NEW DELHI: In a major relief for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced that stressed MSMEs would not be declared non-performing assets (NPA) till March 31, 2020. The minister also said that banks can recast loans to MSMEs instead of declaring them NPAs. On the liquidity situation, Sitharaman said that the effort is to ensure that credit is provided wherever there is a need, but in a transparent manner. After meeting the heads of public sector banks, the Finance Minister said that banks have started moving in line with the measures announced off late for providing liquidity. She also announced that there would be a gathering of non-banking financial companies (NBFC) and retail customers in 200 districts of the country, until September 29. Banks would be encouraged to include new retail customers for lending, she said.
New Delhi: The players’ auction for the next Indian Premier League (IPL) will be held at Kolkata for the first time, on December 19. The West Bengal capital is home to the Kolkata Knight Riders, co-owned by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. The auctions have mostly been held in Bengaluru so far. The trading window that is currently open will close on November 14, and all the franchises were informed about it on Monday, according to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja While the franchises were allotted Rs 82 crore each for the IPL 2019, Rs 85 crore have been allocated for the 2020 season. The franchises were originally allotted Rs 85 crore to build their teams for 2020. Every franchise will also have an additional purse of Rs three crore in addition to the balance in their kitties from the last auction. Delhi Capitals have the biggest balance — Rs 8.2 crore, followed by Rajasthan Royals at Rs 7.15 crore and Kolkata Knight Riders at Rs 6.05 crore. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway This year’s auction is the last one before the franchises disband next year and prepare to assemble fresh squads from 2021 at a mega auction. The glitzy event usually runs between April and May every year. Funds left with franchises ahead of IPL 2020 auction: Chennai Super Kings – Rs 3.2 crore, Delhi Capitals – Rs 7.7 crore, Kings XI Punjab – Rs 3.7 crore, Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs 6.05 crore, Mumbai Indians – Rs 3.55 crore, Rajasthan Royals – Rs 7.15 crore, Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs 1.80 crore, Sunrisers Hyderabad – Rs 5.30 crore.
Darjeeling: It was a taste of freedom for Rika and Kika, the two captive born and bred Royal Bengal Tigers. On Tuesday they were released in the display area of the Bengal Safari Park in Siliguri.The one-and-half-year olds were the centre of attraction at the park. Around 11am the gates of the tiger enclosure were opened. Kika, the white tiger cub, first peeped out, surveyed the area and returned to the enclosure. Rika turned out to be the bolder of the two. She stepped out right into the forest. After sometime even Kika followed suit. After a few playful moments the cubs disappeared into the jungle (part of the Tiger Safari.) Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaForest Minister Bratya Basu, Tourism Minister Goutam Deb and North Bengal Development Minister Rabindra Nath Ghosh were present at the Safari for the release. “The successful breeding of Bengal Tigers is a feather in the cap for Bengal Safari. We want to take up this project on a larger-scale here. At present, the park stretches across 20 hectares. We are planning to incorporate another 5 hectares that will be used to captive breeding,” said the Forest Minister. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShila, a tigress of the Safari, had given birth to three cubs in May 2018. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had named them Ika, Kika and Rika. Last year Ika died. The two survived and are in the best of health and spirits. Along with these two female cubs, there are two more adult tigers in the safari at present. One is Shila and the other Rivan, a male tiger from Hazaribagh. The park boasts of 2 leopards, one Himalayan black bear, elephants, more than 400 deer, different species of birds and crocodiles. “We are planning to release zoo bred red pandas from the Darjeeling zoo into the wild in February 2020,” Basu said. The Bengal Safari, a brainchild of CM Mamata Banerjee was inaugurated in 2016. It is a major tourist attraction in Siliguri. Even local residents make a beeline specially on holidays. “We will be introducing a toy train from January. The train will however not run on tracks. Kormotirtho, a handicraft centre also dealing in local produce like honey will also come up opposite the park,” added Minister Deb.