Rain industries Q4 CY18 review: Business in transition; accumulate on dips

Rain Industries reported a weak set of Q4 CY18 earnings. Its earnings were anticipated to be subdued due to delayed permission to import a key raw material, green petroleum coke (GPC) and a continued import ban of  calcined petroleum coke CPC) used for blending key product. But what really caused the disappointment was the adverse impact of high-cost inventory. Result analysis Volume trend in product sales  Key negatives High-cost inventory continues to impact profitability of most chemical products in carbon (68 percent of total sales) and advance materials (25 percent of total sales) segments.…

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Assassination Nation review – social media revenge porn

‘A morass of blood and ambiguous sexual politics’ … Odessa Young in Assassination Nation. Photograph: Allstar/Bron Studios Every American presidency gets the extreme horror film that it deserves, and the Maga-era US has now got Assassination Nation, which could as well be called Confrontation Nation or Indignation Nation – a new spin on the Salem witch hysteria, a full-on splattery meltdown far from Arthur Miller, written and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Sam Levinson. A mysterious hacker (whose IP address discloses a location in Moscow, of all places) gets access to the…

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Research Review Focuses On Potential Health Benefits Of Pears

HIGHLIGHTS Review of studies attempts to outline health benefits of pears. Pears are excellent sources of fiber, sorbitol and potassium. USDA guidelines recommend eating more fruits. Who doesn’t love to bite into the juicy, bright green pear? It’s as much a fruit to be eaten raw, as it’s a delight to cook with. Now new research review has systematically attempted to study the health benefits of pears, hinting that regular pear consumption might be healthier than we earlier thought, and might even aide weight loss, due to the presence of…

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Jaitley holds review meeting of FDI policy in various sectors

Finance minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with other ministers and government officials on Monday for a review of the current Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy, informed sources said. Commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman, power minister Piyush Goyal, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj attended the meeting, the sources said. The official refused to give any details of the meeting. The government has been considering further liberalising the FDI regime to attract foreign investments in various sectors, including 100% FDI under the automatic route for the…

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The NSW Department of Education commissioned a $300,000 scripture review, but rejects its major findings | poll

THE NSW Department of Education has rejected major recommendations of a $300,000 taxpayer-funded review of scripture in NSW schools, including the need for more information on scripture providers to “identify radical groups or cults”. The 238-page review, completed in 2015 but not released until Tuesday, found scripture providers did not “consistently produce good quality curricula from an educational perspective”, the system of authorising scripture providers lacked transparency, and some scripture teachers were using authorised, but age-inappropriate materials, while others used non-authorised materials. The review found the Department of Education and scripture providers…

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Karbonn Quattro L50 HD Review

One of the earliest Indian companies to jump into the low-cost Android smartphones game, Karbonn has been somewhat quiet of late, what with nearly a dozen new competitors to fend off. Things can’t be easy – you can’t keep doing the same old thing when everyone else is offering fantastic specs, great cameras, metal bodies, fingerprint readers, quick charging, and all sorts of other modern touches at lower and lower prices. The Quattro L50 HD, which we’re reviewing today, doesn’t look too shabby on paper. We’re eager to see how…

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