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Gold merits a seat in larger investment portfolio

NEW DELHI: Down the ages, people have hoarded gold as a proven stock of value even in uncertain times. In civilizations like India and China that have witnessed invasions, disastrous natural calamities and at times mass migrations, gold has become the ultimate investment portfolio. No wonder, every family and every place of worship in these two Asian giants have hoarded gold. Two years ago, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams at Tirupathi, which manages one of the world’s richest temples, deposited 2,780 kg of gold with the State Bank of India under…

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Manisha Mehta shares incredible ways for a healthy lifestyle change

Thursday saw Mumbai’s glitterati and popular fitness and lifestyle coaches along with renowned doctors of Mumbai gather for nutritionist Manisha Mehta’s book launch at a popular bookstore situated in Kemps Corner, Mumbai. Titled (B)eat another bite, the book was launched by Bollwyood actress and anchor Tara Sharma. It was also a reason for Mumbai’s renowned gastroenterologist Dr Sharad Shah, an occasion to feel proud because it was his daughter who debuted as an author. Dr Shah said, “Fitness is important but how you bring a lifestyle change with your eating habits is…

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Education reform needs a systematic approach

To effect a large-scale transformation in education, what is needed is a comprehensive approach to coordinate academic and administrative change.(HT File Photo) Approximately 29% of India’s population is below the age of 14, and, at 250 million, we have the highest number of school-going students in the world. Unfortunately, we also have a public education system that is failing the young population by denying them quality education. To effect a large-scale transformation in education, a systemic approach, consisting of comprehensive and coordinated set of academic and administrative reforms, is needed. Academic…

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Chinese investment in Europe: A story of cash and concerns

PARIS: Chinese firms have plowed at least 145 billion euros ($164 billion) into Europesince 2010, but investment has been slowing recently as several European governments tighten rules on acquisitions by foreign firms. As President Xi Jinping makes a crucial visit to Italy promoting China’s new Silk Road project, the EU remains divided over the best approach towards Beijing. Chinese direct investment into the European Union in 2010 totaled just 2.1 billion euros. That climbed rapidly to 20.7 billion in 2015 and then jumped to 37.2 billion in 2016, according to a study by Rhodium Group, as Chinese…

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Why 4G ULIPs may be a great investment option for you

The performance of 4G ULIPs is better than most other investment products in terms of returns and charges. In the investment circles, the benefits of investing early in life have been repeated over and over again. By the time most of us realize that we should start saving and investing, we find ourselves surrounded with responsibilities and wonder if we have wasted too much time to buy good investment products. The good news is that it is never too early or too late to start investing. The key lies in…

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Guess who’s working on a health data-slurping digital tool. Bzzt! Nope, it’s the UK Department for Work and Pensions

The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions is drawing up plans for an internal service that allows it to automate slurps of medical data on claimants to dole out health-related benefits. In an ad posted on the UK’s Digital Marketplace, DWP said the work was currently in alpha and it now wanted a supplier to deliver a technical proof of concept to expose NHS data to the department’s systems. The aim, it said, is to cut down the time and cost involved in gathering information the department needs to make a…

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