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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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CM Vijay Rupani retains Home, Dy CM cut to size

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani retained General Administration Department (GAD), Industries and other key departments, while his deputy Nitin Patel seemed to have been cut to size in allocation of portfolios, which was announced late on Thursday.Eight cabinet-level and 10 state-level ministers kept waiting for five hours for the CM and his deputy to arrive for cabinet meeting. The two were in a meeting for hours at the CM’s official residence.There were signs that all was not well, and there were differences over allocation of cream portfolios. The meeting, which was to begin at 5 pm, finally started at 9 pm.State BJP chief Jitu Vaghani also joined the big Two at the meeting, and it is believed that calls were made to party’s central leadership owing to differences in allocation of ministries.The Cabinet meeting ended shortly before 10 pm, after which the CM announced the portfolios.Finance and Urban Development, two key departments which Nitin Patel was handling in the previous government, were allocated to others. While Rupani kept Urban Development for himself, Finance went to Saurabh Patel, who was not a part of Rupani’s first government, and was making a comeback in the ministry.Nitin Patel has been allocated Road & Building, Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Narmada, Kalpasar, and Capital Planning.Not surprisingly, Patel didn’t come across very happy while sitting next to the CM when the list was made public.Giving the reason for delay, Rupani said, “All our central leaders were busy with discussions on the triple talaq bill debate which was going on in Parliament today. That is why we could not consult them on portfolios and the process got delayed. No one is disappointed nor is there any disagreement on portfolio distribution. Nitinbhai is also happy.”However, Nitin Patel avoided media persons. The CM also informed that ministers and officials, during the meeting, discussed purchase of groundnut from farmers at minimum support price and a Gujarat High Court order related to the Fee Regulation Act.Besides Urban Development, the chief minister has kept GAD, Industries, Home, Ports, Mines and Minerals, Information, Petroleum, Planning, Climate Change, and Science & Technology.Former state BJP chief RC Faldu, a first-time minister, has been given charge of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Road Transport.Bhupendrasinh Chudasama retained Education, Higher and Technical Education, Law & Justice, Parliamentary Affairs, Salt, Cow Conservation and Civil Aviation.Kaushik Patel, making a comeback to the Cabinet after ten years, has been made Revenue Minister.Besides Finance, Saurabh Patel has also been given charge of Energy, the ministry he handled for over 14 years.Ganpat Vasava has got Tribal Development, Tourism, Forests, and Women and Child Welfare.Jayesh Radadiya will be the minister for Civil Supplies, Cottage Industries, Printing and Stationery.Dilip Thakor has been assigned Labour and Employment, Disaster Management, and Yatradham Development.Ishwar Parmar, the junior-most among the Cabinet ministers, has been made minister of Social Justice and Empowerment (SC welfare, SEBC welfare).Among ministers of state, Pradipsinh Jadeja retains Home. He will also be MoS for Energy, Parliamentary Affairs, Law, Judiciary, and Police Housing, and hold independent charge of police Housing, Border Security, Civil Defence, Gram Rakshak Dal, Jail, Excise & Prohibition, NRG and Protocol.Parbat Patel has been given independent charge of Irrigation and Water Supply, while Parsottam Solanki has been given fisheries.Bachu Khabad will hold charge of Rural Housing, Rural Development, Animal Husbandry and Cow Conservation.Jaydrathsinh Parmar will be MoS agriculture, and hold independent charge of Panchayat and Environment.Ishwar Patel has been given independent charge of Cooperation, Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities. He will also be MoS of road transport.Vasan Ahir is MoS for SEBC Welfare.Vibhavari Dave, the lone woman in the ministry, has been given Women and Child Development, Education (primary and higher education), and Yatradham.First-time minister Raman Patkar has been given Forests and Tribal Development, while another debutant Kishor Kanani has got health and family welfare, and medical education.

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Air India will never meet the fate of Kingfisher Airlines: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

Air India will never meet the fate of defunct Kingfisher Airlines, said Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in Lok Sabha on Thursday.”Nobody wants anyone to become unemployed. We don’t want Air India to go the Kingfisher (Airlines) way. We want Air India to serve the nation, to serve the people and fly high,” Raju said.To serve the purpose, the government has already started the disinvestment process of Air India. A ministerial committee headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is looking into the disinvestment of Air India. MPs are also welcome to give their suggestions to this panel, the Aviation Minister said.In June this year, Union Cabinet had cleared the disinvestment of debt-ridden Air India, but the final modalities, including the quantum of stake sale, would be decided by a group of ministers headed by the Finance Minister.Surviving on taxpayers’ money, Air India has been in the red for long and various proposals, including government think-tank Niti Aayog’s recommendation for complete privatisation, have been made.The airline has a debt amounting to more than Rs 52,000 crore, and is surviving on the Rs 30,000 crore bailout package extended by the erstwhile UPA government in 2012.The Kingfisher Airlines was established in 2003 by liquor baron Vijay Mallya. The air carrier was suspended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation after it failed to address the regulator’s concerns about its operations.Kingfisher Airlines also defaulted on loans from various Indian banks amounting to Rs 9,000 crore and Mallya fled to UK and CBI and ED has registered a case against him.DISINVESTMENTIn June 2017, Cabinet had cleared the disinvestment of debt-ridden Air India, but the final modalities, including the quantum of stake sale, are yet to be decided by a panel.

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28 Air India pilots skipped alcohol test in 2017, govt informs Parliament

Twenty eight pilots and nine cabin crew of Air India skipped the mandatory alcohol test this year, the Centre informed parliament today.As part of the safety regulations of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), all pilots and cabin crew must undergo the breath analyser (BA) test, before and after flights.”As on 21.12.2017, 28 pilots and 9 cabin crew have skipped the BA test,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in response to a question in Lok Sabha.He said the license of these pilots and cabin crew were suspended for three months.Any crew member, who tests positive in the pre-flight medical check or refuses to take a breath analyser test, is taken off flying duty for at least four weeks, and the airline is required to initiate disciplinary proceedings, according to civil aviation rules.Air India was also involved in a controversy earlier this year when the DGCA warned that more than 500 of its pilots and crew could be grounded for skipping the alcohol test.Then Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal had written to the DGCA, requesting it to take a lenient view as he said that the airline management had misinterpreted the rules and had taken corrective measures.

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Was upset over absence of Civil Surgeon: Hansraj Ahir issues clarification after shooting doctors remark

Union Minister Hansraj Ahir, who stoked a controversy with his remarks on doctors, today said his statement was specifically aimed at the Civil Surgeon who skipped the government hospital function and “misinterpreted” by media.Miffed over the absence of senior doctors at a function in his Lok Sabha constituency Chandrapur yesterday, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs had said that “these people should join Naxals” and “we will then shoot you with bullets”. Ahir was speaking at the inauguration of a generic medicine counter at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandrapur, in eastern Maharashtra. The district civil surgeon, Uday Nawade, and dean of the medical college, S S More, were not present at the event.Speaking in Marathi, Ahir had said, “What do the Naxals want? They don’t want democracy. I handle the home ministry, so I know it. These people (referring to the senior doctors) don’t want democracy.” “So they should join Naxals. Why do you stay here? Go there, then we will shoot you with bullets. Why do you give tablets (pills) here? How justified is it to remain absent when I am coming to the hospital,” Ahir had said. Ahir today told PTI that he was “upset” over the absence of the Civil Surgeon at the event, for which many dignitaries like the mayor, the deputy mayor and prominent doctors were present.”The civil surgeon, the one who should have led from the front, was absent, which was disgraceful,” Ahir said. He said his comment was aimed particularly at the Civil Surgeon’s “irresponsible behaviour” and not at other government officials or doctors, as is being “misinterpreted” by media. “Naxals don’t want democracy, I know this as I am in the Home Ministry and if you also do not believe in democracy better go and join Naxals if you are not interested in giving tablets then we shall give you ‘goli’ (pills). This was my statement which has been misinterpreted and quoted out of contest,” he said.According to Ahir, the absence of the Civil Surgeon, as an organiser of the programme, was “nothing less than an insult to democracy” and his intention was to “discipline” him by giving some pills which the civil hospital was supposed to take up for distribution to patients.

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Hero’s welcome for Ashok Gehlot, reiterates commitment for Rajasthan

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday received a hero’s welcome at his residence after putting up an impressive performance in the recent Gujarat elections. More than 500 workers and well-wishers thronged his Civil Lines residence to greet him. Gehlot too was visibly happy with the kind of reception he received from partymen. While praising Rahul Gandhi and partymen for Congress’ good performance, Gehlot reiterated his commitment towards working for Rajasthan.”I will be active in Rajasthan till my last breath. I am and will remain active in Rajasthan. I have never gone anywhere…I have always been here with my people,” he said. Gehlot’s statement has further complicated the leadership riddle in Rajasthan. It has added fuel to the speculation that Gehlot may get a re-look for chief ministership if Congress wins 2018 elections. This has created flutter in the Sachin Pilot camp, which was sighing heave of relief after Gehlot’s Gujarat assignment.”Gehlot has comeback strongly. His equation with Rahul Gandhi has also improved. With Gujarat’s performance on his back, he has come into strong contention,” said a senior Congress leader. However, leaders of other camp are still convinced that Pilot will ultimately lead the battle. “Gehlot is a senior leader. We can’t ignore him. But then Pilot has performed remarkably well in ruffling feathers of the Raje government. Be it gag ordinance or farmers agitation, Pilot has led Congress to corner BJP on more than half a dozen occasions. Pilot has been able to keep Congress within the striking distance,” said a Congress leader. Meanwhile, Gehlot made a scathing attack on the Raje government for its alleged failures which he terms a misrule for which the voters will pay back in the upcoming bypolls. “The countdown of the government has begun. The people are angry with the NDA government through the country,” said Gehlot, taking a dig on Raje’s Jan Samwad Program which he called a drama. “The government passed four years in dramas. There is no public hearing by the government to address grievances of the common man. They are just creating a perception (of hearing the grievances). Even the CM’s bond with the people has been broken. She has done a public hearing once in Jaipur. She went to divisional headquarters- Bikaner, Bharatpur and Udaipur and later it was stopped in Kota,” said Gehlot. The former CM also alleged that the government was suppressing voices of all sections with lathicharge. However, commenting on current doctor’s strike, he has appealed them to continue protest without troubling patients.”It’s the failure of government. Doctors too should not observe strike at the cost of human lives. They can show their discontentment by doing extra work or tying black band,” he said.

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Custodial death of youth: Cops say death due to illness

A case of accidental death was reported with the Kalupur police station on Thursday after a man, accused involved in dispute matter, died in the custody of Kalupur police station on Thursday early morning.According to police, the victim identified as Gafur Shaiyad, a resident of Kalupar and auto driver, was nabbed by police of Dana Suthar police chowki in a matter dispute and was taken to the police station on Wednesday afternoon.On Thursday morning, when one of the police officers went to check Shaiyad, he didn’t respond.Later, 108 emergency service was called in and he was rushed to a hospital. The accused was declared dead on arrival.Shaiyad’s family members have alleged that he was taken by police on Tuesday and he was killed by the cops in custody. On the other hand, Kalupur police inspector RG Desai said, “Shaiyad was arrested under Section 151 in The Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973 on Tuesday. An investigation is on and the victim’s body has been sent for autopsy. Further investigation of the matter will reveal what actually had happened in the matter, right now we are following procedures.”Protests were also held by the Auto Association members of Ahmedabad outside the Civil hospital of Asarwa area, seeking justice for Shaiyad and they wanted an investigation regarding the matter and they denied to accept Shaiyad’s body.Later, the case was handed over to the BC Desai, D division ACP and further investigations are on.

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Centre drafting rules for artworks at airports

The Modi government is in the process of drafting a policy on installation of statues and portraits of prominent dignitaries and persons at airports of India, a reply to an RTI query has revealed.In its reply to Aneesh Bhanot, the civil aviation ministry said it is in the process of framing a policy on installation of statues and portraits at airports, and that no such installations will be undertaken until it is finalised.Aneesh is the brother of Ashoka Chakra awardee Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life trying to save passengers in the hijacked Pan Am flight 73 in Karachi in September 1986.The ministry of civil aviation conferred an honour on Neerja posthumously on February 18, 2010 in New Delhi at the launch of the celebrations of the centenary of Indian aviation.Aneesh has also written to civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju requesting that Neerja’s statue be displayed at prominent places in airports of the country with a plaque which would inspire Indian and foreign passengers.”That the world recognized her immense bravery and sacrifice is obvious from the fact that she was conferred the Ashoka Chakra by India and she became the first woman recipient of the Ashoka Chakra,” the letter mentioned, highlighting other awards received by her, including Tamga-E-Insaniyat by Pakistan, awards of ‘Special Courage’ and ‘Justice for Crimes’,” he wrote.RTI RESPONSENo art installations will be undertaken until the Civil Aviation Ministry frames a policy on it. This was revealed in reply to an RTI query by Ashoka Chakra awardee Neerja’ Bhanot’s brother.

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Madhya Pradesh: 18-year-old arrested for allegedly setting fire to car belonging to priests

An eighteen-year-old was arrested on Saturday in MP’s Satna for allegedly setting fire to a car belonging to priests who were accused of forced conversion by Bajrang Dal, reported NDTV. The incident allegedly took place on Thursday. A Catholic priest and 40 others were detained in Satna, Madhya Pradesh for alleged forced conversion, who also filed a complaint that their vehicles were set ablaze by Bajrang Dal workers, reports ANI.One local alleged that the Catholic priest had asked them to take holy dips in the pond and ‘embrace Christianity’.Also readMadhya Pradesh: Carol singers’ car set on fire in SatnaTOI reported that 32 Christmas ‘carol singers’ were detained by police in Satna. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), said the group comprised seminarians and two priests form St Ephrem’s Theological College in Satna, and were detained while conducting routine carol singing program for Christmas.The TOI report states that when eight other priests, went to the police station to enquire, they too were held and one of their cars was set on fire outside the station.Also readBJP Mumbai President Ashish Shelar gets slammed on Twitter for promoting Christmas musical eventThe police said detention followed claims by one Dharmendra Dohar who alleged he was being forced to ‘embrace Christianity’.Earlier, Sub-inspector Mohinee Sharma of Civil Lines police station said a case has been registered against unidentified people for burning the vehicle, but denied claim about members of the Catholic community been assaulted during the incident. “They (members of the Catholic group) may have been manhandled outside the police station premises. If they come to us with a complaint that they were beaten up, we will surely book the accused,” the police officer had said. Also readWill follow my mind, Amruta Fadnavis to trolls who criticised her for attending Christmas-themed eventFather M. Rony, social work director of Satna diocese, told PTI that some young men stormed the venue of a pre- Christmas function at Bhoomkar village, 15 km from the district headquarters, around 9 last night and created a ruckus, alleging that religious conversion was going on there.The function was organised by Syro-Malabar Church of Northern India for children. After police got information, they came to the spot and took 32 Catholic brothers (trainee priests) and two priests to the Civil Lines police station, Fr Rony said.With inputs from agencies

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After donkeys, UP Police detains Labrador in Bareilly for 2 days over ownership dispute

Uttar Pradesh Police has done it again! After arresting eight donkeys in Jalaun for grazing expensive plants, Bareilly cops detained a Labrador dog for two days at the Civil Lines Police Station after an ownership dispute.Monu, a resident of Maharaj Nagar in Bareilly district had lodged a complaint with the Civil Lines police that his black-coloured Labrador was missing for the last three months.In his complaint, the owner of the dog stated that he had seen and located his dog at Nishant’s residence in Nekpur area where the Labrador was chained at the rooftop. He sought police help for the recovery of his favourite dog.On his information, the Civil Lines Police located and recovered the missing dog from Nishant’s house. But the new owner refused to hand over the dog staking his claim on the Labrador.Following dispute between the two owners, the police detained the dog and chained outside Civil Lines Police Station from an electric pole to sort out the ownership dispute.Both the owners were asked to produce proofs to substantiate their ownership claim on the Labrador.The police warned that if they failed to prove their ownership, the dog will be considered stray and handed over to the municipal authorities.In the tussle between police and two owners, the dog had to spend two days and nights in chilling cold in open at the police station.Two days later, Monu and Nishant both appeared at the police station with proof of ownership.Monu produced many pictures of the Labrador from a puppy to adult and told the police about its distinctive features and habits. Monu also told the police that tale of his dog was twisted at three places. Nishant, on the other hand, could not produce evidences to support his ownership claim except for few recent pictures.Monu was finally declared the real owner of the Labrador and the dog was handed over to him. Nishant was let off by the police with strict warning.After running away from real owner’s home, the dog had accidentally reached the house of Nishant, who chained it at his rooftop instead of informing the police.The Circle Officer (City) Virendra Singh said the police had to detain the dog at the police station to sort out the ownership dispute. “After verifying proofs produced by both, we declared Monu as the real owner and handed over the Labrador to him while Nishant was let off with strict warning,” stated the CO (City).In a similar incident, the Jalaun Police had arrested 8 donkeys last month for destroying rare variety plants outside Jalaun Disrict Jail. Donkeys were let off only after the owner submitted an affidavit that his animals would not come near the district jail following intervention of a local BJP leader.

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Minor actor molesatation case: Actor’s mother didn’t want to register complaint, says Vistara Airline

Vistara has informed aviation regulator DGCA that the minor actor’s mother did not want to register a complaint about the alleged molestation of the actor on-board its flight, an airline source said.The airline has informed the watchdog about it in the final investigation report into the incident submitted earlier this week.A man has been arrested following the incident which happened on-board a Delhi-Mumbai flight on December 9.Following the incident, one Vikas Sachdev was arrested.In its final report about the incident, the airline has said the actor’s mother did not want to register a complaint when she was asked by the airline crew, the source said.According to the source, the airline is also evaluating the possibility of setting up an internal panel to look into various aspects related to unruly passenger behaviour as per guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).The detailed probe report was prepared by the airline after talking to all the people concerned about the incident, including the minor actor, crew and ground handling staff.Vistara spokesperson was not immediately available for comment about the probe report.”We are deeply concerned and regret the unfortunate experience the minor actor had onboard our flight last night. We continue to give this case our highest attention and are extending our full support to all relevant authorities for the investigations underway,” the airline had said in a statement on December 10.The actor, who had narrated her ordeal on the Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai on Instagram, had said that a passenger sitting behind her put his feet on her armrest.

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Maharashtra government pushes take-off of 11 new airports

The state government has fast-tracked the development of Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and 10 other airports. The State has set up an 11-member Project Monitoring & Implementation Committee (PMIC), headed by Chief Secretary Sumit Malik, for early clearance of the Request For Proposal (RFP), Concession Agreement and other documents necessary for the bidding process and awarding the contract. PMIC’s members include joint secretary of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry and chairman of the Airports Authority of India.Recently, a similar PMIC, chaired by the Chief Secretary, approved the financial bid submitted by GVK-led Mumbai International Airport’s (MIAL) to construct the Navi Mumbai International Airport.MIHAN is an airport project for Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur, hometown of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of Transport Nitin Gadkari. Ten other airports are being developed at Kolhapur, Shirdi, Amravati, Gondia, Nashik, Jalgaon, Nanded, Solapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.They are all under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), part of the ambitious National Civil Aviation Policy, 2010.MIHAN aims to exploit Nagpur’s central location and convert the present airport into a major cargo hub with integrated road and rail connectivity. The project is made up of two parts – an international airport that will act as a cargo hub and a Special Economic Zone with a residential zone.The project cost is envisaged at Rs 2,581 crore, based on 2002 rates and it is expected to attract investment of over Rs 20,000 crore.An officer from the state Civil Aviation department told DNA, “The PMIC will have a major role in providing timely clearances for RFP, Concession Agreement and other documents necessary for the development of MIHAN and 10 other airports. After PMIC’s approval, the State cabinet will give the final nod.”As reported by DNA, the state government has appointed the Maharashtra Airports Development Company (MADC) as co-ordinator and facilitator for 28 existing airports, and the development of MIHAN and 10 other airports under RCS. The state government has already agreed to provide a slew of sops, including tax-cut on air fuel for 10 years, free-of-cost land, and electricity and water at concessional rates.

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Japanese tech to make flying safer in India

Indian sky-space is expected to get safer for fliers during time of low visibility and fogs as state owned Airport Authority of India (AAI) with help from Japan, is mulling over introducing an advanced system where the aircraft will use signal multiple transponders, instead of one at present for on-ground communications, which at times does not give out exact position of the aircraft.The technology can be useful in increasing airport safety and capacity, especially under low visibility conditions, by providing airport surface surveillance and, at the same time, protecting against runway incursions by aircraft and vehicles. AAI is mandated with running of most of the civil aviation airports in the country including the air traffic management system.According to officials from Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) department of AAI, the ultra-low cost technology increases the capability of ground-based surveillance with the aircraft to 15-30 nautical miles (NM). At present the range of the ground based surveillance covers only till the terminal side.The system is currently being implemented at Sendai International airport in Japan. Japan’s Electronic Navigation Research Institute (ENRI) recently made a presentation regarding it recently at an Aviation Seminar held in Mumbai to discuss the development of indigenous technologies in Civil aviation.According to Hiromi Miyazaki, Chief Researcher at ENRI in Japan the new technology which is normally referred as multilateration surveillance system (MLAT) offers better immunity to multipath interferences though it requires fewer number of receiver stations. Also, the installation is much easier due to small size receiver unit and requires no electric construction using optical power feeding.As per UN backed International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), MLAT is an enabling technology that will enhance the provision of ATM (air traffic management) in a variety of applications, from “radar-like” air traffic control purposes to enhanced situational awareness of surface movements. MLAT offers most advantages in situations where other surveillance systems (eg radar) are not available. It can also be combined with other surveillance systems, such as radar and ADS-B (another form of communication system), to improve the total surveillance picture. MLAT applications will have a direct effect upon aerodrome operations, traffic synchronization, airspace user operations, and conflict management.Further , the use of aircraft-derived data can be used in a variety of systems e.g. ground-based conflict alert, minimum safe altitude warning, danger area proximity warning, automated support tools, surveillance data processing and distribution, the CNS officials added.

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Zaira Wasim molestation: NCW issues notice to Air Vistara; DCW seeks full report of incident

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Sunday condemned the alleged on board harassment of Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim and took suo moto cognisance of the matter.Speaking to ANI, the acting chairperson of NCW, Rekha Sharma, said, “Air Vistara hasn’t sensitised their crew to take action against men torturing women on flight. I am taking suo moto cognisance of this and giving a notice to Air Vistara.””I would like to ask Air Vistara if they have zero tolerance towards such behaviour, why they have not named this person till now. Naming them is very important. We would like to tell Zaira that we are there to help her out in any way we can,” she added.She also said, “I just saw the video on Instagram and my heart goes out to her. I am really horrified the way this incident happened and after that the crew didn’t help this girl. That was very shocking.”Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), also condemned the incident.”The flight was from Delhi to Mumbai, this is subjected to our jurisdiction. We have even issued a notice to Air Vistara and asked for details of that man,” said Maliwal.The DCW had also written to Air Vistaara seeking details of the incident. The women commission had asked the flight authorities to submit the following information by December 16:a. Were the crew members of Vistaara aware of the molestation incident with Ms. Zaira Wasim during her flight? If yes, please inform the action taken by them in the matter along with details of the help and support provided to the girl.b. List of authorities to whom the matter was reported by Vistaara Airlines along with date and time of reporting.c. Whether CCTVs were installed in the flight? If yes, please provide the footage of the entire flight journey of Ms. Zaira Wasim.d. Details of SOPs followed by Vistaara airlines for dealing with matters of sexual harassment on flight.e. Whether any case of molestation has occurred on Vistaara flight in India in the past one year? If yes, please provide details of the same and action taken by Vistaara in the matter.f. Copies of guidelines (if any) issued by Ministry of Aviation, GOI regarding dealing with sexual harassment cases on flight.The incident came to light when Zaira shared the ordeal she had to go through en route Mumbai in the flight in an Instagram story.Zaira said she had called out to the cabin crew for help but it was of no use.In the video, she can be seen fighting her tears and saying, “This is not done, I am disturbed. Is this how you’re going to take care of girls?”The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have also sought details from Air Vistara over the incident. Taking note of the incident, the airline have ordered a detailed investigation into the incident.In a statement, the airline also apologised, adding Zaira started yelling at the accused passenger only during the descent of the flight, due to which the cabin crew couldn’t move because it’s mandatory to have no movement during the final phase of the flight as seat belts are on.

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Minor actor molestation: NCW issues notice to Air Vistara; DCW seeks full report of incident

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Sunday condemned the alleged on board harassment of and took suo moto cognisance of the matter.Speaking to ANI, the acting chairperson of NCW, Rekha Sharma, said, “Air Vistara hasn’t sensitised their crew to take action against men torturing women on flight. I am taking suo moto cognisance of this and giving a notice to Air Vistara.””I would like to ask Air Vistara if they have zero tolerance towards such behaviour, why they have not named this person till now. Naming them is very important. We would like to tell the victim that we are there to help her out in any way we can,” she added.She also said, “I just saw the video on Instagram and my heart goes out to her. I am really horrified the way this incident happened and after that the crew didn’t help this girl. That was very shocking.”Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), also condemned the incident.”The flight was from Delhi to Mumbai, this is subjected to our jurisdiction. We have even issued a notice to Air Vistara and asked for details of that man,” said Maliwal.The DCW had also written to Air Vistaara seeking details of the incident. The women commission had asked the flight authorities to submit the following information by December 16:a. Were the crew members of Vistaara aware of the molestation incident with the minor actor during her flight? If yes, please inform the action taken by them in the matter along with details of the help and support provided to the girl.b. List of authorities to whom the matter was reported by Vistaara Airlines along with date and time of reporting.c. Whether CCTVs were installed in the flight? If yes, please provide the footage of the entire flight journey.d. Details of SOPs followed by Vistaara airlines for dealing with matters of sexual harassment on flight.e. Whether any case of molestation has occurred on Vistaara flight in India in the past one year? If yes, please provide details of the same and action taken by Vistaara in the matter.f. Copies of guidelines (if any) issued by Ministry of Aviation, GOI regarding dealing with sexual harassment cases on flight.The incident came to light when the actor shared the ordeal she had to go through en route Mumbai in the flight in an Instagram story.She said she had called out to the cabin crew for help but it was of no use.In the video, she can be seen fighting her tears and saying, “This is not done, I am disturbed. Is this how you’re going to take care of girls?”The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have also sought details from Air Vistara over the incident. Taking note of the incident, the airline have ordered a detailed investigation into the incident.In a statement, the airline also apologised, adding the minor actress started yelling at the accused passenger only during the descent of the flight, due to which the cabin crew couldn’t move because it’s mandatory to have no movement during the final phase of the flight as seat belts are on.

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Court seeks public opinion on longer ‘darshan’ timings at Bankey Bihari temple

The court of the Civil Judge (Junior Division) here today invited objections from the public on the proposed extension of darshan timings at Vrindaban’s Bankey Bihari temple.”A notice regarding the objections has been pasted inside the temple premises,” temple manager Munish Sharma said today.The notice has invited the Goswamis as well as the common devotees to present their objections before the court of Civil Judge (Junior division) on December 18, Sharma said.At present, the timings are four hours in the morning (Rajbhog Darshan) and four hours in the evening (Shayanbhog Darshan), he said, adding that the proposal is to increase the timings by two hours each.A letter to this effect was sent by the SSP (Mathura) to the District Magistrate, City Magistrate Basant Agrawal said. “The DM, on the basis of letter had ordered me to go ahead on the proposal,” Agrawal said.A joint request with the DMs signature and that of Deputy SP Vijai Shankar Mishra was presented before the court and a decision is awaited, Agrawal said, adding that the move was initiated to prevent any untoward incident owing to the heavy influx of pilgrims.

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Bangladeshi woman held for living without passport in UP

A Bangladeshi national has been arrested for allegedly living here without valid passport and visa, police said today.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>A case was registered against Khurshida for living in the country without a passport and visa, SHO of Civil Lines police station D K Tyagi said.Police and intelligence officials are interrogating her, the SHO said.

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Halt action against Rohingyas: Right bodies to Myanmar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven human rights organisations put up a convention on Monday titled ‘Convention against ongoing atrocities on Rohingyas in Myanmar’.Condemning the action of Myanmar police and administration which has forced Rohingyas to escape to Bangladesh, the activists put forward a six-point demand. They include immediate halt of police and army action on Rohingyas, creating a favourable environment in Myanmar so that all of them can return and government should ensure their rehabilitation, government should take the responsibility of the security of their lives and property, police and army personnel guilty of killing and raping Rohingyas should be identified and punished, media and human rights organisations should be given access to the place and those who had taken refuge in India should not be forced back by the Indian government and it should put pressure on Myanmar government to take them back and give them citizenship.Human rights activist and national vice-president of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Dr Binayak Sen, who was also one of the panellists, lent his support to the demands. “We condemn the inhuman treatment meted out to the Rohingyas from the pth of our hearts and intend to find a way out of it. On behalf of PUCL, we will support the resolution which will be adopted today,” Sen said.

Parliamentary panel to look into airlines’ treatment of flyers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of a huge row over manhandling of a passenger by IndiGo Airlines last month, a Parliamentary committee will be examining the issue of “behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers” on Monday.The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport, Tourism and Culture headed by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien has called the Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, along with representatives of Airports Authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, on Monday.The panel has also asked public carrier Air India and private airlines, including Indigo, to appear before it and explain their views on the matter. Representatives from Jet Airways, Spicejet, Go Air, Vistara and Air Asia will also appear. The panel has sought their views on passenger amenities and behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers.The panel is expected to examine the issue comprehensively. The 31-member panel has 21 MPs.An internal inquiry report by IndiGo, after the incident in October, had said it was actually the “whistleblower”, who circulated the video, who was to be blamed for the incident.After the Indigo incident, public carrier Air India had come out with a hilarious photo, saying “we raise our hands only to say Namaste”, taking an apparent dig at the private airline.Even lawmakers have been found to be on the wrong side of the fence a number of times. Last year, there was a huge row when five airlines — Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir — put a ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad after he admitted to having bashed up an elderly AI employee.The issue had led to a huge political controversy. Sena had sided with Gaikwad, who ultimately wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapati Raju, expressing regret but offering no apology.

Google celebrates Cornelia Sorabji’s 151st birth anniversary: 10 things you should know of India’s first woman advocate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Google on Wednesday paid tribute to India’s first female advocate Cornelia Sorabji on her 151st birth anniversary. Apart from this, Sorabji was also the first woman to graduate from the then Bombay University (now University of Mumbai).Here are 10 things you must know about her- She was one of nine children of Reverend Sorabji Karsedji, a missionary and his wife, Francina Ford,who had been adopted and raised by a British couple- Her father was a missionary and Sorabji claims that he was a key figure in convincing Bombay University to admit women to their degree programs- She enrolled in Deccan College, where she reportedly topped, but was not given a scholarship. She then took up a temporary position as a professor of English at a men’s college in Gujarat.- She was the first woman to graduate from Bombay University- She was funded by several individuals, including Florence Nightingale to complete her education. She took the Bachelor of Civil Laws exam at Oxford, becoming the first woman to do so- She returned to India and fought for the rights of widows who weren’t allowed to communicate with the outside world- She was not allowed to defend the women, as the legal system in British India at the time forbade her from doing so. She was formally recognised as a barrister after the law changed in 1923.- In the next 20 years of service, it is estimated that Sorabji helped over 600 women and orphans fight legal battles, sometimes at no charge.- Sorabji retired from the high court in 1929, and settled in London, visiting India during the winters.- She died in 1954

IndiGo again! Woman thrown off wheelchair

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IndiGo is in trouble again and has apologised to a female passenger who fell off her wheelchair while being assisted by the airline’s staff at Lucknow airport on Saturday night. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) squarely blamed the airline’s gross negligence for the mishap.This is a second case of embarrassment for the budget carrier which had to say sorry days before after a video went viral, showing a passenger being manhandled by its employees at Delhi airport in October.”We apologise to Ms Urvashi Parikh Viren for the mishap which occurred at the Lucknow airport at 8 pm,” the airline said in a statement on the latest case.”Our IndiGo representative was pushing her wheelchair towards the arrival hall. As he was guiding her wheelchair through a vehicular lane, which was dimly lit at that time of the night, her wheelchair got stuck in a deep crack on the tarmac and lost balance and she fell off her wheelchair,” it read.”Parikh was injured and immediately rushed to the doctor of the Airports Authority of India. He administered first aid to her.”The state-owned AAI that operates Lucknow’s airport, however, said in a statement that investigations showed the incident happened due to “gross negligence of IndiGo staff as he chose the wrong path on the tarmac and mishandled the passenger. The AAI said the whole area has sufficient illumination. A detailed investigation is in progress and CCTV footage is also being looked into, an AAI spokesperson said.Earlier, a passenger was assaulted and dragged on the tarmac at Delhi airport by IndiGo’s staff. A video of the incident surfaced and was widely shared.The airline first issued a four-page defence and said its staff had followed the Standard Operating Procedure and acted in self-defence, but was attacked first by the passenger. IndiGo chief Aditya Ghosh later offered his “personal apologies”, saying “this does not reflect our culture.”The Civil Aviation Minister later ordered an inquiry into the incident and asked the airline to explain.Parikh and her family have not immediately lodged a complaint with the airline, the AAI or the Civil Aviation Ministry. The woman or her family has also not immediately issued any statement about the incident.ONE AFTER ANOTHER…This is a second such case of embarrassment for the budget carrier which had to say sorry days before after a video went viral, showing a passenger being manhandled by its employees at Delhi airport in October(With agency inputs)

Alwar: Man shot dead for transporting cows, alleges family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In another case of cow vigilantism, a Muslim man who was transporting cows near the Rajasthan-Haryana border was shot dead allegedly by goons while two of his aides were injured after being thrashed. The incident took place in Fahari village near Govindgarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan on November 10. Sources said Ummar Khan and the two others were transporting cows from Mewat in Haryana to Bharatpur in Rajasthan but they were intercepted by the mob and assaulted. According to reports, his bullet ridden body was found on railway tracks. His body was identified by his relatives on Sunday morning. Khan was a dairy farmer by profession. His family has lodged a formal complaint alleging death in hands of gau rakshaks. Khan’s uncle has been quoted by TOI as saying, ” The deceased and two others were transporting cows inside a pickup truck. As soon as they entered into the limits of Govindgarh, a mob of about 7 people waylaid their vehicle and began harassing them”. One of Ummar’s associate is currently missing, while another one, Tahir Khan is currently in hospital after surviving bullet shots in the shoulder.According to the police, they found an abandoned pickup van at the place, where they found five cows including one dead one. Later information, about a dead body lying near the railway station was obtained by the police. But the person couldn’t be identified immediately.
ALSO READ Civil society collective releases report; highlights lapses in police’s investigation in Pehlu Khan’s murderIn April this year, Pehlu Khan, was beaten to death by cow vigilantes in Alwar, which led to a national outrage.

Air connectivity between Jaipur and Agra soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaipur and Agra would soon get air connectivity under the regional air connectivity scheme of the government.Supreme Airlines which has been offering intrastate air services in the state has conducted a trial for Jaipur-Agra route which has been successful. If a permission is given by the state’s aviation department, the service may be started soon.“We have conducted a trial for Jaipur-Agra recently and it was successful,” informed Ammeet Agarwal, speaking to DNA.If the proposal is accepted and permission is given, there will be an increase in the number of tourists coming to the state. Jaipur Agra and Delhi together make a triangle in terms of tourism and both these cities.While this airline has conducted the trial run, sources informed that many other airlines are also planning to soon start service in this sector. In many media reports, it has been informed probably a flight from mid of December will be started connecting the two tourist cities.Meanwhile, Supreme Airlines are also getting ready to start flights for Sriganganagar and Sawaimadhopur.ON November 3, Directorate of Civil Aviation has asked supreme airlines to inform about the plans and tentative date to start intrastate flights at these places in the state. Notably, Sawaimadhopur has also gained a lot of popularity in the tourism circuit thanks to its wildlife tourism.,After the regional air connectivity scheme was introduced, places like Kishangarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Kota etc have got connected putting Rajasthan on air map of the country. A few days back only, flight connecting Delhi with Jaisalmer was started by Spice jet while Jaipur was connected directly with Varanasi. Sources informed that feasibility of many other places for air connectivity is being studied in the state linking other places across the country.BACK ON THE MAPAfter the regional air connectivity scheme was introduced, places like Kishangarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Kota etc have got connected putting Rajasthan on air map of the country. A few days back only, flight connecting Delhi with Jaisalmer was started by Spice jet while Jaipur was connected directly with Varanasi.

Sponsored PIL will attract fine: Gujarat High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the government pleader on Wednesday submitted in the Gujarat High Court that how the petitioner having a small ‘pan’ shop in front of the Civil Hospital in Asarwa has technical details about the tender regarding purchase of a robot for surgery, the HC issued a stern warning observing PILs should be filed with larger interest of the society in mind.The first division bench of chief justice R Subhash Reddy and justice Vipul Pancholi is hearing a PIL filed by Sanjay Sharma challenging the tendering process of the purchase of the robot for surgery department at the hospital.After hearing the Government Pleader (GP) Manisha Lavkumar, chief justice instructed the petitioner’s advocate, “We are not concerned about the petitioner’s background. We will hear the PIL on merits. But, if it is found that it is a sponsored petition, each cost, right from the filing to proceedings will be recovered from the petitioner as fine.”It added, “Get proper instruction from your client and also inform him about chances of fine, if proved that the petition was not filed with public spirit.” At this the petitioner’s advocate sought time to take instruction from the client on the issue.Petitioner Sanjay Sharma’s contention was that the tender process was not fair. Though only one bidder had participated in the tendering, instead of re-inviting fresh tenders, government and civil hospital authority gave contract to the single bidder. The cost of the robot is too high and it is used very less, the petition had stated.On Wednesday, the GP submitted the way the petition has been filed and carries technical details, government has apprehension that the petitioner is not genuine. The way tender details have been discussed in the petition, it create suspicion that this is the result of internal politics of the hospital. There are baseless allegations that the robot is not used enough for carrying out surgery, Lavkumar added.She further submitted that after this PIL in April, two separate petitions were filed on same subjects having same contentions. She said some paragraphs are verbatim with others. “Only the petitioners’ names have been changed. Hence, there is all possibility that these petitions are not filed with public interest in mind,” the GP concluded.

IndiGo employee who shot video of staff member manhandling passenger was first to be fired

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The incident in which an IndiGo staff employee was caught on camera assaulting a passenger now has a twist in the tale, as the individual who recorded the video also lost his job raising suspicion that the airline tried to bury the incident.IndiGo has issued a statement after the video of the incident, which reportedly took place on October 15, went viral. “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.However, it was later revealed that the individual who recorded the video was the first person whose job was terminated, reported Times Now.
ALSO READ Caught on camera: ‘How dare you,’ screams passenger as IndiGo staff pins him down, airline fires ‘culprit’Montu Karla told the news channel that he realised that something was wrong, and he shot the video and handed it over to his superiors at IndiGo. “For 20 days, they did not say anything, but at the end terminated my job for recording the video,” Kalra claimed, adding that the individual who manhandled the passenger, Rajiv Katiyal , still had his job.Following Tuesday’s outrage on social media, IndiGo apologised, and claimed that it had terminated the hackler as well.Apologising for the incident, Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo 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.”

Chhattisgarh court rejects journalist Vinod Verma’s bail plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A court in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur district today rejected the bail plea of senior journalist Vinod Verma, who is in judicial custody after his arrest in connection with a case of alleged blackmailing and extortion.The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Bhavesh Kumar Watti rejected the bail application, Verma’s lawyer Faisal Rizvi told reporters.The defence sought bail on various grounds, including lack of evidence, he said.The court said the arguments put forward could not be discussed during a hearing on bail and that the charges against the journalist were serious, Rizvi added.The defence would now move the sessions court for bail, he said.Special Public Prosecutor Suresh Prasad Sharma said he opposed Verma’s plea, contending that he could influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence, if granted bail.Verma is currently in judicial custody till November 13.He was sent to judicial remand on October 31, after three days of police custody.Verma had, after his arrest by the Raipur police from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on October 27, said he was in possession of a “sex tape” of a Chhattisgarh minister.According to the Raipur police, a case of blackmailing and extortion was registered at the Pandri police station, on a complaint by BJP leader Prakash Bajaj, who alleged that he was being “harassed over the phone by an unidentified caller”, who told him that he had a “CD of his master”.Following an investigation, a police team was sent to Ghaziabad and Verma was arrested in connection with the case, the police had said.They had also claimed to have seized 500 “porn” CDs, a pen drive and a laptop from Verma’s possession.After the journalist’s arrest, the “sex-video”, allegedly involving Chhattisgarh’s Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat, surfaced in Raipur, triggering a political storm with opposition Congress and ruling BJP targeting each other on the issue.The Chhattisgarh government has recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sex CD row.Munat had told reporters that Verma and the Congress were trying to tarnish his image through the “fake” CD.Subsequently, the minister had lodged a complaint against Verma and Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel at the Civil?Lines police station in Raipur. PTI TKP RMT RC

SC pulls up Air India after transgender files PIL over not being recruited; asks why third gender is not mentioned in form

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Civil Aviation Ministry and Air India on the basis of a plea filed by a transgender against the airline.The transgender in her PIL claimed that the airline refused to consider her for a job because of her gender.The Supreme Court sought a response from the ministry within a two-week time period asking why there is no mention of the third gender in the Air India recruitment application.The petitioner had to apply as a female for a cabin crew job in the airline, but her application was rejected. The apex court had earlier in 2014 directed the Centre and State Governments to grant legal recognition of gender identity whether it be male, female or third-gender, giving transgenders the right to self-identification of their gender.

India will become 3rd largest aviation market: M Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that India is set to become the third largest aviation market in the world in terms of passenger traffic by 2026. He also said the sector is witnessing a high-growth trajectory.Naidu said, “As the backbone of the global transport system, it indeed is the most vital sector for linking businesses, bringing people together and promoting tourism worldwide.”Addressing a gathering after inaugurating the Aero Expo India 2017 where Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha were present, Naidu said according to International Air Transport Association (IATA), one per cent of the global GDP is expected to be spent on air transport in 2017, totaling $ 776 billion. IATA’s semi-annual report says that governments gain substantially from $ 124 billion of tax revenues this year and from over 69 million supply chain jobs.According to Naidu, IATA also expects the air passengers to double from 3.8 billion air passengers in 2016 to 7.2 billion by 2035.”All this augurs well for India and its growing domestic passengers. In fact, India replaced Japan to become the largest domestic aviation market globally. India recorded a total of 100 million domestic flyers in 2016 as compared to 97 million people who travelled by air in Japan during the same period,” he said.Recognizing the growing importance of the aviation sector, the government has taken a series of measures to improve infrastructure and regional air connectivity in the country.With increasing disposable incomes and a burgeoning middle class, air travel will witness further spurt in the years ahead. He lauded the UDAN scheme to the Central government that promotes regional connectivity by serving the un-served and under-served airports. “Connecting Tier-II cities, pilgrim towns and historic places with the wider air routes is important for boosting tourism and business travel,” he said.Whereas Pusapati assured to India Inc. stating that the remaining regulations relating to civil aviation sector would be done away with and further streamlined, his colleague Sinha made a prognosis that air traffic would be intensified for large segment of Indian populace even to an extent of between 20 percent to 40 percent which currently is estimated at more than 3 percent.In terms of growth and expansion, the civil aviation sector as already reached at levels that of railways and telecom and our objective is to exceed and surpass even the established milestones in the sector as 20 crore passenger have already travelled by air as per recent estimates, Sinha.

Confusion at IGIA after T2 reopens

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Irked GoAir passengers have been complaining since Sunday that the airport operators did not make an effort to direct them to the newly renovated Terminal 2 (T2) of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The Airlines shifted its operations to T2 on Sunday, while other domestic flights are still operating from other terminals.Passengers said chaos ensued at the airport after the domestic operations were split between two terminals. While GoAir is operating from T2, SpiceJet and IndiGo will continue to operate from 1D. The two airlines are still at loggerheads about which airlines will next move their operations completely to T2, in order to allow the airport operator to execute Terminal 1D’s expansion.Many GoAir passengers have been turning up at 1D and then travelling back to T2, more than 2 km away.DNA had reported in March this year that T2, renovated at a cost of over Rs 100 crore, missed its fourth tentative deadline to be operational in February, 2017. The terminal was to be opened on January 1, 2017, but the deadline kept extending. The terminal missed yet another deadline on February 15, after which the Ministry of Civil Aviation had said that it will find a solution within a week.Now, SpiceJet and IndiGo are also expected to shift their operations to T2 soon. Earlier, operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) had insisted that SpiceJet, IndiGo, and GoAir should shift one-third of their existing flights from 1D to T2, but the suggestion was opposed by the airlines, which were not keen to operate from two terminals simultaneously. It was then proposed that either all three airlines shift their flights to metro cities to T2, or SpiceJet and GoAir go to T2 but IndiGo keep operating from 1D, but nothing worked out within the time given by the DIAL.

GNLU student bags Rhodes Scholarship

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A student from Jammu and Kashmir pursuing his final year of BA LLB from the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) in Gandhinagar has become its first student to have been selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, UK in the academic session beginning 2018.Sameer Rashid Bhatt, son of a government employee in J&K, is preparing a paper on Constitutional law and human rights and was nominated by the GNLU, which was founded in 2003.The scholarship is awarded by the Rhodes Trust of Oxford University, UK and after clearing two stages of interviews, the Rhodes India panel selected him with four other students from India.While speaking to DNA, Bhatt, said, “With this, October 29 has become the most memorable day in my life. I wish to pursue Bachelor of Civil Law (Equivalent to LLM in India) from Oxford and study subjects like Comparative Human Rights Law; Criminal Justice and Security and Constitutional Theory.”Bhatt said there were two rounds of the interview and in the final one for Law, he topped among 15 students. This panel was headed by Gopalkrishna Gandhi and nine other members, experts in their respective fields.Attributing the success to GNLU, he said, “The University’s culture and education has helped me clear all hurdles and crack these interviews.”GNLU faculty Saurabh Anand said, “He is a student convener in his branch and is also active in various fields. He is among the top 10 meritorious students of his batch.”He added, “Ever since we got to know about his selection for Rhodes, students are eager to get tips from Bhatt for the same.”Former US President Bill Clinton and former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia have also been the beneficiaries of this prestigious scholarship.

Civil hospital gets clean chit, but three more die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three more newborn babies died at Asarwa Civil Hospital on Monday, even as a three-member committee set up by the state government to probe into the deaths of nine newborn babies in a day on Friday, gave a clean chit to the hospital. With Monday’s figure, the total number of deaths in the hospital’s neonatal care unit rose to 15 since Friday.The committee, in its preliminary report, has stated that the deaths were not a result of negligence or lack of facilities at the hospital, but was due to low birth weight, critical illnesses and complications arising out of premature birth.The report also stated that the neonatal mortality rate at the Civil Hospital was lower than the national standards. However, it does not mention the rate for either of them.Earlier, at a press conference held in Gandhinagar, health commissioner Jayanti Ravi added that the babies were born to anaemic mothers.When asked whether that wasn’t the failure of the state government’s programme that targets anemic mothers to help improve their condition, Ravi did not respond.The committee, in its report, has said that of the nine newborns that died, five had come from other centres. Of the five, three were from district-level civil hospitals.The authorities struggled to explain why district civil hospitals, that also had medical colleges attached to them, lacked adequate facilities for the care of premature babies.One of the newborns from Mansa was first taken to the Gandhinagar Civil Hospital and then referred to Asarwa.PROBE REPORTThe probe report said even the parents of the babies expressed satisfaction with the hospital’s facilities.
It said of the nine infants that died, five had come from other hospitals, including district civil hospitals.

Cong creates ruckus in hosp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the deaths of nine newborn in a day and 18 over three days, the opposition parties in Gujarat landed in Civil Hospital to protest against the lethargic attitude towards health in the state. A ruckus ensued as 50 to 100 Congress workers stormed into Civil Superintendent MM Prabhakar’s chamber, demanding an audience. They also demanded an inquiry by a team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi and a retired judge into the incident. “We don’t trust this government. It has been brought to our notice that the incubators in which the babies were kept were not clean. The hospital was also struggling with oxygen supply. And the committee set up by the government has already given a clean chit to everyone,” said Dinesh Sharma Congress leader from the city.Congress workers also broke photo frames in the office. As Prabhakar refused to come to his office, the workers then put up his photo on his chair and labelled him as wanted. They also hit his framed photographs with chappals. The Congress workers were later detained by the Shahibaugh police. They were released after a few hours.Sharma, Congress leader from the city however refused that his party workers had indulged in any violence. “We wanted to talk to the superintendent and give him a memorandum but he remained absconding for three hours,” said Sharma.Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi PArty also carried out sloganeering outside the neonatal unit of the Civil Hospital raising questions about the priorities of the government. Later a delegation led by AAP candidate for Danilimda JJ Mewada also met the civil superintendent and sought a detailed inquiry into the matter. The party said the deaths were a result of the misplaced priorities of the BJP government in the state.

Shadow of death over neonatal unit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civil hospital’s neonatal unit and doctors may have been given a clean chit following a preliminary inquiry by a three-member committee set up to look into the death of nine newborn babies in a day. But for the hospital, the largest in Asia, the death of four or five children every day seems to be the norm. The doctors and staff working at the hospital cite a host of reasons for the scenario, none of which they say has to do with the infrastructure.“This hospital gets around 5500 neonatal cases a year. Of these, majority are referrals . A referral case is a case that has been referred from some other hospital, private or government,” said a professor and neonatal specialist working in the unit.“This being a civil hospital first and foremost we accept all cases. Often when a case comes to as the condition of the newborn has already deteriorated severely. Per se the number of deaths may seem higher to you but you have to see it in the backdrop of the severity of the cases that come to us,” said the doctor.Most cases in the neonatal unit are of preterm and extremely underweight babies. Against an average body weight of 2.5 kg for a healthy newborn, most of these babies weigh less than 1 kg. This also means they have poorly developed organs.The hospital classifies its patients in the neonatal units as inborn and outborn. Outborn refers to babies that were not born in civil hospital. “Many of our neonatal patients come from district that don’t have any neonatal facilities in the first place. Often these cases are referred to us after a baby is bornwhen in fact it would have been better if the mother had come to us before delivery,” said the doctor. “In such cases, the baby’s chance of survival is already bleak because it is a premature. But the time lost and infection that happens as the newborns travels from one place to another further deteriorates their chance of survival,” said a doctor.A nurse who works in the neonatal unit said it has been her observation that premature children born in Civil Hospital have a better chance of survival than those brought here.

In Civil’s neo natal unit, death is a constant companion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The civil hospital’s neonatal unit and doctors may have been given a clean chit following a preliminary inquiry by a three-member committee set up to look into the death of nine newborn babies in a day. But for the hospital, the largest in Asia, the death of four or five children every day seems to be the norm. The doctors and staff working at the hospital cite a host of reasons for the scenario, none of which they say has to do with the infrastructure.”This hospital gets around 5500 neonatal cases a year. Of these, majority are referrals . A referral case is a case that has been referred from some other hospital, private or government,” said a professor and neonatal specialist working in the unit.”This being a civil hospital first and foremost we accept all cases. Often when a case comes to as the condition of the newborn has already deteriorated severely. Per se the number of deaths may seem higher to you but you have to see it in the backdrop of the severity of the cases that come to us,” said the doctor.Most cases in the neonatal unit are of preterm and extremely underweight babies. Against an average body weight of 2.5 kg for a healthy newborn, most of these babies weigh less than 1 kg. This also means they have poorly developed organs.The hospital classifies its patients in the neonatal units as inborn and outborn. Outborn refers to babies that were not born in civil hospital. “Many of our neonatal patients come from district that don’t have any neonatal facilities in the first place. Often these cases are referred to us after a baby is born when in fact it would have been better if the mother had come to us before delivery,” said the doctor.”In such cases, the baby’s chance of survival is already bleak because it is a premature. But the time lost and infection that happens as the newborns travels from one place to another further deteriorates their chance of survival,” said a doctor.A nurse who works in the neonatal unit said it has been her observation that premature children born in Civil Hospital have a better chance of survival than those brought here. “Perhaps it is because they immediately get access to a neonatal unit,” said the nurse.

3 more babies die in Guj hospital, toll 12

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after it reported nine deaths of newborns in 24 hours, the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on Sunday saw three more deaths in its neonatal care unit.The state government, following the preliminary inquiry, gave a clean chit to the hospital. It stated that against the average deaths of four infants in a day, nine are “only slightly higher than the average.”The three-member committee headed by Dr RL Dixit, deputy director, medical education, which looked into the incident, said the babies were premature and suffered from a host of complications including poorly developed lungs.“This hospital gets the highest number of referral cases from other places and many of the babies who come to the neonatal unit are extremely underweight and ill. However, we will see if there has been any negligence on the part of the hospital,” Dr Dixit said while talking to reporters outside the neonatal unit.The other two members of the committee are Dr Himanshu Joshi, Pediatric HOD of Gandhinagar Medical College, and Dr Nilesh Shah, professor of gynaecology and dean of Vadnagar Medical College.Earlier, addressing a press conference, state health commissioner Jayanti Ravi clarified that none of the infants died because of medical negligence or system failure. “Of the nine babies, only three deaths happened on Saturday. On average, the Civil Hospital records three to five infant deaths a day,” said Ravi.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited the hospital on Sunday, but refused to comment, saying it was premature to do so. “We have formed a probe committee, so it will not be right to comment before it submits the report. However, we have directed that all the nine deaths be investigated, so that we know if any of them was a result of negligence by the hospital,” said Rupani.Meanwhile, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party members shouted slogans outside the hospital. Congress workers also created ruckus inside the medical superintendent’s office and broke some photo-frames.

Now show m-Aadhaar to enter airport; no id proof required for minors accompanied by parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mobile Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof to enter airports, while identification documents will not be required for minors accompanied by parents, according to a circular issued by aviation security agency BCAS.Passengers entering an airport premises need to produce any one of the ten identity proofs listed by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in its latest communication, which include passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar, PAN card and driving licence. “In order to ensure that a bonafide passenger is travelling on a valid ticket issued in his/her name as well as to avoid any controversy/argument with the security staff, any of the following photo identity documents shall be carried in original,” according to the BCAS circular issued on October 26.A passbook issued by a nationalised bank, pension card, disability photo identification and service photo ID card of central/state government, PSU, local bodies and private limited company will also be acceptable. Differently-abled persons will have to produce a disability photo ID or a medical certificate. Students also have the option to furnish a photo identity card issued by a government institute. The order, however, exempts a minor accompanied by a parent or a guardian from producing an identity proof.”There shall not be any requirement of identity proof in respect of infant/minor accompanied by their parents/guardian who is a bonafide passenger having a valid identity proof,” the order adds. If a passenger is not able to furnish one of the ten documents, then there is also an option to provide an identity certificate issued by a group A gazetted officer of central/ state government. For international passenger the requirement of producing a passport and an air ticket will continue. P

Look beyond books, connect with people to serve them better: PM Modi tells civil service trainee officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked trainee officers of the civil services to look beyond books and develop the ability of connecting with people to serve them better.He gave the tips to the officer trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course at the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) during an address here.Modi said learning from books was okay but they must also be alert and attentive to the people around them whom they are meant to serve.He said learning from books would surely prevent them from straying and taking the wrong path but it is the connect and rapport they establish with their teams and people that will help them become successful as officers, according to a PMO statement.Underlining the importance of public participation for policy initiatives to be successfully implemented, the prime minister said that before Independence, the civil services were tasked with the objective of preserving the British Raj.But now the objective of the civil services is the prosperity and well-being of the people, he told the young IAS officers and added tha tif civil servants imbibe these objectives, the gap between government machinery and the people can be bridged.Modi also told them that the problem of silos and lack of team spirit among civil servants can be effectively tackled during the initial training at Mussoorie, the statement said.Referring to the trek performed by officer trainnees during the foundation course, he asked them to imbibe the learnings of the trek, such as team spirit and leadership, and apply them throughout their careers.He said social movements can drive change in a democracy, and the civil services should serve as catalysts for it.Referring to the devotional song “Vaishnav Jan”, performed by officer trainees during the cultural programme presented before him yesterday, Modi said they should contemplate on the lyrics of this song, after replacing the words “Vaishnav Jan” with “Civil Servant”.Describing anonymity as the biggest strength of the civil servant, he compared the civil services to the fourth lion of the Ashoka Emblem, which remains invisible, yet makes its presence felt at all times, the PMO statement added.The prime minister urged the officer trainees to tour the field areas, during their postings.The “sense of career”, which had successfully brought the officer trainees to LBSNAA, should now be replaced by a “sense of mission” – to serve the people of India, he said.”This should be your purpose of life when you serve in the field,” he told the young civil servants.The officer trainees belong to 17 civil services of India and 3 services from the Royal Bhutan Civil Service.The address was preceded by presentations made by the officer trainees on essays written by them on the subject “Why I joined the Civil Services”; and on themes such as housing, education, integrated transport systems, malnutrition, solid waste management, skill development, digital transactions, Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat, and New India – 2022.The officer trainees also presented the best of their ideation on the Swachh Bharat Mission, the statement said.Complimenting them on the presentations, the prime minister said he has given instructions that these be studied in depth by senior officers of the Government of India.He said their observations and feedback should be shared with the officer trainees before the end of the Foundation Course.Earlier this morning, the prime minister participated in the Yoga session of the officer trainees, held in the lawns of the Academy, in the backdrop of the Himalayas.He also unveiled plaques to mark the laying of foundation stone of the new hostel building, and a 200 metre multifunctional synthetic athletic track.The prime minister visited the Balwadi at the Academy and interacted with the children.He also visited the gymnasium and other facilities at the Academy.Later, the prime minister, who had arrived here last evening, was given a warm send-off at the Jollygarnt airport in Dehradun by Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat besides a host of BJP leaders as he left for Delhi.Modi also spent about 20 minutes on his way back at the airport guest house in Dehradun with the governor and the chief minister during which he is understood to have discussed how to prioritise and fast-track the implementation of reconstruction projects worth Rs 700 crore at Kedarnath whose foundation stones he laid during his last visit to the state on October 20.

Rajeev changes his Swaroop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It seems everyone in the RIICO was waiting for Managing director Mugdha Sinha to proceed on long leave. As soon she went on leave many of her decision were reversed by the RIICO’s IDC committee. Ms. Sinha had not released minutes of IDC meeting held on August 19 because the decisions were contrary to her wishes. But, after she went on leave, the minutes of the meeting in which many important decisions were taken immediately released. Some of these decisions show that MD’s wings have been clipped.Let’s tell you one by one about the decisions taken in the RIICO’s IDC meeting. RIICO chairman has cancelled contracts for works in Giloth that were issued by the MD on a single tender. Ms. Sinha had given a single bidder contracts worth Rs 7 crore in the previous IDC meeting. Further, it has been clearly mentioned in the minutes about objections to single tender in Giloth. “What is in Giloth that single tenders are given,” it was asked as the RIICO chairman has instructed GM (Civil) to visit Giloth to investigate the matter.The MD had also issued order for online payments for all works, which resulted in problems in case of small payments. The businessmen had raised this matter but did not get any relief. Now, small payments would be accepted through cheques or drafts. RIICO regional office will hold special camp from November 23 but the regional managers did not have any powers from now onwards they won’t depend on the MD as some of her powers have been divested to them. The RIICO chairman was also angry about direct correspondence with government departments. Officials have been asked to route all correspondence through administrative department of the industry department. This in a way ended her autocratic functioning.The regional office was unable to take decision where investment was less than Rs 50 crore but land was more than 2000 square meter because the MD had constituted an appraisal committee of eight members whose recommendations were sent to IDC. This was a long process, which is likely to be changed as there is consensus to give more power to unit heads. The pretext is that old system could have dissuaded investors but actually it is to reduce MD’s powers.If allotment cancelled, there will be provision of a second appeal but the power to hear it will not be with the MD rather with a higher officer or chairman. The MD had not made provision of second appeal in that case if she cancelled someone’s appeal, there was no chance of getting relief because allotments cancellation was done at her level. Her stubborn attitude had created dejection among employees. Now, her charge has been given to Tina Soni who has been clearing files at a fast speed that pendency is likely to be over soon. But, the moot question is what when the MD returns from her leave.

Child Abduction: Committee to hold consultations on India’s position in Bengaluru

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The committee deliberating India’s position on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction is likely to hold a second round of consultations in Bengaluru this month. Concentrating till now on cases of parental abduction of NRIs from North India, the committee, has been approached by spouses from South India in the first round of talks that were held in Delhi on September 16 and 17.”There were a significant number of cases from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. Because of the cultural differences the kind of cases will vary differently. There’s a need to study these cases as well,” said a member of the panel headed by Justice Rajesh Bindal, which was formed in February. In July this year, the panel asked the public for comments.In the consultation, panel heard cases from both sides. “While the men point at the host country’s robust domestic violence laws and say that the child will suffer from the ‘parental alienation syndrome’, the women say that when a complaint of domestic assault is made, the child protection forces take away the child,” said the member. “At this point, we are in a Catch-22 situation.”While over 50 pleas were heard in the panel’s first consultation, there are over 95 cases still lodged with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The United States have been pursuing India to sign the Convention to which over 96 countries are signatories. But the plight of women who flee to India from abuse, in most cases, prompted women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi to carry on the consultation.The panel, which has representation from the Chandigarh Judicial Academy Chandigarh, along with NRI Commission of Punjab, will also study the Civil Aspect of the International Child Abduction Bill, 2016.Both sidesMen point at the robust domestic violence laws and say that the child will suffer from ‘parental alienation syndrome’. Women say when a complaint of domestic assault is made, the child protection forces take away the child

Centre yet to approve funds to construct airport in Itanagar: Arunachal CM Pema Khandu

Updated: Oct 16, 2017, 06:23 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday said that the Centre is yet to approve and allocate funds for construction of the greenfield airport in the state capital despite recommendation of the government in favour of the Hollongi site.”The matter is lingering for the past 10 years and the state government has been pursuing the matter with the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” Khadu said in response to a question raised by Congress MLA Nabam Tuki during the question hour in the Assembly.The state cabinet on May 18 this year had selected Hollongi as the site for the proposed airport, he said.The state government so far has not received any specific inputs from the ministry, he added

1 dead, 1 injured in wall collapse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two construction labor workers were trapped under debris after a wall collapsed during a building renovation on Saturday. One of the workers died in the incident, while the other was rescued and rushed to the hospital.The incident took place at 11.45am in one of the buildings in the Shahpur Halim Ni Khadki area. The owner of the house, Kanti Tapanbhai, was renovating his house when one of the walls of the building collapsed and two labourers were trapped under the debris. Soon after the incident, nearby people rushed to the spot and rescued one of the workers and rushed him to the Civil hospital.Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Service department was informed and officials rushed to the spot and started the rescue operation. It took one and a half hours for the team to dig out the worker’s body from the debris.The deceased worker was identified as Prabhat Bariya,35, a resident of Godhara, while the injured was identified as Raju Thakor, 30, a resident of Paldi, who was going through treatment in Civil hospital.Rajesh Bhatt, Additional Chief Fire officer, said, “Due to the narrow roads, the rescue operation team was not able to reach the spot on time. The huge debris was removed with the help of machines and it began to get difficult for us to reach the spot. The adjacent building has also been damaged and weakened and it is risky to live in it.”

Pink City turns deaf ear to noise pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The noise pollution in the city has reached to such an alarming proportion that even so called silent zones have higher decibel level. Much of the blame rests on city residents who are flouting laws for their own convenience. Come Diwali and defaulters use the occasion as a license to explode ear jarring crackers thus contributing to the noise pollution.According to the latest statistics released by Rajasthan Pollution Control Board, silence areas which need to have less than 50 decibel noise, go as high as 67.7 decibel on a regular day. It rises up to 72 decibel, which is 24 per cent higher than the maximum prescribed limit. The silence areas include SDM Hospital and Civil Lines.It is to be noted that the overall situation of noise pollution in the city is turning poorer day by day. The residential areas of the city like Gandhi Nagar and Jawahar Nagar experience noise level of about 18 per cent higher than the maximum limit of 55 decibel during a normal day. The level goes up at 47.27 per cent during Diwali.“There is a considerable increase in the number of patients suffering from head ache and migraine. Noise pollution, not directly, but indirectly becomes a cause of various health issues like fatigue and lack of sleep. Patients cannot focus for a considerable period, there is no inner peace, and frustration tolerance goes down,” said Dr Akhilesh Jain, head, Department of Psychiatry, ESI hospital.

AAP: Guj minister used PPP model to grab land

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused BJP leader and minister of state for health Shankar Chaudhary of land grab under the guise of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme initiated by the state government to manage civil hospitals.Addressing reporters, AAP leader from north Gujarat Bhema Chaudhary said Banas Dairy, headed by Chaudhary, formed Golbabhai Nanjibhai Patel Trust on January 11, 2016.”Shankar Chaudhary anointed himself president of the trust and made several BJP and Congress MLAs trustees and members. On June 2, 2017, the health department announced a brownfield scheme to open self-financed medical colleges in Palanpur, Amreli, and Vyara, among others. The scheme also announced that operation of civil hospitals in these places would be given to private agencies or trusts,” the AAP leader said.The health department through the Palanpur Civil Hospital, which will be associated with the planned medical college at Palanpur, approached the Banaskantha collector, seeking land for setting up the college. The collector issued an order allotting the land on July 3.Chaudhary said the land was transferred to the trust by the health department which is under Shankar Chaudhary on July 5 itself for a Re1 token, and alleged that “the deal smacked of conflict of interest”, and accused the minister of being guilty of using his office for profit.The agreement allows the trust to have the land for 33 years and carry out commercial activities on it, he claimed.”The trust belongs to the BJP leader, the department (health) which came up with the scheme was under him. Isn’t it obvious that all this was done by him to grab government land under the guise of the PPP model,” he said.Shankar Chaudhary could not be contacted for a comment.Alleging that this was one of the many instances of BJP leaders misusing their position to grab government land, Chaudhary said AAP would carry out an agitation to get the land back from the trust.Banaskantha collector Dilipkumar Rana when contacted said the collectorate had allotted the land to the health department.

School dropout rate in state surges to 26% in 2017: PUCL

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of citizens from the state has raised concerns about the deteriorating standards of education in the state. In a press conference held in the city on Wednesday, Gautam Thakar, General Secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), said that at present it seems that the Gujarat government has washed its hands as far as education is concerned.He said the dropout rate in the state was a whopping 26 per cent. “These are the state’s own statistics. In the year 2017, 11.8 lakh students appeared for class 10 exams while 5.30 lakh appeared for class 12 exams. The number of students who enrolled in the year 2006-07 was 15.83 lakh. This means, between class 1 and 10, 26 per cent of students dropped out while between class 10 and 12, 56 per cent students dropped out,” said Thakar.Rohit Shukla, president of Save Education’s Gujarat chapter said vacancies at the school and college level was also alarmingly high.”This has affected the quality of teaching. Colleges are being opened but there are not enough students. More than 30,000 engineering seats are lying vacant,” said Shukla.Another matter of concern is the overall quality of education and the fee that is being charged at the school and college level. “We are not against private colleges and schools as long as the quality is good and the fee is reasonable. The government needs to act as a regulatory body to control quality as well as fees but nothing of that sort is happening,” said Shukla.Thakar said the problem was that government funds are being used for celebrations and other frivolous activities. “Even the funds that are being allotted are not being fully used,” said Thakar.

Actor Aditya Narayan misbehaves with airlines staff at Raipur airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Aditya Narayan, son of Bollywood singer Udit Narayan, allegedly created a ruckus at the Raipur airport and abused an Indigo airlines staff after he was asked to pay for the excess baggage he was carrying with his friends while boarding a flight to Mumbai on Monday.The video of the commotion elicited widespread criticism of Narayan on social media, with many calling him ‘a fit case for a flight-ban’. Despite being warned of being barred from travelling by flights for the offence, Narayan allegedly threatened the duty manager, saying: “I will somehow reach Mumbai. If I do not strip you of your underwear, my name is not Aditya Narayan.”The actor, who was travelling with a group of five people on flight 6E 258, was finally allowed to board the plane after he apologised to the crew, airline officials said.According to a statement issued by the airline, the group was carrying an excess baggage of 40 kilos, for which they were charged around Rs 13,000.”He refused to pay the amount to the female check- in staff member and said that he will pay not more than Rs 10,000 for the excess baggage and also used unparliamentary language with the female staff member,” the statement read.Airline officials also added that Narayan pointed a finger at the duty manager and even hurled abuses. “When politely asked to be civil and not use such language as there were other passengers and female staff members present, he started shouting even louder and used abusive words which we are refraining from mentioning here,” it added.Several witnesses also said Narayan calmed down after he was told that such behaviour could result put him into the list of flyers barred from boarding jets. Narayan’s friends, who are also believed to have intervened, asked Aditya to apologise, following which they were handed over the boarding cards. However, Narayan did not respond when DNA tried to contact him.A new regulation issued by the Civil aviation ministry last month mandated that unruly passengers could be banned from flying for a period ranging from three months to two years or more. The extent of the ban will depend on the quantum of the act of the passenger.

Naroda Gam riot case: Amit Shah defends Maya Kodnani; Here is what he said in court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday appeared before the court in the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case as a witness and defended former minister Maya Kodnani saying, she was present in assembly.On a petition filed by the former Gujarat Minister Maya Kodnani, who is one of the prime accused, special SIT judge PB Desai had summoned Shah to appear before the court on September 18.The court had in April allowed Kodnani’s plea to have the summons issued to Shah and some others as witnesses in her defence.Kodnani, in her application to prove her innocence, said that on the day of the incident she had visited Sola civil hospital after attending the state Legislative Assembly.She claimed in the application that Shah, who was an MLA at that time, was also present at the Sola civil hospital, where bodies of ‘karsevaks’ killed in the Sabarmati train burning incident were brought from Godhra.What Amit Shah said in court:► I had attended assembly session on February 28. Sessions started at 8.30 am. All MLAs were present ► Godhra carnage condolence resolution was passed in the assembly. Mayaben was present in the assembly► There was chaos at Sola Civil Hospital and post-mortem of Godhra carnage victim was carried out.► I met family members of victims and there were many workers present in premises.► Mayaben was at Sola Civil Hospital. Dr Jaydeep Patel was present.► Police had cordoned me and were escorting me outside the hospital. Mayaben too was escorted by police and was taken out of premises In police vehicle. ► At 11 to 11.15 we were escorted out of hospital premisesProsecution cross-examines► I don’t remember the exact time but on February 28, House was adjourned within 10 to 15 minutes.► I don’t know where did Mayaben headed for after leaving Civil Hospital.► I have never shared any information with SIT. ► I have not given a statement in Naroda Patiya case as I was not summoned for it. SIT had never bothered to know from whether I was with Mayaben or not.The massacre in Naroda Gam in Ahmedabad is one of the nine major 2002 communal riots cases which were investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).Eleven persons belonging to the minority community were killed in Naroda Gam in the 2002 riots, during a bandh called to protest the Godhra train burning incident.A total of 82 persons are facing trial in the case.Kodnani, who was then a minister in the Narendra Modi-led state government, has already been convicted and sentenced to 28 years in jail in the case of riot at Naroda Patiya where 97 people were massacred. (With agency inputs)

132 pilots and 434 cabin crew of Air India skipped mandatory alcohol test: DCGA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India’s aviation regulator DGCA has found 132 pilots and 434 cabin crew of state-owned Air India to have allegedly skipped the mandatory pre and post-flight alcohol test this year and they face the prospect of being grounded.These crew members had regularly been “evading” the breath analyser(BA) test over a period of time for flights to and from certain destinations such as Singapore, Kuwait, Bangkok, Ahmedabad and Goa, sources close to the development told PTI today.Air India on its part said it is in full compliance of all the norms set by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) and that it will be complying with any directive issued by the the regulator.Any crew member who tests positive in the pre-flight medical check or refuses to take a breath-analyser test is required to be taken off flying duty for at least four weeks and the airline is required to initiate disciplinary proceedings, according to civil aviation rules.DGCA has already served an ultimatum to the Air India management over the alleged safety violations by the airline’s crew members ahead of its enforcement action, the sources said.As part of the DGCA’s safety regulations, all pilots and cabin crew must undergo the BA test before and after flights.Notably, aircraft rules prohibit crew members from taking any alcoholic drink 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight.”The DGCA already brought it to the notice of Air India management that its 132 pilots and 434 cabin crew have evaded the mandatory breath analyser(BA) test, which is to be taken both before and after operating a flight. It is a safety violation and it (DGCA) is taking a suitable action against these crew members,” the sources said.Since the grounding of such a large number of crew members could cripple the airline’s narrow body operations, the DGCA is likely to enforce its action in a phased manner, the sources said.Stating that Air India is in full compliance of all the DGCA norms, an airline statement said, ” We are working with DGCA and will be complying with any directive issued by the DGCA.”Referring to the present issue of the crew allegedly skipping the tests, the statement said the Civil Aviation Requirements(CAR) of the DGCA indicated that all schedule flights originating from destinations outside India, post flight-breath BA examination of each flight and cabin crew are to be carried out on reaching India.”This has been interpreted by the Airline Management as a requirement to carry out post flight medical after completion of their flight which gets over at final destination,” it said.Significantly, the DGCA had in February suspended the flying license of Air India’s then executive director for operations, Arvind Kathpalia, for three months after an internal probe found him “guilty” of skipping the breath analyser test for one particular flight.Kathpalia is now head of operations and a Board member at the disinvestment-bound Air India. As per DGCA, 224 pilots and crew members of various airlines failed the test in 2016, whereas 202 pilots and crew members failed the test in 2015.

Blue Whale drives 30-yr-old man from Gujarat to death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 30-year-old man from a village in Banaskantha district in Ahmedabad committed suicide on Saturday by jumping into the Sabarmati after he was allegedly pushed to the extreme step by the Blue Whale Challenge. This is Gujarat’s first case of Blue Whale-related suicide. However, police have denied that the death has anything to do with the game and that the man was suffering from blood cancer.Before ending his life, Ashok Maluna, a resident of Malan village in Palanpur taluka, posted a video on his Facebook account saying he was frustrated with his life and that he stole Rs 46,000 from his own house. Maluna then says where the cash is and it should be returned to his family.Before ending the video, Maluna says he is going to commit suicide as he has entered the final stage of the Blue Whale game. “I had downloaded the Blue Whale game and this is the last step, which is why I am committing suicide,” he is heard saying in the short video.He also says, “I am fed up with my life which is why I am making this video. Please convey this to my family members… I don’t know how to tell them how much I love them.”Maluna says he had even gone to Mumbai to commit suicide, but could not do so due to heavy rains there.According to Sabarmati Riverfront West police officers, Maluna had jumped into the Sabarmati river from Sardar bridge on Thursday. His body was recovered on Friday afternoon from the riverfront near Paldi.Police said their investigation revealed that Maluna was diagnosed with blood cancer some time back and was undergoing treatment at the Civil Hospital for the past six months.Inspector A J Bhagora said he may have been depressed because of the disease. “During the investigation, we came to know that Maluna was tired of his health condition. We believe his claim about the Blue Whale challenge was all made-up. The police have found no evidence suggesting he was part of the online challenge when he killed himself,” Bhagora said.Police reached Maluna’s family with help of his Aadhaar card and mobile phone which were in the bag he had left behind on the bridge.

Raze buildings breaching height limit near IGI: PIL

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking demolition of hundreds of buildings around the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport that are above the prescribed height on the grounds of threat to aircraft. The court has issued a notice to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Delhi International Airport Private Limited to seek their responses on the plea which has alleged that the authorities colluded with real estate lobbies which has led to the current situation.The court has also issued notice to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and various other security agencies and sought their replies before the next date of hearing on December 6. Petitioner Yeshwanth Shenoy has appealed to the court seeking direction to authorities including DGCA, the regulatory body for civil aviation, to proceed against the obstacles near the airport as per the Aircraft (Demolition of obstructions caused by buildings and trees) Rules, 1994. “The DIAL also failed to conduct obstacle study as is mandated by law and the DGCA failed to identify the threat to safety in its safety audits,” the plea said. The petition has sought direction to the authorities to produce the last 10 years safety audit reports for the IGI Airport.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi breaks silence, strongly condemns Dera violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the massive violence after controversial Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted in a 15-year-old rape case in Panchkula, Haryana on Friday.In a series of tweets, PM Modi said that the violent clashes between police and Dera supporters in Punjab and Haryana were ‘deeply distressing.’e wake of widespread violence, arson and police firing in Haryana triggered by the rape conviction of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Prime Minister urged everyone to maintain peace.The toll in the mob attacks have climbed up to 30. While 28 people were killed in Panchkula, the epicentre of the violence, two died in Sirsa, doctors said. Sirsa is the headquarters of Dera Sacha Sauda of which the 50-year-old self-styled spiritual leader is the chief.Thousands of followers of Ram Rahim went on the rampage, setting fire to vehicles, buildings and railway stations soon after a special CBI court convicted him in a 2002 rape case. The police responded by opening fire.The unrest which began in Panchkula where the verdict was handed down, spread to other parts of Haryana and Punjab and even New Delhi where a bus and train were set on fire.The identity of the dead or whether all of them were Dera supporters was not known immediately.”Seventeen people are dead and at least 200 are injured,” said Vivek Bhadu, Chief Medical Officer at the civil hospital in Panchkula.While five were brought dead, 12 others succumbed to injuries at the civil hospital, Bhadu said, adding that most of the deaths were due to bullet injuries.Nearly 50 persons were referred to PGIMER hospital at Chandigarh while 33 others were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital(GMCH), also at Chandigarh.”Seven have died in PGIMER,” Manju Wadwalkar, the spokesperson of Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research(PGIMER) told PTI.The details of how many were brought dead or died at PGI were not immediately available.Dr Ravi Gupta, head of the GMCH at Sector 32, said 33 persons were brought to the hospital from Panchkula.”While we could not resuscitate one person, another died during surgery and two others were brought dead,” Gupta told PTI.According to Sirsa District Civil Surgeon, 2 Dera followers had died in the violence.Haryana DGP B S Sandhu, who visited the civil hospital at Sector 6 here, said that over a thousand Dera followers have been taken into custody.”Dera followers have been flushed out of Panchkula while over a thousand have been taken into preventive custody,” Sandhu said, adding the situation here is under control.A stream of ambulances brought in injured people soaked in blood to the civil hospital here and at PGIMER hospital.Police fired in the air, lobbed tear gas and let loose water cannons on the protesters who included a large number of women.Curfew was also clamped in Panchkula. Curfew was also imposed in place in Sirsa while Kaithal town was also brought under curfew this evening.At least 32 incidents of violence and arson were reported from Malwa region of Punjab, police said. However, no casualty was reported.Curfew was clamped in Mansa, Bathinda, Ferozepur, Patiala, Sangrur and Barnala and Faridkot, the areas considered as stronghold of the Dera followers.But the curfew had little effect on the protesters, who also set fire to Malout and Balluanna railway stations in Punjab, according to the Northern Railways. Many motorcycles, cars and buildings, including an Income Tax building in Mansa in Punjab, were also set on fire.Arsonists attempted to set fire to Dagru railway station which falls between Moga and Ferozepur, police said.However, a Sewa Kendra was set on fire near Faridkot. Six columns of Army, comprising a total of 500 to 600 soldiers were deployed in Panchkula.At least three OB vans of private television channels were damaged here. Two vans were overturned by a mob.CBI judge Jagdeep Singh, while holding the Dera chief guilty of raping a female follower more than 15 years ago, said the quantum of sentence would be pronounced on August 28.The punishment can be a jail term of not less than seven years but may even extend to life imprisonment.

Govinda from Surat gives life to teen girl in Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heart of a 22-year-old Govinda from Surat, who was declared brain dead after falling off a human pyramid during Janmashtami was transported via a commerical flight to Mumbai through a green corridor within 86 minutes on Sunday morning.The Govinda was playing Dahi Handi on August 15, when he fell down from the human pyramid and was declared brain dead later at Surat’s New Civil Hospital, where he was admitted for emergency treatment. The hospital convinced his family members to donate his organs. His brother consented for his liver, heart, and kidneys to be donated.While the heart was transferred out of New Civil Hospital at 7 am, it was brought to Fortis Hospital for transplant by 8.26 am. The recipient of his heart was a 16-year-old girl from Malegaon, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy due to which her heart’s ability to pump blood had been decreasing. The teenager was on the waiting list since February this year.This is the city’s 60th heart transplant. Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac Transplant Team, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “Post surgery, the patient is recuperating in the ICU and is stable. The teams worked round the clock to enable the heart transplant.”Fortis Hospital saw one more heart transplant on Sunday morning. The heart was transplanted from an in-house donor who suffered from Intracranial Bleed to a 13-year-old girl who also suffered from Dilated Cardiomyopathy.Dr Mulay said, “In both cases, the recipients are two young girls. They have been gifted a second life by donor families from Mumbai and Surat.”MAPPING TIMELINE86-minute Surat to Mumbai green corridor
7 am: Heart is transferred out of Surat’s New Civil Hospital
7.15 am: Reaches Surat airport
7.25 am: Commercial carrying package takes off
8.05 am: Flight lands in Mumbai
8.10 am: Package leaves from Mumbai airport
8.26 am: Heart reaches hospital in Mulund

No info on constitution of civil services board by MP: Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There is no information on the constitution of a civil services board that decides on the postings of bureaucrats by the Madhya Pradesh government, the Centre has said. In reply to an RTI query, the Union personnel ministry said it has not received any inputs from the state government on the proceedings of the board. As per rules, all states should have a civil services board to decide on transfers and postings of the bureaucrats. The board is mandated to decide on the transfer of a civil servant before completion of his or her fixed tenure. The rules mandate the civil services board to submit an annual report on January 1 to the central government about the date of the meetings held by them and also to upload the same on the website of the concerned state government or union territory in public domain. There is no such data in public domain on the proceedings of the civil services board of the Madhya Pradesh government. “There is no information received from Madhya Pradesh in this regard,” the ministry said in reply to the RTI application filed by anti-corruption activist Ajay Dubey. It was asked to provide details on setting up of the board by the MP government and its proceedings. The civil services board is headed by chief secretary of a state and has senior most additional chief secretary or chairman, Board of Revenue, Financial Commissioner or an officer of equivalent rank and status as member. In addition, it will have Principal Secretary or Secretary, Department of Personnel in the state government as member secretary. To insulate the bureaucracy from political interference and to put an end to frequent transfers of civil servants by political bosses, the Supreme Court had in 2013 directed the Centre and the states to set up a civil services board to consider transfers and postings of bureaucrats among others. The stability of all India services officers — IAS, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service — especially in the states, has been a matter of concern for a long time. Frequent and arbitrary transfers of officers before completion of a reasonable tenure on any post have always been considered as a major reason for the declining standards of administration, the personnel ministry had said in a note sent to states seeking establishment of civil services board. IAS officers like Ashok Khemka, Durga Sakthi Nagpal and Kuldip Narayan, among others, have allegedly been victims of arbitrary suspensions and transfers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Upgraded Jammu Airport inaugurated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport, Jammu, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti recently. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space; Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir; Kavinder Gupta, Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly; Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Shamsher Singh Manhas, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, were among the others who attended the event. Jammu is the gateway city for Jammu and Kashmir and the winter capital of the state, is also popularly known as the ?City of Temples.? Bestowed with a rich heritage and cultural legacy, Jammu has promising tourism potential. The city is famous for religious tourism and the holy shrine of ?Mata Vaishno Devi? is 46 kms. from the city. Jammu Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, Ministry of Defence and AAI maintains a Civil Enclave for civil aircraft operations. During the year 2016-17, passenger traffic movement at Jammu Airport reached 1.16 million and the passenger growth rate has touched 29 per cent in the first quarter of 2017-18. To cope with the increasing passenger growth and demand, expansion and upgradation of the existing terminal building of Jammu Airport has been completed. The area of the terminal building is expanded from 6700 square meters to 14,500 square meters with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, an increase from the existing 360 peak hour passengers. The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport is a glass and steel structure and is equipped with passenger facilities and amenities like CUTE-complied check-in counters, Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosk for check-in, central air-conditioning, two arrival conveyer belts, escalators and glass elevators, flight information display system and PA system with comfortable seating capacity. For the safety and security of passengers, the terminal building is equipped with fire fighting and a fire alarm system, CCTV and baggage scanners etc. There is a provision for the installation of three passenger boarding bridges with advanced visual docking guidance system (AVDGS) for the terminal which would increase operational efficiency besides convenience to passengers. While inaugurating the upgraded terminal building, Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, ?We believe in augmenting infrastructure of our airports to enhance connectivity. With the upgraded Jammu Airport, we would be better prepared to give improved services to air travelers visiting this city of temples.? Mehbooba Mufti said, ?We have been witnessing promising growth in number of air travelers to and from Jammu. The upgraded Terminal of Jammu Airport is in line to enhance capacity and will contribute to the economic growth of Jammu ? the gateway to the State.? The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport is equipped with green features like double insulated roofing system, rainwater harvesting, 200 KLD sewage treatment plant (soil-based technology), reuse of treated water for horticulture and air conditioning purposes, use of fly ash bricks, low heat gain glazing, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, LED lighting, energy efficient chillers, VFDs (Variable Frequency Drive) for high Capacity Motors.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jammu airport’s upgraded passenger terminal building inaugurated to enhance connectivity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With a view to improve services for visitors in Jammu and Kashmir, an upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport was inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday. ?We believe in augmenting infrastructure of our airports to enhance connectivity. With the upgraded Jammu Airport, we would be better prepared to give improved services to air travelers visiting this city of temples,? said Raju on the occasion. Appreciating the upgraded terminal building of Jammu Airport, Mehbooba Mufti, said, ?We have been witnessing promising growth in number of air travelers to and from Jammu. The upgraded terminal of Jammu Airport is in line to enhance capacity and will contribute to the economic growth of Jammu ? the gateway to the State.? MoS, PMO Dr. Jitendra Singh, MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Members of Parliament and senior officials were also present on the occasion. Jammu Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, and Airports Authority of India maintains a Civil Enclave for civil aircraft operations. During the year 2016-17, passenger traffic movement at Jammu airport reached 1.16 million and the passenger growth rate has touched 29 percent in the first quarter of 2017-18. To cope with the increasing passenger growth and demand, the existing terminal building of Jammu Airport has been expanded and upgraded. The area of the terminal building has been expanded from 6700 sq. mtrs. to 14,500 sq. mtrs., with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, from the earlier 360 peak hour passengers. The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport is a glass and steel structure and is equipped with passenger facilities and amenities like CUTE-complied check-in counters, Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosk for Check-in, central air-conditioning, two arrival conveyer belts, escalators and glass elevators, Flight Information Display System, PA system with comfortable seating capacity. The terminal building is also equipped with Fire Fighting and Fire Alarm System, CCTV and Baggage Scanners etc. There is a provision for installation of three Passenger Boarding Bridges with Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (AVDGS) for the Terminal which would increase operational efficiency besides convenience to passengers. In addition to the above, the upgraded passenger terminal Building is equipped with Green features like double insulated roofing system, rainwater harvesting, 200 KLD sewage treatment plant (soil-based technology), reuse of treated water for horticulture and air conditioning purposes, use of fly ash bricks, low heat gain glazing, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, LED lighting, energy efficient chillers, VFDs (Variable Frequency Drive) for high Capacity Motors.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Srinagar city plan puts residents at risk of floods – officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, India, Aug 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A plan for the development of Srinagar city to 2035, put together by the government of Indian-administered Kashmir, ignores lessons from the 2014 floods that hit Srinagar and southern Kashmir, disaster prevention officials have warned. The large-scale destruction wrought by those floods was widely attributed to haphazard development in Srinagar, Kashmir’s largest city, and other urban areas over decades. Critics blamed housing and infrastructure construction in former flood basins in the mountainous north Indian state. The Master Plan for development of the Srinagar Metropolitan Region, which was open for public consultation until mid-August, is due to be finalised by the end of October. Kashmir’s Chief Town Planner Fayaz Ahmad Khan said the plan does envisage some new infrastructure development in flood-prone areas where homes, shops and government offices have already been built, because of a “pathetic” lack of state-owned land. The plan proposes solutions for all potential problems, including flooding, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In a letter dated July 27, 2017 and addressed to Khan, the Jammu and Kashmir Irrigation and Flood Control (IFC) department said it had analysed the plan from the perspective of its own recommendations based on flood scenarios. Before the plan was drafted, Khan had asked the IFC department to categorise areas as “undevelopable”, “vulnerable” or “suitable for development”, the letter said. In response, the department advised that some parts of the city should be classified as “undevelopable” and “vulnerable”, said the letter seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. However, those zones have been designated as “low density residential” areas in the plan, which will “encourage and eventually attract more people in these areas” which cannot be protected “by any means” if floods occur, warned the letter. ADMINISTRATION ‘AT RISK’ The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has also questioned a bid to move the secretariat of the Jammu and Kashmir government, which includes ministers’ offices, to a location at risk of flooding. “(The Master Plan) acknowledges many parts of Srinagar city as highly vulnerable to natural disasters, yet contradictorily gives proposals like shifting the Civil Secretariat to Railway Station Nowgam which, as per the plan, is a highly flood-prone area and a designated flood absorption basin,” said Saleem Beg, INTACH’s regional head. The IFC letter also argued the plan would allow construction on an important 242-hectare (598-acre) wetland, Narkara, in southern Srinagar, as its 100-metre (328-ft) buffer zone is depicted deep inside the wetland. The Chief Town Planner said the IFC assessment had categorised “more than half of the city”, which has a population of about 1.3 million, as vulnerable and undevelopable. “But people already live in these areas, and government and commercial infrastructure also exists there,” he said, noting the lack of alternative space for new development. The city faces a major land crunch, with as much as 57 percent of its total area of 766 sq km classed as unsuitable for development, including wetlands, water bodies, forests and areas used by the Indian army, said Khan. “This is why we have proposed some development within the developed urban areas, and also the creation of new townships around the city,” he added. DISASTER PREVENTION The Master Plan proposes – for the first time in over four decades of urban planning in Srinagar – a comprehensive disaster management strategy, he noted. It also includes measures to protect water bodies, he said. “Most significant of these … is to re-establish their connectivity with one another,” Khan said. To prevent recurring floods, the plan envisages afforestation and slope stabilisation, to retain rainwater in the upper reaches. It also recommends construction of mini-check dams, reservoirs, ponds and canals, and the preservation of natural flood basins, he said. The plan also suggests that people already settled in flood basins should be relocated in developable areas, rather than backing a proposed multi-billion-dollar flood spill channel. Experts have said the spill channel could have damaging consequences as it would require the acquisition of vast tracts of agricultural land, potentially harming food security, and could cause large silt deposits in Wular Lake downstream. Mohammad Sultan Bhat, head of Kashmir University geography department, which carried out a flood hazard study of Srinagar, said the regional government should plan land use in a way that protects residents from disasters like floods and earthquakes, especially in overcrowded Srinagar city. “The government’s urbanisation policy is such that Srinagar city bears the brunt of all the population,” he said. With the main government offices and health and education institutions located in Srinagar, people prefer to live there, he added. Jammu and Kashmir state has 46 towns, but 65 percent of the urban population is concentrated in its summer capital Srinagar, he noted. “This is what compels the government to allow construction, even in wetlands, which act as sponges during floods,” he said. “This is unfortunate.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CM meets H1N1 affected in 4 cities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With 68% cases of swine flu in the state being reported from Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, chief minister Vijay Rupani on Thursday visited swine flu wards at Civil Hospitals in these four cities and asked the doctors to follow ‘Any flu- Give tamiflu’ option.Seeking suggestions to improve swine flu treatment from the medical staff during his marathon visits to these hospitals, Rupani said, “Tamiflu is the medicine which can be given in any kind of flu besides swine flu. I would ask all doctors, private practitioners or those serving in government hospitals to prescribe it. If patients get timely treatment, they can be cured.”Rupani also met local medical officers and district authorities to take stock of the situation. He also directed civic authorities to start cleanliness and sanitation drives, particularly in densely populated areas. He sought cooperation from people in keeping their premises clean to avoid spread of swine flu. He also stressed on awareness campaign for swine flu in different parts of the state.

NDMC seizes 150 kg of polythene bags

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The North Delhi Municipal Corporation today seized carry bags weighing 150 kg in total as part of its drive against use of polythene bags. The civic body has started the drive to confiscate polythene of thickness less than 50 microns in the wake of an National Green Tribunal (NGT) ban on it. “Polythene bags weighing 80 kg in total have been seized from Azadpur Mandi area in Civil Lines. Seventy kg of polythene bags has been seized from Sadar Paharganj area,” a senior official of the NDMC said. There are 104 wards under the NDMC and several markets fall under its jurisdiction.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pre-flight breathalyser test rules not properly followed: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today said that pre-flight breathalyser tests are mandatory for flight and cabin crew under the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) but the rules are not being followed properly by the DGCA. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva directed the DGCA and Air India (AI) to ensure this requirement is not circumvented in the future and if necessary to consider making amendments to the CAR to ensure the objective of enacting it is achieved. The court was of the view that the tests were not being correctly followed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as these were being held at the start of every fight cycle, which comprises several flights, instead of after every flight. It noted that this practice was being followed by the DGCA on the assumption that after the pre-flight test, before the first flight of the day, the pilots and crew would not leave the sterile area till the end of their duty cycle. “According to the safety regulations under the CAR, it is mandatory for each flight crew and cabin crew to be subjected to pre-flight breathalyser examination prior to each flight. “This negates the submission of the respondent (DGCA) that pre-flight breathalyser examination is required to be taken only once during the flight duty cycle,” it said. The court’s observations came on a plea by a pilots association which had sought stringent action against senior AI pilot, Captain Arvind Kathpalia, for missing a pre-flight breath analyser test in January this year. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), in its plea, had contended that the senior pilot had flown a flight to Bengaluru from Delhi without taking the mandatory breathalyser test and then operated the return flight too without taking the test. Thereafter, he had made an ante-dated entry in the pre- flight medical register in Delhi after arriving back here, the ICPA had alleged. In the instant case, the DGCA had suspended the flying licence of the pilot for three months. ICPA had contended that since pre-flight tests were missed by the pilot before both the flights to and from Bengaluru, the punishment of three months be enhanced to three years for two offences. The court did not enhance this punishment, as sought by the ICPA, as the DGCA had considered the two flights operated by the pilot as one flight cycle. The court, however, took a serious view of the senior pilot’s act of making an entry in the pre-flight test register, saying it “acquires serious proportions in view of the very purpose of CAR — to ensure flight safety and safety of passengers, who put their lives in the hands of the pilots”. “The gravity of the situation is further compounded by the fact that Captain Kathpalia had earlier held the post of Executive Director (Operations) and had been instrumental in making other pilots and crew aware that CAR was mandatory. “He himself had been responsible for ensuring compliance with CAR in the interest of air safety. The gravity of the offence is increased, when the very person whose job is to ensure compliance of the mandatory provisions, himself violates the same and not only does he violate the mandatory provisions but makes a false entry in the register to cover up his lapse,” it said. The court ordered a disciplinary enquiry in the conduct of Captain Kathpalia with regard to making an entry in the pre-flight medical examination register and antedating the same and to take appropriate action in accordance with law. Direction was also issued to the Air India to “identify and fix responsibility on the officer(s) who were responsible and failed to immediately bring the infraction on the part of Captain Kathpalia to the notice of the DGCA, and thereafter, to take appropriate action in accordance with law (against them)”. With regard to the making of ante-dated entry by the pilot, the court said “the incident highlights the loophole in CAR, whereby the mandatory requirement of CAR can easily be avoided in case of collusion between the doctor on duty and the pilot”. It said that both DGCA and Air India, need to examine the issue and take remedial steps. “The consequences of such an action can be drastic. Such an action cannot be lightly brushed aside completely, without the disciplinary authority applying its mind to it,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pondy back on aviation map; services to Hyderabad launched

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>: After a gap of about three years, flight services resumed from the Union Territory, with launch of services between Puducherry and Hyderabad this morning. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy accorded a warm reception to passengers on their arrival at Puducherry airport in neighbouring Lawspet by private carrier Spicejet. He had earlier inaugurated the daily flight service by lighting the traditional lamp on the premises of the airport linking Puducherry with Hyderabad and Vijayawada. Narayanasamy handed over to each of the 78 passengers boarding passes for the newly introduced service to Hyderabad. Accompanied by his cabinet colleagues, Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, Deputy Speaker V P Sivakolundhu and legislators belonging to the ruling Congress and DMK and AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP N Gokulakrishnan, the Chief Minister presented gift hampers and garlands when 74 passengers landed at the airport. Flight services were resumed following an agreement inked between Spicejet and the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to operate daily flight services from here to Hyderabad and Vijayawada Later, Narayanasamy told reporters that Spicejet had come forward to operate the scheme under the centrally- sponsored UDAN scheme for regional air connectivity. He said that with the introduction of flight services, passengers proceeding to Hyderabad would be saved the trouble of a tedious journey if they preferred to go by road or by proceeding to Chennai for a connecting flight. “We have brought into effect flight services overcoming several hurdles,” he said without elaborating. “The resumption of flight services is in keeping with the arrangements the Union Civil Aviation Ministry had made. The purpose for resumption of air service is to promote tourism and to attract businessmen and investors to Puducherry, the Chief Minister said. The previous AINRC regime had not initiated full-fledged steps to utilise the airport here, he alleged. Expansion of the runway would be taken up as soon as land sought from neighbouring Tamil Nadu was available, he added. Further, the Chief Minister said that flight services from Puducherry to Bengaluru, Kochi, Tirupati and Coimbatore would be started soon. “We also have proposal to link Puducherry with New Delhi,” he added. “Similarly, the government’s initiative to develop Puducherry port as a satellite port of Chennai Port Trust is also a centrally-sponsored project. Dredging of the estuary for navigation of vessels has been completed,” Narayanasamy said. He said the port’s development was intended to promote employment opportunities and for cargo transactions to enhance the state government’s revenues. The daily flight from Hyderabad would arrive in Puducherry at 11.20 a.m. In the return direction, it would depart from here at 11.40 a.m and reach Hyderabad at 1.10 p.m.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarinder announces development projects for Gurdaspur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today announced a series of projects for the holistic development of the border areas of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, including health and education infrastructure, besides new cards under the MGNREGA scheme. As many as 67,000 MGNREGA cards would be issued to beneficiaries in Gurdaspur and 30,000 in Pathankot, the Chief Minister said in his Independence Day speech here. Fulfilling a long pending demand, he announced a state- of-the-art new bus stand to be constructed in Gurdaspur at a cost of Rs 20 crore. An amount of Rs 84 crore had been set aside for providing toilets and water connections to all rural households in the district, he added. In a bid to improve police functioning, the Chief Minister announced Rs 2.50 crore for the upgradation of the infrastructure of police stations in Gurdaspur, Batala and Pathankot. Amarinder also said that though the Gurdaspur Civil Hospital had been shifted to the bypass, the dispensary with emergency, as well as maternity and child care ward, would continue to function from the old building in the city. The Chief Minister further said that the water supply and sewerage works in Gurdaspur would be completed at a cost of Rs 7.50 crore. Another Rs 18 crore had been released for development projects in Dera Baba Nanak and other areas of the district, he added. Stressing the importance of ensuring the progress of the sensitive border areas, the Chief Minister announced allocation of Rs 44.02 for health infrastructure upgradation and Rs 118 crore for school infrastructure upgradation in Gurdaspur. Another Rs 45 crore had been allocated for disbursement under the old age pension scheme, in addition to Rs 7 crore for the ‘Ashirwad’ scheme, he added. The Chief Minister also announced the construction of a new Sainik School in village Dalla Gorian, Tehsil Gurdaspur. Besides a Rs 67 crore outlay for the urban facelift of Pathankot and another Rs 42 crore for urban facelift of Batala, the Chief Minister also announced the setting up of a PEPSICO bottling plant at Pathankot, where link roads would be repaired at a cost of Rs 55 crore. The Chief Minister also announced air connectivity to Pathankot, with flights set to be operational by September 30 this year. The announcement of development projects assumes significance in the wake of upcoming Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll. The seat fell vacant after BJP MP Vinod Khanna died of cancer in April this year. In other key announcements, the Chief Minister said the civil hospital at Fatehgarh Churian would be upgraded, with water supply and sewerage works in the area also to be completed at a cost of Rs 7.5 crore. A new Navodya Vidyalaya would also be set up in Fategarh Churian, said the Chief Minister, besides announcing the establishment of a new Revenue Sub-division, as well as a railway over-bridge in Dina Nagar and a new degree college at Kalanaur. Among other development initiatives, the Chief Minister announced the construction of a new bus stand at Qadian, along with 100 per cent water supply and sewerage facility at a cost of Rs 32 crore. The government has also decided to set up a new hospital, in addition to 100 per cent water supply and sewerage in village Ghumaan in Sri Hargobindpur. Later, the Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly built Gurdaspur District Administrative Complex, constructed at a cost of Rs 50 crores. Spread over an area of 6 acres, the complex houses the offices of the DC and other administrative officials.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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