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Space 2018: Missions and launches to look for in the new year

Space 2018: Missions and launches to look for in the new year

Science
Dec. 28 (UPI) -- For astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary scientists, space enthusiasts and others with an eye for the night sky, 2018 is expected to bring a variety of exciting developments.With dozens of space missions and expeditions set to get under way in 2018, launch complexes around the globe will be busy. U.S. launch pads will be especially busy, as SpaceX looks to launch even more rockets than it did in 2017.Below are eight exciting developments to watch for in 2018.The world's most powerful rocketAfter a record-breaking slate of launches in 2017, SpaceX is looking to kick 2018 off with a monumental blast. The aerospace outfit plans to take its Falcon Heavy rocket for an inaugural test flight in January.The Falcon Heavy is essentially a trio of Falcon 9 cores bound together. Th...
The best-performing Asian indexes in 2017 look set for more gains in the new year

The best-performing Asian indexes in 2017 look set for more gains in the new year

Finance
Asian markets have had a good run this year, shrugging off jitters faced at the end of last year over the potential trade and foreign policy implications the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump would have on the region.While geopolitical uncertainty was a major focal point earlier this year — with several North Korean missile launches initially sending investor scurrying into safe-have assets — risk appetite has since improved, with markets looking instead to stronger economic growth globally.MSCI's broad index of shares in Asia Pacific excluding Japan was up more than 34 percent year-to-date on Friday morning. That's above the roughly 25 percent climb seen on the Dow Jones industrial average and 8 percent rise on the pan-European STOXX 600 over the same period. The best-perf
PSBs look to frame common rules to value stressed assets

PSBs look to frame common rules to value stressed assets

Finance
NEW DELHI: The finance ministry is working with state-run lenders to frame a common set of rules for valuation of stressed assets for faster resolution of loans extended by consortia of banks. A senior finance ministry official said a select group of bankers is working to arrive at common rules of valuation. “It has been observed that in cases of joint lending, banks are unable to arrive at a common valuation, which stalls the resolution process. Further, individually, banks also fear that if they agree to a certain haircut, it may not stand the scrutiny of vigilance agencies,” the official said, adding that new norms will address such concerns. The group was formed during ‘PSB Manthan,’ a two-day conclave of PSBs and has representation from all leading banks. A bank executive who is p
Look away, Mr Bean: Rowan Atkinson's daughter laid bare in burlesque tease

Look away, Mr Bean: Rowan Atkinson's daughter laid bare in burlesque tease

Entertainment
From Ewan McGregor's daughter Clara to Cindy Crawford's teen mini-me Kaia Gerber, second generation bombshells are taking over the main stage from their famous parents.And Rowan Atkinson's daughter Lily is the next celeb offspring destined to cause a stir in her own right.The 22-year-old starlet is a budding burlesque dancer, who enjoyed a brief stint on London's West End last year with a one-woman show titled "Lily".Making her mark on the theatre world, the Brit beauty dared to flash the flesh in the temperature-raising promo shots for her titillating performance, which focused on her singing talents.Showing off her wild side, the model donned a pair of cat ears, paired with booty-skimming hot pants and thigh-high stockings.St James' StudioSECOND GENERATION: Rowan Atkinson's daughter Lily...
Incoming boss of India's SBI says bad debt numbers “will look better”

Incoming boss of India's SBI says bad debt numbers “will look better”

Finance
MUMBAI: Tackling bad loans will be a priority for India's largest bank, said the newly appointed chairman of State Bank of India, Rajnish Kumar, addressing his first press conference since the appointment was announced late on Wednesday. SBI, which accounts for more than a fifth of India's banking assets, has seen bad loans rise after it absorbed five subsidiary banks earlier this year. Kumar said SBI had tackled issues that came as a result of that deal and would see asset quality numbers "looking much better". Kumar replaces Arundhati Bhattacharya, who implemented major reforms during her four years at the helm and became one of India's most high-profile executives. Let's block ads! (Why?) Banking/Finance-Industry-The Economic Times