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India's IndiGo says profit helped by Pratt, Airbus payouts

Tuesday, October 31 2017

India's IndiGo says profit helped by Pratt, Airbus payouts

IndiGo owner InterGlobe Aviation second-quarter profit quadruples IndiGo owner InterGlobe Aviation second-quarter profit quadruples Source : Last 16:41 hrs (Reuters) - InterGlobe Aviation, the owner of India's biggest airline IndiGo, reported an almost four-fold rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher passenger revenue and credits received from Pratt & Whitney and Airbus on aircraft groundings and delivery delays. Net profit came in at 5.52 billion rupees ($85.26 million during the quarter ended Sept. 30 while revenue from operations grew about 27 percent to 52.91 billion rupees. InterGlobe reported its best ever September-quarter profit - usually a weak period for airlines in the country due to fewer holidays falling in that time. The company said its revenue per available seat kilometre - a measure of its operating earnings - rose about 13 percent to 3.52 rupees. Passenger yields, which measure the average fare paid per mile per customer, climbed 9 percent. In July, InterGlobe Aviation warned that delays in deliveries of Airbus' A320neo aircraft, due to issues with the new Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, were affecting margins, adding it was having to lease planes to make up the shortfall. Earlier in October a source told Reuters that Pratt & Whitney, which makes the GTF engines, was close to coming up with a fix for those problems. IndiGo and privately-owned GoAir are among the biggest customers for the A320neo planes, owning about 30 between them with around 500 on order. ($1 = 64.7400 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Arnab Paul,; Additional reporting by Gaurav Dogra in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair and Louise Heavens) SEARCH

Cong. never ignored Sardar Patel's contribution: Sheila Dikshit

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Cong. never ignored Sardar Patel's contribution: Sheila Dikshit

Cong. never ignored Sardar Patel's contribution: Sheila Dikshit Cong. never ignored Sardar Patel's contribution: Sheila Dikshit Source : 16:45 hrs [India], October 31 (ANI): Downplaying Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark that the Congress ignored Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's legacy, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said those who know or read the history, won't be astrayed by the Prime Minister's statements. "Nothing like that, this is wrong. We have never ignored Sardar Patel's contribution. Sardar Patel and Nehruji both achieved freedom together for the nation. Those who knows or read the history, they won't be astrayed by such statements," she said. The Prime Minister, while speaking at the 'Run for Unity' event to mark birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had accused the Congress of making an attempt to erase the contribution of the first deputy prime minister of India. "Patel's legacy was ignored by governments. The role of Sardar Patel was not introduced to the new generation of the country. Either an attempt was made to erase their contribution from history or an attempt was made to minimize it. Whether a political party accepts him grandfather or not, the country's youth will not allow him to be forgotten. The country's first President, Rajendra Prasad, also expressed his pain at an attempt to forget Sardar," Modi had said. The birth anniversary of Sardar Patel is being celebrated across the country as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas' (National Unity Day). Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Modi, and Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tributes to Sardar Patel. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Case lodged against Ludhiana BJP's Ex-Chief for allegedly threatening a doctor

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Case lodged against Ludhiana BJP's Ex-Chief for allegedly threatening a doctor

Case lodged against Ludhiana BJP's Ex-Chief for allegedly threatening a doctor Case lodged against Ludhiana BJP's Ex-Chief for allegedly threatening a doctor Source : 16:46 hrs [India], October 31 (ANI): A case has been registered against former Ludhiana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief, Praveen Bansal, on Tuesday for allegedly threatening a doctor on duty at a hospital. The police has registered a case against Bansal under sections 186 and 189 of the IPC. As soon as the incident happened, the doctors at the civil hospital went on a strike. The doctors called off the strike once the police arrived at the scene and registered a case. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Empty promises: Shiv Sena on construction of FOBs at Elphinstone

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Empty promises: Shiv Sena on construction of FOBs at Elphinstone

Empty promises: Shiv Sena on construction of FOBs at Elphinstone Empty promises: Shiv Sena on construction of FOBs at Elphinstone Source : 16:47 hrs [India] October 31(ANI): Launching a scathing attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government in the state, Shiv Sena on Tuesday said construction of new foot-over-bridges (FOBs) by the army at Elphinstone Station were mere "empty promises" made by the party. "No one can compete with the BJP when it comes to empty promises and drama," the Shiv Sena leader, Arvind Sawant said. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday announced that the Army will help build three new foot-over-bridges by January 31 at Elphinstone Station, where 23 people were killed in a stampede last month. Reacting to this, Arvind Sawant said, "The municipal corporation had given money to the railways since 2008, but they haven't been able to construct one small FoB till now." He further added, "So, they know that they themselves won't be able to make it. That is why they took the help of armed forces." Sawant also expressed disappointment that he was not informed about Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman's visit to his parliamentary constituency. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

What has Congress done in all these years, Amit Shah to Rahul

Tuesday, October 31 2017

What has Congress done in all these years, Amit Shah to Rahul

What has Congress done in all these years, Amit Shah to Rahul What has Congress done in all these years, Amit Shah to Rahul Source : 16:46 hrs [India] October 31(ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Tuesday questioned Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi about the work Congress has done in all these years. "Rahul asks Modi that what they have done in three years. But I would like to ask him that what they have done in all these years," Shah said, while addressing a public rally here. He also hit out at the Virbhadra Singh-led government, saying there has been no development in the state. "For five years the way how the government has worked in Himachal, I don't think that Himachal has developed the way it should have been," he added. Shah also lashed out at the chief minister over the rape and death case of a minor girl in Kotkhai "I would like to ask Chief Minister that who will take the responsibility of what happened to a minor in Shimla." A class 10, student at a government school in Kotkhai, was raped and murdered while she was returning from school on July 4. The incident sparked widespread protest and outrage in the state. Shah is currently on a five-day tour of the hill state ahead of the Assembly elections, which will be held on November 9. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Former TDP leader Revanth Reddy joins Congress in Delhi

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Former TDP leader Revanth Reddy joins Congress in Delhi

Former TDP leader Revanth Reddy joins Congress in Delhi Former TDP leader Revanth Reddy joins Congress in Delhi Source : 18:08 hrs New Delhi: Former Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) working president and legislator Revanth Reddy on Tuesday joined the Congress party. Revanth who was in Delhi on Tuesday joined Congress in presence of party vice president Rahul Gandhi. On Saturday, October 28, the former TDP leader tendered his resignation from all party posts and membership and his MLA seat. Reddy submitted his resignation letter in the office of TDP National President N. Chandrababu Naidu. Earlier, Reddy had reportedly said he didn't want to continue in the party but would carry on his fight against Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Dharmendra Pradhan to attend Asia Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Thailand

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Dharmendra Pradhan to attend Asia Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Thailand

Dharmendra Pradhan to attend Asia Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Thailand Dharmendra Pradhan to attend Asia Ministerial Energy Roundtable in Thailand Source : 18:01 hrs [India] Oct. 31 (ANI): Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan will be visiting Thaliland on Wednesday to participate in the 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER) conference. India is the current chair of International Energy Forum (IEF) which is promoting the AMER - a biennial event bringing together energy ministers and experts from Asian countries. Pradhan, whose visit will be of two days, will speak on 'Natural Gas: Overcoming Market and Policy Hurdles to the Golden Age of Gas' along with energy ministers from Qatar, Brunei and Senior Representatives from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Energy ministers from Saudi Arabia, Russia, UAE, Thailand, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Brunei are also participating in the AMER. The 7th AMER at Bangkok will be an important IEF event before India hosts the 16th IEF Ministerial Conference scheduled in April 2018. During his participation in the 7th AMER, Minister Pradhan will invite his counterparts from Asian countries to participate in the prestigious 16th IEF Ministerial Conference in India. In the recent years, India has played a leadership role in Oil and Gas sector. On October 18, 2017, Minister Pradhan participated in the 6th Annual LNG Producers Consumer Conference held in Tokyo, Japan and called for establishing a Liquid, Flexible and Global LNG Market between the countries providing a framework to cooperate in facilitating flexibility in LNG contracts, abolition of Destination Restriction Clause and also explore possibilities of cooperation in establishing reliable LNG spot price indices reflecting true LNG demand and supply. Pradhan, during his meetings and interactions with OPEC Secretary General, has called for replacing the 'Asian Premium' with 'Asian Discount'. He has emphasized the implementation of 'Responsible and Reasonable Pricing' by producing countries. In this background, the IEF, whose membership accounts for 90% of global supply and demand for oil and gas, is an important forum to share India's views on global oil and gas scenario and the changes that are required to balance it better and benefit not only producers, but also consumers. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

BJP announces Prem Kumar Dhumal as Himachal CM candidate

Tuesday, October 31 2017

BJP announces Prem Kumar Dhumal as Himachal CM candidate

BJP announces Prem Kumar Dhumal as Himachal CM candidate BJP announces Prem Kumar Dhumal as Himachal CM candidate Source : 18:02 hrs [India] Oct. 31 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday named Prem Kumar Dhumal as its Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming Himachal Pradesh elections. He is an Indian politician who has twice been Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh from March 1998 to March 2003 and again from 1 January 2008 to 25 December 2012. Presently, he holds the designation of Leader of Opposition in the state assembly. Dhumal became vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in 1982. In 1984, he was selected as the candidate for the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency when the sitting Member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly and state stalwart Jagdev Chand, refused to stand. After the sudden death of Jagdev Chand in 1993,[citation needed] Dhumal became active in state politics. He was president of the BJP in Himachal Pradesh from 1993 and became the state's Chief Minister in March 1998. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Sex CD scandal: Journalist Vinod Verma sent to judicial remand till November 13

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Sex CD scandal: Journalist Vinod Verma sent to judicial remand till November 13

Sex CD scandal: Journalist Vinod Verma sent to judicial remand till November 13 Sex CD scandal: Journalist Vinod Verma sent to judicial remand till November 13 Source : 13:18 hrs Raipur : Raipur court on Tuesday sent Senior Journalist Vinod Verma to judicial remand till November 13. On October 27, Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police in connection with extortion and blackmailing case, from his residence in Indirapuram in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad. Verma was arrested after an FIR was filed against him by a man over a certain 'vulgar' video that features his boss. A day after his arrest, Chhattisgarh police lodged an FIR against him and state Congress president Bhupesh Baghel. Verma has maintained that he possesses 'a sex CD 'of a state minister. "I have a sex CD of Chhattisgarh Minister Rajesh Munat and that is why the state government is not happy with me," he said. On Saturday, Chhattisgarh government handed the probe over the scandal to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Army roped in to build bridge in Mumbai: Twitter slams move

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Army roped in to build bridge in Mumbai: Twitter slams move

Army roped in to build bridge in Mumbai: Twitter slams move Army roped in to build bridge in Mumbai: Twitter slams move Source : SIFY 16:17 hrs Mumbai : Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Tuesday that the Indian Army engineers have been tasked to design and construct commuter bridges at three Mumbai railway stations. The bridges will be built on Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Ambivali stations of the Mumbai suburban railway. The move comes after 23 people died in a stampede on the Elphinstone foot over-bridge on September 29This lead to an outrage from the common man and the opposition. Asking army to build a pedestrian bridge is the most demotivating for railways engineers who build some of complicated bridges in India — Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 31 October 2017 You’re doing what General Kaul did with the 4th Div before 1962 war with China. It will set a very bad precedent. Pls avoid. (2/2) — Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 31 October 2017 Calling Army to make a bridge in Mumbai underlines failure of Corrupt #ShivSenaBJP ruled #BMC .Hope army wl not b asked to fill potholes here https://t.co/BKj5nwoCBH — Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) 31 October 2017 Army builds Railway bridge in Mumbai,next the army will be called to fill the potholes in rainy season.Mumbai in safe hands,PWD dept beware — Bhuleshwar mishra (@bhuleshwarmishr) 31 October 2017 Army building foot over bridges dilutes its role & purpose & sets the wrong precedent. Overhaul Mumbai’s rail infra on a war footing instead — Milind Deora (@milinddeora) 31 October 2017 If Army has to build the overbridges in Mumbai post #elphinstonestampede , either the Railways is incompetent, or underequipped, or both.

Airplanes that land on water, electricity-driven vehicles: Gadkari's promises to Himachal electorates

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Airplanes that land on water, electricity-driven vehicles: Gadkari's promises to Himachal electorates

Airplanes that land on water, electricity-driven vehicles: Gadkari's promises to Himachal electorates Airplanes that land on water, electricity-driven vehicles: Gadkari's promises to Himachal electorates Source : 17:47 hrs Kullu : Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party, if brought to power in Himachal Pradesh, will bring airplanes that land on water. In an address to the public in Jhandutta district of Himachal, Gadkari said, "I promise you I will bring airplane which will land on water. You might think that I am making fake promises just like many other politicians. However, record my words, I executed all the promises I made in the last 35 years of my career." Gadkari also assured to bring electricity-controlled vehicles in the state. "I am Member of Parliament(MP) from Nagpur where at least 200 Ola taxi run on electricity. Petrol costs 80 rupees, diesel 60, but electricity costs only 10 rupees. Hydro-electricity is produced in Himachal but has no customers. I have come here to give you a promise, that if you select BJP as your government, we will bring electricity driven buses, cars, and bikes. The electric vehicle will get charged in 15 minutes and travel a journey of 150 km", Gadkari said adding that fares of bus tickets will be reduced by half because electricity is cost-effective, pollution free and indigenous. Gadkari said that the upcoming assembly elections will not decide the future of BJP, Congress, Prem Kumar Dhumal or Virbhadra Singh, but of the public of Himachal Pradesh. Taking a dig on the Congress leaders, Gadkari said, "India gained its independence in 1947. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said he will remove poverty. Then Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi said they will remove poverty. Now, Nehru's grand-grandson Rahul Gandhi is also saying he will remove poverty. I agree that they have removed poverty, but only of their aides and Congress members". Gadkari also urged the electorates of Himachal Pradesh to vote for BJP candidate Kishori Lal. "I have been given so many ministries in the Central Government that I often forget my department. You elect Kishori Lal Ji as your representative and I will fulfill every demand. Press Lotus button in front of his picture and such current will flow that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will rise 2 inches above his chair. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Free 2-night stay at 5-star hotel for Swiss couple: Alphons

Tuesday, October 31 2017

Free 2-night stay at 5-star hotel for Swiss couple: Alphons

Free 2-night stay at 5-star hotel for Swiss couple: Alphons Free 2-night stay at 5-star hotel for Swiss couple: Alphons Source : SIFY 17:49 hrs New Delhi : The Swiss couple who were attacked at Fatehpur Sikri earlier this month have been offered a free two-night stay at a five-star hotel in the national capital as a "token of concern" by Tourism Minister K J Alphons. In a letter to the couple, Alphons offered to put them up at the government-run ITDC hotel, The Ashok, after they recovered from their injuries. He said Marie Droze and Quentin Jeremy Clerc, can choose to stay at the hotel on the dates of their choice. "Trust you are recovering fast and would be on your way home soon. As a token of our concern, we would like to offer you a room at our luxury hotel, The Ashok, at Chankyapuri, New Delhi for two nights on the dates of your choice. All expenses at the hotel, including food and beverages, would be covered," he said in the letter. The minister had earlier written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the issue and also visited the couple, who are currently recovering at Apollo Hospital, Delhi, assuring them of help. On October 22, the couple from Lausanne in Switzerland, were chased and attacked with stones and sticks by a group of four youths in the tourist town of Fatehpur Sikri, about 40 km from Agra, according to media accounts of the incident. They later told the media that as they lay on the ground bloodied and bruised, bystanders began making videos of them on their mobile phones. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features