Finance Ministry ready to do more for NBFCs, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Will seek details from PSBs on funding to NBFCs, retail customers on Oct 14 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Thursday, said she is “not sitting back” after the recent spate of measures, and will take more steps if required for non-banking finance companies and other sectors. The minister will be meeting the chiefs of public sector banks on October 14, and she said will seek details of funding to NBFCs and retail customers. “I am not sitting back saying I have given some solutions for NBFCs. There may be more…

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No more boring travel

While on a surprise holiday in some of the major cities like New York City or London, Rathi would be totally absorbed in food trails and check out the gastronomical food in Michelin star restaurants. Talking about trends, Hari Ganapathy, cofounder, PickYourTrail, says, ” Multi-generational family vacations are emerging as a predominant choice among a lot of travellers. These vacations are planned around major family occasions like anniversaries, 60th birthdays, graduation day etc. A lot of people are also gifting vacations these days – this ranges from cousins gifting honeymoon…

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New EU travel requirements mean (slightly) more paperwork for American visitors

Starting in 2021, Americans will no longer be able to hop across the pond for a spur-of-the-moment visit to Europe without completing pre-authorization paperwork. But they still won’t need a visa. On Friday, multiple outlets reported that the European Union had announced that Americans would be required to complete a new visa to visit member countries — a shift away from the current policy which allows US citizens to travel through the 26 European members of the “Schengen Area” for up to 90 days without a visa. In actuality, the EU’s new…

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Acer at IFA 2018: Acer Swift 5, Aspire Z 24 All-in-One PC, OJO 500 Mixed Reality Headset, and More

Acer launched numerous new hardware products at its pre-IFA 2018 event in Berlin. HIGHLIGHTS The Acer Swift 7 was previewed at the event The OJO 500 headset comes with a detachable design Several gaming accessories were also unveiled Taiwanese electronics giant Acer on Wednesday made a lot of major hardware announcements at its pre-IFA 2018 event in Berlin. These include a preview of the Swift 7, pricing and availability details for the Acer Swift 3 and Acer Swift 5, new gaming monitors and accessories in the Predator and Nitro gaming series, refreshes across…

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Amazon Prime Day Sale Starts July 16: OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Huawei P20 Pro, and More Deals Previewed

HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus 6 will be available with an extra discount in exchange offer Huawei P20 Pro, P20 Lite will see a price cut Amazon Prime Day sale will go on for 36 hours Amazon is back with its Prime Day sale on July 16, and the event is set to go on for 36 hours. During the Amazon sale period, the e-commerce site will list a host of offers on smartphones, electronics, home, furniture, and other categories for its Prime members exclusively. This sale will see offers and deals on a list…

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BJP-PDP split: Kashmir could fracture more in this state

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. The balance of national interest and political interest is always a tricky play in security situations. By that shifting rubric Jammu and Kashmir could be eyeing more violence and fracture. The formal withdrawal of support on 19 June by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to its partner in Kashmir’s chaos, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will have feathered that future. It could also cauterize Kashmir and offer electoral gain—for the BJP, that is. For four years, the…

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iOS 12 First Impressions: How to Install Right Now, New Features, and More

HIGHLIGHTS iOS 12 was announced at WWDC 2018 The first developer preview is now available It brings features like Siri Actions and Screen Time Earlier this week, Apple’s iOS got its yearly upgrade at the 2018 edition of the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in the form of iOS 12. Performance is the major driver behind all the new updates, which is a relief following years of reports that older iPhones get slower after each update. On certain devices, iOS 12 claims to offer up to 70 percent quicker camera app loading, 2x…

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New Ford EcoSport S review: More than just a makeover

HIGHLIGHTS The Ford EcoSport S gets sportier exterior elements Interior also gets orange accents and new features Re-introduces the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine to the EcoSport EcoSport S does look more aggressive compared to its Titanium+ trim CHENNAI: The SUV segment is one of the hottest categories in the Indian auto market these days. And that’s perhaps why manufacturers are trying to lure more buyers with affordable compact SUV offerings with some extra bells and whistles thrown in. One such offering is the new top-spec variant of the Ford EcoSport, christened…

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India’s top 5 exported cars: Ford EcoSport, Chevy Beat, Volkswagen Vento & more

The Ford EcoSport is India’s most exported car. Ford India exported 90,599 units of the EcoSport in the past 12 months, between April 2017 and March 2018. In the preceding year, Ford exported 79,539 units of the EcoSport, which means that the exports of the compact SUV have grown by nearly 15 %. The high number of EcoSports exported has allowed Ford to become India’s top exporter, beating other automakers such as Nissan, Volkswagen and Hyundai in the process. Ford manufactures the EcoSport at its Chennai factory. The sub-4 meter…

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Will see if more devolution to states served its purpose: Finance Commission

Headed by former RBI Governor Y V Reddy, the 14th Finance Commission had recommended a record increase in the states’ share in the Union taxes. NEW DELHI: Finance Commission chairman N K Singh today said the panel will ascertain whether increasing the share of Union taxes to states to 42 per cent, along with rationalisation with Centrally Sponsored Schemes, has served its purpose. The 15th Finance Commission has been asked to recommend, among other things, a road map for sound management of government finances. “We will also look at whether the much higher devolution…

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