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Low radioactive substance leak at Delhi airport

Two airport loaders - identified as Randhir and Ramakant - who were handling the cargo reportedly suffered skin irritation and informed the authority

 

A leak of "low radioactive sodium iodide liquid" led to panic at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here early Friday morning after two cargo loaders felt "irritation" on their skin.
 
Two airport loaders - identified as Randhir and Ramakant - who were handling the cargo reportedly suffered skin irritation and informed the authority.
 
However, they were not sent to hospital and given first aid at the airport.
 
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer who was on duty when the 'leak' was detected, told IANS that the consignment reached the IGI airport from Istanbul in Turkish Airlines flight number TK 716 around 4.35 a.m.
 
"As it was being moved to a secure place from where it had to be sent to Fortis Hospital, a leak was noticed in four of the ten packets," the officer said.
 
An official statement from the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said: "A medical consignment of material suspected to be of radioactive nature was reported at the cargo terminal of Delhi Airport this morning. 
 
"The area has been cordoned off and as per the preliminary assessment given by the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, the material has been termed as that of low radioactivity - sodium iodide liquid class 7 meant for medicinal use."
 
DIAL also said that a team from the directorate, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre and the National Disaster Management Force were at the site making arrangements for the removal of the material.
 
Fortis Hospital did not answer repeated calls on the issue.
 
"NaI-131 (sodium iodide-131) is a radioactive drug. It is used to treat hyperthyroidism and different kinds of thyroid cancer. This medicine is also consumed by thyroid gland in the treatment of over active thyroid gland," Sudershan Kumar, an assistant professor of chemistry at Hindu College, told IANS.
 
Kumar also said that common side affects of this drug include nausea, vomiting, chest pain, rapid heart rate, itching skin, rash and hives.
 
"I-131 is decays by beta and associated gamma emissions with a physical half life of 8.04 days," he added.

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India's GDP grows by 7.3 percent in 2014-15

The gross domestic product (GDP) -- which is a measure of the total value of goods and services produced in the country -- broke the sub-five percent growth barrier after the last two consecutive years

 

The Indian economy grew by 7.3 percent during 2014-15 from the 4.7 percent increase in the previous fiscal, government data showed on Friday.
 
The gross domestic product (GDP) -- which is a measure of the total value of goods and services produced in the country -- broke the sub-five percent growth barrier after the last two consecutive years. 
 
According to the ministry of statistics and programme implementation, the GDP at constant (2011-12) prices in the financial year 2014-15 is now estimated at Rs.106.44 lakh crore -- showing a growth rate of 7.3 percent over the 2013-14 figure of Rs.99.21 lakh crore.
 
In 2012-13, the GDP climbed by 4.5 percent.
 
The data also showed that the economy expanded by 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014-14, from 6.6 percent rise in the September-December quarter.
 
The GDP had increased by 8.4 percent and 6.7 percent in the second and first quarters of 2014-15, respectively.

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Vodafone sells its 4 percent Bharti Airtel stake for $200 mn

The telecom major confirmed the sale of its share in Bharti Infotel, representing an approximate 4.2 percent interest in Bharti Airtel

 

British telecom major Vodafone has sold its 4.2 percent stake in Bharti Airtel to Bharti Enterprises (Holding) for $200 million.
 
Vodafone said in a statement here that its decision to offload its stake in the largest telecom operator in India, in terms of subscribers base, follows the new unified licence (UL) regime that prohibits holdings by any group in more than one licensee company in the same service area.
 
The telecom major confirmed the sale of its share in Bharti Infotel, representing an approximate 4.2 percent interest in Bharti Airtel, through a "wholly-owned subsidiary" to Bharti Enterprises Holding for $200 million.
 

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