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Foreign airlines can own 49% stake in Air India

Foreign airlines can now own up to 49 per cent stake in national carrier Air India, with the Cabinet clearing a proposal in this regard today. The move comes at a time when the government is working on the modalities for strategic disinvestment of the loss- making Air India and is expected to attract more bidders for the airline. While allowing foreign airlines to have stake in Air India, the government has also made it clear that the national carriers substantial ownership would remain with Indian nationals. The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to a number of amendments in the FDI policy, including those pertaining to Air India. Now, foreign airlines have been allowed to have up to 49 per cent stake under the approval route in Air India subject to certain conditions, an official release said. Foreign airlines were allowed to invest under government…

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Jet Airways crew arrested for smuggling currency worth Rs 3 crore

A female flight attendant of Jet Airways has been arrested by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for allegedly trying to smuggle $4,80,200 out of the country, according to an official statement. The accused, identified by many websites including NDTV as Devshi Kulshreshtha was intercepted by DRI officials when she was on a flight to Hong Kong on Monday, it said. The DRI officials found $4,80,200 (approximately Rs 3.21 crore) wrapped in foil in her possession, the statement said. On investigation, it was found that she was working with an agent, named Amit Malhotra, a resident of Vivek Vihar area here, a senior DRI official said. He said that Amit Malhotra was following a modus operandi of using crew members for smuggling of forex. “Malhotra would collect money from some bullion dealers in Delhi and send it via some air hostess to select foreign destinations. The money was being used…

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Aadhaar database on sale for Rs 500: UIDAI begins probe

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which runs Aadhaar biometric identity card scheme has begun investigating a report that access to its database of the identity details of more than 1 billion citizens was being sold for just Rs 500 on social media, in what could be one of the giant programme’s biggest security breaches. The Tribune newspaper said it had been able to buy login credentials to the Aadhaar database, allowing it to acquire information such as the names, telephone numbers and home addresses of millions of people. The paper said it bought access for as little as Rs 500 from someone on a WhatsApp social media group. The agency said it had initiated a police complaint against the people responsible for selling the access, but did not identify them. Crucial data, “including biometric information, is fully safe and secure,” the agency said in a statement. The database incorporates fingerprints…

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India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017

India’s Manushi Chhillar was today crowned as Miss World 2017 at a grand event held in Sanya in China. The 20-year-old medical student from Haryana had won Femina Miss India World 2017 in May this year. The announcment was made on the pageant’s official Twitter handle. “The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said. pic.twitter.com/lzYe3YKrXb— Miss World (@MissWorldLtd) November 18, 2017 Manushi had made it to the top 5 along with contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico. The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza. pic.twitter.com/qLhZC5EGwe— Miss World (@MissWorldLtd) November 18, 2017 The coveted title was last won by Priyanka Chopra for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey had made the country proud. In 1997, Diana Hayden had bagged the title, while Aishwarya Rai had the honours in 1994. Reita Faria was the…

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30 Indians flying to Kuwait arrested at airport with fake tickets

Mumbai police have arrested 30 men trying to fly to Kuwait on fake tickets and visas and are looking for the unlicensed recruitment agents who charged them 100,000 rupees to arrange their travel to jobs in the Gulf state. The men from Uttar Pradesh were arrested on Tuesday when they tried checking in at the airport with fake tickets, police said. The men have been charged with cheating and forgery and are being held in custody. Lata Sirsat, senior inspector with the Mumbai police, said a police team was going to Uttar Pradesh to find the unauthorized recruitment agents who duped these men with fake documents. “All the men are in their 30s and poor,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Indian officials are trying to crack down on unauthorized agents who promise to organize well paid jobs as cleaners and laborers in the Gulf states but cheat people along…

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NRIs, OCIs need not link Aadhaar with Bank Account, PAN or SIM cards: UIDAI

Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) do not have to link their bank accounts, PAN or SIM cards with Aadhaar card, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reiterated. On their official Twitter account, UIDAI, the authority for issuing the biometrics-based Aadhaar cards, has retweeted a statement from official Digital India Twitter account. If you a NRI or OCI, here’s #Aadhaar related information for you… pic.twitter.com/i8g8cVLR0g — Digital India (@_DigitalIndia) October 5, 2017 “NRI/OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are not eligible to obtain Aadhaar as per the Aadhaar Act and hence are fully exempted to produce Aadhaar for any verification,” the tweet said. “NRI/OCI need not verify their bank account or SIM or PAN with Aadhaar. If required, they may inform the service provider(s) that they being NRI/OCI are exempted from Aadhaar verification,” the tweet added. Many NRIs are still confused whether it is mandatory for them…

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India to supply over half of Asia’s workforce: Report

India, with over 65 per cent of population below the age of 35, will supply more than half of potential workforce over the coming decade in Asia, which is grappling with ageing population, according to a report. India will however have to first equip its workforce with necessary skills to contribute to the national economy in order for the country to reap dividends of its demographic potential, said the report by Deloitte — ‘Demographics fuelling Asia’s shifting balance of power’ “India is among a handful of South Asian countries that sits on a demographic gold mine,” the report said, adding that the country has a median population age of 27.3 years compared to 35 years for China and around 47 years for Japan. Deloitte India Lead Economist Anis Chakravarty said: “India will account for more than half of the increase in Asia’s workforce in the coming decade, but this isn’t…

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NRIs who harass, abandon their wives may get their passports cancelled

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) who harass their wives or desert them could face impoundment or cancellation of their passport if Cental government accepts the recommendations of a high-level panel, Hindustan Times have reported citing an undisclosed source. Once the passport is impounded, the NRI husband — if present in India — won’t be able to leave the country until the case is settled. If abroad, he will have to be deported to India, the report added. Following several complaints lodged by women deserted by their NRI husbands, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) constituted the committee in May to look into various legal and regulatory challenges and suggest measures to address them. The panel has also recommended that cases of domestic violence be included in the scope of extradition treaties that India inks with other countries. Officials in the Union women and child development (WCD) ministry, which is coordinating with the…

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Indian PM inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam, one of the biggest in the world

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, saying no other project in the world has faced so many hurdles as this “engineering miracle” which many people had “conspired to stop”. He also said that the dam, conceptualised nearly six decades ago, would become a symbol of the country’s growing prowess and boost growth in the region. “No other project in the world has faced such hurdles as the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river. But we were determined to complete the project,” Modi said at a rally some 55 kms from the dam site in Dabhoi town of Vadodara district. The prime minister, who had earlier dedicated the dam to the nation on his 67th birthday, said “Sardar Sarovar will become a symbol of India’s new and emerging power and propel growth in the region…the project is an engineering miracle.”…

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India likely to be third largest economy by 2028: HSBC report

India is likely to overtake Japan and Germany to become the third largest economy in the next 10 years but needs to be consistent in reforms and focus more on the social sector, British brokerage HSBC has said. Social capital is “insufficient” in the country and spending on aspects like health and education “is not just desirable for its [India’s] own sake, but is also central to economic growth and political stability,” it said. India also needs a lot of focus on ease of doing business and related aspects like contract enforcements. “In over the next ten years, India will likely surpass Germany and Japan to become the world’s third largest economy in nominal USD and the transition will happen even more quickly on a PPP [purchasing power parity] basis,” its economists said in a note. Key strengths Demographics and macro stability were pointed out as key strengths for the…

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