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India should secure infrastructure against cyber threats, says Kaspersky Labs founder

December 15th 2017 11:48AM
Like every other country, securing critical infrastructure is most important: power plants, power grids, water supplies and transportation. We work regularly with the Indian government and signed an MoU with the CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) last year. We exchange information about ...

UPDATE 1-Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labelling rules

December 15th 2017 11:37AM
NEW DELHI, Dec 15 (Reuters) - An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates. India's Supreme ...

India most reliable regional partner of Afghanistan: Pentagon

December 15th 2017 10:30AM
India is Afghanistan's "most reliable regional partner", the Pentagon told the US Congress today as it welcomed additional economic, medical, and ... This assistance includes civil development projects such as the Afghanistan-India Friendship Dam and the Afghan parliament building, the report said.

You Don't Need an “India Strategy” — You Need a Strategy for Each State in India

December 15th 2017 9:00AM
On the surface, the Indian economy looks like an attractive investment destination for multinational corporations. But it's one of the most difficult markets for multinational firms, with bottom line growth a perennial challenge. The main reason for the poor performance is a complex and unpredictable ...

India ups import tax on petcoke in blow to US refiners

December 15th 2017 8:15AM
India has raised the effective import duty on petroleum coke to 10 percent from 2.5 percent, according to a government order, days after the government told a court it was in favour of curbing ... India is the world's biggest consumer of petcoke, with most of that coming from refineries in the United States.

Section of Air India employees want to be part of airline management: Source

December 15th 2017 7:30AM
MUMBAI: A section of Air India employees has proposed that their representatives should be made part of the airline's management amid the government moving ahead with the strategic ... The union, the source said, strongly opposed disinvestment or privatisation of Air India and its subsidiaries.

India, Bangladesh relation has reached peak now: Minister

December 15th 2017 7:07AM
The neighbourly relations between Bangladesh and India have reached their peak now and are better than before, a Bangladesh Minister said on Friday. This view was expressed by Bangladesh Health Minister Muhammad Nasim who was here to address a programme on the eve of the Victory Day ...

Emflux One, India's 1st indigenous electric superbike to debut at Auto Expo 2018

December 15th 2017 6:08AM
image Auto Expo 2018 will witness numerous automakers showcasing their masterpieces in front of a large gathering. One particular segment that will see many newcomers is the electric vehicle territory and the Government of India's 2032 vision has given a major boost. Bengaluru-based startup Emflux ...

Listening to India's hearing impaired

December 15th 2017 6:00AM
Today, after learning from her own journey through disability, Gupta is helping others. The third-year undergraduate technology student has created an app called Jellow Communicator India to help other children who struggle with speech impairment. The app, which has been downloaded by more than ...

India hikes tax on mobile phone imports in a move which will hurt Apple most

December 15th 2017 6:00AM
Across all brands, an average of just 20% of phones sold in India are imported, leaving Apple an outlier. Apple announced in the most recent earnings call that revenue in the country had doubled year-on-year, and its local iPhone assembler Wiston is preparing to expand manufacturing in the country.

Indian carol singers arrested after 'conversion' complaint

December 15th 2017 5:37AM
Six carol singers have been arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh after a man accused them of trying to convert him to Christianity. The state has some of the strictest anti-conversion laws in India. One of those arrested was a professor at a Catholic theological college. The group said it ...

India cabinet backs bill to criminalise Islamic instant divorce

December 15th 2017 5:15AM
The Indian cabinet has backed a bill that will make the Islamic practice of instant divorce a criminal offence. The bill proposes jail of up to three years for a Muslim man who indulges in the controversial practice. The government hopes to get the bill passed by parliament in the winter session, which began ...

India raises import tax on cellphones, move to hurt Apple

December 15th 2017 4:30AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a flagship Make-in-India program to expand the domestic industrial base, and one of the areas showing success is electronics. Pankaj Mohindroo, president of the Indian Cellular Association, said on Friday the tax hike will boost domestic manufacturers who ...

Vet climbs down 30ft well to rescue stranded leopard in India

December 15th 2017 4:30AM
A vet climbed down a 30ft open well in the culmination of a two-hour operation to rescue a stranded leopard in India. The adult female had been stuck in the well for hours when local people near the city of Guwahati, in the north eastern state of Assam, discovered her. The leopard is thought to have ...

Vodafone India names Manish Dawar new CFO, to take over as Voda-Idea CFO head as well

December 15th 2017 4:30AM
As the first step, he will take over the role of CFO at Vodafone India, from January this year. Sources in the know reveal that Dawar has been inducted into Vodafone for the role already and a formal announcement to this effect is expected soon. He will take over CFO position from Thomas Reisten, who ...

India Raises Tariffs on Electronics to Curb Surging Imports

December 15th 2017 4:07AM
India's electronics imports grew about 31 percent to $29.8 billion during April to October from a year earlier, the steepest increase after shipments of ores and gems. While the latter feed into reexports, mobile phones and TVs are for domestic consumption and account for 12 percent of total imports, ...

Aadhaar: India's information war over ID cards

December 15th 2017 4:00AM
New Delhi, India - India must extend the deadline linking a national ID card to banking, phone accounts and government services to the end of March 2018, the Supreme Court has ruled. Friday's developments renewed attention on the ambitious national identity card project, "Aadhaar", which the ...

India: Bond blues are likely to persist

December 15th 2017 3:31AM
India: Bond blues are likely to persist. Radhika Rao, Eugene Leow / December 15, 2017. In the immediate term, much of the negativity has been priced in. Factoring in the recent sell-off and the likelihood of a weaker macro profile, we see reason to be cautious, nudging up our yield fore.

Sonia Gandhi retires as India Congress party president

December 15th 2017 3:00AM
The leader of India's main opposition Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, has retired from her post, the party confirmed on Thursday. Her son, Rahul Gandhi, has been elected unopposed as the new president and will officially take charge on Friday. Mrs Gandhi, 71, has been the party president since 1998.

Alphabet tries internet lasers instead of balloons for India

December 15th 2017 2:37AM
Alphabet is adopting laser-beaming boxes in favor of Project Loon's balloons for its latest internet-delivery partnership in Andhra Pradesh, India. The state government is snapping up 2,000 of the hubs, which rely on Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) tech, from Alphabet's X innovations lab.