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The three richest people incurred the biggest losses, with their combined wealth dropping about $30 billion (AP)
The three richest people incurred the biggest losses, with their combined wealth dropping about $30 billion (AP)

World’s richest 500 lose $444 billion after hellish week for markets

  • The drubbing more than erased the $78 billion in gains that the 500 wealthiest people had amassed since the start of the year
  • Elon Musk, the world’s 25th-richest person, rang up the fourth largest weekly loss

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Although the new income tax regime has done away with most exemptions and deductions, yet a few are still available. (iStock)

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Jio and other network carriers struggled with maintaining growth in subscriber base in the month of December (Mint)
Bill Gates  (Photo: Hindustan Times)
Bill Gates (Photo: Hindustan Times)

Coronavirus a 'once-in-a-century' pathogen, says Bill Gates

  • The novel coronavirus that first emerged in China and has now spread to 46 countries
  • Gates' plea was echoed on Friday by the World Health Organization, which said the risk was very high that the virus would spread and have a global impact

Spot gold fell the most intraday since June 2013, according to Bloomberg generic pricing (Bloomberg)
Spot gold fell the most intraday since June 2013, according to Bloomberg generic pricing (Bloomberg)

Gold becomes victim to virus fears with biggest slide since 2013

  • Most exhibitors from China were forced to pull out of a big annual mining conference in Toronto
  • Fear over the economic fallout from the coronavirus has unnerved markets

Military trucks spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outside in Daegu, South Korea, (Photo: Ryu Young-suk/Yonhap via AP)
Every third PAN card is still not linked to Aadhaar card. All such non-linked PAN cards will become inoperative from April 2020.
Every third PAN card is still not linked to Aadhaar card. All such non-linked PAN cards will become inoperative from April 2020.

How to link PAN, Aadhaar cards having data mismatch?

  • The UIDAI will reject your request to link PAN with Aadhaar card if there is a mismatch of name, date of birth, gender
  • There are two ways to link PAN card with Aadhaar card under such circumstances

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Photo: Reuters

Reliance picks up 37.7% stake in Alok Industries

  • Pursuant to this acquisition, RIL will hold 37.7% equity share capital of Alok Industries
  • In March 2019, the Ahmedabad bench of the NCLT had approved the sole RIL-JM Financial ARC bid for Alok for 5,050 crore

Army soldiers in protective suits spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Daegu, South Korea, (Photo: Kim Hyun-tai/Yonhap via AP)
Army soldiers in protective suits spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Daegu, South Korea, (Photo: Kim Hyun-tai/Yonhap via AP)

Coronavirus: WHO warns risk of global spread very high

  • In the past 24 hours, China reported 329 cases – the lowest in more than a month
  • The virus has infected over 85,000 people globally, with death toll at 2,924 as of Saturday

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The panic created by the coronavirus led to a massive wipe out of $5 trillion across the global markets
Since 2014, Google has had to weigh nearly 850,000 separate requests to remove links to some 3.3 million websites.  (Bloomberg)
Since 2014, Google has had to weigh nearly 850,000 separate requests to remove links to some 3.3 million websites. (Bloomberg)

Google employee down with coronavirus, Amazon curbs travel

  • The Google employee was in its Zurich office
  • The company said it has not shut down its Zurich office but has restricted employees to travel to Iran

Workers wearing protective face masks in Tokyo (Photo: Reuters)
A bomb exploded in Kabul, Afghanistan on Feb. 26, amid truce talks between the US and Taliban that started last Friday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
All you need to do is to block your SBI ATM card in order to avoid fraud or any unauthorised transaction. (Mint)
All you need to do is to block your SBI ATM card in order to avoid fraud or any unauthorised transaction. (Mint)

How to block SBI ATM-cum-debit card through SMS

  • SBI customers simply need to send a message to block their lost ATM-cum-debit card
  • SBI ATM card can also be blocked by online log-in or through the SBI mobile app

Latest fixed deposit (FD) rates of three small finance banks. (iStock)
Markets in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Korea were down by up to 4% on Friday. (Reuters)
GMR Airports and Groupe ADP handled a combined $336.5 million in 2019, the highest in the world. (REUTERS)
GMR Airports and Groupe ADP handled a combined $336.5 million in 2019, the highest in the world. (REUTERS)

Long wait for equity investor gives GMR 4,000 crore windfall

  • While waiting for almost a year to close its stake sale to a Tata group-led consortium, GMR won two more airport bids
  • The GMR Group’s higher valuation indicates the growing clout of airports in the retail segment

The new set of regulations makes it compulsory for social media companies to open offices in Islamabad (Reuters)
The new set of regulations makes it compulsory for social media companies to open offices in Islamabad (Reuters)

Facebook, Twitter, Google threaten to suspend services in Pakistan

  • The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) called for revision of new sets of rules and regulations for social media
  • Failure to comply with the authorities in Pakistan will result in heavy fines and possible termination of services

Nearly 86 per cent of farmers are small and marginal with average land holdings in the country being less than 1.1 hectares (Photo: Reuters)
Nearly 86 per cent of farmers are small and marginal with average land holdings in the country being less than 1.1 hectares (Photo: Reuters)

PM to lay foundation stone for Bundelkhand Expressway, launch 10,000 FPOs in UP

  • The event shall also witness the completion of one year of the launch of PM-KISAN scheme
  • The small, marginal and landless farmers face tremendous challenges during agriculture production phase

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The five-day selloff wiped out about  ₹12 lakh crore of investor wealth. (PTI)
Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL will supply the BS VI fuel at their petrol pumps from 1 April. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Indian Oil, BPCL and HPCL will supply the BS VI fuel at their petrol pumps from 1 April. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Get ready to pay more for BS-VI fuel

  • India is graduating to the stringent BS-VI emission norms as the country grapples with rampant air pollution
  • IOCL has spent 17,000 crore to upgrade its refineries to produce the low-sulphur diesel and petrol

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (ANI )
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. (ANI )

Govt loosened purse strings with fiscal deficit in mind, willing to do more: FM

  • Nirmala Sitharaman hinted that in the budget, the government has done all that it could on 'loosening the purse' keeping the fiscal deficit in mind
  • Sitharaman said she was not expecting a 'shock' on the growth on either side, and suggested that a rise in the number is a sign of doing well

Sensex has slumped over 1,000 points so far Friday.
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