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(MENAFN - AFP) India's finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure on Saturday, saying it was time for the economy to "fly", as he unveiled the new right-wing government's first full budget.

Arun Jaitley said his government had inherited an economy dominated by "doom and gloom" when it took power last year, trumpeting its achievements in conquering inflation ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French conglomerate Bouygues on Saturday denied the death of its CEO Martin Bouygues.

"Bouygues categorically denies that its chairman and CEO Martin Bouygues has died and deeply regrets that such a rumour has been allowed to spread," the group told AFP in a statement.

The TF1 television channel, which is owned by Bouygues, also denied the 62-year-old ...

(MENAFN - AFP) It's Milan fashion week, you've got tickets to the catwalk shows and an outfit to die for, but which watch to wear A chunky smartwatch or chic ticker that can't tell the time

Ahead of the hotly-anticipated Apple Watch launch this year, expected to revolutionise tech wearables, there are already watches you can use to check emails, Facebook or the weather, play ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Billionaire French industrialist Martin Bouygues died on Saturday at the age of 62, a mayor in the northwestern Orne region, where he had a home, said.

Bouygues, who was CEO of the Bouygues construction and media conglomerate, passed away at his home in La Roche Mabile, Michel Julien, mayor of a neigbouring village in the Orne region, told AFP.

"I can ...

(MENAFN - AFP) After unemployment and deflation, Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen finds herself in her toughest battle yet, fighting a push by Congress to assert itself over monetary policy.

Newly in control of both houses on Capitol Hill, Republicans accuse the Fed of misguided policies and political bias, saying the world's most powerful central bank is too autonomous ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The New York state financial regulator has subpoenaed three major European banks and a US peer in a probe of foreign-exchange rigging, sources close to the situation told AFP Friday.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the regulator, Benjamin Lawsky, had sought information about currency practices from French banks BNP Paribas and Societe ...

(MENAFN - AFP) It was a traffic-light colour scheme to get any fashionista hot under the collar: red, yellow and green thigh-high boots sauntering down the catwalk at Versace's show Friday.

This was no patent leather Pretty Woman reference though, more Avengers style -- the boots paired with capes or 60s-cut dresses, as well as tunics cinched in at the waist with large buckled ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer on Friday said the Fed's exceptional large-scale asset purchases were continuing to provide "meaningful stimulus" to the US economy.

At a monetary policy forum in New York, Fischer laid out the positive effects of the central bank's massive rounds of quantitative easing aimed at pulling the economy out of the 2008-2009 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Wall Street stocks fell modestly Friday but remained close to record highs to close out the best single-month performance since 2011.

Stocks got help from a new estimate of fourth-quarter US economic growth that came in better than expected.

Despite shedding 6.24 points (0.30 percent) for the day, the broad based S&P 500 scored its best month since ...

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