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India's monsoon rains 1pc above average in past week NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains in India were 1 percent above average in the week ending June 29, the weather office said on Thursday. The June-September monsoon has remained 12 percent lower than average so far, but rains have covered almost the entire country, and helped quicken the planting process of summer crops such as rice, soybeans, cotton and pulses.Though the monsoon arrived in India on June 8, a week later than usual, the weather office expects rains to pick up pace in July.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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China's Xi urges caution over US missile deployment in South Korea BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged South Korea to pay attention to China's concerns about the deployment of the US THAAD missile defence system to the country and "cautiously" address the plan.The United States and South Korea have begun talks on possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system after North Korea tested its fourth nuclear bomb on Jan. 6 and conducted missile tests.China and Russia have urged the United ...

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India approves rise in salaries, pension for govt employees NEW DELHI: India's cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to revise up salaries and pensions for government employees, an official, privy to the decision, told reporters. The official declined to be named or identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media.The move is estimated to benefit nearly 10 million government employees.Details were not immediately available ahead of a government briefing later.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Indian cabinet clears new mineral exploration policy NEW DELHI: India's cabinet on Wednesday cleared a new mineral exploration policy that will allow private companies to carry out stand-alone exploration for the first time, a government source said. India is keen to get private firms to start exploring for more minerals like diamonds and gold, where current mining is negligible, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambition to make the country a major mineral producer.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Indian govt hopes to pass GST bill in upcoming parliament session NEW DELHI: The Indian government hopes to pass a bill for the rollout of a nationwide goods services tax (GST) in the upcoming session of parliament that starts on July 18, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu told reporters on Wednesday. Investors have billed the proposed GST as a "silver bullet" for India's economy that would replace multiple federal and state levies - a chaotic structure that inflates costs for businesses.The opposition Congress party, however, has ...

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More than 130 in hospital after China chemical plant leak BEIJING: More than 130 people were taken to hospital after chemicals leaked from a plant in eastern China, state media reported Tuesday, the country's latest accident involving dangerous materials.The compound diketene, which is used to make paper and pharmaceuticals, leaked from a plant in Shandong province, Xinhua news agency reported.It cited local officials who blamed negligence for the leak, adding that 131 residents of Shenxian county had been taken to hospital as of Monday.Eleven of ...

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Sri Lanka says exports will be hit by Brexit 'nightmare' COLOMBO: Sri Lanka said Tuesday its trade would be hurt by the United Kingdom's "nightmare" vote to leave the European Union, with $1 billion in annual exports to the British market now clouded by uncertainty.The South Asian nation famed for its tea and spices is on the brink of signing up to a scheme with the European Union that would grant it lower tariffs on many goods.But with Britain its largest EU export market, the ...