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85 persons travel to-and-fro on Poonch-Rawalakot cross-LoC bus service (4 minutes ago)
Jammu, Dec 18 (IANS) The cross Line of Control (LoC) bus service between Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rawalakot in Pakistan-administered Kashmir carried 85 passengers across the divided state, officials said.

Biocon's Kiran Mazumdar, Yes Bank's Kapoor named most respected entrepreneurs (17:22)
Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) Biotechnology major Biocon's Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shah and Yes Bank's Chief Executive Rana Kapoor were on Monday named the most respected entrepreneurs of the year 2017 by the London-based Hurun Report.

Huawei, NTT DOCOMO achieve breakthrough in 5G mobility trial (16:34)
Tokyo, Dec 18 (IANS) Chinese networking company Huawei and Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DOCOMO on Monday completed a successful field trial for 5G mobile communications over long distance with 39 GHz Millimeter Wave (mmWave) band.

Toyota to introduce its BEVs in India through 2020s (16:20)
New Delhi/Tokyo, Dec 18 (IANS) Global automobile major Toyota aims to introduce its new range of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in India and other key markets through the 2020s.

Aadhaar, PAN to be linked to insurance policies by Mar 31, 2018 (16:16)
Chennai, Dec 18 (IANS) India's insurance regulator on Monday extended the time to link Aadhaar number to insurance policies till March 31, 2018.

World's largest coal port to opt for 'green business' now (16:16)
Canberra, Dec 18 (IANS) Australia's Port of Newcastle, the world's biggest coal port, has announced a transition away from fossil fuels, saying "continued investment in Australian coal is a losing proposition".

Over Rs 11,000 cr supplementary budget in UP (16:08)
Lucknow, Dec 18 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government presented a supplementary budget of Rs 11,388.17 crore for the financial year 2017-18 in the state assembly on Monday.

Equity indices end volatile day in green (Sixth Lead) (15:54)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Dancing to the tune of the assembly poll results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, key Indian equity indices provisionally closed in the green on Monday after swinging from the extreme negative to the positive.

Insurance regulator calls for standardising city hospital costs (15:52)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Calling for standardisation of hospital healthcare costs within a city, the Indian insurance regulator on Monday suggested measures like introducing community group insurance products to bring down distribution costs and ensure companies are not burdened with fictitious claims.

Indian firms will focus on building digital workspaces in 2018: Citrix (15:50)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) With a surge in the adoption of digital workspaces, the Indian enterprises will work towards harnessing opportunities created by integration of new technologies in 2018, desktop virtualisation leader Citrix said on Monday.

Equity markets still turbulent but in green as poll trends favour BJP (Fifth Lead) (15:18)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key indices of the Indian equities markets -- S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 -- ceded some of their gains during the late-afternoon trade session on Monday as counting trends in Assembly polls showed a reduced tally for BJP in Gujarat.

Stocks of industry majors recover as poll trends favour BJP (15:02)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Stocks of industry majors recovered during the mid-afternoon trade session as counting trends in Assembly polls favoured a BJP victory in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

Apple hikes iPhone prices in India post-customs duty hike (Lead) (14:14)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) After the government hiked customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets last week, Apple on Monday became the first smartphone manufacturer to raise prices (on MRP) across iPhone models, except iPhone SE that the company assembles in Bengaluru.

BSE telecom index edges higher; Airtel, HFCL top gainers (13:54)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) The S&P BSE telecom index zoomed higher on Monday -- after taking a plunge of over 3 per cent during opening trade -- driven by telecom stocks like Bharti Airtel and manufacturers of telecommunication equipment and optical fibre cables like Himachal Futuristic Communications (HFCL).

Dell launches 'XPS 13' laptop in India at Rs 84,590 (13:42)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Dell in India on Monday launched a new laptop "XPS 13" in the country, starting at Rs 84,590. The 13.3-inch laptop is powered by Intel 8th generation core processors.

Government introduces bills amid uproar in LS (13:34)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) A bill that will put an end to the need for getting permission to transport bamboo was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday amid protests from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Bhartruhari Mahtab.

Equity indices surge as BJP set to win, Sensex up 300 points (Fourth Lead) (13:02)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) The BSE Sensex surged by over 300 points during the mid-afternoon trade session on Monday after counting trends indicated a victory for the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

Blockchain adds Bitcoin Cash to its wallet for Indian users (12:18)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Digital wallet for cryptocurrencies Blockchain on Monday announced the introduction of Bitcoin Cash to its popular consumer wallet.

Australia offers technological help to prevent stubble burning (12:08)
Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) With stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana causing environmental and health concerns, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (Aciar) has offered technology to check the menace.

Equity indices trade higher as BJP set to win (Third Lead) (11:54)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key indices of the Indian equities markets on Monday went up substantially after counting trends indicated a victory for the BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

Power outage paralyses world's busiest Hartsfield-Jackson airport in US (Lead) (11:48)
Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) A power failure at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, has crippled air traffic, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,150 departing or arriving flights and stranding thousands of travellers in the US just as people begin the busy Christmas travel week.

Adani parts ways with mining services company Downer over Carmichael mine (11:38)
Sydney, Dec 18 (IANS) Embattled Indian miner Adani Group has parted ways with mining services giant Downer and said it will build and run the Carmichael coal mine, Australia's biggest coal venture in central Queensland's Galilee Basin, on its own, a media report said.

Telecom: Year of turmoil with bleeding balance-sheets under GST's shadow (2017 in Retrospect) (11:12)
By Aparajita Gupta
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) It was a year of turmoil for the hyper-competitive Indian telecom sector as the balance-sheets of many major players kept bleeding, prompting the government to form an panel to chalk out plans to bail out firms.

After early hiccups, BJP set to retain power in Gujarat (Sixth Lead) (11:04)
Gandhinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) The ruling BJP was on Monday set to retain power in Gujarat, with its candidates on the victory lap in 104 of the 182 seats as the Congress again settled for the second place but with an improved showing.

Key Indian equity indices recover as polls favour BJP (Second Lead) (10:54)
Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Key indices of the Indian equities markets recovered on Monday after counting trends indicated a victory for BJP in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh during the late morning trade session.

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