Deaf-mute Geeta returns home from Pakistan
Geeta, a young deaf-mute Indian woman who remained stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, arrived here on Monday morning by a flight, authorities said.
 
Geeta, now in her early 20s, was about 11 years of age when she inadvertently crossed the border into Pakistan in 2003. She was spotted by the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore, and was handed over to the Edhi Foundation, a social welfare organisation that has looked after her since then. 
 
Bilquis Edhi, who runs the Edhi Foundation, named her Geeta. 
 
On Monday, Indian and Pakistani officials were present at the Indira Gandhi International Airport to receive her.
 
According to Pakistan High Commission here, Geeta, who came to Delhi by a Pakistan International Airlines flight 272, was accompanied by members of the Edhi Foundation.
 
She was taken to the Ministry of External Affairs directly from the Indira Gandhi International Airport after her flight landed at 10.30 a.m. 
 
Two of her brothers, a sister-in-law, and Indian and Pakistani officials were present at the airport to receive her.
 
The brothers had come to the airport along with their lawyer Mohammad Momin.
 
Media in-charge at the Pakistan High Commission Manzoor Ali Memon told media that the commission would hold a reception for Geeta in the evening.
 
Memon, however, said Salman Khan-starer Hindi film 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' had nothing to do with Geeta's homecoming as the process of bringing her back to India was launched much earlier in 2012.
 
"It's a message of love and affection between the two countries and has nothing to do with the movie," he said.
 
External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Friday that Geeta has already identified one family as possibly being that of her parents.
 
"We will be doing DNA testing to establish conclusive proof. If the DNA tests match, Geeta will be handed over to that family. If not, we have identified suitable institutions where she will be looked after," Swarup said.
 
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Bharti Airtel's Q2 net profit rises by 10 percent
 Bharti Airtel's net profit for the second quarter (June-September) of 2015-16 increased by 10.1 percent, helped by rising data usage, a company statement said here on Monday.
 
The company posted net profit of Rs.1,523 crore for the second quarter 2015-16 compared to Rs.1,383 crore it logged during the corresponding period last fiscal.
 
The consolidated revenue for the second quarter stood at Rs.23,836 crore, which is a growth of 6.6 percent.
 
Consolidated mobile data revenue was at Rs.3,806 crore, which grew by 49.8 percent year-on-year, uplifted by data traffic growth of 76.3 percent.
 
Mobile data contributed to 21.5 percent of India revenue compared to 14.5 percent in the corresponding quarter last year.
 
"Airtel's revenue growth in India has accelerated to 13.3 percent in the second quarter on an underlying basis... the highest in the last 12 quarters. Mobile data revenue has grown by 60 percent," said Gopal Vittal, managing director and CEO of India and South Asia.
 
"With the commercial launch of high speed 4G services across 334 towns and roll-out of 3G services in our gap circles, we are now best positioned in the industry to leverage the fast growing data market," he added.
 
The company's stock was trading at Rs.352.50 per share, down 1.74 percent at 12.23 p.m. at the Bombay Stock Exchange.
 
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