Venkaiah Naidu nominates Manmohan Singh to parliamentary standing committee on finance

Manmohan Singh was the country’s finance minister between 1991 and 1996. (Photo: PTI) Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has nominated Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh to the parliamentary standing committee on finance in place of party colleague Digvijaya Singh. Digvijaya Singh has now been nominated to the parliamentary standing committee on urban development by the chairman of the Upper House, according to a Rajya Sabha bulletin. “The Rajya Sabha chairman has nominated Manmohan Singh, member, Rajya Sabha, to be a member of the committee on finance…

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Is It Time For Voice Technology To Kill Touchscreens?

Humans and objects have had a long love affair. Simple tools, as well as sophisticated software are all extensions of our physical bodies. We can trace human progress and wellbeing to the level of sophistication of the tools we have created, and by doing so, the augmentation of our abilities to travel, build, communicate, and create. Since tools are so critical to our existence and prosperity, the way we interface with these tools is also of great importance. So important is the interface between humans and the machines we operate,…

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Why It Might Pay to Delay Planning Holiday Travel

Procrastinators who have yet to book holiday flights might still have a shot at getting reasonably priced tickets—especially if they’re willing to play chicken with the airlines. AAA analyzed three years of domestic flights to identify the best times to reserve seats for Thanksgiving and Christmas travel and found that dawdlers got the best prices. Those who waited until seven to 13 days before the week of Thanksgiving paid $482 on average. Those who waited until that close to the week of Christmas paid around $488. By those calculations, holiday…

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The Fortune Global Technology Forum, Day One

Good morning. The Fortune Global Technology Forum got underway this morning in Guangzhou, China. Some excerpts from Fortune’s coverage: “I think innovation means you are willing to do things that others don’t dare.” —Fu Sheng, founder and CEO, Cheetah Mobile. “4G is like driving on the high-speed interstate highway. 2G is like driving on a country road. But 5G is like flying an airplane.” —Freeman Shen, founder and CEO, WM Motor Technology. “I think the (genomic) revolution is definitely here. It’s a combination of revolution[s] of biology and deep machine learning.” —Simone Song,…

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12 Packing Hacks For Winter Travel, So Your Suitcase Isn’t Super Heavy

Traveling light seems to come easier for some people more than others. Even if you think it’s impossible to, there are ways to pack light — even in the winter. Maybe you learned the hard way: On one trip, your overstuffed bag literally ripped at the seams and you vowed to never overpack again. (Just me?) Plus, you tended to wear the same few outfits anyway — and in most photos, you’re bundled up in your coat, hat, and scarf, so it turned out that it really didn’t matter how many…

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Travel Texas Names MMGY NJF As New North American PR AOR

AUSTIN — The state-run Texas tourism department has handed MMGY NJF its North American PR business, which was most recently handled by Edelman. As Travel Texas’ North American PR and social media agency of record, MMGY NJF will be responsible for developing earned media and social strategies targeting domestic tourists, who make up 90% of Texas visitors. Out-of-state visitors were responsible for 44% of the $80.3bn Texas travelers spent in 2018. The remit includes targeting national and regional media through proactive pitching efforts, media missions to target markets and marketing…

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The 2019 Guide To Space Travel

Earlier this week, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic made waves when it became the first commercial human spaceflight company to trade on a stock exchange. With space tourism long considered a futuristic pipe dream, this move signals new confidence among investors in the industry’s long term viability. Shortly after the IPO, NASA made announcements regarding Boeing’s and SpaceX’s upcoming Commercial Crew capsule abort tests, which represent important technical milestones towards achieving commercial orbital spaceflight. All the while, the International Space Station (ISS) has continued with business as usual, with the first all-female space walk occurring just…

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Travel annoyances abound in the air and on the ground. Here’s how to fix a few of them

What do you hate about travel? And is there any way to fix the problem, besides staying home? For Brett Manders, the answer to “what drives you crazy?” is simple. “The carousel cozy-uppers,” he says. You know, the folks who crowd around the baggage carousel after a flight lands. “I’m 100% certain that your bags will not come out any quicker the closer you are to the baggage carousel,” says Manders, an international airline pilot who wrote the book “Behind the Flight Deck Door.” The solution – at least to this…

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Travel shaming vs. travel reality

I was 11 when I saw my first Corvette. It was love at first sight. Yes, it had an anemic in-line six-cylinder engine, a chassis and suspension that dated from 1939 and a perfectly awful two-speed automatic transmission. But it was the most beautiful U.S.-made automobile I had ever seen. The first Corvette I owned was a 10-year-old basket case that I painstakingly restored. I built a high-performance engine for it that was unusual because, when driven sensibly, it yielded 21 mpg. My third Corvette had quite a powerful engine…

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Take A Guess What Holiday Travel Will Cost You This Year

If you plan to fly to a destination during the holidays, consider that the average airfare cost for each household is expected to be about $800 for a Thanksgiving trip and more than $1,000 for a December holiday excursion. Those findings in a new CreditCards.com survey are, of course, just the beginning of the money you will spend on a holiday trip. The average expense for those planning to stay in hotels or short-term rentals is expected to be $673 for the December holidays and $536 for Thanksgiving. Millennials (ages 23-38) are…

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