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Airlines asked to mount additional flights to Kerala, cap maximum air fares




New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 17 (IANS) The civil aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) has asked domestic airlines to mount additional flights to and from Kerala with a cap on the maximum fare.

The advisory came as the state reeled under torrential rain and the worst floods in the recent past.

The grim situation has left the state with only two operational civil airports at Thiruvananthapuram and Calicut, as operations at Cochin airport have been suspended till August 26 on account of rising water levels in the operational area.

“Scheduled domestic airlines have also been advised to ensure that air fares for flights to or from Trivandrum and Calicut airports in Kerala and nearby airports i.e. Mangalore and Coimbatore are kept at optimal level proportionate to sector distance so that travelling public is not inconvenienced,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement issued on Friday.

Accordingly, airlines have been requested to cap the maximum fare to around Rs 10,000 on longer routes and around Rs 8,000 on shorter routes to and from Kerala and nearby airports.

“In addition, DGCA is constantly monitoring air fares on 32 direct routes operating to or from Trivandrum, Calicut, Coimbatore and Mangalore,” the statement said.

“Spike in airfare on few routes have been observed. Concerned airlines have been advised to cap the airfare on these flights.”

On Thursday, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu tweeted:

“We have advised airlines to be more sensitive to situation arising out of #KeralaFlooding & keep airfares in check. It’s a humanitarian cause. Thx to all for agreeing with my suggestions to carry free of charge the #KeralaFloodRelief related material. All efforts ongoing for relief.”

A day ago, Minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda Gowda had tweeted: “Private Airlines are at a money making Shame!! Today Mangalore to Bengaluru ticket rate sky-rocketed to Rs 18,000. This route’s average rate is never more than Rs 4,000. It’s time to introduce more flights @jayantsinha.”

The monsoon fury has hit different parts of Western Ghats including districts of Kerala and adjoining areas in Karnataka.


Delhi University files police complaint against Baisoya

He was a student in the Buddist Department of the university and was elected the President of the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) in the election held in September this year.



Ankiv Baisoya

New Delhi, Nov 20 : Days after cancelling his admission, the Delhi University (DU) on Monday filed a police complaint against Ankiv Baisoya for submitting fake educational certificates to get admission in the university.

The university had expelled Baisoya on November 15 after finding in a probe that he had submitted fake certificates from Thiruvalluvar University at Vellore in Tamil Nadu to secure admission in the Delhi University.

He was a student in the Buddist Department of the university and was elected the President of the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) in the election held in September this year.

“We received the complaint this evening from the department head of the Buddhist Studies. We will now begin criminal proceedings against him (Baisoya),” a senior police officer told IANS.

A case against Baisoya is due for hearing on November 20, which was filed by Sunny Chhillar, the National Students’ Union of India candidate who had come second to Baisoya in the September election.

In his petition, Chhillar has challenged Baisoya’s election and studentship on the basis of the letter written by the Thiruvalluvar University Registrar, in which he had said that Baisoya was never a student of his university.

In his speech on Monday on the occasion of 95th convocation of the varsity, DU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi said he is working towards making the admission process transparent.

“We have been able to make the process of admission transparent by the distinctive efforts of those who are at the helm of affairs.

“Although some cases of malpractices have come to our notice, we have the process of accountability in place and a strong resolve to take corrective measures. And we would not like any delinquent in the admission process to go scot-free,” Tyagi said.


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5 train robbers held in Delhi



New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Five notorious train robbers, who used to target trains operating from the national capital, have been arrested, a police officer said here on Monday.

The criminals — identified as Vikram, Vikky, Rajender, Sonu and Mustakim — are trained in attacking passengers, generally women, with blade and paper cutters and jumping off moving trains after snatching valuables.

With their arrest, the Crime Branch officials claimed to have cracked nine cases registered at different railway police stations.

The accused are being interrogated and police suspect that they are involved in more cases of robberies as many passengers do not report incidents.

“The accused, on November 16 stabbed multiple times a passenger travelling on train and jumped at Sakur Basti railway station after snatched his bag containing Rs 20,000,” said DCP Joy Tirkey of the Crime Branch.

The victim had received multiple blade injuries in chest, neck and stomach. Following his complaint at Sarai Rohilla Police Station, a team was constituted to nab them.

“During brief interrogation, the accused confessed that they generally targeted women passengers travelling alone. Besides, they also targeted male passengers who were ‘less alert’ about their belongings in the train,” Tirkey said.

To avoid get predicted, the accused after committing crime on one route, they generally board on trains going toward different routes. They know, where the trains go slow on stretches heading toward major railway stations of Delhi.

“We had received an input about the gang members assembling at Mukarba Chowk on Sunday evening. A trap was laid and they were nabbed. The cops have recovered three sharp-edge blades, five mobile phones and Rs 3,630 of Rs 20,000 looted on November 16,” Tirkey said.

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Enforcement agencies not implementing directions to curb pollution’



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New Delhi, Nov 20 : Stressing that Delhi is decaying and dying due to air pollution, the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA on Monday slammed the enforcement authorities for failing to implement its directions to control pollution.

Bhure Lal, chairperson of the EPCA — Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority — the nodal agency which issues directions to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR, also stressed on his stand on “minimising private vehicles in Delhi”.

Criticising the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and municipal corporations, he said: “How can we aspire to breathe when even court orders are being defied.”

“We have to confront the problems but enforcing agencies are dormant and indulge in blame game,” the EPCA chairman said, referring to the enforcement authorities of Delhi, while speaking at an event held by think tank Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) on challenges faced by Delhi-NCR.

Speaking at the lecture, Bhure Lal called to preserve Delhi. “It is need of the hour to preserve Delhi. It is decaying and dying,” Lal said.

He also stressed on the need to increase the public transport, especially the bus fleet of the city, saying that in Delhi “there are more cars per family than the family members”.

“Delhi presently requires 15,000 buses but there are just 5,000 buses,” he said.

Standing by his earlier call, which he made last week, Lal said “private car driving is a burden on each individual” and people should opt for public transport.

“The solutions are stopping open burning, using public transport and plant as many trees as one can,” Bhure Lal suggested as three things to resolve the current pollution issue of Delhi.

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