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US President Barack Obama Broke Twitter World Record in Just 5 Hours
Posted on 21st May 2015
US President Barack Obama, who signed up for his Twitter account (@POTUS) two days ago, has broken a Guinness World Record, he gained 1 million followers in less than 5 hours. Previously, this record was formerly held by actor Robert Downey Jr., who hit 1 million in 23 hours and 22 minutes in back April 2014.

The US President already has the account @BarackObama, which has nearly 60 million followers. However, this new @POTUS account is associated with the presidential office. In his tweet Obama puts it as, “The handle comes with the house.”

SBI turns aggressive in Digital, online space
Posted on 21st May 2015
State Bank of India is aggressively trying to grab a piece of the business in the digital commerce space.

The country's largest lender on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Amazon to develop payment and commerce solutions for customers and small businesses.

DLF net down over 20%
Posted on 21st May 2015
Leading real estate developer DLF posted a net profit of Rs 172 crore for the quarter ended March 2015, a drop of more than 20 per cent from Rs 220 crore in the same period last year. The company's consolidated revenue declined 17 per cent to Rs 2,101 crore from Rs 2,522 crore in the fourth quarter of the financial year 2014.

For the full financial year 2014-15, the company has shown a net profit of Rs 540 crore, down 16 per cent from Rs 646 crore in the previous year. The revenue has also dipped 17 per cent to Rs 8,168 crore for FY15 from Rs 9,790 crore in FY14.

Microsoft uneasy with open-source policy
Posted on 21st May 2015
The technology-savvy Narendra Modi government may have upset large software firms, especially Microsoft, in its bid to be more efficient and transparent. In March, the government announced an open-source policy that makes it mandatory for all future applications and services to be designed using the open-source software (OSS). In case of an exception, where proprietary or closed-source software (CSS) is deployed, officials have to justify their decision.

Independent business schools take issue with IIM degree plan
Posted on 20th May 2015
New Delhi: Scores of independent management institutes, including XLRI Jamshedpur, Birla Institute of Management Technology (Bimtech) Greater Noida and Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, are considering joining forces to demand from the government the power to grant degrees.

Some of these institutes also plan to seek deemed university status from the human resource development (HRD) ministry. This is because an institute can offer degree only if it is empowered by law, affiliated to a university or is itself a university.

Sebi notifies norms for mutual funds managing offshore money
Posted on 20th May 2015
Simplifying norms for domestic funds to manage offshore pooled assets, Sebi has dropped '20-25 rule', which required a minimum of 20 investors and a cap of 25 per cent on investment by an individual, for funds from low-risk foreign investors.

As per the existing norms, a fund manager who is managing a domestic scheme, is allowed to manage an offshore fund, subject to three specific conditions.

Nifty holds 8,400; HDFC, Tata Power up 2%, Tata Steel falls
Posted on 20th May 2015
Benchmark indices continue to trade higher amid choppy trades supported by strong buying among software and financial shares.

At 14:45 PM, the Sensex was up 175 points at 27,820 and the Nifty is quoting at 8,417, up 51 points.

Vodafone India service revenue up by 12.6%
Posted on 20th May 2015
Continuing the trend of the 2014 fiscal, Vodafone India has ended the 2015 fiscal in the black. FY14 was the first year when it made net profits ever since starting operations independently in 2007. The company, an arm of UK's Vodafone Group, declined to share the net profit numbers.

Driven by growing consumer base and higher data usage, Vodafone India reported a 12.6 per cent increase in service revenue to Rs 42,352 crore. Its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (Ebitda) increased 16.2 per cent to Rs 12,605 crore.

IT shares trade firm; HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra up 3%
Posted on 20th May 2015
Shares of information technologies (IT) companies were trading firm on the bourses, gaining upto 4% each, on the back of positive corporate announcements and weakening rupee.

HCL Technologies, Tech Mahindra, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Persistent Systems and Cyient rose 3%-4% each, while Infosys, Wipro, Hexaware Technologies, Polaris Consulting & Services and MindTree gained 1%-2% each on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

NTPC yet to get promised land from West Bengal government
Posted on 20th May 2015
KOLKATA: Nearly 15 months after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced handing over of 96 acres to NTPC for setting up a proposed 1,320 Mw power plant, the state government is yet to hand over land to the firm.

NTPC is also waiting for waiver of landholding ceiling to buy some 150 acres from villagers directly, with the result that the project has been delayed by at least five years already In February last year, Banerjee had announced handing over of the land to the power producer to speed up industrialisation in the state.

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