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Notice to civil aviation ministry, AAI over falling glass in Chennai
New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued notice to the civil aviation ministry and the Airports Authority of India, following a series of incidents of falling glass at the Chennai airport that endangered the safety of travellers.
 
The NHRC, which received a complaint on the issue, said the Chennai airport, despite having been modernised in 2012, has witnessed 61 incidents of falling glass in recent times.
 
No substantive action has been taken by the authorities, the commission learnt through the complaint.
 
The commission said that if the information in the complaint was true, then the matter needs to be investigated.
 
Accordingly, notice has been issued to the ministry and the AAI demanding reports as soon as possible.
 
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Nita Ambani, Arundhati Bhattacharya in Forbes Asian women power list
Mumbai : Reliance Industries director Nita Ambani and State Bank of India chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya have been ranked top two in Forbes' "Asia 50 Power Businesswomen 2016" list, which acknowledges the inroads women are making in the business world, despite gender inequalities.
 
Including Ambani and Bhattacharya, eight Indian businesswomen have made the cut in the latest list who among them bring to the table representations from diverse business fields -- banking, bio-tech, data analytics, textiles, pharma and even wellness and beauty.
 
"In a country where billionaire wives tend to remain in the shadow of their husbands, Nita's rising profile in the Reliance empire is unusual and earns her a debut spot on our Power Businesswomen ranking this year," said Forbes, which also ran a separate story on her.
 
Incidentally, a Reliance Group entity is a licensee for publishing Forbes India.
 
"As Reliance's non-executive director, Nita has no formal operational role in the conglomerate that her husband runs as chairman and managing director. But it's no secret that 'Bhabhi' -- Hindi for brother;s wife -- as she is called by insiders, is a power near the throne."
 
Mukesh Ambani, her husband, is the group chairman.
 
Among her achievements, the magazine said an an accidental entry into sports made her the face of her group after Reliance spent $112 million for a cricket team, snatching such icons as Sachin Tendulkar. Mumbai Indians, as he team is called, went on to win two titles after her induction.
 
On the flip side, the magazine said the Ambanis have been criticised for not having personally been givers, commensurate with Mukesh's $22-billion wealth, and for moving into Antilla, a 27-storey sky palace in south Mumbai, billed as the world's most expensive home for its $1 billion tag.
 
Here's what Forbes said on other Indian women on the list:
 
Bhattacharya: She facing her most challenging test yet with the State Bank of India, the country's biggest. Mounting bad loans, which stood at $11 billion in December, caused net profit to plunge more than 60 percent to 190 million in a recent quarter. 
 
"The days of promoters gaming the banking system are over," she warned in February, before urging the arrest of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, whose defunct Kingfisher Airlines owes more than $1.3 billion to state-run banks.
 
Ambiga Dhiraj, chief executive, Mu Sigma: In February Dhiraj became the first female boss of an Indian-owned tech unicorn when she took over Mu Sigma, a provider of data-analytics services, from husband Dhiraj Rajaram, who founded the firm in 2004. With estimated revenue of $250 million, it is valued at $1.5 billion, based on its latest funding round.
 
Dipali Goenka, chief executive, Welspun India: Five years ago, when Goenka took charge of home textiles maker Welspun India, the buzz in the male-dominated industry, she recalls, was: "Welspun has lost its mind." Goenka has doubled down to disprove that.
 
Vinita Gupta, chief executive, Lupin: Gupta runs India's third-largest pharmaceutical company, with $2 billion in revenue. In the past year she has spearheaded $1.2 billion in acquisitions, the biggest of which was the $880 million purchase of Gavis Pharma, giving Lupin its first manufacturing facility in the US.
 
Chanda Kochhar, managing director, ICICI Bank: As boss of the country's largest private-sector lender, Kochhar has to contend with the current bane of India's banking system: Bad loans. In a bid to retain female staff, she launched "[email protected]", which allows employees to work from home for a year. Executives can also take children under the age of 3 on business trips, with a caregiver, at the bank's expense.
 
Vandana Luthra, vice chair, VLCC Health Care: Luthra pioneered the concept of a beauty and wellness chain in India. She opened her centre in New Delhi in 1989, offering weight management as well as hair and skin treatments, and now has 313 centres in 11 countries in Asia, the Middle East and East Africa.
 
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chair, Biocon: Amid a volatile stock market, the founder of Biocon took its thriving research arm, Syngene International, public last August. With a recent market cap of $1.1 billion Syngene shares are up more than 52 percent. The self-made Mazumdar-Shaw has positioned Biocon as a large player in insulin. Biocon is the only Asian firm ranked among the top 20 biotech employers worldwide by Science magazine.
 
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Mix of Bollywood, glamour, sports in latest 'Panama Papers' expose
New Delhi : A consortium that unsuccessfully bid for an Indian Premier League franchise -- which included actors Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor, industrialist Venugupal Dhoot's firms and Pune-based realtors Chordia family -- had investments by an offshore company.
 
Stating this in its latest "Panama Papers" expose, The Indian Express on Thursday reported that 10 members had entered into a pact to form P-Vision Sports to bid for IPL Pune franchise, in which 15 percent was earmarked for the offshore firm, Obdurate Ltd in British Virgin Islands.
 
It was shut after failing to win the bid, the newspaper said.
 
In the sports consortium, the largest stake of 33 percent was held by the Chordia family, 4.5 percent each by Kareena and Karisma, 9 percent each by Saif and Mumbai resident Manoj S. Jain and 25 percent by Dhoot through two group companies. Obdurate was earmarked 15 percent.
 
Dhoot said he was concerned only with the 25 percent in P-Vision sports and did not know of Obdurate, while Atul Chordia said his group always owned 100 percent of the sports company and that the offshore entity never held any share in it.
 
As regards others, the newspaper said, Kareena Kapoor's office informed she was not in town, Jain was not available for comment and Saif did not respond to messages and e-mails.
 
Indian authorities, led by Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan, have said not every off-shore company opened by an Indian need be illegitimate, and that this would be the primary task of a probe team that has been set up as per orders by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
The latest expose by Indian Express had another story with a sports link: That Lokesh Sharma, managing director of sports management major Twenty First Century Media, has two companies of his own registered in the tax haven of British Virgin Islands. The third is a subsidiary of the sports company.
 
Sharma told the Express that while a company in British Virgin Islands, Margarita Services, was intended to be acquired through an overseas solicitor, he neither proceeded on the matter, nor did he receive any share of the company operated or managed by the entity.
 
As regards another firm, Mardi Gras Holdings, he said he has been complying with relevant Indian laws and that the tax returns for the same for the year ended March 31, 2016 were not due yet. In the third entity, Peppermint Management, Sharma said he was compliant and Reserve Bank of India was informed.
 
The newspaper has been carrying the stories as part of a global expose of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and over 100 global media organisations, dubbed the "Panama Papers", based on millions of leaked documents of a Panama law firm Mossak Fonseca.
 
Among others named in the expose on Thursday included a Delhi-based tyre dealer, a boutique owner, the daughter of an Australian mining billionaire, a textiles exporter, an engineering company owner, metals firm's directors and a chartered accountant.
 
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