1. Veteran actor Tom Alter dead at 67
Veteran theatre, television and film actor Tom Alter, best known for his performances in "Shatranj Ke Khilari", "Junoon" and "Kranti", passed away aged 67. The renowned actor and Padma Shri awardee, who had been battling stage four skin cancer, died last night at his residence here. The actor was diagnosed with skin cancer last year and was treated for the same but earlier this month he suffered a relapse and was admitted in Saifee hospital.
2. Rajni Kant Mishra takes charge as SSB DG
Senior IPS officer Rajni Kant Mishra today took charge as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), succeeding Archana Ramasundaram. A 1984 batch IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, Mishra was serving as Additional Director General of Border Security Force (BSF).A post-graduate in science, Mishra served in different capacities in both Uttar Pradesh and central governments. Ramasundaram, the first ever woman chief of any central armed police force, retired from service today after 37 years of service.
3. Zydus Cadila gets USFDA nod to market anti-biotic injection
Drug firm Zydus Cadila today has received final approval from the US health regulator to market doxycycline injection used for treatment of bacterial infections in the American market. The company has “received the final approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market doxycycline for injection USP, 100 mg per vial and 200 mg per vial (single-dose vial),” Zydus Cadila said in a statement.
The product will be manufactured at the group’s formulations manufacturing facility in Moraiya in Ahmedabad, it added. The drug, an anti-biotic, is “indicated to treat or prevent a variety of infectious disorders that are proved or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria”.
4. Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurates Pratham-Shyok bridge
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today inaugurated the Pratham-Shyok bridge that will connect Leh to the Karakoram, in the northeastern region of Ladakh. The bridge is very important strategically as it will provide connectivity to Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde axis for military transport. The defence minister has said the successful construction of Pratham-Shyok bridge at such high-altitude terrain is nothing short of a miracle. Sitaraman, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, also addressed the officers and personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
5. New Governors Appointed
President Ram Nath Kovind today appointed five governors for the states of
Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Lieutenant Governor for Andaman and Nicobar Islands was also appointed.
1. BanwarilalPurohit will succeed C Vidyasagar Rao as the new Governor of Tamil Nadu. Mr Rao, who is Maharashtra Governor, held additional responsibility for Tamil Nadu till now. There had been demands of appointment of a full-time governor in view of the political situation in the southern state.
2. JagdishMukhi will take the place of Mr Purohit as the Assam governor. Mr Mukhi was the Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar; he will now be succeeded by Admiral (Retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi.
3. SatyaPalMalik, former MP and BJP's national vice president, has been appointed as the Governor of Bihar. The post had fallen vacant after Mr Kovind was nominated as the BJP's presidential candidate.
4. Former member of Bihar Legislative Council GangaPrasad has been made the governor of North-eastern state of Meghalaya.
5. Brigadier (Dr) BDMishra (Retired) has been given charge of Arunachal Pradesh
6. Travis Kalanick has appointed two new directors to Uber’s board
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has appointed two new members to the board of the car-hailing company, claiming that he had the right to do so. The surprise move, done late on Friday afternoon, is a massive escalation of tension at Uber, which had started to ease with the appointment of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
7. Mumbai commute to get smoother, hybrid AC buses
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) chaired by transport secretary Manoj Saunik, gave its nod to the introduction of 25 hybrid electric buses .
These 32-seater duel fuel, low-floor, air-conditioned buses will operate on routes connecting BKC to the Bandra, Kurla and Sion railway stations. They are not only expected to ease the commute of lakhs of officers goers working at one of Mumbai’s largest business districts, but also reduce vehicular congestion.
8. SBI to raise Rs. 99 cr from share buyback by dealership arm
State Bank of India (SBI) today said it will tender shares worth over Rs. 99 crore as part of a share buyback programme by its subsidiary SBI DFHI. As per the buyabck offer, SBI will get Rs. 99.42 crore from SBI DFHI. The shares will be tendered at a price of Rs. 520.
SBI DFHI is engaged into book building and primary auctions of government securities. It also participates in the domestic interest rate derivatives and equity futures. Currently, SBI holds the largest shareholding of 72.17 per cent in the subsidiary. Rest of 22.32 per cent is owned by banks and 5.51 per cent by financial institutions.
9. Indraprastha Gas to spend Rs. 600 crore for expanding network
Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) is going to expand its footprint in Haryana according to company Chairman S Ramesh. In a company statement, Ramesh said that district Karnal in Haryana has recently been awarded by Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) to IGL for laying CGD network.
IGL has drawn out plans to expand its area of operations by investing ?600 crore in financial year 2017-2018. 81 new CNG stations had been added in FY17, taking the total number of CNG stations to 421. This helped the company to enhance its total installed compression capacity to 71 Lacs kg/day.
10. IREDA raises $300 mn via Green masala bonds at LSE
State-owned Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has raised $ 300 million via 'Green Masala Bonds' at the London Stock Echange (LSE). This is the first green Masala Bond on LSE's new International Securities Market (ISM). This is the fourth green bond by an Indian issuer to be issued on London Stock Exchange, sources said.
IREDA's five-year dated green Masala Bond came with a coupon of 7.125 per cent. London Stock Exchange is now the largest Masala Bond centre globally with 42 Bonds listed in total with an equivalent of over $ 6 billion. There are 48 green bonds listed in London that have raised over $ 13 billion in aggregate terms across seven currencies. Ten new green bonds have been listed on LSE in 2017 alone. Axis Bank, NTPC and REC were the three earlier Indian issuers of green bonds at LSE.