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Railways cuts down sleeping hours for passengers by an hour

The Railways is trying to put an end to those tiresome quarrels that break out due to oversleeping passengers on the middle and lower berths by reducing official sleeping hours. According to a circular issued by the railway board, the passengers in the reserved coaches can only sleep between 10 pm and 6 am to allow others to sit on the seats for ...

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Supreme Court names administrators to run BCCI

A historian, a retired auditor and a financial executive were among four people named by India’s highest court on Monday to run the country’s cricket board (BCCI). Former India women’s captain Diana Edulji was the only administrator with direct cricket experience although historian and columnist Ramachandra Guha has written numerous books about the sport. Earlier this month, BCCI president Anurag ...

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Trump fires top government lawyer for defiance on immigration order

By Julia Edwards Ainsley and Dan Levine | WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO U.S. President Donald Trump fired the federal government’s top lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and saying the Justice Department would not defend his new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations. The White House said on Twitter that Dana ...

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Patients ‘fleeced’: 8 Mumbai hospitals found selling medical items without MRP in Mumbai

In case of Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Andheri, the agency found the MRP was not declared  THE Legal Metrology Department on Monday found eight city hospitals allegedly fleecing patients by selling packaged medical items without the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) printed, as mandated under the Packaged Commodity Rules (PCR). The agency’s probe found a huge difference between MRP charged ...

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Saudi Arabia gives final approval to VAT

A five-per cent levy will apply to certain goods following a GCC agreement last June Riyadh: Saudi Arabia is ready to implement a region-wide value added tax, the cabinet said on Monday, giving final approval to the measure which will take effect next year. Cabinet “decided to approve the Unified Agreement for Value Added Tax” to be implemented throughout the ...

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Dubai Expo 2020 to award $3b of building orders in 2017

The 47 construction contracts to be awarded are open to both local and foreign companies Dubai: Dubai’s World Expo 2020 plans to award 47 construction contracts valued at Dh11 billion ($3 billion) this year, providing an economic boost for the United Arab Emirates even as oil prices remain low. The contracts, which are open to both local and foreign companies, ...

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Pakistan orders house arrest for alleged brain of 2008 Mumbai attacks

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Mubashar Bukhari | ISLAMABAD/LAHORE Pakistan on Monday ordered Hafiz Saeed, accused by the United States and India of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people, to be placed under house arrest. The move came after years of pressure and could ease recently escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Saeed’s ...

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As price war rages, Vodafone India seeks merger with rival Idea Cellular leftright 2/2leftright

By Kate Holton and Sankalp Phartiyal | LONDON/MUMBAI Britain’s Vodafone Group confirmed on Monday it was in talks to merge its Indian subsidiary with local rival Idea Cellular in an all-share deal that would create a new market leader better able to contest a brutal new price war. Vodafone, the world’s second-largest cellphone operator, has endured a tumultuous ride since ...

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