Contradictory statements on petrol hike by Pranab in Delhi, PM at G20 summit

The Indian government has come under unprecedented criticism over its unilateral hike in petrol price, with allies in the coalition government like Trinamul threatening to quit, while the judiciary, for the first time, intervened. The most intriguing defence of the decision came from none other than the finance minister who said the decision was taken by the petroleum companies and ...

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Post-shut up episode: Will Modi speak for India in China this month?

By Sridhar Narsing When Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi visits China this month, he will have to clear his conscience that the firm HUAWEI, China’s biggest telecom company, investing hugely in Gujarat, did not portray three controversial regions of India as foreign pockets. While China will bend its rules like Beckham with an eye on Modi’s proposal to develop a ...

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Bird watchers and lovers unite with Scotts Birding Identification Mobile App

Now beginning birders and experts alike can identify wild birds and share their sightings with friends from any location. The “Scotts Bird ID” new mobile app through an interactive map helps birders record and track wild bird sightings. to be launched this fall, this app is available in the Apple App Store and the Android Market. The Scotts Bird ID ...

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China-made drop-side baby cribs recalled in US

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled the China-made drop-side baby cribs and asked the consumers to stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Here is the statement issued by the panel. Name of Product: Drop-side cribs Units: About 440 cribs Importer: Dutailier Group Inc., of Quebec, Canada Hazard: The slats on the drop side can detach from ...

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Confidence levels dip among Venture Capitalists in Silicon Valley and China

The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index for the third quarter of 2011, based on a September 2011 survey of 33 San Francisco Bay Area venture capitalists, registered 3.41 on a 5 point scale (with 5 indicating high confidence and 1 indicating low confidence). This quarter’s index dropped significantly from the previous quarter’s reading of 3.66 and marks the second ...

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It’s going to be a long legal battle ahead for Rajat Gupta

By Sharmistha Chakraborty WASHINGTON, DC: The stage is set for a high-stake legal battle between the US government and Rajat Gupta, one of America’s most respected corporate leaders. The Kolkata-born Gupta, charged with insider trading, has pleaded not guilty and was granted bail after he turned himself in at the office of Federal Bureau of investigation in Manhattan on last ...

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Google’s Halloween Doodle is out

Like many kids, Halloween seemed like the most grown-up holiday of all for Googler Sophia Foster-Dimino. “For one thrilling night of the year, I got to stay up late trick-or-treating, watch scary movies with my friends, and wield sharp and pointy objects (safety first, of course!) while carving a macabre face into a pumpkin,” she writes on Google’s official blog. ...

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DNAinfo Offers Halloween Special for New York City

Waiting until the last minute to make Halloween plans? DNAinfo.com has a comprehensive neighborhood guide to Halloween in New York City, including ghostly haunts, safe places for trick or treating with kids, and the best city locations for pumpkin picking. “As New York City’s leading neighborhood news source, DNAinfo.com has uncovered unusual, safe and fun Halloween activities for kids and ...

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Hooters Girls on Facebook in Halloween Costume Contest

This Halloween season Hooters is hosting a Hooters Girls Halloween Costume Contest on Facebook. Hooters Girls from across the country have submitted photos of themselves in their Halloween Costumes and will compete against other Hooters Girls from across the country for a chance to win $6,000. Fans can go to www.Facebook.com/Hooters to vote for their favorite costume. This is the ...

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VTech Releases InnoTab Tablet for kids

VTech has released the InnoTab, a multi-function educational tablet for children at major retail and toy stores and VTechKids.com. The innovative learning app tablet brings interactive and animated reading, educational gaming, creative activities, and a rich collection of applications to children ages 4-9. InnoTab comes with an animated e-book, motion games, creative activities, MP3 music player, photo viewer, video player, ...

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Drop in U.S. Toys’ Imports at 9% sends alarming bells

Toys imports into the United States tumbled 9 percent year-over-year in September, as the country’s retailers apparently chose caution over Christmas cheer heading into the 2011 holiday season, according to figures from The Journal of Commerce/PIERS. The drop in container volume, most of it from China, was the eighth straight for toys coming into the United States and a strong ...

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PepsiCo provides $8M to Water.org to scale up WaterCredits in India

PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, has provided $8 million to Water.org to scale up WaterCredit, which provides micro loans to families in India. The grant will help 800,000 people to access safe water by March 2016. The $8-million grant is the largest contribution by the Foundation in its 50-year history. In 2008, the PepsiCo Foundation contributed $4.1 million ...

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YouTube unveils host of new channels, movie streaming

YouTube said new original channels will start to roll out on its platform from next month and these ad-supported channels include verticals from fashion, sports, music, comedy, animation to news and education. The new channels are backed by some of the biggest producers and celebrities from Hollywood, some of the hottest emerging media companies, and some of the earliest pioneers ...

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Rajat Gupta released on bail

Rajat Gupta, who surrendered to FBI on Wednesday, has been released on bail. The former McKinsey chief was accused in an insider trading scam in the United States. Though he surrendered, he pleaded not guilty throwing the gauntlet at the authorities to prove him guilty. He is facing charges in a 6-count indictment for alleged insider trading.

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