Prior permission for private jets to fly out of India will no longer be required each time, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said. The move will come into effect from Dec. 15.“These revised regulations shall come into effect from 15.12.2017, and thereafter, Indian aircraft operators approved/authorized to undertake international operations shall not be required to obtain prior permission from DGCA for undertaking international non-scheduled flights from/to airports with custom/immigration facilities,” the regulator said in an official statement.Scheduled and non-scheduled operators are certified by DGCA for undertaking international operations in compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and are given “area of operations” based on their operational capabilities. “Such operators approved for ‘international’ area of operations can henceforth operate international non-scheduled flights as per the area of operations endorsed on their Air Operator Certificate/Permit after filing a flight plan with ATC unit concerned,” the DGCA statement said.Until now a precondition existed, where private jet operators who were flying India-registered aircraft to foreign countries, had to obtain DGCA’s permission. This is called “YA number” and it is mandatory before each flight for ensuring that the aircraft is suitable for operations.The DGCA will also issue an authorization valid for five years for private aircraft operators to fly overseas. “The private aircraft operators shall also be issued an authorization with a validity of five years for undertaking international operations upon compliance of the laid down requirements as per ICAO SARPs. They can also undertake international flights as per authorization issued by DGCA, by filing a flight plan with ATC unit concerned,” the DGCA statement said.“Doing away with YA number will ensure that Indian operators can fly overseas without delay and will help maintain the essence of business aviation,” Rohit Kapur, President, Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA), said, Livemint.com reported. He added that the move has been welcomed by the industry body and it will assist in the ease of doing business.Kapur said that business jets are not only a luxury, but in many cases, they are also a necessity. Business jets help in gaining quick access and connectivity and allows business leaders to be productive, efficient as well as flexible, the report added. Related ItemsAviation
An eight-member team of mountaineers, including seven foreign nationals, has gone missing on its way to Nanda Devi East peak in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, prompting the administration to launch a massive search-and-rescue operation.The team, which includes seven mountaineers from the U.K., the U.S. and Australia besides a liaison officer from the Indian Institute of Mountaineering, left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the 7,434-metre peak.The team is said to have been missing since May 25 when it was supposed to return to the base camp, Pithoragarh District Magistrate V.K. Jogdande told reporters on June 1.The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari, about 132 km from the district headquarters. From Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp, mountaineers have to traverse a distance of about 90km on foot.“Besides the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) search teams, we have sent a 14-member search-and-rescue team from Munsiyari to the spot this morning. The team comprises State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), medical personnel, revenue police and local villagers,” the district magistrate (DM) said.A SDRF team also left Dehradun in a helicopter on Saturday morning to conduct an aerial survey of the area but inclement weather hampered the operation, Mr. Jogdande said.“The team will make another attempt to carry out an aerial survey to trace the missing mountaineers as the weather improves,” the DM said.“An ITBP search team has reached Martoli village about 21km from Nanda Devi base camp. It will soon reach the base camp,” he said.“We have also sought helicopter sorties from neighbouring districts of Chamoli and Rudraprayag to trace the exact location of the mountaineers,” he said.The team leader, Martin Mortain, is a well-known mountaineer from Britain.
With moderate to heavy rains expected to lash various parts of Goa over the next few days, Drishti Marine, the State-appointed lifeguard agency has issued a monsoon advisory instructing visitors to the beach not to venture into the sea during the monsoon months extending from June till the end of September.The Goa government shuts the beaches in the coastal tourist State for swimming and all water sports activities during the monsoon months from June to August each year as the sea during this season tends to be extremely rough and choppy. Goa is also observing a 61-day fishing ban from June 1 to July 31 where nearly 1,500 trawlers pull their nets off the territorial waters for the entire period of the ban.According to the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD), heavy rainfall with high-speed winds is likely to occur at isolated places over north and south Goa. Pre-monsoon showers commenced in the State earlier this week with light showers witnessed across the State. With the onset of the monsoon, the State will witness strong winds and thundershowers.Drishti’s nearly 600-strong lifeguard force man the Goa’s beaches through the year. Owing to the oncoming monsoons and the present weather conditions, red flags have been posted across all beaches under Drishti’s surveillance indicating that these are strictly non-swim zones.Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said on Monday, “Even wading into the waters is not advisable during monsoons. Our team of lifeguards present along the coast is monitoring the weather conditions. The team is trained to carry out rescues even in rough weather.”Drishti advises visitors to avoid rocky areas, cliffs, and hills on the shoreline. These are very slippery during monsoon season and also wave height, intensity and frequencies are very high and one can easily get washed out. All rocky areas around the fort areas in Anjuna, Vagator in North coastal belt and Tiracol in South coastal belt are out of bounds during monsoons.River bathing including water sports activities is restricted and can only be done under the supervision of trained and certified operators.In case of a dry spell over the next few months and depending on weather conditions, Drishti may open up a few beach stretches so that visitors can wade into the waters.“Goa’s coastline is quite complex and requires mapping every morning. If weather conditions are favourable, we may open up the zones on some of the beaches for visitors who want to wade into the water. These zones can be identified by the red and yellow flags and will be decided on a daily basis depending on the day’s weather. However, even in such conditions, swimming is not advisable due to the presence of underwater currents and rip tides,” cautions Mr. Ravi Shankar.Drishti especially cautioned adults to keep a very close eye on children while on the beach and to not allow children to venture into the waters unattended, no matter how shallow it may be.
Governor calls to resolve crisisNotably, over 300 senior doctors across various state-run medical college and hospitals resigned from their services in solidarity with their agitating colleagues.Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi last evening invited Ms. Banerjee to Raj Bhawan for a meeting to resolve the crisis. Ms. Banerjee, however, did not respond.“I tried to contact the Chief Minister. I called her up. Till this moment there is no response from her. If she calls me up, we will discuss the matter,” the Governor told reporters after visiting Paribaha Mukhopadhyay, the doctor who was assaulted, at a hospital on Friday night.Meanwhile, resident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi have given a 48-hour ultimatum to Ms. Banerjee to meet the demands of the agitating doctors, failing which they said they would go on an indefinite strike.48-hour ultimatum to MamataResident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital, who boycotted work on Friday, have now given a 48-hour ultimatum to Ms. Banerjee to meet the demands of the State’s agitating doctors, failing which they said they would go on indefinite strike. Members of the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA), who resumed work on Saturday, said that if the demands of the West Bengal doctors were not met within 48 hours, they would be forced to resort to an indefinite strike.“We condemn the hostile and unapologetic attitude of the government of West Bengal. Our protest at AIIMS, New Delhi continues until justice is meted out.“According to the decision taken in a general body meeting held on June 14, RDA issues an ultimatum of 48 hours to the West Bengal government to meet the demands of the striking doctors there, failing which we would be forced to resort to an indefinite strike at AIIMS, New Delhi. We hope that our colleagues across the nation will join us in this hour of need,” the AIIMS RDA said in a statement. Watch | Why are doctors protesting across the country? Medical services hit as doctors’ agitation spreads “If she can go to the SSKM she can also come to the NRS… or else this agitation will go on,” Mr. Dutta said.Ms. Banerjee, who visited the state-run SSKM Hospital on Thursday amid slogans of “we want justice”, had contended that outsiders were creating disturbances in the medical colleges and the ongoing agitation is a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the BJP.On Friday night, the agitating junior doctors declined to attend a meeting called by the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat, saying it was a ploy to break their stir.After seeing that the protesting doctors did not turn up on Friday night, Ms. Banerjee asked the students to come to Nabanna, the State Secretariat, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, senior physician Sukumar Mukherjee said.Mr. Mukherjee along with other senior doctors, who were not part of the agitation, met Ms. Banerjee on Friday.They held a two-hour-long meeting with the Chief Minister at the Secretariat to find a solution to the ongoing problem. Striking junior doctors turned down West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s invitation for a meeting at the State Secretariat, which was called to resolved the impasse, and continued their protest for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday.The doctors, who are protesting against the assault on two of their colleagues at NRS Medical College and Hospital, had on Friday sought unconditional apology from Banerjee and set six conditions for the State government in order to withdraw their stir.“We are not going to the secretariat upon the invitation of the Chief Minister for the meeting. She will have to come to the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital and deliver an unconditional apology for her comments made during her visit to the SSKM Hospital on Thursday,” Arindam Dutta, spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors, told PTI.Also Read
Stunning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is exulting over the collapse of the Congress government in Karnataka, two of its MLAs on Wednesday voted in favour of an amendment to the criminal procedure code in the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.Terming it a ghar waapsi (homecoming), Maihar legislator Narayan Tripathi told reporters, “In the previous government, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had made tall promises in my constituency, but delivered nothing. There was also an attempt within the party to sabotage my election. The Congress is my old home and I am headed back to it. I’ll do whatever is the best for my constituency.” The MLA had switched to the BJP in 2014.With the positive vote of Beohari MLA Sharad Kol as well, the Criminal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed in the Assembly with the support of 122 MLAs, even though the ruling coalition has the support of 121 MLAs, including Speaker N.P. Prajapati, who didn’t vote. The Congress enjoys the support of one Samajwadi Party, two Bahujan Samaj Party and four independent MLAs, whereas the BJP has 109 MLAs in the Assembly.Later in the day, Chief Minister Kamal Nath, sitting with the dissenting MLAs, told reporters, “The BJP claims we are a minority government which can fall any day. But today, during the voting on the amendment, two of their MLAs voted in our favour.” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath is flanked by BJP MLAs Narayan Tripathi (right) and Sharad Kol as he addresses a press conference at the State Assembly in Bhopal July 24, 2019. | Photo Credit: A.M. Faruqui Congratulating the MLAs on their homecoming, Congress leader Jyotiraditya M. Scindia tweeted that their vote in favour of the party showed their faith in its government’s policies. “Moreover, they had shown the mirror to BJP leaders who say ours is a minority government… We have full faith that our government will push forward development with conviction.”The developments come hours after Mr. Nath and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Gopal Bhargava parlayed over the stability of the government. Mr. Bhargava had hinted at the government’s wobbly foundation, given the Congress lost the trust vote to the BJP in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday.On the floor of the house, Mr. Bhargava claimed one instruction from the top leadership of the BJP was enough to topple the Congress government in the State within 24 hours.Stating that the Congress was ready to prove its majority any time, Mr. Nath hit back: “The number one and two at your top are wise. That’s why they are not giving any orders.”Contrasting Mr. Bhargava’s statement, former Chief Minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan in June had said his party was not attempting to dislodge the government. It may fall on its own “due to infighting”. The Congress was ready for a floor test in the Assembly any time, but the BJP shied away from it, claimed State Congress media Chief Shobha Oza, “Whenever we had an opportunity to prove our majority, they walked away under some pretext or the other. Even after the budget was presented, they had an opportunity to challenge us. But they didn’t.”She said the BJP was trying to create a threat perception by claiming the coalition partners could be pulled away easily. “They are just spreading rumours and trying to lure our MLAs for the past seven months. They even tried to lure one of our tribal MLAs with ₹50 crore recently. But our MLAs understand their responsibility in serving the people who voted for them for their Congress ticket.”BJP State media chief Lokendra Parashar refused to comment.
While the State Cabinet on Tuesday decided to seek ₹6,813 crore from the Centre to tackle the flood crisis, the government is facing several demands from the Opposition. The welfare trust of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday handed over a cheque worth ₹50 lakh to the CM relief fund, and the party also submitted a list of 25 demands. Key demands include a complete waiver of farm loans up to June 2019 in areas affected by floods, and provision of new crop loans at the earliest. The NCP has also demanded compensation for crop damage: ₹1 lakh per hectare for horticulture, ₹50,000 for rice and ₹40,000 for finger millet, and ₹25,000 per hectare to make the land cultivable again. It said ₹40,000 in cash should be given to farmers and agricultural labourers as no crop can be taken for the next six months on land affected by floodwater. The NCP has also demanded cash compensation for houses, shops and businesses damaged by flood. The government should also compensate owners for lost cattle, it said. The party demanded a special fund for zilla parishads, municipal councils and municipal corporations to ensure medical facilities for post-flood treatment, and construction of roads and bridges. Other demands include a toll waiver on the national highway stretch in the flood-affected areas, fee waiver for students, and a chance for them to appear for entrance examinations that were to be held during the period. On Wednesday, a delegation of Maharashtra Congress will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with a charter of demands. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not even tweeted about the floods in Maharashtra to show that he has taken note of the tragedy. There are losses in farming and also in businesses. We demand that the State government ensures total compensation to the affected,” State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said. Meanwhile, Congress leader Milind Deora has asked former MPs, MLAs, MLCs, and corporators and former corporators from Mumbai to donate one month’s salary or pension for the relief work. He also urged Congress workers to help the affected people in any way possible. Mumbai Congress is also in the process of sending supplies and relief items to the affected areas in the next few days.
An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped at a government primary school in Kakripur village of Baghpat on August 16 but the police did not take action for almost 12 days. Instead, the Station House Officer allegedly tried to negotiate a ‘compromise’ between the families of the victim and the perpetrators. On Tuesday, SP Pratap Gopendra Yadav attached SHO Naresh Kumar of Ramala police station to police lines and asked the CO to hold an inquiry into his role.Nawaz (name changed), uncle of the girl who studies in Class III, said that on August 16 she was playing on the school premises when three boys of Classes IV and V forcibly took her to the washroom and allegedly raped her. “She had reported the matter to her teacher but she asked her not to share it with anybody,” alleged Nawaz. The police said the boys were all siblings aged 10, 11 and 14. “The role of the eldest is being said to be the most heinous,” said SP Yadav.After a couple of days, Nawaz told The Hindu, when the girl’s mother noticed abscess in her private parts, her parents took her to a private doctor who said she had been raped. “We went to the Ramala police station where SHO Naresh Kumar put pressure on my brother to compromise with the boys’ family. The family has ties with influential people in the village panchayat. My brother was made to sign on a paper which said that the abscess was because of an allergy,” Nawaz further alleged.Victim hospitalisedMeanwhile, he added, the infection spread and the girl had to be admitted to the district hospital. “People started taunting us for taking money. We are poor people who work as labourers but we could not make eye contact with our daughter. We felt that the girl should get justice and approached the SP through the local media.”Mr. Yadav said he came to know about the case on Monday and took action by getting her medical examination done and getting a case registered under Sections 376 and 342 of the IPC.
A conference of sports ministers of various States is likely to be held in November at Gujarat’s Kevadiya, the site of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s memorial, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Sunday.Mr. Rijiju said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had agreed to his proposal and the conference will also allow participants to visit the world’s tallest statue and learn about the culture of the State. The minister was here to take part in the inauguration ceremony of Sanskar Dham Sports Academy, an outfit run by a trust, and attend the opening ceremony of the State government’s 10th edition of annual Khel Mahakumbh.Apart from Mr. Rupani and Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, sports icons Mary Kom, Vishwanathan Anand, Pullela Gopichand, Deepa Malik, Gagan Narang, and Elavenil Valarivan were present.“I have proposed to hold an all-India sports ministers’ conference in November at Kevadiya, and the CM has agreed. Not only sports, but we will also get to know about Gujarat’s culture and a chance to see the world’s tallest statue,” he said.Mr. Rijiju praised the State for taking steps to improve its sports infrastructure. He said changes in the sports sector in the last five years have started to yield results and claimed the country is no longer satisfied with just a few medals in international events.“In the past, India would participate in Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth, and world championships, and would feel happy after winning 2-4 medals. But in New India, we are not going to settle for one or two medals,” he said.Mr. Rupani said government initiatives like ‘Shaktidoot Yojana’ have produced results with beneficiary players from the State winning 337 gold, 208 silver, and 108 bronze medals at various levels.He said 47 lakh students will take part in the Khel Mahakumbh, with around 1.6 lakh students getting ₹40 crore worth of awards.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s “good governance and development plank” suffered badly in the Assembly byelections in the State. The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal gained substantially while Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) made its debut by winning one seat. One seat went to an Independent candidate.However, in the bypoll to Samastipur Lok Sabha (reserved) seat, NDA candidate Prince Raj of the Lok Janshakti Party emerged victorious defeating Congress candidate Ashok Kumar by over one lakh votes. In the last parliamentary election, Ram Chandra Paswan, father of Mr. Prince Raj, defeated the same Congress candidate. The bypoll was necessitated following Paswan’s death. Mr. Prince Raj is nephew of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan.Mostly relativesIn the 2015 Assembly elections, the ruling JD(U) won all four Assembly seats of Nathnagar, Belhar, Simri-Bakhtiyarpur and Daraunda. Since all the party MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2019 election, these seats had fallen vacant and the JD(U) had put up its candidates, mostly relatives of those elected MPs. The BJP had fielded its lone candidate in Kishanganj, which was bagged by the Congress candidate, Mohd. Javed in 2015. Later, in 2019, Mr. Javed too got elected to the Lok Sabha on Congress ticket and a bypoll was necessitated there.Out of four contested seats, the JD(U) could retain only one seat of Nathnagar from where party candidate Laxmikant Mandal defeated RJD’s Rabiya Khatun in a keenly contested poll. RJD nominees Ramdeo Yadav and Zafar Alam registered win in Belhar and Simri-Bakhtiyarpur seats defeating JD(U) candidates Laldhari Yadav and Arun Yadav. In Daraunda, Independent candidate Karanjit Singh alias Vyasji Singh won the poll by over 27,000 votes. Mr. Singh, a rebel BJP candidate, was recently expelled from the party for contesting the by-poll against NDA’s official candidate Ajay Singh of the JD(U). Mr. Ajay Singh, against whom many criminal cases are pending in Siwan, is husband of JD(U) MP Kavita Singh. The RJD had fielded Umesh Singh as its candidate there.However, the real surprise came from the Seemanchal area of Kishanganj, where AIMIM candidate Qamrul Hoda won the poll defeating BJP’s Sweety Singh. With this win, Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM made its debut in the Bihar Assembly. The Congress had fielded Sayeeda Bano, 72, mother of party MP Mohd. Javed from the seat. “I think we lost the poll as local party workers and voters were not enthused by the candidate who is relative of party MP,” senior State Congress leader Sadanand Singh told journalists in Patna.
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Friday said that Jannayak Janta Party will get one more ministerial berth in the next Cabinet expansion and the party’s other legislators will also get major responsibilities. Mr. Chautala, who was speaking to journalists in Sirsa, said that the decision of State government to empower the village panchayat to ban the sale of liquor in its jurisdiction will show revolutionary results in the coming days. “It’s just the beginning of a new era and the government will ensure unprecedented development in Haryana,” he said. Panel for CMPResponding to the common minimum programme, the Deputy Chief Minister said that all development works which had been announced will be completed and a committee has been set up for the purpose. Mr. Chautala said the committee will prepare a road map to give further impetus to the announcements of the common minimum programme.Hitting out at the Opposition, he said the State government has procured more paddy than its target.