HUBBALLI TUESDAY DECEMBER 26, 2017 `5.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION INDIAN CARRIERS TO INDUCT OVER 900 PLANES BY 2023 As per data available with the civil aviation ministry, IndiGo, GoAir, SpiceJet, AirAsia are set to significantly expand their fleet sizes INDIGO TO GET 448 ADDITIONAL PLANES SPICEJET, GOAIR TO ADD MORE Budget airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia are set to significantly add to their existing fleet. IndiGo which currently has 150 planes, will add another 448 aircraft — 399 A320s and 49 ATRs — in the next seven-eight years. Air India would induct three B777- 300ER and 16 A320 planes by March 2019 ■ ■ SpiceJet would add 107 B737-800s, 50 Bombardier Q400s between 2018-2023. Jet Airways, which has 107 aircraft, would buy 81 B737-8 MAX planes during 2018-2024 period GoAir, which is yet to take off on overseas routes, would induct 119 A320 planes during the period from 2018-2022 9th INDIA IS THE NINTH LARGEST CIVIL AVIATION MARKET IN THE WORLD CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR EXPRESS READ Pakistan glass-es over Jadhav-family reunion Alleged Indian spy’s mother and wife meet Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad, but could only talk to him from beyond glass partition R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA After meet, Pak releases new video Pakistan on Monday issued a new video of Kulbhusan Jadhav in which he is seen thanking the Pakistan government for arranging a meeting with his wife and mother. PM inaugurates new line of Delhi Metro New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the 12.38-km stretch of the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was not invited to the P9 event. B’luru police officially say no to Sunny event Bengaluru: The city police on Monday officially denied permission for the New Year’s Eve event featuring actress Sunny Leone on seven grounds. A notice was issued in this regard to M S Harish, Managing Director, The Time Creations, the firm which P5 was organising the event. AIADMK cracks whip on Dhinakaran supporters Chennai: A day after facing defeat in the just concluded by-election to the RK Nagar Assembly constituency, the top brass of the AIADMK got their act together on Monday and expelled five of the staunch supporters of T T V Dhinakaran and stripped four of P6 party posts. NGOs told to open accounts in banks New Delhi: The Home Ministry has directed NGOs, business entities and individuals who receive funds from abroad to open accounts in any of the 32 designated banks within a month. It also asked them to ensure that such funds are not utilised for activities detrimental to national interest. @ New Delhi It’s not consular access, claims Pak Pakistan has said Jadhav’s meeting with his family in the presence of an Indian diplomat did not constitute “consular access”. Former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother talk to him while separated by glass partition at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday | PTI Govt asks PSU banks to shut expensive overseas branches A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi STEPPING up its efforts to make publicsector banks financially viable, the government has asked PSU banks to shut their expensive overseas branches as well as loss-making domestic offices, and reduce the number of regional and administrative centres to save operational costs. According to sources in the know, the government took the decision after it felt there was no point in running such lossmaking branches and putting the burden on the balance sheet of banks. A Finance Ministry source confirmed the development, saying, “This is not a restriction but a corrective measure to improve PSU banks’ financial health.” The move is likely to result in job losses and affect hiring in the next fiscal. “Yes, there will be job loss. But it is difficult to give a number at this point of time. Anyway the sector does not have a robust hir, ing outlook,” said a top executive with State Bank of India. “Banks are already rationalising their operations. However, overseas branches have many strategic advantages,” said the SBI executive. SBI has 195 foreign offices spread across 36 countries, while Bank of Baroda has presence across 24 countries through 107 branches and offices. In the past two years, SBI has closed around 7,000 branches post consolidation. Others are also following suit. Bank of India has said it will shut down around 700 ATMs to “contain costs” as part of a turnaround plan. Indian Overseas Bank has reduced 10 regional offices in the country. PNB is also planning to shut down or relocate up to 300 loss-making branches over the next 12 months. PNB is already exploring the possibility of selling a stake in its UK subsidiary PNB International. According to the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, hiring in 2018-19 has already been impacted with seven banks indicating zero hiring. LAND AHOY! K’taka tourists stranded at sea off Panaji for 4 hours, rescued after many distress calls E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru A year-end fun trip to Goa for 45 tourists, including 30 from Karnataka, turned out to be a nightmare after the boat they were sailing in stopped midseas due to engine failure. The tourists were left stranded for almost four hours fearing for their lives after the authorities failed to respond to their repeated alerts and video clips sent on WhatsApp. They were hoping that either police or the Coast Guard would come and rescue them. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon, when the tourists took a boat for a joy ride at a beach near Panaji. The passengers included 10-12 children. B M Dayanand, one of the passengers, told The New Indian Express, “We took the boat to an island around 11 am and reached by 12.30pm. After spending 30 minutes there, we were returning when, around 1.30 pm, the boat stopped in the middle due to a A video grab of the tourists After being stranded for so long, we were beginning to lose hope. I’m feeling grateful that we made it back alive BM Dayanand, one of the passengers technical snag.” The boat’s skipper tried to contact his onshore colleagues who did not respond. “We tried calling the police hel- pline 100, but though they responded to the calls, did not help us in anyway We . did not get any calls from the authorities. By then the boat started to roll and pitch due to heavy winds and we feared for our lives,” narrated Dayanand. “Later, we shot a video and sent it to a few news channels in Karnataka which began telecasting our plight. This made the difference. The police in Karnataka called their Goan counterparts and alerted them to our situation,” he said. Around 5pm, a private ship arrived to rescue the passengers. The stranded boat, along with the passengers on board, was towed to the safety of the shores. “We reached the shore by 6.30 pm,” said Dayanand. He said that a majority of the tourists from Karnataka were from Kunigal in Tumakuru district while the others were from Bengaluru. The much-relieved group is set to return from Panaji on Tuesday . IN the end, it was all smoke and mirrors. Or rather, glass walls. If Avanti and Chetna Jadhav, the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, were hoping to hug and reassure him during their brief meeting at the foreign office in Islamabad on Christmas Day they , were in for a disappointment. Glass walls separated them from their son and husband, on death row in Pakistan for spying, and all they could do was have a few hurried words under the watchful eyes of Pakistani officials and surrounded by cameras. Glass walls also separated them from the three Indian diplomats accompanying them, who were not allowed to talk with Jadhav. While the Indian Ministry of External Affairs remained tightlipped, a senior diplomat fumed: “We should have known better. At least we know he is alive, but this falls way way short of the Christ, mas gift his family was expecting.” “It is good gesture, but in the long run, this will not play any role in the improvement of bilateral relations between India and Pakistan,” Mohammad Shezhad, an Islamabad-based political analyst told The New Indian Express over phone. But another Pakistani journal- ist said that Islamabad had upheld its word, and that “access to a spy and terrorist did not mean they had to be in physical contact”. Besides, “did India allow the family of Ajmal Kasab (convicted of the 26/11 siege of Mumbai) to meet him before he was suddenly executed without warning?” he asked. The women arrived in Islamabad by a commercial flight around noon Monday and were rushed to the Indian High Commission for a brief meeting before leaving for the Pakistan foreign office. Their route — closed to the public — was lined with security forces, with sharpshooters posted on rooftops. REPORT: P7
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