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India pressed ahead with banknote ban despite RBI concerns

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NEW DELHI/MUMBAI India pushed ahead with its decision to scrap banknotes even as the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) own board expressed concern whether the cash could be replaced quickly enough, the central bank has said in written testimony to parliament.

Japan threatens India with WTO on steel as Trump era heralds rising trade tensions

TOKYO Japan is threatening to take India to the WTO over restrictions that nearly halved its steel exports to the South Asian nation over the past year, a step that could trigger more trade spats as global tensions over steel and other commodities run high.

Business, Economy, Japan 6:35pm IST

Asia gold demand slows on higher prices

MUMBAI/BENGALURU Gold demand slowed in India this week as buyers postponed purchases on expectation of a cut in import duty and after a rebound in prices, while it was tepid across other major trading centres in Asia.

Business, Economy 4:29pm IST

Fairfax may sell 25 percent of India's ICICI Lombard in up to $1 billion deal - sources

MUMBAI Fairfax Financial Holdings is in early talks to sell 25 percent of India's largest private general insurer ICICI Lombard in a deal that could fetch up to $1 billion, as the Canadian firm looks to cash out and start a new insurance joint venture, sources familiar with the matter said.

Business 5:19pm IST

Supreme Court to hear plea seeking to defer annual budget

NEW DELHI The Supreme Court said on Friday it would hear a plea at the start of next week that seeks to postpone the government's annual budget, due to be delivered on Feb. 1, until after five forthcoming state elections are held.

Business 5:24pm IST

RBI working on plan to reduce online charges - sources

NEW DELHI The Reserve Bank of India is working on a plan to reduce online transaction costs as it tries to encourage more digital banking, two parliamentary panel members quoted central bank governor Urjit Patel as saying on Friday.

Economy, Business 3:18pm IST

"The work begins!" - Trump to be sworn in as U.S. president

WASHINGTON Donald Trump will be sworn in on Friday as the 45th president of the United States, taking power over a divided country after a savage campaign and setting the country on a new, uncertain path at home and abroad.

World, 7:12pm IST

Trapped in dying tea gardens, workers lose children to traffickers

JALPAIGURI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fagua Ooraon was running late for work when traffickers stopped outside his hut and said they were taking his teenage daughter with them to the city for better employment.

5:23pm IST

Vintage Federer makes statement with Berdych demolition

MELBOURNE A rampaging Roger Federer delivered a stunning reminder of his class with a crushing 6-2 6-4 6-4 win over Tomas Berdych to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

7:08pm IST

After Chinese investment, Pakistan's bourse bets on derivatives

KARACHI Pakistan's soaring stock exchange will introduce derivatives trading from the middle of 2017, the bourse's managing director said, announcing the move weeks after a Chinese-led consortium took a strategic stake.

Business, South Asia 6:14pm IST

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Fairfax may sell 25 percent of India's ICICI Lombard in up to $1 billion deal - sources

MUMBAI Fairfax Financial Holdings is in early talks to sell 25 percent of India's largest private general insurer ICICI Lombard in a deal that could fetch up to $1 billion, as the Canadian firm looks to cash out and start a new insurance joint venture, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Sensex falls 1 percent; Axis Bank slumps after results

Indian shares fell 1 percent on Friday to post their first weekly fall in four as Axis Bank slumped after it posted disappointing results, dragging down other lenders.

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Exclusive: HSBC cutting around 100 senior banking jobs globally - sources

LONDON HSBC has begun cutting around 100 senior jobs in its investment banking division worldwide this week, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Wall Street set to rise ahead of Trump inauguration

U.S. stocks looked set to advance on Friday, with investors counting down to Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

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Indian women take to the streets to 'reclaim the night' after mass molestation

Hundreds of women are expected to march and hold events in more than 20 cities across India on Saturday to "reclaim the night" and demand their right to safe public spaces after the alleged mass molestation of women in the city of Bengaluru on New Year's Eve.

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