Flyer Opens Plane's Emergency Door, Ends Up In Mumbai Police Custody
- MUMBAI : A passenger on board an IndiGo plane to Chandigarh opened the emergency evacuation slide of the aircraft before take off from Mumbai on Friday, resulting in injury to a co-passenger.The airline has lodged an FIR against the passenger. The passenger, Akshay R Mohan, is in custody now and would be produced before court on Saturday. The incident happened in the morning when the flight was getting ready to depart for Chandigarh, IndiGo said in a statement.
- According to the airline, just after boarding was completed, the passenger suddenly opened the emergency exit door and inflated the slide. IndiGo staff onboard immediately observed this and alerted the captain-in-command. A copassenger seated on 12A received bruises, it added. The captain immediately informed the ground staff and instructed the team to arrange for medical assistance and other necessary action, the airline said. Simultaneously, the captain informed all 176 passengers via inflight announcement, and switched off the aircraft engine.
- A senior DGCA official said it has been informed about the incident and that the passenger had deliberately opened the emergency exit door. Following the incident, the passenger who opened the emergency exit door was handed over to the security staff and the CISF at the airport, the statement said. A Mumbai police official said based on the FIR filed by Indigo against the passenger, Mohan has been booked under Section 366 of the IPC and for violation of Aircraft Rules, 1937.
Single Entrance Test For Engineering, Architecture Seats From 2018
- NEW DELHI : The Centre has approved the proposal for a single entrance exam for engineering and architecture at the undergraduate level from 2018, on the lines of the national eligibility and entrance test for medical colleges. The Union human resource development ministry has asked the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to issue a "suitable regulation" for the implementation of the proposal from the academic year 2018-19. The test shall be conducted multiple times a year, as is the case with college admission tests like SAT in the US, and is intended to bring uniformity in academic standards and reduce the influence of donations. The test will, however, not include admissions to IITs, which will continue to hold their own entrance exams. IITs, unlike private and state colleges, are not seen to be affected by fluctuating standards and admission processes.
- The HRD ministry has asked AICTE to ensure that the testing process is standardised, keeping "in view the linguistic diversity". AICTE sources said the test was to be held in multiple languages, like NEET which will be conducted in 10 languages this year. According to a senior HRD official, "The admission for IITs will continue as per the present scheme. IITs will conduct the joint entrance examination (advanced). Students who qualify JEE (mains) can appear for the JEE (advanced) examination. Approximately 2,00,000 students qualify to appear for JEE (advanced) examination." The proposal is seen to be in "accordance with the policy of the government to improve standards and the quality of engineering education" and the switchover will take place next year.
- At present, many states conduct their own engineering examination or admissions are done on the basis of Class XII marks. Engineering colleges in five states use the score obtained in JEE (mains) as the basis for admission. There are 3,288 engineering colleges across 27 states, with most of them in Tamil Nadu (527), followed by Maharashtra (372), Andhra Pradesh (328), Uttar Pradesh (295) and Madhya Pradesh (211). The ministry has requested all state governments/deemed universities "to communicate their constructive suggestions for smooth implementation of the regulation. It may also be useful to request as many institutions as possible to come under a joint seat-allocation system for a more efficient seat allocation process".
Hindustan Motors Sells Ambassador Car Brand To Peugeot
- KOLKATA : Ambassador, the iconic Indian car brand that till less than a decade ago carried both the Prime Minister and the common man, is being sold to French carmaker Peugeot. The C K Birla Group-owned Hindustan Motors formalised the deal for Rs 80 crore on Friday. Production of Ambassador cars had stopped around three years ago. "We have executed an agreement with the Peugeot SA Group for the sale of the brand Ambassador, including the trademarks... We intend to use the proceeds from the sale to clear dues of employees and lenders," a CK Birla Group spokesperson said.
- To those who grew up in the 1960s and 70s, Ambassador wasn't just a car; it was an inseparable part of India's urban landscape. The car's absence of looks was never in doubt. But in an era of limited choices, the spacious fourwheeler was the preferred choice for most Indians who could afford it. Even today for many, the car remains synonymous with memories of their fonder and younger days and a marker of a more innocent India. It is not clear if Peugeot will use the Ambassador brand for its cars in India. A questionnaire mailed to the French company remained unanswered. The Ambassador brand was introduced seven decades ago when Hindustan Motors launched the Morris Oxford series II (Landmaster) in a new avatar with minor changes.
- It quickly became a national icon and continued to dominate Indian roads till the 1980s, when the Maruti 800 exposed its inadequacies. From 24,000 units a year in the mid-1980s, sales slumped to less than 2,500 units in 2013-14. On May 24, 2014, the inevitable happened when work was suspended at the Uttarpara factory of Hindustan Motors. The Uttarpara plant dates back to 1942, making it the second oldest in Asia after Japanese giant Toyota. Peugeot had a brief three-year presence in India in the mid-1990s, when the Peugeot 309 was assembled and sold by PAL. Last year, Peugeot Citroen announced plans to re-enter India+ by 2018. The company had earlier this year formed a JV with CK Birla Group for the Chennai plant. The tieup was to make use of the Hindustan Motors plant in Chennai as its production unit. The Chennai plant currently produces vehicles for Mitsubishi and has a capacity of manufacturing 12,000 units a year.
Aizawl Beat Churchill 3-1 to Jump To Second Spot In I-League
- AIZAWL : Aizawl FC registered a 3-1 come-from-behind victory against Churchill Brothers to move to the second position in the I-League football competition here on Friday. Aizawl are now on 16 points - same as third-placed Mohun Bagan - after eight matches. Churchill remain rooted to eighth after mustering just five points from eight matches. Both teams started the match on a good note, but in the 8th minute, Kromah and Anthony Wolfe combined well to weave past the home defence. However, they failed to put the finishing touches to it. Jayesh Rane continued his good form in midfield for the Highlanders, dictating play.
- In the 22nd minute, the former Mumbai FC man had a chance inside the box but he shot wide. Aizawl looked the more adventurous of the two teams creating more opportunities. But against the run of play, the visitors took the lead when Zohmingliana Ralte fouled Wolfe inside the box handing the rivals a penalty. Striker Ansumana Kromah converted from the spot in the 33rd minute. In the second half, midfield mainstay Mahmoud Amnah was brought in to change the fate of the game by Jamil.
- Amnah's influence seemed to work as Aizawl won a penalty after hour mark when Asutosh Mehta was found guilty inside the box. Lalramchullova made no mistake from the penalty spot and scored in the 62nd minute. The tables completely turned in favour of the hosts when Kamo found the top corner wih aplomb from a Rane pass, beating Meldon D'Silva with his touch. There was more embarrassment in store for Churchill as keeper Naveen Kumar's gaffe cost them an own goal which was given to Nongkhlaw.