Air India announces ‘no work, no pay’ as strike continues

Pilots’ association says prepared to call off strike only if airline assures High Court that demands will be resolved within a fixed time-frame

New Delhi: Air India today announced that the ‘no work, no pay’ principle will be implemented to counter the pilots’ strike that has seriously disrupted the operation of flights for a seventh day running. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has rapped both sides for their adamant attitude and failure to resolve the crisis.

“We are implementing ‘no work, no pay’ for those who are not reporting for duty. Their April salary will not be processed if they do not join work,” an Air India officer said. The officer, who requested anonymity, said the airline was making efforts to garner resources to pay the salaries to the rest of the employees. Bank loans were also being organised, he said.

The national carrier’s flight operations continued to be disrupted for the seventh day on Tuesday, with the protesting pilots unwilling to budge. They said they would be ready to call off the stir only if the management assured the Delhi High Court that their demands would be resolved within a fixed time-frame, reports PTI.

However, the court rapped both the airline management and the pilots’ body, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), for their rigid attitude. “It seems that you are also not interested in getting the strike called off,” a division bench headed by judge BD Ahmed told Lalit Bhasin, the counsel for the Air India management.

The two-judge bench appointed senior lawyer Siddharth Luthra as amicus curaie, to assist it in resolving the stand-off.
Air India has been able to operate only about 35-40 flights a day, against its normal schedule of 320 flights. It has blocked domestic bookings over the past five days. According to official estimates, private carriers have been accommodating about 15,000-16,000 passengers of Air India, which is offering only about 9,000 seats as of today.

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Tech Mahindra starts BPO operations in the Philippines

Tech Mahindra wins multi-million dollar BPO business in the Philippines, will also expand its footprint in Africa

Tech Mahindra, India's fifth largest software exporter has announced its plans to set up BPO operations in the Philippines. The company has recently signed a multi-million dollar deal, as one of the preferred BPO partners for strategic outsourcing with a leading full-service telecommunications company in the Philippines, according to a company release. The deal is spread over a period of three years. Tech Mahindra will provide the client with contact centre support for sales and back office, customer care and technical support for their wireless post-paid, landline and broadband customers. The end-customer mix will include both retail as well as high-end business customers of the client. Tech Mahindra has set up the contact centre at Manila to enable and deliver these services to the client and has already recruited over 600 associates locally. The past year saw Tech Mahindra opening centres in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana and Gabon, while Congo DRC and Congo B are expected to start operations within the next few months. According to Sujit Baksi, president-corporate affairs & BPO, Tech Mahindra, “The Philippines is not only a key market for us, but also a strategic location from where we plan to service our global clients. We look forward to strengthening our presence in Philippines through our engagement with one of the leading players in the Philippines telecom industry and will actively support our client's innovative plans to address the mobile telephony and broadband services market.” At 15:59 hours, Tech Mahindra was trading Rs670.25 (2.5%) down on the BSE. The Sensex was 463.33 points down at 18,534.69 at this time.

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Dabur acquires ‘30-Plus’ brand from Ajanta Pharma

Dabur has identified health care as a key growth area for the future and it is looking at opportunities in both the domestic and international markets

Dabur India, one of the major players in India’s natural health segment, has entered into an agreement to acquire Ajanta Pharma’s OTC brand ‘30 Plus’. “For every acquisition we make, we look at synergies that can compliment Dabur’s existing portfolio. The acquisition o15f 30 Plus is part of an aggressive strategy to build capacity in the OTC health-care segment and I am confident that this transaction will help us in our endeavour to further strengthen our portfolio in this category,” said Dabur India group director PD Narang.

30 Plus is one of Ajanta Pharma’s key health care energiser brands and was launched in 1990. Dabur has identified health care as a key growth area for the future. “As with our previous acquisitions, this deal will offer us an opportunity to broaden the company’s product portfolio to further capitalise on the emerging opportunities in domestic and international markets,” Mr Narang added.

At 15:09 hours, Dabur India was trading Rs100.50 (0.5%) down on the BSE. The Sensex was 436.94 points down at 18,561.08 at this time.

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