Kozhikode Airport mishap: Disasters waiting to happen due to negligence.

In the midst of the Corona virus crisis, a plane crash occurred in Kerala late Friday evening, which shook everyone.

Air India Express aircraft carrying 190 people from Dubai under the Vande Bharat Mission skidded on runway at Karipur Airport in Kozhikode while landing and after slipping, the aircraft fell into a ditch about 50 feet deep in the valley adjacent to the airport and broke into two. In this incident, 20 people including the pilot of the aircraft have died, while many passengers have been injured.

Actually, the Air India Express plane fell into the ditch after it slipped on the runway during the landing amid heavy rains on Friday, after which the aircraft was split into two parts, killing 20 people on board.

Police and Airlines officials said the dead included Chief Pilot Captain Deepak Sathe (he was the wing commander in the Indian Air Force earlier) and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar. Sathe. Air India Express said in a statement released at midnight, “Unfortunately the pilots have died and in this hour of grief we are in touch with their families.” Continue reading

Ayodhya: Restoration of Ram Temple begins

Palace of Queen Kaushlya:

In ancient times earlier than 5000 BC there was a Kingdom of Kaushal presided by King Dashrath. The capital was at Ayodhya near present day Lucknow in state of Uttar Pradesh. King Dasharath had three queens, namely, Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. Kaushalya was from the Kingdom of Magadha. Sumitra was from Kashi. Kaikeyi was from Kekeya Kingdom. 

To cut the story short, Ayodhya even today has palaces of these queens and King but one palace is missing. It is the palace of Queen Kaushalya who was mother of Prince Ram, an incarnation of Vishnu who is revered and worshiped around the world.

Where did the palace of Queen Kaushalya go?

Ayodhya also has a place called Kanak Palace which was gifted to Janki the wife of Rama as her nuptial gift. In this also a temple exist. But no palace of Kaushalya is in sight.

492 years ago Babar, an invader from West attacked India after he converted to become Shia in Iran with the artillery provided by Iran. He stayed back in Delhi. He had a male consort slave, a boy aged 16 years who was named Babri which means ‘belonging to Babur’. This boy died in one of the battles. The commander of Babur namely Meer Baki attacked Ayodhya and demolished the Ram Temple in Kaushalya Palace, did his loot, built a mosque like structure on demolished building, named it after a slave i.e. Babri, and left. His revenge was complete against Kaffirs.

The building was not a mosque as it did not have a place to vazu or washing before Salah or Namaz. The Ram worshippers started doing prayers outside in court yard. Many bloody wars ensued from time to time. In 1857 matter became a civil dispute over ‘Maszid-e-Janm Sthan’ as mentioned in revenue records. (Mosque at place of birth)

On 9th November Supreme Court of India decided the matter and gave the land underneath to build a temple as it had unislamic building underneath and there was continued possession and worshipping by them.

Yesterday Prime Minister laid down foundation stone of a Ram Temple at the site in Ayodhya:

Hopefully the main portion of temple Sanctum Santorum will come up in three years. The preparation was underway for 30 years. More pictures:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

To those secularists who find this objectionable, here is the picture from original copy of Constitution of India, with Lord Ram in the header:

All the best and

Jai Siya Ram.

Globalization in Aviation after Pandemic is over.

Open Skies agreements eliminate government interference in the commercial decisions of air carriers about routes, capacity, and pricing, freeing carriers to provide more affordable, convenient, and efficient air service for consumers.

Open Sky Agreements are bilateral agreements that the two countries negotiate to provide rights for airlines to offer international passenger and cargo services. It expands international passenger and cargo flights. USA and European Union has such agreement which permits unlimited flights subject to operational feasibility between 2 countries.

Policy of India:


India has Air Service Agreements (ASA) with 109 countries including UAE covering aspects relating to the number of flights, seats, landing points and code-share. But does not allow unlimited number of flights between two countries.

The National Civil Aviation Policy (2016) of India:


The policy of 2016 allows the government of India to enter into an ‘open sky’ air services agreement on a reciprocal basis withSouth Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations as well as countries beyond a 5,000 kilometre radius from New Delhi.


In plain English this means that countries within 5,000 kilometer of distance need to enter into a bilateral agreement and mutually determine the number of flights that their airlines can operate between the two countries.


India has many such open sky agreements with countries like Greece, Jamaica, Guyana, Finland, USA, Japan, etc.

That was pre Pandemic world of globalization. With air traffic coming to a hault on 24 March 2020 we are in a new world. India has started entering into agreements with many countries like Germany and UK which have been called air bubbles but these are simply bilateral agreements fixing the number of flights which each country will operate into territory of each other.

This means all previous agreements are as good as dead letter or will those agreements revive automatically in future?

Something tells me that this pandemic gives another opportunity to clean up the mess created by previous Government in it ten years corrupt regime when everything was for sale including lives of people and territories. Yes Manmohan Singh, We know it now.

Therefore the Government may use the clean slate to work and create an actual bilateral agreements not dictated by ‘donations.’

Corona virus effect: India is locked down till 15th April 2020

India fights Covid 19

In an unusual move government has decided to cancel all tourist visa including the permanent visa granted to persons of Indian origin which is called OCI card till the 15th April 2020.

In effect there is complete lockdown and no tourist can come to India till 15th April 2020.

The only exemption available is for diplomatic persons who may arrive at diplomatic visa. The development came after massive outbreak of Corona virus in Europe Iran and other places. Presently India has 60 detected cases of Corona virus. At least three of these cases have resulted in successful recovery while one patient has unfortunately died.

Here are the full details of press release issued by government of India in this regard:

After detailed deliberations on preventive measures, actions taken and preparedness for Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Group of Ministers took the following decisions:

  • All existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organizations, employment, project visas, stand suspended till 15th April 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
  • Visa free travel facility granted to OCI card holders is kept in abeyance till April 15th 2020. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
  • Any foreign national who intends to travel to India for compelling reason may contact the nearest Indian Mission.
  • All incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany after 15th February, 2020 shall be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 13th March 2020 at the port of departure.
  • Incoming travellers, including Indian nationals, are advised to avoid non-essential travel and are informed that they can be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days on their arrival in India.
  • Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad. On their return, they can be subjected to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
  • International traffic through land borders will be restricted to Designated check posts with robust screening facilities. These will be notified separately by M/o Home Affairs.
  • Provision for testing primarily for students/compassionate cases in Italy to be made and collection for samples to be organized accordingly.  Those tested negative will be allowed to travel and will be quarantined on arrival in India for 14 days.

What Indians do better than others?

Patience with different types of people and their habits. Not that all people can do it but those who can, do it better.

Maths. While some need calculators but generally people do it on fingers.

Technology is handled quickly. An illiterate can handle mobile. A bare literate can handle smart phone.

Savings. With asceticism as higher standard, extravagance is exception. People save more than anywhere in the world. India and China consume half of world’s gold every where.

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