Archive for August 7th, 2006

Govt considering corporatisation of Ordnance Factories

August 7, 2006

To undertake a more sweeping mordernisation of Ordnance factories in the country, the government is considering the possibilities of “corporatisation” of these strategic industries.

Corporatisation, according to experts, would enable the ordnance factories to access the market for finance and reduce their dependency on government for budgetary support.

This is one of the major recommendations made by a high-powered committee under Vijay Kelkar and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that his Ministry is “examining the proposals”.

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North Block rejects proposal to impose cess on air travel

August 7, 2006

The civil aviation ministry’s proposal to impose a cess on air travel to raise funds to build airports has not found favour with North Block, which has asked the ministry to continue with the present system of cross subsidisation. 
 
“Imposing a new cess does not make sound economic sense. The system to cross subsidise for unviable routes is valid and should continue,” a finance ministry official said. 
 
Officials said North Block had, in its comments on the draft aviation policy, pointed out that the unremunerative airports should be revived through the public-private partnership route and any gaps in funding could be met through the government’s viability gap funding project. 
 
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Airline tickets just one phone call away now

August 7, 2006

Increased capacity in the aviation space has forced domestic airlines to think out of box to reach passengers who are not online. In addition to offering them discounted fares, airlines are now giving tickets at door steps of passengers. 
 
Airlines are strengthening ticket distribution systems through tying with courier firms for door delivery and entering into strategic arrangement with ATM operators. 
 
The Wadia Group promoted low-cost carrier GoAir has tied up with Mumbai-based speciality courier company ExpressIT for home delivery of tickets. By calling GoAir call centre, the ticket booked will be delivered to their doorstep within 24 hours at a nominal charge. This charge, in addition to the cost of the ticket at the time of booking, can be paid either by cash or credit card. 

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Jet`s Chandigarh-Delhi flight now to take a morning take-off

August 7, 2006

Pursuing its expansion plans and to provide easy access to metros, Jet Airways will start morning flights from Chandigarh to Delhi. 
 
Currently, it operates from Chandigarh Airport in the afternoon. Moreover, the company is also planning to start the Chandigarh-Mumbai flight from next month. 

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Coming soon, an air accident every week!

August 7, 2006

Experts have warned of one aircraft accident per week on an average from 2010 onwards due to increased number of flights in operation.

The data was presented by US Paul Russell, senior engineer of Indian during a lecture on Friday on ‘Use of Advanced Hazard Avoidance Avionics Systems in Civil Aircraft Present and Future’ in Andaman and Nicobar islands.

Giving data about the accidents that took place in the past 20 years, he said about 50 per cent of take off accidents were due to crew error and 25 per cent were caused due to inclement weather and 10-15 per cent owing to aircraft failure.

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Snecma revs up at Farnborough

August 7, 2006

At last month’s Farnborough Air Show, Safran group’s Snecma Services secured landing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services contracts from airlines across the world. Snecma Services’ experience, close ties with the engine manufacturer, and the ability to design a customised financing arrangement were decisive factors in winning these contracts, according to a Snecma Services release.

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The Indo-U.S. Civilian Nuclear Agreement and the Indian Axis of Evil

August 7, 2006

For the first time since the break up of the former Soviet Union, a significant challenge is being mounted to American military and economic hegemony.  Even as the U.S. seeks to maintain a stranglehold over proven and conjectured oil and natural gas reserves of West and Central Asia by constructing a chain of military bases and (ideally) installing a series of obedient Presidents and Prime Ministers across the region, its policy makers find themselves having to counter the resistance offered by the established powers of the region.

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The Great Indian Chessboard (Monthly Review July 2006)

August 7, 2006

July’s most important event was certainly the G8 summit from July 15 to 17 in Saint Petersburg (Russia). The Russians made huge fuss of it using the summit on both fronts – internal and external. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rating rose to 79 percent from 77 percent in a month. The G8 summit in Putin’s hometown was hailed by Russian media as a huge success that marked the nation’s return as a global power. The Russian leader showed the seven other leaders his country’s “new muscles”, refueling the fears of the Triple Alliance threat. Chinese President and Indian Prime Minister were among leaders of six developing countries invited by the Russian leader.

In the framework of the summit Manmohan Singh, Hu Jintao and Vladimir Putin met for a trilateral meeting, the first of its kind among the countries. This meeting was held after the conclusion of the outreach session of the G8 summit and perceived by many analysts as a warning to the western world: “We have other close friends, You know…” Friends that will never preach about any troubles with democracy and against using energy resources for political extortion.

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Ill-conceived planning by Musharraf led to second major military defeat in Kargil

August 7, 2006

This was said by PML-N joint secretary Siddiq ul Farooq while unveiling white paper on Kargil incident here in a press conference Saturday.

He told that over 3000 Mujahideens, officers and soldiers of NLI had to render sacrifice of their lives on Kargil front which was opened by General Musharraf without obtaining approval from the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif and taking into confidence Naval and air chiefs and other corps commanders.

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Newark sees rise in flights to India

August 7, 2006

Until a few years ago, travelers from New Jersey heading to India faced a long and uncertain drive to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, N.Y.

That’s what Sarma Ayyala calls “the old days” of travel to India, his native country.

“It was really a painful thing because it takes about 2 1/2 hours depending on the traffic,” said Ayyala, 65, who moved to New Jersey in 1970.

That journey didn’t even include the flight, which can take up to 18 hours. But today, he drives a shorter distance to Newark Liberty International Airport, where two airlines now offer direct flights to India.

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