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Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad amongst world's 5 best airports
Report dated 13/03/2013 @ 7:32 PM
The Airports Council International (ACI), a global body of airports said Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad airports are among the top five airports in the world providing international standard services.
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport is second on the list after Seoul's Incheon airport in the category of airports handling upto 40 million passengers per year for their service quality for year 2012. Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International was judged the third best in this category.
Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi airport was ranked second for service quality in the category of upto 15 million passengers per year, which category was topped by Japan's Nagoya airport.
ACI is an autonomous and independent body and measures customer feedback on various parameters to track customer experience at an airport.
“Italian marines charged with murder will not return”
Report dated 12/03/2013 @ 5:29 PM
The foreign ministry of Italy announced in a statement that the two Italian marines charged with killing two Kerala fishermen in sea waters last year will remain in Italy as Delhi does not have jurisdiction over the case and had violated its obligations under international law, especially the principle of immunity from trial by the organs of a foreign state, and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Italy claims the incident occurred in international waters while India contends the shooting occurred in its territory.
The decision on the two marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone was taken by Italy's defence and justice ministries in consultation with the prime minister's office.
This is in gross betrayal of the Italian Ambassador’s undertaking to India’s Supreme Court.
UK NRI doctor suspended over gender-selective abortions
Report dated 11/03/2013 @ 8:06 PM
An undercover investigation found that medical consultant Prabha Sivaraman and another doctor agreed to terminate a pregnancy based on the baby's gender. They were filmed in the act and also admitted on record that they were prepared to falsify paperwork to arrange the abortion.
Sivaraman who works for private clinics and NHS hospitals in Manchester told a woman who wanted to abort a female foetus she could have the procedure as a private patient for upto 300 pounds on top of 500 pounds she paid for the consultation. She booked the procedure at an NHS hospital saying it was for 'social reasons'.
Sivaraman is a registered obstetrician and gynaecologist and works at Pall Mall Medical in Manchester. She told the woman she could have the procedure at an NHS hospital saying it was for 'social reasons'.
A hospital spokesman confirmed it had suspended clinical contact with Sivaraman as the clinic does not condone the referral for termination on the grounds of gender.
Germany relaxes rules to attract skilled Indians
Report dated 11/03/2013 @ 8:04 PM
Germany's efforts to attract qualified workers from non EU countries has boosted chances for Indian professionals, with its blue card scheme that offers educated skilled candidates an opportunity to live and work in Germany and the rest of the EU. Over 4000 such work permits have already been issued. The largest number of blue cards at 983, went to workers from India.
The move has been made to address the huge shortages of skilled workers in areas such as engineering, train driving and plumbing. The new rule means qualifying Indians can get a 6 month job search permit.
The German embassy in India is also working towards attracting more skilled professionals from India.
Germany now has one of the most open systems for highly skilled labour migration in the OECD region.
Lawsuit to suspend yoga from school district in California
Report dated 10/03/2013 @ 8:07 PM
A civil lawsuit was filed by the National Center for Law and Policy on behalf of aggrieved parents and urged the San Diego Superior Court to suspend the "Ashtanga Yoga" programme of the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD), as they believe it promotes religious beliefs and asked it to restore traditional physical education.
Harvard educated religious studies Professor Candy G Brown said the Ashtanga yoga programme is inherently and pervasively religious and has its roots planted in Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist and Western Metaphysical religious beliefs and practices. As such, the programme violates California constitutional provisions prohibiting government religious preference and religious discrimination, thus representing a breach of the public trust.
The EUSD Superintendent argued that the yoga programme is far from unconstitutional, and is instead promoting physical activity and overall wellness.
The school district introduced yoga in its schools after it received a grant of over $500,000 from the KP Jois Foundation for the purpose.