Alberta drafts Capitol Hill operatives as it seeks support for Keystone XL, trade issues
News/Canada/Calgary: Alberta’s UCP government is hiring influential lobbyists and communications experts in Washington, D.C., as it seeks support on Capitol Hill for the Keystone XL pipeline and other trade interests south of the border.
'Govt nod to vehicle scrappage policy likely soon'
The much-awaited policy to scrap 15-year old vehicles is likely to get government nod soon, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. On July 26, 2019, the government proposed amendments to motor vehicle norms to allow scrapping of vehicles older than 15 years in a bid to spur adoption of electrical vehicles.
Bird flu scare: Vistara, IndiGo stop chicken, egg dishes on select routes
In wake of bird flu in severe states, airlines like IndiGo and Vistara have stopped serving chicken and egg dishes on some of their flights. A Vistara official said the airline has “already removed chicken and egg items from the onboard menu on both domestic and international flights originating from Delhi.”
India's Dec trade deficit widens to $15.44 bn
India's trade deficit in goods widened to $15.44 billion in December as imports rose to $42.59 billion, pushed by a surge in gold imports, while merchandise exports were up marginally, revised data released by the government on Friday showed.
Trudeau 'open to strengthening' international travel measures as new COVID-19 variants emerge
News/Politics: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the federal government is open to strengthening pandemic restrictions on international travel as concerns mount about Canadians travelling abroad — but suggested the government's pre-existing measures are still effective.
France takes hard line against Couche-Tard takeover of grocery giant Carrefour
News/Business: France on Thursday took a tough line against any takeover of retailer Carrefour by a foreign company, dealing a major blow to a near $20 billion bid approach by Canada's Alimentation Couche-Tard.
Sensex slips 549 points on profit booking; Nifty settles below 14,450
Equity indices slipped on Friday with the benchmark BSE sensex falling nearly 550 points amid profit booking. Sensex plunged 549 points or 1.11 per cent to close at 49,035; while the broader NSE Nifty moved 162 points or 1.11 per cent lower to settle at 14,434.
Bond yields rise in absence of OMO announcement
India’s benchmark bond yield rose on Friday to a three-week high as a lack of an open market operation announcement disappointed investors ahead of a debt sale and variable rate reverse repo auction later in the day. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week said it would conduct a variable rate reverse repo auction for Rs 2 lakh crore ($27 billion) on January 15 on review of the evolving liquidity and financial conditions.