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Nirmala Sitharaman gets finance ministry, Amit Shah home as Modi 2.0 portfolios announced

Former Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been appointed as the new finance minister with former home minister Rajnath Singh getting the defence portfolio in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new Cabinet. Amit Shah will be the new home minister. Former foreign secretary S Jaishankar will helm the Ministry of External Affairs, a press statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. Former textile ... Read More »

Home Ministry flags Chinese bank eyeing second branch in India

ICBC and Bank of China had applied for a branch licence with the RBI last year. (Photo: Reuters) At a time when the Centre has cleared the decks for the maiden Bank of China branch in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs is learnt to have raised objections to a proposal by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) ... Read More »

Planning to take a home loan? Here’s a checklist for you

When you plan to go for a home loan, don’t look at interest rate in isolation. Besides interest rate, check for processing charges and other costs too. Photo: iStockphoto Home loans are usually one of the only big ticket loans an individual takes. As the amount is huge, it is important that you opt for the right one. Types of ... Read More »

Home finance cost on the rise: What should homebuyers do?

The impact of the hike on customers depends on whether the loan is benchmarked against the base rate of MCLR. Most of the banks in India recently hiked their Marginal Cost of Lending Rates (MCLR) by 5-10 basis points. And with the banks stepping up their MCLR, housing finance institutes are also following suit. It is although not yet clear ... Read More »

China Home Prices Stop Three-Month Drop as Market Stabilizes

Chinese home prices rose in more cities in October, snapping a three-month decline, a sign the market is stabilizing amid government efforts to curb property speculation. New-home prices, excluding state-subsidized housing, climbed in 50 of the 70 cities tracked by the government, compared with 44 in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday. Prices fell in 14 cities ... Read More »

10 Must-Have Gadgets and Gear to Thrive in Your Home Office

Thanks to modern technology and widespread connectivity, you no longer need a traditional office to build a successful business. But you do need the right tech and equipment to stay competitive and keep your home office operations running smoothly. When it comes to tech products, the at-home worker and entrepreneur has more choices than ever before. That means you need ... Read More »

Residents of This State Want to Work from Home More than Anyone Else in the US

A not-so-surprising trend is gathering steam across the U.S. The trend, which is indicative of what is happening in other markets around the world, is that more and more workers want to work from home. To better understanding how this trend is taking shape in the U.S, a New York-startup called AND CO set out to identify the states that have the most ... Read More »

Seven Tips for Keeping Your Home Office Organized

Increasingly, American workers are working from home, at least some of the time. Working from home can be a wonderful experience, but to work efficiently and effectively, you need a home office setup that works for you. Here are ten steps to getting your home office to be a functional, organized, pleasant place to work. One: Purge Any Paper that ... Read More »

Nokia 3310 Launched in Its Home Market, Finland

HIGHLIGHTS HMD has sole use of Nokia brand on phones, tablets for the next decade Initial demand for the Nokia 3310 appears to be strong Three new Nokia smartphones are due to go on sale in the coming weeks Nokia relaunched its simple but classic 3310 phone in its home market of Finland on Wednesday, hoping a wave of nostalgia ... Read More »

Your Z-Wave smart home gadgets just got more secure

Enlarge Image The soon-to-be-released Kwikset Obsidian smart lock is one of many connected home devices that communicate using Z-Wave. Smart home gadgets typically use some sort of wireless radio to communicate with each other — and the creators of those gadgets must take steps to ensure that those wireless transmissions are secure. Now, the makers of the popular Z-Wave protocol ... Read More »