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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Air India awaits Rs 500 cr loans, extends deadline for bids
With lukewarm response from lenders, debt-laden Air India has extended the deadline for submitting bids for loans worth Rs 500 crore to meet "urgent working capital requirements". Senior airline officials said the deadline for bids has been extended to October 31 but it could be closed earlier in case there are minimum three bids for providing the loans. The initial deadline for submission of bids was October 10.

‘Delhi’s air quality remains poor for second consecutive day’
Delhi's air quality remained 'poor' for the second consecutive day Tuesday and the authorities forecast it to further deteriorate in the next couple of days due to change in direction of wind, which is now flowing from stubble burning areas in Punjab and Haryana. The overall air quality index (AQI) recorded at 4 pm on Tuesday was 256  which falls under 'poor' category.  On Monday, the AQI of Delhi was registered at 262, according to the data by the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

MEA launches initiative to hold limb fitment camps in various countries
The Ministry of External Affairs Tuesday launched a humanitarian initiative under which it will partner with a charitable organisation for holding artificial limb fitment camps in various countries as part of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary commemoration. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, launching the 'India for Humanity' initiative here, said such camps will initially be held in 12 countries identified through Indian missions. In the year-long humanitarian programme, the ministry is partnering with Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) better known for its trademark 'Jaipur Foot'.

Govt struggling to provide basic amenities in many tribal areas: Official
The government is facing difficulties in providing basic amenities such as water supply and electricity connection in many tribal areas as a number of Scheduled Tribe families do not live in communities, a senior official in the Tribal Affairs Ministry has said. The official also acknowledged that the government has not been able to provide water connection in many schools for tribal children.

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