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Chandigarh gets direct air connectivity to Bangkok (13 minutes ago)
Chandigarh, Dec 11 (IANS) Chandigarh on Monday got direct air connectivity to Southeast Asian region as the first flight from Bangkok to the City Beautiful landed here, followed by a return flight which took off from the international airport here.

Kharola takes charge as Air India CMD (Lead) (19 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Senior bureaucrat Pradeep Singh Kharola on Monday took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India.

British Airways offers London tickets for 50% less Avios (23 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) British Airways on Monday said it has offered World Traveller economy class tickets to London Heathrow for 50 per cent fewer Avios.

Positive global cues, IT stocks lift equity indices (Roundup) (17:54)
Mumbai, Dec 11 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices extended their gains for the third consecutive session on Monday as positive global cues, alongwith healthy buying in auto, IT and healthcare stocks, lifted market sentiment.

You will die of pollution, if you fall in Goan river, Parrikar tells activist (17:32)
Panaji, Dec 11 (IANS) Some of Goa's rivers are so polluted, that if someone is thrown into one, he or she would die of pollution, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday told an activist opposing inclusion of Goa's major rivers in the Inland Waterways Authority of India's list.

India, Russia, China for stable Afghanistan (17:20)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) India, Russia and China on Monday called for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process following the 15th Foreign Ministerial Meeting between the three countries here.

BSES Lok Adalats settle a record 5,600 power theft cases (17:16)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) In a successful exercise designed to avoid judicial delays, BSES, one of Delhi's two electricity distribution companies (discoms), has settled a record number of power theft cases with a value of around Rs 50 crore through special Lok Adalats, it announced on Monday.

Uber PREMIER service now arrives in Hyderabad, Vizag (16:56)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Ride-sharing company Uber on Monday announced the launch of its PREMIER service in Hyderabad and Vizag.

India, Russia, China jointly condemn terrorism (Lead) (16:50)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) India, Russia and China on Monday jointly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations while calling for effective implementation of existing international commitments to counter terrorism following the 15th Russia-India-China Foreign Ministerial Meeting here.

'Days of physical banks over, 2020 will be turning point' (16:48)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Monday said the days of physical banks were ending, and that banks unable to make a transition to data analytics and digital banking would die by 2020.

Kharola takes charge as Air India CMD (16:40)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Senior bureaucrat Pradeep Singh Kharola on Monday took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India.

Digitisation has exposed people to cyber threats: Prasad (16:28)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said though digitisation has brought in exposure to majority of the people but it has also exposed them to cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

Health insurer Apollo to expand network, targets Rs 1,700 cr premium (16:22)
Chennai, Dec 11 (IANS) Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company Ltd plans to expand by opening around 40 branches a year over the next two-three years, a company official said on Monday.

Here's what people want technology to do in 2018 and beyond (16:18)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) If you want a robot to earn an income for you in the future so that you can spend the winters holidaying in sun-soaked beaches and the summers in a cool hill station, you are not alone. Nearly half of the people in the world have similar expectations, according to a new survey.

NSUI slams IGNOU fee hike (16:02)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) on Monday criticised the fee hike in the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and ascribed the move to the "grant-cut policy of the BJP government".

IIT-Kharagpur students win first 'Accenture Innovation Challenge' (15:48)
Bengaluru, Dec 11 (IANS) A sleep assistant that uses a wireless device to remotely monitor sleep patterns won students from IIT-Kharagpur the grand prize at the first "Accenture Innovation Challenge" here on Monday.

Equities extend gains on global cues; IT, auto stocks up (Second Lead) (15:42)
Mumbai, Dec 11 (IANS) Key Indian equity indices extended their gains for the third consecutive session on Monday on the back of positive global cues and healthy buying in auto, IT and healthcare stocks.

Google 'Posts' that brings results from verified users now in India (15:42)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) In a bid to give users timely updates from verified users such as celebrities and organisations directly from the source, Google on Monday announced the launch of "Posts" feature in India.

Maoists torch two vehicles in Jharkhand (15:28)
Ranchi, Dec 11 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas opposing road construction work on Monday torched two vehicles in Jharkhand's Latehar district.

Saudi Arabia to grant cinema licenses from 2018 (15:12)
Riyadh, Dec 11 (IANS) Saudi Arabia announced on Monday its plan to grant licenses to open cinemas from early next year.

India to connect with Asean via cruise tourism (15:04)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) India will connect with Asean countries through cruise tourism and a new cruise port is being built in Mumbai for this, Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.

Heavy snow cancel flights in UK (15:00)
London, Dec 11 (IANS) Dozens of flights were cancelled in the UK on Monday due to heavy snowfall, which also disrupted other transport and led to closure of schools.

Delhi-Kolkata, Delhi-Mumbai rail routes to be fenced for high-speed run (14:54)
By Arun Kumar Das
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Indian Railways will soon bring for cabinet clearance an ambitious, Rs 18,000 crore ($3 billion) plan that involves fencing off the existing Delhi-Kolkata and Delh-Mumbai routes to speed up train movement in the country's two busiest corridors.

Andaman, Nicobar islands to be developed as strategic hub (14:52)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) The Andaman and Nicobar group of islands will be developed as an economic and a strategic hub, Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh (retired) said on Monday.

Financial stability, inclusion go together: Ex-RBI chief (14:44)
New Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) Programmes of financial inclusion are part of the larger financial system, the stability of which is essential to the success of the inclusive initiatives, a former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor said on Monday.

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