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Seminar on Trade and Business Facilitation to boost value chain in SAARC region organized in Lucknow

Lucknow, March 27 -- With the view to foster trade chain in the SAARC Region and give a common platform to the stakeholders, a seminar on Trade and Business Facilitation was organized in the city.

The seminar was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Indian Industries Association (IIA) along with the support from Ministry of Finance, Government of India, under the aegis of SAARC Trade Promotion Netw... Read More


Asian markets trade mostly lower in early deals on Monday

India, March 27 -- Most of the Asian equity benchmarks are trading lower in the early deals on Monday after US President Donald Trump suffered a legislative defeat last Friday when Republican leaders pulled a bill to overhaul the US health care system with the dollar weaker and gold prices up. The Japanese market is notably lower following the lackluster cues from Wall Street Friday and as a stronger yen weighed on exporters' shares. Among the ot... Read More


BLACKENED FACE, GOLDEN HEART

Srinagar, March 27 -- they made him a household name in India. Just because Kulkarni had, despite serious threats, decided to go ahead with the launch of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri's book Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove. Not to be cowed down, Kulkarni displayed his smeared face at a hurriedly-arranged press conference and the same evening went ahead with the launch of the publication under the banner of the prestigious think-tank... Read More


Zille and Maimane in fight to finish

Midrand, March 27 -- The battle between Helen Zille and Mmusi Maimane, the first black national leader of the DA, is shaping up as a fight to the finish that will end the political career of one of them. Given that the DA is looking for support outside its traditional base and that according to Zille's own apparent belief that African voters will vote for an African leader, hence her support for Maimane's leadership, she has reached her retiremen... Read More


Mumbai cops on their toes after London attack

Mumbai, March 27 -- Mumbai Police and other security agencies across Mumbai and Maharashtra have further ramped up their already intensive intelligence gathering in the wake of Wednesday's lone wolf terror attack in London, where a man ploughed a car through pedestrians and knifed a policeman before being shot. The challenge for security agencies is that terror plotters are devising new ways to get around the enhanced security levels across the w... Read More


Beef with China

Midrand, March 27 -- South Africa's smallholder farmers have been challenged to take advantage of access to Chinese markets following last month's agreement that allows the country to export beef to the east Asia country. The Protocol on the Export of South African Beef to China and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the entry and exit of animals and inspection quarantine was signed last month during the launch of Operation Phakisa on agricul... Read More


Debate on female circumcision in Indonesia heats up even as minor howls through pain

India, March 27 -- Indonesian toddler Salsa Djafar was wearing a glittering golden crown decorated with ribbons and a shiny purple dress to mark a special occasion -- her circumcision day.

At the celebrations attended by relatives, shrieks filled the modest, yellow-walled house in remote Gorontalo province as a traditional healer covered the 18-month-old girl with a white sheet and sliced skin off her genitals.

The healer used a knife to remove... Read More


Crude oil rises on OPEC cutback expectation

India, March 27 -- Crude oil futures closed higher in the domestic market on Friday as traders continued to weigh signs of OPEC-led cutbacks in global crude production ahead of a meeting of oil producers this weekend, against data pointing to the likelihood of further gains in U.S. output.

Oil prices have been under pressure for most of the week, as U.S. stockpiles hit a record, based on weekly data from the EIA going back to 1982.

At the MCX, ... Read More


Crude oil up on OPEC cutback expectation

India, March 27 -- Crude oil futures closed higher in the international market on Friday as traders continued to weigh signs of OPEC-led cutbacks in global crude production ahead of a meeting of oil producers this weekend, against data pointing to the likelihood of further gains in U.S. output.

Oil prices have been under pressure for most of the week, as U.S. stockpiles hit a record, based on weekly data from the EIA going back to 1982.... Read More


Nod for SABC board

Midrand, March 27 -- President Jacob Zuma has appointed the interim South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board as approved by the National Assembly nearly two weeks ago. He appointed Khanyisile Kweyama to serve as the chairperson and veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu to serve as her deputy as recommended by the House. The National Assembly unanimously approved the five candidates - Khanyisile Kweyama, John Matisson, former SABC board mem... Read More