VODAFONE LAUNCHES KIDS PLANET, AN APP WITH OVER 3,000 CONTENTS FOR KIDS

Bangalore, 12 th April 2019: Vodafone Spain in association with OnMobile Global Limited introduces Kids Planet, an entertainment app with over 3,000 contents from Sanrio, Planeta Junior, Highlights for Children, Lingo Kids, Motion Pictures and many others, with a high educative value, addressed to kids from 3 to 12 years old. Customers will have access, from any device to games, videos, stories and songs starring characters like The Smurfs, Maya The Bee, Heidi, Marco, La Granja de Zenón, Hello Kitty, Once Upon a Time… Life, Pororo, or Cleo. Moreover, all…

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Iran surprises US, observers with spike in oil exports

Iranian exports of crude oil and condensate have surged to levels near before sanctions, surprising market observers and affording the country an important victory in a US “economic war” on Tehran. Iran exported 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in March, the highest since October when shipments fell to 1.08 million bpd, data from shipping sources compiled by S&P Global Platts showed. According to the energy and commodities information provider, Iran’s exports volumes have recovered by 60% since November, “surprising many on the market.” That is because November…

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Trump says US-China trade deal close, but gaps remain

US President Donald Trump says the United States and China were closer to a trade agreement, but warned Beijing that he would not allow trade to continue without a “great deal.” According to Press TV, speaking to reporters at the White House on Thursday at the start of a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, Trump said some of the tougher points of a deal had been agreed but there were still differences to be resolved. “We’re getting very close to making a deal. That doesn’t mean a deal is…

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US aviation giant Boeing vows to ensure safety of planes after Ethiopia crash

US aviation giant, Boeing, has vowed to implement further measures to ensure the safety of its airliners following last month’s deadly crash in Ethiopia, which occurred less than five months after another crash in Indonesia. “We will carefully review the … preliminary report and will take any and all additional steps necessary to enhance the safety of our aircraft,” Kevin McAllister, head of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division, said in a statement on Thursday. The statement came hours after Ethiopian investigators said the pilots of a doomed Boeing 737 MAX 8…

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CNG price goes up 4%, PNG prices goes up 7% in Mumbai

The price of compressed natural gas (CNG) has gone up by 4% to ₹51. 57 per kilogrammes (kg) while the price of piped natural gas (PNG) has gone up by 7.2% to ₹31.53/SCM (Slab 1) and by 6% ₹37.13/SCM (Slab 2) respectively with effect from April 4, as the city gas distributor, Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) increased the prices. “In view of an increase in MGL’s gas costs due to the recent increase in ‘Domestic Natural Gas (APM) Price’ from $ 3.36 / MMBTU to $ 3.69 /MMBTU, and other costs, MGL…

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US renews waiver for Iraq to continue Iran trade

The Trump administration says it is extending a 90-day waiver for the second time to let Iraq continue energy imports from Iran which is under draconian US sanctions. The State Department issued the waiver after the original exemption granted in December 2017 expired on March 19. “While this waiver is intended to help Iraq mitigate energy shortages, we continue to discuss our Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq,” a State Department official was quoted as saying. The waiver will allow Iraq to continue buying gas and electricity from Iran. Gas…

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Akshay’s tryst with social causes goes beyond silver screen

When it comes to taking up issues of social importance in films as well as in real life, actor Akshay Kumar is not the one to shy away. His films Padman and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that touched upon issues like sanitary pads and toilets have had a strong impact on the masses and the actor feels the momentum created hereby needs to be carried forward with full zeal. “I don’t just do such initiatives only when film releases. ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ released in (2017) and Padman in (2018)…

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US warns Italy against joining China’s new Silk Road project

The United States has warned Italy against supporting China’s global economic effort, called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), denouncing the infrastructure plan as a “vanity project.” In a thinly veiled rebuke of the initiative, which aims to unite European and Asian markets, a spokesman for the White House’s group of national security advisers said on Saturday that Italy’s participation in the BRI would add “legitimacy” to Beijing’s infrastructure project. “Italy is a major global economy and great investment destination. No need for Italian government to lend legitimacy to China’s…

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PM Modi Flags Off Lucknow Metro’s North-South Corridor

LUCKNOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor through video conference from Kanpur. The length of the North-South corridor is 23km. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Chandauli MP and state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi, along with other state ministers were present on the occasion. The prime minister also laid the foundation stone for Agra Metro Rail project. PM Modi also distributed keys of houses to the…

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India, Russia ink submarine deal; Turkey to get S-400 in Oct.

India signs an agreement to lease another nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia, while Turkey says it will begin deploying a Russian-made S-400 missile defense system in October. Officials from both sides signed a $3.3 billion lease agreement for Akula-II nuclear-powered attack submarine in the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday, defense officials said. Under the deal, Moscow would deliver the submarine to the Indian Navy by 2025, according to defense sources, without providing further information. The deal has yet to be officially announced by the governments in India and Russia. The submarine, which…

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