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Mixing locations by Air Traffic Controller led to planes’ near collision at Delhi: AAI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Air Traffic Controller inadvertently gave instructions to one aircraft to continue taxiing through a particular taxiway mixing its location with that of another plane that led to a near collision at Delhi airport on Tuesday, according to AAI.In a major safety lapse, two aircraft of IndiGo and SpiceJet came face-to-face barely 40 metres away on the same taxiway on Tuesday but providentially a disaster was averted after commanders of both the planes alerted the air traffic control and switched off their engines. Following the incident, the air traffic controller has been derostered pending investigation.While acknowledging that an air traffic controller mixed the locations of the two flights, AAI (Airports Authority of India) today also said SpiceJet flight did not question the incomplete ATC instruction for taxiing, adding that these human errors resulted in “traffic conflict situation”. In a detailed statement, AAI said IndiGo flight (6E-769) from Lucknow to Delhi after landing on runway-28 was taxiing via taxiway ‘E2’ for parking stand 12 as advised by ATC.The departing flight of SpiceJet (SG123) was not able to take off from runway 28 due to poor visibility and waiting to return to apron for parking, it said.Accordingly, the controller instructed SG123 to taxi via taxiway C and hold short of the taxiway ‘E2’ so that the two flights were not in conflict with each other. “The traffic density being high and complex, the controller inadvertently gave instructions to SG123 to continue taxi via E to stand 130, mixing its location with the location of SG263 which was holding on another taxiway ‘E’ for departure.”However, SG123 also did not question the incomplete ATC instruction for taxiing. These human errors resulted into traffic conflict situation. However, both aircraft stopped at safe distance and there was no risk to aircraft or passengers,” AAI said.Noting that the statement is being issued to avoid any fear among air passengers after yesterday’s incident, AAI said at times it may not be possible to eliminate human error. “At times it may not be possible to eliminate human error whether it is aviation or other industries but continuous efforts are being made by AAI to offset such human errors through Standard Operating Procedures, recurrent training to the controllers and introducing technology,” it said. Further, AAI said various reports appearing in the media are giving exaggerated version stating that the passengers had close shave, indicating a distorted interpretation that may create fear in the minds of air passengers. Safety record of ATC provided by AAI at Indian airports has been very good and comparable to best in the world, it added. PTI

Madras HC adjourns hearing in Jayalalithaa’s ‘forged signature’ against Ponnaiyan, Apollo Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court adjourned hearing on a PIL on Friday, which sought a direction to police to register a case against AIADMK leader Ponnaiyan and Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals here in connection with a press statement released on behalf of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, alleging that her signature was forged.The PIL was filed by activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy. When it came up, Fathima, said to be a student of Ramaswamy, appeared before the court and said due to some illness he was unable to be present and she was representing him. The First Bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar, observed that it cannot entertain any arguments put forth by the student of the petitioner since the PIL is filed by ‘party-in-person’. It then adjourned the matter to January 9.In his complaint to police, Ramaswamy had stated that a press report released on November 13, in the name of Jayalalithaa by AIADMK leader Ponnaiyan carried no signature of the late leader. He further alleged that in another press release issued later, Jayalalithaa’s signature varied raising doubts.Ramaswamy also claimed that the signature of the AIADMK supremo was forged by someone and wanted police to send the press release for forensic analysis. As the press report was released with the help of the Hospital Management, the petitioner sought action against the Managing Director of the Hospital besides Ponnaiyan and others for allegedly committing forgery. The petitioner had moved the court claiming the authorities had failed to respond.

Plane ferrying Mamata made ’emergency’ landing due to ATC’s ‘misinterpretation’: IndiGo

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of the ongoing controversy over the emergency landing made by the commercial plane on Wednesday with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee onboard, IndiGo on Thursday clarified that the flight captain at no stage declared a fuel priority or emergency, adding that the fuel on arrival was more than minimum.The airline in a statement said IndiGo flight from Patna to Kolkata had normal landing at the Kolkata Airport and the flight was kept on hold due to air traffic.”IndiGo flight 6E 342 from Patna and Kolkata made a normal landing at the Kolkata airport on Wednesday, November 30. The flight was kept on hold for landing due to air traffic congestion in Kolkata. The pilot operating 6E-342 had advised the ATC that he has eight minutes of extra holding fuel over Kolkata (destination) before commencing diversion to the planned alternate,” the statement said.The airline said the emergency landing was declared due to ‘misinterpretation by the ATC’.”However, this information was misunderstood by the Air Traffic Controller, who assumed that the aircraft had only eight minutes of total fuel left. The misinterpretation of the information by ATC controller led ATC to instruct fire engines and ambulances to be stationed at Kolkata airport. We would like to clarify, IndiGo Captain at no stage declared a fuel priority or an emergency,” it added.”Subsequently, the airplane made a normal landing at Kolkata Airport at 8 40 p.m. after being delayed by an hour due to congestion. The fuel on arrival was more than the minimum diversion fuel and there has been no violation or breach of any regulatory requirement in the above mentioned scenario,” the statement said.IndiGo said the safety of passengers, crew and the aircraft is the utmost priority and at no stage it can be compromised.The IndiGo flight from Patna to Kolkata, which was reported short of fuel, was made to circle the airport for nearly 30 minutes as it waited in line for clearance to land.When it touched down, the plane was surrounded by fire engines and ambulances, standard protocol for emergencies.

Air India Express plane makes emergency landing in Kochi, no damages

Kochi: A Dammam-bound Air India Express plane from Mangaluru with 131 passengers and crew onboard landed under emergency conditions at Kochi after sparks were seen by the Air Traffic Control as the aircraft got airborne.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed safely and there was no harm to any passenger or crew, an Air India Express spokesperson said, adding that after an inspection the aircraft was cleared for onward journey.

The flight IXE 885 took off at 1813 hours on Wednesday from Mangaluru airport for Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

“However, Mangaluru Air Traffic Control noticed sparks in the aircraft and reported the same to the flight commander.

“The aircraft was subsequently diverted to Kochi following permission from the ATC there,” the spokesperson said.

The flight made a “precautionary” landing at Kochi International airport at 1930 hours, he said.

Air India Express engineers carried out a thorough inspection of the aircraft upon its arrival at Kochi but did not find any “snag” in it, the spokesperson said adding the aircraft departed for its destination at 1030 hours from Kochi.

First Published On : Nov 24, 2016 12:41 IST

Drop in sex trafficking cases in India may mask real number, experts say | Reuters

By Roli Srivastava

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – India has seen a 70 percent drop in cases filed under an anti-trafficking law between 2001 and 2015, which experts attribute to a lack of reporting of the crime and more sex workers moving out of brothels to escape police detection among other factors.According to the latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of cases filed under India’s anti-trafficking Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act fell to 2,424 in 2015 from 8,796 in 2001. The Act is one of a number of laws under which human trafficking and modern slavery are prosecuted in the country. The drop in sex trafficking cases is in contrast to a more than doubling of crimes against women recorded by the bureau over the same period, and could mask the real number of women trafficked into sex work across India, anti-slavery experts say. “A drop in numbers could be due to under-reporting or not filing of FIRs (complaints),” said Priti Patkar, co-founder of anti-trafficking charity Prerana.Campaigners estimate there are between three and 9 million victims of sex trafficking in India but say many do not come forward for fear of being ostracised by society, abused by their traffickers or not taken seriously by the police.

Many victims, often from poor backgrounds, are duped with the promise of a job before being sold into the sex trade. Michael Yangad, director of operations at campaign group International Justice Mission, said prostitution in India had become more covert.”Activity has moved from classical brothels to private places. In private networks too, unless a case is investigated or studied well, you are not sure if it is a case of sex trafficking,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The police say activities that earlier led them to traffickers have now moved online. Social media platforms are used to offer girls and many financial transactions are made online, making the crime virtually invisible. “Our investigation pattern is changing with these changes. We have busted online sex rackets,” said Pravin Patil, deputy commissioner of police in Mumbai, India’s financial hub.

“Earlier, brothels were at one place, but no longer so. It is not difficult (to monitor activities), but we have to keep changing our investigation plan,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Cases filed under India’s Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act accounted for 38.4 percent of the total number of human trafficking cases in 2015. Cases of procuring minor girls made up another 44 percent. About 14 percent of cases related to the trafficking of people into slavery and the remaining cases involved the buying and selling of minors for prostitution. (Reporting by Roli Srivastava; Editing by Katie Nguyen. Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking and climate change. Visit

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First Published On : Nov 22, 2016 21:10 IST

Life comes back to normal in Kashmir after 133 days of unrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the first time in the last four and half months of unrest, Kashmir came alive with the usual hustle and bustle on Saturday.Markets reopened in the valley for full day for the first time since Hizbul Mujhadeen poster boy Burhan Wani was killed on July 8. Traffic snarls were back and streets were filled with the shoppers. Few schools reopened and government departments were buzzing with activities.This follows the two full day relaxation in the shutdowns from Saturday announced by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) — a conglomerate of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF leader Mohammad Yasin Malik spearheading the unrest.The 133 days of unrest, however, has inflicted heavy human and economic losses to the Kashmir valley. More than 90 people have been killed and over 13,000 people injured in the unrest. Over 1,100 people, mostly teenagers, have suffered injuries in their eyes when security forces fired pellets to quell the violent mobs across Kashmir.Figures released by Kashmir Inc reveal that the valley has suffered more than Rs 16,000 crore financial losses due to the curfews and shutdowns since the unrest began after the killing Burhan Wani on July 8.”Our estimates show we have incurred losses of Rs 16,000 crore so far. It happened with us in 2008, 2010, and now in 2016 again. We are living in a conflict and therefore permanent solution of Kashmir issue is necessary. We have lost over 100 boys and many others have lost eyes to pellets,” Mohammad Yasin Khan, chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance, an apex body of trade, transport, tourism, and allied sectors, told DNA.Tourism sector has taken a big hit in the four and half months of unrest. Official figures reveal that the tourism sector suffered a loss of Rs 3,000 crore. Official data reveal that around three lakh tourists had visited Kashmir between July 2015 and September 2015. The footfalls of tourist, however, was reduced to trickle in the corresponding period of the current year because of this.”We need continuity. This change has to be there for all days of week. That will give confidence to our clients outside so that they can think of coming to Kashmir. We have to make efforts ahead of the season,” said GM Dag, chairman Kashmir Hotel and Restaurants Owners Federation.For shoppers, it was a delight to walk the fashionable markets in Lal Chowk again. “I could not believe my eyes that markets are open. I finally bought a shawl for winter,” said Aisha Khan, a school teacher.

Two near miss incidents involving GoAir, SpiceJet flights at Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two airprox incidents, where the aircraft are too close to each other while flying, involving GoAir and SpiceJet in less than three weeks have been reported at Goa, according to the government.The first incident happened on October 22 when a GoAir “wet-leased aircraft did not follow the instructions issued by the Goa ATC (Air Traffic Controller) for the approach”, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said on Thursday. In the second incident, that took place on November 10, the similarity in the call signs of the two flights led to the confusion between the crew and the ATC, he added. “Two airprox incidents have occured at Goa between aircraft belonging to GoAir and SpiceJet,” Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.Following the incidents, an audit of wet lease operation by GoAir has been ordered by aviation regulator DGCA. “GoAir has been directed not to operate wet lease aircraft to defence air field till all the foreign crew has been briefed about the operating procedures,” Sinha said.In wet lease arrangement, the lessor provides the aircraft, crew and maintenance, among others.The incident on October 22 involved a GoAir flight from Mumbai to Goa and SpiceJet flight from Goa to Shamshabad (Hyderabad). The latest one on November 10 was between GoAir’s Mumbai-Goa flight and SpiceJet’s Delhi-Goa flight.Generally, airprox or aircraft proximity refers to a situation where in the opinion of a pilot or Air Traffic Services personnel, the distance between the planes as well as their relative positions and speed have been such that the safety of the aircraft involved may have been compromised.

Coast Guard devises plan to conduct rescue operations in case of emergency landings

After two cases  of emergency landings in Mumbai waters, the Indian Coast Guard has reportedly devised an elaborate plan to conduct search and rescue operations in the event of crisis which causes aircraft water ditching in the sea.

Sources quoted by The Indian Express said that on 26 July, the Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC) intimated the Indian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Mumbai, that the pilot of the flight Boeing 777-300 (EK 652) with 319 passengers on board, at a distance of 200 nautical miles (NM) reported smoke on the flight whilst on a passage from UAE to Maldives (Male).

Indian Coast Guard participating in a mock drill. Reuters

Indian Coast Guard participating in a mock drill. Reuters

The Indian Coast Guard had to divert two of its patrolling ships off West-South-West coast of Mumbai and stationed other vessels on standby, according to a report by The Hindu.

The report mentioned another incident occurred on 15 September when a Gulf Aircraft GFA 61 reported a burning smell on board when the aircraft was at least 200 kilometres off Mumbai.

The Coast Guard has set up an Incident Command System (ICS), which works closely with the state disaster group, to deal with any mass rescue operations.

Once an emergency is declared, they monitor the aircraft and move their ships simultaneously. The passengers also need urgent medical assistance once they have been rescued. The Coast Guard is ensuring that they are well prepared to conduct rescue operations during a mishap.

The Indian Coast Guard has played a major role in safeguarding the maritime interests of the country. Director General of ICG Rajendra Singh said that the changing security scenario in the maritime domain dictates the need for coastal security on a 24X7 basis.

With inputs from PTI

Kashmir Valley remains peaceful

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, continued to witness increased movement of traffic as more people on Tuesday defied the strike call given by separatists. Many areas of the city here witnessed serpentine queues of private vehicles as people slowly began to pick up the threads of their lives affected by the nearly four-month-long strike, officials said. As the traffic in the city has significantly increased, additional traffic police personnel have been deployed at some intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic.Many shops were also open in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city, while an increased number of street vendors set up stalls at many places around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk. The official said there is improvement in movement of people and transport with each passing day. However, normal life continued to remain affected in the rest of the Valley due to separatist-sponsored strike. While there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, the official said restrictions on assembly of four or more people were in place throughout the Valley for maintaining law and order. He said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure. Deployment has been made at market places to instill a sense of security among the public to carry out their day to day activities, the official said. Shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut, but are expected to open this evening as separatists have given a 14-hour relaxation in the shutdown from 5 PM. Today is the last relaxation period for this week.The ongoing unrest in Kashmir, apart from business and tourism, has also affected the education as schools, colleges and other educational institutions continue to remain shut in the Valley. As many as 85 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.PTI

Jayalalithaa’s health: Cases filed against activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, aide Fathima

Jayalalithaa’s health: Cases filed against activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, aide Fathima


Chennai: Cases have been registered against social activist ‘Traffic’ KR Ramaswamy and his aide Fathima for allegedly spreading rumours about the health status of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, police said on Friday.

A top police official told PTI that cases have been registered under various IPC sections including section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot).

Police have already arrested eight persons on the charge of spreading rumours about the health of Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospitals here since 22 September.

They had warned of stern action against those spreading rumours on the chief minister’s health and have already registered around 50 cases in this connection.

With inputs from PTI

Delhi’s blinkers becoming deaths traps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi’s unmanned crossings with blinkers have become death traps for motorists, accounting for 64 percent deaths on the capital’s intersections.Earlier in July, 2015, Vinay Jindal (20) had lost his life to a speeding car that had rammed into his two-wheeler at a non-functional traffic signal at an otherwise busy Kasturba Nagar crossing in east Delhi’s Vivek Vihar. Jindal’s case did not raise an alarm and was listed as just another fatal accident on the roads of Delhi.Jindal died in the accident that happened just two days before his sister’s wedding. But even after more than a year, the vehicle that had crashed into Vinay, could not be traced still, while the police have put the investigation in the matter to rest.The number of road accidents at traffic junctions having blinkers or flash lights are five times more in comparison to signals manned by police or those with timers.As per the recently released ‘Road Accidents in 2015′ report, prepared by the Delhi Traffic Police and the research wing of the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, in 2015, 2,198 accidents had taken place in the national capital at intersections with blinkers in which 429 motorists were killed, while a total of 2,055 persons were seriously injuredThe latest report shows that of the total 3,545 road accidents that took place at traffic junctions, 2,198 occurred at blinkers, in which the number of persons injured are higher than the number of accidents that have taken place.The issue assumed importance only in June 2014 after the death of senior BJP leader and union rural development minister late Gopinath Munde, a speeding Indica had rammed into his car at the Prithviraj Road-Tughlak Road intersection at around 6.20am. After the incident, the police turned some of the major signals around Lutyens’ Delhi into signal mode.”In India there is no culture of obeying traffic norms. People do not give indicators before changing lanes or reduce the speed while approaching a blinker, which allows a potential scope for collision. Also, here the junctions operated by flashers are not designed appropriately, which means ideally the junction must have lane line markings, guide arrows (left turn/right turn) and pedestrian sidewalks, among others. Moreover, there is no concept of design safety audit of any of these junctions even after reports on the accidents are prepared every year. It requires both the awareness and education to motorists as well as greater government intervention to prevent such cases,” said Prof PK Sarkar, traffic and transport expert.”In most cases, motorists, while approaching a crossing with blinkers do not reduce the speed and rather violate rules. At a blinker, the motorist is supposed to slow down and use their discretion in moving ahead, which is hardly practiced in India. Globally, it is seen that people respect the law and follow traffic norms even when there is no deployment. In most such cases the vehicle crashes into the one coming from either their left or right resulting in fatalities,” said, a senior traffic officer.He added that during the night when traffic is less and deployment is reduced, there are more chances of people over-speeding and disobeying the law, which results in more accidents at blinkers, in comparison to other signals where the rate of compliance is a little more than in the former.What are blinkersTraffic signals are put on the blinker mode during the night-time, as the volume of traffic is lesser and reduces the waiting time for motorists. Blinkers indicate that the motorists must reduce speed, look right and left, and proceed cautiously.Reasons behind increasing no. of accidents at nightAccording to senior traffic officers, the number of accidents and fatalities being higher at blinkers is because of motorists flouting the traffic norms. Also, missing cautionary signages indicating speed limits at intersections is one of the major factors leading to accidents.The neglect of road-owning agencies in installing signages such as ‘merging ahead’ or ‘Go slow’, in particular, at junctions prone to accidents, contributes to the accidents. In many cases, it was observed that the the traffic lights were found to be non-functional.Besides, in some cases, pedestrians became victims of the accident, as the pedestrian crossings had faded or were not marked at all.Road accidents in the capital at traffic junctions in 2015:At Blinkers or flash lights-2 198 accidents-429 Killed-2,055 injuredAt automatic signals (with timers)-391 accidents-83 Killed-346 InjuredAt Controlled Signals (manned by police)-373 accidents-61 Killed-344 InjuredAt Uncontrolled Signals-273 accidents-35 Killed-324 InjuredAt signals with only STOP sign-310 accidents-62 Killed-334 Injured

Delhiites face heavy traffic jams as Rahul Gandhi’s Kisan Yatra reaches national capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>East and Central Delhi witnessed heavy traffic jams on Thursday evening as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s 26-day ‘Kisan Yatra’ through poll-bound Uttar Pradesh reached the national capital. Motorists had a harrowing time as they got stuck in long traffic jams at the Bhairon Mandir Marg, Vikas Marg and Connaught Place.Rahul’s yatra entered Delhi from Ghaziabad around 4pm and he travelled with his supporters through Karkari Mod, Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar, Rajghat, Bhairon Mandir and Sansad Marg to culminate at Jantar Mantar.”The traffic was bound to be affected since it’s the festive time and there is more vehicular movement on the roads coupled with the additional traffic coming from outside for the rally. The traffic police were only intimated last evening by Congress members and Rahul’s security personnel to make arrangements,” said a senior traffic police officer.The Twitter handle of Delhi Traffic Police was posting updates about the roads that would remain closed due to the rally and the areas that would see heavy traffic.PTI”There were traffic jams observed in Laxmi Nagar and we had to make diversions at certain points including at Karkari Mod. Traffic was affected at Bhairon Marg and parts of CP with people having to wait in jams. Vikas Marg was also affected since it’s usually a congested route and there was bound to be some effect of the rally on that route. Traffic was manageable on other routes and we didn’t have to make traffic diversions,” said a senior traffic police officer.Traffic police officers said they had made adequate arrangements and there were separate routes charted for the buses carrying supporters.”There was heavy deployment of traffic personnel along the route that he was covering. We had marked parking spaces for vehicles that will be coming. Buses that were carrying supporters were given separate routes to pass,” added the officer.

It’s a publicity stunt: Madras HC dismisses petition seeking govt statement on Jayalalithaa’s health

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking information on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health, calling it a ‘publicity stunt’.The remarks were made by a division bench while hearing a PIL by social activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, who sought a detailed report from the government on the health condition of Jayalalithaa.The petition had also sought release of photographs of the meeting she is said to have had with her cabinet colleagues and officials at the hospital.Earlier, the court had asked the state government to inform it about the health condition of the AIADMK supremo as Jayalalithaa has been in the hospital for nearly two weeks.The court had also observed that an official release with regard to the health condition of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chennai since September 22, would reduce the anxiety of the people.The court asked Tamil Nadu’s Additional Advocate General C Manishankar to get back to it after consulting the government on the health condition of the chief minister.A day ago, opposition party DMK said that it was “regrettable” that the Tamil Nadu government had not given details on the health condition of Jayalalithaa despite their request in this regard.

Haryana: Railways to run special train for pilgrims to Mukam Dham Mela

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To facilitate pilgrims planning to visit the Mukam Dham Mela in Rajasthan, the North-Western Railway is running a special train between Sirsa and Nokha on September 29.According to Traffic Incharge of Railway, Ajay Gautam, the special train will depart from Sirsa in Haryana on September 29 at 8:45 am to reach Nokha railway station in Rajasthan at 6:30 pm after covering the distance in about 10 hours.Similarly, the same train will depart from Nokha at 9:45 am on October 1 to reach Sirsa at 7:30 pm on the same day.The train will have stoppages at Ding, Bhattu, Adampur, Jakhod Khera, Hisar, Chirod, Siwani, Jhumpa, Sadalpur, Churu, Ratangarh, Bikaner and Nokha railway stations, he said on Tuesday.Mukam Dham is a place of worship for the Bishnoi community.

Markets finally open after 79 days as curfew lifted from all parts of Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Markets across Kashmir opened on Sunday and there was heavy rush of customers thronging shops as curfew was lifted from all parts of Kashmir.Shops and business establishments which had remained closed for 79-days due to separatist call for shut down opened today after 2 pm. There was heavy rush of customers thronging shops as markets opened. Traffic jams were witnessed in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk here and in adjoining areas of the city while other district towns also witnessed movement of large number of vehicles. The separatist groups have announced a 16-hour relaxation in the shutdown till 6 AM tomorrow.A police spokesman said the situation across the valley remained normal and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the valley. “The entire Kashmir Valley is curfew-free today but restrictions are in place in many parts as a precautionary measure,” the official said. However, miscreants attempted to create disturbances in Anantnag and Sopore, he said. At Sopore chowk and KP road in Anantnag, miscreants in their attempt to create disturbances pelted stones on shopkeepers when they were opening their shops today, the spokesman said.Police and security force deployments immediately reached the spots and chased away miscreants and normalised the situation, he said. Police, during past 24 hours, arrested 39 more miscreants who were wanted in the offences of harassing shopkeepers, creating disruptions in traffic movement by stone pelting and by placing obstructions on roads and lanes, he added. He said the curfew was lifted following improvement in the situation yesterday.As many as 82 people including two cops have been killed and thousands of others have been injured in the ongoing unrest that started after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

‘Golden hours’ to ease traffic on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ease the movement of traffic on the busy Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Maharashtra Traffic police have introduced the concept of ‘golden hours’, under which multi-axle vehicles and containers will be barred from plying for a few hours on specific days. This exercise will primarily benefit passenger and small vehicles. “The time sharing concept known as ‘golden hours’ has been launched on an experimental basis. Under this, the stretch between Khalapur and Urse toll plaza on the Expressway will be closed for around fours hours for three-axle and multi-axle vehicles over the weekends,” Additional Director General (Traffic) of Maharashtra, RK Padmanabhan, said in Mumbai on Wednesday.Under this initiative, Pune-bound vehicles will be stopped between 5 PM and 8 PM on Fridays and between 8 AM and noon on Sundays. Similarly, vehicles coming towards Mumbai will be halted between 4 PM and 8 PM on Sundays and 6 AM to 9 AM on Mondays, he said.Due to the increase in number of vehicles, the Expressway has been witnessing a rise in traffic jams as well as fatal accidents and this exercise is aimed at easing out the traffic. According to Padmanabhan, although they have started implementing the exercise since the last two weeks, it will be enforced in a full fledged way from this week. He said that the Traffic department staff will on the move in a vehicle on the Expressway to keep an eye on the vehicular movement and to see if anybody is violating the rules.”If they find any traffic violation, they will provide details of the offending vehicles to the nearest check-post, which will then take action,” Padmanabhan explained. Six high-ranked officers and 60 constables are part of this exercise, the official said.

Days after becoming LG of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi bans ‘lal battis’

Puducherry: Use of siren in cars of VIPs, including the escort and pilot vehicles of the Lieutenant Governor, has been banned in Puducherry.

However, emergency services like ambulances and fire service vehicles, will be exempted from the restriction on the use of siren.

Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi taking oath. PTI

Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi taking oath. PTI

The ban order has been issued by Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, a retired IPS officer.

Bedi, who had overseen traffic arrangements for the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi and the 1983 CHOGM meet in Goa, has also directed that no special privilege will be accorded for cars of VIPs such as stopping of traffic, so that people’s right to freedom of movement is not hindered in any manner.

Traffic police will also ensure that sufficient number of personnel are present for regulating traffic without halting it or inconveniencing commuters, according to a press release issued by the Secretary to the Lt Governor on Sunday.

Jadavpur University: Standoff between ABVP supporters led by BJP leader Roopa Ganguly and JU students

A massive standoff is underway at Jadavpur University between ABVP supporters, led by BJP leader Roopa Ganguly, and JU students. Ganguly arrived at the university gates a little after 10 pm on Friday and registered protest against the scuffle that took place on campus earlier in the day. According to ANI, Ganguly and the ABVP activists forcibly trying to enter the campus.Students of Jadavpur University have caught hold of four outsiders accused of molesting two students on campus during filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s visit to the varsity on Friday. The four outsiders, held hostage by the university students, were handed over to the police.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A scuffle had broken out between Jadavpur University students and ABVP supporters in the evening and several outsiders were chased away by the JU students. While the University’s student union members claim that several outsiders who were accompanying the Agnihotri allegedly molested two students, ABVP supporters claim that they were beaten up by university students.
ALSO READ Jadavpur University: ABVP supporters admitted to hospital after clash with student union membersThe four outsiders were caught and kept hostage at the Aurobindo Bhawan inside the campus. The students negotiated with the university authorities and demanded that the four be handed over to the police. Agnihotri was on campus to attend the screening of his film Buddha in a Traffic Jam which was cancelled at the last minute by authorities after students decided to organise in protest over it. Agnihotri decided to go ahead with the screening but was gheraoed by the students. As soon as Agnihotri reached the campus, he was shown black flags and placards by the students of Jadavpur University urging him to go back. Several RSS supporters had accompanied him to the university.

Jadavpur University: ABVP supporters admitted to hospital after clash with student union members

Several ABVP supporters were allegedly beaten up by members of the Jadavpur University students union and were admitted to the KPC Medical College and Hospital on Friday late evening.The two groups, Jadavpur University students and members of Think India, who had organised the screening of Vivek Agnihotri’s Buddha In A Traffic Jam at the university, clashed with ABVP supporters during the screening.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Jadavpur University students union members claim that several outsiders who were accompanying the filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri allegedly molested two students of the university, ABVP supporters claimed that they were beaten up by university students.
ALSO READ Kolkata: Jadavpur University students protest against Vivek Agnihotri and screening of his filmThe students who were allegedly molested are yet to file a complaint with the police.Earlier in the day, the filmmaker was gheraoed by the students. As soon as Agnihotri reached the campus, he was shown black flags and placards by the students of Jadavpur University urging him to go back. Several RSS supporters had accompanied him to the university.A tense mood continues to prevail on campus.

Delhi: Traffic woes for commuters as taxi drivers protest diesel cab ban

Traffic was thrown out-of-gear in areas around National Highway 8 on Monday as hundreds of cab drivers blocked both carriageways near the Rajokri toll booth in southwest Delhi on the key road protesting against the Supreme Court’s decision to ban diesel taxis in the city.The congestion largely affected thousands of office-goers who travel between Delhi and Gurgaon, linked by NH-8, and the traffic helpline was bombarded with calls from distressed commuters.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dhaulakuan, Kapashera and Mehrauli were some of the areas where traffic crawled for hours and a long tailback stretching over a kilometer was witnessed near the Rajokri flyover around 9 AM, a traffic official said.The chaotic situation stretched beyond 11 AM and traffic personnel had to be pressed into service in the area, the official added.After extending the deadline twice, the apex court had on Saturday refused to give more time to cab operators to convert to CNG and put a ban on diesel cabs in the city from May 1.According to Delhi transport department, about 60,000 taxis are registered in the national capital of which 27,000 run on diesel. Around 2,000 diesel-run taxis had converted into CNG mode in the last two months.

Odd-even: Here’s the three-point dictum cities need to follow before implementing the scheme

Delhi government’s odd and even formula for restricting traffic comes to an end today. This was the second time in the last three months that the government has implemented this plan. The first time it did, there were school holidays and the climate was much cooler, and there was much more enthusiasm.

This time, it was implemented in the peak of summer from 15 to 30 April with schools in full swing. Though, parents dropping their children to school were exempted from the plan. The efficacy of the plan is quickly dropping as citizens do not like the inconvenience it brings and are looking at subverting. LocalCircles survey showed that almost 65% citizens are now looking at buying a second car if the plan is going to be regularised. This has increased from 42% in January when the last time this survey was done.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Citizens are always loathe to change their ways, even if it is for their betterment. And any change is always followed by the opposition that there are certain important changes that need to be incorporated if odd and even has to reduce traffic congestion in Delhi. It has been proven by several bodies that it does not bring down the overall pollution in the short term. If other cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Pune or even Kolkatta want to follow odd-even, they need to follow the three-point dictum.

First of all, make sure that the public transportation is able to meet the demands of the citizens when the plan has to be implemented. Increasing public transportation is not a short-term solution as it requires investment so should a city wait endlessly. No, it should not. It is important for citizens to be concerned about traffic congestion and pollution as much as the authority. And only an odd and even plan forces them to think and try alternatives. Citizens everywhere do not want to change their lifestyle. So, this push has to come from the government. So, cities must implement odd and even on a random basis, and also combine it with congestion charges for vehicles from suburbs. Almost every city has toll points from the suburbs. A congestion charge can alternate with the odd and even policy. These are not friendly measures and will always face opposition but they have to be implemented.

Secondly, prepare a sound policy on app companies providing bikes, auto or cars as taxi services. Demand for such services goes up during odd and even and it needs to be handled wisely. Delhi government used the stick to bar surge pricing by companies like UBER, OLA and other companies. This led the app companies to suspend the incentives for their drivers during the period of surging prices. As a result, the number of cabs available during the peak hours dropped. Though not everybody understands it and articles like this one from Mint further spread the myth. UBER and OLA are not marketplaces, though they would love to be seen as such. They do aggregate demand and supply but they are not transparent and due to the control they exercise, they are not market places. For instance, can you imagine a market place like Bombay Stock Exchange charging a 25% charge for every transaction, or not showing you the total buy or sell orders?

UBER or OLA do match people looking for taxis with cab drivers but they do not allow price discovery on the platform. They control the prices, can you imagine Bombay Stock Exchange determining the price of the stock that you want to buy based on the time or demand for the stock? Even worse, if BSE said the hike in price would be absorbed by them and they would give you an incentive for the number of times you sold. True markets allow a perfect discovery of prices based on demand on supply. So at best, UBER and OLA are good taxi reservation platforms doing a matching.

The way this app companies functions during odd and even shows that they are not above subverting systems. They suspended their incentive schemes for their cab drivers. Surging pricing charges are kept by UBER or OLA, according to drivers, though a question sent to the companies did not get any response. Both OLA and UBER refused to answer any questions about suspension of the incentives and nature of the incentive.

Drivers of OLA and UBER say that they get fixed incentive, ranging from Rs 2200 to Rs 3600 depending upon the day and time, if they complete 9-12 trips. Now once this incentive was suspended, the drivers stopped cruising around looking for trips they started parking their cars. As cruising consumes fuel and is a cost, they started waiting for the demand to rise to come to them instead of going where the demand will be. This is why there were few cabs during peak hours during the odd and even days in Delhi.

City governments need to look at both surge pricing and incentive practices followed by app companies. It is true that app companies are able to give incentives because they earn more due to surge pricing. But surge pricing cannot be completely free it has to have some caps. It is better that the companies come up with these caps instead of the government mandating them. And if app companies continue to play truant with customers by withdrawing cabs during peak periods competitors will surely come up.

Lastly, any other city looking at odd and even must realise that it is not a short-term solution to pollution. It is a tool to reduce the traffic on the roads which in the long run can have an impact on the pollution. But it cannot be regularised as it will lead to subversion by citizens in the form of a second car. It is one of the tools for reducing traffic congestion and cannot work in a vacuum. Traffic congestion has to be an overall policy that every city needs to have now, and they need to draft it as soon as possible. The biggest barrier to traffic congestion policy at national, state or even city level is the auto lobby. It is unlikely that they would allow such a policy to take shape at the national level. Cities are better placed to do it and the must do it.

(K Yatish Rajawat is a business strategist and policy commentator based in Delhi, he tweets @yatishrajawat.)

Odd-even scheme: Snarls remain even as half the vehicles stay off road in Delhi

New Delhi: Traffic snarls were witnessed in several parts of the national capital in the peak morning hours on Monday when the second phase of odd-even scheme faced its litmus test with all offices, schools and other institutions resuming after an
extended weekend.

Long tailbacks were reported in south Delhi areas including Khanpur, the Mehrauli-Badarpur road, Delhi Cantonment and Dhaula Kuan between 8 AM and 9 AM.

Traffic in Delhi. PTITraffic in Delhi. PTI

Traffic in Delhi. PTI

Within a few hours, congestion was also witnessed at the stretch between IGI Airport and Vasant Vihar, National Highway 8 and the underpass at Dwarka, a traffic official said adding that roads near Tara apartments in south Delhi’s Alaknanda were also crammed by 10 AM.

Meanwhile, severe congestion in the stretch between Laxminagar in east Delhi and central Delhi’s ITO junction continued till noon.

Commuters passing through west Delhi areas including Nangloi, Naraina and Mayapuri flyover also had a hard time with traffic thrown out-of-gear in the rush hours, he said.

A senior Delhi Traffic Police official said that around 2,000 personnel were deployed on the roads to ensure full implementation of the scheme and control the flow of traffic wherever severe jams were reported.

As many as 152 people were fined by the police for violation of the odd-even norms till 1 AM today, with the highest cases reported in eastern and southern parts of the city.

The real test for the second phase of the odd-even scheme in the national capital was today, the first full working day since the road-rationing measure was rolled out in the city on 15 April.

The second phase of the scheme was rolled out on the day of Ram Navami, a public holiday, followed by the weekend.

Under the fortnight-long scheme, private cars having odd registration numbers can ply only on odd dates and the even numbers on even dates, subject to a set of exemptions, which include VIPs, women, school going children, medical emergencies, commercial vehicles and CNG cars.

The rules, whose violation attract a penalty of Rs 2,000 under provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, are applicable between 8 AM and 8 PM, except on Sundays.


Odd even 2.0: 710 motorists challaned for violating rule

A total of 710 motorists were challaned for violation of odd-even rule on Monday, the first full working day of the fortnight long road rationing scheme, a number which was significantly less than the violators caught on past two days.Delhi Traffic Police challaned 256 violators while Transport department and district administration teams issued challans to 454 violators for driving odd-numbered vehicles on the even date.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One prominent violator BJP MP Vijay Goel was also fined Rs 2000 for violating the rule near Raisina Road. Goel violated the rule protesting against Kejriwal government’s “huge” expenditure on advertisements of the scheme.The largest number of violators were caught by Traffic police in east(34), south east(34), New Delhi (33) and west (30) districts. The number of violators was low in central, north east, outer, south west and north districts, ranging from 14-19.The first day of odd-even implementation on April 15 saw a total of 1311 violations, while next day 1002 violators were challaned.Unlike the scheme’s pilot phase, in which the focus was more on awareness and voluntary compliance, the government has cracked the whip on violators this time, with over 3000 challans issued in the first three days as against 710 during the same period in the previous phase between January 1-15.The odd-even rules, whose violation attract a penalty of Rs 2,000 under provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, are applicable between 8 AM and 8 PM, except on Sundays.In the second phase from April 15-30, the government added into its exemption list people driving with school children in uniform.However, the government has not been able to arrive at a solution to the problem of cars returning after dropping school children or heading towards the schools in the afternoon hours to pick them up, and suggested car pooling.

BJP MP Vijay Goel fined for violating odd-even traffic rule

New Delhi: Former Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel was fined by Delhi Traffic Police on Monday for violating odd-even traffic rules, government official said.

Representational image. ANI

Representational image. ANI

Goel was fined soon after he left his residence on Ashoka Road, said the official.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai met the Rajya Sabha member and requested him not to oppose the odd-even scheme.

Goel earlier threatened to oppose the scheme as a mark of protest over what he called “ill expenditure” on the advertisements by the Delhi government.

The 15-day odd-even traffic restrictions began on 15 April and aim to put odd- and even-numbered vehicles on the roads on alternate dates in a bid to reduce air pollution in the city.

This is the second time Delhi is experimenting with the scheme in an effort to combat air pollution.

Odd Even scheme: 678 challaned for violating rules on second day

The Delhi Traffic Police on Saturday challaned as many 678 people for violating the odd-even rules on second day. Meanwhile, a day after snags disrupted services on Metro Red Line, leaves of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) staff have been cancelled till April 30. A five-member task force has also been formed to deal with any emergency. The snapping of overhead wire at four places between Kashmere Gate and Shastri Park stations had thrown services on the Red Line out of gear for several hours on Friday leaving thousands of passengers stranded. The 23-km-long Red Line connects east Delhi’s Dilshad Garden to Rithala, located in the north-west Delhi. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Hyderabad: Porsche of Union Minister YS Chowdary’s son seized in rash driving case

Traffic Police in Hyderabad has seized the Porsche of the son of Union Minister of State for Science and Technology YS Chowdary in a case of rash driving.”Yesterday, we had information that some people were indulging in rash driving. We came to know that these people are indulging in rash driving mainly on weekends,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), LS Chowhan told ANI.”So, we placed two teams and during the course, we have caught hold of 14 people. We have booked cases under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act. They will be released after paying fines. Yesterday, Union Minister YS Chowdary’s son Kartik was also booked under the same act. His vehicle was seized,” he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A little over a week ago, Chowdary was served with a non-bailable warrant by a court in Hyderabad for non-payment of a loan.

Delhi govt’s Odd-Even scheme is a gimmick: Prashant Bhushan

Activist lawyer and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan today termed the Delhi government’s much touted odd-even scheme to combat spiralling air pollution as a “gimmick”.Bhushan said citizens may offer better measures to reduce pollution like bike lanes and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) than resort to odd-even.”Citizens may offer better solutions for pollution: Bike lanes, better public transport/BRT, than gimmicks like odd/even,” he tweeted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Friday started its second round of traffic rationing scheme which will continue until April 30.

Odd-even phase 2: Over 500 people fined by Delhi Traffic Police in first five hours

New Delhi: Over 500 persons were fined by Delhi Traffic Police for violating the odd-even norms in the first five hours of the second phase of the road-rationing formula implemented in the national capital on Friday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The highest number of challans were reported from south Delhi, closely followed by the western part of the city, with 129 and 108 challans respectively issued till 1 pm on Friday, a senior official said.

As many as 511 motorists were challaned between 8 am and 1 pm, the official said.

Delhi Traffic Police has strategically chosen over 200 intersections in the city where 2,000 officials have been deployed in teams of three to ten depending upon the volume of traffic there.

The second phase of the fortnight-long odd-even scheme on Friday rolled out in Delhi with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealing to the people of the city to join hands and make the road-rationing plan a success.

Citizens can offer better solutions for pollution than odd-even: Prashant Bhushan

New Delhi: Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Friday termed the Delhi government’s odd-even traffic restriction scheme a “gimmick”.

Prashant Bhushan. PTI

Prashant Bhushan. PTI

Citizens could offer better solutions to pollution, suggested Bhushan, formerly a key member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and a close associate of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“Citizens may offer better solutions for pollution, bike lanes, better public transport/BRT, than gimmicks like odd/even,” the lawyer posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Delhi government’s second phase of odd-even traffic scheme which aims at reducing air pollution in the national capital started on Friday.

The scheme disallows private vehicles with even registration numbers to run on odd-numbered dates and vice versa, thus restricting the flow of traffic on roads.

Mumbai auto driver body-shames woman, complaint filed

Body-shaming in Indian society is a daily battle and often gains legitimacy through crude jokes and discourse in our popular culture. An instance of such body-shaming took place in Mumbai last week where a 30-year-old female travel agent was reportedly asked to get off an auto for being ‘too fat’. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Asmi Shah had boarded an auto from Santacruz to go to Juhu. Midway, she had to pick up her mother. So Shah asked the auto to stop at a point. Suddenly, the auto-driver asked curtly if the person to be picked up was as fat as her. When Shah tried to reprimand the driver for the rude question, he reportedly shot back saying he doesn’t ferry fat people in his auto. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shah says she was stunned by this behaviour. However, she refused to get off the auto. The matter escalated further as the driver repeatedly asked her to get down. He didn’t budge even after Shah warned of lodging a complaint with the police, the report says. Showing alacrity, Shah however, managed to take a picture of auto driver’s number plate.She has lodged a complaint both with traffic police and local police, and is unwilling to let this matter pass. According to her, she is yet to receive any response from the Santacruz police station. Additional CP (Traffic) has been quoted as saying that they are looking into the matter and action will be taken. As for Asmi Shah, she is taking up the crusade to ensure that the auto-driver does not continue to harass passengers with such errant behaviour. More strength to her!

Juvenile in Mercedes hit-and-run remanded to custody for two days

On Monday, the juvenile justice board remanded for two days the juvenile behind the wheel of the silver Mercedes that fatally hit a 32-year-old a week ago. On Sunday, the boy was sent to a correctional home after he appeared before a magistrate, offering to surrender.On April 4 in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area, a juvenile, four days short of his 18th birthday, was speeding in his father’s car when he hit Siddharth Sharma as he was trying to cross the road.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Currently in Delhi, the fine charged for a minor found driving is Rs500 and the vehicle is liable to be impounded by the traffic police, while the fine for an over-speeding charge and if the driver is found to be driving dangerously is Rs. 1,400.However, experts are of the opinion that this ‘relaxed’ attitude of the traffic police and the liberal attitude adopted by parents are the main reasons why instances of rash driving in the capital is high. Child rights’ lawyer Ashok Agarwal says, “There are laws already in place for those who are found guilty of an offence. It is a matter of implementation.” Agarwal, a high court lawyer who mostly handles cases involving child’s rights is of the opinion that a change in the attitude of the parents alone is not enough. Agarwal feels, the Delhi and Traffic police need to step up and be more assertive.Anant Asthana, a lawyer for juveniles, has an opinion that is quite similar to Agarwal’s. “The police has been very kind on the society and the parents. The law is there, however, the application of the law is found lacking,” Asthana said. The juvenile justice lawyer feels that, “if the police were to strictly enforce and implement the laws in place, then it would prove to act as a prohibitive tool for the society.””If a parent is conscience and cautious, then automatically, the kid will imbibe similar values and have a healthy respect for the laws of the land,” said Asthana. However, Asthana and Agarwal both vehemently feel that the society and the law – the police in this case, need to work in tandem.Setting a precedent, following Sharma’s accident, the police charged the father of the juvenile of abetment to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Even though the teenager was apprehended, the police are pressing the courts to hold the father responsible for the son’s action.Asthana and Agarwal, both are of the opinion that the abetment charge is a stretch and may not stick. However, they both feel, the police is taking a very bold stance and a message is being sent out to the society.The Delhi police will continue to question the juvenile in the presence of a juvenile justice officer. “We will question the juvenile along with the six friends who were with him at the time,” said Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North).Application of law is poor: LawyerAnant Asthana, a lawyer for juveniles, has an opinion that is quite similar to Agarwal’s. “The police has been very kind on the society and the parents. The law is there, however, the application of the law is found lacking,” Asthana said. The juvenile justice lawyer feels that, “if the police were to strictly enforce and implement the laws in place, then it would prove to act as a prohibitive tool for the society.”

Watch: Doctor in Mercedez goes on rampage in Bengaluru; one dead, three injured

One person was killed and at least three severely injured after a doctor rammed his Mercedes Benz car into three vehicles and then crashed into a house in Jayanagar area here.Tension prevailed for some time in the area after 52-year old Rizwan alias Ahmed Khan was killed on the spot and his 45-year old wife Mohsina Begum suffered multiple fractures after the car knocked down their two-wheeler.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>55-year old Dr. Shankar NH, an orthopedician at the Siddhartha Clinic was driving his car with his domestic help- Sarita and her child on board.As Shankar reached the Madhavan Park, he brushed past a car. Fearing repercussions, he sped towards Byrasandra main road and rammed into a bike and two cars.The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for immediate treatment.The Benz came to a halt only after it ran into a roadside house, damaging it completely.As the car was at top speed, one of the injured, Rizwan was dragged along with the car into the house. He died on the spot, while Mohsina suffered fractures.Dr. Shankar, Sarita and her child also suffered minor injuries. The police, who reached the spot, rushed them to a hospital.Dr Shankar was taken into custody and was sent to Bowring Hospital for medical examination.His blood samples were collected and sent to Forensic Science Laboratory to check if he had consumed alcohol or a narcotic substance.”Dr. Shankar is not in a condition to speak. Once he is fine, we will be able to know where he was going and what made him drive at top speed,” said a senior police officer.A case has been registered in the Wilson Garden Traffic police station.

Traffic snarls seen in Delhi after road caved in around ITO junction

Arterial roads in central and east Delhi were choked with stretches around the ITO junction witnessing long tailbacks for hours following the cave-in of a portion of the road on Bhairon Marg.Traffic snarls in and around ITO and the Ring Road stretch near Sarai Kale Khan started right in the morning peak hours and deteriorated by 12 PM. Long tailbacks were also witnessed on Vikas Marg, the stretch near Pragati Maidan, and arterial roads in central Delhi, a senior traffic official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A portion of the road caved in on Bhairon Marg, where repair work was underway, triggering the traffic mayhem, officials said.”To tackle the situation, traffic from Ring Road to Mathura Road has been diverted till the repair work is over,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Muktesh Chander.Adding to the mess was a leaked pipeline that caused flooding in an area near the ITO flyover by afternoon. The situation was also aggravated by a chain of trucks which were allowed to ply in the morning after being stalled in east Delhi due to traffic jams last night.Commuters passing through these areas during the day had a harrowing time and had to spend hours on stretches which they said would normally take them a fifth of the time to cross. The Delhi Traffic Police helpline was bombarded with phone calls till evening with people enquiring about traffic congestion and road diversions, the official said.Vehicles on the three major arterial stretches — Mathura Road, Tilak Marg and Sikandra Road — converge at the ITO junction either to take a right towards Vikas Marg, heading east, or move straight towards Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, which leads towards central Delhi. Traffic on all three stretches was thrown out-of-gear in the day.In the afternoon, thousands of vehicles were stuck on Vikas Marg, compelling Delhi Police to deploy officials to manage the situation. Commuters also complained about inadequate police presence near the road cave-in site.

Screen my film if you believe in freedom of expression: Anupam Kher to JNU

Anupam Kher has said that Jawaharlal Nehru University students have disallowed his film Buddha in a Traffic Jam to be screened and has accused them of suppressing freedom of speech and expression. “Put in practice what you preach,” Anupam Kher said about the refusal of the film being screened. “Film makers want to start from JNU, if we are told there is no slot for 6 months maybe they can create one, as a request. I think screening (Buddha Stuck In A Traffic Jam) should be allowed, that’ freedom of expression that JNU students talk about,” Kher said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JNUSU president was arrested in connection with the February 9 event on charges of sedition. Five other students — Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash and Ashutosh Kumar — had gone in hiding since then but resurfaced on the campus 10 days later. While Umar and Anirban surrendered before the police, the remaining three refused to do so but maintained that they are open to questioning by police as and when needed. Kanhaiya has been released on bail.

Delhi HC suggests spot challans, helicopter use to deal with traffic woes

New Delhi: In the wake of transport issues, chaotic road discipline and increasing air pollution, the Delhi High Court on Thursday gave directions and suggestions like on-the-spot challans and use of helicopters in times of emergencies.

One of the directions given by a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva was to the traffic police which was directed to publicise the increase in fine, to Rs 1000, for driving on the wrong carriageway or wrong side of the road as well as to carry out on-the-spot challaning for such violations.

Representative image. PTIRepresentative image. PTI

Representative image. PTI

The bench directed the police to be more vigilant, instead of continuing to hide behind trees.

The court also sought the Delhi government and Centre’s response on whether helicopters can be inducted to not only manage the traffic but to also airlift those in medical emergencies to the nearest hospital.

It directed the traffic police to prepare a presentation, to be placed before the court, indicating how the traffic situation was being monitored from the control room.

It said this would help the court in understanding what steps are being taken by the traffic police to alleviate the misery of the public and manage traffic.

Traffic police, meanwhile, told the court that in the last two months it has issued challans to over 41,000 vehicles which were found travelling on wrong carriageway and that it has publicised the increase in fine for the violation by putting up signboards at various locations in the city.

On the issue of conservation of forests, the Delhi government on Thursday placed before the court a study carried out by Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) which has said that old forests and trees need to be protected to curb global warming as these trees store a lot of carbon in their roots.

#JNURow: Police calls for vigil against clashes post Kanhaiya’s release

New Delhi: Apprehending the possibility of “clashes” following the release of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Delhi Police has issued an ‘advisory’ to all districts, traffic and PCR units asking them to maintain strict vigil, especially in and around JNU and Delhi University campuses.

“The advisory says, in case Kanhaiya Kumar is bailed out, there is possibility that he may visit places which include Jantar Mantar, JNU and DU with large number of his supporters, largely including students’ groups like AISF and AISA, and members of some political parties,” a police source said on Thursday.

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTIKanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

“It further reads, ABVP and other right wing groups, including some political leaders, may oppose such gatherings and there is possibility of clashes among the groups.

“Keeping in view the sensitivity and gravity of the matter, a sharp vigil and adequate arrangement by local police with sufficient women staff, PCR and Traffic are suggested to avoid any untoward incident,” he said

The advisory was first issued when Delhi Police took a U-turn and opposed Kanhaiya’s bail plea in the High Court. It was reissued on wednesday, the source added.

Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on 12 February in connection with a sedition case over a controversial JNU event, was on Wednesday granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court which said that he has to cooperate in the ongoing investigation and has to present himself before the investigators as and when required.


JNU Row: Police calls for vigil against clashes post Kanhaiya Kumar’s release

Apprehending the possibility of “clashes” following the release of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Delhi Police has issued an ‘advisory’ to all districts, traffic and PCR units asking them to maintain strict vigil, especially in and around JNU and Delhi University campuses.”The advisory says, in case Kanhaiya Kumar is bailed out, there is possibility that he may visit places which include Jantar Mantar, JNU and DU with large number of his supporters, largely including students’ groups like AISF and AISA, and members of some political parties,” a police source said on Thursday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It further reads, ABVP and other right wing groups, including some political leaders, may oppose such gatherings and there is possibility of clashes among the groups. Keeping in view the sensitivity and gravity of the matter, a sharp vigil and adequate arrangement by local police with sufficient women staff, PCR and Traffic are suggested to avoid any untoward incident,” he said.The advisory was first issued when Delhi Police took a U-turn and opposed Kanhaiya’s bail plea in the High Court. It was reissued yesterday, the source added. Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested on February 12 in connection with a sedition case over a controversial JNU event, was yesterday granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court which said that he has to cooperate in the ongoing investigation and has to present himself before the investigators as and when required.

Two persons held for human trafficking; three girls rescued

A man and a woman were on Saturday arrested for alleged human trafficking for prostitution, and three girls were rescued from their trap, police said.In an overnight operation, Porvorim police nabbed Pravin Parab (27), working as a pump operator with state Water Resources department, and Sajjiya Khan (27), who belongs to Mumbai, Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi, who led the investigation, said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”A raid was conducted after sending decoy customers, who contacted Parab. When he arrived at designated place with the girls, he was arrested,” he said.Three girls, two hailing from Karnataka and another from Mumbai, were rescued and sent to protection home, he said.A case has been registered against the duo under relevant sections of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, he said, adding further investigation is on.

PM Modi’s effigy burnt by Jat protesters outside VK Singh’s residence in Ghaziabad

Jat protesters burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday outside the residence of Minister of State For External Affairs and Union minister V K Singh.Manvir Singh, the district president of RLD, leading a group of agitators who burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside the residence V K Singh, the local MP. The ongoing Jat stir for reservation today spread to the district. Protesters blocked several road intersections and railway tracks, sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of protesters blocked Hapur-Chungi intersection in the afternoon, Salman Taz Patil, City superintendent of police said. The traffic was diverted from Dasna toll plaza towards NH-24 Lal Quan-Vijay Nagar by-pass.Rapid Action Force (RAF) and PAC was deployed at Soniya Vihar Ganga Canal water regulator near Abupur village of Muradnagar in anticipation of possible disruption of water supply to Delhi by protesters, Rajesh Pandey,Superintendent of police (rural) said.A group of protesters belonging to Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) blocked the Delhi-Meerut railway track near Duhai village. Police reached there and persuaded the protesters to clear the railway track.In Loni Jat protesters led by Jagmer Singh Dhama of Jat Sabha blocked vehicular traffic on Delhi-Sahranpur road for an hour. Traffic was diverted from Loni tri-section towards Teela Shahbazpur, said Pandey.District Magistrate Vimal Kumar Sharma said no untoward incident was reported in the district.

Oil spill on Mumbai-Pune expressway; traffic disrupted

An oil spill from a tanker on Saturday resulted in disruption of vehicular traffic along Mumbai-Pune expressway, causing inconvenience for commuters.The traffic was halted after a Mumbai-bound tanker overturned, spilling oil near Khandala during early hours on Saturday, making it risky for the commuters.”The traffic was restored in the afternoon after putting a layer of loose earth on the affected surface,” police said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, a serpentine queue of vehicles was moving at a snail’s pace because of the backlog that was being cleared slowly, a passenger said.

25 vehicles collide on highway in Haryana, five dead

Five persons, including four of a family, were killed and 15 injured when 25 vehicles collided with each other today on Delhi-Ambala National Highway-1 in Karnal district.A car collided with a stationary truck in Nilokheri in Karnal this morning owing to reduced visibility due to dense fog, following which other vehicles which were close behind rammed each other, Karnal SP, Pankaj Nain said. “Five persons were killed in the mishap,” he said, adding, among the dead, four were members of a family from Uttar Pradesh, who were going to Punjab to attend a wedding.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The seriously injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital, police said. The highway has been cleared and normal movement of traffic has been restored, they added.

Watch Live: 2016 Beating Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi

Marking the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations, the beating the retreat ceremony will be held today evening at the Vijay Chowk in New Delhi. This year, 15 Military Bands, 18 Pipes and Drums Bands from Regimental Centres and Battalions are participating in the ceremony. Besides one each of Indian Navy and Indian Air Force band will also form part of the event and for the first time, bands from the State Police and Central Armed Police Force will also perform at the ceremony. Delhi Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements keeping the ceremony in mind.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to an advisory, Vijay Chowk will remain closed today for general traffic from 3.30 to 9.30 PM. The traffic will not be allowed on the stretches on Rafi Marg and Raisina Road and the entry and exit at Udyog Bhawan and Central Secretariat Metro Stations will remain closed from 2 PM to 6.30 PM

Watch: Video of cop thrashing traffic violator in Kolkata goes viral

Later, the driver changed the tyre itself since the clamp can only be opened with the help of a key. He kept the tyre, attached with the clamp in its boot and tried to flee, when the same sergeant chased him and started thrashing him. A video that has surfaced on social media showing a traffic sergeant thrashing a traffic rule violator on Russel Street on Monday. Sources in the police reveal that the offender had parked the vehicle on the no-parking zone when a sergeant clamped the car and left the spot.Later, the driver changed the tyre since the clamp can only be opened with the help of a key. He kept the tyre, attached with the clamp in its boot and tried to flee, when the same sergeant chased him and started thrashing him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the police has arrested the offender, they have initiated a disciplinary action against the traffic sergeant seen thrashing the driver of the vehicle. However, the police refused to reveal the identity of the traffic sergeant. “We have registered a case against the offending driver for stealing government property and arrested him. We condone what the traffic sergeant has done and we have initiated disciplinary action against him,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), V Solomon Nesakumar.Watch the video below:

Traffic snarls return to Delhi; Republic Day rehearsal adds to the woes

Heavy traffic returned to haunt the national capital on the first weekday post the fortnight-long odd-even vehicular restrictions, which had reduced congestion considerably, as severe snarls were witnessed on Monday at major arterial roads across the national capital.During the peak hours in the morning, bumper-to-bumper traffic was seen in New Delhi region, especially around the India Gate C-Hexagon, and South Delhi areas which include Chirag Delhi, Vasant Kunj, Chhatarpur, Greater Kailash and the BRT corridor, said a traffic official.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Major roads in North, West and East Delhi were also chock-a-block giving a harrowing time to commuters, as both odd and even numbered private cars returned to the streets. Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander said, “Heavy traffic in New Delhi region was caused by the blocking of a particular stretch on Rajpath for full-dress rehearsal for upcoming Republic Day celebrations.””In other cases, adequate personnel were deployed to ensure smooth traffic flow as and when we received information about severe congestion,” he added.Traffic snarls considerably slowed down vehicular movement in Dhaula Huan, S P Marg, Dwarka, South Extension, Laxmi Nagar and roads around the Akshardham temple.In the wake of the road-rationing measures from January 1 – 15, when private cars bearing odd and even numbered registration plates plied on alternate days, the national capital saw drastic cuts in traffic volume. The city government projected this to be the biggest outcome of the vehicular restrictions which they termed a massive success and had also claimed that pollution levels had come down by around 25 per cent.Today’s air quality oscillated between ‘moderate’ to ‘very poor’ with the average quantity of fine respirable pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 recorded at 152 and 238 micrograms per cubic metre respectively.By the time the situation in New Delhi and South Delhi eased, traffic was thrown out of gear at other areas which include the Dwarka underpass, Khanpur, Panchsheel, Mehrauli-Badarpur road, Sangam Vihar and NH-8, the traffic official said.

Odd-even scheme: Delhi govt collects over Rs 2 crore from fine

The Delhi Government has collected over Rs 2 crore from the over 10,000 challans issued by traffic police, transport department and Sub Divisional Magistrates to violators of odd-even scheme which ended on Friday.According to official data, as many as 10,021 people were challaned for violating car-rationing scheme, which came into force from January 1. The Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDM) challaned as many as 5,582 motorists, while around 2,870 people were fined by the Delhi Traffic police for violating the scheme, a senior official said<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal praised the traffic police for their assistance in enforcing the odd-even scheme. The Government had stipulated Rs 2,000 penalty under relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act for each violation of the restrictions rolled out on January 1 and remained in force between 8 AM to 8 PM during weekdays.The AAP government has already announced that it will provide subsidy on purchase of cycles, from the money collected as challans during the implementation of period of odd-even scheme.According to the government’s plan, after the car-rationing pilot scheme is wrapped up, the government will constitute a committee to work out further modalities of the idea.

dna impact: AAI orders probe into ‘missing’ radio frequency at Mumbai ATC

Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman RK Srivastava has ordered an investigation into primary radio frequency of the Mumbai Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower ‘going missing’ for a daty.dna had published a report on January 12 about the primary frequency at the ATC tower mysteriously going down and coming up equally mysteriously a day later.The radio frequency on which the ATC tower communicates with pilots remained functionally dead for an entire day late last month due to some ‘external’ factor.Though ATC officials immediately shifted to a backup frequency, the situation would have turned serious had the backup frequencies too malfunctioned. When contacted by dna on Thursday, Srivastava asked us to call later.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, his phone remained unreachable afterwards.A complaint on the ‘missing frequency’ was lodged with the Wireless Planning and Co-ordination (WPC) wing of the ministry of communications.Sources said Srivastava, who was reportedly in Mumbai on Tuesday for a routine visit, reportedly discussed the issue and asked an officer of the rank of GM to investigate and submit a report.Although investigators are yet to trace the exact reasons, insiders claim that the problem was rectified after CNS officials asked Air India officials to to check if the communication devices in their planes were fine. Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) department maintains ATC infrastructure.

Kolkata: Look out notice against trio in Air Force officer’s death

Kolkata Police on Thursday issued a look out notice against Ambia Sohrab, Sambia Sohrab and their father former RJD MLA Mohammed Sohrab, who are absconding after a speeding car reportedly owned by them killed an Air Force officer during a Republic Day parade rehearsal here.The look out notice was issued after the trio were found “absconding” from their residence at Jorasanko area in the city, a senior police officer said. “Because they are absconding since yesterday’s mishap and we could not find them till today afternoon, this look out notice has been issued,” the officer said. Kolkata Police sleuths have meanwhile seized Ambia’s passport during a raid of one the Sohrab residence, the officer said.The police have so far have raided five houses belonging to the Sohrabs and one of their hotels on Kyd Street in search of the trio.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources in Kolkata Police told PTI that reports from the South Police Division as well as from the Traffic department on the incident were submitted to Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha during the day. “Yesterday the CP had asked for a detailed report. DC South and DC Traffic prepared report on the Red Road mishap and submitted it this afternoon,” the source said. A 22-member team was set up by the CP today to speed up investigation into the mishap in which 21-year-old corporal Abhimanyu Gaud was hit and killed by a brand new Audi yesterday after breaking three guard rails and barging into the parade rehearsal.The car dragged Gaud more than 20 metre after hitting him and he died due to blood loss.Meanwhile, the forensic report of the car suggested that it was travelling at a high speed of around 90 km -110 km per hour when it barged through the guard rails and hit the Air Force official. During investigation it was found that the Audi was yet to get the registration number and was delivered to the Sohrabs with a Trade Certificate (TC) number.”As per showroom records, the car has been registered against a company which belongs to Mohammed Sohrab. The records also show that the car purchased for Rs 90 lakh belonged to Sohrab’s son Ambia Sohrab,” a Kolkata police officer had said yesterday. The Regional Transport office sent a showcause notice to the dealer during the day asking why the vehicle was delivered to the customer with the TC number.”The TC number is strictly meant for use by motor dealers. The dealer can use it while transporting the vehicle from the manufacturing unit to the store or garage. But the dealer has delivered the vehicle with it to the customer which is illegal,” an officer at the regional transport office said. “We have send the dealer a showcause notice which they have to reply within seven days,” he added.Air Force officials have told police that only one person was in the speeding car which knocked down and killed the young officer. “Our eyewitnesses saw that there was only one person in the car. We have told this to the police and are sharing all clues we have with us to help them find the culprit quickly,” an Air Force official told PTI.Defence officials said they are also scanning cameras located on the gates of Fort William, headquarters of the Eastern Army Command, to find more clues. The Air Force is also conducting its own departmental inquiry into the incident.A team of Army and Air Force personnel conducted a solemn parade at the Command Hospital here in the early hours today to bid farewell to the officer. Wreaths were placed on the coffin by police, Army and Air Force officers before it was put on an Army vehicle and taken to the airport for the flight to Mumbai and further on by road to Surat from where Gaud hailed.Gaud’s elder brother, father, uncle and his teacher since childhood days came from Gujarat to take the body. The officer’s brother Bajrangi Gaud said his soul will find peace only if the culprit is punished.

Odd-even succeeded as people found it appealing: Delhi HC

Delhi High Court on Thursday said the odd-even scheme of the AAP government was a success to some extent as the idea had appealed to the people and not because of the Rs 2000 fine imposed for violations.A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said that while the decrease in pollution levels due to the scheme might have been marginal, but it had some “good side-effects” like reduction in congestion on roads and people’s participation. It made the observation in response to the submission of Delhi Traffic Police that the scheme was successful mainly due to the fine payable for violation.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The traffic police made the submission while defending itself against the court’s assertion that its officers do not take action against violators, especially those who jump carriageways and move into oncoming lanes to get ahead during jams. Such conduct makes the traffic situation worse, the bench said.Justice Ahmed also said he and his family missed out on a movie after they were stuck in a jam and reached the theatre three hours after leaving home when usually the journey would have taken them only 40 minutes.DCP Romil Baaniya (Traffic HQ) said small fines of Rs 100 are not a deterrent so despite the large number of challans it has issued against violators, such violations continue. He said there was a need to re-work the fines that can be imposed for traffic violations and sought directions from the court to the Centre in this regard. The bench, however, refused to pass any such order.The bench said the odd-even scheme was successful, as there were fewer vehicles on road and people of Delhi participated and volunteered for it as they found the concept appealing. It said the Delhi government was successful in publicising the concept and making it appealing to the masses and asked the traffic police to undertake a similar exercise to encourage people to follow rules.”Think imaginatively,” the court told the officer who was also asked to ensure that traffic rules are implemented.The observations came during the hearing of a PIL on air pollution in which the court had told the traffic police to carry out better traffic management to reduce congestion and vehicular idling time, thereby reducing air pollution.

Mumbai airport radio frequency goes down and comes up mysteriously for a day

Late last month, the primary radio frequency on which the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower at Mumbai airport communicate with pilots went down mysteriously and came back alive equally mysteriously after 24 hours. No one knows the exact reasons for the failure even now, though some officials say that the role of amateur hackers cannot be ruled out.While ATC officials immediately shifted to a backup frequency, they were without a primary frequency for an entire day. Had the backup frequencies too have malfunctioned, the situation would have been catastrophic. The airport sees more than 800 flight landings and take-offs every day.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airport insiders claim that it is difficult for a radio frequency to get compromised. But the incident raises the possibility of amateur hackers crawling their way into ATC radio transmission. Once the transgression was noticed, officials from the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) wing, responsible for ATC infrastructure maintenance, first checked at their end. When they found that everything’s fine on their side, they contacted many airlines like Jet Airways, Reliance and Air Works, whose hangars span across a large area. In fact, CNS officials said they asked Air India officials to check if their aircraft communication devices were working properly as the national carrier’s hangar was nearby. But Air India never replied to CNS and when dna asked about the incident, the airline’s spokesperson refused to comment. Officials of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) also refused to comment. CNS officials blamed staff shortage for the incident. And if what some officials told dna is to be believed, this was not an isolated incident. “Incidents like these are increasingly becoming the norm,” they said.For example, last month itself, a radar at the Juhu airport developed a snag. While CNS officials were attending to it, there erupted another problem within an hour. This time, a radar at the Mumbai airport started malfunctioning. Consequently, half the staff had to rush back. “This led to the division of already scarce staff, thereby delaying the rectification of both the radars,” said a CNS official.A complaint on the primary frequency malfunctioning has been lodged with the Wireless Planning and Co-ordination (WPC) wing of the ministry of communications. The WPC looks at complaints of harmful interference in the reception of radio emissions and hold investigations. VV Singh, joint wireless advisor at Mumbai WPC, could not be contacted for comments.Though the CNS requires a staff of 260, it has to make do with 140 now.“There are barely 4-5 staffers working during a shift, as a result of which equipment and radars cannot be maintained properly. If some malfunctioning is reported, corrective actions are taken,” said a CNS official.For passengers and crew in 800 flights that fly into and out of the airport every day, that’s cold comfort.