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Private airlines training pilots at HAL airport

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Bengaluru: Incurring huge loss after being restricted to chartered VIP flights and testing of military aircraft since the inception of Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), HAL Airport has now opened its gates to private airlines to train their pilots.

It has been a month-and-a-half since private airlines got on to the runway at the HAL airport, which was once the mainstay of Karnataka. “AirAsia, Jet Airways and IndiGo are using our facilities to train their new pilots,” a senior official told TOI.

He said the move was a well-thought one and all necessary approvals have been sought before opening up the airport to private airlines. “As some defence activity are also happening within the same compound, precautions have to be taken and now we are ready to go,” another source said.

Conceding that this will help boost the finances of the airport a bit, the official said: “Discussing the actual fee private airlines are being charged is not something I can do. I need to really check if we could.”

He said the private airlines will use the runway and the air traffic control (ATC) service besides getting some temporary place on the tarmac. “They (airlines) wanted to do some basic training; and barring the ATC and the runway there is nothing else that we are providing,” he said, adding that they are generally given time slots in the evenings and nights for their training.

Since the inception of KIA, the HAL airport has been incurring huge losses, the highest among airports in the State — Belagavi, Mangaluru and Mysuru are the others — official figures from the Airports Authority of India show.

In the four years between 2010-11 and 2013-14, the airport incurred a loss of Rs 160.75 crore, a little over 50% of the total loss incurred by all airports operated in the State. The only airport that is not in loss is KIA.

In that four years, 2013-14 was the worst for HAL with Rs 52.52 crore of loss reported, while the lowest was in 2010-11, when it was Rs 15.31 crore. The years 2011-12 and 2012-13 saw loss of Rs 48.67 crore and Rs 44.25 crore, respectively.

Source: TOI-BGLR


Ignited minds of Jagriti Yatra aim to trigger change in society

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Bengaluru: When Suchita Kakulamani, an IT student, saw youngsters turning to Naxalism in her village, Eturnagaram of Warangal district in Telangana, she decided to dispel the fear that was driving them to take up arms.

“Our village is covered under the Integrated Tribal Development project of the government, but nothing is being done. I want to dispel the tribal youngsters’ fear of never being able to make it in the real world, by giving them their right of education. I started giving them the hope that they can come out of the the forests and make it big in the world,” says 24-year-old Suchita, whose desire for change made her hop on to the Jagriti Yatra.

Suchita is among 460 youngsters from 29 states who have set out on a 8000-km train journey, the Jagriti Yatra, to trigger a change in the society. During their 15-day national odyssey, they will be meeting the country’s role models — social and business entrepreneurs who have developed unique solutions to India’s developmental challenges. The idea is to turn these young minds from job seekers to job creators by creating an enterprise led movement.

The young entrepreneurs, all in the age group 20 to 27 years, were selected from 17,000 registrations and over 3,200 applications, for their zeal for entrepreneurship, passion and national building.

On Sunday, they stepped out of the train to visit the Art of Living International Centre, Bengaluru, and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. “It is important to have purity in the heart, clarity in the mind and sincerity in action. Be open to innovation. Being a leader alone is not enough, we need to create more leaders,” he told the youngsters.

The yatra started from Mumbai on December 25 and the first stop was at Hubballi, where the youngsters visited Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya near Dharwad.

Speaking to TOI, Shashank Mani, chairperson of Jagriti Yatra, said, “About 41% of the entrepreneurs on the Yatra are women. Around 46% of the young entrepreneurs are from Rural India and remaining from 54% from urban and semi-urban areas.”

The young entrepreneurs will be participate in panel discussions with their role models and mentors.

Source: TOI-BGLR


For three months, boy lived with pen cap in his lungs

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Bengaluru: John (name changed), 13, was solving a math problem at school when he accidentally swallowed a pen cap he was fiddling with. Chewing the cap turned out be near-fatal for the boy who soon fell prey to a series of illnesses for months.

However, after three months’ of struggle, he heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday as city-based surgeons took out the pen cap measuring less than 2cm that had blocked his right lung.

On September 3, John swallowed the cap and he started coughing. He was rushed to a nearby clinic by his school teachers in east Bengaluru. The doctor told the boy that there was no need to do an X-ray as the plastic cap would pass out with stools in a day or two. The boy and the parents waited for two days and thought the problem got over.

But that’s where it began. After a couple of months, the boy started having cough, asthma, breathlessness, fatigue and was taken to several hospitals, but none could ascertain the cause. Some doctors treated him for sore throat. A week ago, Dr Mohemmad Ataulla Khan, city-based interventional pulmonologist, diagnosed that a cap was sitting in his right lung and a capsule of tissues was formed around it.

Dr Khan told TOI that the boy might also have mistaken that he passed it in his stools and that the chapter was over. “It’s the suspicion that led to proper diagnosis. I met the boy a week ago with a history of cough lasting for over three months. The X-ray showed the collapse of lungs. We did a virtual bronchoscopy where a complete block in the right lung was shown. I referred him to be operated by a skilled surgeon,” said Dr Khan. The boy was recently operated at the Columbia Asia Hospital and the cap was removed through endoscopy procedure.

Unlike metallic coins, when the foreign body is a plastic material like pen cap, it is tough to find out through X-ray.

John’s father, a businessman from Kadugondanahalli, said: “My son told us that it was out with excreta. It took us three months to diagnose the problem. He was coughing and suffered from asthma for over 90 days.”

Troublesome seeds, whistles

“Children below three years should not be given peanuts as there are chances that it can get stuck in lungs,” says Dr Robert Antony Charles, consultant paediatric surgeon at Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal, who operated John on December 23. There are cases of tamarind seeds and peanuts getting stuck in lungs of children. Recently, a two-year-old girl from Anathapur was brought to him, but the girl died due to puncturing of the lungs (pneumothorax). A child might not realize how to take out the seed while chewing tender tamarind and that can lead to complications, he says. Even the country whistle that children are fond of can be troublesome if swallowed, he adds.

Source: TOI-BGLR

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