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Petrol now just Rs 19 short of 100 mark in Delhi, diesel prices hiked too

Petrol now just Rs 19 short of 100 mark in Delhi, diesel prices hiked too

Finance
Oil marketing companies have hiked the prices of petrol and diesel again on Thursday by 13 paisa and 11 paisa respetively. As a result, petrol has reached its all time high of Rs 81 per litre in Delhi while diesel costs Rs 73.08 per litre in the national capital. In Mumbai, petrol now costs Rs 88.39 per litre and for disel you have to shell out Rs 77.58 per litre. Petrol and diesel prices have been rising for a while now owing to a falling rupee and rising international oil prices. A fear that the US sanctions on Iran may end up contracting global oil supplies more than other producers can make up is pushing up oil prices. Crude oil prices have risen to $ 77 a barrel, gaining about $ 7 in a month. Recently Andhra Pradesh as well as Rajasthan have announced cut in state taxes to rein in th...
Facebook reveals Mark Zuckerberg's US Congress testimony

Facebook reveals Mark Zuckerberg's US Congress testimony

Business
Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his planned testimony to the US Congress, ahead of answering questions during a two day hearing about data privacy.The Facebook founder will speak about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Russian election interference and what the company is doing to prevent future incidents.He will say the firm's new investment in security will affect its profits."Protecting our community is more important," he adds.On the subject of users' data, he will say that every app that had access to a large amount of Facebook data prior to 2014 will be investigated. He said privacy controls had been made easier to understand.Mr Zuckerberg also admits that Facebook was slow to spot Russian meddling.Read Mark Zuckerberg's full statement hereOver a two year period, 126 million people ...
Arctic stronghold of world's seeds reaches one million mark

Arctic stronghold of world's seeds reaches one million mark

Science
The vault storing the world's most precious seeds is taking delivery on Monday of donations that will take it to the one million mark.More than 70,000 crops will be added to frozen storage chambers buried deep within a mountain in the Arctic Circle.Cereal staples, unusual crops like the Estonian onion potato, and barley used to brew Irish beer are among the consignments.Monday marks the tenth anniversary of the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard.One of three chambers is now almost full of packets of seeds, each a variety of an important food crop.The number of donations amounts to 1,059,646. This number excludes one emergency withdrawal of about 90,000 seeds needed to make up for precious samples stranded in Syria due to the conflict there."Hitting the million mark is really significant," said ...
WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg’s other headache

WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg’s other headache

Finance
“THERE’S too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarisation in the world today,” lamented Mark Zuckerberg, the boss of Facebook, recently. To improve things, the world’s largest social network will cut the amount of news in users’ feeds by a fifth and attempt to make the remainder more reliable by prioritising information from sources which users think are trustworthy.Many publishers are complaining: they worry that their content will show up less in users’ newsfeeds, reducing clicks and advertising revenues. But the bigger problem with Facebook’s latest moves may be that they are unlikely to achieve much—at least if the flourishing of fake news on WhatsApp, the messaging app which Facebook bought in 2014 for $ 19bn, is any guide.Upgrade your inboxReceive our Daily Dispatch and Edito