Connect with us

News

Airlines must allot seats, try to keep middle space vacant: DGCA after SC’s ‘common sense’ rap

Published

on

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday directed airlines to allot seats so that middle seats are kept vacant to the extent possible.

In a notification, the aviation regulator said that airlines should allot seats in a manner that the middle seat is kept vacant if passenger load and seat capacity permits.

However, if passenger load does not permit this kind of an arrangement, then the middle seat passenger has to be provided with protective equipment like a wrap around gown in addition to the three-layer mask and face shield.

The DGCA directions will come into effect from June 3.

As per the order, all passengers are to be provided with safety kits, which include three-layered surgical mask, face shield and sanitiser.

No meal or drinking water will be served on board except for health-related reasons.

The embarkation and disembarkation will be sequential and no passenger will be allowed to rush to the entry/exit gates. The DGCA has directed the airlines to ensure orderly entry and exit of passengers.

Flights have been asked to set the air-conditioning system in such a way that the air gets replaced at the shortest possible intervals.

The flights have to be regularly sanitised, but when there is no passenger on board.

Airlines have been directed to carry out health check-up of all crew regularly and all flying as well as cabin crew will have to be in full protective suits.

The directions come nearly a week after the Supreme Court pulled up Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India while hearing urgent petition filed by Centre and the national carrier against the Bombay High Court order to keep middle seats vacant in international flights carrying back stranded Indians.

“You should be worried about health of citizens more than health of airlines,” the court said and asked “Why social distancing norms wasn’t necessary in flights? Why centre seats should be booked for air travels?”

Meanwhile, the top court has allowed Air India to operate non-scheduled foreign flights with middle seats booking till June 6 after which those seats can’t be sold.

The Bombay High Court, as directed by the apex court, will hear the matter tomorrow.

The court, in its hearing on the matter, commented that it was “common sense” that social distancing is important.

“It is common sense that maintaining social distancing is important. Outside, there should be a social distancing of at least six feet, what about inside aircraft,” the CJI rapped Air India, which has been operating special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back Indians stranded abroad due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the national carrier and the Centre, said that the “best practice is testing and quarantine and not seat difference”.

He further told the court that the decision not to have vacant middle seats was taken following a meeting held with experts.

CJI SA Bobde, however, quipped: “How can you say it will not affect passengers? Will the virus know it’s in the aircraft and it’s not supposed to infect?”

“The transmission will be there if you are sitting next to each other,” he added.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had in May, while announcing the recommencement of domestic flights, made it clear that it would not be possible to keep the middle seat vacant.

source

News

2 private tutors held for sexually harassing minors

Published

on

Two private tutors were arrested on charges of causing sexual harassment to a minor boy and a minor girl in two separate incidents in Memari and Katwa areas in Burdwan (East) last night.

Sandip Mondal – a private tutor by profession hailing from Gangatikuri village in Ketugram Police Station area in Katwa was booked by the police last night after the parents of a 11 year-old boy student handed over a video footage that reportedly exposed Mondal’s dirty practice.

After the class V student of a local high school complained to his parents that Mondal was forcing him to ‘cooperate’ in filthy acts, the parents had set a cell phone at the study room that grabbed the video on 26 June and helped in exposing Mondal.

Yesterday, after the parents lodged a complaint, Mondal was booked by the police under the provisions of Pocso (Protection of Child from Sexual Offences) Act. Dalim Konda – another tutor from Mondalgram village in Memari was arrested by the police early this morning on charges of causing sexual assault on a minor girl.

Syed Nizamuddin Azad – the judge, Pocso Court in Burdwan today ordered judicial custody for the accused till next Sunday. Also, he ordered forensic examination of the accused.

source

Continue Reading

News

With 507 deaths in 24 hours India’s COVID-19 tally at 5.85 lakh, death toll climbs to 17,400

Published

on

India’s coronavirus tally rose to 5,85,493 on Wednesday which includes 2,20,114 active cases and 3,47,978 recovered cases according to data released by ministry of health. The death toll due to the virus reached 17,400.

The government on Monday announced the second phase of the country’s gradual emergence from restrictions in a set of elaborate guidelines for “Unlock2”. Around 90 per cent of total infections in India are from ten states – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka.

While containment zones – areas worst-hit by the pandemic – will continue to remain under strict curbs, more activities shall be opened outside these neighbourhoods.

Globally, 10,450,628 people have been infected with the virus while 5,10,632 have died due to it according to Johns Hopkins University.

The pandemic has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN says, warning the situation in the Americas is particularly dire.

In a fresh study, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that by the mid-year point, global working hours were down 14 percent compared to last December – equivalent to some 400 million full-time jobs.

source

Continue Reading

News

Delhi govt to open Plasma Bank in two days; CM Kejriwal urges Coronavirus survivors to donate

Published

on

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that the state government has decided to start a ‘Plasma Bank’ in the national capital for the treatment of Coronavirus patients.

The ‘Plasma Bank’ will start operation in the next two days, he said and urged recovered patients to donate their plasma.

The ‘Plasma Bank’ will be set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Delhi.

The chief minister informed that anyone who needs plasma will need recommendation from a doctor.

Plasma therapy was among the five weapons Kejriwal had recently mentioned to fight the deadly infection, while asserting that the treatment turned out to be a life-saver for people in the capital.

At the beginning of his media briefing on the Coronavirus situation in the national capital, Kejriwal paid tributes to Dr Aseem Gupta, who was working as an anaesthesia specialist in the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, died of COVID-19 on Sunday. He was 56.

“Dr Aseem Gupta, a senior doctor of LNJP Hospital passed away due to COVID-19 yesterday. We salute his spirit and sacrifice. His family will be given a compensation amount of Rs 1 Crore by our government,” chief minister Arvind Kejriwal declared.

Earlier today, the CM had offered condolences to the doctor’s family.

The senior doctor had tested positive on June 6, when he had mild symptoms and was shifted to a quarantine facility. His symptoms aggravated on June 7 and he was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the LNJP Hospital. He was then shifted to the Max Hospital in south Delhi on June 8 on his request. His condition deteriorated late on Saturday and he died few hours later.

On Saturday, raking up his slogan of “Corona harega aur Delhi jeetega”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asserted that his government has adopted ‘five weapons’ to fight the virus – ramping up bed capacity; testing and isolation, survey and screening, providing oximeter and oxygen concentrator and finally treatment with plasma therapy.

Meanwhile, the national capital is the second worst hit state with a total of 83,077 Coronavirus cases, including 2,623 deaths and 52,607 recoveries.

source

Continue Reading

Newsletters

Enter your email address to get latest updates

Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2018 - 2019 Delhi Wire.