Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki, Dominika Cibulkova storm into third round

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki was in ominous touch Thursday as she blasted into the Australian Open third round to set up a blockbuster meeting with Britain’s Johanna Konta. Diminutive Dominika Cibulkova kept her Australian Open campaign on track as the sixth seed moved deeper into a tournament that has happy memories. Read more | Garbine Muguruza defeats Samantha Crawford to reach Australian Open 3rd round“It’s such a great court. Always amazing playing the biggest courts in tennis,” she said, of once again being on centre court at Melbourne Park. Read more | Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova storm into second round of Australian Open“I know how she played and knew what to expect,” she said of Vekic.

January 19, 2017 04:25 UTC

Yes Bank turns Rana Kapoor into a billionaire as stock climbs

The lender’s shares added another 1.7% to reach Rs1,345.95 on Wednesday, the day before Yes Bank reports its third-quarter earnings. Yes Bank’s stock recently resumed its climb after plunging 18.8% over a ten-day period in early September, when it abandoned plans to raise $1 billion through a share sale. Kapoor, 59, co-founded Yes Bank with his brother-in-law, Ashok Kapur, and colleague Harkirat Singh in 2003. “Given that Yes is a new generation bank, what he has achieved in the last twelve years is quite remarkable.”Kapoor is the only founder among the three to remain at the helm of Yes Bank. The Bombay High Court ruled in 2015 that she had inherited the right to nominate directors to Yes Bank’s board.

January 19, 2017 04:25 UTC

CIA unveils new rules for collecting information on Americans

Langley, Virginia, Jan. 19 (Reuters): The Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday unveiled revised rules for collecting, analyzing and storing information on American citizens, updating the rules for the information age and publishing them in full for the first time. The guidelines are designed “in a manner that protects the privacy and civil rights of the American people,” CIA General Counsel Caroline Krass told a briefing at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The CIA is largely barred from collecting information inside the United States or on US citizens. But a 1980s presidential order provided for discrete exceptions governed by procedures approved by the CIA director and the attorney general. In 2014, legislation gave US intelligence agencies two years to develop procedures limiting the storage of information on US citizens.

January 19, 2017 04:17 UTC

Live: Sensex, Nifty trade flat; banking stocks fall

The benchmark Sensex moved up in early trade on Thursday, extending Wednesday’s gain on sustained buying by participants amid a mixed trend in other Asian markets. The NSE index Nifty too edged higher by 6.15 points, or 0.07%, to 8,423.15. 11.03am: BSE Sensex trades higher by 21 points, or 0.08%, to 27,278, while the Nifty 50 rises 4 points, or 0.04%, to 8,421. 9.31am: BSE Sensex trades higher by 29 points, or 0.11%, to 26,287, while the Nifty 50 rises 4 points, or 0.04%, to 8,421. Axis Bank shares fall 0.7% to Rs485 ahead of its December quarter earnings.

January 19, 2017 04:15 UTC

Rupee hits one-week low, trades at 68.22 against US dollar

The 10-year bond yield was trading at 6.483%, compared to Wednesday’s close of 6.454%. Photo: MintMumbai: The Indian rupee on Thursday weakened for the second session to hit a one-week low against the US dollar, tracking the losses in the Asian currencies markets. At 2pm, the home currency was trading at 68.22 a dollar, down 0.22% from Wednesday’s close of 68.08. The rupee opened at 68.20 a dollar and touched a low of 68.27, a level last seen on 11 January. The 10-year bond yield was trading at 6.483%, compared to Wednesday’s close of 6.454%.

January 19, 2017 04:14 UTC

Election Commission tells its officials to dress well, be punctual and courteous as polls near

It’s not enough for election officials to be familiar with the responsibilities that come with the job. This is what the election commission (EC) had to say in a recent missive to chief electoral officials at Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Goa – which go to the polls on February 4. The letter also asked officials attending review meetings to adhere to a strictly laid-out set of do’s and don’ts. The missive mentioned that during these meets, the EC had found the “content and presentation” of election officials from certain states lacking in quality. They were also told to be prepared for review meetings with the EC, and exercise “courtesy and politeness” in their interactions with panel members.

January 19, 2017 04:13 UTC

Government wants Apple but not all officials are biting

Highlights⇒ India says to keep "open mind" on Apple investment⇒ Some officials challenge U.S. company's demands⇒ Apple letter sets out pre-requisites for making iPhones there⇒ PM Modi met Apple CEO last year to discuss cooperation"We will very much like Apple to come and have a base in India," he said. "Apple is coming here because it sees a lucrative market, this is not a favour being done to India." "What Apple is trying to do, if it happens, I think it will be available to everybody in the industry. Despite the reluctance of some officials, Modi could intervene to get the Apple project back on schedule. Currently, Indian rules restrict such imports to phones that are no older than three years.

January 19, 2017 04:12 UTC

Copa del Rey: Celta ensures second successive defeat for Real Madrid

Real Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Celta Vigo in their Spanish King's Cup quarter-final first leg on Wednesday to slump to their second defeat in a row following a record winning streak. Celta host Real next Wednesday in the second leg of the quarter-final tie with Zidane's side needing to win by at least two goals or with a 3-2 scoreline to advance to the semi-finals. Real have never overturned a 2-1 home defeat in any competition in a two-legged tie. "You can never relax against Real Madrid no matter what result you get and the tie is by no means over," Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo said. Real Madrid is always the favourite against any team, but we're excited about advancing, this is a great moment for the team."

January 19, 2017 04:10 UTC

BJP worker dies after attack in Kerala’s Kannur, hartal today

(Representational image) (Representational image)The cycle of violence in Kerala’s Kannur district continues unabated after a BJP worker died following an attack on his home in Andalur. Santosh, a booth worker of the BJP, is survived by his mother, wife and two children. The district unit of the BJP, which squarely placed the blame for the attack on the ruling CPI(M), called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal on Thursday. The popular youth festival, currently being held in Kannur, has been kept untouched by the hartal. The BJP has also demanded an explanation from chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, whose constituency of Dharmadam, is close to the site of the attack.

January 19, 2017 04:06 UTC

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange retreats from extradition pledge

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (File/AP Photo) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. (File/AP Photo)WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange retreated from his pledge to accept extradition to the US if Chelsea Manning was granted clemency, arguing via his lawyers that what he was really asking for was an immediate pardon for the ex-Army analyst. “Julian Assange Backpedals on Extradition Promise in Record Time,” read one headline in tech website Gizmodo. In December 2010, journalists revealed that WikiLeaks had failed to honour a pledge to help support Manning’s legal defence fund.

January 19, 2017 04:04 UTC

Priyanka Chopra wins People's Choice Awards for Quantico

Bollywood queen and Quantico star Priyanka Chopra won the People's Choice Awards for Favourite Dramatic TV actress. Also read: Another nomination for Quantico star Priyanka Chopra in People's Choice AwardsThe talented actress was up against actresses like Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, and Taraji P Henson. Priyanka looked lovely in her peach dress as she received the award for her role as an intelligence officer in the political-thriller series Quantico. I am sorry it's the concussion talking...this (award) means the world to me," the actress said while accepting the trophy. Congratulations, Priyanka!

January 19, 2017 04:01 UTC

FA Cup: Liverpool win over Plymouth comes after a rare Lucas goal!

The last time Lucas scored was in Europa Cup against Steaua Bucharest in 2010Lucas ended a goal drought stretching back to 2010 and Divock Origi missed a late penalty as Liverpool beat fourth tier Plymouth Argyle 1-0 in an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday. Newcastle United's 3-1 victory over Birmingham City in an all second-tier clash completed the third-round fixtures. Lucas had not found the net since a Europa League clash against Steaua Bucharest in 2010, but he was allowed to rise unchallenged to head in Philippe Coutinho's whipped corner at the near post. Plymouth then frustrated their Premier League visitors for most of the match and almost snatched a leveller when Jake Jervis shaved the post late in the second half. David Cotterill pulled a goal back for Birmingham, but Ritchie's late second from close range wrapped up the win for Newcastle.

January 19, 2017 03:59 UTC

Al Qaeda says Mali bombing punishment for working with France; toll up to 60

A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle penetrated a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 115 soldiers and former fighters who are trying to stabilize the region. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said in a statement on Wednesday that bombing was punishment for groups there cooperating with France, according to a translation released by the SITE Intelligence Group. The office of Mali’s president late Wednesday put the provisional death toll at 60, with 115 wounded. The US condemned the “cowardly attack,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. French President Francois Hollande, who visited a French military base in Gao just a few days ago, also condemned the attack and reiterated support for Mali’s peace process.

January 19, 2017 03:59 UTC

Sensex starts on a cautious note; Nifty50 trades around 8,400 level

NEW DELHI: The S&P BSE Sensex started on a cautious note in morning trade on Thursday, led by losses in HDFC Bank ITC , HDFC, and Axis Bank The Nifty50 was trading around its crucial support level of 8400 weighed down by losses in realty, power, banks, and metal stocks At 09:20 am: The 30-share index was trading 28 points lower or 0.11 per cent at 27,228. It touched a high of 27,281.10 and a low of 27,219.89 in morning trade.The Nifty50 was trading at 8,409 down 10 points or 0.10 per cent. It touched a high of 8,419.90 and a low of 8,405.95 in the first 30 minutes of trade.The S&P BSE Midcap Index was up 0.13 per cent and BSE S&P Smallcap Index was trading 0.17 per cent higher. ONGC (up 0.8 per cent), Tata Motors (up 0.7 per cent), Adani Ports (up 0.62 per cent), Dr Reddy's Laboratories (up 0.53 per cent), and RIL (up 0.40 per cent) were the major Sensex gainers.Axis Bank (down 0.8 per cent), HDFC (down 0.60 per cent), Tata Steel (down 0.45 per cent) were the major Sensex losers.

January 19, 2017 03:56 UTC

demonetisation: RBI has pumped in 9.2 trillion rupees of new notes: Source

Patel met the panel on finance +November 8 abolition of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes +how many of the banned notes had been deposited into the banking system +consultations between the government and the central bank on demonetisation had began in January 2016 +cut a full percentage point off India's GDP growth forecast, to 6.6 percent +NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India has injected 9.2 trillion rupees ($135.21 billion) worth of new currency notes into the banking system to help replace the notes banned in November, a parliamentary panel member quoted RBI governor Urjit Patel as saying on answer questions about the, or 86 percent of the currency then in circulation, in a bid to unearth billions of dollars of unaccounted money.About 15.4 trillion rupees worth of the notes were removed from circulation.Patel, however, failed to provide any figure forand he did not provide clarity on when the cash situation would become normal, according to a second member of the panel who was also present at the appearance.Both the members spoke on the condition of anonymity as the panel's deliberations are confidential.The RBI governor also told the parliamentary panel that, the second panel member said.However, the government notified the RBI it wanted specifically to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 7, a day before the RBI board formally approved the recommendation, the member said, citing a note sent to the panel by the central bank. Modi then announced the decision later on November 8.The ban sparked a severe cash crunch that has disrupted economic activity, leading to the biggest monthly fall in automobile sales in 16 years in December. The slump coincided with a contraction in services industry and manufacturing activity.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday, in the fiscal year that ends in March 2017, citing the blow to the cash-reliant economy.The IMF also trimmed the growth outlook for the fiscal year 2017-18 to 7.2 percent from 7.6 percent estimated earlier.On Wednesday, two top finance ministry officials also appeared before the panel to present the government's position.The member said the panel would summon Patel again after the upcoming parliament session.

January 19, 2017 03:43 UTC

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