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Supreme Court rules privacy a right, throwing ID cards into doubt

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NEW DELHI The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict that could derail the world's largest biometric ID card programme now under way.

Sensex edges higher; Infosys gains

Indian shares inched up in thin trade on Thursday with gains in IT stocks such as Infosys Ltd offsetting losses in banking shares.

Budget 2017, Business 11:47am IST

India eyes remote air traffic control towers for regional airports

NEW DELHI India is considering setting up remote air traffic control (ATC) towers to cut costs and overcome labour shortages, government sources told Reuters, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to open dozens of regional airports to boost air travel.

Budget 2017, Business, 11:37am IST

Infosys shares rise on reports co-founder Nilekani may return to board

MUMBAI Shares in Infosys rose for a third straight day on Thursday, following reports that former Chief Executive Nandan Nilekani could return to the board to help the software services exporter ride out its latest controversy.

Tech, Budget 2017, Business 11:13am IST

Pakistan's PM, military meet to respond to Trump's criticism

ISLAMABAD Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will meet with powerful Pakistani generals on Thursday to formulate a response to the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan that includes greater pressure on Islamabad to do more to rein in militants.

South Asia, World, 12:27pm IST

Dutch police question Spaniard after concert cancelled

AMSTERDAM/MADRID Dutch police on Thursday questioned a Spanish man detained with gas canisters in a van while driving near a concert venue where a rock concert was cancelled due to a threat of an attack.

World, Spain, 11:07am IST

Sterlite to invest $1 billion annually in Brazil power lines - source

SAO PAULO India's largest power transmission company Sterlite Power Grid Ventures Ltd will invest around $1 billion per year in the next few years to build power lines in Brazil, a source with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters on Wednesday.

Budget 2017, Business 8:36am IST

Insight: Globalization's castaways haunt central bankers

MASSENA, New York/JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming After a turbulent year of anti-globalization backlash, central bankers still argue open borders and free trade are the key to more jobs, growth and prosperity.

China tells U.S. that Pakistan's security concerns must be respected

BEIJING The United States must value Pakistan's role in Afghanistan and respect its security concerns, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call, according to Chinese state media.

South Asia, World 9:08am IST

Ahead of Lee verdict, Samsung Group lacks leadership 'Plan B'

SEOUL Samsung Group, South Korea's leading conglomerate, has no 'Plan B' for taking big decisions if its billionaire de facto leader Jay Y. Lee is jailed for corruption, people familiar with the matter said.

Budget 2017, Business, Tech 9:25am IST

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Asia stocks brush off Wall Street slide after Trump's comments, dollar revives

SINGAPORE Asian stocks and the dollar edged up on Thursday, shaking off the risk aversion that gripped financial markets overnight after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S. government and end the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Oil steady after U.S. crude stockpiles drop; traders watch Gulf of Mexico storm

SINGAPORE Oil was steady on Thursday, holding gains from the previous session after another fall in U.S. crude inventories indicated a tighter market, and as a tropical storm was heading for oil producing facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gold eases ahead of Jackson Hole central bankers meet

BENGALURU Gold nudged lower on Thursday, giving up some of its gains made after U.S. President Donald Trump's threat of a government shutdown, with investors remaining focused on a major central bankers conference in Jackson Hole.

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Fellow Republicans rebuke Trump over government shutdown threat

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans rebuked him on Wednesday after his threat to shut down the U.S. government over funding for a border wall rattled markets and cast a shadow over congressional efforts to raise the country's debt ceiling and pass spending bills. | Video

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Movie Review: Bareilly Ki Barfi

Bitti Sharma is a conundrum. She lives in a small town, works in a dingy government office and her only dream seems to be to get married. She also smokes cigarettes, watches pirated English films and break-dances. The heroine of Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s “Bareilly Ki Barfi” seems interesting at first. She ruins it all by reading a book.

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