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Vehicle startups raised billions, India asks WhatsApp to u-turn, and TikTok cosied up to the UK government.

Joe Biden and the special relationship: What America's new president means for the UK and Brexit

Finale of Kaun Banega Crorepati 12 to honour Kargil War heroes, in the run-up to Republic Day

We speak to the gameshow’s ‘lifeline’ expert for the day, Colonel (retired) Vembu Shankar

Donald Trump's presidency: The best and worst moments from his four years as US President

Japan Inc faces potential forced sell-off of cross-shareholdings

TSE reshuffle and aggressive new proxy adviser guidelines target widely criticised practice

US Death Toll from COVID-19 Pandemic Reaches 400,000

Nation observes tragic milestone as new variant of coronavirus discovered in California  

Working on addressing misinformation on user policy update, available to answer any question: WhatsApp

The spokesperson added that WhatsApp will always protect personal messages with end-to-end encryption, so that neither WhatsApp nor Facebook can see them.

Pearson warns of uncertainty over exams

Fourth quarter shows pick-up in online learning businesses but lockdowns hit media group hard

Brazilian variant: what is the new Covid strain and should I be worried?

UK Consumer Price Inflation Accelerates In December

UK consumer price inflation accelerated more than expected in December, data released by the Office for National Statistics showed on Wednesday.

Asian Shares Advance On US Stimulus Hopes

Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday after U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen backed major fiscal stimulus to help workers and businesses battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Blog: Disruptive Trump news cycle comes to an end

In a concession speech of sorts last night, he finally reconciled to the idea of having lost the election.

4 soldiers injured in Pakistani firing along LoC in J&K's Akhnoor sector

Four soldiers of the Army sustained injuries as Pakistani troops opened fire targeting forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Ka

Indian minister discusses ICA approval issues

Other requests made by the ISC includes exemption in quarantine for vaccine recipients travelling to India.

IPO Lockup Expiration Alert: Inozyme Pharma

The lockup period of Boston, Massachusetts-based Inozyme Pharma (INZY) ends today, i.e., January 20, 2021. Inozyme Pharma is a rare disease biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of calcification disorders of the circulatory system, bones, and kidneys.

Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy: India starts exports

Initial shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine to Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and the Seychelles

Estonia Producer Prices Rise In December

Estonia's producer prices grew in December, data from Statistics Estonia showed on Wednesday.

Jack Ma makes first public appearance online since three-month silence

China’s highest-profile entrepreneur has ended his absence from public view that prompted speculation about the future of the e-commerce billionaire and his Alibaba Group.

Movers & Shakers: Pitchfork Communications, Gusto Luxe, and more

PRWeek Asia’s round-up of industry hires, departures, promotions and business wins.

Travel news latest: Airbnb under fire for promoting lockdown holiday lets to 'drunk, shouty' groups

Scotland lockdown: what are the latest Covid rules under the 'stay at home' order?

Coronavirus crisis: What's in Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan?

Joe Biden wants to spend $1.9 trillion on a relief program aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused in the US. DW explains what the funding is intended for and how quickly it can flow.

Cruise, GM partner with Microsoft to ramp up self-driving vehicles

The new investment pushes Cruise to the forefront of companies developing self-driving vehicles and technology.

How many coronavirus cases have there been in your area? Use our tool to find out

German Producer Prices Unexpectedly Rise In December

Germany's producer prices rose for the first time in eleven months in December, defying expectations for further decline, data from Destatis showed on Wednesday.

First home buyers flood back into market on low rates, rising house prices

Two of the country’s biggest mortgage brokers have experienced a surge in loan applications from first home buyers.

School closures in Covid lockdown: latest news on when they could reopen

The priority list for the Covid vaccines - and how you will be contacted

Maratha quota: SC to hear schedule of hearing pleas on February 5

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would decide on February 5 the schedule of hearing on the pleas pertaining to the 2018 Maharashtra law grantin

Jack Ma, Alibaba Co-Founder, Makes First Appearance Since Criticizing China

Mr. Ma, the co-founder of the retailing giant Alibaba, had disappeared after criticizing Chinese regulators late last year.

Building a championship team is well worth the effort

The success of your company is no accident. In fact, your background — your dedication, your drive, your work ethic, your overarching life beliefs — will shape your future and the work you do. Other important founding forces are your hard work, perseverance, education, personal sacrifice, ...

US Capitol riots: Everything we know about what happened when Trump's supporters stormed Washington

Taiwan Export Orders Rise More Than Expected

Taiwan's export orders rose more than expected in December, data from the Ministry of Economic Affairs showed on Wednesday.

UAE Covid vaccine: Drive-thru vaccination centres announced

The move is part of the UAE's nationwide campaign to vaccinate 50% of the community by the end of March.

Farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day: Group of farm union leaders to meet police officials

Leaders of all 40 farm unions will meet three cabinet ministers for the 10th round of talks.

What Donald Trump's impeachment means and his chances of a comeback

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana: PM Modi releases financial assistance of around Rs 2,691 crore to 6.1 lakh beneficiaries in UP

The beneficiaries of PMAY-G, in addition to the unit assistance, are also provided support of unskilled labour wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and assistance of Rs. 12,000 for construction of toilets through Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G), ...

Budget 2021 must fix a broken labour market to boost demand

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has described her upcoming budget as unlike anything seen in the last 100 years. When she presents it on February 1, Sitharaman will not only aim to repair battered government finances and ensure demand recovers in an economy facing its worst contraction ...

Divya Dutta comes aboard Kangana Ranaut-starrer ‘Dhaakad’

The movie, which is being headlined by Kangana Ranaut, will also feature actor Arjun Rampal

UK continues to dominate European fintech investment

The UK fintech sector has retained its role as the top-ranking investment destination in Europe, with $4.1bn invested across a total of 408 deals in 2020.

Harbhajan says IPL contract with CSK has ended

veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday said his contract with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings has ended, bringing to a conclusion

SC irked over aspersions cast on members of court-appointed committee on farm laws

The police has the "authority" to deal with the issue pertaining to the proposed tractor march in Delhi on the Republic Day, the bench said.

Leaking of official secret of military operations is treason: A.K. Antony

Leaking of official secret of military operations is treason and those involved must be punished, Congress leader A.K. Antony said on Wednesday refe

Cabinet approves MoU with Uzbekistan for cooperation in solar energy

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave ex-post facto approval to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Uzbekistan for cooperation in the

European Shares Edge Higher On Stimulus Hopes

European stocks rose Wednesday on the back of a slew of positive earnings releases and new U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's pledge to "act big" on stimulus to reinvigorate the world's largest economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Captain Ketch goes around the world

British adventurer James Ketchell flew into the Guinness World Records when he became the first to officially circumnavigate the globe in a gyrocopter in 2019. In 2023, he will sail the world with young ex-offenders in a bid to give them a second chance

Woman with COVID-19 and other co-morbidities, undergoes challenging surgery in Chennai

The 70-year-old had a fractured elbow and co-morbidities including diabetes and hypertension

Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu top in NITI innovation index

Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Kerala have been ranked as top five states in innovation in Niti Aayog's second Innovation Index r

Microsoft increases upload file size limit to 250 GB for Teams, OneDrive

The software giant says the enhancement will facilitate sharing of large files such as 4K or 8K video files, 3D models, CAD files, or data sets with co-workers, clients and peers.

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Q&A: How effective is it, and how is it different to the Pfizer vaccine?

UK Consumer Price Inflation Doubles In December

UK consumer price inflation doubled in December on higher transport and recreation costs, data released by the Office for National Statistics showed on Wednesday. Inflation accelerated to 0.6 percent from 0.3 percent in November. The rate was above economists' forecast of 0.5 percent. ...

Notable Names on Trump's Pardon List

US President Donald Trump issued a flurry of presidential pardons and commutations for 143 people on Wednesday

Aus budgeting app Frollo brings Open banking to Android

Leading Australian fintech company, Frollo, launches Open Banking on Android with their new budgeting app.

Bango partners with TPay Mobile

Bango (AIM: BGO), the data-driven commerce company, and TPAY MOBILE FZ-LLC (TPAY MOBILE, the full-service digital payments platform for the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, have formed a strategic partnership to increase access to digital commerce.

Security firms step up presence, services ahead of inauguration

Following the Capitol riots, some business owners have requested additional services and the ability to do a hard lockdown of their buildings.

'There’s no other law like this in Australia': Facebook hits out at digital media code

In his first major comments since threatening to ban news in September, Facebook's local boss has doubled down on his criticism of new Australian laws.

SmartStream unveils API suite

SmartStream Technologies, the financial Reference Data Utility (RDU) solutions provider, today announces the launch of its Application Programming Interface (API) suite – for quicker access to services providing accurate data, with improved customer service, operational efficiency, greater ...

Growing Swarms of Locust Converging on Kenya Threaten Crops

Kenya is under siege by swarms of crop damaging locusts   

Alibaba's shares surge as Jack Ma reappears

BEIJING: Shares in internet giant Alibaba soared more than 8% Wednesday after billionaire founder Jack Ma made his first public appearance since November, ending weeks of speculation about his whereabouts after the company took a kicking from Chinese regulators.

BA owner agrees cut-price deal of €500m for Air Europa

IAG pays half original amount for Spanish carrier and defers payment for six years

Northmill Bank introduces its third savings account

The neobank Northmill Bank, which has the vision to improve people’s financial life, launches a new 24 months fixed-rate savings account with a 1.35 % annual interest rate and state-provided deposit insurance up to SEK 1,050,000.

Trump laid out a vision for America in his inaugural address 4 years ago. He has come nowhere near realizing it.

President Trump will leave office with more Americans out of work than when he started, and with the US's international reputation damaged.

Lithuania's Paysera expands to Spain

The Lithuanian-born e-payment network Paysera is expanding to Spain, where the company Paysera España was established in the city of Valencia.

Sandstone Technology appoints new CCO

Sandstone Technology has today announced the appointment of Ross Watts as Chief Customer Officer.

Plastiq integrates with Intuit QuickBooks

Today, Plastiq, the intelligent payment solutions provider for businesses, announced it is the first company to fully integrate Intuit QuickBooks Online into its payments platform.

Broadridge wins regulatory reporting contract from Clearstream

Deutsche Börse subsidiaries, such as Clearstream, one of the largest global providers of post-trading services, will from 2021 onwards use software products from BearingPoint RegTech to meet most of their regulatory reporting requirements.

Eurozone Inflation Remains Negative As Estimated

Eurozone inflation remained negative for the fifth straight month in December, as initially estimated, final data from Eurostat showed Tuesday.

South Africa Inflation Eases In December

South Africa's consumer price inflation eased in December, figures from Statistics South Africa showed on Wednesday.

Suriname Could Be Latest Big Oil Find as Industry Cuts Costs

The small South American country has become a hot prospect for oil companies looking to produce fossil fuels while spending less.

Paymentology selected to join Mastercard’s Fintech Express and Engage programmes

Payment processing platform, Paymentology, has been selected by Mastercard to join Mastercard’s Fintech Express programme and its Engage Programme.

Wearing a cactus

Leather pouches and wallets made from the spiny plants lend a luxurious feel and help cut plastic pollution

Nandigram poised to influence history again

Mamata to contest the seat, directly challenging her once protégé, now detractor Suvendu Adhikari, who currently holds it

Harley-Davidson seeks sale-leaseback deal for Revere-Malden site

The Boston Harley-Davidson dealership, located on the border of Revere and Malden, wants to market three buildings as part of a sale-leaseback deal. The site is adjacent to a now-closed Showcase Cinemas location that is slated to become home to an Amazon distribution site.

Hybrid wealth platform Wealthpilot raises €8 million

Wealthpilot, a Munich-based provider of consumer financial data agregation software for the wealth management industry, has raised €8 million in fresh capital.

TN medical students association requests implementation of OBC reservation

The Tamil Nadu Medical Students Association (TNMSA) has requested the Central government to implement reservation for students belonging to Other Back

Ground floor of two-storey building in Madurai, sinks

Residents of the building managed to escape; officials said incessant rains could be the cause

Sundaram Finance makes top level changes

The board of Sundaram Finance met on Wednesday and named Rajiv Lochan (director Strategy) as managing director with effect from April 1

NICE Actimize drives AML cloud transformation for Vancity

NICE Actimize, a NICE (NASDAQ: NICE) business, has been selected by Vancouver City Savings Credit Union (Vancity), a member-owned financial co-operative headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, to drive and implement its modernized, cloud-based antimoney laundering operation.

A robot predicts partner’s action like long-time couples do, study finds

The observing robot could predict its partner's path 98 out of 100 times, in different situations

Netflix surpasses 200 million subscribers for the first time

The streaming platform gained another 37 million subscribers last year, a 22% increase from 2019

Erie County Medical Center looks to expanded psych program opportunities

Erie County Medical Center expects to grow its behavioral health services this year, with expansions planned for its partial hospitalization program, and possibly a new intensive outpatient program.

Chennai NGO reunites boy from Odisha with his family

The boy had left his family home, and reached Padappai in Chengalpet district, and did not know how to get back home

The Hindu Margazhi Classical Music Competition: Arnav Vikranth Thirkannad, third prize in Konnakkol, 0-12 years

The Hindu Margazhi Classical Music Competition: Arnav Vikranth Thirkannad, third prize in Konnakkol, 0-12 years

The Hindu Margazhi Classical Music Competition: Aniruddha Pradyumna Kandadai, second prize in Konnakkol, 0-12 years

The Hindu Margazhi Classical Music Competition: Aniruddha Pradyumna Kandadai, second prize in Konnakkol, 0-12 years

Farmer dies after consuming poisonous substance at Tikri border

He had consumed Sulphas tablets at the farmers’ protest site at Tikri, police said.

UAE reports 3,506 Covid cases, 3,746 recoveries, 6 deaths

The new cases were detected through additional 162,945 tests.

Connecting: Have hope

I’m told that fear is among the most powerful of emotions. It is primal and can cause one to act out of character. Furthermore, it is often difficult to overcome fear. In order to do so, one must call on another strong emotion. I recommend hope. With hope, one has a positive expectation ...

Signal AI hires Clancy Childs as chief product officer

Childs spent more than a decade working at Dow Jones and Google.

Girish Karnad’s play ‘Broken Images’ to be staged in Coimbatore

The play is directed by Jayashree Murthy, founder director of Sthaayi School Of Theatre Arts and performed by Minakshi Vyas

Joele Frank, SVC, Brunswick: which agencies topped Mergermarket 2020 M&A adviser rankings?

Joele Frank overtook Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) as the agency that handled the most M&A deals by value globally in 2020, although the latter retained the top spot by deal volume, new research shows.

Biden to sign 15 executive orders on day one as president

“Mr. Biden will take action – not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration – but also to start moving the country forward.”

Warne predicts ‘huge fallout’ in Australian team after series loss to India

Warne was, however, effusive in his praise for the Indian team which braved injuries to its key players and absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli after the first Test on paternity leave to emerge triumphant

E. Facilities Solutions' Bill Hibbard joins forces with J.R. Militello Realty

It was only natural that veteran commercial real-estate agents Jim Militello and Bill Hibbard — who have worked together on countless deals over the years — join forces.

The 22-year-old accused of stealing Pelosi's laptop and planning to sell it to Russia has been given new charges that could see her jailed for 20 years

The location of the laptop remains unknown, but an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was only used for presentations.

Sensex, Nifty hit fresh closing highs on global cues

Equity indices scaled fresh peaks on Wednesday with the benchmark BSE sensex rising nearly 400 points led by gains in IT and auto stocks. Both the indices jumped amid positive cues from global markets.

I spent the day around Mar-a-Lago. See the exclusive enclave where Trump is retreating, complete with billionaire neighbors, ornate mansions, and Floridian Ferraris.

We spent a day exploring Donald Trump's new stomping grounds - the ritzy Florida area around Mar-a-Lago, his private club. Here's what it's like.

Netflix stock jumps 13% after the entertainment titan says it will end its borrowing binge and explore stock buybacks

The streaming service added a record 37 million paid subscribers in 2020, boosting its total members to over 200 million.

Elon Musk's 'Not-A-Flamethrower' has been turning up in drug busts and weapon seizures

The Not-A-Flamethrower has turned up in at least three police weapon seizures since July last year, per a new report from TechCrunch.

Covid-19 ignites national market for RubberForm's curbside signs

With the rise in curbside pickups at restaurant and retail locations, RubberForm found it could offer domestically produced sign bases.

Dayton-area business leader shares future insights

Stephen Hightower is self-made entrepreneur who has taken his company to new heights, standing as one of the fastest-growing companies in the region.

Alibaba jumps 7% after billionaire Jack Ma appeared in a 50-second videoclip after weeks of laying low

The billionaire, who is a former English teacher, seemed to embrace themes promoted by China's Communist Party, Bloomberg said.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari calls for reducing road accidents by half by 2025

The Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari has asked state governments to accord top priority to road safety, in a statement released by the ministry. Nitin Gadkari was addressing 19th meeting of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) on Tuesday (January 19) in New ...

Music stars slam UK's 'shameful' failure on EU touring rules

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been “shamefully failed” by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union. In a letter published ...

Markets end at fresh lifetime highs; Sensex above 49,700

The 30-share Sensex advanced by 393.83 or 0.80 per cent to close at its fresh record of 49,792.12.  The broader NSE Nifty jumped 123.55 points or 0.85 per cent to settle at a lifetime high of 14,644.70. World stocks advanced on Wednesday after US Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen called ...

Fox News has reportedly fired at least 16 staffers. They include political editor Chris Stirewalt, who defended the network's Arizona election call that angered Trump.

Fox attributed the lay-offs to a restructuring, but insiders said the cuts were designed to shift the network towards more right-wing opinion content.

Stage Set For Biden's Inauguration

Stage is set outside the Capitol for Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States at noon Wednesday. Biden, 78, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, 56, will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Born to parents of Indian and Jamaican ...

Here are some of Baron Wolman's photos on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will exhibit about 75 photos and other items of the late photographer Baron Wolman through the end of 2021. Wolman gifted the Rock Hall with its largest-ever archival donation, consisting of more than 100,000 images and other media, at his ...

How Mayo Clinic sparks business innovation in Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic is an economic engine for its hometown of Rochester, Minnesota. The health care research leader is the city’s largest employer and the largest driver of visitors to the region, with an estimated 1.2 million patients and their families traveling annually to the region to receive ...

Ikea Singapore embraces typo on reusable bag

The furniture giant casually exclaimed ‘Alamak’ and quickly went back to business as usual.

Trump in final parting shot hits Venezuela with sanctions

The Trump administration issued a parting shot at Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, announcing a sweeping round of stiff financial sanc

Cease-Fire Is Top Priority for Afghan Government Negotiators in Doha

Afghanistan’s High Peace Council says an immediate cease-fire is a top priority for the Afghan government negotiators in the second round of the intra-Afghan talks in Doha

Follow the howl

An online survey seeks to find out if the common jackal is disappearing from Kerala’s countryside

What next for Donald Trump's children following Joe Biden's inauguration?

Seattle-based Digital Fortress acquires 3 Oregon data centers

The move caps off a strategic shift for Atmosera that started six years ago to focus on cloud services.

UK inflation jumps despite Covid Christmas curbs

The UK inflation rate surges to 0.6% in December from 0.3% in November despite the closure of non-essential shops.

UK inflation bounces back as prices of transport and clothing rise

The cost of consumer goods rose by 0.6% in December, up from 0.3% the previous month

How Joe Biden's 2021 inauguration day will compare to past ceremonies

Sonia Gandhi calls Brisbane Test victory a shot in the arm

Congress president writes letter congratulating Indian cricket team

Peria Suriyur jallikattu, first in Tiruchi, begins

Spectators threw COVID-19 safety norms to the winds, not adhering to physical distancing norms

Asian markets gain on hopes Biden will act on economy, virus

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president Wednesday, though worries about surging coronavirus cases sapped the Japanese market's early gains. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4% to finish at 28,523.26. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 ...

Tamil Nadu electorate stands at 6.26 crore

Women voters outnumber men; Shozhinganallur has the highest number of voters, while Harbour has the lowest

Netflix’s first Telugu film ‘Pitta Kathalu’ on February 19

The anthology film has stories of women, directed by Tharun Bhascker, B V Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin and Sankalp Reddy

New Law Threatens Future of Turkish NGOs

The measure allows the government to seize critical NGOs – among the last independent and critical voices in Turkey

BHP slashes values of Australian thermal coal assets

That country’s coal industry has been rocked by China’s decision to ban imports because of a row over coronavirus

At 13th spot, Pant is now world's best-ranked keeper in Tests

India's Rishabh Pant became the top-ranked wicket-keeper batsman in the world after his sensational series-winning 89-run knock in the Brisbane matc

Burberry sales fall as pandemic forces store closures

Coronavirus restrictions shut 15% of stores worldwide but Asia shows some recovery

Trump's last minute pardons include a guy who shared Google's trade secrets with Uber, a snake smuggler, and a man charged with cyberstalking a doctor

Many on the list were low-level non-violent drug offenders, but Trump also offered pardons and clemency to some surprising figures.

Jack Ma appears for first time since regulatory crackdown

BEIJING: Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese internet behemoth Alibaba, made his first public appearance in over two months in an online video Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about his whereabouts.

TN receives 5,08,500 more doses of Covishield vaccine

Till Tuesday, 25,908 persons including doctors, nurses, paramedical personnel and frontline workers of the Health Department have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine, Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar said

EU sighs with relief as Biden readies to enter White House

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden will be taking over as president of the United States, but they warned that the world has changed after four years of Donald Trump and that trans-Atlantic ties will be different in the ...

How COVID-19 Is Straining Human Rights in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines

Government agents in some countries used stay-home orders to squelch political dissent or bar marginal population groups from aid, human rights groups say

BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine found effective against Covid-19 variant

Laboratory-based study shows mutations were neutralised by antibodies in blood of vaccinated patients

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