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Hitting the reset button : Upgraded Jammu
airport inaugurated augmenting infrastructure

The area of the Terminal Building is expanded from 6700 sq. mtrs. to 14,500 sq. mtrs. with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, an increase from the existing 360 peak hour passengers


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Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation presenting memento to Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir on the occasion of inauguration of the upgraded Terminal Building of Jammu Airport, Jammu.

 

JAMMU, AUGUST 18:
The upgraded passenger Terminal Building of Jammu Airport, Jammu was inaugurated by Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister for Civil Aviation. Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space , Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir , Mr Kavinder Gupta, Speaker of J& K Legislative Assembly < Mri Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and Mr Shamsher Singh Manhas, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) along with Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) were the other noticeables who attended the inauguration ceremony.

Jammu is the gateway city for the State of Jammu &amp; Kashmir and the winter capital of the State, is also popularly known as the 'City of Temples.' Bestowed with a rich heritage and cultural legacy, Jammu has promising tourism potential. The city is famous for religious tourism and the holy shrine of 'Mata Vaishno Devi' is 46 kms. from the city.

Jammu airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, Ministry of Defence and AAI maintains a Civil Enclave for civil aircraft operations. During the year 2016-17, passenger traffic movement at Jammu Airport reached 1.16 million and the passenger growth rate has touched 29 per cent in the first quarter of 2017-18. To cope with the increasing passenger growth and demand, expansion ; upgradation of existing Terminal Building of Jammu airport has been completed. The area of the Terminal Building is expanded from 6700 sq. mtrs. to 14,500 sq. mtrs. with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, an increase from the existing 360 peak hour passengers.

"I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong." - Abraham Lincoln, Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln

AAI celebrates Independence Day at New ATS Complex, IGI Airport

A man may climb Everest for himself, but at the summit he plants his country's flag.

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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI, hoisting the national flag on 71st Idependence Day at New ATS Complex, IGI Airport in New Delhi


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jQuery toggle to display and hide content NEW DELHI, AUGUST 17 :  “Cheers for the sailors that fought on the wave for it, Cheers for the soldiers that always were brave for it, Tears for the men that went down to the grave for it, Here comes the flag!” - Arthur Macy

Airports Authority of India celebrated 71 st Independence Day at New ATS Complex, IGI Airport with fervour and joy. The celebration started with flag hoistingby Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI.

While addressing the officials, Dr.Mohapatra said that “the progressive initiatives undertaken by the Government of India have led AAI to increase and improve its current infrastructure by developing airports that are modern and efficient to facilitate easier movement of travelers.” On this occasion, students of Kendriya Vidyalaya, AAI, Rangpuri gave cultural performances highlighting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country.

AAI also launched itsnew website, to cater increased requirements and to provide a better platform for
the stakeholders for gathering information. A tree plantation drive was also organized at new ATS
complex and upcoming new building of Indian Aviation Academy (IAA) at Vasant Kunj where
Chairman and other senior officials of AAI planted saplings.Simultaneously, all the Regional
Headquarters of AAI and Airports celebrated Independence Day with full enthusiasm.

AAI commemorates 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement


The ceremony is part of India's PM, Narendra Modi's'Sankalp Se Siddhi –attainment through resolve' movement (2017-2022)
 

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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, IAS, AAI , administering the pledge to free Indiafrom problems and create a 'New India' by 2022 at CHQ, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi


NEW DELHI, AUGUST 10 : An oath taking ceremony was organized to mark the 75th
year of the Quit India movement in Airports Authority of India (AAI). The ceremony was
administered by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI in presence of board members
and officials of the organization.

"Ours is not a drive for power, but purely, a non-violent fight for India's independence. In a violent struggle, a successful general has been often known to effect a military coup and to set up a dictatorship, but under the Congress scheme of things, essentially non-violent as it is, there can be no room for dictatorship. A non-violent soldier of freedom will covet nothing for himself, he fights only for the freedom of his country. The Congress is unconcerned as to who will rule, when freedom is attained. The power when it comes will belong to the people of India, and it will be for them to decide to whom it will be entrusted."Mahatma Gandhi

 

On this occasion, the employees of AAI took a pledge to free the country from problems like communalism, casteism and corruption and create a 'New India' by 2022.

This ceremony is part of the 'Sankalp Se Siddhi –attainment through resolve' movement (2017-2022) launched by the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi.

AAI signs MoU with Govt of Uttarakhand for
development for aviation sector in the State

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Mr. S. Ramaswamy, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttarakhand and Mr Anil Gupta, General Manager (Business Development), AAI exchanging the MoU for the Development of Aviation Sector in Uttarakhand in the presence of officials from AAI and UCADA


NEW DELHI, JULY 24 :
Going ahead with its commitment towards the responsibility of creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in the country, Airports Authority of India (AAI), has signed an MoU with Government of Uttarakhand on 21st July, 2017 and joined hands with Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA).


The MoU was signed by Mr S Ramaswamy, Chief Secretary, Government of Uttarakhand and Mr Anil Gupta, General Manager (Business Development), AAI in the presence of Dr R Rajesh Kumar, ACEO, UCADA, Capt. Ashok Shetty, Head of Ops, UCADA, Mr Chandra Shekhar, AGM (Business Development), AAI, Capt Sandeep Soti, Chief Pilot, UCADA and Mr G Seetaiah, Chief Engineer, UCADA.

The scope of the MoU is to identify relevant factors influencing the development of civil aviation infrastructure in Uttarakhand, assessing commercial potential of various airports of the State, identifying technical considerations for airport operations in the State, evaluating site related technical and engineering parameters for development of projects, making estimate of the capital outlay for the future projects and development of master plan for existing and future civil aviation infrastructure in the state. AAI will also assist UCADA in obtaining necessary clearances for airport operations starting with the upgraded airport at Pithoragarh and later at Chiniyalisaur.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Secretary, GoUK reiterated that the Government of Uttarakhand is determined to fulfill the long pending requirement of operational airports within the State. These airports would also be part of the Regional Connectivity Scheme and will boost tourism and air connectivity for the local public.

"The means are inconsequential, only the ends matter" - Rita Stradling, The Deception Dance
― Paul Celan, Glottal Stop

AAI Signs MoU with civil aviation
ministry for the year 2017-18

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Mr R.N. Choubey Secretary (Civil Aviation) exchanging documents post signing MoU for the year 2017-18 with Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra , IAS, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, in the presence of AAI board members and senior officers from the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

NEW DELHI, JULY 17 :
“Each arrow you shoot off
carries its own target
into the decidedly
secret
tangle”
― Paul Celan, Glottal Stop


So Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed its memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the year 2017-18 with Ministry of Civil Aviation.  The MoU was signed on Monday  between Mr R N  Choubey, Secretary (Civil Aviation) and Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI.  On the occasion, senior officers from the ministry and board members of AAI were also present.

The MoU 2017-18 specifies various parameters and targets to be performed by AAI during the year. 

"I heard an airplane passing overhead. I wished I was on it." ― Charles Bukowski

USIBC launches India-Task Force on Civil Aviation

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The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) launched its India-Task Force on Civil Aviation that will focus on identifying opportunities for implementation based on the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). To spearhead this initiative Mr Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director-India, Pratt & Whitney, has been chosen as the Chairman and Mr Amber Dubey, Partner and Head of Aerospace and Defense, KPMG in India as co-chairman.
India has witnessed annual growth exceeding 20 percent in domestic traffic with total passenger throughput estimated to reach 270 million passengers by end of this year.

The Task Force will engage with various stakeholders to promote international best practices and address potential hurdles that surface as American and Indian companies deepen engagement in India's burgeoning civil aviation market.

Commenting on the launch Dr Mukesh Aghi, President of the US.-India Business Council said, "We are launching this task force to aid implementation of India's civil aviation policy. Our member companies are committed to the success of the government's flagship programs such as the Regional Connectivity Scheme and Make In India, and bringing the best in technology in related areas such as airport infrastructure and security, MROs and skill development."

Mr Palash Roy Chowdhury, Managing Director-India, Pratt & Whitney and Chairman of the India-Task Force on Civil Aviation said, "I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading this initiative at a time when the Indian aviation industry is poised to scale new heights. With the Task Force, we intend to support growth of U.S. corporations in India by aligning with the priority areas of the Indian government and further nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship and job creation to successfully contribute to the global economy in the coming years."


On being elected as the co-chairman Mr Amber Dubey, Partner and Head of Aerospace and Defense, KPMG in India said, "India is at the cusp of rapid strides in the aviation and aerospace sector. This is thanks to low oil prices, growing demand and industry-friendly government policies. I'm honored to be elected and would try my best to make the task force achieve its objectives."


The India-Task Force aims to promote bilateral dialogue by being the voice of industry, partnering with governments to organize trade missions and advocating for regulatory changes on behalf of its members.

"If we spark a student's passion, we unleash a powerful force upon the world." - Tim Fargo

AAI CSR initiative : Dum Dum Airport
Girl's High School inaugurated

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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, Airports Authority of India(AAI) inaugurating the new school building for Dum Dum Airport Girl's High School at Kolkata in presence of Mr Sanjay Jain, Regional Executive Director (ER),senior officers of AAI and School administration on Thursday


KOLKATA, JUNE 23 : "The school is a mother"
― Edmondo de Amicis, Coração

A new school building of Dum Dum Airport Girl's High School was inaugurated by Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, Airports Authority of India(AAI) at Kolkata on Thursday (June 22, 2017. The school building is constructed as part of AAI's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.


Speaking on this occasion Dr Mohapatra said that AAI is doing a lot of works all over India under CSR project, but this is a great achievement that in an academically advanced state like West Bengal we were able to facilitate education and related activities.


The construction of new school building started in March, 2016 and was completed in a record time.
While discussing the salient features, Dr Mohapatra said that the new school building consists of 16 classrooms and teacher's room at each floor, Headmistress's office at both the floors, Medical Room, Library, Music Room, space for mid-day meal, toilet block at each floor, ramp provision and dedicated toilets for Divyaang.


Apart from above, school has roof top solar panels, fire alarm system, CCTV cameras, computers and furniture etc.

At the event, a Divyaang girl student of class 10 was given battery operated wheel- chair.
The function was attended by Mr Sanjay Jain, Regional Executive Director (ER), Mr Atul Dixit, Airport Director, Kolkata Airport and senior officers of AAI and school administration.


Later, Dr. Mohapatra also thanked Mr Sanjay Jain and his team for completing the school building project in record time. Dr Mohaptra also said that the issues of cleaning and maintenance of the school will be taken up with the state Government.


Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, Airports Authority of India(AAI) inaugurating the new school building for Dum Dum Airport Girl's High School at Kolkata in presence of Mr Sanjay Jain, Regional Executive Director (ER),senior officers of AAI and School administration on Thursday.

Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, Airports Authority of India(AAI) unveiling the plaque during the inauguration of the new school building for Dum Dum Airport Girl's High School at Kolkata in presence of Sh. Sanjay Jain, Regional Executive Director (ER), and senior officers of AAI on 22nd June, 2017.

"If manipulation really does increase welfare, then it would seem to be justified and even mandatory on ethical grounds."- Cass R. Sunstein

AAI launches welfare programmes
for underprivileged

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Mr Sanjay Jain, Regional Executive Director(Eastern Region), launching welfare programme in the presence of Mrs Vandana Jain, president, Kalyanmayee (ER), Mr G. Rajashekar, GM(Engg.), Mr Harbir Singh, GM(HR), Mr Gyan Batra, Jt. GM(HR), Members of Kalyanmayee and other senior officers of AAI.

NEW DELHI, JUNE 20 : "Once you go on welfare it changes you. Even if you get off welfare, you never escape the stigma that you were a charity case. You're scarred for life."
― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Airports Authority of India (AAI) launched several welfare programmes for the women and children living in slum areas of Kolkata airport on Friday. The programme was launched by the AAI's Women Welfare Association 'Kalyanmayee', Eastern Region at Residential Complex, New Quarters, NSCBI Airport, Kolkata.

"There could be a powerful international women's rights movement if only philanthropists would donate as much to real women as to paintings and sculptures of women."- Nicholas D. Kristof


Under the flagship programme of Govt for promoting girl child "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao", Kalyanmayee is adopting three girl children from the area and will bear cost for their education and other related activities.
Besides, a masala grinding project was also launched on the occasion under the Self Help Scheme of Kalyanmayee. Kalyanmayee aims to provide livelihood to the women under this scheme by selling the freshly prepared masala.


A tea stall was also inaugurated at AAI Guest House on the occasion. The tea stall will be run by Kalyanmayee members and revenue generated will be used for various welfare activities.


The programmes were launched by Shri Sanjay Jain, Regional Executive Director(Eastern Region) in the presence of Smt. Vandana Jain, President, Kalyanmayee (ER), Sh. G. Rajashekar, GM(Engg.), Shri Harbir Singh, GM(HR), Shri Gyan Batra, Jt. GM(HR), Members of Kalyanmayee and other senior officers of AAI.

"Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements." "Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer's own form." - Patañjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

AAI organises 'Yoga Week'
on International Yoga Day

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Airports Authority of India's officers and employees in the yoga posture at a yoga session.

 


NEW DELHI, JUNE 08 :
"A positive attitude is most easily arrived at through a deliberate and rational analysis of what's required to manifest unwavering positive thought patterns. First, reflect on the actual, present condition of your mind. In other words, is the mind positive or not? We've all met individuals who perceive themselves as positive people but don't appear as such. Since the mind is both invisible and intangible, it's therefore easier to see the accurate characteristics of the mind through a person's words, deeds, and posture.

For example, if we say, "It's absolutely freezing today! I'll probably catch a cold before the end of the day!" then our words expose a negative attitude. But if we say, "The temperature is very cold" (a simple statement of fact), then our expressions, and therefore attitude, are not negative. Sustaining an alert state in which self-awareness becomes possible gives us a chance to discover the origins of negativity. In doing so, we also have an opportunity to arrive at a state of positiveness, so that our words and deeds are also positive, making others feel comfortable, cheerful, and inspired."
― H.E. Davey

By means of personal experimentation and observation, we can discover certain simple and universal truths. The mind moves the body, and the body follows the mind. Logically then, negative thought patterns harm not only the mind but also the body. What we actually do builds up to affect the subconscious mind and in turn affects the conscious mind and all reactions. 

"When you listen to yourself, everything comes naturally. It comes from inside, like a kind of will to do something. Try to be sensitive. That is yoga." - Petri Räisänen 

So on the occasion of International Yoga Day 'Yoga Week' was organized from June 1 to June 7, 2017 in the Corporate Headquarters of Airports Authority of India. This Yoga Week was organized in the Corporate Headquarters Library, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi.


On this occasion special invitee Dr Poonam Singh gave detailed information on the significance of Yoga to the officers and employees of Airports Authority of India. The attendees were made aware of leading a healthy life through yoga.

AAI  PAT up 23% at Rs 3115 crore ;
pays Rs 934 crore dividend

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NEW DELHI, JUNE 07 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) recorded an all- time high total income of Rs 12542 crore (previous year Rs.10824 crore) and operational income of Rs 8024 crore (previous year Rs 6876 crore) in FY 2017.

AAI achieved a record of Rs 4557 crore of PBT (previous year Rs .3697 crore), rise of 23.26 per cent and PAT of Rs 3115 crore (previous year Rs 2537 crore) in FY 2017, up by 22.78 per cent.

AAI has declared dividend of Rs 934 crore payable to GoI. An interim dividend of Rs 560 crore has already been paid on February 22 , 2017.

The networth of the organization as on March 31, 2017 is Rs 15029 crore (previous year Rs 13038 crore) and capital employed as on March 31, 2017 is Rs 11282 crore (previous year Rs 10540 crore).

Overall, the financial performance on major parameters has been outstanding, says AAI statement.

 

"Experience: the vehicle of history"  

 

KekuBomiGazder appointed CEO of AAI
Cargo Logistics and Allied Services

 

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KekuBomiGazder,
CEO, AAICLAS

NEW DELHI, JUNE 05 :
"Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are 'patches of Godlight' in the woods of our experience."
- C.S. Lewis

KekuBomiGazder has been appointed as CEO of AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Company Limited (AAICLAS), a subsidiary of Airports Authority of India (AAI).

 

Mr Gazder has a rich experience of over 27 years in aviation industry spread out in Middle East, South Asia and Indian sub continent region. 

 

Based out of the Corporate headquarters of AAI in New Delh, his primary focus will be on air cargo handling services along with related activities such as ground handling services and security services.

Mr Gazder`s services will also include entering strategic partnerships at airports within and outside of the country. AAICLAS  being an independent cargo subsidiary company, its vision is to become the foremost integrated logistics network operator in India.

"The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals."

Role of AAI founder chairman in
airports development in India lauded

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NEW DELHI, JUNE 02 :
"If I were a carpenter, I would build you a window to my soul. But I would leave that window shut and locked, so that every time you tried to look through it all you would see is your own reflection. You would see that my soul is a reflection of you." - Colleen Hoover, Point of Retreat

The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals."

So extolling great soul by recognizing the contributions of its Founder Chairman, Air Vice Marshal H.M. Shahul in a Memorial Lecture organized by the Airports Authority of India Retired Officers' Forum, Dr NasimZaidi, The Chief Election Commissioner of India, Chief Guest at the function applauded the concept and philosophy of the AAIROF and highlighted the role of the Founder Chairman in the Civil Aviation in general and development of airports in India in particular.

"Our memory is a more perfect world than the universe: it gives back life to those who no longer exist."- Guy de Maupassant

Mr V P Agrawal, President of the AAIRoF and the Former Chairman, AAI, while delivering the welcome address remembered Mr Shahul as a role model worth emulating and he also gave a way forward for the AAIRoF. Mr VP Agrawal also remembered all those souls who left us over the period of time and a one minute silence was observed in their memeory.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Mr. RobeyLal, Former Member (Operations), AAI remembered good old time spent in the company of late Air Vice marshal Shahul and he highlighted the commitment and dedication demonstrated by the founder chairman in day to day activities and the zeal that was at par excellence.

Major Asif Nawaz Shah, on behalf of the family of the late Air Vice marshal Shahul gave a presentation on the life and style of Mr Shahul.

He also highlighted how he maintained high standards of discipline both at home and office, a through gentleman, honest and sincere by heart. Everyone present applauded and gave a standing ovation to the departed soul.


Mr. Ajit Dubey, the former Executive Director of AAI and the Vice president of the Forum delivered the Vote of Thanks and remembered the enthusiasm and bubbling time in the corridors and Board Rooms of AAI during the time of Air Vice Marshal Shahul.

"Just because you have baggage doesn't mean you have to lug it around." - Richie Norton  

Stamping of hand baggage
removed at six AAI airports

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NEW DELHI, JUNE 01 :
After successful trial runs and positive feedback received from the stakeholders stamping of hand baggage tags has been removed at six airports viz.: Chennai, Trivandrum, Lucknow, Jaipur, Guwahati and Patna with effect from June 1, 2017.


The trial runs were carried out at these airports by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) after installation of HD CCTV cameras at pre-embarkation security check (PESC) points and boarding gates in coordination with CISF.

Prior to this, in April 2017 passengers flying out of two other AAI airports -Kolkata and Ahmedabad were exempted from getting their hand baggage stamped.
Airports Authority of India is planning to extend this practice to its other airports to enhance passenger experience and ensure a hassle free security check.

For further strengthening of security system at airports, HD CCTV cameras and other necessary infrastructure will be in place.

"The dead can survive as part of the lives of those that still live."- Kenzaburo Oe, Hiroshima Notes 

AAI extends its tribute to its founder Chairman, Air Vice Marshal H.M. Shahul AVSM, VSM

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NEW DELHI, MAY 26 : Airports Authority of India (AAI)extends its tribute to its ex-chairman, Air ViceMarshal H.M. Shahul AVSM, VSM. He nurtured the organization and laid a strong foundation in the initial period of takeoff .

He died at the age of 80 years on June 1, 2016 in London and a memorial lecture is being held on June 1., 2017 in New Delhi in his honour. Air Vice Marshal H.M. Shahul was a great Administrator, a role model who has left behind a legacy and sweet memories of achievements and laurels that will be cherished for all times to come. Dr Nasim Zaidi, the Chief Election Commissioner of India is the chief guest on the occasion.

He had a distinguished career in the IAF that included Hot Air at DSSC, Air Officer Commanding AF Station Tambaram. Post retirement he took over as the first Chairman of Airport Authority of India (AAI).

He was hailed as a great Chairman who was responsible for instituting a firm foundation that stands AAI in good stead today. Later, he became a prolific writer thanks to his gift of the language and phenomenal memory.

Though approaching 80 years he played regular golf and remained in good health. In fact, he flew down to London to be with his son only this week. He passed away peacefully. May his soul rest in peace.

Air Vice Marshal H.M.Shahul AVSM,VSM; a cheerful self with sparkling eyes and full of enthusiasm until the last, ever ready to serve, meet and greet everyone on social occasions, a great personality in service, post retirement from Defence and from Airports Authority of India. Blessed with exceptional memory and skillful creative writing, with conviction and force to impress the audience; a great personality full of life and always had time for others left us on 1stJune 2016 at London.The world will miss him always.

He had a distinguished career in the Indian Air Force(IAF), that included Hot Air at DSSC, Air Officer Commanding AF Station Tambaram. Post retirement, he took over as the first Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI). He was hailed as a great Chairman who was responsible for instituting a firm foundation that keeps AAI in good stead today. Later, he became a prolific writer, thanks to his gift of creative writing,grasp of language and phenomenal memory.

Even when approaching 80 years, he played regular golf and remained in good health. In fact, he flew down to London to be with his son.He was an avid follower of classical music and ghazals.

Air Vice Marshal H.M.Shahul AVSM,VSMwas a Post Graduate from Madras University in Defense Studies, was a Member of the Indian Council of Management Executives, Mumbai, a Fellow of All India Management Association and a Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India, an Alumni of National Defence Academy.

Commissioned in December 1957, Air Vice Marshal had flown over 5000 hrs. in the transport and maritime support operations, took part in 1962, 1965 and 1971 War at the Borders. He always held responsible and respectable Command and Staff assignments including the teaching faculty of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Nilgris. For his exceptional Service and Devotion to duty he was awarded AtiVishistSeva Medal (AVSM), and VishistSeva Medal (VSM) by the President of India.

Post Retirement from Defence Service, he joined as Member Operations, National Airports Authority and was appointed as Chairman of the then newly formed Airports Authority of India and he held that position till the end of his service career.

 

 

"Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me—to find out what you're good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools." ? Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

AAI flags off the ambulance
service under CSR activity

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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India flagging off one traveller ambulance with advanced life support systems for Longding District, Arunachal Pradesh with an objective of strengthening the health services in the North-East Region under Airports Authority of India's CSR Initiatives.
 


NEW DELHI, MAY 12 :
"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But...the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Airports Authority of India (AAI) committed to deliver its Social Corporate Responsibility (CSR), has provided an Ambulance Service with Advanced Life Support Systems (ALS) for Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh with an objective of strengthening the health services in the remote North-East Regionunder Airports Authority of India's CSR Initiatives.

Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI while flagging off the ambulance service said that the ALS ambulance shall definitely bring a big relief to the patients coming from far off places and will be a great support to the Primary Health Centre facility in the Longding District of Arunachal Pradesh.
AAI, had in the past provided similar ambulance facilities to the Primary Health Centre at Pakyong, Sikkim, and also to Dr.ShakuntalaMisra National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow and Primary Health Centre at Udaipur, Rajasthan."

"Our humanity consists in our ability to sense and respect and respond to the humanity of others." - C. Terry Warner [-]
"Rather than looking for explanations for why all people deserve to be treated with compassion and respect, we ought to be working at creating a world in which people are treated with compassion and respect. Human rights aren't lying around waiting to be discovered. They're made, not found." - David Livingstone Smith, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others
 

 

"I'm speaking of the pursuit of excellence in all things. All things! Presence of mind and devotion to craft. A great artist has these. A great chef. A great master of tea. There's powerful kung fu in a well-built house or an eloquent letter, but the limit of your imagination is bones breaking and bullets flying." - Scott Lynch, Tales of the Far West

Awards for excellence in cost management to recognise qualitative management practices

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(L to R) : Saurabh Srivastava, CGM, HSCC (India) , Sunil Bhatia, CFO, Ramagundam Fertilizers & Chem, Sandeep Goel, Practicing Cost Accountant, Harsh Arora, Director & CS, Perfetti Van Melle , Monica Gupta, Practicing Cost Accountant, A K Dhingra, Joint Advisor (F&EA), TRAI, Sanjay Gupta, Vice President, ICAI, S Suresh, Member (Finance), Airports Authority of India, Ram Singh, Director (Finance), Engineers India , NeeruAbroi, Sr. Advisor, IL&FS Environment Infrastructure & Services , Deep Inder Singh, ICRA, S C Gupta, Director, ICAI and Karan Sud, ICRA. 


Cost management

"Raise your quality standards as high as you can live with, avoid wasting your time on routine problems, and always try to work as closely as possible at the boundary of your abilities. Do this, because it is the only way of discovering how that boundary should be moved forward." - Edsger W. Dijkstra
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NEW DELHI, MAY 01 : The Institute of Cost Accountants of India as part of its prime responsibility towards achieving cost competitiveness for sustainable economic growth is continuously making major efforts to promote, recognize and reward cost management culture and practice in the corporate sector.

Mr S Suresh, Member (Finance), Airports Authority of India and Chairman, Screening Committee of 14th National Awards for Excellence Cost Management – 2016 of the Institute expressed that the participation of Indian Industry in the National Awards indicates positive efforts undertaken by the industry towards cost management and achieving cost competitiveness.


CMA Manas Kumar Thakur, President of the Institute narrated the history of this award ceremony that this National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management was introduced by the Institute in the year 2003 to recognize the qualitative cost management practices adopted by the industry and encourage corporate sector to get due national and global recognition for the Cost Management initiatives, they follow. An eminent panel of Jury members selects the award winners every year.


The Institute has always encouraged with wider applications of Cost Management tools and adoption of different Cost Management strategies across various sectors.


Mr S Suresh and Manas Kumar Thakur urged all the sectors from manufacturing to service sector to participate at large so that the culture of best Cost Management practices becomes an integral part of an organization.

"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air." - Wilbur Wright

PM flags off first UDAN flight under
RCS on Shimla-Delhi sector

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the first UDAN Flight under Regional Connectivity Scheme on Shimla – Delhi sector at Jubbarhati, Shimla airport in the presence of Acharya Devvrat, Governor, Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and RN Choubey, Secretary (Civil Aviation)  

NEW DELHI, APRIL27 :
The Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, on Thursday flagged off the maiden UDAN - Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik flight under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). Already touted to be a revolution in the aviation sector, the first flight took off from Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla to New Delhi.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister also flagged off flights on Kadapa - Hyderabad and Nanded - Hyderabad sectors under the Scheme through video link.

The flagoff ceremony was held in the presence of Mr Acharya Devvrat, Governor, Himachal Pradesh, Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and other noticeables.

Airports Authority of India under the aegis of Ministry of Civil Aviation is the implementing agency for this prestigious initiative of Government of India and is committed to providing air connectivity to currently under-served and un-served airports in India and UDAN is going to be giant stride towards that direction.


UDAN provides for affordable air travel, which will augur well for Indian aviation industry which is one among the fastest growing markets in the world. UDAN is expected to cater to large number of first-to-fly customers.

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious."
- Oscar Wilde

Kalyanmayee to hold art camp
"Prerna" at AAIOI

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NEW DELHI, APRIL 25 :
"In paintings, music, poetry, architecture, we feel the elusive energy that moves through us and the air and the ground all the time, that usually disperses and turns chaotic in our busy-ness and distractedness and moodiness. Artists channel it, corral it, make it visible to the rest of us. The best works of art are like semaphores of our experience, signaling what we didn't know was true but do now."
- Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Airports Authority of India `s Women Welfare Association – Kalyanmayee is organizing an Art Camp "Prerna" at Airports Authority of India Officer's Institute (AAIOI) from April 28, .2017 to April 30, .2017 to promote amateur artists and give a platform to showcase their talent. The art camp is being organized in association with AAIAF (AAI Artist Forum) and FIPA (Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists) which will be open for 20 artists from AAI family and outside. Participant artists will paint for three days from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM and submit the finished painting within the specified time.

"There are many ways to find meaning in life, one of them is the love of art" ? Ndiritu Wahome, The Sad Artist and Other Fairytales 

"The beautiful is always bizarre."
- Charles Baudelaire

"You must forget all your theories, all your ideas before the subject. What part of these is really your own will be expressed in your expression of the emotion awakened in you by the subject." - Henri Matisse 

The topic for the event is Different Seasons in India- भारतकीऋतुएँ, ऋतुरंग- ऋतुराग. Kalyanmayee will provide Canvas, Easels and floor mats to each participant.

"Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads." ? Erica Jong 

Artists will have the proprietary of their finished painting, which will be showcased in an exhibition on a later date by Kalyanmayee.

OPINIONATIVELY: " Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." [-]
"I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls." - Anais Nin
 

Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious."
― Oscar Wilde

 

Kalyanmayee to hold art camp "Prerna" at Airports Authority of India Officer's Institute (AAIOI)

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NEW DELHI, APRIL 25 : "In paintings, music, poetry, architecture, we feel the elusive energy that moves through us and the air and the ground all the time, that usually disperses and turns chaotic in our busy-ness and distractedness and moodiness. Artists channel it, corral it, make it visible to the rest of us. The best works of art are like semaphores of our experience, signaling what we didn't know was true but do now."
― Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Airports Authority of India `s Women Welfare Association – Kalyanmayee is organizing an Art Camp "Prerna" at Airports Authority of India Officer's Institute (AAIOI) from April 28, .2017 to April 30, .2017 to promote amateur artists and give a platform to showcase their talent. The art camp is being organized in association with AAIAF (AAI Artist Forum) and FIPA (Forum of Indian Photographers and Artists) which will be open for 20 artists from AAI family and outside. Participant artists will paint for three days from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM and submit the finished painting within the specified time.

The topic for the event is Different Seasons in India- भारतकीऋतुएँ, ऋतुरंग- ऋतुराग. Kalyanmayee will provide Canvas, Easels and floor mats to each participant.

Artists will have the proprietary of their finished painting, which will be showcased in an exhibition on a later date by Kalyanmayee.


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"We have the power of the pen to write the next chapter, and the privilege to author the page in whatever fashion we choose. Yet, seldom do we understand the power of the pen and the privilege of the page." - Craig D. Lounsbrough

"Each day hands me a clean sheet of paper upon which to write. Therefore, I would be wise to write without ever having the need to erase." - Craig D. Lounsbrough

AAI signs MoU with the French Civil Aviation Authority
to boost technical cooperation programme

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Mr A K Dutta, Member (ANS) of the Airports Authority of India and Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France exchanging documents post signing a memorandum of understanding on civil aviation in the presence of Mr P Ashok GajapathiRaju, Minister of Civil Aviation of India, and Mr Alain Vidalies, French Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries 

NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 :
"As you move through the seasons of change and make a deliberate decision to Review and Redo along the way, you can begin to see everything from a fresh perspective. This will generate new opportunities for making things better or creating something completely brand new." - Susan C. Young

Mr P Ashok GajapathiRaju, Minister of Civil Aviation of India, on Thursday received Mr Alain Vidalies, French Minister of State for Transport, Marine Affairs and Fisheries, who is currently on an official visit to India (April 11 to 13 , 2017) to strengthen Indo-French cooperation on transport.

In the presence of the two ministers a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) was signed to further the active technical cooperation programme between the two countries. Providing for exchanges of officials and the sharing of technical know-how, the agreement will be beneficial for the long-term enhancement of skills and expertise.

The MoU was signed by Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, representing the French side and Mr. A. K. Dutta, Member (ANS) of the Airports Authority of India, representing the Indian side.

Originally initiated in 2010, the renewal of the Indo-French cooperation agreement under this MoU comes at a crucial time when the Indian aviation industry is booming, requiring a highly skilled workforce. Several teams of Indian officials have already visited Toulouse and Paris, in France, under this technical cooperation programme.

In a reflection of the rich and decades-old history of active collaboration, recently a new Master's in ANSP Management was conducted jointly by French and AAI training institutes in Hyderabad. The third intake of Indian students for this course has just started, taking the total number of trainees to over 100.

Smart India Hackathon 2017 held at CATC, Allahabad

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The winner of Smart India Hackathon 2017, "Navpravartak" team from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi, receiving the first prize, a cheque for Rs. 1,00,000  
 

PM Narendra Modi

Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development

Winners

 
NEW DELHI, APRIL 05 :
The 'Smart India Hackathon 2017' grand finale concluded on 02nd April, 2017at the Civil Aviation Training College (CATC),Bamruali, and Allahabad. At the CATC, one among 26 locations for 'Smart Hackathon 2017', 58 teams from across India participated for the 36 hour event, with students formulating solutions for improving governance and to come up with innovative solutions for India's daunting problems.

The two day event held on April 1 &2, aimed at harnessing the creativity and expertise of students got to an aspiring start with Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development announcing the start of Hackathon 2017 through a video speech. The participant teams worked under the guidance of their mentor, two for each team, suggesting workable solution for the problems presented. There were 12 evaluators present from different government departments including Airports Authority of India (AAI) and All India Council for Higher Education (AICTE) evaluating the performance of teams.

The Hackathon got a further boost later in the day with Mr Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India addressing and interacting with the participants via video conferencing. He highlighted the importance of technology, research & innovation and why it is essential to embrace them in this century.

On the second day of the event, after three rounds of evaluation, Navpravartak team from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi was declared winner of the "Smart India Hackathon-2017." Team Coders Inc. from BVCCE, Delhi was declared first runners up. Horizon team from Delhi college came 2nd runners up, and the inspirational prize went to team Crafty from Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Delhi. At the prize distribution ceremony, Anil Srivastava, Joint Secretary, MoCA, Suyash Narain, Director, MoCA, I.N.Murthy, Member (OPS), AAI, V.Satish, ED (IT), AAI, Keshav Sharma, Principal, CATC and Prof Rajive Kumar, Advisor, AICTE were present.

Smart India Hackathon 2017, a unique initiative intended to promote innovation and out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially engineering students is initiated by All India Council for Higher Education(AICTE), under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) and in collaboration with i4C, Persistent Systems , NASSCOM and Rambhau Mhalgi Pabodin (RMP). The Ministry of Civil Aviation was a Premier Partner in this event.

A part of Prime Minister Modi's Digital India Initiative, the Smart India Hackathon focused on the problems of social importance identified by 29 ministries and departments of the government. They identified 598 problems, which 7,531 teams of approximately 42,000 students responded to. Of them, 1,266 teams of 10,000 participants were shortlisted for the finale.


"The best men in all ages keep classic traditions alive." - George Santayana

AAI's 22nd Annual Day celebrations capped
with colourful cultural Programme- 'Udaan'


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Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, lighting the lamp on the occasion of 22nd Annual Day Celebrations of Airports Authority of India in the presence of Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI.


NEW DELHI, APRIL 03 : "It's a fine line between Saturday night and Sunday morning."


Airports Authority of India (AAI), the mainstay of civil aviation in India celebrated its 22nd Annual Day on (Saturday) April 1 , 2017 at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi with full grandeur. Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, was the chief guest and Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, was the guest of honour in the function.

The vibrant evening of music and celebration at the Siri Fort Auditorium was followed by the launch of Corporate Plan of AAI by the chief guest, Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA in the presence of guest of honour, Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI and other noticeables. The launch followed felicitation of AAI achievers in their respective fields by the chief guest. The awards were presented by Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA for the commendable performance and achievements by various teams/airports on the basis of ACI and CSI survey ratings.

The vibrant evening of music and celebration at the Siri Fort Auditorium was followed by the launch of Corporate Plan of AAI by the chief guest, Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA in the presence of guest of honour, Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI and other noticeables. The launch followed felicitation of AAI achievers in their respective fields by the chief guest. The awards were presented by Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA for the commendable performance and achievements by various teams/airports on the basis of ACI and CSI survey ratings.


The vibrant evening of music and celebration at the Siri Fort Auditorium was followed by the launch of Corporate Plan of AAI by the chief guest, Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA in the presence of guest of honour, Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation and Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI and other noticeables. The launch followed felicitation of AAI achievers in their respective fields by the chief guest.
The awards were presented by Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA for the commendable performance and achievements by various teams/airports on the basis of ACI and CSI survey ratings.


Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA complimented the AAI family on fulfilling its role assigned towards Nation building by way of providing safe, secure and affordable flying resulting in India in becoming the 5th largest aviation market in the world.

Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA complimented the AAI family on fulfilling its role assigned towards Nation building by way of providing safe, secure and affordable flying resulting in India in becoming the 5th largest aviation market in the world.

Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, HMCA complimented the AAI family on fulfilling its role assigned towards Nation building by way of providing safe, secure and affordable flying resulting in India in becoming the 5th largest aviation market in the world.

Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation asserted that AAI has been instrumental in implementation of various Government Schemes like Make in India, Swaach Bharat, e-Governance, NCAP, Air Sewa and RCS-UDAN.


Mr R. N. Choubey, Secretary (Civil Aviation) conveyed his best wishes through a message which was read out during the event. Secretary (CA) applauded the achievements of AAI in implementation of Regional Connectivity Scheme, Air Sewa initiatives and launch of AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services Ltd. (AAICLAS).
Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI expressed his satisfaction on achieving great heights of success globally by AAI and was also proud in saying that an interim dividend of Rs 560 crores paid to the Government and getting through Rs 10,000 crores revenue mark has literally reaffirmed his confidence to become one of the World leaders in Aviation in times to come.


After the official programme, the stage was open for Live Performance by renowned Singer – Performer Shaan which was enjoyed by all.

Most problems can be effectively dealt with before they are in full swing."
― Innocent Mwatsikesimbe, Mirror

MoCA gears up for 36 hour Smart India Hackathon 2017
grand finale to be held in Allahabad, UP

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EXPERTISE : "Who you know only gets you in the door; what you know gets you the keys to the house."
NEW DELHI, MARCH 31 : "It's ridiculous to live 100 years and only be able to remember 30 million bytes. You know, less than a compact disc. The human condition is really becoming more obsolete every minute."
(Marvin Minsky)

The technology is always evolving . The 'Smart India Hackathon 2017' grand finale is scheduled to be held on April 1 and 2, 2017 simultaneously at 26 different nodal centers across India.


A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects.

Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.

"When you don't create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. your tastes only narrow & exclude people. so create." - Why The Lucky Stiff  

 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation is a 'Premier Partner' in this unique initiative.

Launched on Nov 9, 2016 in New Delhi, 'Smart India Hackathon 2017'will harnesses creativity and expertise of students, builds funnel for 'Startup India, Standup India' campaigns, formulating solutions for improving governance and quality of life and provides opportunity to citizens to provide innovative solutions to India's daunting problems.  

 

'Smart India Hackathon 2017' is conceived by All India Council for Higher Education (AICTE), under the aegis of Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) and in Collaboration with i4C, Persistent Systems, NASSCOM and Rambhau Mhalgi Pabodin(RMP).

On behalf of Ministry of Civil Aviation, 43 problem statements were thrown to students for which more than 350 ideas from teams of young IT students were received. After preliminary evaluation, 61 teams were shortlisted who would participate for 36 hours long Grand Finale to be held at CATC, Allahabad.  


On behalf of Ministry of Civil Aviation, 43 problem statements were thrown to students for which more than 350 ideas from teams of young IT students were received. After preliminary evaluation, 61 teams were shortlisted who would participate for 36 hours long Grand Finale to be held at CATC, Allahabad.


'Smart India Hackathon 2017' is expected to become the 'World's biggest open innovation model' that other countries can replicate. At the larger scale, the overall event accommodates more than 1200 teams participating in the Grand Finale with more than 10,000 students making their presence.Out of the 7531 idea submissions received for the 598 problems posted by 29 govt. departments, 1266 ideas have been shortlisted for the 'Grand Finale' on April 1& 2, 2017, during which these teams will work nonstop for 36 hours to build products based on their ideas across 26 locations in India.


'Smart India Hackathon 2017' would be the first massive scale Hackathon initiative in India, unparalleled in the nation's history. Winners stand to get cash prizes and a chance to be part of the NASSCOM's '10,000 Startups' program.

AAI, DRDO and Govt.of Jharkhand signs tripartite MoU
for development of Deoghar airport in Jharkhand

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Mr Sanjay Jain, Regional Executive Director (ER), AAI, Mr Ram Narayan Ram, Deputy Secretary Transport (Civil Aviation), Govt of Jharkhand and Gp. Capt H S Chaudhry, Additional Director of DRDO exchanging the MoU documents for development of Deoghar Airport in Deoghar district of Jharkhand in august presence of Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation,Mr Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand, MrC.P.Singh, Minister of Transport, Govt of Jharkhand and Mr Nishikant Dubey, MP,


"When virtues are pointed out first....." - Judith Martin
The MoU signing was lauded by Chief Minister of Jharkhand Mr Raghubar Das, Central Minister of State for Civil Aviation , Mr Jayant Sinha, Minister of Transport, Govt of Jharkhand Mr C.P.Singh, Mr Ram Tahal Chaudhaury Hon'ble MP, Mr Nishikant Dubey, MP.
"It would indeed be matter for pride for not only ONGC but also the entire nation once the expedition team comes back with flying colors. "I see future leaders in each of the expedition members, as when you counter the elements, no challenge seems too big to surmount", he said.
 
NEW DELHI, MARCH 28 :
Airports Authority of India, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Govt of Jharkhand signed a tripartite MoU for development of Deoghar Airport in Deoghar district of Jharkhand. The extant Deoghar airport will be developed for operations of A-320 and C-130 Aircraft. Signing of MoU took place in a ceremony held at the CM Residence.

The Chief Minister of Jharkhand Mr Raghubar Das, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Jayant Sinha, Minister of Transport, Govt of Jharkhand, Mr C.P.Singh, MP Mr Ram Tahal Chaudhaury and MP Mr Nishikant Dubey were present on the occasion.


Dr Guru Prasad Mahapatra, IAS, Chairman AAI, Ms Rajbala Verma, Chief Secretary, Govt of Jharkhand, Mr Amit Khare, Development Commissioner, Govt. of Jharkhand, Mr Sudhir Raheja, Member Planning AAI, Mr Sanjay Jain, RED (ER), AAI, Mr H. S. Chaudhry, Additional Director of DRDO, Mr Anil Vikram, Airport Director, Ranchi, senior officials of Govt of Jharkhand and AAI were also present on the occasion.


The Govt of Jharkhand has acquired 600.34 acres of land which will be handed over to AAI apart from the existing 53.41 acres Deoghar Airport land. DRDO, Govt of Jharkhand and AAI will provide Rs. 200 crore, Rs 50 crore respectively to develop, operationalized and maintain the airport. The timeframe given to develop and operationalize the Deoghar airport is two years.


The MoU signing was lauded by Chief Minister of Jharkhand Mr Raghubar Das, Central Minister of State for Civil Aviation , Mr Jayant Sinha, Minister of Transport, Govt of Jharkhand Mr C.P.Singh, Mr Ram Tahal Chaudhaury Hon'ble MP, Mr Nishikant Dubey, MP.

AAI's Chennai airport receives
Tamil Nadu Tourism Award – 2016

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The Chennai airport Director Mr G Chandramouli along with Mr Anil Garg, Dy. Airport Director, AAI, received the award from Mr Thiru. K. Bhagyaraj noted film director from Tamil Nadu Film Industry. This is the second time in a row that Chennai Airport has received the honour for the 'Best Tourist Friendly Airport

 

NEW DELHI, MARCH 27 :
Chennai International airport received the Tamil Nadu Tourism Award – 2016 in the category of 'Best Tourist Friendly Airport' on March 24 , 2017. This award is conferred by Madura Welcome, a tourist guide book company, in association with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
 

 

The Airport Director Mr G Chandramouli along with Mr Anil Garg, Dy. Airport Director, AAI, received the award from Mr Thiru. K. Bhagyaraj noted film director from Tamil Nadu Film Industry. This is the second time in a row that Chennai Airport has received the honour for the 'Best Tourist Friendly Airport'.


Chennai Airport is the fourth busiest airport in India. It is the gateway to Southern India and major hub for southern Region. 29 international airlines and 08 domestic airlines are operating from Chennai airport which connects 15 International and 25 Domestic cities respectively. It serves passengers not only from Tamil Nadu but also from the neighbouring states like Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

"Life is lived its own..others' help is needed in funerals only." - Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Why I Am An Atheist: An Autobiographical Discourse

 
 

  1. Question: What is your blood type ?
    Answer: → My blood type is 'Be Positive.'
  2. Question: What does the man want who writes in blood and aphorisms?
    Answer:→ He does not want to be read, he wants to be learned by heart.
 

"Being a martyr is highly overrated. " 
― Patricia Briggs, Dragon Bones

AAI holds blood donation camp on Shaheed Diwas

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Chairman, Airports Authority of India, Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, inaugurating the blood donation camp at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi in the presence of Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR) and senior officers of AAI.  

 

"Your blood is replaceable. A life is not"

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." - Martin Luther King Jr.

NEW DELHI, MARCH 24 : "A martyrdom is always the design of God, for His love of men, to warn them and to lead them, to bring them back to His ways. It is never the design of man; for the true martyr is he who has become the instrument of God, who has lost his will in the will of God, and who no longer desires anything for himself, not even the glory of being a martyr."
― T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral

Blood is the lifeline of human existence and holds medical as well as symbolic significance for human existence. While on the one hand hand, if it is shed while serving the nation, one is called a martyr and on other hand if it is donated, it saves lives.

To commemorate the martyrdom of Indian freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, a Blood Donation Camp was organized by AAI Employees Friends Society at the AAI Corporate Headquarters, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Safdarjung Airport on March 23 , 2017 with the help of Indian Red Cross Society.

" The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode - Ralph Waldo Emerson

They never fail who die in a great cause."
― George Gordon Byron

Chairman AAI, Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra while inaugurating the event urged all to come forward and donate blood for the social cause. Taking it as a social responsibility, AAI Employees participated in a large number and made the event a grand success.

AAI signs MoU with UT Admin of Daman and Diu for operation, development , maintenance of Diu airport

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Senior Officers of Airports Authority of India and U.T.Administration of Daman and Diuexchanged the MoU in presence of Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI (centre)for undertaking Operation, Development and Maintenance of Diu Airport 

 

 

AAI undertakes :
AAI has undertaken the operation, development and maintenance of Diu airport from Diu Administration.
Memorandum of understanding:
A MoU demonstrating the responsibilities has been executed on March 20 , 2017 between U T Administration of Daman and Diu and AAI
OPINIONATIVELY : Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off."

 
NEW DELHI, MARCH 21 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the operation, development and maintenance of Diu Airport from Diu Administration. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) demonstrating the responsibilities has been executed on March 20 , 2017 between U.T. Administration of Daman and Diu and Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The airport operations were handed over to Airports Authority of India on the March 10 , 2017. With this transition, Airports Authority of India will provide required facilities, infrastructure and management at Diu Airport. Further, with the objective of upgrading the infrastructure and services at Diu Airport, Planning Department of Airports Authority will shortly develop the new design for the airport.

At present Air India operates scheduled movements 4 times in a week on Mumbai-Diu- Mumbai sector on viability gap funding provided by Diu Administration. The operations, development and maintenance of Diu Airport will now be led by Airports Authority of India.

"Let the eye of vigilance never be closed."- Thomas Jefferson

AAI holds workshop on 'Preventive Vigilance
as a Tool of Good Governance' in Goa

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NEW DELHI, MARCH 14 :
"When one drives away the negligent through vigilance, he climbs the heights of wisdom, and can see the suffering masses. Serene, you look upon the lost like one that stands on a mountain sees those that stand upon the plain.
Gautama Buddha


A workshop was organized by Corporate Vigilance Department, Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Goa on the topic "Preventive Vigilance as a Tool of Good Governance" from 2nd to March 3 , 2017. Around 39 executives and 07 non-executives from Goa, Hubli, Belgaum and Kolhapur Airports participated in the workshop. Besides general issues, the workshop also covered varied aspects of vigilance and disciplinary matters.

"Peace is not happenstance. It is a living fire that must be fed constantly. It must be tended to with vigilance, else it dies out."- Libba Bray

Among the eminent speakers, Mr M P Juneja, IEM, AAI, Ex. CTE, CVC and Ex. Addl. Member, Railway Board spoke on "Common Irregularities in Public Procurement Process". The presentations at the workshop included vigilance case studies, ECDA Regulations& Introduction to e-tendering/SAP/E-office/ERP/IT initiatives/Do's & Don't's.Mrs Shubha Thakur, CVO, AAI addressed noticeables on the objectives of workshop.


Besides, various issues related to preventive aspects were intensely discussed and deliberated. Such workshops are organized as a part of Preventive Vigilance on regular intervals.

PRUDENCE: "There is a significant Latin proverb; to wit: Who will guard the guards? -Josh Billings" [-]
"A prudent person, having to do with a designing one, will always distrust most when appearances are fairest." - Samuel Richardson
 

Beyond national boundaries and interests
 

AAI showcases its cutting-edge technologies
at 12th CII-Exim Bank Conclave


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Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR) inaugurating AAI stall at 12th CII-Exim Bank conclave on India Africa Partnership in New Delhi  

NEW DELHI, MARCH 10 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) is looking beyond national boundaries and interests and is undertaking newer business initiatives by exploring global aviation markets for providing consultancy, construction, management services, export services and exploring operations abroad in relation to airports, air-navigation services, ground aids and safety services.

The airport operator is venturing into unexplored business territories with an aim to generate more and better business opportunities and to maximize and enhance its non-aeronautical revenues. This is also a step towards establishing AAI as a trustworthy global player in airport operations.


At the 12th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership Exhibition on March 9 , 2017 at Taj Palace, New Delhi, AAI showcased its cutting-edge technologies like GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN), No Objection Certificate Application System (NOCAS), Airport Infrastructure consultancy services and very recently launched SKYREV360 - AAI's innovative comprehensive e-billing solution for data gathering, invoicing and realization of aeronautical and non-aeronautical charges offered to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and Airport Operators worldwide.

AAI's stall was inaugurated by Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI in the presence of foreign delegates, senior officials from CII and EXIM Bank.

The King Mswati-III, Kingdom of Swaziland, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Rt.. Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business, Republic of Uganda and. Stephane Wenceslas Sanau, Minister of Trade and Industry, Burkina Faso visited AAI stall and appreciated AAI's contribution to the aviation sector globally.

The business delegates accompanying noticeables held discussions with the Business Development Team of AAI that was present at the exhibition and conclave regarding possible trade partnerships with AAI in the field of aviation.

 

Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (Human Resources) lighting the lamp at a health check-up camp for women employees on International Women's Day organised by Airports Authority of India in New Delhi. On this occasion he expressed his desire for the well - being and healthy life of all women employees.
 

 

 

"No man is poor who has a Godly mother." - Abraham Lincoln

Kalyanmayee celebrates International
Women's Day, organizes a health camp


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Mrs Anjali Mohapatra, All India President, AAI Women Welfare Association – Kalyanmayee, Dr. Chhavi Aggarwal, Mrs. Shelley Dutta and Mrs. Santhisree Murthy participating in the International Women's Day event at Swami Vivekanand Basti,  Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

 


NEW DELHI, MARCH 08 :
"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult."– Melinda Gates

So on the occasion of the International Women's Day Kalyanmayee - the Airports Authority of India Women Welfare Association organized a Mahila Swaasthya Jaanch Shivir with support from NGOs like AOGIN India and CANSupport to examine women for reproductive health especially for cancer. The camp was organized at Swami Vivekanand Basti in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.


This year the theme for the International Women's Day is 'Be Bold For Change.' AAI has always stood for gender equality and has always supported women to be bolder, stronger and more powerful in all spheres of life. Healthier women make a stronger nation. Aligning itself to this year's theme, Kalyanmayee organized a health camp to create healthier bodies and stronger minds.


 


"Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change." ? Shannon L. Alder


Kalyanmayee celebrates the International Women's Day every year by organizing various activities aimed towards the betterment of the society. It is an extended arm of AAI by women employees and the wives of AAI officials with a pan-India presence and is headed by Mrs. Anjali Mohapatra as the All India President. Kalyanmayee assists AAI in planning and executing various social, cultural and educational welfare activities and also works for the benefit of the families of AAI employees and the society at large.

 


"The best is the enemy of good."
― Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

Jaipur Airport ranks the 'Best Airport in the world', Srinagar second , reveals ACI-ASQ Survey

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"...the following parable may be useful. Long ago, when shepherds wanted to see if two herds of sheep were isomorphic, they would look for an explicit isomorphism. In other words, they would line up both herds and try to match each sheep in one herd with a sheep in the other. But one day, along came a shepherd who invented decategorification. She realized one could take each herd and 'count' it, setting up an isomorphism between it and some set of 'numbers', which were nonsense words like 'one, two, three, . . . ' specially designed for this purpose. By comparing the resulting numbers, she could show that two herds were isomorphic without explicitly establishing an isomorphism! In short, by decategorifying the category of finite sets, the set of natural numbers was invented. According to this parable, decategorification started out as a stroke of mathematical genius. Only later did it become a matter of dumb habit, which we are now struggling to overcome by means of categorification." - John C. Baez
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NEW DELHI, MARCH 8 : "Whenever, wherever, however you want me, I'll go. And I'll begin this very minute. As I stand up from this place, and as a best service provider I take my gigantic first step forward and bestride path of service like a Colossus, will you consider this is a step toward complete obedience to serve you. I'll call it the step of yes."


And so unstinted efforts of Airports Authority of India (AAI) to improve services and passenger facilities at its airports have introduced it to the leadership throne and placed it amongst the best service provider in the world. AAI's two airports are ranked amongst the best airports in the category of 2 to 5 million passengers per annum across the world.

 

Based on the results of the survey carried out by the Airports Council International (ACI), a global non-profit organization of Airport Operators on Airport Service Quality (ASQ), Jaipur and Srinagar airports have been rated as world's No.1 and 2 respectively in the category, "Best Airport by Size" in the traffic volume of 2 to 5 million passengers per year.


Jaipur Airport has also been rated as the best airport in the category of "Best Airport by Size and Region" in the traffic volume of 2 to 5 million passengers per year.

If you get good ratings, they'll cover you even if you have nothing to say. - Donald Trump
AAI gets 4 Star GRIHA rating for new integrated terminal building at Tirupati airport. AAI is also firm on adopting green building norms in upcoming projects/ buildings. Accordingly, AAI registered with GRIHA for the new integrated terminal building at Tirupati airport.

Some of the salient features adopted in the new integrated terminal building at Tirupati airport are energy efficient and eco-friendly material like fly ash bricks, low heat gain glass, LED lighting, and energy efficient chillers, Low VOC Paints (Volatile Organic Compound), Rain water Harvesting, Low heat gain Glazing,Re-use of treated water (600 KLD STP), double insulated roofing system, VFD's (Variable Frequency Drive) for high capacity motors.
" We must start to think about an architecture that makes environmental sense, or someday we will indeed be forced to make our houses by hand. Architects must embrace new buildings with windows that open and close, rooms arrayed around courtyards, designed to take advantage of natural air and natural light. They should use natural materials that take less energy to make and transport to building sites. Houses with porches are "entertainment systems" that build community."
"If it was to be a time of momentous changes, then why not allow oneself to be swept along?" - Paul Russell, The Coming Storm

"There are consequences to ignoring consequences that are a consequence of my blatant unwillingness to learn from my consequences." - Craig D. Lounsbrough

"The real beauty of the building is seen when the right paints touch its walls" - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

The green building movement needs to rethink its focus on fitting ever more energy-saving devices into increasingly goofy buildings. Architecture that instead taps into public tastes for tradition, familiarity and comfort will give us places that create their own natural preservation societies, because they are loved. Reusing old buildings is the true green architecture. Buildings designed for decades must give way to buildings designed for centuries.

 

 

4-Star GRIHA rating for new integrated
terminal building at Tirupati airport


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Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, and Mr S Raheja, Member (Planning), Airports Authority of India being presented the 4 Star GRIHA Award conferred on Tirupati Airport by Mr G Prabhaharan, General Manager (Project), AAI. Also seen are Mr D.K.Kamra, General Manager (Engg.-Civil), AAI and Mrs Charul Shukla, Jt G.M.(Arch.)

 

 


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NEW DELHI, MARCH 03:"Browns seek knowledge, Blues meddle in causes, and Whites consider the questions of truth with implacable logic. We all do some of it all, of course. But to be Green means to stand ready. In the Trolloc Wars, we were often called the Battle Ajah. All Aes Sedai helped where and when they could, but the Green Ajah alone was always with the armies, in almost every battle. We were the counter to the dreadlords. The Battle Ajah. And now we stand ready, for the Trollocs to come south again, for Tarmon Gai'don. the Last Battle. We will be there. That is what it means to be Green. -Alanna" - Robert Jordan

And so GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is mandated to promote development of buildings and habitats in India through GRIHA. GRIHA Council an independent platform for the interaction on scientific and administrative issues related to sustainable habitats in the Indian subcontinent. It was founded by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi) with support from MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Government of India)


It is mandatory for all upcoming public sector building to aim for at least 3 Star GRIHA ratings as per directive by Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.


AAI is also firm on acting in conformity with green building norms in upcoming projects or buildings. Accordingly, AAI registered with GRIHA for the New Integrated Terminal Building at Tirupati Airport.

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"Going green doesn't start with doing green acts - it starts with a shift in consciousness. This shift allows you to recognize that with every choice you make, you are voting either for or against the kind of world you wish to see. When you assume this as a way of being, your choices become easier. Using a reusable water bottle, recycling and making conscious daily consumer choices are just a few" - Ian Somerhalder
The next generation of building is restorative. - William McDonough
Green building is not about buildings - it is about people. - Sandy Wiggins, USGBC President

Green Building is a process. It starts with Marketing, then Stuff, then Tools, then Process and eventually it becomes a Mindset. – Sandy Wiggins, USGBC President

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Some of the salient features adopted in the new integrated terminal building at Tirupati airport are energy efficient and eco-friendly material like fly ash bricks, low heat gain glass, LED lighting, and energy efficient chillers, low VOC paints (Volatile Organic Compound), rain water harvesting, low heat gain glazing, re-use of treated water (600 KLD STP), double insulated roofing system, VFD’s (Variable Frequency Drive) for high capacity motors.


4 Star GRIHA rating for AAI, new integrated terminal building at Tirupati airport at the moment is momentous when something so momentous happens.
 

OPINIONATIVELY, "Having a place means that you know what a place means...what it means in a storied sense of myth, character and presence but also in an ecological sense...Integrating native consciousness with mythic consciousness"
- Gary Snyder

Erase from your vocabulary the word "someday." Do not save things for "special occasions." Take into account the fact that every day is special. Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for. Live every day to the fullest and savor every minute of it. ? Rodolfo Costa, Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes

 

"But that's the whole aim of civilization: to make everything a source of enjoyment." - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina  

Live music bands, kids zone steal
the show at Big Bang Fest at AAIOI

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Mr Sudhir Raheja, Member (Planning), AAI inaugurating the Big Binge Fest in the presence of Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI and president, AAIOI, Mr A. K. Dutta, Member (ANS), AAI and the office bearers of Kalyanmayee.


NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 26 :  
THE FOUR HEAVENLY FOUNTAINS

Laugh, I tell you
And you will turn back
The hands of time.

Smile, I tell you
And you will reflect
The face of the divine.

Sing, I tell you
And all the angels will sing with you!

Cry, I tell you
And the reflections found in your pool of tears -
Will remind you of the lessons of today and yesterday
To guide you through the fears of tomorrow."
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

 

And so the the two- day Big Binge Fest event was organized at Airports Authority of India Officers’ Institute (AAIOI) in association with  Pine Tree Pictures’ February 25 to 26, 2017 (Saturday & Sunday) from 1200 Hrs. to 2200 hours.


 The attractions of the festival were 70 stalls including 04 stalls by NGOs sponsored by the women welfare organization of AAI Kalyanmayee, food/bar stalls, live music bands,kids zone and other fun activities. 


The festival was inaugurated by Mr Sudhir Raheja, Member (Planning), AAI in the presence of Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI and  President, AAIOI, Mr A. K. Dutta, Member (ANS), AAI and the office bearers of Kalyanmayee.  The attendance was in large numbers.


The festival  was really a success and thoroughly enjoyed by one and all fest-goers.

It's not that we spend five days looking forward to just two. It's that most people do what they enjoy most on those two days. Imagine living a life where everyday are your Saturdays and Sundays. Make everyday your weekend. Make everyday a play-day.

 

AAI pays Rs 560-crore interim dividend to Govt


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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 22 : Airports Authority of India (AAI] declared an interim dividend of Rs 560 crore for the year 2016-17.


The airport operator earned revenue of Rs 10,824 crore [previous year Rs.9285 crore], Profit Before Tax of Rs.3697 crores [previous year Rs.2791 crore] and the Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs.2537 crore [previous year Rs 1959 crore] for the year 2015-16.


AAI spent an amount Rs.4315 crore in the last three years [2013-14 to 2015-16] on modernization of airport terminals, passenger facilities and Air Traffic and Navigational Aids at its Airports and has planned to spend this year Rs.1974 crore.

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On Wednesday (February 22, 2017], Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI presented interim dividend amounting to Rs 560 crore to the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Jayant Sinha in the presence of the Secretary, MoCA, Board Members of AAI and senior officers from the Ministry.

AAI has paid Rs.1106 crore as dividend in the last three years [ 2013-14 – 2015-16] and has also contributed to the Central Exchequer Rs.6253 crore in different forms during the same period, apart from paying dividend.

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From L to R : S Suresh, Member (Finance), Airports Authority of India, D. Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, AAI, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation, R.N.Choubey, IAS, Secretary, Civil Aviation, Government of India and Conrad Clifford, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, IATA sitting on dais on the occasion of SKYREV 360 Workshop held in Goa.

 

Civil Aviation Minister launches 'SKYREV360 globally

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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 21 : "A planet is the cradle of mind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever." - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

"We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do." - Atul Gawande, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

And so Airports Authority of India is looking beyond national boundaries and interests and is undertaking newer business initiatives by exploring global aviation markets for providing consultancy, construction, management services, export services and undertaking operations abroad in relation to airports, air-navigation services, ground aids and safety services beyond national borders.

The airport operator is venturing into unexplored business territories with an aim to generate more and better business opportunities and to maximise and enhance non-aeronautical revenues.

In one of its innovative business opportunities AAI in collaboration with IATA came out with a unique comprehensive e-billing solution comprising of data gathering, invoicing and collection called ''SKYREV360''. This unique system is one of its kind and would help ANSP's and Airport Operators world wide in avoiding revenue leakages, reducing redundancies, reduction in disputes, easy integration with all external systems and also help in curtailing the debt collection period to the minimum.

The system is compatible to any of the radar systems in the world and can be hosted on cloud servers too.

The SKYREV360 was Globally Launched by P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation, in the presence of R.N.Choubey, IAS, Secretary Civil Aviation, Government of India, Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman AAI, S Suresh, Member Finance, AAI and other senior officers and delegates from 19 countries.

A three- day workshop was also organized for the visiting delegates from ANSP's and Airport Operators from 19 countries in Goa.

Speaking on the occasion Minister lauded the efforts of AAI in bringing out the first ever end to end solution of e-billing for the aeronautical and airport charges which has been brought out by AAI in Make in India initiatives.

Secretary Civil Aviation gave an insight to AAI's cutting edge technologies like GAGAN, NOCAS and gave glimpses of the India's new Civil Aviation policy and Regional Connectivity Scheme of Government of India. Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman AAI emphasized AAI's aim to generate more and better business opportunities by exploring unexplored business territories.

Civil Aviation Minister launches
'Airports India Business Magazine'

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"when you read once, you get the understanding ; when you read twice, you get the second understanding. Don't just read, read!" - Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Joke of the day

Two young boys went to a doctor. One of them had swallowed a marble. While the doctor was removing the marble, he said: "So nice of your brother to accompany you." "He is not my brother, the marble belongs to him."

 


NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 16 : Emphasising the importance of information and applauding efforts to put the focus on civil aviation industry, Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr P. Ashok GajapathiRaju, launched the maiden issue of Airports India Business Magazine (AIBM) at an event here in New Delhi on Thursday.


While inaugurating the magazine the Minister conveyed that he is happy that this magazine is concentrating on aviation. People used to travel even before aircrafts were invented; they have been travelling through ages.

But, probably comfortable travel has made it happen in numbers, which one couldn't think of earlier. If there is any country that has space to grow, I think it is India. There is a lot of potential for aviation as the sector has a multiplier effect in the economy. Let us share, let us grow and let us be second to no country in the world.

AIBM, India's first business magazine entirely dedicated to the civil aviation industry, aims at enlightening readers about civil aviation and infrastructure business and also about the latest developments in the Indian aerospace and future plans, with in-depth reports, analyses and interviews with key players in the various segments of the civil aviation business.

The magazine aims at spreading awareness in matters of civil aviation, concerning its new projects, expansions, business opportunities, national and international collaborations and other new avenues and will be published every quarter by Paris-based Media India Group, in association with the Airports Authority of India.

The magazine bearing a modern, European look with Indian content,was unveiled by the Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, in the presence of Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI, Mr AnujAggarwal- Member (HR) and Mr A. K. Dutta, Member (ANS) of AAI alongwith Mr iRanvir Nayar – Managing Director, Media India Group and Dr Christine Nayagam of Media India Group.

AIBM will be widely circulated at all Indian Airports,within a few months, the magazine will also be distributed internationally, notably in Europe and North America by the Media India Group.


The new magazine will be devoted to the booming civil aviation and infrastructure business in India and will have diverse and updated content, including in-depth reports, analyses as well as interviews with key players in the various segments of the civil aviation business.


In the past 10 years, the image and functioning of India's civil aviation business has transformed entirely, with rapid modernisation and development, accompanied by introduction of new technologies and the best practices from around the world. A number of new airlines have started operations in the Indian skies and the number of aircrafts as well as passengers has increased manifold.

"The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive." - Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

 

"Civil Aviation is not only one of the fastest growing sectors of the Indian economy, but one of the most strategic ones as well. Our government unveiled the National Civil Aviation Policy a few months ago, which was the first time since independence that such an integrated policy has been brought to existence. The policy lays clear emphasis on various aspects of the civil aviation sector – improving regional connectivity, making air travel affordable and accessible to all, improving ease-of-doing-business, promoting cargo movement by air, modernisation and up-gradation of existing airports as well as creation of new airports and skill development. Hence, it is indeed very timely move for the Airports Authority of India to have conceptualized launching India's first business magazine entirely dedicated to the civil aviation industry," says Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

With a rich, updated and diverse content about the latest developments in the Indian aviation scenario, the 84-page magazine will bear a modern, European look with Indian content and it would be published every quarter by Paris-based Media India Group, in association with the AAI.

With a print run of 75,000 copies, it will be widely circulated by the AAI at not only in all airports across the country, but will also be read by professionals in India and overseas, thus, serving as an important source of latest and credible information for this sector.

"Civil aviation is one of fastest growing sectors in the Indian economy and perhaps one with the highest potential. Growth could be even better if there were consolidated sources of updated and analytical information about this sector. We intend to fill this vacuum, through the launch of AIBM, which is India's first comprehensive aviation business magazine, covering all aspects of this very large and dynamic sector in India and also bring the latest news and analysis from across the world, thanks to our network of dedicated writers based across the EU," says Ranvir Nayar, Managing Director, Media India Group.

Special counters and stands are being constructed at each airport in the country where the magazine will be available for the travellers. It will also be present in lounges and the VVIP areas in the airports.

Besides, the magazine will be mailed to key government and corporate circles and especially, to those involved in the business of civil aviation. It will also be present at all business shows and meetings where civil aviation is in prime focus. Within a few months, the magazine will be distributed internationally, notably in Europe and North America, which are the key centres of global aviation business.

 

 

 

 

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