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Vodafone completes merger with Idea

New Delhi, Aug 31: The merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India has been completed, creating India’s biggest telecom service provider with over 408 million subscribers, the two companies said on Friday.

A new board has been constituted for the merged entity "Vodafone Idea Ltd' with 12 directors (including six independent directors) and Kumar Mangalam Birla as...

Kumaraswamy says his govt will complete full term

Bengaluru, Aug 30: The JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka has "taken off" smoothly and will complete the full term without hiccups, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said here today on completion of 100 days in office.

The coalition government is "secure" and there are no differences between the ruling allies, he asserted, and strongly criticised the BJP for "creating...

Karnataka CM seeks Centre's help for flood relief

New Delhi, Aug 30: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum seeking relief funds for flood-hit areas in the state.

Kumaraswamy was also accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameswara along with ministers R.V. Deshpande and B. Kashempur.

Earlier today, Kumaraswamy met Minister of State...

Ready to accept Stalin's leadership says M K Alagiri

Madurai, Aug 30: Sending out a signal that he was prepared to bury the hatchet, M K Alagiri today said he was ready to accept the leadership of his younger brother and DMK chief M K Stalin if he was readmitted into the party fold.

The estranged elder brother of Stalin said neither he nor his son Durai Dayanidhi...

No quota in other states if caste is not listed: SC

New Delhi, Aug 30: The Supreme Court on Thursday held that a member of a Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe community cannot claim the benefit of reservation in government employment in other states if his or her caste is not notified there.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi unanimously held that a person belonging...

A 'fancy vivid yellow orange cushion cut' diamond fueled PNB fraud: Report

New Delhi, Aug 30: The price of a large yellow diamond alternately shrank and spiked by about a million dollars as it moved across the globe.

The three-carat gem was shipped at least four times between shadowy companies allegedly controlled by fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi over about five weeks in 2011, according to a report by a US bankruptcy...

Pak regurgitating failed approach on Kashmir: India

United Nations, Aug 30: Pakistan's new government must not indulge in "polemics" but work to build a South Asian region free of terror and violence, India has said after Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN Security Council.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin's remarks came during the UNSC debate on Mediation and Settlement...

Saudi Arabia's NEOM appoints Aradhana Khowala as tourism head

Jeddah, Aug 30: Aradhana Khowala has been appointed as NEOM’s managing director of tourism, the project announced on Wednesday.

NEOM, a $500 billion megacity, is a key part of the Kingdom’s strategic vision to diversify the economy.

“We will be working alongside Aradhana to make NEOM an exceptional global tourism destination looking ahead to the future,” said CEO...

Birds may age faster due to traffic noise

Washington, Aug 28: The next time you continuously keep honking, stop, and think of the birds!

Traffic noise may be associated with an increased rate of telomere loss in Zebra finches that have left the nest, according to a study.

Researchers investigated the effect of traffic noise on the telomere length of offspring Zebra finches. They found zebra...

Android collecting 10 times more data than iOS, claims study

Nashville, Aug 25: Soon after reports emerged about how Google continues to monitor a user`s location even if the location services have been turned off, a new study has claimed that the search giant also resorts to passive methods of data collection which are often overlooked.

A study by Vanderbilt University claims that Android smartphones are collecting...