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Friday, July 14, 2017

Do not intend to bid for Air India: Oman Air
Gulf carrier Oman Air's CEO Paul Gregorowitsch said today the airline had no intention to bid for Air India or any of its wings. He said that as the Gulf economies were in "crosswinds", the Muscat-based airline would prefer to focus on a strategy different from other Gulf carriers that had invested in other airlines either in India, Asia or Europe, and had "not been successful". The Union Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for disinvestment of Air India, after the government's think tank NITI Aayog proposed complete privatisation of the national carrier, which is saddled with a debt of Rs 52,000 crore.

BJP attacks Congress over Aiyar's inclusion in its media team
The BJP took a dig at the Congress today over Mani Shankar Aiyar's inclusion in a panel to overhaul its communication strategy, claiming he is "liked" by separatists and had sought Pakistan's help "against" India. Aiyar is in the 10-member panel the opposition party had formed yesterday to overhaul its communication strategy. "Mani Shankar Aiyar, who had sought Pakistan's help against India and is liked by separatists, is a member of the Congress' official media team," BJP media department head Anil Baluni tweeted.

We have another Gandhiji in PM Narendra Modi: Sharma
Union minister Mahesh Sharma today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "another" Mahatma Gandhi who, like the father of the nation, had inspired many generations. The Culture Minister was speaking at the launch of a book on Gandhi's salt satyagraha. "Today among us, we are fortunate to have another Gandhiji in the form of our prime minister who is like an inspiration," Sharma said. The minister, while talking about Gandhi's contribution to the independence struggle, noted that the salt satyagraha was not just about a pinch of salt, but about inspiring generations, something that the Prime Minister was also espousing.

New design wagons to carry more goods soon
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today reached out to private players for the creation of new design wagons to cater to market demands. Besides conventional goods such as coal, fertiliser and iron ores, the railways will carry agri products in a big way . "We are making the railways' freight sector customer friendly and the new alternatives in wagon design are another step towards it," Prabhu said.

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