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No more outsourced manpower by airlines for ground handling services

Outsourced manpower used by Airlines for ground handling services at has been banned from now onwards. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has come up with a new regulation for ground handling services which clearly stated that hiring of employees through contractor or manpower supplier for ground handling services would not be permitted.Also the ministry has stated that all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers, would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Further as per new policy, the ministry has also barred foreign airlines from carrying out “self-handling” at any domestic airport.As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Ground Handling Services) Regulations, 2017, all domestic scheduled airline operators, including helicopter service providers would be allowed to do self-handling at airports, including the civil enclaves. Generally, civil enclaves are airports belonging to the armed forces where civilian aircraft operations are allowed. Ground handling services include those pertaining to servicing and handling of aircraft as well as loading and unloading. The regulations have been notified a few days ago.Foreign airlines may also undertake self-handling in respect of passenger and baggage handling activities excluding security functions at the airport terminals restricted to the passenger check-in at pre security hold area, at all the airports except Civil Enclaves. As per Regulations, all ground handling services shall be provided only through the regular employees and hiring of employees through handling contractor or manpower supplier shall not be permitted.”At all airports, in order to overcome space and time constraints, the airport operator only shall provide adequate number of Common User Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common User Self Service (CUSS), Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) and Self Bag Drop (SBD),” it noted.The regulations said that airports having annual passenger throughput of 1.5 million passengers per annum or above, the airport operator shall provide adequate number of Baggage Reconciliation System: Where the annual passenger throughput is less than 1.5 million passengers per annum, the airport operator may decide the provisions relating to Baggage Reconciliation System. All agencies concerned shall ensure the use of state-of-art equipment and best practices in line with the International Air Transport Association Airport Handling Manual,” the regulation said.All airport operators shall appoint the requisite number of ground handling agencies within a period of 120 days from the date of publication of these regulations.In the earlier ground handling policy, airlines were allowed to choose from within three agencies to get the services. Under this, the airport operators have been advised to have maximum number of three ground handling companies including Air India’s subsidiary/joint venture at all major airports as defined in AERA Act 2008.

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Flights suspended at IGIA after drone spotted

Once again, reports of an unidentified flying object near the Indira Gandhi International airport led to disruption in flight operations and affected as many as 15 departures and arrivals. Security officials, however, could not find anything suspicious when they rushed a Quick Response Team (QRT) to the spot.It was around 7 am on Thursday when the pilot of a Chennai-Delhi Indigo flight spotted a suspicious object and reported the matter to the Air Traffic Control (ATC). The message was further conveyed to Airport Operations Control Centre and the Delhi Police. A team of CISF QRT was also rushed to the spot but nothing could be found, an official said. As a precautionary measure, some departures were put on hold while a few arrivals were delayed at the airport.Delhi Police has registered the matter and is now trying to spot the origination of the flying object. This, however, is not a rare incident where a UFO was spotted by a pilot. Earlier this month, in a close shave, a drone-like UFO and an Air India flight, landing at the IGI airport almost had a face-off. Seconds later, another flight to Leh that took off from another runway, also reported spotting the flying object.The incident also affected some departures and landings at the airport. However, the officers said that no such flying object could be found within the airport periphery.The menace of the drone-like UFO sightings, however, is not something new at the IGI airport and is known for leaving the security and intelligence sleuths at the airport rattled. In October this year, a Jet Airways Singapore-Delhi flight, while preparing to land on runway 29 of the IGI airport, reported a drone flying in the proximity, about 300-400 meters above the ground.Earlier, three incidents came to light in 2016, when UFOs were spotted near the IGI airport, sending security agencies into a tizzy. On March 31, one such flying object was spotted over apron area of the IGI airport but disappeared before security forces could arrive. Earlier on March 13, a balloon-like structure was spotted close to an operational runway at the airport and prior to that on January 27, another unidentified item was spotted flying in the vicinity of the airport, but could not be traced.In 2015 also, two such incidents were reported when on October 27, a suspicious object was spotted over runway 29 by the ATC officials and three days later again on October 30, a flying object was spotted over runway 27, thrice before it completely disappeared.

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Held up Air India flight dampens holiday mood

An Air India flight, AI 866 from Mumbai to Delhi, was allegedly delayed by five hours on Sunday morning resulting in passengers creating a ruckus at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.The flight was scheduled to take off at 9 am but could not due to technical engineering faults, claimed the passengers. After spending almost two hours in the aircraft, the 800 on-board passengers were offloaded, said Sanyukta Dharmadhikari, one of the passengers. She added, “At 10.15 am, there was an in-flight announcement that the flight would be ready to take off in 30 minutes but at 11.15 am we were told the issue couldn’t be fixed and that we would have to be offloaded.” Dharmadhikari continued, “The next flight was scheduled for take off at 1 pm but even at 12.30, the boarding gates were not open which agitated the passengers further and began shouting slogans like ‘Air India haaye haaye’.”The flight finally took off at 2.15 pm and landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport at around 3.45 pm. “I had to report to office by 2 pm which is why I had booked a 9 am flight. We couldn’t make an official complaint as the airline crew had moved out of the aircraft and sent in security,” Mihika Sarangi, another passenger.An Air India spokesperson told DNA, “The aircraft had developed a technical snag due to which the passengers had to wait until we could make arrangements to accommodate them in another aircraft.”

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A Raja, Kanimozhi receive grand welcome at home

Two days after the CBI special court in New Delhi acquitted all accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, a grand reception was given to DMK leaders – former Telecom Minister A Raja and to Rajya Sabha MP and youngest child of party chief M Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi, when they arrived at the airport on Saturday.DMK working president MK Stalin, along with senior party leaders received Raja and Kanimozhi, presenting shawls at the airport where the passengers faced a hard time with a large number of party cadres gathered to greet their leaders, affecting the movement of vehicles. The highlight of the grand reception was the hug initiated by Kanimozhi and reciprocated by Stalin. Stalin then hugged Raja too.Wading through the crowd, Kanimozhi and Raja assembled at a designated place and received shawls presented by the party cadre. Folk artists of varied disciplines performed at the airport as part of the welcome party.From the airport, Raja and Kanimozhi left to Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence where they were given another round of reception by the cadres. When Kanimozhi met her father Karunanidhi, who is recovering from a prolonged illness, he pinched her cheeks and planted a kiss. Raja, who fell at the DMK patriarch’s feet and presented him a shawl, told the leader that they were all acquitted.”My father was very happy to see me and welcome me after the verdict,” Kanimozhi told reporters after her homecoming. When asked about her political plans, she said that she was very happy with the present role as women wing’s head. “Now I need not go to court and sit for the hearing. I have more time to work for the party’s growth,” she said, amid the rumours of her being given a prime role in the party.Raja said that he had a very emotional meeting with party chief Karunanidhi. “He was very happy to hear when I told him that all were acquitted in the 2G case,” he said.In the DMK patriarch’s family, Stalin has succeeded in side-lining and expelling his elder brother Alagiri, who was controlling the southern districts when Karunanidhi was active. Kanimozhi maintained a low profile with the 2G case but her acquittal would change equations within the party and its first family.

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Rahul Gandhi offers prayers at Somnath temple in Gujarat

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday visited the Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district, ahead of his meeting with party leaders to introspect on the Gujarat Assembly polls.The Congress leader landed at Keshod Airport in Saurashtra and offered prayers at the temple which is about 420 km from the state capital.Gandhi is scheduled to hold zone-wise meets with Saurashtra, Central Gujarat, South Gujarat and North Gujarat leaders in Ahmedabad today and is expected to address the Congress workers.Gandhi had visited the Somnath temple during the recent election campaign and his name was found written on the entry register meant for non-Hindus, kicking up a row. The Congress had called it “fake” and the BJP insisted that the leader declare his religious faith before people.Non-Hindus are allowed to visit the temple but have to first get themselves registered at the shrine’s office.Also readRahul’s media coordinator wrote his name in non-Hindu registry: Somnath Temple TrustA purported photocopy of a page of the register for non-Hindus had gone viral on social media with the names of Gandhi and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel written on it.Gandhi had later said that he and his family were devotees of Lord Shiva.

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Will not take any action that will hurt Jains: CM Vasundhara Raje

The state government will not take any action which can hurt the sentiments of Jain community, says Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, hinting that plan to acquire land of Padampura temple for proposed Greenfield Airport has been shelved. Raje’s statement comes after Jain Muni Shri Tarun Sagar met her on Friday at her residence to register protest against proposal of the acquisition.“The religious places are the centres of people’s faith and the government will not take any action that can damage such places. The Jain community needs to trust the government and also it need not worry about the safety of their pilgrimage sites – Padampura and Barkheda. Our government will not allow hurting sentiments of the community,” said Raje, adding she has unbroken faith in these pilgrimage sites. Saint Tarun Sagar reached at the CM’s residence in a procession along with his followers. Raje come to to recive and sought his blessings. “Raje is polite leader and she walks the talk. She has assured me that the government will not take land of the temples,” said the saint while talking to media.He has also announced to shelve the procession on Sunday in wake of Raje’s assurance which the community had scheduled as an opposition to the government’s plan of acquisition. The community representatives have welcomed to Raje’s statement, though they want it on paper. “Now, the CM should order for amendment in planning of Greenfield airport leaving out the land of Padampura temple on paper. This will further deepen te faith of community people in Raje’s words. We are also postponing our silent march and other protests in wake of Raje’s assurance,” said Sudhir Jain, president of Atishay Khetra Padampura Management Committee, in a press conference.Notably, the government intends to acquire land of 21 villages for Greenfield Airport and it’s proposes acquisition of land falling under Padampuraa and Barkhera temples. “Few Muslims are here who don’t like India while few Hindus are there in Pakistan who also not like Pakistan. So the right solution is bring those hindus to India and send these Muslims to Pakistan. This is how condition will be improved. India is just like Jannat for Muslims where live with safety, dignity and comfort,” says saint Muni Tarun Sagar.

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Airport may shift some carriers to int’l terminal

Domestic passengers flying out of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) here can now expect a few of their flights operating from the international terminal. With the city airport set to upgrade the existing infrastructure at the T2 international terminal by installing two new aerobridges, they are hinting at shifting some domestic operations to the international terminal.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “The two aerobridges will come up at the international terminal by the end of this year. Depending on time slots and a discussion with immigration, Customs and CISF, we may shift some operations, keeping airlines’ interest in mind.”Sources say that the international terminal is huge and remains non-operational for nearly six hours until the first flight of the day operates for Dubai in the afternoon. The terminal can easily be utilised for easing out some traffic at domestic terminal.Airlines Operator Committee (AOC) Chairman Shalin Joshipura said, “As of now, Air India and Jet Airways operate from T2. Once the aerobridges come, airlines might be interested to shift some of their flights to this terminal.”He added, “A lot of positive initiatives are being taken at the airport off late. This too will be an added feature.”A source said, “An international flight of SpiceJet that departs from Ahmedabad late in the evening comes from Chennai. As it has to fly abroad, it is parked at T2 and the domestic passengers are then taken to T1 by bus. This setting would surely be beneficial not just for the airlines but also convenient for the passengers.”However, while appreciating the effort, another official said, “Utilizing space is a good option but to maintain infrastructure as per standards of international airport would be a concern. Since Customs and immigration is critical points, extra care will have to be taken.”WINTER SCHEDULEFor winter schedule, Jazeera airways has commenced its operations from city whereas Air Arabia and Ethopian airlines are set to add new flights to the existing lot. Last week, SpiceJet also started Ahmedabad-Bangkok flight.

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Scare as ‘drone’, flight nearly clash

The security agencies were thrown into a tizzy on Friday, when a drone-like unidentified flying object (UFO) and an Air India (AI) flight about to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) almost collided.Seconds later, another flight to Leh, which had taken off from another runway at IGIA, also spotted the flying object.The ATC then immediately alerted the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), which roped in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police.The incident affected some departures and arrivals as a CISF search team of armed commandos was rushed to the spot to look for this flying object, which according to the two pilots was spotted not far from runway 27-9.The team, however, could not locate the UFO within the periphery of the airport.The incident sparked panic among the intelligence agencies as it was the first day of Parliament’s Winter Session and the airport was witnessing heavy VIP movement.According to sources at the airport, around 10 am, pilot of the AI 914 Dammam-Delhi flight, Sandeep Kumar, reported a “flight safety hazard”, saying that when he was about to land at runway 27 and was at a height of 2,100 ft, he saw a drone-like object flying “slightly right on the central approach path of the runway”.”The pilot immediately reported the matter to the Delhi ATC, which alerted the AOCC and the CISF and Delhi Police were roped in. The pilot also gave a hand-written complaint in this regard at the police station. Surprisingly, the object was observed by another pilot as well,” a senior officer said.Drone-like UFO sighting at the IGIA is is not something new but such incidents leave the security and intelligence sleuths rattled. In October this year, a Jet Airways Singapore-Delhi flight, while preparing to land on runway 29, reported a drone flying in the proximity, nearly 300-400 meters above the ground.Earlier, three such incidents were reported in 2016, while two were reported in 2015.UFO MENACE AT IGI AIRPORTOct 7, 2017 Jet Airways’ Singapore to Delhi flight reports a drone flying near the airport. Mar 31, 2016 UFO spotted over the apron area but disappears before security forces arrive. Mar 13, 2016 A balloon-like structure spotted close to an operational runway at Delhi airport.

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Delhi airport gears up to tackle fog in winters

The Delhi airport, along with stakeholders like airlines, air traffic control and the weather department, has taken a slew of measures for seamless flight operations during foggy conditions, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said.A new GPS-based navigation system for airside vehicles has been introduced for all the four passenger terminals — T3, T2, T1D and T1C — of the airport to enhance operational efficiency, DIAL, a joint venture company which runs the airport, said.Foggy conditions in Delhi prevails generally from mid- December till mid-February.”This year, the spell of foggy condition is expected to start after December 17,” R K Jenamani Director-in-charge of the meteorological department at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) said on Thursday.He was speaking at a media briefing called by DIAL on its preparedness for foggy spells.”At operational level, it (dealing with fog effectively) talks volumes of our capabilities of operational readiness, emergency preparedness and crises response,” DIAL’s chief executive officer I Prabhakara Rao said.According to him, the newly-introduced GPS-based navigational system will help in effective guidance of aircraft during dense fog.The airport operator said besides ensuring availability of flight information display system, it would display weather-related information at Master Antenna Televisions at the terminals and provide regular updates to passengers and visitors on expected departure and arrival time of flights during fog.Two additional help desks have been set up at the terminals’ entrances, where information on cancellations and delays will be provided, it said.
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Business capital to soon get seaplanes ferry services

Office goers in the country’s financial capital may finally be able to travel across the city to the business district in south Mumbai in a jiffy during peak hours. After a failed attempt by a Juhu-based aviation company around 3 years ago, leading no-frill airline Spicejet is planning to launch amphibian plane services from Girgaum Chowpatty to Juhu Airport and other places in suburbs. A demo flight of the service will be showcased on Saturday in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ashok Gajapathi Raju.A similar attempt through seaplane by Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd (MEHAIR), which had the backing of the state government, had failed primarily due to permission issues from government agencies. Some routes connecting Juhu Airport to Lonavla and Nashik, however, did work out for a very short time. “We don’t expect any permission-related issues to cause hindrance as we have been given assurances from the highest level in the government,” a senior official from the airline told DNA Money.The ferry services between Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu Airport has been in plans for years in order to tap the large chunk of corporate employees and entrepreneurs who use cars or taxis for travelling. During peak hours, the time needed to cover the distance comes to around 1.5 hours, though Bandra-Worli seas link has eased the journey a bit in recent years. With the amphibian planes, the fly time is supposed to come down to around 4 minutes apart from 10-15 minutes of additional time for security procedures.Spicejet had in October signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Setouchi Holdings for starting amphibian plane services in India. The airline management claims the project would be sustained only if it is scaled up to over 100 planes. The list price of each aircraft stands around $4 million — thus, 100 aircraft fleet will cost $400 million. The company is exploring at seeking low interest loans from Japan — similar to the one provided for bullet train which is to connect Mumbai with Ahmedabad.The single pilot, 10-14 seater amphibian planes have the ability to take-off and land from places where there is no other mode of transport available and would therefore come handy in a country like India which have hitherto remained unconnected due to infrastructure challenges.Meanwhile, MEHAIR in order to safeguard its business seems to have launched a counter attack and has tweaked its business strategy after Central government’s decision to include amphibian planes under much touted regional connectivity scheme (RCS). The airline has now decided to get into regional air connectivity operations in order to cross-feed its amphibian plane service business and is said to be inducting 10 twin-engine aircraft for connecting the tier-II and tier-III geographies with the metros.Under RCS, the carrier operator is mandated to fly a certain number of seats at price under Rs 2,500 for which they get compensated from the government.EXPENSIVE AFFAIRThe listed price of each aircraft stands around $4 million. Spicejet is exploring low interest loans from Japan — similar to the Bullet train one
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IS threat’ puts city airport on high alert

Those working insider the cargo division of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) were evacuated and area cordoned on Wednesday evening, after a message was found scribbled inside the toilet room about terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS) blowing up the area on Republic Day, 2018.The security agencies which have taken charge of the premises are probing the matter and a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) has been summoned to scan for explosives among the tons of cargo lying there. The security agencies are on an alert athough they are also looking into the message as the handiwork of pranksters.Deepak Deoraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) and spokesperson for Mumbai police department, said, “We have contacted the CISF for further procedure.”The situation is reminiscent of a similar threat message found scribbled in an airport toilet wall in January 2015 on two occasions, warning of an Islamic State (ISIS) attack on Republic Day.
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Note warning ISIS attack found inside toilet of Chhatrpati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, security tightened

A note was found inside a toilet at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport warning an ISIS attack on the cargo area on Republic Day next year.Soon after the discovery, as a precautionary measure, the security personnel evacuated those working inside the cargo division of the airport.The message that was scribbled inside the toilet room said that the dreaded terror group ISIS would blow up the area on Republic Day next year.The security agencies which have taken charge of the premises and are probing the matter. The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) has also been summoned to scan for any explosive amongst the tons of cargo parcels lying there.The security agencies are not ruling out any possibility on the scribbled messages though they are also looking into the messages possibly being the handiwork of pranksters.The situation is reminiscent of a similar threat message found scribbled on airport toilet wall in January 2015 on two occasions, warning of an ISIS attack on Republic Day.The sources in the security agencies claim that since the arrival terminals are used by a host of people including fliers, airport staff and airline crew, it was difficult to spot the culprit.The Mumbai airport has a high level of security following multiple terror alerts. Interestingly, the multiple intelligence input reported that the attack could take place by a smaller air strip.Juhu airport which is at stone’s throw away from CSIA has smaller strip and therefore could possibly be used to launch an attack on CSIA.
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Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of story

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kerala-based woman Hadiya, who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, will on Monday appear before the Supreme Court and present her side of the argument on her alleged forced conversion to Islam. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.On Sunday, Hadiya told reporters at Cochin Airport that she hadn’t been forcefully converted. “I have not been forcefully converted. I want to live with my husband Sheffin Jahan.” The 25-year-old is currently living with her parents who have alleged that her marriage to Muslim man was ‘forced’ The top court had on August 16 said it would speak to the woman in-camera before taking a final decision on the matter.It has later modified the order saying “We may further add that this court shall speak to her not in camera but in open court.”The apex court had earlier observed that the free consent of a major to marriage has to be ascertained amid an assertion by National Investigation Agency (NIA) that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent to marriage.The NIA had referred to “psychological kidnapping” and said that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent.It had also alleged that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.He had moved the top court after the Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

Mumbai airport clocks 969 flights in a day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) on Friday clocked 969 aircraft movement, which is the highest figure so far in the aerodrome’s history. The GVK group-run CSIA is counted amongst world’s busiest single-runway facilities which on an average handles 837 flights a day or one in 65 seconds on an average in fiscal 2017, taking over London’s Gatwick airport that had 757 flights a day. However, there are days when the aircraft movement crosses even 900 movements a day, an airport official said.All the leading cities like New York, London, Dubai, and Singapore have more than one airports with multiple runways. The New Delhi airport has three parallel runways in use at any given time.As against this, Mumbai has to make do with a single runway for all passenger and cargo aircraft and when it is shut for repairs, it uses the secondary runway. The ATC (air traffic controller) thus has to manage two arrivals every 130 seconds and one departure in between these two arrivals. So there is one take-off or touch-down every 65 seconds from the main runway. That means the land-starved airport handled a whopping 837 flight movements a day, which on an average is 80 flights more than Gatwick handling 757 movements in a day, a CSIA official said.

Smoke on IndiGo flight forces plane to land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After smoke inside the cabin was noticed onboard, an IndiGo plane carrying 170 passengers made an emergency landing immediately after taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi. The incident took place on Wednesday at 5.20 am.Sources at the airport stated that the flight number 6E-719 of IndiGo Airlines to Vishakhapatnam took off from IGI airport at returned 10 minutes later after passengers started complaining of smoke inside the cabin. “There was also a drop in cabin pressure leading to oxygen masks being automatically deployed,” said the source.Even after making an emergency landing, the airline refused to accept that smoke was coming out of the cabin. In a statement, IndiGo stated that it was a “false alarm” over a “burning smell” in the cabin. However, keeping passenger safety in mind, a “precautionary landing” was made.According to an IndiGo spokesperson: “IndiGo flight 6E-719 (Delhi-Visakhapatnam) carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi on Wednesday due to a false alarm. After take-off from Delhi, the cabin crew advised flight crew about a burning smell in the cabin. Keeping the safety and security of passengers in mind, the captain-in-command informed the ATC and carried out a precautionary landing at Delhi.”The statement also added that after the plane returned to Delhi it was inspected thoroughly and “no oil leakages or electrical burn residues were identified.”In another incident, a man who flew on an international IndiGo flight filed a police complaint alleging that the crew refused to accept payment in Indian currency for the food he bought.INCIDENTS INVOLVING INDIGONov 7: A video surfaced showing a passenger being assaulted and dragged on the tarmac at Delhi airport by the staff of IndiGo airlines. The airlines issued an apology on Twitter on Nov 7.
Nov 12: A passenger fell off her wheelchair while being assisted by an employee of IndiGo at Lucknow airport. The AAI said the reason behind the mishap was “gross negligence of Indigo staff”.

Delhi-Vizag Indigo flight forced to return after smoke in cockpit detected midair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indigo Airlines flight from Delhi to Visakhapatnam returned to IGI Airport soon after take off following detection of smoke in the aircraft’s cockpit on Thursday.According to a report by ANI, smoke was detected in the cockpit of IndiGo 6E719 Delhi-Vizag aircraft soon after it took off from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The plane carrying 170 passengers was immediately turned around and an emergency was declared. More details are awaited.

Woman screams at KJ Alphons at Imphal Airport over delayed flight, Union Minister keeps his cool

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman doctor shouted at Union Minister KJ Alphons after her flight got delayed on Wednesday.She became furious when her flight got delayed because of VVIP arrival schedule as she had to attend to a critical patient in Imphal, according to ANI.The angry woman doctor can be seen shouting in the video and asking KJ Alphons to give in writing that her flights will not be delayed further.Kannanthanam can be seen telling her that he would give it in writing.Later talking about the incident, Alphons said: “I don’t think there is any controversy at all. I saw this lady in distress & I went up to talk to her, she said she has to attend a funeral in Patna, I told her that there is a protocol when President is landing no flight can take off.”On the issue, Airport Director of Imphal said, “Yesterday no scheduled flight was diverted or cancelled. But, 3 scheduled flights were delayed by around 2 hrs due to President of India’s flight movement. We heard that 1 passenger who was travelling from Imphal to Patna argued with Union Minister KJ Alphons.”Meanwhile, Dr Nirala who had shouted at KJ Alphons at Imphal Airport said: “I was waiting and crying so I approached the Minister (KJ Alphons), thinking a Minister can do everything. Sabki apni life hai, sabka apna time hai. Kisi ek liye aisa nahi karna chahye. (Everyone has a life, every has time. This shouldn’t be done for one person.) This (VVIP culture) should be stopped.Earlier, as many as 13 flights were diverted out of Delhi and many were delayed due to a VIP movement. Many were left stranded as nearly 90 domestic flights, arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, were either delayed or diverted due to the VIP movement.

Post more women personnel, smile more: Flyers to CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From requesting their armed men to frisk with a smile, to increasing the number of women officers at airports to making efforts at reducing the waiting time at security hold area and making lost and found services better — the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been flooded with suggestions following a recent survey that the force conducted at eight major airports.The CISF claimed that 95.58 per cent of more than 3 lakh passengers rated their services as very satisfactory but the time-consuming security mandates remained a major concern for the flyers.The survey was conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Delhi from October 1-30. Senior officers said the survey was aimed at getting feedback directly from the passengers about the quality of services being rendered by the CISF and to assess the performance of the Airport Security Group personnel.Passengers were asked to grade their experiences on a scale of 5 (excellent/very good/good/average/unsatisfactory) on four parameters — feeling of being safe, waiting time during security inspection, thoroughness of security inspection and the courtesy with attitude to help.CISF Director General OP Singh said 3.30 lakh forms were filled by passengers during the survey. “As many as 81.72 per cent passengers graded the performance of CISF as excellent, 13.86 per cent graded it as very good, 3.48 per cent good, 0.75 per cent average and 0.19 per cent rated it unsatisfactory. Thus, 95.58 per cent of 330,152 passengers rated CISF as excellent or very good on all four parameters, while only 0.94 per cent of all passengers rated it average or unsatisfactory. This rating has been given on only one or two parameters, such as waiting time in security inspection, and courtesy and attitude to help,” the DG said.Singh also said the force has received interesting suggestions, including asking the armed men to smile while frisking and being polite. Also, it was suggested, largely by women, that the airport needed to have more women personnel to frisk women flyers.Some passengers also asked the CISF to make efforts to reduce the waiting time during security checks at the SHA, which at present is nearly 90 seconds. Singh said efforts are being made in this direction and all feedback is being considered.

Bengaluru: Man beaten up by Uber driver gang for asking for seatbelt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Bengaluru man was beaten up by a gang of drivers at Kempegowda International Airport. Reason? He asked for seatbelts”Got beaten up by a mob of 20+ #Uber drivers at #Bangalore Airport last night for demanding seatbelts. Uber SOS said ‘we can’t help, call the police’,” tweeted Dave Banerjee hours after the incident. He even showed pictures of his bruised body.Uber responded, saying that the matter was of ‘grave concern’. However, no action has been taken so far.Banerjee also said that eyewitnesses did nothing to stop the group of around 20-25 drivers. He contacted Uber, who directed him to call the police, who didn’t answer his calls either.

Mumbai: Petition filed in Bombay High Court against slum demolition drive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former minister and senior Congress legislature Mohd Arif (Nasim) Khan, has moved the Bombay High Court against the alleged illegal shifting of the slum dwellers residing along the water pipeline in L ward. The matter will be heard on Tuesday. The plea says that authorities have initiated a demolition drive and shifting of the around 2600 families residing in the slum area of Chandivali assembly constituency which includes 1. Ambedkar Nagar 2. Uday Nagar3. Milind Nagar, Powai.However, the slum dwellers are willing to shift and ready to occupy the permanent alternate accommodation within the periphery of 2 to 3 km as per the guidelines of the state government. But the authorities are giving them accommodation in Mahul which is 25 km far from their original. The petition also prays for directions to authorities to accommodate the eligible slum dwellers in the buildings constructed by HDIL at Kurla, where 17000 flats were constructed for the Airport Project affected people and as per the biometric survey of the airport only 12000 structures are lying hence the remaining flats can easily be allotted to the petitioner.

2 held with 10 kg charas at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ahmedabad Narcotic Control Bureau nabbed two men from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Domestic Airport of Ahmedabad and seized 10 kg of Charas inside an Apple box and Rs 2 lakh cash on Sunday night.The accused were identified as Farooq Ahmed Reshi, 28, a resident of Sheri Baramulla of Jammu and Kashmir and Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi, 48, a native of Nagpada in Mumbai and currently living in Shah-e-Alam area of Ahmedabad.As per Hari Om Gandhi, Zonal Director of NCB, “Working on specific inputs about the consignment of Charas, officials kept a watch at Airport, when a passenger matching the description got out of the airport with a box of apples and met the receiver, officials cordoned off the area and nabbed the two.While searching the belonging of the two, officials recovered 10kg of Charas from the apple box and Rs 2 lakh cash from the receiver.”During the investigation it was revealed that Farooq had concealed the drugs in an apple box, somehow managed to get clearance from the three security checks at Srinagar Airport of Jammu and Kashmir and reached Mumbai Airport in the 636 flight of Indigo Airlines and from there through a connecting flight to Ahmedabad.As per a NCB source, Srinagar airport has the highest security arrangements in India, where passengers and their luggage are checked three times by the CRPF jawans, and then twice by the Jammu and Kashmir Police before boarding the plane. If he managed to clear all check points and was able to transport the drugs to Ahmedabad, then it is a question of national security, the source added.Further investigation of accused revealed that Shakeel is a drug supplier in Mumbai and Ahmedabad market. He has been dealing with MD (Ecstasy) and Charas. As per the officials, this was the first time he had transported drugs to Ahmedabad, but earlier he used to transport it to the Mumbai by taking domestic flights. Shakeel had brought Rs 2 lakh cash with him to the airport, which he was supposed to give to Farooq for his delivery, out of which Farooq was going to get Rs 50,000 and rest was advance payment for the next supply of drugs.In the primary investigation it was revealed that Farooq’s younger brother was apprehended in Mumbai for narcotics case and Shakeel was wanted in the case. The duo has been arrested under Sections 8(c), 20(b)(B) and 29 of NDPS Act, 1985 and will be sent in judicial custody on Monday.

Hijack scare on board Jet Airways as music channel VJ mentions about ‘happy bomb’ in video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A music channel VJ today set off a hijack and bomb scare on board a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight from here carrying 170 passengers and crew after which he was taken into custody along with his male friend, police said.A spokesman of Cochin International Airport Limited(CIAL) said the man was detained for allegedly shooting a video of the Jet aircraft using a mobile phone and writing a message to say he was going to hijack the plane using a ‘happy bomb’. Police said the Mumbai-based man identified hailing from Thrissur district was an VJ of a popular music channel and he was detained for questioning along with his 27-year-old male friend. The two men were booked on the flight(9W 825) that was delayed by two hours following the incident, an airport official said.The person shot the video and typed out the hijack threat message when he reached near the aircraft ladder for boarding the flight which was scheduled to leave at 12.05 PM today, the spokesman said.”He shot the video and wrote the message that he will hijack the plane using ‘happy bomb’ when he was about to board the flight,” he said. He also informed his friend, who had already boarded the flight, about the message, the spokesman said.”Suspicious over his activities, the VJ was apprehended by the security staff at the airport,” he said. Subsequently,he was offloaded and his baggage was checked thoroughly. The VJ was later handed over to the police and he is in police custody, he said. An airport official said a Jet Airways worker overheard him saying he had a ‘happy bomb’. The ground staff then told the supervisory officers who in turn informed a personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) and the domestic terminal manager, he said.During preliminary questioning, the VJ told officials he was expressing his happiness to his friend in Mumbai on Facebook chat, the official said. VJ’s friend was not allowed to travel in the aircraft, the official said, adding that he was also taken into custody for questioning. A police officer, who did not want to be named, said that during questioning tha VJ claimed that he had said, “Let us hijack the plane with ‘happy vibes’ but did not elaborate. He said the two men had come to Alappuzha to attend a wedding.According to the police, the VJ was an “update maniac” who regularly shared pictures on Facebook. Jet Airways spokesperson in a statement said the flight took off 2.05 PM “with a delay of two hours on account of a security-related matter”. “The airline has informed the authority concerned of the same for further necessary action and has offered full cooperation as required,” the spokeperson said.

AAI to relax norms, float partial privatisation tender soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major step, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is again in the process to float a tender with added features and relaxed conditions for partial privatisation of Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports.The bidding process that began early this year, after AAI had rejected Singapore’s Changi airport’s proposal to operate and maintain both airports, was extended several times, on various grounds.The AAI had received nearly 12 registrations including from international players until now but this step has raised number of questions. The AAI had invited Request for Proposal (RFP) from bidders for operation and maintenance of ‘select areas’ of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, airport operations control centre, fire control room, kerb side approach road and passenger boarding bridges, apron area, including provision of ground handling services through approved ground handling and surface car park, among others, as per the bid document.Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI said, “We have had several interactions with potential bidders with an aim to find out their perceptions. Based on those, we have decided to add more conditions and features to the existing tender. The same is under the consideration by the Ministry and a decision is likely by this month end. Once approved, we will float the tender.”However, sources said the bidders have several issues with the tender terms and conditions and are not willing to come to Ahmedabad and Jaipur to manage.Sources say that the norms and conditions in the existing tender are extremely stringent due to which bidders fear a lot of interference from the AAI.An airport operator said, “Bidders want to have some development on the land processes. At present, the conditions are quite stringent. Out of 33 parameters, operator has to get more than 4.5 out of five on international scoring and if the score is less, then the airport authority will invoke a penalty clause. Now, things like overall experience at airport would differ and is a very generic term which is not measurable.”Speaking about the delay, chairman of Airlines Operator Committee (AOC) Shalin Joshipura feels that the partial privatisation will not be financially viable for the bidders.He said, “The delay has affected major projects at city airport here. For example, we have been demanding for a lounge but due to Operation and Maintenance it is pending. The present director has made changes, but more needs to be done. Airports like Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad are doing well merely because they are entirely privatised. Either the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport should be entirely privatised or remain with AAI.”Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI, said, “Airport operation is a complete ecosystem and we have to coordinate to see how customs, immigration, airlines and other stakeholders perform together to give a good product to the customer. Hence, work of airport director becomes very challenging and important.”TIMELINE2015 – PM Narendra Modi suggests to rope in Changi airport2016 – Changi airport officials visit Ahmedabad, to study further2016 – AAI rejects Changi’s proposal2017 – AAI opens bids to private playersExtends deadline number of timesProposes to change the norms/conditions

We only raise our hands to say ‘namaste’: Air India trolls Indigo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National carrier Air India on Wednesday took a direct dig at Indigo Airlines over the recent manhandling incident in their latest ads.Air India took the Indigo row to a whole new level by thrashing their rival in two online ads released on its official Twitter account saying, ‘We raise our hands only to say Namaste’, and ‘Air India – unbeatable service’.However, the first ad was removed from their Twitter timeline.This ‘ambush marketing’ tactic comes hours after a purported Jet Airways ad saying, “We beat our competition not you” went viral. However, the Jet Airways on Wednesday issued a statement saying they have not created the ad.”Jet Airways did not commission the creative being shared on social media platforms, in context of a recent event concerning another domestic airline,” Jet Airways said on Twitter.”The creative does not reflect our philosophy and ethos and is in fact, in bad taste,” it further added.Earlier, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.

Fake news alert! Jet Airways issues statement trashing viral ad on Indigo row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways ad taking a dig at Indigo for the recent manhandling incident has gone viral in social media and since the netizens couldn’t keep calm.The online ad which says, “We beat our competition not you,” has attracted quite a lot of attention at a time when Indigo has been at the centre of controversy after their ground staff assaulted a passenger at Delhi airport.However, the Jet Airways on Wednesday issued a statement saying they have not created the ad.”Jet Airways did not commission the creative being shared on social media platforms, in context of a recent event concerning another domestic airline,” Jet Airways issued a statement on Twitter. “The creative does not reflect our philosophy and ethos and is in fact, in bad taste,” it further added.Earlier, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.

Caught on camera: ‘How dare you,’ screams passenger as IndiGo staff pins him down, airline fires ‘culprit’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.Soon, a scuffle breaks out and the ground staff pins him down while he shouts and screams “how dare you push me.”“Incident probed by designated committee. Took action against staff who was main culprit, by immediately terminating his employment,” IndiGo said in a statement on Tuesday.Apologising for the incident, Aditya Ghosh, the president of the IndiGo airlines also issued a statement and said that “I acknowledge the unpleasant experience our passenger went through, while engaging with our staff at Delhi airport. My personal apologies as this does not reflect our culture. I had personally spoken to the passenger and asked for an apology. At IndiGo, dignity of our passengers and staff is of utmost importance. Any act that compromises the dignity of either is of a serious concern to us.”“Under the code of conduct violation, this incident was investigated and stern action was taken against the staff. Once again my personal and sincere apologies to the affected passenger,” he added.Union Civil Aviation Minister AG Raju also reacted to the incident and said that, “Seeking report from the DGCA. Violence of any sort is deplorable and should result in criminal action.”In a series of tweets, state minister Jayant Sinha also called the incident unfortunate.Rajiv Katyal landed in Delhi from a Chennai flight on October 15. There was an arguement after he alighted the plane and Katyal reportedly abused the staff.

ISIS suspect arrested from Mumbai airport by UP ATS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of Uttar Pradesh Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (UP-ATS) arrested a suspected ISIS terrorist from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Saturday night. The suspected terrorist’s interrogation is expected to reveal more details about his India-based supporters and those who funded the module.The arrested ISIS suspect has been identified as Abu Zaid, a native of Azamgarh district, in Uttar Pradesh. Zaid was arrested when he was returning from Saudi Arabia. “We nabbed him when he landed at the Mumbai International Airport. He is being brought to Lucknow on a transit remand,” said Anand Kumar, ADG (Law and Order).According to the police, in April 2017, four persons —Umar alias Nazim, Gazi Baba alias Muzammil, Mufti alias Faizan and Zakwan alias Ehteshaam — were arrested by the UP-ATS in joint operations with other state police departments. The probe revealed that the group used to interact with the help of a mobile phone application and were planning a terrorist attack. However, their plans were thwarted after the arrests.”During their interrogation, we came across Abu Zaid’s name. Zaid was staying in Saudi Arabia and was instrumental in instigating youths in Western Uttar Pradesh to support and join ISIS. We have evidence to this aspect from the seized mobile phones of the earlier arrested four persons. Following this, a Lookout Notice was issued against Zaid. We would now be interrogating Zaid to ascertain since when he had been instigating youths for radical activities. We will also look into his connections with people in Saudi, who funded the mobile app and what were his plans,” said a police officer.”His arrival in India was linked to possible terror attacks in different cities. We will seek his remand to interrogate his links in Uttar Pradesh,” said the ADG. Meanwhile, Zaid was produced before a local court in Mumbai and was given a transit remand.

Suspected ISIS terrorist Abu Zaid arrested from Mumbai airport by UP ATS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) has arrested suspected ISIS terrorist Abu Zaid from the Mumbai Airport, a top police official said on Sunday. Zaid was arrested yesterday on his arrival from Saudi Arabia. “Abu Zaid, suspected ISIS terrorist was arrested by the ATS team from Mumbai Airport yesterday after he came from Saudi Arabia,” ADG (Law and order) Anand Kumar told reporters here. He said Zaid was residing in Riyadh and formed a social media group to allegedly radicalise youths and lure them to ISIS.”He will be brought to Lucknow on a transit remand and will be produced in the court. We will take him in police custody for interrogating him,” the ADG said. In April, the ATS had arrested four suspected ISIS terrorist Umar alias Nazim, Ghazi Baba alias Muzammil, Mufti alias Faizan and Jakawan alias Eihtesham. Zaid’s name had cropped up during interrogation. “They used to talk via an application on the Internet and Zaid was their ideologue,” the ADG said.

Bomb and hijack fears ground Mumbai-Delhi flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight from Mumbai was diverted to Ahmedabad in the early hours of Monday after its pilot was passed on a note which said there were hijackers on board. It didn’t take the police long to identify the person who unleashed several anxious hours — both for authorities and for passengers.During interrogation by Ahmedabad Crime Branch, one of the passengers on the flight, Birju Kishor Salla, a Gujarat native from Thane, Mumbai, revealed he wanted his girlfriend, who worked with the PR section of the airlines to quit her job. So he plotted to destroy the name of the airlines so that it eventually shuts. Salla thus left a note in one of the lavatories.Soon after the flight, 9W 339, took off from Mumbai at 2.55am, a crew member found the letter in the tissue box inside the lavatory, stating that the plane had hijackers on board and it should not land in Delhi.The crew informed the pilot about the same and he contacted the air traffic control. The plane was then diverted and landed at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport here around 3.45 am.The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, the deputy commissioner of police and his team, Ahmedabad crime branch officials and other specialised teams reached the spot immediately.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI said, “At 3.34 am, the pilot of the Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight informed ATC, Ahmedabad, that there were hijackers and explosives on board. When the pilot expressed his desire to land in Ahmedabad, the ATC allowed priority landing of the aircraft. There were a total of 115 passengers and seven crew members on board.””The aerodrome committee soon assembled at the airport and after conducting thorough security checks of passengers, aircraft and cargo, the flight was cleared for Delhi. The Ahmedabad city police have taken cognisance of the incident and have initiated an investigation,” Gangal noted.According to police sources, the noted was in both Urdu and English. “Salla used Google converter to write in Urdu,” they said.ACP of Special Operations Group of Crime, BC Solanki, who is investigating the case, said the note was printed on an A4-sized paper.”The CCTV camera showed five passengers, including Salla, using the lavatory from where the note was found. Salla was our main suspect because he was involved in a similar incident a few years ago, when he had claimed to have a cockroach in the food served on board,” Solanki said.Interestingly, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju took to Twitter and asked all airlines to ban the hoax caller who disrupted the flight. “I am informed that person responsible for Jet flight 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morning has been identified… I am advising the airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action,” Raju tweeted.Last year, in a similar incident, 125 passengers and six crew members of a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight were panic-stricken when a torn boarding pass with the word ‘BOMB’ written on it was found in a seat pocket. Those on board were immediately evacuated and the flight moved to an isolated location at the Ahmedabad airport.After checking the passenger manifest, it was found that the torn end of the e-boarding pass belonged to a passenger who was in the city to attend a meeting. While he accepted that the piece was torn by him, he denied it was his handwriting.When the search operation at Ahmedabad airport was on, Jet Airways issued a statement saying: Jet Airways flight 9W 339 Mumbai-Delhi diverted to Ahmedabad following declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat. The aircraft landed without incident at Ahmedabad and was parked at a remote bay, where all 115 guests and seven crew members were safely deplaned.Jet airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stage. The airline regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests and is making efforts to bring them to Delhi at the earliest.

Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight diverted to Ahmedabad for ‘security reasons’

Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 09:27 AM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight from Mumbai was on Monday diverted to the airport in Ahmedabad for ‘security reasons’, according to sources.The flight 9W339, which took off from Mumbai at 0255 hours, landed at Ahmedabad airport at around 0345 hours.A passenger onboard said the flight was diverted to Ahmedabad citing ‘security reasons’. All the passengers were asked to deplane and were screened.A security personnel at Ahmedabad airport said the flight was diverted as there was a specific threat call.The number of passengers onboard could not be immediately ascertained. There was no immediate response from Jet Airways spokesperson.

MMRC to integrate Metro 3 with bullet train terminal at BKC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor plans to interconnect (integrate) the underground Metro corridor with the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train terminal at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).The alignment of the underground Metro corridor passes through BKC where the terminal for the proposed bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is to come.According to MMRC officials, the BKC Metro station and bullet train terminal will be connected through an underground subway, which will have a moving walkway or travelator installed.”Installing a moving walkway depends on the distance between the BKC Metro station and bullet train terminal. If the distance turns out to be more than 300-500 metres, a walkway will have to be installed,” an MMRC official said.The official added, “At this stage, the exact location of bullet train terminal inside BKC has not been decided so we haven’t made any formal proposal. But we want to integrate both and will approach the National High-Speed Rail executing the bullet train project about the same.”This integration would be mean commuters from South Mumbai can come to BKC and can use the subway walkway to head towards the bullet train terminal.Similarly, plans to connect both the terminals to Mumbai Airport are under consideration too. “We have similar plans to connect both terminals to the airport,” he said.However, the construction of bullet train terminal inside BKC has been opposed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the state government citing that land in BKC is costly and the Railways should consider acquiring land at Kurla or Bandra where the Railways own ample amount of land.The MMRDA had also cited that the area where the bullet train terminal has been proposed is also wanted for the construction of an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). However, after deliberation by the Centre, the state government has said that bullet train terminal and IFSC both may coexist at BKC.CONNECTIVITYThe construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 corridor started in October 2016 and it is a crucial connectivity point between north and south Mumbai. It expected to be completed by 2021.

Airlines welcome changes, want better airport facilities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Most airlines have responded positively to the recent non-privatisation model airport, in lieu of the changes made in the last six months to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI). However, though they are happy with a single operator — Airports Authority of India — they want assurance of a futuristic at approach, considering the pace at which traffic is increasing. The partial privatisation made both passengers and airlines hopeful; but, the bidding has been delayed for more than a year now.To attract more prospective bidders, the national airports operator, AAI, also made some major changes to the terms and conditions for privatising and modernising SVPI. The AAI had invited a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the bidders for the operation and maintenance of select areas of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports, late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, passenger boarding bridges, and apron area among others, as per the bid document.The proposal mentions that the O&M will remain with private players and the infrastructure will be handled by the AAI. Speaking on it, Shalin Joshipura, Chairman, Airlines Operators Committee, Ahmedabad, said, “Ahmedabad has witnessed tremendous growth and to match that, operational area growth took place, but nothing happened on the terminal front. I am equally interested in seeing how we focus on terminal development. We are seeing positive changes at the terminal under the current leadership, but we need to be more futuristic. If we get an assurance of a futuristic approach and synchronisation of infrastructure with the pace at which traffic is growing, we wil be satisfied with the AAI.”While the bidding process is due to get over by October end, there has been no clarity on the extension. Sources say that AAI doesn’t intend to extend it further.Speaking about recent changes at the airport, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “We have undertaken a lot of changes that includes more entry points for the terminal, numbering airline counters, queue managers, self check-in counters, etc. The latest was the installation of a Flight Information Display System, which will be visible from far. We have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure. These will give flight-related information in three languages. We are also rebuilding the washrooms. At the international terminal, two new aerobridges are being added.WHAT’S NEWTwo video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure have been installed. These will give flight-related information in three languages. The washrooms are also being rebuilt.

Bid opening date for Jaipur airport extended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The attempts of Airport Authority of India (AAI) to give selected areas of Jaipur international airport to a strategic partner for operation and maintenance (O&M) has hit turbulence once again.The Authority, has once again changed the date of opening of technical bid and now, the date has been fixed as November 22. The earlier date was October 20 and with this, it is the 8th time that the date has been changed.The starting date for opening of this technical bid was March 8 this year. After that, the date has been changed eight times, including the latest date now.Notably, the airport authority wishes to give passenger terminal, car parking, apron and associated utilities of the airport on operation and maintenance to private company in coming days.The strategic partner will be chosen through a bidding process and once selected, AAI will enter into an O&M contract with the selected bidder.However, AAI will remain the airport operator for these airports and will continue to perform its functions, informed officials in ministry of civil aviation.The current process for this objective was started in 2016, when Request for Proposals ( RFP) were invited in December 2016. Since that time itself, the process has been slow due to various reasons. Notably, previously in 2015, the operations department of the Airport Authority of India had invited bids from private operators. Few of the companies too had met the officials at Jaipur airport in this regard.Not only Jaipur, but the proposal is being worked out for Ahmedabad airport too.Changed for 8th timeThe Authority, has once again changed the date of opening of technical bid and now, the date has been fixed as November 22. The earlier date was October 20. With this, it is the 8th time that the date has been changed.

Hyderabad: Cops arrest Uber driver for masturbating while ferrying female passenger

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hyderabad Police on Saturday arrested an Uber cab driver for allegedly masturbating while ferrying a 25-year-old woman.”The arrested accused Prem Kumar (26), is the owner and not the driver of the car. He was driving on that day as the regular driver was not on duty,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) P. Viswa Prasad told ANI.As per the complaint, the woman boarded the cab around 7:00 am to board a flight from Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport to New Delhi. The driver slowed down the car on entering the Outer Ring Road, and the woman noticed him unzipping his pant and masturbating.In the FIR, the complainant admitted to have felt digusted by the act, and yelled at him to stop the car. The driver, instead started to drive in a zig-zag manner.DCP informed that the accused checked on his behaviour only after the woman threatened him with Police complaint.The woman, however, continued with the trip lest she should miss her flight, and later lodged a complaint at Safdarjung Police Station on October 19, after reaching Delhi.Delhi Police forwarded the complaint to Hyderabad Police which took to action and tracked down the accused.DCP Prasad added that Uber did not respond to a mail sent by Commissioner of Police, regarding the case.

Man causes bomb scare at IGIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Intelligence agencies were in for a shock when a man walked into the Indira Gandhi International Airport with a shirt, in his handbag, fitted with an electric circuit, suspected to be a suicide bomb suit. The Intelligence Bureau, Delhi Police were roped in. The incident unfolded at international terminal T3, at around 6 pm, during an X-ray screening and security check.”It was at the domestic security hold area, when an officer of the Central Industrial Security Force at the X-ray screener, noticed an image of a suspicious circuit in the handbag of a passenger travelling to Guwahati,” said a senior officer.The man was surrounded immediately by armed CISF men and following a pat down search, was declared clean. His baggage was then opened in presence of bomb disposal squad and every item was checked. Since the gadget seemed to be suspicious, an explosive test was conducted which came back negative. On physical check, a shirt was found fitted with four batteries attached, with a small electric motor with an improvised circuit.”On questioning, the passenger was unable to provide any convincing reason for the same. Officers in the IB were also called in and the man was thoroughly questioned and then handed over to Delhi police,” the officer said.

Haze, shallow fog engulfs Delhi city post Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Diwali, the Capital woke up to haze and shallow fog resulting in low visibility on Friday morning. The minimum temperature was recorded at 20.5 degrees Celsius. According to the MET department, at 8.30 am the visibility was reported as 500 metres.A calm evening gave way to thick haze and noise as the city celebrated Diwali on Thursday. Firecrackers were burst in most parts of the city, however, in less numbers than last year.The smoke from Thursday’s Diwali celebrations added to the already low visibility being reported over the past few days, marking the onset of winter.In Lutyens’ Delhi, the Raisina Hill complex, including North Block and South Block buildings and the iconic Rashtrapati Bhavan, were wrapped in mist till 10:30 am.The relative humidity level at that time was 54%. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 36 degrees Celsius later in the day. The Met department has forecast a clear sky on Saturday with mist or shallow fog expected in the morning.”The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 36 degrees Celsius and 19 degrees Celsius respectively,” said officials from the MET department.IN COMPARISONThis year, the minimum average value was observed at Civil Lines and maximum average value was observed at RK Puram.
Last year, the minimum average value was observed at IGI Airport and maximum average value was observed at Anand Vihar.

Andheri tenants blame builder for delay in slum redevelopment project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The construction work of a slum redevelopment project in Andheri near the international airport has been going on for more than a decade, and only 130 of the total 317 tenants have been rehabilitated yet. Nearly 100 tenants are forced to stay in a transit camp that is in a bad shape and seeing the fate of their fellow slum dwellers the remaining 100 tenants have not moved out of their homes.Even the tenants in the rehabilitated building have alleged poor construction work leading to leakages and water logging. The developer has attributed the delay to various government regulations, and for the poor condition of the rehabilitation to tenants not maintaining the building. This project New Technical Area CHS is being developed by a joint venture of DB Realty Limited, Eversmile Construction Company Private Limited and Konark Conwell LLP (ECC DB JV).According to Akhtar Abbas Khan, a resident of the building, “We were initially shifted to the transit building, as the work was being carried out in phases. After we shifted the problems aggravated, there are leakages, the plasters in many parts have come down and we also face waterlogging,” he said.The developer on the allegations has responded “Since the property was encroached there were several level of approvals that were applied by JV towards the statutory clearances. Substantial amount of time and money was invested by JV in obtaining these approvals (height approval from Airport Authority of India, carpet area was increased by government for slum dwellers from 225 to 269 sq ft). Due to these changes in regulation, most of the time lapsed in preparation of revised proposal.

IIT-B now part of Navi Mumbai airport project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has roped in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) along with the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) to be guided on carrying out blasting activities for cutting out Ulwe Hill in order to construct the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA).The blasting will bring down the hill to around 10 meters from the current 90 meters and will pave way for constructing the runway of the proposed international airport.Bhushan Gagrani, Managing Director, Cidco, said, “We have roped in the Dhanbad-based CIMFR, which is an expert in the field of blasting, and have also roped in IIT-B for the same.Though IIT-B does not have the expertise in carrying out blasting but activities that are carried pre and post blasting would be undertaken under the guidance and expert suggestion of authorities from the IIT-B.”The blasting activities also include carrying out of trial blasting.

Baggage tug crashes into plane at IGIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An electronic baggage tug used for carrying passenger luggage to an aircraft crashed into a stationary Air India plane at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday morning, damaging the aircraft’s engine. The plane that was scheduled to take off to Shanghai, departed after a delay of 45 minutes.According to senior officers, the incident took place around 11 am when the aircraft, a Boeing 787, was parked at the stand A10 at the airport, and was being prepared for takeoff. A baggage tug, which was being used, suddenly moved towards the plane and hit its engine.The flight, AI-348 was scheduled to depart for Shanghai at 12.15 pm. The aircraft was inspected for any damage. Air India officials said that they are investigating the incident and confirmed that the employees handling the baggage tug have been de-rostered.A senior CISF officer said that the AI-SATS driver Radhey Shyam lost control over his baggage trolley towing vehicle, after he pressed the ‘accelerator’ pedal accidentally.”Consequently, the EBT dashed into the engine (left wing) of flight AI 348. The driver sustained minor bruises and internal injury to his right elbow and was taken to the hospital for medical examination,” the officer said.

CISF: Disabled no longer have to remove prosthetics for airport security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major relief to the disabled, the CISF will no longer carry out the “humiliating” airport security drill of asking people with disabilities (PWDs) to remove their prosthetics or make them get up from their wheelchair for screening at the airports. The announcement was made by the CISF Director General OP Singh.The DG said that the Central Industrial Security Force will now use explosive trace detectors (ETDs) and visual profiling to meet the security needs. The Force will also conduct a country-wide survey to find out how many such passengers travel by air each day.”The aim is to ensure that such passengers do not face any humiliation or uneasiness when they travel through Indian airports. We have seen numerous complaints in this regard. What we have decided now is to use explosive trace detectors and the visual profiling method of the passenger and his prosthetic tool or wheelchair rather than asking them to take out everything,” Singh said.The current procedure is to ask passengers to take off their prosthetics before boarding a flight and ask to get up from those on a wheelchair.”We are soon going to issue a fresh list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to usher the new regime in a uniform manner,” the DG said.”We will also conduct a survey at all the 59 airports that we guard to see how many such PWD passengers we receive on an average. That will give us a fair idea as to how to go about implementing the new SOPs.”A senior official in the CISF airport sector said they have estimated that about eight-10 such passengers use Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) every day, the busiest airport in the country.”Passengers with prosthetics will be asked to remove them only under compelling circumstances which will be purely security concerns. The same procedure will be adopted for wheelchair-bound passengers and those with other disabilities,” the official said.The director general added that CISF was also looking at “simplifying the security procedures for passengers with orthopaedic issues.”In case of prosthetics with foam padding, he said, CISF personnel will use new SOPs but can seek its removal, keeping in mind security concerns.Disability rights activist Javed Abidi, who attended a recent meeting with the CISF authorities on the subject, raised his concerns during a recent conversation.”I have travelled across the globe for so many years now but only at an Indian airport do I have to get down from my wheelchair so that the security personnel on duty can put it inside a large X-Ray machine to check it against explosives and other hazardous material that can be a threat to the aircraft or aviation security,” Abidi, the convener of the Disabled Rights Group, said.It is very difficult and embarrassing, he said, for people who have prosthetic or artificial limbs to take out the entire part in full public view inside an airport.The CISF is the central paramilitary force tasked with guarding 59 civil airports in the country.

Kishangarh airport to be inaugurated today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kishangarh airport will be inaugurated on Wednesday by Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation alongwith chief minister Vasundhara Raje at 2:30 pm.Giving the information Ashok Kapoor, director of the airport, said the minister will fly to Kishangarh to inaugurate the airport. While the big day for this newly-constructed airport will be Wednesday, on Tuesday, the airport got another good news. It has been given the licence by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This license is needed for airlines to operate in any airport.Moreover, DGCA, has also granted the permission for operation of 50-seater aeroplane between Kishangarh and Delhi.“We have got the licence from DGCA today (Tuesday) and soon flights will start operating,” added Kapoor.Now in coming days the regular commercial flights will begin shortly. As airlines will now soon be submitting the proposals to the airport authority for starting their operations, said Kapoor.In the month of August, International Air Transport Association (IATA) has allotted code KQH to the airport. Apart from Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, and Kota, Kishangarh has become the seventh town in the state to have an airport. Many of these cities are now connected via intra-state airline service which connects two cities of the state by air.Notably, this will be an important airport of the country as it will be feeding the pilgrims of Ajmer and Pushkar. Earlier, VIP passengers were using helipad in Ghughra village in Ajmer. Moreover, Kishangarh also is home to marble industry and sees a lot of people coming from across the country. The airport authority hopes that all this will generate good passenger traffic.Turf factsThis will be an important airport of the country as it will be feeding the pilgrims of Ajmer and Pushkar. DGCA, has granted permission for operation of 50-seater aeroplane between Kishangarh and Delhi.After Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner & Kota, Kishangarh is 7th town in state to have an airport.

AJMER BYPOLL: Airport to give BJP fillip

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP is trying to cash in on the new airport in Kishangarh in the wake of upcoming Lok Sabha by-poll in Ajmer.Preparations are in full swing both at the state secretariat in Jaipur and at local administration level as the airport is likely to begin flight operations from 25th of this month.This is considered a big political development in context of the Ajmer Lok Sabha by-poll. Winning the election is the top priority of Raje government and before election date is announced, the government is keen to inaugurate the airport to get the political mileage.Apart from this, Union minister of state for aviation, Jayant Sinha’s proposed meeting with chief minister Vasundhara Raje tomorrow may also feature Jodhpur airport and intrastate air services. CM is keen to develop the state as major civil aviation hub and interconnect cities with air services for the growth of tourism.

Bengaluru airport plans Aadhaar-based entry system

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Aadhaar-enabled entry system is likely to be put in place at the Bengaluru airport which will help reduce the time taken for screening passengers, according to aerodrome operator BIAL.Embarking on an ambitious project, the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) has sought proposals for having ‘Aadhaar enabled entry and biometric boarding system’.The BIAL’s move comes at a time when the civil aviation ministry is working on ‘Digiyatra’, an initiative that aims to enable paperless travel by way of using biometric systems for entering airports and boarding flights.A public private consortium, BIAL operates the Kempegowda International Airport.As per the Request for Proposal (RFP), the airport would put in place a backbone infrastructure and software solution along with E-gates with passport and QR (Quick Response) code readers.The plan is to complete the project ‘Aadhaar enabled entry and biometric boarding system’ by December 31, 2018.The rollout is planned in three different phases, with the Aadhaar system expected to go live by March 30, 2018 for three domestic carriers — Jet Airways, SpiceJet and AirAsia India.According to the RFP, all domestic flights would be covered by October while the facility would be extended to international flights by December next year.A system is being envisaged wherein a passenger provides his Aadhaar number at the time of booking the ticket and gains entry into the airport after producing the e-ticket as well as presenting biometrics in the form of a “finger/iris/face scan”.At the next three check points — pre-security area, passenger screening and boarding gates– the e-ticket is scanned each time to gain entry before boarding the flight, the RFP said.”The Aadhaar-based process enables a passenger to be verified in under 5 seconds at every check point right up to the boarding gate, completing the screening process in 10 minutes compared with average time of 25 minutes.”This will also help more passengers enter through the same gate,” a BIAL spokesperson said.In February this year, Bengaluru airport had initiated a pilot project for Aadhaar-based entry of passengers.Earlier this year, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had said air travellers might be required to provide a unique identification like an Aadhaar card, passport or PAN at the time of booking tickets.Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy was a fundamental one.The judgement was limited to the issue of right to privacy and the question whether Aadhaar violates the right to privacy will be dealt with by a three-judge bench from November.Sinha’s remarks had come before the Supreme Court verdict regarding right to privacy.

WATCH: This video of CRPF jawans getting a standing ovation at Jammu airport will give you goosebumps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A viral video of Central Reserve Police Force getting a standing ovation at Jammu Airport is doing the rounds on social media.The video, which was shot on Sunday, has the CRPF officers queuing up when others at the airport give them a round of applause.”The entire force is overwhelmed with the gesture shown by the passengers at the Jammu Airport. It motivates the force, which is committed to the service of the nation,” DG CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar told ANI.According to a report in The Times of India, the commanding officer of the 166 battallion, Ashish Kumar Jha, PRO CRPF, Jammu Sector, which oversees the transiting soldiers at Jammu, said that the soldiers want only such appreciation from the nation as this motivates and boosts the morale of the soldiers.

At IIT Gandhinagar, ‘tea-ian’ PM pitches for ‘Digital India’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a rally at IIT Gandhinagar on Saturday.The Prime Minister is on a 2-day visit to poll-bound Gujarat, where he began his trip with prayers at Dwarikadhish Temple.Later, he laid the foundation of Rajkot Greenfield Airport.“You are IIT-ians, I was a Tea-ian when I was young (I sold tea). On this day, a few years ago, I took oath as CM for the first time. Till then, I had never even been an MLA. I had decided that whatever I will do, I will do to the best of my abilities,” PM Modi said.Pitching for ‘Digital India’, the PM said that it will guarantee transparency.He said that digital literacy is a must for development and said that ‘in this day and age, we cannot afford to have a digital divide.’

Soon, separate lane for pvt vehicles at airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amdavadis travelling to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) either to drop off or receive folks in private cars can expect relief in terms of the ongoing toll-booth menace.City airport officials have decided to segregate private and commercial vehicles entering the arrival and departure bay in an attempt to solve traffic woes. Now, there will be a separate lane for taxis, buses and another for cars and other private vehicles.Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “We have decided to segregate the private and commercial vehicles. This will also help us understand who is actually creating trouble at the toll booth. The segregated road is being constructed. The same should be implemented within this month,” adding that hopefully, this would help ease traffic and bring respite to passengers.Interestingly, the airport authorities, last month, had roped in students of HL College of Commerce to study and the collected data of a number of vehicles and types of vehicles passing by.Recently, airport authorities had issued an advisory following complaints of irregularities to ease passengers’ experience and prevent them from being cheated. However, this hasn’t changed much as 67-year-old resident of Chandkheda, who is a frequent flyer, says he was recently victimized by toll officials. Requesting anonymity, he said that he was made to pay the toll amount even after he adhered to the 10-minute policy.”When I reached the exit booth, I saw a long queue as a taxi driver was having an argument with toll-official. I informed the toll manager about this. However, they did not pay heed. All cars had to wait till the argument was over ended up paying the toll fee.”

Now, look for flight information from your vehicle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another attempt of becoming a passenger friendly airport, the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport has installed a Flight Information Display System (FIDS) which can be viewed from a greater distance.The airport authorities have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure bay, which will give flight related information in three languages.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director said, “People coming to drop their folks or coming in a cab will now be able to view their flight status from their vehicle itself. Often passengers had to come near the terminal too see the flight status on the screen as it was not visible.Interestingly, we have also added Gujarati as a language in which the flight information will be displayed. This will ensure that no one misses their flight in dire consequences. This is in a way inching towards making the airport a silent airport.”The authorities also have plans to install a similar system in the BRTS buses that is used to ferry passengers.WHAT IS NEWThe airport authorities have installed two video walls, one in the arrival bay and one in the departure bay, which will give flight related information in three languages. Gujarati also happens to be one of the languages in the list

The inside story of the Srinagar BSF encounter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A nine-hour long gun-battle was what it took to neutralize the three Jaish-E-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists who had infiltrated inside the 182nd Battalion Camp of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Srinagar in the wee hours of Tuesday but security forces have reason to believe that there are four more JeM cadres who are still roaming free in the Valley and plotting another fidayeen attack.“There is credible information that 10 JeM terrorists had infiltrated into the Valley a few days back. Three of them were killed in the encounter in Pulwama where they attacked the District Police Lines. Of the seven who were remaining, three were neutralized today. That still leaves us with four more terrorists who are still out there planning the next fidayeen attack,” reliable sources told WION/DNA.The BSF Battalion Camp that came under attack today is located in close proximity of the Srinagar International Airport, in the Humhama area falling in Budgam district. And while security agencies maintained that the airport was not the target, the possibility of them using this camp as a base to launch an attack on the airport was not being ruled out completely.The three terrorists who were gunned down today had been spotted in a black-coloured Alto car on the Pulwana-Budgam border late Monday night. Two of them were clad in BSF uniform while the third was in civilian clothing, sources said. In the wee hours today, these terrorists used a wire-cutter to cut the perimeter wire of the BSF camp to get inside. “It appeared to be a brand new, newly-purchased wire-cutter,” a source said.As soon as the three terrorists gained entry inside the camp from the back side of the Subordinate Officers’ (SO) Mess, they ran into different directions. While one of them dashed toward the Administrative Block, the second made his way to the SO Mess and the third made a run towards the canteen.It was then that the terrorist who was running towards the canteen—wearing civilian clothes–was challenged by a BSF sentry. “This terrorist responded with firing a burst but was not good enough for this sentry who took him out swiftly,” a source revealed.The other two terrorists managed to enter the Administrative Block and the SO Mess, respectively. “It was in the SO Mess that this terrorist martyred the BSF Assistant Sub Inspector. Before he could cause more damage, he was overpowered by the JCOs there who snatched his weapon and neutralized him,” the source said.Meanwhile, the terrorist who entered the Administration Block opened fire and injure an Exchange Operator and 2-3 more BSF personnel, one of whom was hit by a bullet in the abdomen. This terrorist was finally neutralized when he tried to escape from the Administration Block by running away.Sources said the three JeM terrorists were heavily armed. They were carrying AK-47s and Pakistani-made Shaheen pistols. A US-made sabre knife (having a compass) was also recovered from one of the killed terrorists.

Diwali sparkle: Silver imports rise 10,000% in Sept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Silver imports in Ahmedabad surged by a whopping 100 times or 10,000 per cent for the month of September, continuing the strong trend seen in the current financial year. Silver imports at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport increased from 0.25 tonne (September 2016) to 25.56 tonne in September 2017, according to GSECL, which handles cargo at the city airport.There has been a huge rise in silver imports at Ahmedabad in the current financial year. From 2.15 tonne in the first half of 2016 (April-September), imports have gone up to 89 tonne, an increase of 41 times or 4,100%. The data shows that silver imports went up by 232 times in the month of May, and about 44 times in July. Experts say that the upcoming Diwali festival is just one of the reasons for the rise in silver imports. “Silver is used widely for gifting during Diwali, especially by corporates. Moreover, silver is being used widely in pharma and other industries, which has also led to the surge,” said Chinubhai Shah, president of Shree Choksi Mahajan Ahmedabad.Jigar Soni, secretary of Jewellers Association, Ahmedabad, said that in addition to being a popular gifting option, many people also buy silver coins or other silverware products for their own consumption to mark auspicious occasions. While silver imports have shown a turnaround in the current year, they is still a fraction of the imports seen until just three years ago. According to GSECL statistics, silver imports at Ahmedabad airport stood at 1,425 tonne in 2014-15, 486 tonne in 2013-14, and 988 tonne in 2012-13.

Aerobatics in sky to mark Air Force Day on October 8

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Air Force will celebrate Air Force Day on October 8. Prior to this, the Air Force trainee pilots showed amazing skills while performing aerobatic in the supersonic Sukhoi 30 at Jodhpur air base. At the same time, the air force’s team, Garuda demonstrated the live operational activities. The updated MiG-27 and the Helicopter Mi-17 pilots thrilled with their acrobatics. High tech weapons and equipment were also exhibited on the airbase.Jodhpur Air Force Station Chief Air Commander N Tiwari said that the Air Force celebrates Air Force Day on October 8 every year. Jodhpur air base is the most important operation air base of the western border. The trainee pilots are also trained in fighter planes here.On the question of the movement of the aircraft at night at Jodhpur Airport, he said that with modern information system in place, movement of planes are allowed from sunrise to sunset. But due to lack of staff it is not possible to allow flights at night.Tiwari, talking about the spectacular display of the fighter aircraft and the Garuda team at the Jodhpur air base, said: “ We want to tell the people of the country through these promos that the tax paid by them is used in the right way by the Air Force.” Every year the preparation of the events start before October 8 in which trainee pilots perform surprising adventures on Sukhoi aircraft. Simultaneously, on October 8, there will be programs at all the air force hubs of the country. The largest event will be organised at Hindon air force station in Delhi. Aerobatic Suryakiran team will show its strength on Air Force Day.

Mumbai: Main runway resumes operations; flight ops yet to normalise

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flight operations are yet to normalise, though aircraft movements at the main runway of the Mumbai airport were restored on Wednesday night. Most flights are operating with more than one hour delay.The airport operator has removed the SpiceJet aircraft which had skidded after landing amid heavy rains on Tuesday. The operations at runway 09/27 resumed at around 11:30pm after SpiceJet Boeing 737 was moved to the paved area and subsequently to a hanger, a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) official said.In an exercise, which lasted for almost 24 hours, undertaken by the joint engineering team of national carrier Air India and the MIAL, the aircraft was removed from the runway at around 9:30 last night.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha had earlier tweeted, “#AI team assisting #RescueOperation in removal of #SpiceJet acft from #BOM runway, the only airline in India to offer this type of facility.”
ALSO READ Mumbai rains: Right landing direction saved SpiceJet craftMumbai airport, the second busiest in India, has two crossing runways – 09/27 (the main)and 14/32 (the secondary runway).While the primary runway can handle up to 48 arrivals and departures per hour, the secondary runway has a capacity of 35 movements per hour. Overall, there are 930 flight arrivals and departures at the Mumbai airport every day.

Mumbai rains: Nearly 20 flights diverted to Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As flight after flight from rain-ravaged Mumbai were diverted to other airports, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) here was thrown into chaos since Tuesday night, with nearly 20 of the aircraft making unscheduled landing till Wednesday morning. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) began diverting Mumbai-bound flights from Tuesday late evening, after a Varanasi-Mumbai SpiceJet aircraft, SG 703, with 183 passengers on board, overshot a runway on landing at Mumbai airport and got stuck in mud.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, said, “Since Tuesday midnight, nearly 18-20 flights were diverted here. The flights went back by 7 am on Wednesday. Our staff worked very hard all night to handle the rush.”A passenger from Ahmedabad said, “Air Canada flight was diverted to Hyderabad.”Many airlines were giving a refund. A Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight from Surat had also made an emergency landing at SVPI early on Tuesday after its pilot noticed the tail fire warning light on and requested for diversion to Ahmedabad. The flight had 164 passengers on board.

Mangaluru airport: Suspicious object that led to ‘bomb scare’ was a power bank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bomb scare at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) following the detention of a passenger with a ‘suspicious object’ in his possession created some tense moments. However, on examination, it was found that the object was only a power bank he was carrying, airport sources said.The passenger from Kerala was about to board an IndiGo flight to Dubai via Bengaluru when he was detained with the ‘object’ late last evening, as the officials found the image of a ‘thick substance’ while screening.When the power bank was opened, it was found to contain a clay-like substance after which the passenger was taken for questioning.The device was only a China-made power bank packed in an unusual way.In view of the alert from the Home Ministry asking airports to be cautious, Aviation security agency’s chief Rajesh Kumar Chandra asked IndiGo to lodge an FIR so that a detailed examination of the clay-like substance could be carried out.The IndiGo counter was also cordoned off for some time, the sources said.An officer who came out after the examination of the device confirmed that the news carried by certain channels about ‘cell phone bomb’ was false and the device was nothing but a power bank.Later, city police commissioner T R Suresh told reporters that there was no cause for worry and reports that spread about the ‘object’ were only rumours.Airport sources also said the flight was not unduly delayed due to the incident.

SpiceJet plane overshoots runway in Mum

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SpiceJet aircraft SG 703 (Varanasi-Mumbai) overshot the runway on landing and got stuck in mud. According to the airport officials, chutes have been deployed and emergency services have been activated. No fire or smoke has been detected, and all flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have been kept on hold.An airline spokesperson said, “SpiceJet B737 VT-SGZ landed on Runway 27 in Mumbai. During landing, it overshot the runway and skidded off into the unpaved surface due to wet runway conditions caused by heavy rains. All 183 passengers deplaned safely and have been taken to the arrival hall.”All 183 passengers inside the plane are said to be safe.The sources said that all flights at CSIA have been kept on hold.

Sinking feeling again: Raining chaos in Mumbai; schools to remain closed today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bouts of heavy rain lashed the city on Tuesday, causing water-logging in some areas and leading to traffic snarls on arterial roads. The worst hit was Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) after a SpiceJet aircraft SG 703 (Varanasi-Mumbai) overshot the runway on landing and got stuck in mud. According to the airport officials, chutes were deployed and emergency services were activated. No fire or smoke was detected, and all flights at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport were kept on hold, with at least seven cancellations. Flights into Mumbai were cancelled later at night as the airfield remained shut due to the stalled aircraft. Attempts to operate Runway 14 also failed due to gusting tail winds of up to 20 knots. Departures restarted after midnight. Vinod Tawde, the State Education Minister, said that all schools in Mumbai would remain shut today in view of the high tide prediction.Heavy rainfall began at about 1pm, and within just seven hours, the Colaba observatory recorded 142 mm of rainfall, while the Santa Cruz observatory recorded 136.5mm of rains till 8.30pm. The western suburbs received about 79 mm of rainfall late on Tuesday night, with more rain forecast for today. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that Mumbai might witness similar spells of rains today as well. Heavy rains, along with gusty winds, were the result of an active weather system along the Arabian Sea, they said.The rains caused water-logging in at least five areas — Andheri Subway, Hindmata, Mithibai junction on SV Road in Vile Parle, Milan Subway in Santa Cruz, and on Veera Desai Road.About 182 de-watering pumps were put into service at 14 chronic flooding spots to flush out the water. The BMC has also issued a high-tide warning of 4.54 m at 12.03 pm on Wednesday.A portion of a ground-plus-two storey MHADA building in Kamathipura in the Nagpada area collapsed at around 7:35 pm. No casualties were reported.Traffic snarls clogged the Eastern Express Highway, Amar Mahal flyover, Santa Cruz-Chembur Link Road, Jijabai Bhosale Road and the Sion-Bandra Link Road. Vehicular movement was slow in both directions on Kavi Keshavsut flyover. There was also heavy traffic on the north-bound arm of the Western Express Highway from Kalanagar to Vakola flyover, and from Bandongri to Andheri bridge.North-bound traffic was also slow on Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, with a pile-up till Ambedkar Statue due to slow traffic on the freeway. Traffic towards Bandra-Worli Sea link was restricted, which led to long traffic jams at both ends of the Sea Link. While there was no water-logging on railway tracks, train services on the Harbour line were affected between 2:40 pm to 3:15 pm due to a tree that fell on the overhead cables between Vile Parle and Santacruz. Services between CSMT and Andheri were affected due to this, while the main line remained operational. Later in the evening, there were issues at Bandra station, after the track circuit failure and technical fault at Vasai. “There are delays of 10 minutes or so. There were barely three cancellations,” said Mukul Jain, Divisional Railway Manager (Mumbai), WR.On the CR line, announcements were made asking people to leave in the available trains. “The trains are running late by 10 minutes or so, but there were barely any cancellations,” said Ravindra Goel, Divisional Railway Manager, CR.

Vasundhara Raje experiences burnout, yet performs duties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s tight schedule seems to have taken toll on her. After exhausting three-day tour of Bundi, she headed straight to Jhalawar on Saturday evening and before she could taken on the hectic schedule of Sunday, she suffered burnout. But yet she did not let her health hinder the progress of work.During her transit stop at Jaipur Airport on Sunday, a team of doctors rushed to attend her. Restricted because of her ill-health, she performed tasks from the airport itself. She along with the urban development minister Srichand Kriplani and senior officials held a broom to mark the launch of sanitation drive ‘Swachhata Hi Sewa’ in Jaipur.“Over the next 15 days we will work over sanitation in local areas and inspire others to do so,” the CM said during the launch of the drive that commenced on prime minister Narendra Modi’s birthday and will conclude on October 2, that happens to the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.Moreover, she also presented awards to small businessmen, entrepreneurs and artisans on occasion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Day.In Jhalawar she had graced three official programmes and even took out time to visit a former BJP MLA from the district to condole death of his mother.Soon after she left for Rohtak, Haryana to pay homage to BJP MP from Alwar Mahant Chand Nath who passed away on Saturday night. The CM was earlier scheduled to inaugurate the Swachhata Hi Sewa campaign at Gator in Jaipur and present awards at the MSME ceremony in a private hotel. However, in consideration of her health condition the events were shifted to Jaipur Airport. The CM, however, overcame the fatigue and left for Rohtak to continue with her schedule.CM LENDS SUPPORT TO ELDERLYChief minister Vasundhara Raje and union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot inaugurated a Rasthriya Vayoshir Scheme camp at Jhalawar. At the camp, the CM assured the elderly, poor and physically challenged citizens that the government will come to their aid, just as the equipment presented to them during the camp. During the camp held at Khel Sankul in the city, healthcare and support equipments were distributed to 4,210 elderly people from families below poverty line. In Jhalawar, CM also flagged off a sanitation campaign and inaugurated a project for digitisation of medical records by a non-government organisation. MSME SECTOR GETS A BOOSTRajasthan government has declared this year as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) year to promote the sector in the state. It was announced by the chief minister Vasundhara Raje while officially inaugurating a programme for MSME industries held on the occasion of prime minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. To mark the beginning of the year from September 17, 2017 to September 17, 2018, a fifteen-day long drive to resolve grievances of small scale industries has also been organised. The chief minister on the occasion made several announcements in the direction. It includes among other things- Bhamasha Employment Generation Scheme to be extended to increase loan limit for entrepreneurs. YEAR HIGHLIGHTSConstitution of an Export Promotion Bureau to extend quick solution for difficulties faced by exporters of state.
An Export Promotion Council will also be formed to generate awareness and facilitate certification process for exporters.
A new and improved export subsidy scheme to be implemented in state.
A limited time scheme to be brought to facilitate units operating in absence of certificate from state pollution control board.
State facilitation council to be reconstituted to form more than one councils, including arbitrators and legal experts to extend faster solutions for issues concerning delayed payments.

Fire breaks out at Kolkata Airport, no damage caused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A fire broke out in one of the UPS rooms at the “international departure” section of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport’s terminal building in Kolkata on Thursday. However, there was no report of any injury to anyone or damage to property as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) stepped in immediately to bring the situation under control. “The incident took place at 4.15 PM. The primary reason behind the fire appears to be the bursting of a capacitor of one of the split air-conditioners in the UPS room near Gate No. 12,” a release issued by the airport director, Atul Dikshit, said. There was no injury to anyone and the flight operations were also not affected, he said, adding that an internal inquiry would be carried out to ascertain what caused the fire.Dikshit said as the fire alarm rang and the door of the room was opened, a gust of smoke came out and spread to the entire “international security hold” area, triggering panic among the passengers. The flames were doused with the help of fire extinguishers and passengers evacuated from the “international security hold” area, he said, adding that boarding continued simultaneously through a remote gate. Smoke exhaust fans were switched on and a thorough examination of the entire “international security hold” area and adjoining areas was carried out, Dikshit said.

Swagat Shinzo San: Sabarmati roadshow to Gujarati thaali, how Narendra Modi welcomed Japanese Prime Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a sunny Wednesday, as the Japanese Air Force One plane carrying India and Japan’s flags landed at Ahmedabad Airport, it ushered a new chapter in the bilateral ties of two Asian powers.Here are 10 major updates of the Day 1 of Shinzo Abe’s India visit:1: Breaking protocol, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the Ahmedabad Airport around 3:30 pm on Wednesday.2: In his trademark bear hug, PM Modi extended a warm welcome to his guest from Tokyo.3: For the 8-km-long roadshow from Ahmedabad Airport to Sabarmati Ashram, PM Abe and his wife changed into Indian clothes.4: While PM Abe was seen in smart ink-blue Nehru jacket and white kurta-payjama, his wife opted for subtle red salwar kameez.5: Despite a busy working day, almost entire Ahmedabad lined up to catch a glimpse of the leaders.6: The roads were filled with people waving Indian and Japanese national flags. Many performers were also seen dancing to various Indian dance forms to showcase India’s cultural diversity on 28 small stages en route the roadshow.7: At the Sabarmati Ashram, PM Modi, PM Abe and his wife paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. The trio spent some time at the Sabarmati riverfornt before heading to the iconic Sidi Sayyed Mosque.8: The last of the Mughal-era mosques in the city, Sidi Sayyed is world famous for its intricate ‘jaali’ work.9: The day would end with a sumptuous dinner at Ahmedabad’s famous Agashiye terrace restaurant. The all-veg menu would also include PM Modi’s favourite ‘Handvo’ or vegetable cake.10: Day 2 will see the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of the much-anticipated bullet train project and signing of series of agreements between the two nations.

DRI arrest gold smuggling racket kingpin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Directorate of Revenue intelligence(DRI), Indore unit recently arrested a Mumbai-based man who allegedly ran a gold smuggling racket from Mumbai. The accused, identified as Sameer Harun Merchant(49), resident of Andheri would send carriers abroad to smuggle gold on monetary consideration.According to DRI officials, the racket came to light in May when they arrested a carrier, Mubarik Hussain Raks, who arrived in Mumbai from Abu Dhabi in a jet airways flight with 3.99 kg of smuggled gold biscuits worth Rs 1.2 crore.The smuggled gold was brought by Raks from Abu Dhabi after concealing it in seat on the flight. He had taken a domestic flight from Indore to escape customs. Following the tip off, Raks was intercepted by Indore DRI officials at Mumbai International Airport, where, upon searching his baggage, he was found possessing the gold.During interrogation, it was revealed that Raks had smuggled the gold consignment on the instructions of Merchant for monetary consideration and he was told to deliver the gold to a receiver in Mumbai. The DRI officials then identified receiver, Merchant using Call Detail Records and Merchant was then traced to Mumbai. After collecting sufficient evidence, a team of Indore DRI was dispatched to Mumbai, who arrested Merchant from his Andheri flat.”Merchant is a habitual offender and was earlier arrested by the agency in an NDPS case while smuggling a huge consignment of drugs worth crores by flight. After being lodged in a jail for almost nine years, he was released in 2014. Since then, he is suspected to have been carrying out a gold smuggling racket from Mumbai. It’s just the tip of the iceberg and we suspect that in the past two-three years, Merchant may have smuggled huge amounts of gold.We suspect involvement of flight attendants. Our probe is on,” said a DRI officer from Indore unit.

RTI reply reveals laxity in high-security areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai Police department has failed in executing their own order, requiring it to be mandatory for house owners to inform the local police station before selling or renting out property, and also to submit documents of the persons occupying the property in order to keep a watch on antisocial elements. The information acquired under Right To Information (RTI) Act provides a grim picture of the situation in the Western suburbs’ two important police stations near both airports failing to keep a record of tenants living in the slums.As per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), 60 per cent of Mumbai’s population lives in slums. But in a shocking reply to the RTI query, the Airport police station, which has a major slum area near the high-security zone domestic airport, claims that since January 1, 2016, only 135 houses have been given on rent from which only 21 persons have managed to submit the agreement copies and detail of the house occupants. No action has been taken against persons for not informing police about the tenants, which leads to action under section 188(Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. Under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code, Mumbai police have issued the order.At Sahar police station, another one in the high-security zone of the International Airport, registered only 48 tenants in 2016 and 46 in 2017. Only one offence under section 188 has been registered by Sahar police.”It is shocking to see that two important installations of the city with high security, surrounded by slums, have not had the police order being executed. It is an alarming situation. Antisocial elements or terrorists can get a house here without any hassle and indulge in anti-national activities,” said Sagar Ugle, a social activist who acquired the information through RTI.Moreover, six police stations — Vakola, Versova, Oshiwara, Juhu, Santacruz and Amboli, in reply to the RTI query, revealed that they do not have a record of tenants living in slums, and they only take applications. Only Santacruz and Juhu police stations registered a case against violators. Santacruz police registered four cases while Juhu registered five.”We do not understand why Mumbai police is not taking this issue seriously or is waiting for an untoward incident to take place. The slums have been converted into den for illegal activity. And with a majority of the population being migrants, it becomes a major issue to keep a watch on their activities as they get away with crimes without being traced,” said Ugle.Santosh Gholap, a RTI activist and a Vile Parle resident, said, “Slums are growing in Mumbai and people are renting them out to migrant workers without notifying police authorities. Mumbai police itself is unaware of illegal activities conducted inside the slums. It’s high time a strict rule be implemented and a law enforced to ensure safety and security in the city.”YP Singh, former IPS officer, said, “Mumbai police should stop taking temporary decisions by making registeration of tenants mandatory for two months and then renewing it again. Due to lack of police officers in the department, it is difficult to implement these measures. The government should ensure adequate staff is provided for registering the tenants in the city which is very important security measure.”Anil Kumbhare, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 8, said, “We conduct combing operations and ensure regular patrolling takes place inside the slums. We monitor every activity in the slum near both the airports.”Sanjay Saxena, Joint Commissioner of Police, (Crime), said, “We are monitoring the slums in the city and it is a very confidential subject.”

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