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Linking flights to home

During the launch of the Ethnic Indian Food festival at the Indian Consulate in the USA recently, I had the opportunity to talk to some senior officials of Etihad Airways. They told me that very soon, Etihad and Jet Airways would enjoy code share arrangement under which Jet Airways will cart Etihad passengers meant for 15 tier II cities from Delhi and Mumbai to their onward destinations. The fare for New Delhi and Amritsar would be almost the same. For example, Amritsar-bound passengers from Los Angeles shall be flown non-stop to Abu Dhabi from where they will be flown non-stop to New Delhi. Rather than leaving these passengers in the lurch in Delhi, Jet Airways will cart them to Amritsar within two hours.

I told them that the biggest load centres for Amritsar-bound Punjabi passengers were Vancouver (3,00,000), Toronto (3,00,000), Birmingham (5,00,000), London (2,00,000), Los Angeles (1,00,000), San Francisco (1,00,000), Sacremento (1,00,000), Calgary (50,000), Edmonton (50,000) and New York/New Jersey (1,00,000). They told me that in a few months, Jet Airways would start flying daily from Amritsar to Abu Dhabi and from Abu Dhabi, there would be non-stop flights to about 150 destinations all over the world, including Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Washington D.C. and New York. That is good news for the Punjabi diaspora.

Harjap Singh Aujla, New Jersey, USA

End bias in sports

While in no way underestimating the importance of cricket or denying that it has millions of fans, one wished that the other games, especially hockey, in which India has a much better record of achievement and performance in international tournaments than cricket, were not meted stepmotherly treatment. One of the most glaring examples of discrimination is that a paltry amount of Rs 2.5 lakh has been given as reward to the entire Indian hockey team which had won the Asia Cup while every member of the Indian cricket team has been given Rs 80 lakh from the BCCI, Rs 23.66 lakh for 20-Twenty prizes, a flat from the Sahara Parivar and free of cost air travel from Air India, besides largesse from state governments and regional cricket associations.

It is hoped that the Minister of Sports will do justice and see to it that handsome amounts are also given to hockey and other games and the generosity is not exclusively reserved for crickets.

Dr M. Hashim Kidwai, Ex-MP, Delhi

Why mum on land grabs?

I am surprised to read the series of reports in The Tribune about grabbed shamlat lands in Punjab. Isnít there any honest politician and bureaucrat in Punjab? The people of Punjab should make a noise or do something about Congress and Akali politicians. I am surprised at their silence.

Dalbir S. Rattan, via email

Hill people must join Army

This is with reference to the column on military officers. The nation should not ignore the fact that people are no more interested in joining the forces. The shortage of officers and jawans is in thousands. The top brass is right in suggesting that more people from the hill states should join the armed forces. They are familiar with the local terrain and environmental conditions. Traditionally, hill people have been an integral part of the Army.

Sub-Major KC Sharma, (retd), Kangra

New-look Tribune good

I congratulate The Tribune for donning a new look and the new Punjab edition with more regional news. This newspaper resides in the hearts of its readers. It provides the basic material for the preparation of any competitive examination.

Er. Rajdeep Singh, Patiala

New-look suggestions

The Tribune in its new look is welcome. I am a reader of the paper for the past 20 years, during which period many positive changes have been observed. More pages on Punjab will make the paper more informative and attractive. There are some suggestions:

* Make the Science & Technology supplement in colour.

* Give supplements on religion and culture, agriculture, environment, sports, films & TV.

* Give a separate 4-page supplement on Malwa, Majha, Doaba, like the Punjabi Tribune.


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