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OPEC, allies agree to reduce crude production by 1.2 mn bpd


Vienna, Dec 8:  The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied producers agreed to lower their production of crude oil by 1.2 million barrels per day for a six-month period. The measure, which was spearheaded by Russia, will come into effect on January 1. The OPEC’s decision was announced to the press by Iran’s Oil Minister, Bijan Zanganeh, at ...

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Italy fines Facebook 10 mn euros for misleading users


London, Dec 8:  Italian regulators have fined Facebook 10 million euros for selling users’ data without informing them. The competition watchdog handed Facebook two fines totalling 10 million euros, “also for discouraging users from trying to limit how the company shares their data”, Italian portal The Local reported on Saturday. Facebook “misleadingly gets people to sign up… without informing them in ...

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Trump signs two-week spending bill to avoid government shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2017.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC11A1647700

Washington, Dec 8:  US President Donald Trump has signed a two-week spending bill to extend federal government funding, averting a partial shutdown and delaying an expected partisan fight over the proposed border wall. The legislation, which would keep the Homeland Security Department and several other government agencies open through December 21, came on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency. The prospect ...

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Google announces ‘Journalism AI’ project


London, Dec 8 : To help news industry use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in more innovative ways, Google has announced a partnership with Polis, the international journalism think-tank at London School of Economics and Political Science, to create “Journalism AI”. Part of the Google News Initiative (GNI), the “Journalism AI” project will focus on research and training for newsrooms on the intersection ...

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India okays dam on Ravi river; will cut water flow to Pakistan


‘On completion in June 2022, it will improve irrigation potential of farmers in JK  and Punjab’ Srinagar:  The center government has approved the implementation of the Shahpurkandi Dam project on the Ravi in Punjab and the move will cut water flow to Pakistan. A report published in The Times of India said the dam project will allow India to use the ...

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‘Gilgit-Baltistan to be accorded province powers like other 4 provinces of Pakistan’


Srinagar: Pakistan is likely to accord all powers to Gilgit-Baltistan like that of its other four provinces, a media report said. According to reports Attorney General for Pakistan, Anwar Mansoor Khan on Friday informed the Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) that Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) could not be made a full-fledged province but would be accorded all powers like. He informed this to a ...

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Pakistan plans to impose ‘sin tax’ on cigarettes, colas, candies


Islamabad: In a bid to deter people from products which are harmful – to varying degrees – to health, Pakistan is considering imposition of a ‘sin tax’ on cigarettes and products high on sugar content like soft drinks, candies and sugar itself. The country’s minister for National Health Services, Aamer Mahmood Kiani, said at a recent conference that the Imran Khan government ...

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HCL Tech to acquire select IBM software products for $1.8 billion


New Delhi: Indian IT company HCL Technologies Friday said it will acquire select IBM software products for USD 1.8 billion (over Rs 12,700 crore) in an all-cash deal. The transaction, subject to “completion of applicable regulatory reviews”, is slated to close by mid-2019, HCL Technologies said in a statement. The deal entails seven products in areas including security, marketing and ...

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7-year-old earns $22 million by reviewing toys, becomes highest paid Youtuber in 2018


Guess who is the highest-paid YouTube star of 2018? PewDiepie? Markiplier? Nope. It’s a seven-year-old chap and his hit YouTube toy review channel.  With more than 17.3 million followers, Ryan ToysReview emerged on the top of Forbes list of Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2018, earning a sweet $22 million. Ryan, whose last name hasn’t been made public to protect his identity, ...

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