Citizens' Issues
'Real dirt' of India lies in minds, not streets: President
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday exhorted people to go strongly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission but ensure the society was first cleansed from within as evinced by Mahatma Gandhi through his life.
 
"The real dirt of India lies not in our streets but in our minds and in our unwillingness to let go of views that divide society into them and us; and pure and impure," said President Mukherjee, who inaugurated a new Archives and Research Centre at the Sabarmati Ashram here.
 
The President, who was also here to address the 62nd convocation of Gujarat Vidyapeeth founded by Mahtama Gandhi in 1920, said: "We must make a success of the laudable and welcome Swachh Bharat Mission. However, this also must be seen as just the beginning of a much larger and intense effort to cleanse minds and fulfil Gandhiji's vision in all its aspects."
 
"Gandhiji would tell us - and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar would agree with him - that so long as untouchability persists, so long as dehumanising practice of carrying night soil persists, we cannot have real Swachh Bharat." 
 
"Gandhiji insisted on the dignity of all human labour and expressed his desire to be a scavenger. We must remember that Gandhiji wished to be a scavenger of our hearts as much as of our villages," the President added.
 
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Maruti Suzuki's November sales up 10 percent
Leading passenger automobile manufacturer Maruti Suzuki on Tuesday reported a 9.7 percent rise in its sales for last month.
 
The company sold 120,824 units during the month under review from an off-take of 110,147 units in the corresponding month of 2014.
 
The automobile manufacturer's sales during October rose by 29.1 percent year-on-year to 134,209 units.
 
Domestic sales during the month under review increased by 10.6 percent at 110,599 units from 100,024 units sold during November 2014. 
 
Exports went up by one percent in the month under review with 10,225 units being shipped out -- up from 10,123 units sold abroad during the corresponding month of 2014.
 
The sales of passenger car segment surged 8.7 percent to 89,479 units sold during last month - from 82,306 units in the like period of 2014.
 
The company's passenger car segment comprises of brands like Alto, WagonR, Swift, Ritz, Celerio, Baleno, Dzire, Dzire Tour, SX4 and Ciaz.
 
The off-take of utility vehicles which comprises of brands like Gypsy, Ertiga and S-Cross rose by 57.5 percent at 8,688 units from sales of 5,515 units during November 2014.
 
The sales in the van segment, which includes Omni and Eeco, increased by 1.9 percent at 12,432 units from an off-take of 12,203 units in the corresponding month of previous year.
 
The company's scrip at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was up by 0.31 percent at Rs.4,562.60 around 1.00 p.m. from its previous close of Rs.4,576.70 on Monday.
 
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Chandigarh's international airport remains a domestic one
 It got a flying start, literally, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Chandigarh's new airport terminal in September with much fanfare. But Chandigarh's first step towards international air connectivity seems grounded - at least for the moment.
 
The Chandigarh International Airport project, which was to connect the 'City Beautiful' to destinations like Dubai and other places like Bangkok, has not taken off and the city is unlikely to see any international flight in the near future.
 
Though there were earlier announcements, from the Punjab government, that the Chandigarh airport would see its first international flight taking off from here on October 19, nothing happened. The next date speculated on was Nov 19 but that too did not materialise.
 
"With the winter setting in, no airline is going to risk its international flight from here till February end as Chandigarh gets prolonged foggy weather. So the airport has to wait for at least another three months before any international flight actually takes off from here," an official of the international airport project told IANS here.
 
The Chandigarh airport, which is operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and is under the Ministry of Defence, does not have adequate facilities for flights to land and take off in fog.
 
The IAF authorities do not allow commercial flights to operate between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Chandigarh airport. The airport, which is a forward base for the huge IL-76 transport aircraft, is used by the IAF for air connectivity to Leh, Srinagar and other areas.
 
"In December and January, the fog takes its toll on all flights to and from Chandigarh. Last year, several flights were affected for days together. During winter, due to the fog, flights are always uncertain," Naveen Soni, a frequent flyer businessman, told IANS.
 
The city's airport operates 25 flights daily to destinations like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Srinagar.
 
Prime Minister Modi had, on September 11, inaugurated the new terminal of the airport, which has a provision for handling international flights and passengers. The new terminal is actually in Punjab's Mohali town.
 
"We all want the international flights to start operating from here. It is long overdue. We have heard that one of the airlines will start their Dubai flight some time in February," Vikas Sharma, sales manager with Chandigarh-based Thakural Travels, told IANS.
 
Though the northern region, especially Punjab, has a large number of international travellers and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), they have to depend mainly on Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport for connectivity.
 
In the region, only the Guru Ram Dass Jee international airport at Amritsar caters to limited international flights. It connects to international destinations like Doha, Dubai and Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). Earlier, the Sikh holy city had flights to Birmingham and Toronto.
 
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