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Jet-Airways_4New Delhi: It is bad news if you are flying Jet Airways on Tuesday. Jet Airways said some of its pilots are striking by calling in sick, forcing the airline to cancel flights.

The pilots “resorted to a simulated strike by reporting sick,” the carrier said in a statement. “This organised activity is a planned sabotage of operations that will damage the airline’s operations.”

Jet Airways said some flights may have to be combined or cancelled. The company will provide updated information using its website and call centre.

640 of Jet Airways pilots, affiliated to the National Aviators Guild, have gone on a mass sick leave, to protest the sacking of two senior colleagues.

The Guild opted for mass sick leave and not strike fearing action from the Regional Labour Commissioner, who deem any strike as illegal.

As many as 235 flights of Jet Airways, both domestic and international, and 130 flights of Jet Konnect are likely to be grounded. Pilots outside India are likely to fly back to their base and then report sick. But the management says it is in a conciliation process with the pilots.

In the statement released Jet Airways said: “Jet Airways is taking all steps to minimise the inconvenience to its guests. We will try to accommodate our guests on alternate flights.”

Those travelling by Jet can expect updates via SMS. The airline is also offering affected passengers a full refund or the option of rebooking on another date at no extra cost.

One of the first causalities of this strike was BJP Spokesperson Prakash Javadekar. “I was flying to Mumbai and they told me that the flight is cancelled and they will give me another flight. Let me find out.”

However, there were many passengers who were angry at the way the airline was handling the matter.

“They said the flight was on time. So I came to the airport at 4am. But there’s no one to help us, no one to say if flight will take off or not,” a disgruntled passenger said.

Another passenger said, “No arrangements, they’re just shuttling us from airline to airline. Everyone’s saying everything is sold out.”

Sourcehttp://ibnlive.in.com

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The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved fifty percent reservation for women in panchayats all across the country.

“The Cabinet has approved the amendment of Article 243 (d) of the Constitution to reserve 50 per cent of the total number of seats in panchayats filled by direct election for women,” said Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni here after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The states which have already implemented 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayati raj institutions are Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

While Rajasthan has announced implementation of the proposal in the next panchayat election in 2010, Kerala recently declared that it would implement it.

The 33 per cent reservation for women in panchayats was achieved through the 73rd Constitutional Amendment during the regime of Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, though it was Rajiv Gandhi who first mooted the idea of empowering women at the grassroots. (ANI)

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NEW DELHI: The city came chillingly close to witnessing another major Metro tragedy when a train carrying 34 people derailed on an elevated track
in DelhiMetro on Wednesday afternoon but came to a halt just before it could hit the railing of the viaduct. No one was hurt.

Had the train been at a slightly higher speed, it could have fallen off the elevated pathway, leading to serious loss of life and property. Metro officials said the train operator ignored a stop signal and drove over a burst point (where the lines change) aligned for trains coming keeping from the other direction, leading to the derailment. The driver has been suspended.

The incident occurred at 3.19pm on the tracks between the Dwarka and Dwarka More metro stations on line 3 (Yamuna Bank to Dwarka sector 9). Train number 5015, headed towards Yamuna Bank, had just left the Dwarka metro station when it was halted at a red signal. However, the train operator decided to ignore the signal and move on, a Metro spokesperson said.

Prima facie, the cause of derailment appears to be the driver starting the train on the manual mode without waiting for the train’s automated mode to get actualised. He crossed the signal at danger after switching the train to manual mode, which is supposed to be done only in emergency. The driver has been suspended. A three-member committee comprising GM-level officials has been constituted to look into the incident,” the spokesperson said.

DMRC officials explained that the train was not given free passage as a burst point on the track just ahead (311-J) was set against the direction of the train’s movement.

Since the number of passengers going all the way up to the last stop in Dwarka are few, only alternate trains coming from Yamuna Bank go all the way to Dwarka Sector 9. The rest are taken to a third track and then reversed to operate towards Yamuna Bank. “The burst point regulates the direction of trains on the track. At the time of the accident, a train coming from Yamuna Bank had just gone by. The burst point was yet to change to allow the train involved in the accident to go over,” the spokesperson said.

The entire track regulation process is automated as Delhi Metro trains run on ATP (automated) mode without any intervention of the train operator. by switching to manual mode, the train’s operator overrode the automated system.

With the result, the first four wheels of the leading coach (D-313) burst through the point and travelled about 30 metres beyond the tracks. On manual mode, the maximum train speed is 25 kmph. DMRC officials said that there was no loss of life or property. All the passengers in the train were evacuated after about 20 minutes. “There was a loud crash and I looked out to realize that the train had gone off the track. We were stuck in the train for more than 20 minutes when someone came to open the emergency doors. We were all made to walk on the tracks. Now, I have been here waiting to get an auto to Rajeev Chowk, which is a task in itself,” said Praveen Singla, a resident of Dwarka, who was in the train.

As the wheels were less than six inches off track, there was no serious damage to the train, the track or the overhead traction. The train will be taken to the Najafgarh depot for checking after services on the line are restored, officials said.

The incident led to complete chaos on line 3 during the evening rush hour as passengers who depend on the Metro for their daily commute were stranded in the sub-city without any other mode of transport. The derailed train was removed from the tracks around 7 pm till which time some trains were reversed from Janakpuri (West) station.

DMRC said the train operator had been working trains since September 2008. On Tuesday, he joined duty only on 2.55pm and this was his first trip for the day.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

imagesGUWAHATI: A huge controversy has erupted over Google satellite maps showing areas of Arunachal Pradesh in Mandarin rather than Hindi or English, effectively making them appear as part of China. The changes were first noticed on Thursday, just hours before Friday’s crucial Sino-Indian talks over border dispute.

Apart from some major cities like Itanagar and Tawang, most other regions have been marked in Chinese. What’s more, the map shows Arunachal’s southern boundary with Assam and northern boundary with China in broken lines, while the state’s eastern and western boundaries with Bhutan and Myanmar are shown in continuous white lines.

There is suspicion in some quarters that Chinese trouble-makers may have hacked into Google and changed the names. Google authorities could not be contacted at the time of filing this report. The images have caused a flutter in New Delhi and Arunachal.

‘‘This is shocking. How could Google change the names of places of a sovereign country without the country’s knowledge?’’ fumed Congress’s West Arunachal MP Takam Sanjoy.

Former BJP MP from the state, Kiren Rijiju, said this was an old Chinese gameplan. ‘‘The Chinese know how to time their statements ahead of a bilateral meeting. This map surfaced just when the two countries were to discuss the border dispute. Had Google changed the names of Chinese locations, Beijing would have summoned Google officials. India, too, should deal with it firmly,’’ said Rijiju, who had raised the issue of Chinese military incursions in Arunachal in the Lok Sabha.

Sanjoy has informed AICC general secretary in charge of Arunachal, Narayan Swami, and urged the Centre to take action against Google. ‘

‘The government should come out openly with its stand and take Google to task. Google must explain under what authority did they include Chinese language in Arunachal Pradesh’s map,’’ the MP said.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

NEW DELHI: Kirori Mal College capmus
Kirori Mal College Monday expelled two students and rusticated another for allegedly ragging a junior in the hostel
and decided to file a police complaint.
The accused, however, have denied the charges and said their side of the story was not heard.
The college authorities received a complaint from a first year BSc (Physical Science) student Ashutosh that he was being ragged and sexually harassed by two third-year students – Akshay Chaudhary and Hani Mohammad – in the college hostel Sunday evening.
“We have decided to expel both the students and will register a police complaint for physically, sexually and mentally harassing a junior student. We have also rusticated another third-year student for sending Ashutosh to his seniors,” Principal Bhim Sen Singh told reporters here.
The decision to expel the students was taken at a meeting of the college disciplinary and anti-ragging committee. The victim and the students accused of ragging were asked to appear before the committee but none of them turned up.
“It is a very serious case and I took the decision to expel the students with a heavy heart as I know their whole career will be spoiled,” Singh said.
“But I think it was needed as tough action against them will set an example to other students not to dare rag juniors. The decision will give confidence to juniors to come out openly against ragging,” the principal added.
According to Singh, the victim did not turn up before the committee but spoke with him over phone.
“He is disturbed and shocked after the incident. I tried to counsel him to boost his morale. He has shifted out of the hostel and is staying with his local guardian,” said Singh.
The expelled students have denied the charges, saying it was only a formal introduction and the victim took it seriously.
“Ashutosh came to our room saying somebody has asked him to meet us. I just asked his personal details like name, school and his native place,” said Hani Mohammed.
“There was another junior sitting in my room and he asked about ragging when we joined college. I told him it was serious during those days. I said the most common ragging was smile wipe where we were told to smile and then wipe it off by moving our fingers over lips. I asked Ashutosh to do the same but he refused and I said ok. Nothing else happened,” said Hani.
Akshay Chaudhary said he did not even talk to Ashutosh and was just present there as he shares the room with Hani.
“After Ashutosh left, Hani received a threatening call from his elder brother. In the evening, the hostel warden called us and without hearing us reported the matter to the college management,” Akshay said.
The two said they were not told about the disciplinary committee meeting.
“We want to meet the principal and explain everything. Nobody told us we have to be present in the meeting. The decision has been taken without taking our view,” said Akshay.
Many students criticised the college’s decision and raised slogans within the campus.
“There is no clear-cut definition of ragging. Asking juniors their name and other details is just a way to make them open up,” said Rakhi Gupta, a second-year student.
“Expelling two students will not act as a deterrent and ragging will continue. Authorities need to think of what can be done by taking students along to curb the menace,” said another student.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Preet Hooda said the police are yet to receive a formal complaint from the college.
“The college has informed us about the incident but we are yet to receive a complaint,” Hooda said.
Delhi University’s current academic session started July 16 with tough anti-ragging measures being implemented with the help of Delhi Police.
During the past year, the country witnessed 88 cases of ragging, of them 12 proved fatal.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

It’s when the new moon gets between Earth and Sun, and covers the solar disc completely. This can happen only during a new moon, when the sun and moon are in conjunction as witnessed from earth. Minimum two and solar eclipsemaximum five solar eclipses can occur in a year.

Is it a big deal? A total solar eclipse is easily the most spectacular celestial event you can view from Earth. The astrologers and astronomers believe the total solar eclipse to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and this one being the longest solar eclipse is definitely going to be a reason of curiosity. An eerie darkness descends during totality, birds fall silent and stars peer out in day time.

What’s so cool about this one? This one’s truly special. It’s the longest total eclipse this century and the longest seen in India since Aug 18, 1868. The next big total eclipse in the country takes place on Jun 3, 2114. Between then and now, there’s only 1 total eclipse, on March 20, 2034, and it would just be visible in J&K. The line of totality traverses a distance of over 3,000 km. So, more Indians will be in the path of totality than ever in history! With this triple eclipse, a series of seven triple eclipse is marked till 2028.

When can Total Solar Eclipse be viewed? The solar eclipse in Kanpur will be visible at 95.38 per cent. It will start at 5.32 am and last up to 7.26 am and is likely to peak at 6.26 am. The solar eclipse will commence even before sunrise and so the rising Sun itself will be eclipsed. The partial eclipse will be visible from all over India. The Total Solar Eclipse is visible in Patna, Bhopal, Indore, Gaya, Varanasi, Bhavnagar, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Sibsagar, Surat, Ujjain and Vadodara. The time is early morning from 05:30 AM to 07:30 in most regions.

Timings differ slightly. The maximum duration of totality for the Pacific Ocean is 6.39 minutes, for China about six minutes. For Kanpur region, the duration would be more than two minutes. The last total eclipses visible from India were in 1999, 1995 and 1980.

SUPERSTITIONS There have been several popular superstitions attached with the eclipse and have been passed down the generations. # Pregnant women are not supposed to do any work with a needle, knife or scissors (basically any sharp object) because of the risk of physical mutations in their baby. # Pregnant women are advised not to go outside during the eclipse to avoid having a blind baby or one with a cleft lip. # It is also suggested that food cooked before the eclipse should be thrown out afterward as it becomes impure. # Another interesting story attached with the eclipse is that those who are holding a knife or axe or any other sharp instrument during the eclipse will cut themselves. # Eating is generally not allowed during an eclipse for the same reasons of impurity. # Sometimes, even bathing after a solar eclipse is recommended. # People should not venture out during the eclipse.

LEGENDS * The Demons Rahu and Ketu, according to Hindu mythology caused the solar eclipse by eating away the Sun, but the mighty lord Sun was saved by Lord Vishnu and so every time an eclipse occurs, it is Rahu who eats the Sun. * Ancient Chinese eclipse records can be used to calculate the slowing of the earth’s rotation, due to the braking action of the moon. * According to the Chinese, a dragon swallows the sun. It needs to be frightened away by beating of drums so that it stops eating the celestial bodies. Sky-gazers may just miss the fun as parts of state from where the total solar eclipse could be seen on July 22 are likely to have cloudy conditions. It is a natural phenomenon. The only matter of concern is that this is the monsoon period and the visibility of the sun, low on the horizon, just after sunrise, when the eclipse takes place, is doubtful from almost all Indian locations. Unfortunately, the weathermen of agronomy department of CSA have predicted rainfall in the next couple of days and so the overcast skies on Wednesday is likely. “Cloudy conditions would prevail during the next four or five days as pro-rainfall systems like low pressure area are present in the city,” pointed Dr Anirudh Dubey, weather scientist of CSA. “Besides local conditions like moisture and temperature would have an impact,” he added. DOs and DONTs # Do not look at the Sun with naked eyes as during the transition period, it may burn the retina and one may lose eyesight. # Do not use ordinary dark glasses to see the Sun; UV glasses are appropriate to watch the eclipse, as they have the ability to reduce intensity. # The safest method is to project the Sun’s image on a wall with a pinhole camera and look at it.

Find or make a long box or tube.

Cut a hole in the centre of one end of the box. Tape a piece of foil over the hole. Poke a small hole in the foil with a pin. Cut a viewing hole in the side of the box. Put a piece of white paper inside the end of the box near the viewing portal. Point the end of the box with the pinhole at the sun so that you see a round image on the paper at the other end. If you are having trouble pointing, look at the shadow of the box on the ground. The round spot of light you see on the paper is a pinhole image of the sun. Do not look through the pinhole at the sun! Look only at the image on the paper. If you have some shady trees in your location, try looking at the images of the sun coming through the holes formed by the leaves. A piece of white posterboard is all you may need to have a great viewing session!

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Mumbai is back on the radar with the Intelligence Bureau handing out a fresh warning that several parts of the city could be targetted by Pakistan-based terror outfits. The warning was issued based on the interrogation of a militant who was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir.LASHKAR

IB sources said that while the alert has been sounded off to security agencies, they are also not ruling out the possibility that this could be a tactic by terror groups to distract security forces in other areas. Sources say that terror groups always plan big, when it comes to striking at important destinations in India and they would not carry out a ‘hurried’ or ‘half-baked’ operation. The Lashkar-e-Tayiba was expected to plan some operation with a view to disrupt the Indo-Pak talks scheduled in Egypt. The outfit has done so several times in the past since the very meaning of the outfit’s existence will vanish if both the countries enjoy cordial relations. IB sources say that the possible targets for the LeT are Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Jammu and Kashmir, which are focal points for the outfit and any attack on these places would help escalate the tension between India and Pakistan. Despite international pressure and a crackdown by Pakistan, LeT operatives in India have been directed by their bosses to continue with operations.

While recuruitments have come down considerably due to security being beefed up along the borders, logistical activity continues in almost every major city in the country. Updates about key installations are being sent across to the bosses at all times. The LeT plans to carry out a strike similar to the November 26 terror attacks, in Mumbai again.

Photographs which have been recovered from the Kashmiri militant suggest that they plan on targeting railway stations and banks in Mumbai. The focus again is the southern part of the city since strikes there would create more impact. The IB says that the ongoing monsoon is something that the Lashkar may take advantage of. They are likely to use to coast once again since it is difficult to monitor the coast during the rain.

However there is likely to be a change in plan since the Lashkar will be doubly careful before launching an attack out of Pakistan. The finances this time around will be from the Gulf and they may use Nepal or Maldives to launch the attack. The stategy is well planned since immediately after the attack Indian agencies would blame Pakistan, which would strain relations, but a further probe indicates that the attack was launched not from Pakistan again serves the purpose since the heat will not be on the country at a later stage. Meanwhile an alert has been sounded and security agencies in Maharashtra and other parts of the country have beefed security. The coastal areas in Goa, Gujarat and Karnataka are witnessing heightened security in the wake of the IB alert.

Sourcehttp://news.rediff.com/


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