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India Likely to Receive $7.4 Bn Remittances This Year, Says World Bank December 10, 2018 04:11

The remittance inflow in India is likely to increase by 16.8 percent this year, according to the latest report by the World Bank on migration and remittances. According to the report the remittance in 2018 is expected to be $79.4 billion, while the remittance inflow to India in 2017 was $68.9 billion. India is followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines ($34 billion each), and Egypt ($26 billion), according to the report. The 2017 remittances constituted 2.7 percent of India's GDP (Gross Domestic Product). While the figure was $70.3 billion in 2014, in 2015 it was $68.9 billion and in 2016 it was $62.7 billion. Remittances to South Asia are probable to increase by 13.5 percent to $132 billion in 2018, a stronger pace than the 5.7 percent growth seen in 2017. "The increase is driven by stronger economic conditions in advanced economies, particularly the United States, and the increase in oil prices having a positive impact on outflows from some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, which reported a 13 percent growth in outflows for the first half of 2018," the report added. The GCC is a regional inter-governmental political and economic alliance of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Related content: Dust From Middle East Affects Indian Summer Monsoon: Study The report adds that Bangladesh and Pakistan might experience upticks of 17.9 percent and 6.2 percent in 2018 respectively. The World Bank approximates that officially recorded remittances to developing countries will increase by 10.8 percent to reach $528 billion in 2018, against a 7.8 percent growth in 2017. Global remittances, which include flows to high-income countries, are projected to grow by 10.3 percent to $689 billion, it said. "Even with technological advances, remittance fees remain too high, double the SDG target of 3 percent. Opening up markets to competition and promoting the use of low-cost technologies will ease the burden on poorer customers," said Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships at the Bank. In the meantime, for 2019, it is projected that remittances growth for the region will sluggish to 4.3 percent due to a moderation of growth in advanced economies, lower migration to the GCC and the benefits from the oil price spurt dissipating. By Sowmya Sangam

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Next Enti Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 14:45

Next Enti is all about two beautiful souls Tammy (Tamannaah) and Sanju (Sundeep Kishan). After two flat and different pasts, they meet and connect instantly. They start living together and the duo decide to part ways after Tammy rejects a physical relationship before wedding. This irks Sanju and walks out. It is then Tammy meets Krish (Navdeep) after which Tammy and Sanju realize about their love. The rest of Next Enti is all about they realize back and win their love.

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Kedarnath Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 14:17

Kedarnath is the story of Mansoor Khan (Sushant Singh Rajput) who ports visitors in Kedarnath to trek the distance to reach the temple. He gets close to Mandakani Mishra (Sara Ali Khan) who is the daughter of a wealthy priest of Kedarnath. In this process he comes to know that Mukku is already engaged and the rest of Kedarnath is all about how Mansoor wins his love and saves her from a natural calamity. Watch Kedarnath to know about the complete story and what happens next.

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Kavacham Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 14:05

Vijay (Bellamkonda Sreenivas) is a powerful cop who is honest and ruthless. He falls in love with Samyuktha (Kajal Aggarwal) and when things are going smooth, she disappears from his life. When Vijay starts his hunt, he comes across Swathi (Mehreen) after he saves her from a tragedy. The rest of Kavacham is all about the link between Samyuktha and Swathi, how Vijay solves the mysteries. Watch Kavacham to know about the rest.

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Subrahmanyapuram Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew December 08, 2018 13:45

Subrahmanyapuram is all about a small village which has an ancient village with a huge history and mystery. Karthik (Sumanth) is a researcher who is an atheist and finds the village, temple interesting. A series of suicides leave Karthik puzzled and he starts investigating about the incidents. The rest of Subrahmanyapuram is all about the reasons behind the series of crimes, suicides and how Karthik unfolds the real truth. Watch Subrahmanyapuram to know about the rest.

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'The Cut' Writer Apologizes for Calling Priyanka Chopra a 'Scam Artist' December 08, 2018 11:14

Mariah Smith, the writer who called Indian actress Priyanka Chopra a "scam artist" in an article, has apologized for the insinuations. "I want to sincerely apologize to Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, and to the readers I offended and hurt with my words. I do not condone racism, xenophobia, or sexism. I take full responsibility for what I wrote, and I was wrong. I am truly sorry," Smith posted on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/0wcVCwf5zs — mariah smith (@mRiah) December 7, 2018 The apology was in reference to an article she penned for The Cut following Priyanka's wedding to American singer Nick Jonas in India. In Smith's opinion, Priyanka "is a modern-day scam artist". "Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship against his will this past Saturday, December the 1st, and I'll tell you why I think so...," the article read. She further wrote: "Priyanka's indulgences and what she views as necessities speak volumes to her personality and what she'll do, or think she needs to do, for her career...." Smith said the couple had a high profile wedding just to make money. "Priyanka and Nick are finding ways for their 'love' make them money - circumventing the methods used by the celebrities of yore, who stuck to selling their wedding or baby photos to magazines," the article added. The piece was heavily criticized by actors from the Indian film fraternity. Names like Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhasker said it reeked of envy, bitterness, and racism. The Cut withdrew the article before Smith issued her public apology on social media. -Sowmya    

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First Sounds from Mars Are Here and This Is How It Sounds Like December 08, 2018 11:00

NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) InSight lander has captured vibrations from the breeze on the Mars, making it possible for a human to hear the haunting, the low rumble of wind on the Red Planet, the United States space agency said on Friday. The powerful gusts of wind, blowing between 10 to 15 mph, were captured as they moved over the solar panels on InSight, an unmanned lander that touched down on Earth's dust-covered, desolate neighbor November 26. The vibrations were picked up by two sensors: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer on the lander's deck, expecting to be deployed to the surface by InSight's robotic arm. "This is the very first fifteen minutes of data that have come from the short period seismometer," said Thomas Pike, lead investigator at Imperial College London, during a conference call with reporters. "It's a little like a flag waving in the wind," he added. "It really sounds otherworldly, and that is exactly what it is." InSight is devised to study the interior of Mars like never before, using seismology instruments to detect earthquakes and a self-hammering mole to measure heat escape from the planet's crust. Sensing the wind, which moved from northwest to southeast at around 5 p.m. local time, was "an unplanned treat," said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA's Viking 1 and 2 landers also picked up signals of the Martian wind when they landed in 1976. They were measuring it at lower sampling rates, however, not frequencies that would be hearable, and did not return sounds that people could listen to. "Personally, listening to the sounds form the pressure sensor, reminds me of sitting outside on a windy summer afternoon, listening to the turbulent gusts come and go and whistle through your ears," said Don Banfield, a researcher at Cornell University. "In some sense, this is what it would sound like if you were sitting on the Insight lander on Mars." The audio track of the Martian wind is available on www.nasa.gov/insightmarswind. By Sowmya Sangam

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Ended your Long-Term Relationship? Here Are Tips to Deal with It December 08, 2018 09:33

Splitting up a long-term relationship though was of benefit for you to settle things in your life, not a single thing can fix you for the discomfort of breaking up a serious relationship. We don't mean going forward imminent things will be satisfactory, nonetheless, you can follow these few pointers to lessen the pain and deal with it better, getting wiser and maybe more real along the way. Set Goals You possibly will experience a feeling that you contemplate is traumatic, but then if you look around, you will realize the world moving on in the same exact way as it did the prior day.                        (Image source from: furlenco.com) Therefore take the cue and you too set goals for yourself, and achieve them within the target you set. And once you attain it, revel in the glory of the victory and set a new one! Your own life is worth striving for! Yes, as appalling as it sounds, life goes on. Smile and Move on It's anthropoid to recall the past since apparently there was a lot of love involved. The only thing to do is look at the content reminiscences, smile and set off, though it is tough.                         (Image source from: Jesus.ch) You can let yourself to feel bad, but only to a point. Subsequently, think of how you want to progress in the future. This will help you process your feelings in a more optimistic way. Lean on Friends and Family At this stage, you need the support of your family and friends and you know it. Trust them as much as you can, and ask them to take care of you. Probabilities are that they are already around while you moan and stay under the blanket all day.                       (Image source from: darpanmagazine.com) Just listen to them a slight and let them cheer you up. If it helps, talk to them, let them know precisely in what way you are feeling and let them do whatsoever they can to help. Talking to them and getting it out of your system will allow you to shed that baggage sooner, and perhaps help you avoid a breakdown. Keep Yourself Busy In an effort to distract yourself, look for something you can engage in for a few months, apart from work. Whether it is a holiday, meet-ups, reading groups, a craft, hobby or sport, go in for something that will occupy your time creatively and usefully.                       (Image source from: From the Grapevine) Also, try and take up a group activity where you meet new people and try to get to know them. You can similarly take a few days to pamper yourself, get a new haircut, book a spa appointment and take time to let everything go and relax. Think Positively Whatsoever you do and however you feel, don't let yourself to be unable to find the sight of what the more positive consequence is going to be.                        (Image source from: Women's Health) Focus for a split second on the ins and outs why you had to let go of the relationship, but more importantly, focus on the person that you have become, and the way forward. Shed your hang-ups, learn from your faults and build up yourself up to face the world. By Sowmya Sangam

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Kiren Rijuju to Interact with Indian-Origin Youths from 8 Countries December 08, 2018 06:47

Union Minister of India Kiren Rijiju on December 8 will interact with a group of 40 Indian-origin youths from eight countries who are traveling around India to feel a sense of connecting with their homeland and get exposure to its art, heritage, and culture, officials said on December 7. The youths are touring India under the 'Know India Programs (KIP)' which is a key initiative of the central government. An official at the Home Ministry said the initiative has been taken with an intent to make young professionals and students the of Indian diaspora in the age group of 18 to 30 feel a sense of connecting with their motherland and be inspired and motivated by transformation happening in India. The Indian-origin youths will be given exposure to various aspects of contemporary India, its varied forms of art, heritage and culture, the official said. Rijiju is expected to give a pep talk to the youths on various aspects of modern-day India. The youths are from Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Myanmar, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. They will be told about the progress made by the country in various fields such as industrial, education, science and technology, information and communication, climate and power and renewable energy etc, another official said. The participants will visit places like Parliament Museum Library, President's House, Red Fort, Raj Ghat and will meet senior functionaries in the state and central governments with an aim to have the first-hand experience of the contemporary development in India. They will also be going to Agra, the official added. By Sowmya Sangam

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Nirmala Sitharaman to Engage with Russia After Successful U.S. Visit December 08, 2018 06:41

After attempting India's quest to create "an even more robust relationship than before" with the United States during her five day visit to Washington, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will now engage with her Russian counterpart to take the long-standing relationship forward.  Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defence Minister, is coming to New Delhi to have an extensive dialogue with his Indian counterpart, the first after the two sides inked a $5.5 billion deal for the procurement of five regiments of Russian-made S-400 Triumf air defense systems in October. The deal was signed under threat of U.S. sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a measure signed by President Donald Trump in 2017.   On December 14, the Russian defense minister will have a bilateral meeting with Nirmala Sitharaman in south block. Officials privy to the development said that besides other issues on defense cooperation, the two sides are expected to finalize the modalities on mutual military logistics support agreement. This agreement will be similar to what India has signed with the U.S. in 2016, titled Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) that lets the countries to use each other's military bases and ports for logistics, refueling and repairs purposes. India has an akin agreement with Singapore as well. "Russia had proposed such military logistics agreement with India in August and during Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin's meet in October in New Delhi, the issue gained momentum. A draft has been prepared and during next week's meeting, the two sides are expected to work on the modalities of it," said an official. Moscow has been India's major defense partners as over two-thirds of Indian military is dependent on Russian equipment. After S400, India also went ahead by signing a $950 million deal to supply two frigates straight from Russia and a bid to build two more at Indian shipyard.   In the meantime, ahead to next week's meeting, Russian National Security Advisor Nikolair Patrushev on Friday met his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval in New Delhi. NSAs of the two countries are working on to look into a joint mechanism in Afghanistan to counter accelerating threat from radical militant groups in the region. During Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to the United States, she managed to gain support from her counterpart James Mattis, who has repeatedly spoken out against the imposition of sanctions on India. "We will work everything out. Trust me," Mattis told reporters in Pentagon on the threat of U.S. sanctions on India after signing defense deals with Russia. By Sowmya Sangam

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