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Madonna is amazing: Zac Efron

Madonna is amazing: Zac EfronLos Angeles, May 26 (IANS) It seems Zac Efron has a star crush on Madonna. The actor says the singer is amazing and captivating.


Dalai Lama cannot change rituals to appoint successor: China

Dalai Lama cannot change rituals to appoint successor: ChinaBeijing, May 26 (IANS) China on Friday said the Dalai Lama has no right to change the rituals and processes, set by the Chinese government, for appointing his successor. Reacting to the Tibetan spiritual leader's remarks that his incarnation cannot be born in a place where "there is no freedom", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a briefing, "The title of Dalai Lama is given by the central government. There are fixed set of religious rituals and processes and these cannot be changed by one individual." "As for the reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama reincarnation is concerned, the competent departments of the government have talked about it and have also issued a white paper.


No point criticising celebration of glamour at Cannes: Rajkummar

No point criticising celebration of glamour at Cannes: RajkummarMumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actor Rajkummar Rao, whose movies often travel to film festivals, says there is no point cribbing about how the Indian focus at the 70th Cannes Film Festival is more on glamour and red carpet appearances than the celebration of cinema. Veteran actress Shabana Azmi had recently opened up on how in their times, the experience at the Cannes film jamboree was more about their film and work rather than dressing up. Asked about his opinion, Rajkummar told IANS here: "Yes... But there is no point in criticising that.


OPEC to extend output cuts, to set up OPEC-India Working Group

OPEC to extend output cuts, to set up OPEC-India Working GroupVienna, May 26 (IANS) Even as the OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed to extend until March 2018 their ongoing oil output cuts, India has reached an understanding with the global oil cartel to establish a joint working group to serve as a forum for "producer-consumer dialogue" to address mutual concerns. The 13-nation Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Thursday agreed here to extend for nine months the output cut agreement put in place for six months effective from January 1. The extension of the accord, which was to expire in June, would effectively lower OPEC's production by 1.8 million barrels per day.


Create opportunity: Indian American philanthropist tells change makers

Create opportunity: Indian American philanthropist tells change makersWashington, May 26 (IANS) Citing his own journey from humble beginnings in India, leading Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Frank Islam advised 22 global changemakers, including three from India, to be opportunity creators. "Be a leader: Doing the right thing is the essence of leadership," he said addressing the latest group of fellows from 17 countries to join what has been called a reverse Peace Corps here Thursday. Leaders do the right thing", Islam said: "That should be true in all fields -- business, politics, religion, health care, and yes -- even nonprofits." "Leaders create other leaders and opportunity creators.


J&K's first professional football academy launched

J&K's first professional football academy launchedSrinagar, May 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir's first professional football academy was launched at Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) in Srinagar in a bid to boost sports in the state. Minister of Youth Welfare and Sports Molvi Imran Raza Ansari, who launched the academy on Thursday, said the academy will act as major sports training school and provide players a platform to prepare for national as well as international competitions.


Not switching from Bollywood to Malayalam filmdom: Dino Morea

Not switching from Bollywood to Malayalam filmdom: Dino MoreaNew Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Actor Dino Morea, who is venturing into the Malayalam film industry with a cameo in Dulquer Salmaan's "Solo", says he isn't making a permanent switch. As an actor, I will work -- whether it is in a Malayalam, Telugu or any film," Dino told IANS over phone from Mumbai. Talking about it, Dino said: "It's pretty simple to play the role of an army officer.


This is a stepping stone towards developing waterways in India: PM Modi

This is a stepping stone towards developing waterways in India: PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi after inaugurating the new bridge in Assam said this is a stepping stone towards developing waterways in India.


UAE commutes death sentence of 10 Indian murder convicts

UAE commutes death sentence of 10 Indian murder convictsAbu Dhabi, May 26 (IANS) A court here has commuted the death sentence given to 10 Indian men for murdering a Pakistani man in 2015 following a feud over bootlegging. According to the verdict on Thursday by the Al Ain Court of Appeals, the Indian men from Punjab will now serve jail terms ranging from one to three and a half years, Gulf News reported. Indian charity organisation Sarbat Da Bhala, run by Dubai-based Indian businessman S.P.S. Oberoi, had paid blood money as compensation to victim Mohammad Farhan's family and they agreed to pardon the Indian men.


China says ready to help India trace missing Sukhoi jet

China says ready to help India trace missing Sukhoi jetBeijing, May 26 (IANS) China said it is ready to help India if it asks for assistance in the search for the missing Sukhoi-30 fighter jet and two pilots, even as the wreckage was found on Friday. There was however no trace of the two Indian Air Force pilots who went down with the aircraft on Tuesday. If a request comes, China will offer assistance from a humanitarian perspective," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said to a question on what it would say if India asks for assistance in the search for the missing pilots.


Designers should be in sync with global trends, says Rocky S

Designers should be in sync with global trends, says Rocky SNew Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Popular designer Rocky S says it is important for the Indian fashion industry to evolve to ensure that designs are "in line with global trends". "As social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat have gained ground as hubs for fashion content, more and more consumers have become instantaneously aware of global fashion trends," Rocky told IANS via an email from Mumbai. The designer, who has styled celebrities including Paris Hilton, Beyonce and Priyanka Chopra, added: "Moreover, so many international brands are now easily available in India too.


India bow out of Sudirman Cup; lose to China in quarters

India bow out of Sudirman Cup; lose to China in quartersGold Coast (Australia), May 26 (IANS) India failed to breach the Chinese wall and going down to the top seed nation in the quarter-finals here on Friday bowed out of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship. India lost the first three matches of the tie and as a result the last two matches of Rio Olympics Gold medallist P.V. Sindhu and the women's doubles match of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy were treated as dead rubbers.


Suspected Pakistani national with Indian identity arrested

Suspected Pakistani national with Indian identity arrestedThe police have arrested a suspected Pakistani National from Haryana's Bahadurgarh. The foreigner who was residing in India since 2013 by the name of Rasraj, is a resident of Larkana Hindu Colony in Pakistan. The suspect has Indian identity proofs. A Pakistan passport has also been seized from him, where his name is reported as Raja. His passport has a visa stamp of republic of India, holding validity of 33 days. The police are currently investigating the matter.


Mess in management? Questions on timing of head coach hunt

Mess in management? Questions on timing of head coach huntBCCI took Cricket fraternity by surprise with inviting applications for the post of head coach of team India.


Atal Pension Yojana reaches 53 lakh subscribers

Atal Pension Yojana reaches 53 lakh subscribersNew Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The subscriber base of the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) that aims at old age income security for the working poor from mostly the unorganised sector has reached 53 lakh, the Finance Ministry said on Friday. Over 230 banks and the Department of India Post have been involved in the implementation of the government's flagship social security scheme that focuses on encouraging and enabling the subscribers to save for their retirement. "Besides the branches of the banks and core banking solutions-enabled offices of India Post, quite a few banks are sourcing subscribers through their internet banking portals in a paperless environment," the Ministry said here in a statement.


Proud that people remember 'Mr. India': Boney Kapoor

Proud that people remember 'Mr. India': Boney KapoorMumbai, May 26 (IANS) Filmmaker Boney Kapoor feels proud that people still remember the hit 1987 movie "Mr. India". "Mr. India", which featured Boney's wife Sridevi and his brother Anil Kapoor, completed 30 years of its release in the Hindi film industry on Thursday. "I'm so happy and proud that people remember 'Mr. India' fondly even today.


I did a lot of prep for 'Baby Driver': Ansel Elgort

I did a lot of prep for 'Baby Driver': Ansel ElgortLos Angeles, May 26 (IANS) Actor Ansel Elgort says he had to put in a lot of effort, including learning sign language, for his forthcoming film "Baby Driver". "Baby Driver" is the story of a young and innocent getaway driver, Baby (played by Elgort), who gets caught up with a crime boss (essayed by Kevin Spacey) and his gang of criminals (Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez and Jamie Foxx).


Randeep, Sunny Leone to endorse fashion brand

Randeep, Sunny Leone to endorse fashion brandMumbai, May 26 (IANS) Bollywood actors Randeep Hooda and Sunny Leone have been roped in as the face of Middle East's fashion retailer Splash Fashion for their India business. Randeep says he is looking forward to "bringing the brand to more and more people in India and make them look good and feel cool". Talking about the association, Sunny said: "I am very honoured to be working with a global brand like Splash and representing them in India.


Arshad 'localised' Jack Sparrow's voice in 'Pirates...'

Arshad 'localised' Jack Sparrow's voice in 'Pirates...'Mumbai, May 26 (IANS) Actor Arshad Warsi says he localised the voice of Hollywood star Johnny Depp's character Captain Jack Sparrow in the Hindi version of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge", and says it "sounds like Indian humour". It wasn't easy to dub for Jack Sparrow because this character is drunk at different levels in the film most of the times. Bollywood celebrities like Gulshan Grover and Neha Bhasin also attended the screening of the fantasy film.


Climate fragility and terror - risks as well as opportunities

Climate fragility and terror - risks as well as opportunitiesIn a recent article for New Security Beat, Colin Walch made the case that the abandonment of some communities in Mali to deal with climate change on their own has created "fertile ground" for jihadist recruitment. In a similar argument, Katharina Nett and Lukas Rüttinger asserted that "large-scale environmental and climatic change contributes to creating an environment in which [non-state armed groups] can thrive and opens spaces that facilitate the pursuit of their strategies." These are important findings and relevant studies that point to the multifaceted security risks that result from climate change.


PM Modi inaugurates India's longest 'Dhola-Sadia' bridge

PM Modi inaugurates India's longest 'Dhola-Sadia' bridgePrime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Dhola-Sadia Bridge in Assam's Tinsukia on Friday morning. The bridge has been constructed above the Brahamputra river and is more than 9.15 kilometers long, making it the nation's longest bridge. It will connect Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh. Earlier, in a series of tweets, PM Modi described the bridge as one of the most important infrastructure projects to be undertaken in India. Reportedly, the travel time to cross over to Sadiya near the Lohit border in Arunachal will reduce by four hours and it will take a mere 30 minutes to cross.


Anger is good and other lessons from Mahatma Gandhi to his grandson

Anger is good and other lessons from Mahatma Gandhi to his grandsonFather of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is widely thought to have been a calm and composed personality but this highly anecdotal book by one of his grandsons suggests otherwise. Gandhi, the author says, lost his cool all the time and believed that "anger is good". The much revered leader's fifth grandson Arun Gandhi's latest book "The Gift of Anger" throws light on several important lessons that the author learned from his grandfather and the Mahatma's principles on anger remain the guiding light for the author even decades after his death.


Of food, travels, history and infidelity

Of food, travels, history and infidelityThere is nothing more varied that the IANS bookshelf could offer to its readers this weekend. When Kaumudi Marathe moved to the US from India, she never thought she'd be a famous chef, food writer and unofficial spokesperson for Indian cuisine abroad.


Gal Gadot nearly quit acting before 'Wonder Woman'

Gal Gadot nearly quit acting before 'Wonder Woman'Los Angeles, May 26 (IANS) Actress Gal Gadot was on the verge of quitting acting before auditioning for her role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". The 32-year-old actress opened up about her past struggle in Hollywood at host Jimmy Fallon's show "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", reports aceshowbiz.com. Dragging my family to Los Angeles doing this," Gadot said.


'Sachin': You don't have to be a cricket fan to love the Sachin bio-pic (Movie Review, Rating: **** 1/2)

'Sachin': You don't have to be a cricket fan to love the Sachin bio-pic
(Movie Review, Rating: **** 1/2)Rating: **** 1/2 There is something about Sachin Tendulkar, something so correct and so innocent you want him to win in life even when you know he is no more the 'God' of the cricket field. The rousing farewell speech that Sachin gives at the end of this astutely emotional journey into the heart and mind of India's most celebrated Bat Man, left me dewy-eyed. This, when I know zilch about cricket and practically nothing about Sachin's exploits on the field.


CCI approves Tata firms' acquisition of NTT Docomo's stake

CCI approves Tata firms' acquisition of NTT Docomo's stakeNew Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Thursday approved Tata Group firms' acquisition of 21.63 per cent stake of NTT Docomo in Tata Teleservices. In a tweet, the CCI said: "@CCI_India approves Tata companies' acquisition of 21.63 per cent shareholding in Tata Teleservices from NTT Docomo." Earlier this month, Tata Sons had said that it will seek necessary permissions to implement the June 22, 2016, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) award in the Tata-NTT Docomo case.


Auto sector projected to contribute 12% to GDP over next decade

Auto sector projected to contribute 12% to GDP over next decadeNew Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The central government on Thursday said the Indian automobile sector is projected to contribute 12 per cent to the country's GDP (gross domestic product) over the next decade. This was stated by Girish Shankar, Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, at the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) 'International Automotive Supply Chain Conclave 2017'. According to Shankar, under the "Automotive Mission Plan 2016-2026", it is projected that India will become the third largest automobile manufacturers with the sector contributing 12 per cent of the GDP and creating 65 million direct and indirect jobs in the country.


Ecosystem to make EVs viable yet to be created: R.C. Bhargava

Ecosystem to make EVs viable yet to be created: R.C. BhargavaMumbai, May 25 (IANS) Maruti Suzuki's Chairman R.C. Bhargava on Thursday said that an ecosystem which will make electric vehicles (EVs) viable, acceptable and usable by customers in India is yet to be created. In an interview to BTVi, Bhargava said that the government's programme to promote electric vehicles by building the ecosystem is on the right direction. According to Bhargava, Maruti Suzuki will be ready with its EVs offerings, as and when the company finds that the market is ready to accept these types of vehicles in large numbers.


Kerala painter's work draws huge response in Victorian Parliament

Kerala painter's work draws huge response in Victorian ParliamentMelbourne/Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 (IANS) A Kerala NRI painter's work on a 50-metre long single canvas titled "Pride of Australia" was on display at the Queen's Hall in the Victorian Parliament and fetched accolades. This is the the first time an Indian artist has got this opportunity. The painting by Sedunath Prabhakar, settled in Melbourne, showcased portraits of 50 prominent Australians drawn from a wide and varying cultural, social and political spectrum.


Mercedes-Benz India reduces 'Made in India' product prices

Mercedes-Benz India reduces 'Made in India' product pricesMumbai, May 25 (IANS) Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz India on Thursday said that it has decided to reduce the "transaction prices" of its entire 'Made in India product portfolio. According to the luxury car maker, the downward revision in its transaction prices is meant to cover the difference between the current ex-showroom prices and the post-GST (Goods and Services Tax) ex-showroom prices. The company said that the price revision on a weighted average of 4 per cent will be effective immediately, and is aimed at providing value to a customer's purchase decision before GST implementation.


IOC awaits Centre nod on dynamic fuel pricing across India

IOC awaits Centre nod on dynamic fuel pricing across IndiaNew Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The ongoing dynamic fuel pricing pilot project in five cities by state-run oil marketers, whereby transport fuel prices are changed daily, would only be extended elsewhere in India on receiving the government's green signal, a senior oil executive said on Thursday. "We started dynamic pricing in five cities in May. The pilot project is on-going," India Oil Corp (IOC) Chairman B. Ashok said at a press conference here called to announce the corporate results for the fourth quarter and the full fiscal 2016-17. Indian Oil Corp, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum rolled out dynamic fuel pricing so as to better cope with volatility in global crude oil prices from May 1 in five cities -- Puducherry and Vizag in southern India, Udaipur in the west, Jamshedpur in the east and Chandigarh in the north.


100% FDI in domestic airlines poses security risks, says FIA

100% FDI in domestic airlines poses security risks, says FIAMumbai, May 25 (IANS) Permitting foreign firms to fully own a domestic airline could have serious security implications, besides giving rise to other issues, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has told the government. "The decision to relax the foreign investment norm (in aviation) to 100 per cent is unprecedented. No substantive country allows this," the FIA wrote in a recent letter to the government.


Need to strengthen lower middle order batting, says Kohli

Need to strengthen lower middle order batting, says KohliLondon, May 25 (IANS) Acknowledging the burden on his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni lower down the order, India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said the side needed to strengthen the lower middle order contribution as India begin their ICC Champions Trophy title defence against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4. Kohli may be the star of the team these days, but expects his seniors Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni to flourish in the tournament.


DRS likely to be used in T20Is; Umpires to get rights to send off misbehaving cricketers

DRS likely to be used in T20Is; Umpires to get rights to send off misbehaving cricketersDubai, May 25 (IANS) The ICC Cricket Committee has decided to recommend the usage of the Decision Review System (DRS) in Twenty20 internationals and also plans to suggest giving umpires the power to send off players from the field in response to the most serious incidents of player misconduct, such as on-field violence. The Committee, at a meeting on May 23 and 24 in London chaired by India coach Anil Kumble, will recommend to the International Cricket Council Chief Executives' Committee that DRS should be able to be used in all T20 International games. The ICC also stated that the Cricket Committee also considered the new Laws of Cricket (2017 Code) and has recommended the adoption of the majority of the changes to the Laws.


I believe in giving my best for the team: Virat Kohli

I believe in giving my best for the team: Virat KohliAhead of the high-octane ICC Champions Trophy clash against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said:


India-Pakistan match same as any other game: Kohli

India-Pakistan match same as any other game: KohliAhead of the high-octane ICC Champions Trophy clash against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, India skipper Virat Kohli said the hype around the match is beyond the control of the players but they will treat it as any other match.


MEA Sushma Swaraj appreciates Uzma's gesture at Wagah border

MEA Sushma Swaraj appreciates Uzma's gesture at Wagah borderIndian national Uzma, who was stuck in Pakistan, arrived in India on Thursday and met Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and her family in the national capital. Addressing the press conference, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj appreciated Uzma's gesture at Wagah border and said that her feeling resonated amongst Indians. She added that they were relieved when she crossed the Wagah border stating it was not an easy fight for them.


Indian agency bags America's PR World Gold

Indian agency bags America's PR World GoldMumbai/San Francisco, May 25 (IANS) Mumbai-based Concept Public Relations India Limited has been chosen for the Gold Award at the prestigious 7th Annual PR World Awards, instituted by Silicon Valley Communications of the US. The Concept Public Relations India Ltd. has been named under the 'PR Milestone of the Year' category. 'SVUS PR World Awards' are the world's premier public relations awards, created to honour and generate industry wide and peer recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of PR agencies, organisations and individuals from all over the world.


BCCI invites application for India team coach

BCCI invites application for India team coachNew Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited applications for the national team coach's post. The term of present India coach Anil Kumble will come to an end on June 18. "The BCCI would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of 'Head Coach' for Indian cricket team (Men)," BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in a statement on Thursday.


BCCI, PCB to discuss bilateral series on May 29 meeting: Report

BCCI, PCB to discuss bilateral series on May 29 meeting: ReportNew Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Less than a week before India and Pakistan face off in a high-octane ICC Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston on June 4, the respective cricket boards -- BCCI and PCB -- will meet in Dubai on May 29 to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Political tensions between the two estranged neighbours resulted in the Indian government's refusal to allow the team to play the proposed series in 2015 and look set to give it a miss in 2017 too. Earlier this month, the PCB had sent a notice of dispute to the Indian board, claiming losses for the BCCI's refusal to tour in 2015.


SAI-South Korea Ambassador's Cup Taekwondo meet starts

SAI-South Korea Ambassador's Cup Taekwondo meet startsNew Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Sports Authority of India (SAI)-South Korea Ambassadors Cup Taekwondo Championship started at the K.D. Jadhav Wrestling Hall in Indira Gandhi Sports Complex here on Thursday.


Harbhajan questions on Dhoni’s selection, says I am not enjoying privilege

Harbhajan questions on Dhoni’s selection, says I am not enjoying privilegeExpressing his disappointment over non-selection in Team India for Champions Trophy, Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that he is not given the kind of privilege that Mahendra Singh Dhoni gets.


PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' evokes huge response among masses in India and abroad 

PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' evokes huge response among masses in India and abroad During these three years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced a few things to stay connected with the masses probably which has made him popular. One of the major programme of Modi has been the monthly address - 'Mann Ki Baat' which has a reach of  150 countries and has evoked "huge response" from people of Indian-origin living abroad. The popularity of this segment, saw the broadcasting of Mann Ki Baat on Doordarshan too which began with All India Radio.


PM to open India's longest bridge, built for tanks in Assam tomorrow

PM to open India's longest bridge, built for tanks in Assam tomorrowIndia's longest bridge, over nine kilometres long, will be inaugurated tomorrow in Assam by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his government completes three years in office. Launched a decade ago under the government of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, PM Modi's biggest challenge is to see these projects to completion without the years-long delays that have beset many key endeavours in Asia's third largest economy.


AfDB President hopes India helps bank's skill, power agenda

AfDB President hopes India helps bank's skill, power agendaGandhinagar, May 25 (IANS) Elated over the outcome of the five-day annual meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) and interaction with the Union Ministers, bank President Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday said he hoped India will substantially contribute towards its transformation agenda in skill development, power and agriculture. Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the success of its annual meeting, Adesina said: "... had fruitful meetings with Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, and other Indian Ministers.


Actor Suniel Shetty named event ambassador of Indian Open of Surfing

Actor Suniel Shetty named event ambassador of Indian Open of SurfingMangaluru, May 25 (IANS) Bollywood action superstar and local boy Suniel Shetty was on Thursday named the event ambassador for the second edition of the Indian Open of Surfing that starts at the Sasihithlu beach here on Friday. Recognised by the International Surfing Association and Surfing Federation of India, the three-day extravaganza is a part of the Karnataka Surfing Festival and will witness over 120 surfers of national and international origin, vying for the top honours. The sport has given a lot of opportunity to the locals around the coastal belt of India, generating employment and revenue sources," Shetty said about his association with the event.


Films are made for audience, not for critics, says Arjun Kapoor

Films are made for audience, not for critics, says Arjun KapoorMumbai, May 25 (IANS) Actor Arjun Kapoor, whose latest release "Half Girlfriend" has been appreciated by the audience despite mostly unfavourable reviews, says at the end of the day movies are made for the audience. Most of the time people (critics) want to see a certain type of film, but I feel, people should watch a film with an open mind just the way the audience watches it. "The audience is more open to giving the film space and time to enjoy what it is meant for rather than having preconceived notions.


RIL leads 58 Indian firms in Forbes Global 2000 latest list

RIL leads 58 Indian firms in Forbes Global 2000 latest listMumbai, May 25 (IANS) Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) is the highest ranked Indian firm in Forbes magazine's 'Global 2000' list this year which sees the number of Indian companies in 2017 rising to 58 from last year's 56. "Reliance Industries has witnessed a surge in investor confidence at the stock markets after the launch of its telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm late last year," Forbes' India edition said in a statement here on Thursday. The American magazine said the ranking is based on a mix of four metrics -- sales, profits, assets and market value -- with Forbes giving equal weightage to all four.


Indian PM will be visiting Spain after 30 long years: MEA

Indian PM will be visiting Spain after 30 long years: MEATo discuss key issues on terrorism, infrastructure, technology and business, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled for a two-day visit to Spain on 30th May. Confirming the news, Joint Secretary (EW) Randhir Kumar Jaiswal said that this visit by any Indian Prime Minister will take place after 30 long years. Jaiswal informed that the first visit by any PM of India to Spain was in 1988. During PM Modi's visit, the two countries will discuss cooperation in the fields of renewable energy, high-speed rail, aviation, and waste water management.


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