Must Worry About Citizens' Health, Instead of Airlines: SC to Centre
The Supreme Court on Monday said there cannot be two norms—six feet social distance outside and shoulder to shoulder travel on flights, "the government should worry about the health of citizens than the health of commercial airlines".
 
After making the observation, the top court allowed the Centre and national carrier Air India to keep flying back Indians stranded abroad, by utilizing middle seats in each row till June 6.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising Justices AS Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said: "We are of the considered view that the petitioner - Air India should be allowed to operate the non-scheduled flights with the middle seats booking up to 6th June, 2020." 
 
However, the top court said after this Air India will operate non-scheduled flights in accordance with the interim order to be passed by the Bombay High Court. The bench conducted an urgent hearing on Eid holiday, through video conferencing, to hear the appeals of Centre and Air India against the Bombay High Court order.
 
The Bombay High Court had barred the middle seat occupancy in on-scheduled international flights on Air India's pilot, Deven Kanani's petition alleging violation of social distancing guidelines. 
 
The apex court asked the Bombay High Court to decide on the matter against Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) circulars expeditiously, and insisted airlines should follow the High Court order in connection with safety measures. "We make it clear that the DGCA is free to alter any norms he may consider necessary during the pendency of the matter in the interest of public health and safety of the passengers rather than of commercial considerations," added the bench.
 
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended before the Court that immense difficulty has arisen because of the passengers who are stranded on foreign soil at the airports after they were issued valid tickets for travel. And, this has resulted in a lot of anxiety and difficulties arising from want of proper shelter, money, etc, at the foreign airports, he added. 
 
"Moreover, in some cases, the travel plan of families who were travelling together has been disrupted because those in the families who had middle seats have to be offloaded and remain behind," said Mr Mehta.
 
The top court said "at this juncture, we would consider it necessary for the High Court to arrive at a prima facie finding regarding the safety and health of the passengers qua the COVID-19 virus, whether the flight is scheduled flight or a non-scheduled flight."
 
The top court asked the Bombay High Court to pass an effective interim order after hearing all concerned, in the backdrop of health risk posed by Covid-19 pandemic, on the next date of hearing 2nd June.
 
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    madhukarsheth

    1 month ago

    Supreme Court should not interfere in day to day working of the nation, specially
    when it has long queue for justice. What for the executives are there ?
    We feel insulted when not elected people give directions to elected people on non
    constitutional matters

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    tillan2k

    In Reply to madhukarsheth 1 month ago

    people at high places which they can tract and what can not tracted are left for others. .. In India life of common man is values at negligible level .. on one hand FCI godowns are over flowing while laks are starving ..

    Flush with new funds, Indian startups lead in sacking employees
    The Covid-19 blow appears to have forced even those startups and unicorns that have managed to raise new funding go for a leaner workforce, firing employees in thousands.
     
    Foodtech unicorn Swiggy, for example, raised almost Rs 1,185 crore this year as part of its Series -I round.
     
    And yet, the company had to announce its plans this month to let go of 1,100 employees, nearly 14 per cent of its workforce, spanning across grades and functions in the cities and head office as Covid-19 continues to hurt its business across verticals.
     
    "The biggest impact here is on the Cloud kitchens business, with many unknowns about volumes through the year. Since the onset of Covid-19, we have already begun the process of shutting down our kitchen facilities temporarily or permanently, depending on their outlook and profitability profile," Sriharsha Majety, Co-founder and CEO, Swiggy, said in a statement announcing the lay offs.
     
    Similar is the story of Zomato, another unicorn, which is Swiggy's major rival in the India market.
     
    Zomato, which is also a favourite among investors, also got hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading it to announce the decision to lay off nearly 13 per cent of its workforce -- over 600 employees.
     
    "While we continue to build a more focused Zomato, we do not foresee having enough work for all our employees. We owe all our colleagues a challenging work environment, but we won't be able to offer that to 13 per cent of our workforce going forward," Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal said in a statement this month.
     
    Similarly, barely days after raising over Rs 319 crore in Series D round of funding, financial technology company Lendingkart Technologies announced it has laid off nearly 200 employees, or 30 per cent of its workforce.
     
    LendingKart was identified as a "Soonicorn" by Inc42 in the digital lending space for possessing the potential to become a Unicorn company by 2020.
     
    In a statement, the company said the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resultant slowdown has compelled it to take some measures to rationalise the employee base across offices to ensure long term sustainable business.
     
    "This exercise is an extension of our annual appraisal cycle, wherein we do rationalise the team by about 15-20 per cent basis performance. This year, additional right sizing has been undertaken to account for the business volumes that we anticipate in this financial year," the company said in a statement on Friday.
     
    According to a survey by IT industry body Nasscom this month, 90 per cent tech startups in India are facing a decline in revenues due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    About 30-40 per cent have already temporarily halted their operations or are in the process of closing down,.
     
    Among business-to-customer startups, about 60 per cent are facing business closure, according to the report.
     
    About 34 per cent of start-ups are suffering revenue decline of over 80 per cent, showed the findings of the "Start-up Pulse Survey".
     
    While 70 per cent of travel and transport startups reported suffering 40 per cent revenue decline, 14 per cent of edtech, fintech and healthtech startups expect growth in revenue amid the COVID-19 crisis.
     
    The month-long survey further revealed that 70 per cent start-ups have runway less than three months, with those in the business-to-customer segment majorly affected.
     
    With over 9,300 tech start-ups, India continues to be the third largest tech startup ecosystem in the world.
     
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    2nsmds

    1 month ago

    india needs funding for tech shut down ventures -shut down infosys, wipro tcs\
    hcl tech or reduce them to 13rd or less.

    i got a plan. but i am goign solo wihtout use of a p or a

    tillan2k

    1 month ago

    employees are aware thy live by slender thread with such companies still they buy expensive, mobiles, mobikes, and trendy clothes... low loyalty is on both sides

    India Resumes Domestic Passenger Flight Services
    After many anxious moments India resumed civil passenger flight services on Monday, exactly two-months after it had suspended these operations due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
     
    Accordingly, IndiGo operated its Delhi-Pune service early on Monday.
     
    The IGI Airport will receive a SpiceJet flight from Ahmedabad later.
     
    Similarly, two flights operated at the CSMIA, while one departed from Mumbai for Patna, the first arrival was from Lucknow as the domestic flights operations resumed. Both operated by IndiGo, the first service to Patna flew out at around 6.45 a.m., while the incoming flight landed aound 8.20 a.m., said airport officials.
     
    Several other incoming and outgoing flights are scheduled during the day as the Maharashtra government late on Sunday permitted restricted operations in view of the Covid-19 pandemic that has gripped the state in a big way. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport authorities and the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, state government and other agencies have deployed full Covid-19 protocols to handle the incoming and outgoing flight passengers.
     
    Flights are so expected to resume at Pune, Nagpur -- both international airports -- besides smaller state airports like Nashik, Shirdi, Kolhapur etc.
     
    The re-commencement of services comes a day after massive spike in ticket cancellations, along with a drop in bookings, was reported by the aviation industry for Monday's flights as several states had moved to limit air operations.
     
    Consequently, in order to calm nervous passengers Centre said that barring just two states rest of the country is open to accept domestic flights.
     
    On Sunday evening, Union Civil Aviation Minister, on Sunday evening tweeted that states across the country will resume domestic flight services on Monday except Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
     
    Airports in Andhra Pradesh will resume services on Tuesday and West Bengal will restart on Thursday.
     
    "It has been a long day of hard negotiations with various state govts to recommence civil aviation operations in the country. Except Andhra Pradesh which will start on 26/5 & West Bengal on 28/5, domestic flights will recommence across the country from tomorrow," Puri tweeted.
     
    Sources said that starting May 28, Kolkata and Bagdogra airports will each handle 10 arrivals and 10 departures per day.
     
    Further, according to people in the know, both Vijayawada and Vizag airports in Andhra Pradesh will operate 20 per cent of both arrivals and departures as planned under the Summer Schedule. Hyderabad will resume services on Monday with 15 arrivals and 15 departures, sources said.
     
    In another tweet, the minister said that starting Monday, there will be limited flights from Mumbai and as per approved one-third schedule from other airports in the state.
     
    For Tamil Nadu, he said that there will be maximum 25 daily arrivals in Chennai, but there would be no limit on number of departures.
     
    "As per request of state govt, operations in Andhra Pradesh will recommence on limited scale from 26 May. For Tamil Nadu there will be max 25 arrivals in Chennai but there's no limit on number of departures. For other airports in TN flights will operate as in other parts of country," Puri said.
     
    Resultantly, passengers, who had booked for flights on these and other intra-metro route segment for May 25, rushed to cancel their tickets.
     
    Industry insiders had pointed out that majority of bookings received were for flights between metro cities, due to the "pent-up demand", but now with limited operations and quarantine norms, a large number of queries have been received from passengers travelling to these cities.
     
    Even airline executives were left in lurch on Sunday evening as state after state came out with new norms for accepting flights, thereby, distorting their network planning.
     
    Another daunting confusion was over the quarantine norm which many states said they will enforce on air travellers.
     
    This led to a cascade of calls at the customer care centres of online travel agents.
     
    Nevertheless, many passengers still wanted to travel, if they were provided with a choice for 'Home Quarantine'.
     
    Earlier, air passengers gave an overwhelming response to the re-commencement of passenger flight services from May 25, as healthy demand was witnessed for tickets on all metro routes. 
     
    The Centre had only allowed limited passenger flight operations of about one-third capacity of the summer schedule to operate between metro cities and other destinations from May 25, adding that this capacity might be ramped up in the coming period.
     
    Passenger air services were suspended for both scheduled domestic and international flights since March 25, due to the imposition of the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
     
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