Government's move on provident fund evokes mixed feelings across sectors

The government’s budget commitment to bear the entire 12% of the employers’ contribution towards the provident fund of all new employees has evoked mixed feelings across industries. While many HR heads across sectors are saying it will act as an incentive for them to create more jobs in the formal sector, others say they are not very sure this move will lead to greater job creation. The announcement also added…

February 5, 2018
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Discovered: One of the Oldest Stars in the Galaxy

Astronomers recently discovered one of the first stars formed in the Milky Way, J0815+4729, shown here in this artist concept. This low-mass star is one of the most iron-poor and carbon-rich stars found to date, suggesting it formed shortly after the Big Bang. (Credit: Gabriel PĂ©rez/SMM/IAC) In a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, a team of Spanish astronomers announced the discovery of one of the first stars…

February 5, 2018
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Cheetahs Are Fast; Their Inner Ear Makes Them Deadly

(Credit: Shutterstock) Cheetahs evolved to become the fastest animals on land. Now scientists find that not only do swift limbs help cheetahs hunt down prey, but so too do tiny bony tubes within their skulls that help the cats keep their gazes locked on their targets. Cheetahs have been clocked sprinting at up to 61 miles per hour, speeds that help them chase fleet prey such as gazelles. Intriguingly, while…

February 5, 2018
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Belichick holds firm on Butler's SB benching

1:28 PM ET MINNEAPOLIS — Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler expressed his frustration for not starting in the team’s loss to Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, telling ESPN “they gave up on me.” It was all set up for Brady to produce another dramatic, winning drive — the ball in his hands, 2:21 remaining — but then it all came crashing down. 1 Related “I appreciate the question,…

February 5, 2018
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Challenge for U-19 champions starts here – Dravid

12:44 PM ET Annesha Ghosh in Mumbai India’s Under-19 bunch might have got themselves the perfect result at the World Cup, but for head coach Rahul Dravid, their pursuit of excellence begins now. The onus to groom the youngsters for the rigours of higher-level cricket, according to Dravid, will rest as much on the players themselves as on the management going forward. “The challenges and the hard work start from…

February 5, 2018
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Villanova, Virginia, Purdue still 1-2-3 in AP poll

12:17 PM ET Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25. Virginia, Villanova and Purdue have been college basketball’s best this season, so that leaves us with one important question: Who is fourth? Don’t give up on Xavier or Kansas, even after the Jayhawks’ home loss to Oklahoma State. The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s latest poll, followed…

February 5, 2018
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Essex bring in Siddle for Championship defence

11:48 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Essex have brought in Australia Test quick Peter Siddle for the first five games of their Championship title defence. As in 2017, when Essex supplemented a largely homegrown pace attack with an overseas pro, Siddle will bring an experienced edge during the opening weeks of the season. Essex’s unexpected Championship success was spearheaded by Jamie Porter and former South Africa spinner Simon Harmer, who took…

February 5, 2018
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BCCI's site goes down after Lalit Modi fails to pay the bill

11:45 AM ET Nagraj Gollapudi In a bizarre turn of events, the BCCI website (www.bcci.tv) went blank on a memorable weekend for Indian cricket because someone failed pay the renewal fee for the domain registration. And that someone happens to be Lalit Modi, who’s been a persona-non-grata for the BCCI for close to five years. The site went down while India’s Under-19 team was winning the junior World Cup on…

February 5, 2018
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Mandhana, Goswami, Pandey rout South Africa

3:00 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff India women 213 for 7 (Mandhana 84, Raj 45) beat South Africa women 125 (van Niekerk 41, Goswami 4-24, Pandey 3-23) by 88 runs Smriti Mandhana targets the off side Getty Images Smriti Mandhana‘s 98-ball 84 and fast bowlers Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey‘s combined returns of 7 for 47 in 17.2 overs, helped India open the new cycle of their ICC Women’s Championship campaign…

February 5, 2018
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