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Benchmark Indices Closes at all time High

The 30-share BSE Sensex reached its record close of 30,248. The index has surpassed its previous record closing of 30,133.35 reached on April 26. It also surpassed its intra-day peak of 30,184.22 recorded on April 27 to hit a fresh intra-day high of 30,271.60.

The NSE index Nifty has breached the 9,400-mark for the first time. The NSE index registered a record high of 9,415, surpassing its previous milestone of 9,377 reached on May 5.

The indices have settled at their respective closing highs after the IMD’s new monsoon forecast has predicted that India is likely to receive higher monsoon rainfall as the concern over the El Nino weather condition has eased. Earlier, IMD had predicted that this year’s monsoon rains will be at 96% of the 50-year average of 89 cm. The new forecast has raised the sentiments of the stock market as the prospects of higher agricultural and economic growth is brighter. This has resulted in the shares of consumer goods and agriculture-dependent companies to rise.

Stock Market Index

A share market Index shows how a specified portfolio of share prices is moving in order to give an indication of market trends. It is a basket of securities and the average price movement of the basket of securities indicates the index movement, whether upwards or downwards. BSE Sensex is one index. The BSE SENSEX is a free-float market capitalization-weighted stock market index of 30 well-established and financially sound companies listed on Bombay Stock Exchange.

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Indian Railways to acquire EoTT Equipments to run Trains without Guards

The Indian Railways has planned to acquire the End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) equipments to run nearly 1,000 trains without guards in the current fiscal. The EoTT system is designed in such a way that it will perform the guard’s job. EoTT system comprises two units, namely, ‘cab display unit’ (CDU) which is fitted on the locomotive and ‘sense and brake unit’ (SBU) which is fitted on the last coach of the train. The units will be fitted with radio transmitter which can communicate with each other.  The transmitter will send signals at regular intervals to the last coach to ensure that the train is running intact. The Indian Railways will initially acquire 1,000 EoTT equipments for its container operations and later on more units will be procured to be fitted on all trains. Accordingly, all goods trains on the proposed dedicated freight corridors will run with EoTT system. Each set of EoTT device will cost approximately Rs 10 lakh.

Significance

The EoTT system will help in establishing communication between the locomotive driver and the last wagon of the train and ensure that the train is running as a complete unit.  In case of parting of coaches from the rear side of the train, it will give indication to the loco driver so that the driver can apply brakes to the rear unit thereby averting collision of the rear portion with the front portion of the train.  The transmitter at the last coach is connected to the brakes and the brake gets applied so that the broken away portion of wagons do not collide with the front portion.

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Taranjeet Singh becomes New Country Director of Twitter

Twitter has elevated Taranjeet Singh as its Country Director for India. Prior to this appointment, Singh was responsible for sales and marketing support for Twitter’s advertisers in India. Before joining twitter, Taranjeet Singh held various positions at BBC Advertising and Outlook Publishing etc.

India is among the lucrative social media markets in the world. It is already among the world’s fastest growing markets for companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Google. Twitter has over 319 million users globally and counts India among its top five audience markets.

Twitter is a Microblogging platform and allows its users to  engage with peers, corporates and government using 140 characters. Recently, Twitter launched its lighter version called Twitter Lite to cater to the needs of users in India.

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