Radiation risk rises with polar air routes, ultra long hauls

As a commercial airline pilot, Theresia Eberbach typically weighs several factors when deciding which trips to fly — the dates, destination and how long she’ll be away from home. Unlike most of her peers, Eberbach often has another variable to mull: How much radiation she’s willing to take.

Amazon's checking account push Shows Next Target: Swipe Fees

Jeff Bezos changed the way America shops. Now, he wants to change how it pays for things.

With a foray into financial services, Amazon.com Inc. could disrupt the decades-old card payments system, a move that some say could save the retailer $250 million a year in swipe fees. That could be bad news for the likes of Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc., as well as a host of other players.

Women not averse to investing in life insurance products

The general notion of wo­men wanting to invest in physical assets like gold and property need not be true. With awareness about different savings products incre­a­sing, women prefer to invest in life insurance products.

A survey done by India First Life Insurance and Assocham found that life insurance was the most popular choice of the respondents with at least 72 per cent wa­nting to invest in it followed by deposits both fixed and recurring at 69 per cent and mutual funds at 61 per cent.

Special education loan for women launched

On the occasion of international women’s day, Avanse Financial Services, a leading education finance company, has launched an exclusive education loan offer for girl students aspiring to pursue higher education. It will offer 12-year term against the normal 10-year term, 25 per cent discount on processing fee and a 1 per cent reduction in interest rate. The offer starts from March 8 and concludes on March 31.

GJEPC sends show cause notice to Modi, Choksi

THE Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council has sent show cause notices as to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi as to why their primary membership should not be cancelled or suspended in the wake of the PNB scam. GJEPC is also talking to banks and the government, seeking support for the small and medium diamond processors who are facing bank finance crunch post the scam. 

FinMin pitches for Fitch rating upgrade

India on Wednesday pitched for a sovereign rating upgrade by Fitch, citing the latest growth figures, buoyant revenue collections and strong fundamentals and banking reforms.

Fitch has a BBB-, the lowest investment grade sovereign rating, on India, with a stable outlook. In November last year, Fitch’s rival Moody’s had raised India’s credit rating from the lowest investment grade of Baa3 to Baa2, and changed the outlook from stable to positive in 14 years. The Fitch rating of India is set for an annual review in a couple of months.

SFIO questions PNB MD & CEO

The Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) is widening its probe in the `12,622 crore fraud at state owned Punjab National Bank (PNB).OnWednesday, PNB managing director and chief executive officer Sunil Mehta (in pic) appeared before the SFIO here after being summoned for recording his statement in connection with the fraud. The SFIO which works under the ministry of corporate affairs is also expected to call officials of nearly 31 banks which have an exposure to the companies of diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi.

Profits, doubts in equal measure

This year's Geneva Motor Show comes at a curious time for an auto world enjoying record profits yet also gripped by doubt midway through the grand transition from diesel to electric and self-driving vehicles.

“Geneva really ought to have been a lovely salon,” says, with heavy irony, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of German-based Center Automotive Research of a Europe’s first major car show of the year running from March 8 to 18.

“But behind the glamour and the finery are plenty of worry wrinkles.”