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YES Bank to install water purifiers at 1,000 railway stations
Mumbai : In a unique public-private-initiative (PPP), YES Bank has collaborated with Indian Railways to provide community water purification systems at 1,000 railway stations across India by 2019, an official said here on Friday.
 
The project will see the bank install the systems at 100 D and E category railway stations in Maharashtra's Konkan coastal belt and other parts of the state by next month (March), said Yes Bank Group President and Country Head Namita Vikas.
 
"It has already been installed at around 50 stations in Konkan region and more are being rolled out at smaller stations with an average footfall of 1,000 pax per day providing them with clean and safe drinking water," Vikas said.
 
The project boasts of no reject water and minimal electricity consumption for water purification thus reinforcing the bank's sustainability focus for the mega-initiative, she added.
 
Explaining the concept, Vikas said the bigger railway stations have water sellers and the passengers or commuters using them are economically better off compared to D and E category stations.
 
Targetted at the population in the lower strata, YES Bank provided access to safe and clean drinking water to around 62,500 people through household and community purification systems in rural Maharashtra last year, she said.
 
The initiative is in sync with the Centre's vision to make safe and clean drinking water available to rail passengers and modernise railway stations.
 
"Our aim is to aid the existing efforts undertaken by the government and ensure a high socio-economic impact through community-led interventions," Vikas said.
 
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Subramani P K

1 year ago

Good gesture. Many others can follow & make protected water supply available to public not only in railway stations but in many other public places like bus station, schools, places of prayer etc.

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.

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