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Jet Airways suspends cabin crew for Sonu Nigam's in-flight singing
Mumbai : Airline major Jet Airways said on Friday that it has suspended the five-member cabin crew of its January 4 Jodhpur-Mumbai flight for allowing celebrated singer Sonu Nigam to use the in-flight announcement system to entertain his fellow passengers.
 
"All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures," said a Jet Airways spokesperson. 
 
According to aviation safety experts, the unauthorised use of any aircraft system by passengers is a recipe for disaster. 
 
"This is a vital information system, which is used by the crew to alert and inform passengers about major safety related procedures, weather and issuing of turbulence warnings," Kanu Gohain, safety expert and ex-director general of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told IANS.
 
"If an emergency would have occurred at that time, then the crew would have lost valuable time in informing passengers. This (concert) also diverts the attention of the crew from other duties," elaborated Gohain, who was the DGCA Chief from April 2006 till 2008.
 
Sources in the aviation watchdog said an enquiry has been initiated into the event. 
 
"There has been a lapse in discharging of crew duty. If found guilty then there (cabin crew's) licenses can be repealed and they would not be eligible to work with any airlines," Gohain added.
 
Cabin crew have to take a DGCA examination which is partly based on safety and emergency procedures (SEPs) and in-flight operation guidelines. 
 
Online videos uploaded by some passengers show Sonu, dressed casually in a t-shirt and jeans, leaning against a bulkhead as he sings two of his popular songs from the films "Veer Zaara" and "Refugee".
 
Sonu has termed as "real intolerance" the Jet Airways' decision.
 
"I have witnessed an elaborate fashion show in an aircraft. I have heard of small concerts happening in an aircraft. I have seen pilots and crew members cracking humorous jokes to loosen up passengers in other countries, which is so cool," Sonu told IANS via a text message. 
 
“To suspend crew members for asking me to sing on the address system, when the seat belt signs were off, and no announcements were to be made, is nothing less than punishing someone for spreading happiness. 
 
“Pity there's no one to question such harshness except the media perhaps. Indians, need to loosen up. This act of lack of common Sense, according to me, is real intolerance.”
 
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Bombay HC verdict in Salman case wishy-washy, Maharashtra tells SC
New Delhi : The Maharashtra governent on Friday told the Supreme Court that the Bombay High Court verdict acquitting Bollywood star Salman Khan in the 2002 accident case was "wishy-washy" and sought its reversal.
 
As Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi took an apex court bench of Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan through the details of the case and the proceedings before the trial court, the apex court said that since it was a matter of acquittal they will examine the evidence before deciding to issue notice to Salman Khan.
 
Assailing the high court verdict, Rohatgi told the apex court that its finding that Salman was not driving the vehicle at the time of the accident is suspicious. He also assailed the surfacing of Salman's driver in the case after a gap of 13 years. 
 
Asking Rohatgi to the apprise the court on the material in support of their plea for reversal of acquittal order, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing to February 12.
 
Salman Khan's counsel Kapil Sibal told the court to direct the summoning of the translated version of the trial court record in the case to the Supreme Court. 
 
The Supreme Court admitted in January Salman Khan's caveat, urging it to grant him a hearing before passing any order on the Maharashtra government's appeal in the 2002 accident case, in which one person was killed and four others were injured.
 
Salman Khan was found guilty by a sessions court on May 6, 2015 and convicted for, among others, culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and sentenced to five years in jail for the accident, in which one person was killed and four others injured.
 
However, on December 10, 2015, the Bombay High Court acquitted him of all charges and quashed the lower court verdict.
 
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Bapoo Malcolm

1 year ago

But then Salman's father did write poems in praise of Modi.

Kudankulam n-plant down due to steam leak
Chennai : The 1,000-MW nuclear power plant at Kudankulam stopped generation on Thursday night following a steam leak, Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO) said.
 
The unit was restarted only on January 30 after nearly seven months of maintenance shutdown.
 
According to POSOCO, the atomic power plant outage happened at around 8.35 p.m. due to steam leak in the secondary side.
 
On Thursday, the power generation touched the day's peak of 757 MW while the average generation for the day was 582 MW.
 
"A minor steam leak in the feed water system in turbine building from 14 mm impulse line is being attended," R.S. Sundar, site director at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) told IANS on Friday.
 
The unit is expected to restart operation on February 7.
 
India's atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) is setting up two 1,000 MW atomic power plants at Kudankulam in Tirunelvelli district, around 650 km from here, at an outlay of over Rs.17,000 crore.
 
The first unit attained criticality, which is the beginning of the fission process, in July 2013.
 
Subsequently it was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.
 
However, commercial power generation began only on December 31, 2014.
 
The unit also experienced breakdowns after commercial production started.
 
The unit was shut down in June 2015 for 60 days for refuelling and annual maintenance in June 2015.
 
Operating at full capacity, the unit supplies power to Tamil Nadu (562.5 MW), Puducherry (33.5 MW), Kerala (133 MW), Karnataka (221 MW) and Andhra Pradesh (50 MW).
 
The NPCIL skipped several deadlines in restarting the first unit and finally on January 21, 2016 the reactor restarted the fission process and was connected to the southern grid on January 30.
 
According to the official position, the second 1,000 MW unit at Kudankulam is expected to go critical, or start the fission process, for the first time sometime this year.
 
However, sources told IANS that the unit may go critical early next year.
 
The second unit has to get some parts from Russia as some of its components have been used in the first unit so that the latter could start operating fast.
 
The fuel has to be loaded into the second reactor.
 
A senior official in the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) recently told IANS that the results of the second unit's commissioning and inspection reports are being studied.
 
"After the reports are studied, AERB might lay down some conditions which have to be completed before NPCIL applies for the permission to load the fuel," he had said.
 
Meanwhile the AERB has given its nod for site preparation work for building the third and fourth units at Kudankulam. The two units would cost around Rs.40,000 crore.
 
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