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Earth's closest neighbour, Moon is nearly 3.84 lakh kms away from the planet. (@isro )
Earth's closest neighbour, Moon is nearly 3.84 lakh kms away from the planet. (@isro )

Chandrayaan-2 captures first image of the moon

  • Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second mission to the moon and took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on July 22
  • A successful touchdown on the moon will bring India into the elite club of nations including US, Russia and China to have achieved the feat

During January to July 2019 period, IndiGo carried 56.93 lakh passengers, with a 47.8% market share, while SpiceJet flew 18.48 lakh passengers, with a 15.5% market share
During January to July 2019 period, IndiGo carried 56.93 lakh passengers, with a 47.8% market share, while SpiceJet flew 18.48 lakh passengers, with a 15.5% market share

Domestic air traffic growth falls to five-year low in January-July 2019

  • The meagre growth is being attributed to the overall economic slowdown in the country
  • The grounding of Jet Airways, and Boeing 737 Max has further contributed to the slump in numbers

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A file photo of chief economic adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian (Photo: Mint)

Government bailouts a moral hazard: Chief economic adviser K. Subramanian

  • Chief economic adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian said the mindset of profit being 'private', while losses are 'public' is not good for the market economy
  • The chief economic adviser's statement could temper expectations of a stimulus for cash-strapped Indian businesses

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The flight operations of the airline are currently normal and unaffected, an official said (MINT_PRINT)
The flight operations of the airline are currently normal and unaffected, an official said (MINT_PRINT)

OMCs stop fuel supply to Air India at six airports over non-payment of dues

  • In absence of financial support, Air India cannot handle huge debt service liabilities, said an airline spokesperson
  • The airports where the fuel supply was stopped are Cochin, Visakhapatnam, Mohali, Ranchi, Pune and Mohali

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.  (REUTERS)
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. (REUTERS)

Pakistan will no longer seek talks with India: Imran Khan

  • India has not been engaging with Pakistan since an attack on the Air Force base at Pathankot in January of 2016
  • India accuses Pakistan of providing safe haven to militant groups, which carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, and other parts of the country

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi (Photo: ANI)
The restraint of the police and the protesters during demonstrations over the weekend defused the risks of violence, but underlined that the impasse is no closer to being resolved. Photo: Reuters
The restraint of the police and the protesters during demonstrations over the weekend defused the risks of violence, but underlined that the impasse is no closer to being resolved. Photo: Reuters

The difference between Hong Kong and Kashmir protests

  • With both sides unwilling to compromise, everyone loses in this bruising battle between the protesters and Beijing
  • More than two-thirds of the capital raised on Hong Kong’s bourses is for Chinese firms and the city’s state banks have large outstanding US dollar liabilities that look worrying

Minister of State of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel (left) at the launch of 'The Diary of Manu Gandhi' (Photo: @prahladspatel)
Minister of State of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel (left) at the launch of 'The Diary of Manu Gandhi' (Photo: @prahladspatel)

Come 2 Oct, govt to launch digital media campaign on Mahatma Gandhi

  • From 2 Oct, various wings of the government of India will be using digital media to push Gandhian thoughts, said Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Culture
  • The government is also working on a digital encyclopedia on the thoughts, works and life of Gandhi, Goel said

Vikram Rathour (Photo: Twitter)
Vikram Rathour (Photo: Twitter)

Vikram Rathour replaces Sanjay Bangar as batting coach, Arun, Sridhar retained

  • He earlier applied for NCA batting consultant and U-19 batting coach's position but his application was put on hold as his brother-in-law Ashish Kapoor is the chairman of U-19 selection committee
  • Vikram Rathour played 6 Tests and 7 ODIs without much success but was a domestic heavyweight for Punjab

As per NTPC estimates, on the basis of capital outlay envisaged, the proposed debt requirement of both ongoing and new projects up to 2022 will be about Rs2 lakh crore.
As per NTPC estimates, on the basis of capital outlay envisaged, the proposed debt requirement of both ongoing and new projects up to 2022 will be about Rs2 lakh crore.

NTPC gets shareholders' nod to raise up to Rs15,000 crore via bonds

  • Funds raised to be used for capital expenditure, working capital and general corporate purposes
  • NTPC shareholders also approve increasing its borrowing limit from Rs1.5 lakh crore to Rs2 lakh crore

Goldman Sachs said Airtel has solid growth outlook for Africa.
Goldman Sachs said Airtel has solid growth outlook for Africa.

Airtel has strong balance sheet: Goldman Sachs

  • Goldman Sachs expects Bharti to be FCF (Free Cash Flow) positive in FY20 with declining capex intensity and rising margins on stable revenue growth
  • The telecom operator has a strong wireless business growth potential, says Goldman Sachs report

R. Parthasarathy scaled the walls of Chidambaram’s home and emerged with the senior Congress leader, half an hour later, and drove him away to the agency’s headquarters.
R. Parthasarathy scaled the walls of Chidambaram’s home and emerged with the senior Congress leader, half an hour later, and drove him away to the agency’s headquarters.

Meet the investigating officer who scaled a wall to nab Chidambaram

  • Two Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) teams jumped past the boundary wall and swiftly made their way inside
  • Leading the charge and scaling the wall deftly was R. Parthasarathy, the CBI’s investigating officer in the INX Media case

It was in 1996 , the Tamil Nadu government changed the name from Madras to its current name Chennai. (HT)
Statue of Unity portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. (Reuters )
A file photo of the Indian parliament building seen from Mahatma Gandhi statue side. BJP remains sceptical about the passage of the GST bill. Photo: AP
A file photo of the Indian parliament building seen from Mahatma Gandhi statue side. BJP remains sceptical about the passage of the GST bill. Photo: AP

Govt working towards tabling data protection bill in winter session: Official

  • Sawhney said the government wants to get the law right because it needs to balance the imperative of data privacy and data protection as laid down by the Supreme Court
  • The emphasis is also on creating an ecosystem where innovation gets a boost, IT secy Ajay Prakash Sawhney added

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba at Parliament during the Budget session. Photo: ANI
MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari at the celebration of 200 companies listing on NSE EMERGE platform in Mumbai. NSE MD&CEO Vikram Limaye is also seen (Photo: @nitin_gadkari)
MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari at the celebration of 200 companies listing on NSE EMERGE platform in Mumbai. NSE MD&CEO Vikram Limaye is also seen (Photo: @nitin_gadkari)

NSE gets 200th company listed on its SME platform

  • Wonder Fibromats was the 200th firm to be listed on the NSE EMERGE SME platform
  • The listed SMEs on NSE are from 16 states

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Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari. HT
Severe disruption due to floods has made Q2FY20 even worse, point out Edelweiss analysts  (Reuters )
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  (AP)
Vistara operates more than 1,200 flights a week.
DLF has developed many housing and commercial projects across the country. (Mint)
DLF's June quarter net profit jumped 140.08% to  ₹414 crore against a year ago (Mint file)
DLF's June quarter net profit jumped 140.08% to 414 crore against a year ago (Mint file)

DLF denies charge of non-disclosure of key information in QIP

  • The SC has issued a notice to DLF based on a petition that highlighted how it suppressed key information regarding judicial proceedings against the largest chunk of its land bank in Haryana
  • DLF Ltd lost 15.91% to close at 144.30 per share on Thursday on the BSE

INR vs USD: The rupee fell to 71.98 at its day’s low against the US dollar
Sensex fell 587 points lower at 36,472 (Reuters)
Central bank watchers are already battling to predict policy makers’ next move after the MPC cut interest rates by an unconventional 35 basis points. (Mint)
Central bank watchers are already battling to predict policy makers’ next move after the MPC cut interest rates by an unconventional 35 basis points. (Mint)

What’s floccinaucinihilipilification? Ask RBI

  • RBI watchers were left scrambling this week for their dictionaries to decipher parts of a speech by Shaktikanta Das
  • The Oxford dictionary says floccinaucinihilipilification is a rare one originating in the mid-18th century to describe the action of estimating something as worthless

Qantas still hasn’t decided on a Boeing or Airbus SE plane that can fly the route. Representative image/Reuters
Sidharath Kapur
Sidharath Kapur

Sidharath Kapur to exit Adani's airports business

  • Kapur, who spent less than five months at the job, is believed to be leaving for personal reasons, say sources
  • Kapur is credited with taking GMR’s ambitions in the airport business overseas and raising debt of over 20,000 crore as part of the expansion plan

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Congress party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala addresses a press conference. (ANI)
Congress party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala addresses a press conference. (ANI)

Congress accuses government of misusing probe agencies

  • Congress party accused the union government of turning investigative agencies of ‘personal revenge-seeking departments’
  • On late Wednesday evening Chidambaram was arrested by CBI in connection with the INX Media case

Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. saw downgrades by Care Ratings and ICRA twice in last 12 months
Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. saw downgrades by Care Ratings and ICRA twice in last 12 months

Billionaires are facing a corporate debt reckoning in India

  • Ratings of some companies in the conglomerates run by billionaires Piramal and Mistry have been cut
  • The weak performance of property businesses and an acute liquidity crunch were cited as key reasons for rating downgrades

The Tirur leaves are widely used in paan, a popular after-meals treat in both India and Pakistan (iStock)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)
Former New Zealand and Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson  (ANI Photo)
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(Photo: Reuters)

ICC names Jonathan Hall as its General Counsel

  • Hall has been in senior consultative roles for a number of international and UK sports organisations including the UEFA and Laureus
  • Jonathan Hall said he loves the game of cricket and would look to make a positive impact during his stint

Virat Kohli  (Photo: Reuters)
Chief economic adviser K Subramanian (Bloomberg file)
Chief economic adviser K Subramanian (Bloomberg file)

Opinion | Thou shalt not socialise losses

So long as private companies seek reforms that allow market forces to operate freely, they should not be faulted. Asking for special sector-specific benefits, however, is quite another thing

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 (Photo: NASA)
(Photo: NASA)

Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space

  • The ISS is a joint project of the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada
  • Known as FEDOR, which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, the Skybot F-850 is the first humanoid robot to be sent to space by Russia

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das during RBI's bi-monthly policy review meeting, in Mumbai. (Photo: PTI )
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das during RBI's bi-monthly policy review meeting, in Mumbai. (Photo: PTI )

What caused RBI to shift from convention on rate cut

  • Voting for a 35 bps rate cut, Das said that "a policy rate adjustment of 25 bps or multiples thereof may not always be consistent with the evolving situation
  • Shaktikanta Das said that "the economy needs a larger push" and a reduction in the policy repo rate by conventional 25 bps will be inadequate