Ex-NCERT adviser's office ransacked over
PUNE: A group of persons on Saturday ransacked the office of Prof Suhas Palshikar, who resigned as NCERT adviser in the wake of the row over a cartoon of
B.R. Ambedkar in school text books.
Air India pilots ask PM to look into 'genuine demands'
New Delhi: With the agitation by Air India pilots entering the fifth day on Saturday, the national carrier cancelled 16 flights from New Delhi and Mumbai even as senior pilots sought the Prime Minister's intervention to end the impasse.
"16 of our flights originating from Delhi and Mumbai have been cancelled," an AI spokesperson said.
Supporting the agitation, senior pilots wrote a letter to the chairman and managing director of AI and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the demand of the pilots were genuine and they should be looked into, sources said.
About 200 pilots owing allegiance to the Indian Pilots' Guild are on strike since Tuesday protesting rescheduling of training on Dreamliner and issues related to career progression.
Taking a tough stand, the Air India management had on Friday sacked 25 pilots. With this, the total number of pilots whose services have been terminated has gone up to 71.
AI has also written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asking it to cancel the licenses of 11 office bearers of the IPG whose services have been terminated.
The IPG has said that they are ready for talks and have sought time for a meeting with civil aviation minister Ajit Singh.
The minister has asked the pilots to return to work and assured them that their demands will be heard. — PTI
reacts to Mamata's claim, says UPA-II will
NEW DELHI: Ruling out a mid-term poll, the Congress on Saturday reacted to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that the Lok Sabha polls would be advanced, and said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-II will complete its full term.
"I have not gone through the statement given by Banerjee, but one thing is clear the UPA -II will complete its term and elections will be held on the scheduled time. There is no question of any mid-term poll; Dr Manmohan Singhji-led government will complete its full term. I can specifically say that the election would be held as per schedule," said Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi.
Alvi's reaction came as Banerjee, addressing party workers on Friday in Kolkata, claimed that she has got information that a certain political party held an internal meeting in Delhi on advancing the Lok Sabha polls to 2013.
Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked her party workers to be ready for the poll.
"I have got the information that such a meeting was held in Delhi. I won't say now which party convened that meeting. They want to hold the Lok Sabha polls by 2013," she said.
"Any day, we can face the election. So, we must be ready to face it. And we must not do anything that the people misunderstand me," Banerjee said.
The term of the present Lok Sabha ends in 2014. — IANS
Oil tanker hijacked in Arabian Sea, Indians among captives
LONDON: After a brief lull, pirates hijacked a Greek-owned oil tanker in the Arabian Sea with a crew of 15, mostly Indians and Filipinos.