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18th August Current Affairs

National News

Panic buttons and hooters must in Delhi taxis under new scheme

In a new move to ensure safety of women in Delhi, government announced the launch of a new taxi scheme on Monday that will make panic buttons and hooters mandatory in every city taxi.

After 3-year wait, whistleblower Chaturvedi gets Uttarakhand cadre

Whistleblower Indian Forest Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi has been shifted to Uttarakhand cadre from Haryana, nearly three years after he requested for the transfer claiming that he was facing “extreme hardship” for exposing corruption.

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Maid in India: Rs 9k minimum pay likely

Those hiring a full-time domestic help may soon have to pay them a minimum salary of Rs 9,000 per month, compulsory paid leave of 15 days a year, and maternity leave to boot.

Keeping Up Connect With Arab World, Sushma Swaraj to Visit Egypt

India is readying for a major foray into the Arab world as part of its ‘Link West’ policy. After P.M. Modi’s visit to the United Arab Emirates in his maiden visit to the Arab world, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will go to Egypt.

PM attends first National Handloom Day celebrations

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, said handlooms can be a tool to fight poverty, just as swadeshi was a tool in the struggle for freedom.

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International News

PM Modi’s UAE visit: In Dubai heat, packed stadium on its feet

P.M. Modi sent out a message to Pakistan from Arab soil, saying that the theory of “good Taliban and bad Taliban” would not work anymore and that the “message was clear to those whom it was intended for”.

India, UAE plan infrastructure fund, defence and tech ties

India and the United Arab Emirates will set up a multi-billion dollar fund to invest in Indian infrastructure projects and cooperate in producing military equipment, space technology and nuclear energy, officials said on Monday.

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Putin Ally Yakunin to Drop Railway CEO Job to Become a Senator – Bloomberg

Vladimir Yakunin, a long-time ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, plans to leave his job as chief executive officer of the state-run rail network, RIA Novosti reported.

In U-turn, Russia supports India’s entry into UN Security Council

In a sudden U-turn, Russia has said it backs the applications of both India and Brazil for permanent membership in the UN Security Council, less than a week after opposing Delhi’s entry into the powerful five-nation grouping.

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Thailand PM Prayuth Chan-ocha says chooses new cabinet, sends to king for approval

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday he had chosen new cabinet members and submitted the names to the country’s king for approval.

Sports News

Smith replaces Clarke as Australian captain

Australian Steve Smith will replace Michael Clarke as the captain after the latter retires. Here he is seen with Head coach Darren Lehmann during a practice session.

Liverpool’s Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the opening goal against Bournemouth

Christian Benteke scored his first goal for Liverpool on his home debut as Bournemouth were beaten 1-0 in controversial circumstances on Monday night.

Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa Seeded No.1 at Vietnam Open

Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have lately been in form, which has also helped them to reach their current career-best ranking of World No.12.

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Swiss teen Bencic claims Rogers Cup

Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic capped a brilliant run to the Rogers Cup title when a distressed second seed Simona Halep retired from the final after losing the first three games of the third set.

Business News

Moody’s cuts India’s 2015 growth forecast to around 7 percent

Moody’s Investors Service cut its forecast for India’s economic growth to around 7 percent this year from 7.5 percent because of lower-than-expected rainfalls in the ongoing monsoon season, the ratings agency said.

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Reliance Comm says gets several bids for 51 pct stake in tower unit

Reliance Communications Ltd (RLCM.NS), India’s fourth-biggest mobile phone carrier, said it had received non-binding bids from a number of interested buyers.

Sebi Gives Nod For Rs 1150 Crore IPO To Coffee Day Enterprises

Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs Cafe Coffee Day, has received markets regulator Sebi’s go-ahead to raise Rs 1,150 crore through initial public offering (IPO).

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UAE to Raise India Investment to $75 Billion; Bilateral Trade $100 Billion

To boost economic ties, the UAE agreed to increase investments in India to $75 billion (about Rs 5 lakh crore) including through a dedicated infrastructure fund, while the two nations will raise their bilateral trade to nearly $100 billion in five years.

Japan Economy Shrinks in Q2 in Setback for ‘Abenomics’

Japan’s economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6 per cent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, adding pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step up his policy drive to lift the economy out of decades of deflation.

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