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Rupee slide a concern but no 1991-like crisis: PM

Rupee slide a concern but no 1991-like crisis: PM

New Delhi, Aug 30 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said the sharp slide in the value of the rupee caused by external developments was a matter of concern, but India is not heading to a 1991-like crisis when the country was forced to pledge its gold to pay import bills. “There is no reason to […]

India’s growth slumps to 4.4 percent, worst in 4 years

India’s growth slumps to 4.4 percent, worst in 4 years

New Delhi, Aug 30  The worst fears of India Inc appear to have come true with the country’s growth retarding to 4.4 percent for the first quarter of this fiscal — the lowest in four years — with a 1.2 percent contraction in factory output, government data showed Friday. This is the worst quarterly growth […]

Melbourne’s dirty secret: International students main victims of rorts and rip off in CBD cleaning

Melbourne’s dirty secret: International students main victims of rorts and rip off in CBD cleaning

Office cleaners working in Melbourne’s CBD are routinely subjected to wage rip-offs, exploitation and verbal abuse, a covert investigation by United Voice, the cleaners’ union has revealed. International students are the major victims of scams in which cleaners could lose up to $15,000 a year in wages and benefits. Overseas students, who are part of […]

Sonia Gandhi is fine, Congress says

Sonia Gandhi is fine, Congress says

New Delhi, Aug 27 Congress president Sonia Gandhi, taken to a hospital Monday night after taking ill in parliament, “is perfectly all right and stable”, the party said Tuesday. A Congress spokesman expressed the hope that she would rejoin “parliament proceedings at the earliest”. “She is perfectly all right. She is stable,” Bhakta Charan Das […]

Asaram Bapu called for questioning, denies molestation charge

Asaram Bapu called for questioning, denies molestation charge

Asaram Bapu was Tuesday served a notice asking him to appear before Rajasthan Police for questioning in connection with a sexual assault case registered against him by a 16-year-old girl even as the spiritual guru denied the charges. A police team delivered the notice at his ashram in Indore. Jodhpur’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) […]

Rupee sinks to new low, stock markets tank

Rupee sinks to new low, stock markets tank

Mumbai/New Delhi, Aug 27 The Indian rupee slipped below 66 against the dollar Tuesday, showing a growing demand for the US currency from importers and a lack of foreign investors’ interest in a weak economy. The partially-convertible rupee slumped to a new record low of 66.25 against the dollar at the inter-bank foreign exchange market […]

Australian hotels prepare for growth in Indian market following the launch of direct air services

Australian hotels prepare for growth in Indian market following the launch of direct air services

The launch this week of direct air services between India and Australia is seeing Australian hotels gear up for the influx of Indian tourists by introducing new services and facilities specifically designed for the Indian market. Leading the way is Accor, who were the first hotel group to introduce “Optimum Service Standards” for Indian inbound […]

Who’s Got an EGOT and Who Wants One?

Who’s Got an EGOT and Who Wants One?

The legendary EGOT first entered the American and global consciousness when Tracy Morgan decided he wanted one during a fourth season episode of “30 Rock.” Desperate for a Grammy, he decided to write a song, full of at least five different musical styles. Although this 2009 sitcom introduced many people to the idea for the […]

Massive security foils ‘yatra’, hundreds arrested

Massive security foils ‘yatra’, hundreds arrested

Lucknow, Aug 25  The Uttar Pradesh government put in place a massive security build-up across the state and foiled a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) bid to stage a religious event in Ayodhya Sunday. While hundreds of VHP activists and seers were arrested from different parts of the state for trying to carry out the “84 […]

Malayalam magazine in Australia gets award

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 25 Thiruvallam Bhasi, chief editor of ‘Indian Malayalee’ magazine, was Sunday presented the prestigious Federation of India Associations Victoria (FIAV) award for his role in promoting Malayalam and his magazine in Australia. Speaking to IANS over telephone from Melbourne, Bhasi said that this recognition came at the time when his magazine was celebrating […]

Women are following my saris, blouses: Gaurav Gera

Women are following my saris, blouses: Gaurav Gera

New Delhi, Aug 25  For “Mrs Pammi Pyarelal”, Gaurav Gera dons sequinned and zari saris, pads up his derriere and even tries daring colours like blue for the lips and green for the nails. If he is making heads turn as a glamorous woman in the TV show, he is also making new fashion trends, […]

AIADMK will vote against food bill: Jayalalithaa

AIADMK will vote against food bill: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Aug 25  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Sunday said AIADMK would vote against the food security bill if all the changes suggested by her were not incorporated. In a statement issued here, Jayalalithaa, also general secretary of her party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), said: “The bill that will be moved […]

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