India, Myanmar to enhance engagement in agriculture, renewable energy and power sector

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi at the Joint Press Statement, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on 19 October 2016.

New Delhi: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today announced that India and Myanmar have agreed to enhance engagement in several areas including agriculture, renewable energy and power sector.

The Prime Minister, jointly with State Counsellor of Myanmar Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, was briefing the media here after extensive discussions on the full range of partnership between India and Myanmar. Modi said that the Myanmar leader’s clear vision, mature leadership, struggle and eventual success in establishing democracy in Myanmar has inspired people across the world.

Modi stated that the security interests of India and Myanmar are closely aligned adding both India and Myanmar have agreed to coordinate closely to ensure security in the areas along the border, and sensitivity to each other’s strategic interests.

India has a robust development cooperation programme with Myanmar, the PM said drawing attention to the the mega connectivity projects like Kaladan and Trilateral Highway, and other projects in the fields of human resource development, healthcare, training and capacity building.

India’s nearly US Dollars 1.75 billion of development assistance is centered on people. And, is in line with the priorities of Myanmar government and its people, stated Modi.

The PM announced that India will develop a Varietal Development and Seed Production Centre in Yezin in Myanmar to enhance the quality of seeds. Both countries will also work to develop a mutually beneficial arrangement for trade in pulses. They have also offered to scale up the power supply from Moreh in Manipur to Tamu in Myanmar. The two countries will also partner in a pilot LED electrification project at a site designated by the Government of Myanmar.The MOU on Cooperation in the Power Sector signed just today will help create the framework for advancing our linkages in this important sector.

The societies of both ountries enjoy a cultural connect that is centuries old, Modi said adding India has offered assistance in restoring pagodas damaged in the recent earthquake in Myanmar. The Archaeological Survey of India will also soon begin work on restoring two old temples and inscriptions of King Mindon and King Baygyidaw in Bodh Gaya.

INS Tihayu Joins the Indian Navy

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INS Tihayu
INS Tihayu

Visakhapatnam: The Indian Navy commissioned the highly manoeuvrable fast attack craft INS Tihayu at the Eastern Naval Command today 19 October 16.

The ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral HCS Bisht AVSM, ADC Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Naval Command at a formal ceremony held at Naval Dockyard here.

INS Tihayu would be based in Visakhapatnam under the Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and would be deployed for coastal patrol and surveillance operations along the Eastern Coast.

INS Tihayu is the second ship of the four follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC), being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE). The ship is an improved version of WJFAC, earlier constructed by GRSE. Conceived, designed and built indigenously, the commissioning of this ship completes the addition of another chapter to the nation’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and indigenisation efforts in the field of warship design and construction

Named after Tihayu island (presently known as Katchal island) in the Nicobar group, the 320-tonne INS Tihayu, measuring 49 meters can achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots. The ship is manned by a team comprising four officers and 41 sailors with Commander Ajay Kashov appointed as her commissioning Commanding Officer. The ship is capable of operating in shallow waters at high speeds and is equipped with enhanced fire power. Built for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol the warship is fitted with advanced MTU engines, water jet propulsion and the latest communication equipment.

The ship’s armament consists of a 30 mm CRN 91 gun manufactured by Ordnance Factory Medak. An electronic day-night fire control system namely Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP) manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) controls the gun. The ship is also equipped with two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns (HMG) and multiple medium machine guns, besides shoulder-launched Igla surface-to-air missiles to combat aerial threats.

Domestic airlines register 23.17% growth in passenger traffic during 2016; Air India lags behind IndiGo and Jet Airways in market share

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aviation-sector-in-indiaNew Delhi: Domestic airlines in India registered a growth of 23.17% in passengers carried between January and September this year compared to the corresponding period last year.

Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Sept 2016 were 726.98 lakh as against 590.21 lakh during the corresponding period of 2015.

paxIn terms of Passenger Load Factor, Spicejet was on top during the two successive months – August (93.2%) and September (93.5) this year. Go Air was second with a pax load factor of 86% and 89.4%, Air Asia was third with a PLF of 83.3% and 82.8% and IndiGo was fourth with a PLF of 82.1% and 82.1% and close on heels in the fifth place was Jet Airways with PLF of 81.7% and 79.9% during this period. Air India, the national carrier performed way behind with a PLF of 77.7% and 79% in comparison with Spicejet.


When it comes to market share of scheduled domestic airlines during the year 2016, IndiGo was on top commanding a market share of 37%, 38.4% and 39.9% respectively during the three quarters this year. Air India was third in this respect behind Jet Airways.


During September 2016, a total of 728 passenger related complaints had been received by the scheduled domestic airlines. The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for the month of September 2016 has been 0.9. The maximum passenger related complaints have been received by Air India (Domestic) and Jet Airways + Jetlite airline.

The airline-wise details are as follows:


On-Time Performance (OTP) of scheduled domestic airlines has been computed for four metro airports viz. Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Vistara is ranked at the first place when it comes to on time performance with 89.6 OTP%, followed by Spicejet (88.8%) and Indigo (87.7%)

Airline-wise OTP at four metro airports for the month of Sept 2016 is as follows:


Based on Report released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on 19 October 2016.

Click here for the performance of domestic airlines for the year 2016