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PMO asks civil aviation ministry for report on VIP delays
The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday asked the civil aviation ministry for a report on the delay in Air India flights on account of VIP travels.
 
"PMOIndia asks Ministry of Civil Aviation for a report on delay in #AirIndia flights on account of VIP travels in the recent past," Press Information Bureau chief Frank Noronha tweeted.
 
A controversy was triggered after three passengers were reportedly taken off a flight from Leh in order to accommodate Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and an aide last week.
 
On Thursday, Rijiju clarified that he was unaware that an Air India flight was allegedly delayed and three passengers made to de-board to accommodate him and an aide at the last minute.
 
"Usually, I am informed about all my travel arrangements while I am on an official assignment," Rijiju told IANS from Darjeeling, where he has gone to check the damage caused by landslides in the district.
 
"But I can't be blamed for the happening as the Leh administration didn't inform me on what basis they were making the changes to accommodate me on the Air India flight," the minister added.
 
"It is obvious that if I was informed about the changes by causing problems to passengers, then I would have definitely stopped it from happening."
 
Rijiju was in Leh on June 24 to attend the "Sindhu Darshan" festival. But due to bad weather, the helicopter in which he had gone there could not take off and last minute arrangements were made to accommodate him and his aide on Air India flight AI-446.
 
Earlier this week, an Air India flight from Mumbai to New York, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on board, was reportedly delayed by nearly an hour. This was allegedly done to accommodate a member of his entourage.
 
While Fadnavis denied any such hold-up, Air India confirmed the delay, albeit for different reasons.
 
"The flight AI-191 of 29th of June 15 was delayed by total 57 minutes. The delay was partly due to technical/operational reasons and also due to ATC (air traffic control)," an airline official said in a statement.

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COMMENTS

D S Ranga Rao

1 year ago

How the PMO is going to verify the Civil Aviation Ministry reports? Can they dare report adverse against their own netas/bosses? Damage, that ought not to have been, has already been done in terms of loss of precious time, unnecessary hold-ups, loss of self-respect of all other passengers, etc.Can the PMO reverse it? Or, at least, guarantee such nonsense never recurs? What's the use of shedding crocodile tears now? If the PMO is sincere in finding the truth and taking action, let there be an open enquiry and the findings be made public including the action taken to avoid such shameless incidents in future.

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Robot kills worker in Germany
In a bizarre incident, a robot crushed a worker to death at a Volkswagen car plant in Germany, the media reported on Thursday.
 
The 22-year-old man was helping to set up the stationary robot when it grabbed and crushed him against metal plating, Volkswagen spokesperson Heiko Hillwig was quoted as saying in a Daily Mail report.
 
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