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Conspiracy to derail privatisation: Air India pilots to Puri

“This deliberate and unethical agenda of creating Industrial Disharmony reeks of a vested interest and a conspiracy to sabotage the National Carrier and derail the process of privatization”, the pilots have told Puri.

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Hardeep Puri

New Delhi, July 27 : Seeking an urgent meeting with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Air India pilots have alleged a conspiracy to sabotage the national carrier and derail the process of privatisation.

In a letter to Puri, Indian Commercial Pilots Association and Indian Pilots Guild said, “It is evident from the Press Conference dated 16th July 2020 that the officials briefing you have Grossly Misinformed you about the Current state of affairs at Air India. The pay cut is NOT across the board and you are being misled”.

“This deliberate and unethical agenda of creating Industrial Disharmony reeks of a vested interest and a conspiracy to sabotage the National Carrier and derail the process of privatization”, the pilots have told Puri.

Pilots have pointed out that basic pay, HRA and DA constitutes 80 per cent of gross pay for general category employees while the same constitutes 20 per cent of gross pay for pilots. Allowances form 80 per cent of pilots’ gross pay in Air India.

“The current industry standard in India is a cut of 15-23 per cent on gross salary i.e cost to company. However, the Air India management is trying to show cost cutting by slashing cherry picked allowances instead of a fair cut on gross wages (the true cost to company of an employee). They have safeguarded their perks, privileges and entitlements while shifting extreme financial burden on the pilots”, the letter said.

“We request you to kindly grant us an Urgent Meeting so we may brief you on the ground reality and prevent this travesty. Rest assured we have the best interests of Air India at heart”, the pilots told Puri.

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BSNL launches ‘Bharat Air Fibre’ service in Maharashtra

The air fibre service was inaugurated by Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State for Communications and IT.

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New Delhi, Aug 2 : State-run BSNL on Sunday launched ‘Bharat Air Fibre’ services at Akola in Maharashtra allowing the residents of Akola and Washim districts to get wireless internet connections on demand.

The service is part of the Centre’s ‘Digital India’ initiative which aims to provide wireless connectivity in the range of 20 km from the BSNL locations benefitting people in the remote areas.

The air fibre service was inaugurated by Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State for Communications and IT.

BSNL is providing the “Bharat Air Fibre Services” through local business partners of BSNL from Akola and Washim districts and these services will give fastest internet connectivity in quick time, said an official statement.

“These services are special and different from other operators as BSNL is providing unlimited free voice calling,” it said.

The PSU will provide Bharat Air Fibre connectivity up to 100 mbps speed.

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We’ve to recognise workers in informal sector: Muhammad Yunus tells Rahul Gandhi

“Women are the remotest of all. Looking at the structure, this is the lowest in the structure. They have no voice, nothing in the society; traditions make them completely separate. They are the basic strength of the society.”

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New Delhi, July 31 : Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said on Friday that novel coronavirus had laid bare the weaknesses in the society and lamented that economics doesn’t recognise workers employed in the informal sector. He stressed the need for according recognition to such workers.

During his conversation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the founder of Bangladesh Grameen Bank said: “The financial system is designed in a very wrong way. And the Covid-19 crisis has revealed the weaknesses of the society in a very ugly way; you can see it now.

“These are hidden away into the society; we get used to it; the poor people are there; migrant workers are in the city, hiding in the city. But suddenly, we see millions of them on the highway trying to go home. And then on foot, thousand-mile journeys. That is the saddest part that Covid-19 pandemic has revealed. We have to recognise these people.”

He was responding to Rahul Gandhi’s question about the finances of the poor, and the impact of poverty on women, and how this Covid-19 crisis and ensuing economic crisis was going to affect the poor.

Yunus said that economics does not recognise these people. “They call it the informal sector. Informal sector means we have nothing to do with them; they are not a part of the economy. Economy begins with the formal sector; we are busy with the formal sector. If we can only finance them, we can take care of them, pay attention to them, they’ll be moving up the ladder,” the Nobel laureate said.

Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006. He set up the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983, fueled by the belief that credit is a fundamental human right. His objective was to help the poor escape poverty by providing loans on terms suitable to them and by teaching them a few sound financial principles so they could help themselves.

Yunus said: “Women are the remotest of all. Looking at the structure, this is the lowest in the structure. They have no voice, nothing in the society; traditions make them completely separate. They are the basic strength of the society.”

“All the entrepreneurial ability, when microcredit came and went to the women, they showed how much entrepreneurial capacity they had. That’s why microcredit is known to the whole world and not just in Bangladesh because they have shown their worth. They can fight; they have the skills; artisanal skills and all kinds of skills, beautiful skills. They are all forgotten because they all belong to what we call the informal sector,” he said.

In the last four months, the Congress leader has interacted with Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee, epidemiologist Johan Geseicke, Professor Nicholas Burns at Harvard’s Kennedy School, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, and Indian industrialist Rajiv Bajaj.

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MP woman forced to carry husband on shoulders as punishment

The police said an investigation is underway and appropriate action will be taken once it concludes.

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Jhabua Punishment

Jhabua, July 30 : In a bizarre incident, a woman resident of Ranwas village under Para police post in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, was forced to carry her husband on her shoulders as a punishment for her alleged illicit relations with another man.

The video of the incident has gone viral on the social media. In the video, a woman is seen carrying her husband on her shoulders and walking around the village.

The woman’s husband had accused his wife of having an extra-marital affair with another man. A panchayat was called and it was decided that the woman will have to carry her husband on her shoulders and move around the village.

A case has been registered against seven persons on the complaint of the woman.

The police said an investigation is underway and appropriate action will be taken once it concludes.

No arrests have been made in the case so far.

This is the second such incident in Jhabua in the past one month.

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