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Amazon Alexa assisting NASA become smarter at work (29 minutes ago)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
Washington, June 20 (IANS) While you are busy giving Alexa commands to play your favourite song or book an Uber, the intelligent virtual assistant from Amazon is helping the US space agency organise daily tasks while making sense of intrinsic data-sets.

Markets open on a higher note on Wednesday (09:32)
Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Wednesday opened on a positive note during the morning session of the trade.

General Electric dropped from Dow after over 100 years (Lead) (08:46)
New York, June 20 (IANS) General Electric (G.E.), the last original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, was dropped from the blue-chip index for the first time in 110 years and replaced by the Walgreens Boots Alliance drugstore chain.

Italy's Osteria Francescana is world's best restaurant (07:08)
Bilbao (Spain), June 20 (IANS) Italy's Osteria Francescana was proclaimed Tuesday as the best eatery on the planet during the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards ceremony at Bilbao's Euskalduna palace.

General Electric to be removed from Dow index (06:22)
New York, June 20 (IANS) General Electric is going to lose its place on the Dow Jones Industrial Average after more than 100 years in a move that reflects a fall in the firm's fortunes and changes to the US economy.

Iran to oppose proposal to raise OPEC crude output (Lead) (04:44)
Tehran, June 20 (IANS) Iran will not accept Saudi Arabia's proposal to increase crude output of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Iran's representative to the OPEC was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Tourism emerges second largest forex earner in Sri Lanka (04:20)
Colombo, June 20 (IANS) Tourism has emerged as the second highest foreign exchange earner in Sri Lanka, beating the island country's lucrative garment industry which held this position for the past eight years since 2010, official data showed on Tuesday.

Oil prices decline ahead of OPEC meeting (02:32)
New York, June 20 (IANS) Oil prices ended lower on Tuesday as investors were awaiting the upcoming the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meeting.

US-China trade war fears hit global stock markets hard (00:50) IANS Photo Service
New York, June 20 (IANS) Stock markets fell around the world on Tuesday in the wake of US President Donald Trump's latest tariffs threat to China.

Will present full budget in July: Kumaraswamy (00:18) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, June 20 (IANS) Settling speculation over the nature of the state budget for fiscal 2018-19, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said he would present a full budget in July.

Italian army rebuilds key access road in Mosul (00:10)
Rome, June 20 (IANS/AKI) Italian soldiers in Iraq have helped rebuild an access road to Mosul's biggest olive grove located close to the war-ravaged northern city's strategic dam, the army announced on Tuesday.

NGO calls on RS to approve Motor Vehicle Act amendment (23:38)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to reduce road accident deaths in India, Consumer Voice, which works for citizens road safety, on Tuesday asked the Rajya Sabha to pass the bill amending the three-decade-old Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

Salvage team on board fire-ravaged merchant vessel (23:30)
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) A salvage team went on board merchant vessel SSL Kolkata on Monday for the first time since the fire fighting operation in the ship to make an assessment of the situation created by the June 14 blaze, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said.

Presented deficit free budget to make Tripura self-reliant: CM (23:24)
Agartala, June 19 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that the "deficit free budget" presented on Tuesday, his government's first, was intended to make the state "self-reliant".

RBI enhances housing loan limits under priority sector lending (22:50) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 19 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday enhanced the housing loan limits under priority sector lending (PSL) to Rs 35 lakh in metropolitan centres under the affordable housing scheme.

Infosys sustains its eco-friendly mission (22:18) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Global software major Infosys has reduced its electricity consumption per head by 53 per cent over the last decade, the company said in its 11th Annual Sustainability Report on Tuesday.

UP to set up special development council for Kashi Vishwanath temple (22:18) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, June 19 (IANS) In a bid to boost religious tourism in the state, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal of setting up a Special Council for beautification and expansion of the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, officials said.

Nadda releases India's health profile, launches institutional profiling project (22:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Tuesday released the National Health Profile (NHP) 2018, a major aid to policy makers, and launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR) project, which does the institutional profiling of the country.

Truckers' strike enters second day, northeast comes to 'standstill' (22:06) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) As the indefinite nationwide truckers' strike entered its second day, lorry owners and operators on Tuesday said over 50 lakh vehicles remained off the road involving a loss of more than Rs 1,000 crore and the north-eastern region came to "standstill" as a consequence.

Bids for Madhya Pradesh 26 MWp rooftop solar project by July (21:52)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Bids for 26 MWp (mega watt peak) rooftop solar programme being implemented by Madhya Pradesh are to be submitted in July, the state government said on Tuesday.

Infosys opens digital centre in Marseille (21:48) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Global software major Infosys said on Tuesday it has opened a digital centre of excellence at Marseille to provide expertise to its clients in the region, and hire and train local talent.

There should be no distinction between 'good' or 'bad' terrorism: Kovind tells EU (21:30) IANS Photo Service
Athens, June 19 (IANS) Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday urged the European Union (EU) nations to not make distinction between "good" and "bad" terrorism and called for their partnership in battling terror taking root in the region between then.

Holiday season, sales push India's May air passenger traffic higher (Roundup) (21:14)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Despite a hike in air fares, India's domestic air passenger traffic rose by 16.53 per cent in May on the back of the holiday season and sale offers.

Digital services' failures widespread in India: Report (21:14)
New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) While almost all business decision makers in India agree that optimising digital performance is essential for the growth of their businesses, about two-thirds of them face critical digital services and applications failures at least a few times a month, a new global report revealed on Tuesday.

Punjab forest officer critically injured by sand mafia (21:12)
Chandigarh, June 19 (IANS) A forest officer in Punjab was left critically injured on Tuesday after he and other officials were attacked by people from the state's illegal sand mafia.

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