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India face slowing rural spend

India face slowing rural spend

Mumbai: A sharp pullback in spending by consumers in rural India is one of the key reasons for waning demand of everything from spices to soaps, says a new study. The result of the tighter spending by the rural consumers, who account for 37% of all purchases of daily staples, value growth of fast-moving consumer goods slowed to 10% in...

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One dead and many injured in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

One dead and many injured in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

TOKYO: A suspected arson attack on an animation studio in Japan on Thursday left one person dead and dozens injured, several of them seriously, the emergency services said. The blaze in the city of Kyoto appeared to have been started deliberately, police said, but there was no immediate information on a possible motive. "At least one unidentified person was confirmed...

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Ewan takes Stage 11 of Tour de France

Ewan takes Stage 11 of Tour de France

Toulouse: Australian Caleb Ewan claimed his maiden Tour de France victory when he won the 11th stage, a 167-km flat ride from Albi on Wednesday. The Lotto Soudal rider beat Dutchman Dylan Gronewegen in a mass sprint with Italian Elia Viviani taking the third place. France’s Julian Alaphilippe retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey. With defending champion Geraint Thomas and...

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In-house protester says goodbye to Google

In-house protester says goodbye to Google

San Francisco: Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over the search giant’s military work, artificial intelligence and policies, is leaving the company. In a blog, she warned that the internet giant’s AI software and huge computing resources are helping it expand in unsettling ways. “Google, in the conventional pursuit of quarterly earnings, is gaining significant and largely...

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