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Air India dismisses 10 more pilots after Delhi HC ruling

NEW DELHI: Air India on Wednesday terminated the services of 10 more pilots after the Delhi high court restrained them from going on strike.

The agitation by Air India's 'sick' pilots continued for the second day on Wednesday forcing the management to cancel four international flights, an official said.

The airline had on Tuesday sacked 10 pilots who went on mass sick leave protesting the move to provide Boeing-787 Dreamliner training to pilots from the erstwhile Indian Airlines.

It also derecognised the Indian Pilots Guild.

Disappointed over the management's attitude, some 100 odd pilots had joined the IPG agitation by going on sick leave in the midst of their talks with the management of Air India which had led to cancellation of flights.

Four Air India international flights from New Delhi and Mumbai were cancelled this morning.

On May 5, a section of pilots had reported sick, apparently to protest the move, resulting in cancellation of one international flight and delaying another two. — Agencies


Sonia talks tough with party workers 

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday cautioned her party Members of Parliament (MPs) that indiscipline will not be tolerated at any cost and asked them to prepare for the coming General Elections. 

Congress president’s tough talking came during a crucial meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) which was held for the first time after party’s debacle in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. 

Sonia, while asking her party workers to prepare for upcoming polls and shun factionalism, advised them to refrain from publicly speaking against the party policies and decisions taken by the central leadership. 

Coming down heavily on the opposition parties, Congress president said that the recent developments have exposed the real face of the opposition parties.
The meeting of the Congress Parliamentary board was attended by all top party leaders including Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi.




2G case: Raja seeks bail citing parity

NEW DELHI: A day before his 49th birthday, former telecom minister A Raja on Wednesday moved a bail application in a special CBI court after the Supreme Court granted bail to ex-telecom secretary Siddharth Behura in the 2G spectrum case. He has sought bail on grounds of parity. 

"Except me, all the other accused have been released on bail," Raja's lawyer said before special judge OP Saini. Raja is one of the 19 individuals accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam that has rocked the nation.
However, Raja will have to spend his 49th birthday on Thursday in jail as the court has reserved its order till Friday.

Earlier, in an interview to IANS, Raja had said he was not very keen on getting out on bail as he would prefer to walk out of prison with "clean hands" in the 2G controversy.

Raja had resigned Nov 14, 2010 in the wake of the Comptroller and Auditor General reporting that his 2008 decision to allocate 2G spectrum on a first-come-first-served basis had caused the exchequer a presumptive loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore. The CBI arrested him Feb 2, 2011.

The Supreme Court had in February this year cancelled 122 spectrum licences allocated during Raja's tenure. It also ruled that all natural resources should be allocated through an auction, which the government is now preparing to do in the case of the cancelled licences.

Apart from the 19 individuals, six telecom companies have also been named in the scam. — IANS





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