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Sealing drive: Protesting traders to down shutters today
NEW DELHI: Traders across the capital will down the shutters of their shops to observe a daylong bandh against the ongoing sealing drive. This is the third such bandh being organised in the last two months. Traders have now demanded a ‘Moratorium Bill’ by the central government in the current session of Parliament.

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Directors of 7 firms booked for 'Get rich quick' fraud worth Rs. 300 Crore
GURGAON: The directors of seven firms have been booked for allegedly cheating people by promising to double the returns on their investments, Gurgaon police said. The total fraud could be as high as Rs. 300 crore, police said, adding the accused ran the "get rich quick" racket across the country.

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To tackle Delhi air pollution, centre Okays a comprehensive action plan
NEW DELHI: The government said a Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) for management of air pollution "specifically" for Delhi-NCR has been finalised by the Environment Ministry. The plan has a number of measures including actions to reduce vehicular emissions and control dust from constructions.

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Toll in Theni forest fire touches 10
MADURAI/CHENNAI: The death toll from forest fire — which trapped an unsuspecting group of 36 trekkers in Kolukkumalai near Bodinayakanur in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district — climbed to 10.The dead included six women. 16 trekkers were in hospitals in Madurai and neighbouring areas.

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Bengal tops the country in small savings collections
KOLKATA: For the third year in a row, Bengal tops the list of states in gross small savings collections, and rural Bengal fares much better than its urban counterpart, reveals a recently-released survey by the Union finance ministry. Beating the likes of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra (in that order) for three consecutive years, data compiled by the National Savings Institute (NSI) shows Bengal collected Rs 63,392 crore from small savings schemes of Post offices in FY 2016-17, surpassing its gross deposit target by a whopping Rs 6,000 crore.

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Farmers call off stir as government meets 2 of their 9 demands
MUMBAI: The farmers’ march which began a week ago from Nashik and culminated in Mumbai was called off on Monday evening after the state government gave specific commitments on two of the protesters’ nine demands and assured in writing that the rest would be looked into by committees it would constitute. However, after a four-hour meeting with the cultivators’ 15-member delegation, the government remained non-committal on whether the remaining seven demands would be finally met.

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After aviation body grounds 11 planes, hundreds of IndiGo, GoAir passengers left stranded
PAN INDIA: Hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir after the regulator DGCA grounded 11 A320 Neo planes powered by Pratt & Whitney engines following a mid-air engine failure of an IndiGo plane earlier in the day in Ahmedabad. The airlines, however, did not give any details of the cancellations or the number of passengers hit but said they are making all possible arrangements to minimise the impact.

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Government grapples with Rs 34,000 crore GST puzzle over tax mop-up
Tax authorities are grappling with a Rs 34,000-crore goods and services tax (GST) puzzle amid fresh fears in the government of businessmen evading taxes. Preliminary analysis of returns filed between July and December with the GST Network has indicated that the scale of under-reporting of tax liabilities could be as much as Rs 34,000 crore.

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Sensex posts biggest single-day gain in over 20 months on global cues
The Indian benchmark indices posted their biggest single-day gain in over 20 months amid a sharp rally in global markets on the back of positive US economic data. The Sensex gained 610 points, or 1.83 per cent, to close at 33,917 — the highest gain since July 11, 2016. The Nifty 50 index gained 194.5 points, or 1.9 per cent, to close at 10,421, its biggest single-day gain since May 25, 2016.

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Three 'Powerful' package explosions in Austin that killed 2 are connected, police say
AUSTIN: Police said that the three exploding packages that detonated at homes in this city across a 10-day period - including two blasts - are all connected, although precisely what motivated the attacks remained an unnerving mystery. The explosions across residential parts of the Texas capital killed two people, seriously injured two others and set residents on edge, even as the city continued hosting South by Southwest, a music, film and technology conference that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.

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49 dead in Nepal's worst plane crash in decades
NEPAL: Forty-nine people were killed when a Bangladeshi plane crashed and burst into flames near Kathmandu airport, in the worst aviation disaster to hit Nepal in nearly three decades. Officials said there were 71 people on board the US-Bangla Airlines turboprop plane from Dhaka when it crashed just east of the runway and skidded into a nearby football field.

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Hackers used Outlook for cyberattack on German government: report
Hackers who broke into a German government network gained access by burying hidden coded instructions into emails which they sent to staffers' Microsoft Outlook inboxes.
According to security sources, hackers first infected a series of target computers with a form of malware, or malicious software.



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To Protect and Protect Again - Vehicle Security Barriers are becoming a recognised sight in our cities around the world
In January 2018, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio and the City's Security Infrastructure Working Group announced plans to bring permanent perimeter barriers, or bollards, to high-profile sites and to create a process to streamline their design and construction. With funds exceeding $14 million for permanent bollards in Time Square and in excess of $50 million to commence the broader rollout of new protective measures in phases.

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Queensland Police Service will deploy DroneGun during this year's Commonwealth Games
Given the developments in unmanned technologies, and the trends in the nefarious uses of such technologies overseas, security agencies and militaries worldwide are faced with the need to provide aerial security at all high profile events, in addition to conventional security. The Commonwealth Games event is a pre-eminent gathering of approximately 6,600 athletes from approximately 70 countries. Consequently, security agencies are providing the highest level of security at the event.

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Economy Overview
Despite the kingdom’s dependence on agriculture for strong GDP growth, efforts to strengthen other export sectors, coupled with diversification of trading partners, have allowed Morocco to develop a variety of competitive industries and increase their presence in international markets.

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Banking Sector Analysis
Morocco’s banking sector is the most highly developed in North Africa in terms of penetration indicators and is also among the most advanced in the wider MENA region.

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Tangiers
In the late 1990s King Mohammed VI chose to use Tangiers as a catalyst for the transformation of the north by turning the historically sidelined region into a motor of the national economy.

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Industry Analysis
The need to diversify production capacity and create jobs has been pushing Morocco to invest in its industrial sector. Industrial activities have traditionally focused on agro-industrial production; however, the kingdom is looking to leverage burgeoning segments such as automotive and aeronautics.

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Consumer goods companies tapping Nigeria’s potential
Nigeria is proving to be an attractive draw for major manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), supported by an expanding domestic market and renewed momentum in the broader economy.

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Le Gabon lance un guichet unique pour stimuler les investissements privés
Le récent lancement d’un guichet unique pour les investisseurs au Gabon constitue la dernière initiative en date destinée à améliorer l’environnement des affaires et à relancer l’économie.

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Foreign firms bid to supply Egypt with new rail carriages
Government officials in Egypt have outlined plans to bolster the country’s rail and metro networks, with the construction of new trains to play a large role, alongside system enhancements and line upgrades.

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The Latest In Radar and Optronics Technology
In a world where challenges present themselves from small water craft being used as weapons to pirates holding ships for ransom, surveillance of the sea is of the upmost importance.

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