Patna, Oct 18 (IANS) VIP chief Mukesh Sahani has been booked under Disaster Management Act and for breaching Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in Saharsa's Simri Bakhtiyarpur town on Saturday.
The incident appeared at Sub-divisional Magistrate office in Simri Bakhtiyarpur where Sahani and his supporters went to file nomination to contest Bihar Assembly election 2020.
According to Area Circle Officer (CO), some of the supporters were not wearing mask when they were inside the government office. Apart from this, they did not followed social distancing norms too.
"Sahani supporters were involved in breaching pandemic norms on two counts. They were not using masks and not maintaining social distancing norms. The entire situation inside the premises of SDM attributes to breach of MCC," said Krishna Kumar Singh, CO of Simri Bakhtiyarpur.
After the nomination, Sahani along with his supporters went to a marriage hall located at Hatiagachi area for a public rally. Since, Sahani has not taken necessary permission to organise a public event, it was also a violation of MCC.
"We are committed to implement MCC in the area. A case (No-350/20) has been registered against the candidate under relevant sections of Disaster Management Act, violation of section 144 and Covid 19 act. Further investigation is on," Singh said.
Mukesh Sahani came in lime light on October 3 after he walked out from the stage of Mahagathbandhan, leaving RJD, Congress leaders stunned. Sahani later claimed that Tejashwi Yadav agreed on 25 seats and Deputy CM post to him but he did not announced officially in front of media persons on that day.
Two days later, his party became an alliance partner of NDA following his meeting with Amit Shah. After that meeting, BJP allocated 11 seats to VIP from its own quota.
By Rohit Vaid
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Seeing a tremendous growth in the cargo segment, airline major IndiGo might add freighter aircraft in its fleet.
Industry insiders told IANS that the airline is evaluating a proposal to add freighter aircraft, which will help the company expand cargo services to China, Singapore and Malaysia in the near future.
The move to haul more cargo via freighters assumes significance as the segment has seen a massive demand surge due to the pandemic.
When contacted the company did not elicit a response.
According to industry insiders, with air passenger numbers expected to remain low, the industry is look at other avenues to augment revenues such as the dedicated Cargo services.
In the initial days of the lockdown, the sudden demand for freight and high charges allowed airlines to gain some revenue.
This trend is expected to continue.
At present, the airline continues with "CarGo in cabin" operations.
These type of services are expected to be retained even after resumption of full schedule.
Currently, the airline has 10 passenger aircraft completely deployed for cargo operations in freighter mode.
The airline has managed to earn marginally higher revenue within the last five to six months at limited capacity as compared to the last financial year.
It has already transported cargo equivalent to the loads carried in the last financial year.
Till September, the airline has operated over 1,700 cargo charters, transporting more than 14,300 MT of supplies since April 18th across 21 destinations within India and internationally, including new stations like Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Cairo in Egypt, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Tashkent in Uzbekistan.
Besides, the move allows it to become the only second player in the airline industry that has freighter aircraft in its fleet.
The proposal also provides the airline with a differentiated service standards than the aircraft belly space provide in other type of passenger planes.
Such a differentiated standard would include temperature controlled cargo service essential for ferrying vaccines and perishable items.
The airline has been an active participant in the Centre's 'Lifeline Udan' scheme.
(Rohit Vaid can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)