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'We could have concrete evidence against Jet (India)'
Lalit K Jha (HindustanTimes.com)
The head of the Jet Airways Inc, which has made allegations against the Jet
Airways (India) before the US Department of Transportation that it had links
with global terrorist organizations, has said her company was now in
possession of concrete evidence against the private Indian airliner.
"We are in the process of completing our independent investigations against
Jet Airways (India). We would make these documents public, as soon as our
investigations are over," Nancy M Heckerman, the chief executive officer and
president Jet Airways Inc. told HindustanTimes.com.
The statement comes in the wake of the Jet Airways (India) announcing that
it would file a defamation case against the American airlines for levying,
what it claimed as baseless, unsupported, offensive and defamatory
allegations against it and chairman Naresh Goyal.
Stating that her company stood by what she said in the objection petition
before the US Department of Transportation against the Jet Airways India,
Heckerman said: "We have been doing our own independent investigation. Soon,
we intend to come out with very substantial documented things in support of
what we have been saying all along for quite some time now. It is only now
that the media has come to know about all this."
Mad rush for Re-1 air plan
Deccan offer leads to closed counters, jammed phones, website
MUMBAI, JUNE 7: As a special Air Deccan scheme for tickets at Re 1 opened
today, the Mumbai airport was besieged by crowds that descended on the
domestic terminal, some reaching as early as 5 am. Others frantically
dialled the call centre number while many others logged on to the official
However, customers were greeted with a 'Closed' sign at the airline's
counter. Others complained that the call centre number was constantly busy
and that the website displayed nothing but an advertisement. The lucky ones,
though, managed to skirt the rush to grab some of the 2,000 tickets on
Captain Gopinath, Air Deccan's MD, admitted: ''The system collapsed because
we did not anticipate so many hits.'' But he offered some consolation to
those who returned disappointed. ''There are still a few tickets available.
We are trying to revive the system and once that happens, these tickets will
be up for sale.''
L.K. Advani's statement about Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's espousal of
secularism hangs precariously on a single quote, taken from Jinnah's
Presidential speech to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, delivered on
August 11, 1947.
In the speech, Jinnah said: "You are free; you are free to go to your
temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship
in the state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed -
that has nothing to do with the business of the state ... you will find that
in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to
be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith
of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state."
Jinnah's early discomfort with Islamic orthodoxy is a well-documented fact,
and so is his lack of acceptability among the Muslim masses.
But the spiralling demand for Pakistan between 1940 and 1947 had transformed
Jinnah as a staunch advocate of Pakistan and a communalist. It also changed
the fortunes of the Muslim League for the better.
While the ire of the sangh parivar against Mr. Advani is understandable, it
has more to do with Mr. Advani's apology for the demolition of the Babri
Masjid than his remarks on Jinnah.
also :- Unlike Jinnah, Nehru was not given to invective. His pet phrase was
"fantastic nonsense". Neither was Vallabhbhai Patel. His forte was the
cutting retort and heavy sarcasm. When a ruler of an Indian state threatened
to support the British if the Congress pushed him hard, Patel retorted:
"That does not surprise me. When the Moghuls were ruling you gave them your
daughters to preserve your thrones".
As Home Minister, he had no qualms about reading letters intercepted by the
Intelligence Bureau. Neither had Nehru, for that matter. On March 4, 1949,
Patel wrote to Nehru, while forwarding the copy of a letter from Ashutosh
Lahiri to V.D. Savarkar. It referred to the beautiful Sharaddha Mata's claim
that she was "in active contact with you for the purpose of changing your
mental outlook". Tongue firmly in cheek, Patel asked Nehru: "I should like
to know if you have experienced any influence of the ethereal inspiration
and whether the new contact has been responsible for any new development"
(Sardar Patel's Correspondence; ed. Durga Das; Vol. 8, page 116).
It must not be left unsaid. Decline in elegant invective reflects decline in
the calibre and literary equipment of politicians; in India as well as
[Invective in politics , A.G. NOORANI , Frontline]
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By Kelly Crane and Basam Zaza , Staff reporters
Dubai: Dubai was thrown into chaos following a major power cut which
brought the city to a standstill.
Air conditioning units stopped, traffic lights went dead and emergency
generators kicked into action as the effects took their toil.
The power went down at 9.50am from Jebel Ali to Deira and Bur Dubai.
Police officers were out in force at the major interchanges and
roundabouts as vehicles battled their way through un-signaled junctions.
One motorist said: "Trade Centre Roundabout was a complete nightmare.
"There were cars coming from all directions and it was very dangerous."