Govt plans to increase overseas investment limit in insurance to 74%

With an aim to attract long-term investment from overseas, the Indian government is planning to increase the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit for insurance firms to 74% from the current 49% in the upcoming Union Budget. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is seeking inputs from the industry on government instructions and a report is expected to be submitted soon, said an ET report quoting a source aware of the development. On December 2, IRDAI in a letter to insurance firms had sought the opinion of stakeholders to increase…

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The pros and cons of keto cycling, according to health and medical experts

Fans of the high fat, low-carb keto diet praise its appetite-crushing benefit, which is why keto dieting is so popular for weight loss. But since we don’t live in a keto-friendly world, the call of carb-rich fare — from healthy options, like fruit, yogurt and oatmeal to less healthy foods, like pizza, French fries and dessert — can make it hard to stick with the keto diet. Even if you’re not craving carbs, a normal social activity, like dinner at a friend’s house, can pose problems. Enter keto cycling. In this fairly new approach, you cycle on and…

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EXCLUSIVE: LIC’s equity investment in FY20 likely to reach above Rs 70,000 cr, an all-time high

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is likely to end FY20 with an all-time high equity investment (gross) of around up to 72,000 crore, an all-time high, sources said. In FY19, LIC invested around Rs 68,620 crore into the equity market. “We have already crossed Rs 33,000 crore and the second half of the year is expected to be robust considering the new business premiums have also seen a high growth,” said an official. While the year-on-year (YoY) growth will be 3.5 percent, LIC’s equity investments hold significance because it is…

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Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans

Google quietly partnered last year with Ascension—the country’s second-largest health system—and has since gained access to detailed medical records on tens of millions of Americans, according to a November 11 report by The Wall Street Journal. The endeavor, code-named “Project Nightingale,” has enabled at least 150 Google employees to see patient health information, which includes diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data, according to internal documents and the newspaper’s sources. In all, the data amounts to complete medical records, WSJ notes, and contains patient names and birth dates. The…

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Maddinson out of Australia A side due to mental health issues

Cricket Australia say it is committed to better understanding the mental health challenges in the game after Nic Maddinson yesterday became the second player this season to withdraw from a national side due to the issue. The in-form batsman was potentially one big score away from a Test recall when he pulled out of the Australia A game against Pakistan due to start on Monday. Sean Abbott was swarmed by his Australian teammates after a wicket against Pakistan. Western Australia’s Cameron Bancroft has been drafted into the Australia A side…

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Adani Group moves Bombay HC seeking to stop investment into GVK Airport Holdings

According to GVK’s counsel, a deposit of around Rs 1,254 crore was made into an escrow account on October 29. The Adani Group on Tuesday moved the Bombay High Court (HC) seeking to restrain the GVK Group from completing an investment transaction of GVK Airport Holdings, the holding company of Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), without first giving a notice on right-of-first-refusal (RoFR) to Bid Services Division (Mauritius), which holds 13.5% in the airport. The move follows GVK’s announcement last week that a subsidiary of National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF), Abu…

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