There has been interest shown for Air India. Other airlines have also shown interest in Air India, but they have not submitted any formal proposals as yet, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said. According to Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary RN Choubey, a formal proposal from IndiGo was received after Wednesday's cabinet decision on Air India's divestment. The Union cabinet's decision on Air India comes after NITI Aayog in a recent report to the Civil Aviation Ministry recommended strategic disinvestment in the loss-making Air India.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday issued a show-cause notice to hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, asking him to explain the source of USD 10,000 illegally possessed by him in 2002. The foreign currency was seized during Income Tax Department raids at his residence in Srinagar's Hyderpora area in 2002. Taking cognisance of the Income Tax report, the ED had issued summons to Geelani to appear before it in Srinagar in March this year.
The construction work of units 3 and 4 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, being built in tie-up with Russia, commenced today with the ceremonial pouring of concrete. Banerjee said Unit 3 is scheduled to be completed in March 2023 and unit 4 the subsequent year. On their completion, KKNPP site will add 2000 MW more electricity to the grid, and in total the site will produce 4000 MW power, he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, protests march were held across India against the killing of Junaid Khan. On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the recent incidents of lynching in the name of gau raksh, a man in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district was beaten to death on suspicion of carrying beef in his vehicle. He said indulging in violence in the name of gau bhakti goes fully against the ideals of the Father of the Nation.
In dealing with the stand-off with New Delhi over the T-Junction, the main plank used by Beijing is its sovereignty over the land. Bhutan has conveyed to China that road construction is not keeping with the agreements between two countries. China has had designs on the Doklam plateau even though it is the private property of the King of Bhutan. Ironically, the current standoff is next to Nathu La, which the PLA was forced to abandon for three days in 1967.
MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray on Thursday met the Maharashtra finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and demanded that indigenously made sanitary napkins be exempted from GST. Mungantiwar has already declared that sanitary napkins made by women self-help groups will get exemption. Thackeray on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the minister seeking exemption for all India-made sanitary napkins from the new taxation regime. The government conveniently only focused on self-help groups while avoiding the larger issue of taxing of sanitary napkins, the MNS leader said.
The Congress Sahakarna Janathipathiya Vedi, which has been in the forefront of the opposition to the setting up of the new bank, said that it would petition the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and NABARD not to give sanction to the proposed bank. Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, in a statement here on Thursday, wanted the State government to drop its decision. Vedi chairman Karakulam Krishna Pillai contested some of the claims made by the government to justify its decision.
Women and children involved with groups like Islamic State are increasingly returning to their home countries in Europe, with some posing a terror risk, a senior European Union official said Thursday. The issue is a growing concern for European countries as Islamic State is in retreat across Iraq and Syria in the face of US-backed forces. The situation with children was especially sensitive, and one that European juvenile criminal justice systems would have to start adapting to, Coninsx said.
At least 80 people are presumed dead following the blaze on June 14 that gutted the 24-story Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London, trapping families as they slept. Residents and relatives of those killed have demanded answers as to why the fire spread so rapidly and whether proper fire safety measures had been in place. Checks carried out since the fire have shown 137 other tower blocks had also failed tests, May's spokesman said on Thursday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday accused the Congress party of ignoring the interests of horticulturists in Himachal Pradesh. The state BJP chief spokesperson and Nahan MLA, Rajeev Bindal said that the Congress government announced several schemes for the welfare of farmers and horticulturalists but on ground, nothing has been done so far. Bindal said Congress party had announced to provide unemployment allowance to the youth of the state but, had only made a provision of Rs 500 Crore for the same.
Last Friday saw a mega clash at the box-office with the release of Salman Khan's Tubelight and Allu Arjun's Duvvada Jagannadham. With another weekend coming our way, it is time to put these two films behind us and look forward to fresh releases this Friday. The human race is again at loggerheads with the Transformers and Optimus Prime is gone. The film looks like a refreshing take on cultural differences and how people deal with it in the real world.
A postmortem examination has failed to establish that a woman prisoner who was beaten to death in Mumbai's Byculla jail last week, was also violated with a wooden stick. The report, police said, maintains that Manjula Sheyte sustained fatal injuries on her skull and other parts of the body. Ms Sheyte, whose death had triggered a riot in the jail on Saturday, was allegedly viciously beaten by jail officials.
Lifting the ban would be a welcome reprieve for Middle East carrier which have seen demand to the United States weakened by travel restrictions imposed by President Donald Trump's administration. We welcome the US Department of Homeland Security's latest directive on enhanced screening measures, an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement. We look forward to working with the authorities and Dubai airport stakeholders to implement these measures as soon as possible for our US flights.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will head to London on July to attend MCC's World Cricket committee meeting at the Lord's on July 3 and 4. Inclusion of cricket in 2024 Olympics, Australian players pay dispute and the concept of four-day Test will be discussed among other things in meeting. The ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has already said time is right for Twenty20 cricket's bid for the Olympics.
Over 10,000 youth have applied for Unemployment Allowance Scheme which is being implemented in the state government since April 2017. A government spokesperson said the applications are being examined along with the documents required and the eligible applicants will be provided the allowance after verification of their documents. In an effort to minimise mishandling of funds, the payment under the scheme would be made only through bank accounts, he said.
Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said one should not be selective while condemning violence and asked 'Not In My Name' protesters to hold demonstrations against killings in Kerala and West Bengal also. Nobody has a business to take law into their own hands for whatever purpose. 'Not In My Name' protest seems to be a bit selective in nature. She asked the protesters to demonstrate wherever human life is being hurt (as) we cannot be selective in condemning violence.
The Army Chief also visited areas under the 17 Mountain Division, tasked to guard the Sino-India border in the Sikkim sector, and took stock of various operational aspects. The Indian Army had blocked construction of the road by China in Donglong, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.
If they cannot keep the peace, Hamburg officials have acknowledged, it will amount to a defeat for Merkel in her own backyard. They are planning a protest on the eve of the G20 that they have dubbed Welcome to Hell. His administration has been threatening countries like Germany and China with punitive trade measures on steel in the run-up to the G20.
Shutterstock A physical confrontation between Chinese and Indian troops on the Sikkim-Tibet border has grabbed headlines in India after television channels played out a video recording of soldiers pushing and jostling each other during a patrol clash on June 17. Business Standard learns from a usually reliable source on the ground that the clash was unusually acrimonious, that both sides fired gunshots, and there were casualties. Contacted for verification, army spokespersons declined to comment. The ministry of external affairs, too, at.
On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet gave an in-principle nod for a stake sale in Air India. Modalities regarding debt restructuring, demerger and sale of its subsidiaries have also not been finalised so far. The attraction of investing in Air India lies primarily in its air traffic rights on international routes and peak hour landing slots.