Thursday, 12 July 2012

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Air India starts process to reinstate Dismissed Pilots

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 06:30 PM PDT

Air India is now under process to take back the 101  pilots who were dismissed during the 59 days long strike which ended last week.

“We have formed a three-member committee which includes high level officials. The committee will look into the reinstatement of 101 sacked pilots on a case-to-case basis,” a senior Air India official told IANS.

“This step is in line with the Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh’s stand that there will be no victimisation and that pilots will be taken back but on a case-to-case basis,” the official said.

The three members of the committee are director (Personnel) N.K Jain, director (Engineering) K.M. Unni and executive director (Industrial Relations) R. Harihar.

According to the official, the sacked pilots will need to first file an application to rejoin and the committee will thereafter look into the matter.

The development comes four days after Delhi High Court directed the pilots and the airline’s management to hold conciliation talks from July 10-12 under the supervision of the chief labour commissioner to resolve the deadlock after the first round of talks which failed July 6, 2012.

Meanwhile, the pilots on other hand said Thursday that they will challenge this move by the airline in Delhi High Court Friday when the matter will come for a hearing.

Last week, the pilots had accused the management of of retracting on its commitment to “sympathetically” consider their grievances even as nearly 300 pilots having allegiance to IPG started reporting to work after nearly two months of strike.

After initially making 14 demands, the pilots are now only asking for reinstatement of their 101 colleagues who were sacked during the strike.

The pilots having allegiance to Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) called off their strike after Air India last Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that it would sympathetically consider their grievances.

The airline expects to have nearly 50 co-pilots and 50 commanders ready to resume duties in a short period of time.

“We expect to have nearly 50 co-pilots and 50 commanders to resume duties within the end of this month,” the official said.

However, before resuming work, the pilots will have to get their fitness checked by doctors and undergo refresher training and a mandatory route flying check.

For the route flying check, the pilots who have not flown an aircraft for over 30 days will operate a flight with a check (instructor) pilot who will oversee their performance.

After that, the pilots resuming duty will be assigned a flying schedule.

The trouble for the airline started May 8 when IPG members took mass sick leave, protesting against the move to provide Boeing-787 Dreamliner training to pilots from the erstwhile Indian Airlines.

Air India and Indian Airlines were merged in 2007 to form a single entity to overcome their sub-optimal performance and in the hope that the step would result in a Rs.1,000 crore profit in the first year itself.

The strike crippled Air India’s international operations and caused an estimate revenue loss of Rs.625 crore.

The losses will keep on mounting till operations are completely restored.

The grounded fleet of Boeing 777s, unused manpower and absence from key routes have hit the airlines’ chances of a financial turnaround.

Currently, the airline is operating only 38 of its 45 international services. Among the axed destinations are Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul and Toronto.

Vishwa Bharati University expresses regret over Girl Urine Drinking Case

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 05:30 PM PDT

Vishwa Bharati University has expressed regrets over the Urine Drinking Incident which took place at University Managed Patha Bhawan School Hostel.

“The university unequivocally regrets the traumatic experience of the Patha Bhavan student at the hands of warden Uma Poddar. The Visva-Bharati, as an exceptional case, has allowed the student to be a day scholar and requests the parents to send her back to the school,” read a statement signed by the registrar.

Assuring the non-recurrence of such an incident, the university has decided to overhaul the entire warden-matron system prevalent in its school hostels for years and “seeks avenues on how to improve the situation, befitting the stature of a repute central university”.

A three member team of the university visited the family’s residence on Wednesday and tried to persuade the student to come back to the school. But the traumatised and shocked girl, who is finding it difficult coping with the situation, has declined to go back.

The girl’s father reiterated that he will not try to convince her to go back to the school and said he was considering admitting the child to some other school.

The incident occurred Saturday evening when Poddar, while on an inspection, pulled up the girl for bedwetting. She allegedly then sprinkled salt on the urine and made the girl lick her urine as a punishment.

After the girl told her mother about the ordeal, her parents and several other people stormed the hostel premises and allegedly manhandled Poddar.

Following the incident, the university set up a four-member fact-finding committee, headed by former dean of students’ welfare Aruna Mukherjee, to probe the matter.

Acting on the report, the university relieved Poddar of her duty as warden.

The incident has attracted severe criticism from all quarters and also reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sought detailed reports from the university and the state government.

Government not to shutdown any Airlines

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Amid Aviation Sector Crisis, Government is not considering the shutdown of any Air lines. Dismissing allegations that aviation regulator E.K. Bharat Bhushan was removed at a critical juncture, the acting head of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Prashant Sukul said: “We are not contemplating or have earlier thought about shutting down any airline.”

Sukul was replying to a question whether Bhushan’s removal came after he decided to revoke the scheduled airline status of the troubled Kingfisher Airlines.

“Based upon the satisfactory compliance shown by the scheduled domestic airlines (to financial audit), letters were issued to all scheduled airlines on May 25…the airlines were asked to ensure that the deficiencies were addressed as per the target date,” Sukul said.

The civil aviation ministry maintained that there was no lobbying or interference by any private player in DGCA appointments.

“How can there be lobbying against Bhushan, when (Arun) Misra’s name was proposed in May this year. The decisions are not influenced by the private sector. He (Bhushan) has acted against the ill-practices in the sector in the past and the ministry has supported him,” sources in the ministry told IANS.

According to the sources, the ministry expected that the cabinet’s appointments committee would soon give orders for posting Arun Misra as the DGCA chief within this week and that he will join his new office by July-end.

Misra, at present, is India’s representative in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It is proposed that joint secretary Sukul will replace him in the ICAO.

A controversy erupted Tuesday when the ministry tasked Sukul with an additional role of the director general of civil aviation. The post was held by Bhushan since 2011 and his tenure had ended.

Bhushan had only a week ago received the nod for an extension of six months by the ACC (appointments committee of cabinet), but was shifted out of the DGCA. Bhushan is credited with taking a tough stand against corruption.

He acted against some DGCA employees for getting their kin recruited in the aviation industry, as well as, touts who helped student crack the pilots licence exam illegally.

His exit from the DGCA raised many an eye brow, but ministry sources claimed that due to a procedural lapse a confusion over the new chief of the DGCA was created.

The ministry had sent its recommendation to the ACC for the new chief of the DGCA. But due to a procedural lapse no action was taken on the same. “We expect to have a full-time DGCA chief soon,” sources

Has Antony replaced Pranab Mukherjee as number two in cabinet?

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 03:30 PM PDT

Has Defence Minister A.K. Antony been informally accorded the number two position in the cabinet to replace Pranab Mukherjee who is contesting the presidential election? An indication about Antony’s elevation came Thursday as he was seated next to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the cabinet meeting.

Official sources said Antony was on the seat earlier occupied by Mukherjee, who was the de facto number two in the union council of ministers.

“Antony was seated next to the prime minister,” a senior offiical told IANS.

The official, however, added that there had been no formal announcement of number two position

There was speculation last week that Agriculture Minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar had been given the number two position as his name was appeared after that of the Manmohan Singh on the official website of the Prime Minister’s Office.

PMO sources, however, had downplayed the display. Curiously, the PMO website, at present, does not have list of cabinet ministers.

Mukherjee was also the leader of house in the Lok Sabha and Congress president Sonia Gandhi has to decide to on a suitable replacement.

He had resigned as the finance minister June 26 to contest the presidential poll.

There is also speculation about a cabinet reshuffle in the coming few weeks.

IAF Chief Anil Kumar Browne arrives in Srinagar

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 02:30 PM PDT

Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne yesterday arrived in Srinagar on  a 2 day visit of the State.

“The air chief met the station personnel and interacted with the key officials of the station. Addressing the personnel, Browne said he wanted to share with them some of his thoughts on the way the IAF is moving ahead,” said a defence statement.

“Srinagar is our premier frontline air base, which is also slated for major upgradation as a part of our ongoing modernisation drive,” the statement quoted him as saying.

“The air chief also inspected the newly-inducted Mi-17 V5 helicopter unit which has the onerous task of supporting the army units in the Jammu and Kashmir sector,” a defence spokesman said.

During the visit, Browne is also scheduled to call on Governor N.N. Vohra.

42476 Scholarship awarded to Minority Students during 2011-12

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 01:30 PM PDT

Ministry of Minority Affairs Government of India has provided  42,476 scholarships to students from minority communities during 2011-12 under the merit-cum-means scheme .
According to the ministry, an amount of Rs.115.72 crores was spent on the purpose during the year.

“Of these 32,723 scholarships went to students belonging to the Muslim community; 5,764 were awarded to Christian students; 3,463 to Sikh students; 516 to Buddhist students and 10 to the students belonging to the Parsi community,” the ministry said.

For 2012-13, the budgetary provision for this scheme has been increased to Rs.220 crore and the physical target has also been increased to 80,000 scholarships.

The scheme is meant for the students belonging to the minority communities studying in technical and professional courses.

The scheme also provides for earmarking 30 percent of the target for girls. During 2011-12, the percentage of girl students benefiting from scholarship scheme was 36.82.

This scheme was launched in 2007-08 and cumulatively 162,967 scholarships have been awarded till March 2012.

Vishwanathan Anand finds Paes Bhupathy Episode Unpleasant

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 12:30 PM PDT

Vishwanathan AnandGrand master Vishwanathan Anand has advised Paes and Bhupathy that they should have settled their disputes earlier rather than bringing it to public and called the whole drama as an unpleasant episode.

“The two of them had disagreements and that’s normal in sports. But they should have sorted out the issues much ahead and quietly in time. It was unpleasant,” Anand said.

“Leander and Mahesh should have made some efforts to sort out the issues much earlier and not bring it up when there’s a deadline to submit,” he told media persons here.

Anand urged the London-bound athletes to be focused.

“Hope they are not sitting and listening to messages, but practicing seriously,’ Anand said when asked whether he would wish the Indian participants.

The five-time world chess champion said he hoped to win the world title again.

“After me, what can I say. I am not trying to think of who will be next. I hope it’s me,” he said.

The Indian Grand Master said he withdrew from the national squad for the chess Olympiad in Turkey as he wanted to concentrate on the tournaments like the Bilbao Chess Masters Final in Spain.

“Several times I have done this (withdrawn from the chess Olympiad). And this time I did this to concentrate on some other tournaments like Bilbao. Earlier I had issues with the Olympiad format,” he added.

Vishwanathan Anand felicitated by West Bengal Government with 5 Lakhs and Sweets

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 11:23 AM PDT

Viswanathan AnandGrandmaster Vishwanathan Anand was felicitated by West Bengal Government with A Jar of Rosogulla,  Mementos,  and a Cash of Rs 5 Lakh.

“Anand, we are proud of you,” said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was away in north Bengal, over phone to Anand, who relished every minute of the felicitation which saw a large turnout of school children with the chess champion’s pictures pinned on their chests.

A host of sports personalities covering many disciplines – former celebrated footballers Chuni Goswami and P.K. Banerjee, international archer Dola Banerjee, athlete Soma Biswas, former Indian hockey captain Gurbux Singh and a large number of chess players, ministers, businessmen, monks and nuns were present at the star-studded yet somewhat chaotic programme at the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra.
The five-time world champion was showered with scarves, dhotis and Italian chocolates. Anand’s wife Aruna, who had to stay away from the function due to sudden illness despite arriving to the city Thursday morning, was given a saree, while a baby suit was given for his one-year-old son Akhil.

said he was not interested in thinking who would win the next title but believed that he would do it again.

“I hope it’s me. After me, me… what can I say… I am not trying not to think of who is coming next. Because, I am not interested,” the chess wizard said when asked who would be the next world champion.

Anand said that he does not believe in numbers when asked if he was looking to emulate Russian legend Garry Kasparov’s feat of six titles.

The state government also handed out a grant of Rs.1 lakh to Grand Master Surya Sekhar Ganguly, a member of Anand’s team of seconds since the 2008 world championship.

Speaking on the occasion, state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee said: “By felicitating Anand we are glorifying ourselves”.

Replying to the felicitation, Anand recalled his long association with the metropolis. “Right from my childhood, when I first came to Kolkata to play a tournament – I hae always fund a city a paradise for sportspersons. I have always found it a pleasure to come here and enjoy the adulation.”

“The warmth and affection with which you received me is very difficult to replicate,” he added.

Chinese Woman teaches how to Marry a Millionaire

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 11:12 AM PDT

A Chinese woman who married a multimillionaire has started tutoring other women on how to can find a rich husband. The class covers topics like how to approach rich men, how to date them and when to begin an intimate relationship.

The class in Chengdu in southwest China’s Sichuan province costs around 10,000 yuan ($1,600), the Shanghai Daily reported.

Taught by a 42-year-old woman named Su Fei, the class promises to provide opportunities to women students to meet rich men as part of the course.

Su Fei says she married a multimillionaire when she was 37.

The class had a successful run in Shenzhen in Guangdong province seven years ago when more than 100 women applied to attend similar lessons, the daily said.

“If you want to approach a rich man, learn his hobbies and venues he would frequently visit. Then you pretend to meet him at the venues accidentally and you happen to have the same hobbies,” the woman tells her class.

“During the first date, you should choose a seat carefully to let the light illuminate behind you at an angle of 30 to 45 degrees. This will make your face look prettier,” she says.

The course teaches women not to order very expensive food at high-end restaurants or accept luxury gifts.

It says rich men usually favour teachers, doctors and civil servants and dislike flight attendants, journalists and shop-owners.

“If a multimillionaire dates you for two years and still doesn’t plan to marry you, then you probably don’t have the chance to be his wife,” she says.

“It’s important to control the pace during dating to marry him in one year. It’s not wise to have an intimate relationship in the first two months,” the teacher tells her class.

Bihar to provide Sanitary Napkins to Rural Woman at subsidized prices

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 09:20 AM PDT

whisper sanitary napkinBihar  has decided to  provide Sanitary napkins to Rural Woman at Subsidised Prices in order to raise Awareness about their Health. The Pilot Project would be first started in 10 District would be later extended to all 38 districts.
“A bundle of five packs of sanitary napkins at Rs.6 each will be given to women in rural areas of 10 districts under the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) scheme, which is a part of the National Rural Health Mission,” Sanjay Kumar, executive director of the State Health Society, said here Thursday.

Kumar said the scheme would soon be launched in Vaishali, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Kaimur, Bhojpur, Buxar, Saran, Darbhanga, Munger and Gaya districts.

He added that in Vaishali, the napkins would be manufactured by a self-help group, while in other districts these would be produced by Hindustan Latex Limited, the country’s largest producer of condoms.

Majority of adolescent girls in rural areas are unaware about the means to deal with menstruation, which is linked with several misconceptions and practices that result in adverse social and health outcomes, experts add.

Studies show that only two percent of women in rural India use sanitary napkins.

Majority of them use cloth which is washed and often stored in humid conditions (so that it is not seen by others), resulting in repeated infections, experts said.

Poor availability of sanitary napkins in rural areas is also a big issue, as companies making them do not supply them in good amount due to lack of demand.

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