U.S. government shutdown threatens rollout of new car models: automakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The partial U.S. government shutdown is threatening to delay the roll-out of new vehicle models in the United States by stalling required certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency, automakers said. FILE PHOTO – Newly assembled Ford F150 pick-up trucks are driven off the assembly line during the 100-year celebration of the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan U.S. September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook The shutdown, at 34 days the longest in history, has left over 800,000 federal agency workers without pay and had an impact on…

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The End of Economics?

In 1998, as the Asian financial crisis was ravaging what had been some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, the New Yorker ran an article describing the international rescue efforts. It profiled the super-diplomat of the day, a big-idea man the Economist had recently likened to Henry Kissinger. The New Yorker went further, noting that when he arrived in Japan in June, this American official was treated “as if he were General [Douglas] MacArthur.” In retrospect, such reverence seems surprising, given that the man in question, Larry Summers, was a disheveled, somewhat awkward nerd then…

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The best gadgets of 2018

It’s back. The expected and mandatory round up of the best gadgets of the year. 2018 turned out to be excellent for breakthrough products. Over the next two columns, I’m going to take you through the best of 2018. Let the ‘best of’ games begin. Apple Watch Series 4 Three letters. ECG. Yes, a wrist device that can give you medical grade ECG anywhere and at any time. The Apple Watch Series 4 has other great innovations like a bigger screen, an eSIM built in, great call quality, better battery…

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Worst price slump in 18 years shows scale of farm crisis

This financial year, 2018-19 could end up being the worst year for farm incomes in almost two decades, government data indicates in a revelation that emphasises the gravity of the ongoing agrarian crisis and highlights a possible fault line for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. According to Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data for the month of December released on Monday by the ministry of commerce and industry, the WPI sub-component for primary food articles has been negative for six…

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The healing power of honey

“The bees are buzzing in the tree, to make some honey just for me!” That’s Baloo from The Jungle Book, singing about the substance that humans love as much as bears. Honey is a sweet tasting gel-like substance that is fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free, but rich in calcium, iron, and magnesium. According to Ayurveda, honey is sweet (madhura rasa) with an astringent-like end taste (aashaya anu rasa). It is dry (ruksha), heavy (guru guna), and cold (sheeta). It aggravates vata, removes kapha and normalises pitta. Useful preparations Honey with lemon…

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Highest selling cars of India in 2018

We saw the highest selling cars in India in 2016 and then in 2017. As the Indian automotive sector is ready to welcome the changed of 2019 we take a look back at all the cars that found the highest takers in the previous year. These are the cars that made a mark in the Indian car market. And looking at these numbers gives us an insight into automotive consumer behaviour in the country. So here is a detailed report of the highest selling cars of Indian in 2018. 1. …

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The many loves of Manish Arora

It’s a nippy Wednesday noon and I am standing outside designer Manish Arora’s store in Delhi’s hip Dhan Mill Compound, gazing at his signature heart motifs on the store front. His white-and-gold ambassador is parked beside me, glistening in the winter sun. It’s gleaming inside as well: the seats are upholstered in quirky bright glittery motifs and there’s a giant heart on the driver’s seat. Inside Manish’s cabin, his work table is a bright pink, holding at this moment a gold ashtray and a box with mini-hearts. The designer’s unabashed…

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Modern economics needs to be based on Gandhian model of economics, says former vice-chancellor of Gujarat University at SPPU

Revisiting Mahatma Gandhi’s words which say that‘Economics is untrue which ignores or disregards moral values’, Prof Sudarshan Iyengar, former vice-chancellor of Gujarat University asserted that modern economics needs to be based on the Gandhian model of economics. He was speaking at a colloquium programme organised by the Savitribai Phule Pune University on Friday at the university campus. Iyengar said, “Modern economics teaches us to maximise the use with minimum resources. However, Mahatma Gandhi urged everyone to limit the wants. In modern economics, the biggest mistake that modern economic science has…

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