BETU (South Goa)- Defence Minister offers help to ’spy’ held in Pakistan:: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the government would provide all support to the former Naval officer arrested on the charge of spying in Pakistan. He said that though the officer has retired and was not under the direct control of the Defence Ministry, the government would ensure that he was given proper treatment.
KOLKATA-Notification for third phase of Bengal pollsThe Election Commission on Monday issued notification for the third phase of West Bengal elections on April 21 starting the process of filing nominations in 62 constituencies in the State. Around 23 nomination papers were filed on the first day on Monday. Voters of the 62 constituencies of Murshidabad (22), Nadia (17), Uttar Kolkata (7) and parts of Burdwan (16) would be able to exercise their franchise from 7am to 6pm in this phase. Candidates contesting for this phase will be able to file their nominations up to April 4 while scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on April 5 and the last date of withdrawal will end on April 7. The Phase II elections on April 17 in seven districts of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Utar Dinapur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Maida, Brirhum and 130 nominations were filed till Saturday.
KOTTAYAM- Fate of abducted Kerala priest in Yemen unclear:: Media reports about the crucifixion of Fr.Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian priest who was abducted form an old persons’ home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Yeman remains to be confirmed by officials sources.
MUMBAI- 10 new firms seek IRDAI license:: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has received applications from ten new players to start operations in the country. The regulator is currently processing applications of ten players consisting of insurers and reinsurers said IRDA member V.R.Iyer. Four primary players – two non-life insurers, one life insurer, one health player, one re-insurer- and five global re-insurers have now applied for licences to set up operations in the country.
NEW DELHI-Shriram Transport to raise Rs.250 crore:: Shriram Transport Finance Company is planning to raise Rs.250 crore non-convertible debentures on private placement basis. The decision was taken on Monday at the Banking and Finance Committee of the company in its meeting held on March 28 approved and allotted 2,500 secured redeemable non-convertible debentures of face value of Rs.10 lakh each aggregating Rs.250 crore on private placement basis.
GVK will sell 33 per cent of its stake in Bangalore International Airport Ltd.:: GVK Power and Infrastructure will sell 33 per cent of its stake Bangalore International Airport Ltd., to Fairfax India for Rs.2,149 crore a deal that will trim the group’s debt burden. The decision will save around Rs.300 crore annually on interest cots. BAIL owns and operates the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru that started operations in May 2008. GVK group currently holds 43 per cent stake, Siemens Project Ventures Gubh 26 per cent and Flughafen Zurich AG five per cent while state owned entitles Airport Authority of India and Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation hold 13 per cent.
PATHANKOT-NIA asked hospitals to preserve bodies:: The National Investigation Agency has written to the Pathankot Civil Hospital not to dispose of the bodies of the four terrorists killed at the Pathankot airbase on January 2 tillit issues an order. Head constable Vinod Kumar is on alert whenever anybody approaches the morgue. ‘We have clear instructions not to allow anyone near the room. If terrorist could come till the airbase, then this place cannot be beyond their reach. Our senior officers conduct daily rounds to check on the bodies and a van form the police control room is also stationed near the boundary wall every night’, he said.