Rights groups accuse Facebook of 'racially biased censorships' (9 minutes ago)
New York, Jan 19 (IANS) Accusing Facebook of racial bias in hate speech censorships, 77 advocacy groups have written a letter to the social media giant asking it to be more transparent about its censorship decisions.

Google acquires Twitter's mobile app developer platform (10:44)
New York, Jan 19 (IANS) In a bid to help developers build better apps and grow their business, Google has acquired Twitter's mobile app developer platform Fabric.

438 cr project undertaken for Agartala airport (10:40)
Agartala, Jan 19 (IANS) The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken a Rs 438 crore project to upgrade the Agartala airport to international standards by providing world-class facilities, a top official announced on Thursday.

Key Indian equity market indices open flat (09:30)
Mumbai, Jan 19 (IANS) Taking cues from global markets, the key Indian equity market indices opened flat on Thursday.

US economy continues modest expansion: Survey (08:30)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) US economic activity continued to expand at a modest pace from late November through the end of last year, a new survey released by the Federal Reserve showed.

Samsung shares recover after arrest warrant for heir rejected (08:10)
Seoul, Jan 19 (IANS) Shares of the Samsung group on Thursday began to recover after a South Korean court rejected a request by prosecutors to arrest the tech giant's president Lee Jae-yong despite alleged charges of bribery, perjury and embezzlement.

Indian-American jailed for $1 mn insider trading scheme (07:50)
New York, Jan 19 (IANS) An Indian-American man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for a $1 million insider trading scheme involving the failed Apollo Tyres bid to takeover Cooper Tire, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

S.Korean court frees Samsung heir for bribery charge (04:44)
Seoul, Jan 19 (IANS) A South Korean court on Thursday rejected a request from prosecutors to detain the Samsung Group heir apparent, despite alleged charges of bribery, perjury and embezzlement.

Chinese official says economic data faked between 2011-14 (03:14)
Beijing, Jan 19 (IANS) The governor of the Chinese province of Liaoning has admitted local authorities manipulated economic data between 2011 and 2014, media reports said.

Foreign accounts, property, bullion can't be declared under PMGKY (00:06)
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The government on Wednesday clarified that only unaccounted domestic cash holding can be declared under the new tax evasion amnesty scheme announced after demonetisation and not jewellery, stocks, immovable property or overseas accounts.

Modi seeks French cooperation in infrastructure development (22:36) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that bilateral relations between India and France have expanded to encompass a broad range of sectors, and called for greater bilateral cooperation in smart cities, urban transport, and infrastructure development.

Bhangar violence: Protesters smash cars, continue road blockades (Lead) (22:36) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata Jan 18 (IANS) Angry protesters damaged cars and continued road blockades on Wednesday in several villages of West Bengal's Bhangar II block, the scene of large-scale violence since Monday over "forcible" land acquisition for a Power Grid Corporation of India project.

Kolkata ATC declares emergency post flight diversion: IndiGo (Lead) (22:20)
New Delhi/Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Wednesday said Kolkata Air Traffic Control declared a 'full emergency for landing' when its Delhi-Dibrugarh flight landed in Kolkata as a 'precautionary diversion' due to a technical snag.

Targeted by Khadi management, employees threaten all-India strike (Lead) (22:18)
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) After the furore over calendars and diaries, in which Mahatma Gandhi's photos were replaced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) struck back at the employees here on Wednesday.

Sankara unveils mobile eye clinic for rural Karnataka (21:58)
Bengaluru, Jan 18 (IANS) Sankara Eye Hospital on Wednesday rolled out a mobile eye clinic to treat the affected in rural areas and remote villages across Karnataka in collaboration with global software major Microsoft.

Bengal liquor body wants repeal of state-run trading (21:56)
Kolkata, Jan 18 (IANS) Pleading that it was reeling under demonetisation, the West Bengal liquor body on Wednesday urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to repeal her government's decision to foray into wholesale marketing of alcoholic beverages as the move will render "17,000 people jobless".

RBI Board 'advised' to approve demonetisation at day's notice (21:54) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) In a revelation about how the crucial decision on demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes was taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at a day's notice, RBI Governor Urjit Patel on Wednesday told a Parliamentary Committee that the apex bank had been "advised" by the government on November 7 to hold a board meeting on the issue.

Road to make America great again passes through Beijing: US expert (21:42)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The road to make America great again - as the US President-elect Donald Trump promised during his election campaign - passes through Beijing, an American expert on US-China dynamics said here on Wednesday.

Government statement doesn't clarify allegations on De La Rue: Chandy (21:30) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) A day after the Centre refuted allegations that a British company was shortlisted for printing of plastic notes in India, former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Wednesday said the government failed to clarify De La Rue's involvement in 'Make in India' and the India-UK Tech summit.

Cabinet clears Rs 45,000 cr loan to FCI from Small Savings Fund (21:28)
New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a loan of Rs 45,000 crore to the FCI out of the National Small Savings Fund, as well as exempted most states and UTs from the mandatory investment norms for funds collected under the NSSF scheme.

Infosys campus in Chandigarh goes cashless (21:22)
Bengaluru, Jan 18 (IANS) The Chandigarh campus of software major Infosys has become cashless for all transactions, the company said on Wednesday.

DSK Benelli to launch five models in 2017, 2018 (21:20)
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) Premium two-wheeler manufacturer DSK Motowheels will launch five new models spread over this year and next year, said a top official here on Wednesday.

China, Sri Lanka build Friendship Village for landslide victims (21:20)
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka and China have started to construct the Aranayake China-Sri Lanka Friendship village in the central part of the island nation to provide shelter for landslide victims, the Chinese embassy said on Wednesday.

NCLT dismisses contempt of court plea against Tata Sons (21:18) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) A top corporate tribunal on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed against Tata Sons by its ousted Chairman Cyrus Mistry for calling a shareholders' meet to also remove him as a Director on the company's Board.

Congress protest note ban outside RBI office, demand governor quit (Lead) (21:00) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai/Nagpur (Maharashtra), Jan 18 (IANS) Staging a vociferous countrywide protests against demonetisation on Wednesday, the Congress demanded the resignation of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel even as police baton-charged them in Nagpur.

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