All stories by Sai Manish
Should you worry about the new face recognition system at airports?Rediff.com6 Sep 2022
Organisations like the Internet Freedom Foundation and many other activists have slammed the project stating that the system could be misused in a country where there is no data protection or privacy laws.
Complaints over flight cancellations, denial of boarding dip in FY22Rediff.com20 Aug 2022
As air travel gathered steam in financial year 2021-22 (FY22) after being restricted the previous year, fewer passengers were affected by flight cancellations. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) figures show that there were 40 per cent fewer flyers in FY22 than in FY20, but 60 per cent fewer passengers were impacted by cancellations, and 80 per cent fewer passengers were denied boarding. FY20 was the last financial year when India's booming aviation industry carried out full-scale operations before being completely grounded for a couple of months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Air India's load factor improves to 80% under Tata group managementRediff.com9 Aug 2022
Management and leadership changes, in addition to synchronising operations between all its airlines, are showing visible results for Air India. Data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) show that there has been a marked improvement in key operational parameters of Air India after the Tata group took complete control of the national airline in January. One of the most dramatic improvements has been noticed in Air India's passenger load factor (PLF) - a crucial metric of capacity utilisation of an airline's fleet that shows how many seats it has been able to fill on every flight.
Can Bhagwant Mann stop Punjab from going the Sri Lanka way?Rediff.com20 Jul 2022
Mann stares at a twin-headed monster: Resuscitating the state's debilitated public-sector enterprises and controlling the spiralling debt to keep the state machinery and his poll-fuelled populist schemes running.
Mallya's $40-million transfer to family members resulted in $25 fineRediff.com12 Jul 2022
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday slapped a fine of Rs 2000 ($25) and a four-month jail sentence on fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya. In addition, the former liquor baron has been asked to deposit $40 million with 8 per cent interest within a month, failing which his properties would be attached to recover the amount. The court held Mallya guilty of contempt after it was brought to its notice that he had transferred $40 million to his children in the US.
Char Dham Railway Line Faces ChallengeRediff.com11 Jun 2022
Ending the line at Pipalkoti will mean the army will have to cover a longer distance to the China border by road than it would have needed to had the rail link gone up to Joshimath.
In search for revival in Punjab, Akali Dal rediscovers its Sikh rootsRediff.com16 May 2022
There are clear signs that the party is re-starting its journey to relevance by going back to its core Panthic agenda, on the basis of which it was founded over a century ago, reports Sai Manish.
Retraining Spicejet pilots to fly Boeing 737 MAXRediff.com22 Apr 2022
It takes only two hours - roughly the time it takes for a plane to fly from Delhi to Mumbai - for a pair of pilots to complete their training on the 737 MAX simulator at Boeing's centre in Noida, the only one of its kind in India. Going by this estimate, all the 90 Spicejet pilots who the civil aviation regulator barred from flying the 737 MAX can be retrained in 90 hours.
Uphill task for Mann to replicate Delhi model in PunjabRediff.com28 Mar 2022
Given the sheer size of the state, achieving a similar turnaround in Punjab as promised could be a different ball game altogether, reports Sai Manish.
How Saudi money is changing India's Banarasi hubRediff.com13 Mar 2022
For a village in Azamgarh, Mubarakpur is an aberration. Its streets are clean, roads well-paved, and no open sewage drains are visible anywhere. Although a few houses look derelict, most bear signs of relative affluence, some even opulence. But that is not attributable to the village's marquee industry - silk saree weaving, which is sold as the "Banarasi silk saree" across India. Rather, it's because of the exodus of its residents and those of neighbouring villages to Saudi Arabia and the money repatriated back home.
Have Kejriwal-Mann promised Punjab voters more than they can deliver?Rediff.com11 Mar 2022
Nothing exemplifies this Sikh khundak (revenge) better than the fact that all the tallest names in the state lost their election to novices fielded by AAP.
How the BJP took over Yogi Adityanath's Hindu Yuva VahiniRediff.com8 Mar 2022
As Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath seeks another shot at power in his first ever assembly election from Gorakhpur Urban, also underway is a silent re-branding of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a radical outfit he established in 2002 when he was a parliamentarian, Sai Manish reports.
Ladakh Fallout: How India Bled Chinese FDIRediff.com9 Feb 2022
In 2020-2021, the amount of foreign direct investment into India from China and Hong Kong plummeted to just $200 million -- its lowest in the recent past. In the first half of 2021-2022, FDI investments through these two nations stood at just $36 million.
Election 2022: From Door to Door to DigitalRediff.com5 Feb 2022
Digital canvassing is expected to benefit from political money looking for alternative blow horns.
Has Congress shot itself in the foot with drug case against Majithia on poll eve?Rediff.com11 Jan 2022
'This is evidently pure vendetta politics and may even end up helping the Akalis in the elections'
Do Akalis stand a chance in Punjab?Rediff.com3 Jan 2022
'I won't be surprised if a third alternative to Badal and the Congress is swept to power in Punjab in 2022.'
With Air India, Tatas get a stake in Kerala's Cochin airportRediff.com9 Dec 2021
As the Tata group inches closer to taking over Air India in January 2022, the $242-billion conglomerate will also inherit a stake in Kerala's Cochin airport. The Tatas would become the only airline to have an operational stake in a major Indian airport. The airport is a strategic hub connecting India to Middle East nations - home to the largest share of Indian migrant workers. In addition to Air India and Air India Express, private carrier Indigo also uses Cochin to ferry the lucrative 'Malayali Gulf traffic' to multiple locations like Jeddah, Riyadh, Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kuwait and Bahrain, among others. According to regulatory filings, Air India has a three per cent stake in Cochin International Airport.
Why Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's Akasa Air could prove the sceptics wrongRediff.com6 Dec 2021
At the recently concluded Dubai airshow, Akasa, Rakesh Radheyshyam Jhunjhunwala's new airline, signed a $9 billion deal with American aircraft maker Boeing to buy its 737 MAX planes and a $4 billion one for engines with CFM, a joint venture between GE of the US and Safran of France. Unlike his financial doppelganger Warren Buffett, who divested billions from his airline stock portfolio at the start of the pandemic, Jhunjhunwala is wagering his billions in a brand new airline. The legendary investor bought a roughly 40 per cent stake in SNV Aviation in September, Akasa's holding company, started in March by three former Jet Airways colleagues. With aviation still to recover from its pandemic slump, the big question around his foray into domestic aviation, due to take off in summer 2022, is whether it is another pie in the sky.
How India's 5G rollout could compromise the safety of aircraft in flightRediff.com19 Nov 2021
The US is set for a geographically limited 5G rollout this Christmas, after a bumper $81 billion spectrum auction earlier this year. Just as the rollout date nears, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has sounded alarm bells over potentially fatal consequences of 5G interference on aircraft. Similar consequences could apply in India, where 5G spectrum auction is scheduled in January 2022, with the rollout beginning later next year (though reports suggest impending delays).
'Blaming the pilot is the cheapest thing to do'Rediff.com15 Oct 2021
Serving pilots question the Kozhikode plane crash report findings.