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'Governments must penalise unruly behaviour on flights'

'Governments must penalise unruly behaviour on flights'New Delhi, April 10 : International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global alliance of airlines, Thursday called all governments, including India, to take strict action against unruly air passengers as proposed at a conference in Montreal last week.

The aviation body, which represents 240 airlines accounting for 84 percent of global air traffic, said it was good news that a diplomatic conference in Montreal last week had agreed to ratify the changes proposed in the Tokyo Convention of
1963.


Sindhu drops out of top-10

p-v-sindhuNew Delhi, April 10 : A first round exit from the India Open last week means P. V. Sindhu drops a place to No. 11 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles rankings released Thursday.

Spain’s Carolina Marin jumped three places to No. 10, overtaking the Indian. Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal retained her No. 8 spot.

Parupalli Kashyap's semi-final appearance at the Swiss Open and the quarter-final performance at the India Open bore fruit as he re-entered the top-20 of men’s singles in 19th position.

The Hyderabadi has leapt four places while reigning national champion Kidambi Srikanth remains stagnant at No. 25.


LS polls: Rahul casts his vote in Delhi

Rahul GandhiNew Delhi, Apr 10 : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday cast his vote for the Lok Sabha elections in New Delhi.

Rahul, who was accompanied by former Union Minister Ajay Maken, cast his vote at a polling station in Aurangzeb Lane.

Voting is underway for 91 seats in 11 states. People are voting in Chhattisgarh (1), Haryana (10), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (5), Kerala (20), Madhya Pradesh (9), Maharashtra (10), Odisha (10), Uttar Pradesh (10), Bihar (6), Delhi (7), Andaman and Nicobar islands (1), Chandigarh (1) and Lakshadweep (1).


Brisk voting in Delhi

Brisk voting in DelhiNew Delhi, April 10 - Brisk voting took place Thursday across Delhi's seven Lok Sabha constituencies, all of which were won by the Congress in 2009.

Queues were witnessed from the time polling stations opened at 7 a. m., and officials reported a steady turnover of voters.

There was visible enthusiasm especially among middle-aged voters and senior citizens.

Voting enthusiasm was not restricted to middle class and working class areas but was also seen in affluent localities as well.


President to confer Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards April 11

Pranab-MukherjeeNew Delhi, April 9 : President Pranab Mukherjee will Friday present the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for 2013, an official statement said.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) are national honours bestowed on performing artistes, teachers and scholars in the field of performing arts.

Established in 1953, the Akademi is responsible for the promotion and preservation of the country's performing arts.


Rahul to tour Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

Rahul to tour Rajasthan, Madhya PradeshNew Delhi, April 9 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will address three rallies in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Thursday, the party said Wednesday.

Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally in Jhunjhunu Lok Sabha constituency in Rajasthan in the morning followed by another rally in the state's Udaipur constituency in the afternoon.

He will then head to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh for a 'Jansampark Abhiyan' (mission to reach out to people) in the evening, said a statement from Gandhi's office.


OIL is first India firm to raise $1 bn in foreign bond sale

Oil-India-LimitedNew Delhi, April 9 : State-run explorer Oil India Limited (OIL) Wednesday announced it has become the first Indian company to make a foreign currency bond issuance worth $1 billion in its debut US dollar bond sale programme.

"Oil India has made an inaugural $1 billion dual-tranche US Dollar (USD) unsecured bond issue in the international capital markets.  The Regulation S Bonds were issued in two tranches of $500 million each for 5-year and 10-year tenor," the company said in a statement here.

A Regulation S transaction implies that US-based investors cannot participate in the issue.


Nice that Pakistan is welcoming Indian films: Big B

Amitabh-BachchanNew Delhi, April 9 : "Bhoothnath Returns" will hit the screens in Pakistan Friday, the same day it releases in India.  The film's lead actor, megastar Amitabh Bachchan, is glad that the neighbouring nation is warming up to cinema from our country.

"I am very happy.  We promoted the film in Pakistan through video call, and it is nice to know that they are welcoming our films in their country," Amitabh told IANS here.

According to a source, Big B has a huge fanbase in Pakistan, and hence the decision to simultaneously release "Bhoothnath Returns" in the two nations.


Rahul to tour Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh Wednesday

rahul-gandhiNew Delhi, April 8 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be addressing rallies in Assam, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh while campaigning for the party's Lok Sabha candidates.

According to a release from his office, Gandhi will hold a public meeting at Silchar Lok Sabha constituency in Cachar district of Assam. This meeting, scheduled 10.30 a. m., will take place at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex at Udharband.

Gandhi will attend another public meeting at 2 p. m. in Chhattisgarh's Kanker Lok Sabha constituency which falls in the state's Balod district.


After a slap, Kejriwal fears threat to life

Arvind-KejriwalNew Delhi, April 8 : AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday said he faced a threat to life after being slapped by a man while campaigning for his party here.

"These attacks are scripted. When they (attackers) are arrested, they repeat the (same) script," Kejriwal told the media after being attacked by an auto-rickshaw driver who first garlanded the AAP leader.

The attacker then gave a whacking slap, stunning Kejriwal.

"Why are all the attacks taking place only on us?" Kejriwal later asked. "There will be more attacks, and we can also get killed."


Bharti Airtel, MTN in mobile money service in West Africa

bharti-airtel-mtnNew Delhi, April 8 : Bharti Airtel Tuesday announced a cross-border remittance partnership with South Africa's MTN Group to facilitate mobile money transfer between the two West African countries of Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

"The landmark partnership will enable Mobile Money customers of MTN Ivory Coast and Airtel in Burkina Faso to easily transfer money between the neighbouring countries," Bharti Airtel said here in a release.

"Until now, moving money between the two countries was mired by high fees, high usage of informal channels and a lack of proximity to withdraw money," it added.


Deepika now face of Melange by Lifestyle

Deepika-PadukoneNew Delhi, April 8 : Actress Deepika Padukone, who gave four back-to-back hits last year, has been signed as the brand ambassador of Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd.'s ethnic wear brand Melange by Lifestyle.

The 28-year-old recently shot for the latest spring-summer campaign for the brand and she will also be endorsing the brand for its autumn-winter range.

"Melange by Lifestyle has an amazing range of salwar, kurtas and churidars. The most amazing part about it is that it is ethnic yet so contemporary. I think it is perfect for modern Indian woman," Deepika said in a statement.


Don't crucify Yuvraj, Tendulkar pleads

Sachin-TendulkarNew Delhi, April 7 : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar pleaded with fans not to crucify Yuvraj Singh for his lacklustre performance in the final of the World Twenty20 and warned against writing him off.

Tendulkar wrote on his Facebook page that Yuvraj, who took 21 balls for his 11 runs, had a tough day and should be criticised but should not be written off.

"It is the unpredictable nature of the game that makes cricket such an exciting sport. As cricketers, we always enjoy the applause when we succeed but it is the support and encouragement from fans during tough times that we appreciate the most," said Tendulkar.


BJP 'party of Kumbhkarnas', promises underway schemes: Jairam

Jairam-RameshNew Delhi, April 7 : Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Monday termed the BJP as a "party of Kumbhkarnas" and said its election manifesto is a hastily prepared document which promises programmes already underway over the past 10 years.

"There are two or three other features of the manifesto which invite comment. Reading the party's manifesto it seems they are a party of 'Kumbakarnas' as they have promised schemes which are already underway over the last 10 years," Ramesh told media persons here.


Will never do anything with wrong intent: Modi

Narendra-ModiNew Delhi, April 7 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Monday pledged to provide good governance if his party was voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections, and said he would never do anything with wrong intent.

"I will work hard to fulfill the responsibilities given to me and will not leave any stone unturned... I will never do anything for myself ever and I will never do anything with wrong intent... I assure you," said Modi at the release of party manifesto.

Modi said the Bharatiya Janata Party's aim was to provide a strong and united India which would enjoy the world's respect.


Kejriwal to vote in Delhi

Arvind-KejriwalNew Delhi, April 7 : AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, will cast his vote in the national capital that goes to the polls April 10.

Aam Aadmi Party sources said Kejriwal has applied to the Election Commission for his voter identity card with the address as Tilak Lane in central Delhi. He will not cast his vote in Varanasi.


Singapore Airlines to operate A380 aircraft from May

Singapore-AirlinesNew Delhi, April 7 : Singapore Airlines Monday said it will deploy Airbus A380 - the world's largest passenger aircraft - on select routes in India from May.

"A380 superjumbo will operate daily to both Mumbai and New Delhi with effect from May 30, 2014, taking over from two daily flights that currently serve each city using smaller Boeing 777s," the airline said in a statement.

"Another daily flight will continue to be operated with B777s. In total, 14 flights will serve each city per week."

The decision comes after the government allowed Airbus A380 to fly into the country in January.


Saina knocked out of India Open

Saina-NehwalNew Delhi, April 4 : India's best bet Saina Nehwal was knocked out of the $250,000 India Open Super Series badminton by Chinese third seed Yihan Wang at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Friday.

The women's singles World No. 2 won 21-16, 21-14 in 39 minutes in the women's singles quarter-final and took a 8-1 lead in career meetings over the Indian.(IANS)


Kingfisher Airlines captain moves HC for unpaid salary

Kingfisher-AirlineNew Delhi, April 3 : A captain of Kingfisher Airlines has moved the Delhi High Court, seeking recovery of around Rs. 31 lakh, his outstanding salary for five months from the grounded airline.

Sanjeev Kumar Ahuja has filed the case against defunct Kingfisher Airlines saying that because of the insecure financial environment, he had to undergo a lot of hardships and liquidate all his assets to support his family.

The private airline has been grounded since October 2012.


Will bring back black money, says AAP

Arvind-KejriwalNew Delhi, April 3 : The AAP Thursday released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election, promising to bring back black money stashed abroad and clarifying it was not against FDI in principle.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal told the media here: "There should be political will to bring back black money stashed abroad."

He said the flow of black money, especially during elections, can be curbed by scrapping an income tax provision that people donating less than Rs. 20,000 to a political party need not furnish their details.


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