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GST won’t impact growing Indian smartphone market

GST won't impact growing Indian smartphone market

London, July 25   The overall smartphone demand in India will hit 234 million units in 2017, an increase of 11 per cent year-on-year (YoY) and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would have no impact on smartphone demand in the country, global market research firm GfK said on Tuesday. “Smartphone …

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Scientists spot new evidence of water on Moon

Scientists spot new evidence of water on Moon

New York, July 25  Numerous volcanic deposits distributed across the surface of the Moon contain unusually high amounts of trapped water compared with surrounding terrains, a new study of satellite data has revealed. The study found evidence of water in nearly all of the large ‘pyroclastic’ (fragments of rock formed after …

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Smoking may increase sensitivity to social stress: Study

Smoking may increase sensitivity to social stress: Study

Paris, July 25  Lighting a cigarette may not be a good way to relax and it may increase sensitivity to social stress, according to a new study by the French National Centre for Scientific Research published on Tuesday. Researchers found that exposure to nicotine, rather than withdrawal from it, which is …

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Japanese PM’s popularity drops over cronyism scandal

Japanese PM's popularity drops over cronyism scandal

Tokyo, July 25  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s popular support rating has plummeted below 30 per cent over his role in a cronyism scandal, according to polls released on Tuesday. Abe’s popularity has plunged by nearly 15 points since June, when he was accused of using his influence to help close …

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US suffers third worst wildfire year in decade

US suffers third worst wildfire year in decade

Washington, July 25  Wildfires in the US have made 2017 the country’s third most devastating fire year in the past decade, according to official data. The data by the National Interagency Fire Centre issued on Monday revealed that there were a total of 38 large wildfires burning in the country, …

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Trump urges Republicans to do their job, replace ObamaCare

Trump urges Republicans to do their job, replace ObamaCare

Washington, July 25  US President Donald Trump said that his fellow Republicans in the Senate “have not done their job” in fulfilling their promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare, and he urged them to do so this week. “So far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare …

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UAE, US discuss defence, counterterrorism cooperation

UAE, US discuss defence, counterterrorism cooperation

Dubai, July 25 Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed with a visiting US commander ways to boost cooperation in defence and fighting terrorism. At the meeting between Sheikh Mohammed, also deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, with commander of the US Central Command …

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UN urges Australia to stop detaining refugees

UN urges Australia to stop detaining refugees

Canberra, July 24  The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday urged Australia to stop detaining refugees and close down its offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. “Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many …

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Polish President to veto controversial judiciary reform bills

Polish President to veto controversial judiciary reform bills

Warsaw, July 24  Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday announced he would use his veto power to block two controversial bills passed by his own party to reform the country’s judiciary system. Duda said in a televised address that he would veto the laws passed by the ruling nationalist Law and …

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