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Padma Vibhushan for Jaitley, Sushma, Fernandes posthumously; Parrikar given Padma Bhushan        Coronavirus scare: Nearly 100 people under observation, PMO reviews India''s preparedness        China facing ''grave'' situation, says Xi as coronavirus death toll rises to 41        Quake kills 22 in Eastern Turkey        Nepal offers to play role of mediator between India and Pakistan        India can play Asia Cup matches at neutral venue, but call is ACC''s: PCB CEO Khan        South Africa crumble after Broad, Wood help England rack up 400        Hugo Boumous inspires FC Goa to a thrilling 3-2 win over Kerala Blasters FC in Hero ISL        Growth slowdown in India temporary, expect momentum to improve going ahead: IMF chief        SC refuses to entertain plea against imposition of NSA amid anti-CAA protests        'Batman' script is beautiful, dark and moving: Colin Farrell        Scriptwriting is underrated: Ayushmann Khurrana        Agarkar applies for national selector's job, frontrunner for chairman's post, Prasad in running too        Rahul relishing dual role, says staying behind stumps helps batting too        Samsung moves India chief HC Hong to Latin America        WEF 2020 meeting ends with hopes for better and cleaner economy        Sebi fines Scan Steels Rs 18.8 lakh for fraudulent trading        Italy threatens Facebook with new fine for selling users' data        Nepal says if India can resolve boundary issue with Bangladesh, why not Kathmandu        Houston building explosion shakes city, scatters debris        
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Business News
''Rumours'' of Air India''s shutdown baseless: CMD
 
New Delhi: Air India chief Ashwani Lohani on Saturday said that "rumours" of the disinvestment-bound airline''s shutdown are "all baseless", weeks after he told the Civil Aviation Ministry that the carrier''s financial situation was "grossly untenable" for sustaining operations. "Rumours regarding Air India shutting down or closing operations are all baseless.

Air India would continue to fly and also expand and there should be no cause for concern whatsoever to travellers, corporates or agents. Air India the national carrier is still the biggest airline of India," the Air India Chairman and Managing Director tweeted. In a letter to the ministry last month, he had said, "It also needs appreciation that the overall financial situation is grossly untenable and the airline may not be able to sustain physical operations in the absence of immediate government intervention and support that we have been repeatedly requesting for in the recent past.

" Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had clarified on December 31 that the national carrier, which is incurring a loss of Rs 20-26 crore daily, will keep on running till it is privatised. While Air India''s net loss in 2018-19 was around Rs 8,556 crore, its current total debt is around Rs 80,000 crore. "We made an attempt two years ago. That attempt proved to be less than successful. We have learnt from that experience.

It is our endeavour now that we will be issuing an expression of interest in the coming few weeks. Hopefully, sooner than later," Puri had said. In 2018, the government had proposed to offload 76 per cent equity share capital of the national carrier as well as transfer the management control to private players. However, the offer failed to attract any bidder when the deadline for initial bids closed on May 31, 2018. Therefore, the Centre re-started the disinvestment process this year.

The Centre plans to divest its entire stake in Air India this time so as to make it attractive for private entities. At a meeting with some 13 Air India unions in Delhi on Thursday, Puri had said that the government was trying to address the concerns of the employees regarding issues such as job protection post privatisation.


Samsung moves India chief HC Hong to Latin America
WEF 2020 meeting ends with hopes for better and cleaner economy
Sebi fines Scan Steels Rs 18.8 lakh for fraudulent trading
Raids on Lalit hotels group, promoter led to Rs 1,000-cr black foreign assets: CBDT
Rupee falls by 7 paise to end at 71.33 against US dollar
Looking to build new businesses in India on top of existing verticals: Canon
Rupee strengthens 2 paise to 71.19 on easing crude prices
Budget will have 'plan of action' on economy: Javadekar
India, Iran should work to expedite Chabahar Port development, connectivity to Afghanistan: Zarif
Forex reserves rise by USD 58 mn to record high of USD 461.21 bn
India, US in advance-stage talks to resolve trade issues: Goyal
Gadkari urges states to come forward in the drive for curbing accidents
IndusInd Bank down 5.44 pc to Rs 1400.60
Rupee up by 7 paise against USD
CCI directs probe against Amazon, Flipkart
Panic stricken depositors mill around bank after RBI caps withdrawal limit
US removes currency manipulator label on China ahead of inking of trade deal
Flipkart opens two warehouses in Haryana, to create over 5,000 local jobs
Rupee cuts short 5-day gaining streak; edges down 1 paise to 70.87 against dollar
Rupee extends gains by 8 paise to 70.86 against US dollar
KERALA NEWS
Man killed with soil excavator
 Thiruvananthapuram: A 36-year-old man was killed with an excavator near here when he objected to a g  
Delhi court extends ED custody of NRI bizman C C Thampi
Congress president restructures KPCC
Kerala Guv again criticises LDF govt for passing resolution in Assembly against CAA
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
China facing ''grave'' situation, says Xi as coronavirus death toll rises to 41
 Beijing: President Xi Jinping on Saturday said that China is facing a "grave situation" but exuded c
Quake kills 22 in Eastern Turkey
Nepal offers to play role of mediator between India and Pakistan
Italy threatens Facebook with new fine for selling users' data
NATIONAL NEWS
Padma Vibhushan for Jaitley, Sushma, Fernandes posthumously; Parrikar given Padma Bhushan
 New Delhi: Former union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, Olympian boxer M
Govt will not allow universities to become political battlegrounds: Ramesh Pokhriyal
Maha phone tapping row hots up; Fadnavis rejects charge
Bru settlement: Tripura begins survey to identify beneficiaries
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