 0.34 per cent from a year earlier to $27.93 billion, while imports fell 2.44 per cent to $41.01 billion 142

15 January, 2019 10:34 AM Indian Among 4 Killed In Bomb Attack In Kabul, Says Centre

An Indian national was among the four killed in the terror attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. The ministry said those behind the attack as well as those providing them shelter must be brought to justice. A bomb exploded near a heavily-fortified foreign compound in Kabul, killing at least four people 162

15 January, 2019 10:28 AM Fertiliser Minister seeks additional Rs 23,000 cr to clear January-March subsidy bill

The Fertiliser Ministry has sought additional Rs 23,000 crore from the Finance counterpart to meet the subsidy requirement for the January-March quarter, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Till December, a subsidy payment of Rs 23,283 crore was due towards fertiliser companies and the ministry was left with about Rs 13,056 crore from the budgeted 134

15 January, 2019 9:44 AM Bank Of China Offers Sri Lanka $300 Million Loan: Source

The Sri Lanka overnment is considering the offer because of "difficulty in borrowing money after recent ratings downgrades", the source said, declining to be named as the information was not public. Bank of China, the country's fourth-biggest lender by assets, has offered a loan of $300 million to Sri Lanka which can be raised to $1 billion, a source 186

15 January, 2019 7:25 AM India to add 1,000 aircraft in 7-8 years: Govt official

Mumbai: The country is going to add 1,000 aircraft over the next 7-8 years, a top government official said Tuesday. "We would be adding about 1,000 more aircraft in about next 7-8 years," Ministry of Civil Aviation secretary, RN Choubey, said, adding that the country will be adding 100 more airports, and one billion trips in the next 15 years. He said the country 172

14 January, 2019 2:20 PM Finance Secretary Ajay Narayan Jha gets one-month extension; named Finance Commission member

Finance Secretary Ajay Narayan Jha has been given one month extension in service and named as the member of the 15th Finance Commission, according to an official order issued Monday. He is a 1982 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Manipur cadre. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved extension in service of Jha, Finance Secretary 174

14 January, 2019 12:33 PM Sachin Bansal invests Rs 150-cr in Ola

New Delhi: Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has pumped in about Rs 150 crore in ride-hailing platform Ola, according to documents filed with the Corporate Affairs Ministry. "... 70,588 fully and compulsorily convertible, cumulative 'Series J' Preference Shares' having face value of Rs 10 having the rights, privileges and preferences... Is hereby allotted 499

14 January, 2019 11:48 AM Singapore may tighten adoption law after gay father adopted son

Singapore: Singapore is looking to strengthen its adoption laws after a gay man won an appeal to legally adopt his biological son in a landmark court ruling last year, its social affairs minister said on Monday. The man, after learning he was unlikely to be able to adopt a child in Singapore as a gay man, paid $200,000 for a woman to carry his child 186