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Hanuman langur identity crisis might finally be solved: Study

Hanuman langurNew Delhi: The long-standing identity crisis of Hanuman langur, the most widespread langurs of South Asia might finally be resolved, a recent study has suggested.

Even though it has been extensively studied, the taxonomic status of this species remains unresolved due to incongruence between various classification schemes.

Taxonomy is the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms.

Researchers have divided the Hanuman langur into 3-4 different species based on genetic differences. This mirrors a classification scheme proposed in the 1930s, which relied on differences in physical appearance to distinguish species.

2G: Govt issues order for permanent appointment of ED officer

2G spectrumNew Delhi: Acting on the directions of the Supreme Court, the government has issued fresh orders for permanent appointment of an Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer in the agency who has been tasked with the probe into the
2G spectrum allocation case.

The Finance Ministry, on September 13, issued orders for appointing Rajeshwar Singh as Deputy Director in the agency on "absorption basis with immediate effect".

The apex court had issued directions in this regard on September 8 after it was informed that Singh's appointment has not been made regular by the government despite an order from the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) which was issued in December last year.

Walmart to extend online wholesale platform reach from Oct 1

WalmartNew Delhi: Walmart India on Satuday said it will extend online wholesale platform to its members in Guntur and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh from October 1.

The US-retail giant at present operates B2B e-commerce platform in two cities--Hyderabad and Lucknow-- in the country.

"Starting October 1, members of Best Price wholesale stores in Guntur and Vijayawada can shop and book orders online," the company said in a statement.

The e-commerce platform will provide the same range of products as its wholesale stores, including a select variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, it added.

Ananth Kumar wants Assam Gas Cracker project operational by June

Assam Gas Cracker projectNew Delhi, Sept. 20 - Taking a serious note of the delay in the completion of the Assam Gas Cracker project, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar has directed the project's mechanical completion by November, 2014 and commissioning by June, 2015.

A meeting was held on Friday to review the progress of implementation of the Assam Gas Cracker Project.

The project, undertaken by the Brahmaputra Crackers and Polymers Limited (BCPL), has achieved an overall physical progress of 97.8 percent so far.

The heads of the other implementing agencies including GAIL, OIL, and NRL, government of Assam, EIL and BHEL also attended the meeting. (ANI)

CBI to probe Chidambaram's FIPB nod in Aircel-Maxis deal

CBI to probe ChidambaramNew Delhi: The CBI will investigate the circumstances of the FIPB approval given by the then Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006.

The agency told a special court in its chargesheet in the case that Mauritius-based M/s Global Communication Services Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Maxis, had sought approval for USD 800 million for which Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was competent to do so.

Deepika demands respect for women by media

Deepika demands respect for women by mediaNew Delhi, Sept 19 : Actor Deepika Padukone on Friday demanded that respect be accorded to women and slammed news organisations for constructing what she called "cheap headlines".

In an open letter posted on Facebook in response to the potentially damaging article posted about her in a national daily, Padukone said, "When an actress's inner wear decides to do a "peek-a-boo", she most definitely did not step out with the intention to do so. So, instead of zooming in, circling it and pointing arrows at it, why don't we give her some 'respect' and let it go instead of making it 'headlines'".

ONGC invested Rs 81,890 crore for raising output

ONGCNew Delhi : India's largest oil and gas producer ONGC on Friday said it has invested Rs 81,890 crore in bringing on stream newer discoveries and arrest natural decline that has set in its ageing fields.

"Our major oil and gas producing fields are ageing and showing natural decline," ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Dinesh K Sarraf told shareholders at company's annual general meeting (AGM) here.

However, ONGC has taken measures to arrest this trend and uphold production from such fields, he said.

Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has deployed the best-in-class technologies in its Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes on these fields.

'Peaceful ties between dragon and elephant key to world peace'

Xi JinpingNew Delhi : If the "Chinese dragon" and the "Indian elephant" co-exist harmoniously, it will not only benefit 2.5 billion people in the two nations but also have far-reaching impact in the region and the world, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Thursday.

"Both China and India are influential countries in the world. When our two nations speak with one voice, the whole world will listen attentively," China's official Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as telling Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their talks.

Chinese president praises India's growth story

Chinese president praises India's growth storyNew Delhi, Sept 18 : Describing India as an amazing and a colourful nation visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping today praised India's growth story as incredible and appeared to agree with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's view that China and India are two bodies in one spirit.

"Prime Minister Modi has told me that China and India are two bodies in one spirit and he made that remarks when we attended the Brics in Fortalleza, Brazil," the Chinese President quoted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark which he had made during the 6th BRICS summit in Fortalleza.

Sino-Indian talks aimed at rebalancing bilateral trade in a positive direction

Sino-Indian talksNew Delhi, Sept 18 : The main points of discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping as listed in the Prime Minister's statement released on Thursday, is as follows

Annual visits at the level of Heads of State/Government.

City in each country would be identified for a smart city demonstration project.

SBI's new fixed deposit rates effective from today

State Bank of IndiaNew Delhi: Anticipating a lower credit offtake than what was expected, State Bank of India (SBI) has revised its fixed deposit rates Thursday onwards.

The bank in a statement said it has decided to cut the deposit rates by 25 basis points (0.25 percent) to 8.75 percent on deposits of 1-3 year duration.

On the other hand, the bank revised upwards the interest rates by 0.25 percent on deposits for 180-210 days.

According to SBI, the rate adjustment will continue to ensure that the savers are compensated adequately as the inflation rate is also going down.

The interest rates on other deposit durations remain unchanged.--PTI

Bank of Maharashtra celebrates 80th foundation day

Bank of MaharashtraNew Delhi, Sept 17 : The Bank of Maharashtra celebrated its 80th foundation day here on Wednesday by organizing a meet with customers, with similar functions being held all over the country.

The executive director of Bank of Maharashtra, RK Gupta, greeted all the customers of the bank on the occasion. He said that the organisation had now crossed the business level of Rs two lakh crores.

On the occasion, the bank also presented a cheque for Rs 51,000 to the non-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) Tamana , which works for mentally retarded, multiply challenged and autistic children. (ANI)

Sebi working on guidelines to check wilful defaulters: Sinha

UK-SinhaNew Delhi - Sebi is working on guidelines to deal with wilful defaulters but there is no restriction at present on such entities from raising funds from the capital market, according to the regulator's chief U K Sinha.

"We are working on the guidelines for wilful defaulters. It will take some time," Sebi Chairman Sinha said here Wednesday.

He also said that at present, there is no restriction on wilful defaulters from raising funds.

Earlier this month, United Bank of India had declared Kingfisher Airlines, its promoter Vijay Mallya and three other directors as wilful defaulter citing alleged diversion of funds.

Maruti Suzuki marketing and sales head Mayank Pareek resigns

Mayank PareekNew Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India's marketing and sales head Mayank Pareek has quit the company after nearly 20 years of service at the country's largest carmaker.

While Pareek, who is designated Chief Operating Officer (marketing and sales), could not be reached for comments, however, according to people familiar with the development, he has put in papers to pursue 'better opportunities'.

The company spokesperson declined to comment.

It is speculated that he may join homegrown auto major Tata Motors, which has been seeking a revival in fortunes in the passenger cars segment.

Jan Dhan Yojana "great opportunity" for "stressed" banking sector: Uday Kotak

Uday KotakNew Delhi, Sept 16 : Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's visionary 'Jan Dhan Yojana', Uday Kotak, Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited, said today that the financial inclusion scheme offered great opportunity for a "stressed" Indian banking sector.

Study says India's entertainment industry to clock over Rs 227,000 crore by 2018

India's entertainment industryNew Delhi, Sept 16 : India's entertainment and media sector is expected to grow steadily over the next five years as per CII-PwC's latest report titled India Entertainment and Media Outlook 2014.

The industry is expected to exceed Rs 227,000 crore by 2018 growing at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15 percent between 2013 and 2018.

In 2013, the overall entertainment and media industry was estimated to be Rs 112,044 crore and grew by 19 percent over the previous year. The largest segment, India's television industry, continued its strong growth momentum led by subscription revenues, representing a year-on-year growth of about 15 percent.

'Modi Wave' is over, says Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind KejriwalNew Delhi, Sept 16 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that the 'Modi Wave' was over and that the message of the bypoll results is that people have realized the truth.

Kejriwal said, "The 'Modi Wave' is over. People have realized the truth that is the message of today's poll results."

"The picture is clear today, the rise in corruption and inflation in these last 100 days has shattered the hopes of the people. People have been cheated," he added.

In Uttar Pradesh, BJP has won one seat while leading on two while the Samajwadi Party has won eight seats in Uttar Pradesh.

Will Luke Evans be next 'James Bond?'

Luke EvansNew Delhi, Sept 16 : 'Dracula Untold' star Luke Evans is reportedly set to take over the role of popular British spy James Bond.

According to Universal Pictures India, with Daniel Craig ready to bid farewell to the character after completing a successful stint of three 007 franchise films, it is said that the 35-year-old Irish actor may take over the epic role.

Evans had stated that the role was fantastic and very coveted for any actor of his generation and he would love to play the part.

Oil companies hold 35 paisa cut in diesel, 55 paise hike in petrol

OilNew Delhi: Diesel prices, for the first time in over 5 years, should have been cut by 35 paisa on falling global rates but oil companies have decided to hold on to the rates pending a government decision on deregulation.

Under-recovery or the difference between retail price and its imported cost on diesel was 8 paisa per litre in the first half of September. The under-recovery in the second half has turned into over-recovery or profit of 35 paisa per litre.

"Naturally, when there is an over-recovery or profit, rates should have been cut but oil companies are holding the price line as they await a clear decision from the government on diesel price deregulation," an official said.

Gold price regains Rs 27,000 mark in futures trade

GoldNew Delhi - Gold futures traded a shade higher at Rs 27,030 per ten gram today as speculators indulged in building up fresh positions amid a firming trend overseas before the US Federal Reserve begins a two-day policy meeting Tuesday.

At the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), metal prices for delivery in October moved up by Rs 31, or 0.11 percent, to trade higher at Rs 27,030 per ten gram, in a turnover of 77 lots.

On the similar lines, the metal prices for delivery in far-month December gained Rs 16, or 0.06 percent, to Rs 27,231 per 10 gm, in a business volume of one lot.

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