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Plan to give adequate coal to power plants executed: Ministry (00:08)
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) On the eve of Diwali, the Union Power Ministry announced that a detailed plan has been put into action from Wednesday to ensure sufficient supply of coal to power plants.

SpiceJet to provide electricity to Assam village (23:06)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Budget carrier SpiceJet on Wednedsay said it will provide electricity to un-electrified remote village of Baruahchuck, in Majuli district of Assam.

US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorism: Tillerson (22:26) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) Ahead of his India visit, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups, and warned that countries that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation diminished.

CBDT launches online chat to answer taxpayers' queries (22:08)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has launched an online chat service for income taxpayers to enable them to seek answers to their queries relating to direct tax issues.

Hero MotoCorp sells over 3 lakh units on Dhanteras (21:46)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Two-wheeler major Hero MotoCorp on Wednesday reported a single day retail sale of more than 3-lakh motorcycles and scooters on Dhanteras, which is the highest-ever by any company across the globe.

Inflation, fiscal uncertainty induced RBI to hold rates (21:08) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) RBI Governor Urjit Patel had recommended keeping the central bank's key interest rate unchanged at 6 per cent citing risks to inflation and uncertainties on the external and fiscal fronts, the minutes of October's monetary policy committee (MPC) meeting released on Wednesday showed.

Fresh attempt to auction mafia don Dawood properties (21:02)
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) The Centre has issued advertisements inviting bids for six properties belonging to absconder mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar in south Mumbai and Aurangabad, to be auctioned publicly on e-auction on November 14.

NIIT Technologies net up 14% in Q2 (20:34)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Global IT solutions provider NIIT Technologies Ltd on Wednesday reported Rs 67-crore net profit for the second quarter (Q2) of fiscal 2017-18, posting 14 per cent growth from Rs 59 crore in the same period year ago.

After 5-month wait, farm loans waiver begins in Maharashtra (Lead) (20:14) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Nearly five months after announcing waiver of farm loans, the Maharashtra government kickstarted the process on Wednesday as "Diwali gift" to the state's farmers. Rs 4,000 crore will be distributed among 840,000 beneficiaries in the first phase of the massive Rs 34,000-crore scheme.

South Korean police raid Samsung unit (20:02)
Seoul, Oct 18 (IANS) South Korean police on Wednesday raided the head office of Samsungs construction arm to probe allegations that the company's funds were diverted to renovate the group patriarch Lee Kun-hee's family residences, officials said.

Jio unveils new Dhan Dhana Dhan tariff plans (19:20)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Reliance Jio on Wednesday unveiled its new Dhan Dhana Dhan tariff plans that will be available from Oct 19 and will be applicable for all new as well as existing subscribers.

Sell-off in banking stocks drag equity indices lower (Roundup) (19:10) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) A massive sell-off in banking sector stocks over fears of rising non-performing asset (NPA) levels pulled the key Indian equity indices lower on Wednesday.

Delhi gears up for less noisy, less toxic Diwali (18:48) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) It is expected to be a less noisy and less toxic Diwali this year after the Supreme Court imposed a ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the NCR. While some people claim to have found different ways to get firecrackers through door step deliveries by traders and also online purchases, some seem to have got the message to celebrate the festival without adding to the already alarming air pollution levels in the capital.

Draft rules issued on trusts re-registering if aims modified (18:46)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Indian income tax rules are proposed to be amended after Parliament passed legislation earlier this year requiring charitable and religious trusts, which have deviated from their original objectives, to again apply for registration for tax exmption purposes, the government said on Wednesday.

Intel to soon introduce AI-enabled Nervana Neural Network chips (18:28)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Catching up with the emerging Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) technologies, Intel will soon introduce the world's first family of purpose-built Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled "Nervana Neural Network Processor" (NNP).

Apple, GE to bring 'Predix' industrial IoT apps to iPhones, iPads (18:22)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Apple and GE on Wednesday joined hands to deliver industrial Internet of Things (IoT) apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics on iPhones and iPads.

Stock markets to hold Muhurat trading session on Diwali (17:52) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Key Indian equity markets will hold a special "Muhurat" trading session to mark the start of the Hindu New Year on Thursday.

UltraTech Cement's consolidated Q2 net profit down 30% (17:48)
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Aditya Birla group company UltraTech Cement on Wednesday reported a decline of 31.10 per cent in its consolidated net profit for the quarter ended September 30, 2017-18.

Diwali gift for soldiers: Government withdraws monthly fee for DSPT services (17:34)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The government has decided that from the day of Diwali (October 19) it will charge no monthly fee for the DSPT service (satellite phone) used by the soldiers in India.

Piped natural gas to reach Bhubaneswar, Cuttack by 2019 (17:24)
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18 (IANS) A total of 25,000 households in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar cities will be provided Piped Natural Gas (PNG) connection by the end of 2019, said an official on Wednesday.

India urges pricing flexibility, review clause in LNG contracts (16:42) IANS Photo Service
Tokyo, Oct 18 (IANS) Given the transformation in the global LNG market into a situation of oversupply, India on Wednesday called for flexible terms for gas purchases, including the provision of a pricing review, "take or pay" terms and abolition of destination restriction clause in contracts.

Jobs in US, UK no longer lure Indians: Indeed survey (16:26)
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) There has been a sharp decline among Indians seeking jobs in two top destinations -- the United Kingdom by 42 per cent and US by 38 per cent - attributed mainly to the political situations there, a new survey by top global jobs portal Indeed has revealed.

DIPP launches logo, tagline contest for Geographical Indications (16:18)
New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) The Cell for IPR Promotions & Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP), has launched a logo and tagline/slogan contest for Geographical Indications (GIs) of India on MyGov.in website, an official statement said here on Wednesday.

GST 'killing' Kerala's booming tourism industry: Stakeholders (16:18)
By Sanu George
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 18 (IANS) Kerala's money-spinning tourism industry has been hit hard by the GST regime, with taxes shooting to as high as 33 per cent and affecting five-star resorts, industry players say.

Sell-off in banking stocks drag equity indices lower (Second Lead) (16:06) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) A massive sell-off in banking sector stocks pulled the key Indian equity indices lower on Wednesday.

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