Aviation Current Affairs

India, Japan ink 15 agreements for enhancing bilateral co-operation

India and Japan have signed 15 agreements for enhancing bilateral cooperation in several key areas including investment promotion, civil aviation, and science and technology.

The agreements were signed in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe after 12th annual summit talks in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Both leaders also reviewed entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation.

Some of Signed Agreements

  • MoU on International Academic and Sports Exchange
  • MoC in field of Japanese Language Education in India
  • Exchange of RoD on Civil Aviation Cooperation (Open Sky)
  • MOC between Ministry of Home Affairs and Cabinet Office of Japan
  • India-Japan Investment Promotion Road map between DIPP and METI
  • MoU between DBT and National Institute of Advanced Science & Technology (AIST)
  • Arrangement between India Post and Japan Post for the Implementation of Cool EMS service.
  • MoU between RIS and IDE-JETRO for promotion of Cooperation in Research Related Activities.
  • MOC between METI and Gujarat on ‘Japan-India special programme for Make In India’ in Mandal Bechraj-Khoraj in Gujarat
  • India-Japan Act East Forum: To enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in North East India in efficient and effective manner.
  • Joint Research Contract India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and between National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Japan.
  • Agreement for International joint exchange programme between interdisciplinary theoretical and mathematical sciences programme, RIKEN and National Centres for Biological Sciences.

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Draft Rules for No Fly List for Banning Unruly Passengers Unveiled

The government has released draft rules for a ‘no-fly list’ for banning unruly passengers. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had set up a committee to come up with the final draft of the new set of rules. The new rules would be opened for public comments for a period of one month. After receiving comments, the civil aviation ministry would study the comments and then will release the final Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).

Salient Highlights

The government has come up with three levels of disruptions for flyers:

Level 1

Disruptive behaviour such as physical gestures. The unruly passenger would be suspended from flying for a time period of three months.

Level 2

Physically abusive behaviour and sexual harassment. The passenger would be suspended from flying for a time period of six months.

Level 3

Murderous assault or life-threatening behaviour as well as causing damage to aircraft operating systems would invite suspension from flying for a time period of 2 years or more.

The above punishments would be applicable to the domestic carriers but the international airlines can also make use of these inputs if they want to.

Background

The draft rules come at the backdrop of an assault of Air India employee by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad in March. The existing Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) specify the steps that need to be taken to deal with unruly passengers. However, those rules are silent about the creation of a no-fly list. So, the existing Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) are being amended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

In the year 2015 alone, around 10,854 incidents of unruly behaviour by passengers have been reported worldwide.

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