Air India set to have ‘Maharaja’ class seats on international flights

first_imgNew Delhi, June 20 (PTI) Passengers on most of Air India’s international flights are all set for a new experience as the airline will soon introduce ‘Maharaja’ business class seats, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew, officials said. The revamped products and services is likely to be unveiled on June 22, which would also come on an eventful week when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on the disinvestment plans for the loss-making carrier. “The airline would launch a revamped Maharaja business class,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told reporters here. The existing first class and business class seats on its Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft fleet would be revamped for the Maharaja business class seats. These planes operate short and long haul international routes. Airline officials said the latest makeover exercise would involve overhauling of a section of the first class and business class with an upgraded ambience, upholstery and other new features. The night kits would also come with a new look, they added. Besides, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew would be introduced, they said. “The objective of the revamping exercise is to bring about the much needed change in the airline, make it more customer-focussed with enviable service,” one of the officials said. Another official said the move is part of larger efforts to attract more passengers on its international flights and in turn generate more revenues as well as gain more market share. Currently, Air India has 17 per cent market share on international routes. It has over 2,500 international prime-time slots per week spread across 43 overseas destinations.advertisement According to the officials, the cabin crew of Boeing aircraft flying on the overseas routes would be sporting new uniform with a subtle western touch. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and his deputy Jayant Sinha are expected to unveil the new products. The Civil Aviation Ministry today said the government is committed to strategic disinvestment of Air India and a plan is being prepared to run the airline efficiently, weeks after the flagship carrier’s strategic stake sale failed to take off. “Air India has a very important role to play in the aviation sector of India. Therefore, to keep it healthy, efficient and forward looking airline is an important priority for the government,” Prabhu said today. PTI SAN RAMRAMlast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Pujara hundred, rare away Test fifty for Rohit put India in command

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara scored his 17 Test hundred, Virat Kohli fell 18 short of his 26th hundred and Rohit Sharma hit his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015 as India took a stranglehold over Australia on the second day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.India declared on 443 for 7 – their highest score away from home in 2018. At stumps, Australia were 8 for no loss, trailing by 435 runs.It was another solid batting performance by India. On the opening day, Mayank Agarwal had stolen the limelight with his fluent 76 on debut. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli had taken India to 215 for two at stumps – it looked like a promising position to be at.The MCG pitch had drawl flak from several experts – they called it a road. The deck appeared to be slow and rather easy to bat on. However, on Thursday morning, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, well set as they were, batted with caution.The pair added only 62 in the first session – more importantly, India did not lose any wickets against a tiring but disciplined Australian bowling attack. The Aussies gave little away but could not stop Pujara from scoring his second hundred of the series – also his slowest ever.At the other end, Virat Kohli was lumbering along. The India skipper is generally an aggressive batsman but he chose to bide his time in the middle. He was 69 not out at lunch and a promise of another century was real.But it was not to be.advertisementKohli appeared to battle a sore back. His sharp singles seemed to hurt him. Australia sensed Virat Kohli was in trouble and they tested him with the short ball. One from Mitchell Stac was dispactched to the fence as Kohli moved into the 80s. But the very next ball – another short one directed just outside the off-stump – had Kohli playing at it. Aaron Finch took an easy catch at third man and Virat Kohli was gone for 82.Pujara fell soon after for 106 before Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma joined forces.Rahane came out with intent and he raced away to 23 off 30 even as Rohit chose to take his time. The two added 62 for the fifth wicket before Nathan Lyon got his only wicket when he trapped Rahane LBW with a ball that kept too low.Rohit stepped on the accelerator as a declaration seemed imminent. Rishabh Pant walked out and also took his time before perishing for a 76-ball 39. And once Ravindra Jadeja fell to Josh Hazlewood with the Indian score on 443 for 7, Virat Kohli knew that was enough.Sitting on the edge of the boundary, Kohli ordered his batsmen to walk off as his bowlers took a shot at Australia’s openers. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived the six overs but they will have their task cut out on a slow pitch where Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari could come into play.last_img read more

Navios Partners to Buy 14 Rickmers Boxships

first_imgzoom Greek shipowner and operator Navios Maritime Partners has agreed to acquire the entire container fleet consisting of fourteen ships from Rickmers Maritime for about USD 113 million.“We anticipate acquiring five 4,250 TEU vessels on May 15, 2017. These vessels are employed on charters that have staggered expirations in 2018 and early 2019 at a net daily charter rate of USD 26,850,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, said.The average age of the fleet, which consists of eleven 4,250 TEU containerships and three 3,450 TEU vessels, is 9.5 years.“Our operating platform was attractive to the Trust and its lending banks because of our disciplined technical and commercial management and favorable operating costs. This acquisition demonstrates our ability to source proprietary deals, and we are continuing to seek exposure to the container sector,” Frangou continued.Navios Partners said that the acquisition, subject to a number of conditions, is being financed through a USD 20 million equity investment by Navios Partners and a secured loan facility under discussion.The company plans to acquire these vessels though a wholly owned subsidiary, Navios Partners Containers Inc., which will be an unrestricted subsidiary as defined in the credit agreement dated March 14, 2017, for the shipowner’s term loan B facility.Earlier in April, Rickmers Trust Management, the trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, said that its business would be wound up, as the company’s efforts to reach an agreement with lenders to restructure existing loans fell through.The trust was given until April 15 by the HSH Syndicate, comprising HSH Nordbank and DBS Bank, to come up with a new restructuring plan which would ensure a higher level of total recoveries than under a winding up of the trust.Rickmers Maritime said that the operation of the vessels in question is expected to remain unaffected by the proposed sale.last_img read more

JAMAICA Nurses Charged to Play Greater Role in Promoting Public Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, March 1, 2018 – Kingston –  Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has charged the nation’s nurses to prepare to play a greater role in promoting and protecting public health.  He noted that nurses, given the regular and frequent contact they have with people, are in a unique position to promote healthy lifestyles and advise persons against habits that can endanger their health.“The nursing profession has to prepare itself… (for nurses) to be greater advocates for the cause of public health and wellness in our society,” he said.The Minister was addressing the launch of Nursing Now, a global campaign aimed at promoting the profession, held on Tuesday (February 27) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew.  The initiative is geared at, among other things, raising the status of nurses globally, and maximising the contribution that nursing makes to universal health coverage and women’s empowerment and economic development.Its key partners are the World Health Organization (WHO), International Council of Nurses, the United Kingdom (UK)-based Burdett Trust for Nursing, and nursing organisations across the globe.Minister Tufton, in endorsing the campaign, said it is going to reinforce the value of the nursing profession to public health locally, in the region and internationally.  He noted that the impact of nurses is greatest at the level of primary healthcare; the preventative side of health, which is a major thrust of Governments globally.“It is a good time to highlight, to reinforce that importance, in order for us to take note and to do more to promote the interest, role and the contribution of a very crucial sector in the delivery of public healthcare,” he said.Dr. Tufton said the initiative will enable “greater empowerment of our nurses and provide them with the ability and the capacity to prepare themselves to provide greater leadership, as an important response to the public health challenges the country faces”.last_img read more

Vegas Police Release 911 Calls Roof Video Of Shooting Site

first_imgPhoto by REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Via PBS NewsHourPeople gather at a makeshift memorial in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.Police 911 audio made public Wednesday offers personal, panicked accounts of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.In addition, newly released rooftop video from the high-rise casino where the shooter opened fire shows people tending to fallen victims at the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert.“I’m at Route 91 and we’re being shot at!” a woman tells a police dispatcher in one of 518 audio calls made public by police under a court order obtained by the media.The woman says she’s hiding under the concert stage where country music star Jason Aldean had been performing when the gunman with an arsenal of assault-style weapons unleashed barrages of gunfire on Oct. 1.Names were redacted from the audio files that were made public.“There’s a lot of people here that need ambulances,” the woman tells the dispatcher. “There’s people shot everywhere!”Authorities say 58 people died, hundreds were injured and more were traumatized when Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old high-stakes video-poker player, fired assault-style rifles from a hotel suite into the concert crowd.Rooftop video from Mandalay Bay silently bears witness to the concert before the shooting started then follows the massacre as lights came up, people flee and small groups huddle over apparently injured people.After sunrise, covered bodies are seen as coroner’s vans arrive at the green concert grounds.The material was provided more than eight months after the shooting.It represents a fifth batch of records made public without comment by Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo or his department. The FBI in Las Vegas also declined to comment.Lombardo has said investigators don’t know a motive for the attack, he doesn’t think one will be determined, and no link has been found to international terrorism.Authorities say Paddock acted alone in shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the concert crowd.The investigation is continuing.The material is being made public under a court order obtained in a public records lawsuit filed by media, including The Associated Press. Sharelast_img read more

Harris County Medical Examiner Rules Maleah Davis Was A Victim Of Homicide

first_imgHouston Police Department via APThis undated photo released by the Houston Police Department shows Maleah Davis.The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said on Friday the cause of death of 4-year-old Maleah Davis has been ruled a homicide.Davis had been missing since May 4 and her disappearance was covered by national news outlets. Derion Vence, who was engaged to Davis’ mother, reported her abduction that day.On May 31, authorities found Davis’ remains inside a garbage bag located near Fulton, Arkansas, about 330 miles from Houston. The discovery occurred after Vence allegedly confessed the location to Houston community activist Quanell X.Vence is currently in the Harris County jail under a charge of tampering with a human corpse.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said detectives continue investigating and are still interviewing doctors, other experts, and witnesses.“I know that folks want this done yesterday but our pursuit here is the pursuit of the truth and our pursuit of exactly what happened to Maleah,” Acevedo said.He said HPD is collaborating with the Harris County District Attorney’s office.  “We are hopeful that in the next few weeks we will be able to get this further along and actually be able to give an update with our colleagues at the Harris County DA’s office on the final charges.” Sharelast_img read more

Nurturing musical talent

first_imgGurugram witnessed a musical concert which was organised on the weekend at the ‘Theme Music World’, DLF Mega Mall Gurugram. Minu Puri, a Music composer and pianist, performed in the concert along with her students where she was accompanied by French jazz pianist and composer, Benjamin Barria, who tried his hand on some of her compositions. Minu Puri heads a school in Gurugram for piano lovers. Her concert featured one of her youngest students Gauri Mishra, who is just 10 years old and is also among the most talented people in her group. She played some of the famous Bollywood numbers and completely won over the audience by her heart-warming performance. Gauri Mishra has created the national record of being the youngest piano player at the tender age of 9. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening was further graced by a performance by Francis Barria, a singer, composer, and animator with forty years of experience in this field. He was the producer and animator for 11 years of the French show “La nuit des clips” in French National Tours. Francis sang a few jazz numbers and thrilled the audience by singing Hindi songs composed by Minu Puri. Also, he raised the excitement level of the audience by singing a famous Bollywood song ‘Mera Joota hai Japani’. His wonderful rendition forced the audience to leave their seat and dance to their heart’s content. The students of Minu Puri were praised and awarded for their great performances.last_img read more

IAF DIARIES ART INDUS

first_imgArt Indus brings to the IAF two important and serious of practitioners of art – the first is the legendary sculptor and mentor Rajinder Tiku and the second is Neeraj Bakshi. Both artists are deeply introspective and contemplative individuals who have been practicing for at least four decades. Tiku is both sculptor and thinker and he plays with the idea of metaphors in the medium of materiality. According to him art needs to be understood and internalised as an attitude that helps us to imbibe tradition and effort to transcend it to build a new psychological makeup. When he had his show at Threshold in Delhi he said: “Looking at this phenomenon from the point of view of human perception also, one understands that a society’s grasp of its part becomes a source of creativity in the present. It stimulates all forms of contemporary expression, allowing the meaning to seep through images, shapes and a plethora of the other cultural activities. While looking at this phenomenon of past and present as a continuum, where lines of distinction between historical memories and personal experiences blur (if not disappear), we realise an eternal source which energises us to flow on to be a part and parcel of the same.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBased broadly on this understanding, Tiku has been trying to bring out a tangible form, the seemingly intangible aspect of the silent and sacred embedded in our civilizational life and tradition – you can see this message in his works that translate the idea of the shrine. Inspired by shapes of objects ranging from mundane ones located in our immediate surroundings, to the visual grandeur of monuments located in the trajectory of the timelessness, Tiku’s brilliance lies in his ability to create in stone images that have been perceived from a quantum of images and symbols that usher technical, intellectual and philosophical human endeavours into realm of the universal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNeeraj Bakshi’s hand is one of stealth and serene minimalism. Travel and experience have shaped his understanding – a few years ago Bakshi travelled to Africa and toured the forests in the east of the continent. His entire perspective changed. This was reflected in his work, and the watercolours breathed both beauty and substance in the idea of living. They reflect his concern with humans and the surroundings they share. These watercolours at Art Indus are fresh and have a transparency that makes them look as if they radiate a soft light. His figures mirror a definite international influence, as he spends time soaking rich artistic and architectural heritage of the places he visits. While the works look gentle there is also great pain, his works are associated with ritual iconography, but they are put together in the context of the everyday living. Bakshi buttresses deep environmental concerns with a sensitive balance of line and colour, which gives his work the ambience of a lighter prism. The inbuilt tenor of pathos and pain both add to the realm of solitary creation within his own orbit of compositional clarity.(The above mentioned story is part of the series on India Art Fair 2018, which will be carried till the fair ends.)last_img read more