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Scottish gallery to pull BP Portrait Award exhibition from 2020

Scottish gallery to pull BP Portrait Award exhibition from 2020

Entertainment
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh has said it will no longer show the BP Portrait Award exhibition."We recognise the need to do all we can to address the climate emergency," National Galleries Scotland said.The prize is run by London's National Portrait Gallery and has been sponsored by the oil giant for 30 years.An annual exhibition of the entries has toured to Edinburgh for a decade, but this year's show, which opens there on 7 December, will be the last to do so.BP has faced growing criticism over environmental issues in recent years. National Galleries Scotland acknowledged that "for many people, the association of this competition with BP is seen as being at odds" with its aim to help tackle climate change....
The biggest moments from the People’s Choice Awards

The biggest moments from the People’s Choice Awards

Entertainment
Women ruled the show at this year's E! People's Choice Awards, with Jennifer Aniston, Gwen Stefani and P!nk all honoured as icons.More than a billion votes were cast to decide the winners at the ceremony, which is one of the biggest awards shows in the US - and all voted for by fans. Winners included Robert Downey Jr, for best male movie star, and Zendaya, who picked up awards for best female movie star and drama TV star.Avengers: Endgame was named best action movie and overall movie, while Stranger Things won the awards for best drama show and best overall show, with star Millie Bobbie Brown named female TV star of 2019.Here are some of the biggest moments from the show. Advertisement ...
The Chinese suicides prevented by AI from afar

The Chinese suicides prevented by AI from afar

Technology
Li Fan, a 21-year-old student, attempted suicide after posting a brief message on the Chinese Twitter-like platform Weibo just after Valentine's Day. "I can't go on anymore. I'm going to give up," he wrote.Soon after, he lost consciousness.He was in debt, had fallen out with his mother and was suffering from severe depression. Some 8,000km (5,000 miles) away from his university in Nanjing, his post was detected by a program running on a computer in Amsterdam.It flagged the message, prompting volunteers from different parts of China into action.When they were unable to rouse Mr Li from afar, they reported their concerns to local police, who eventually saved him.It might sound extraordinary but this was just one of many such success for the Tree Hole Rescue...
From January, banks cannot charge you for online NEFT transactions

From January, banks cannot charge you for online NEFT transactions

Finance
From January 2020, banks can no longer charge savings bank account holders for online transactions in the NEFT system. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now mandated banks to do this through a press release on Friday. In its press release, RBI stated that it is doing this to promote digital payments. In its July monetary policy review, RBI had decided to do away with charges for NEFT and RTGS transactions. However, it hadn’t set a date by when banks had to comply. In its July statement it had said, “In order to provide an impetus to digital funds movement, it has been decided to do away with the charges levied by the Reserve Bank for transactions processed in the RTGS and NEFT systems. Banks will be required, in turn, to pass these benefits to their customers.” In the press release issue
India’s bad debt pile eased by write-offs, underlying problem far from resolved

India’s bad debt pile eased by write-offs, underlying problem far from resolved

Finance
Indian banks wrote off more than $ 30 billion worth of bad debt in the year to June 30, helping to lower stressed loans on their books by 8.5%, according to central bank data reviewed by Reuters. The write-offs illustrate the urgent problem of bad loans as borrowers struggle to service, let alone pay-off, their debt in a stuttering economy. As of June 30, total stressed assets on the books of Indian banks were at $ 137.50 billion, down from $ 150.22 billion a year ago, according to central bank data reviewed by Reuters. A large part of this reduction reflected the write-off by banks of loans worth $ 30.64 billion in the last financial year, the data obtained by Reuters via a right to information filing showed. And in the period ending June 30 - the first quarter of the current financial ye...