Jet Airways likely to set up MRO in South India

Jet Airways likely to set up MRO in South India

Chennai: Jet Airways India Ltd, the country’s largest domestic carrier, is looking to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Chennai or Hyderabad. In addition, the airline company is also exploring options to set up a training academy in Chennai.

Speaking at the launch of a new service from Chennai to New York (via Brussels), Naresh Goyal, founder chairman of Jet Airways, said, “We might set up the MRO facility independently or might have an alliance with other players, such as Lufthansa or Qantas."

An MRO is a repair station, which provides major and minor maintenance, modifications, refurbishment and repairs of aircraft and engines.

Goyal said that the proposed training academy would not only cater to pilots and engineers, but also would provide training for ground staff, technicians, in-flight crew and commercial operations. The training centre would look to servicing the commercial aviation industry, not just that of Jet Airways, he added. Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan

London: An Indian supplier to clothing retailer Gap Inc. has been found using child labour to produce items for GapKids branches in Europe and the US, a media report said on Sunday.

In response, Gap has withdrawn the garments involved from sale while it probes breaches of the group’s ethical code. ‘The Observer’, a weekly newspaper in the UK, conducted an undercover investigation, which discovered Indian children as young as 10 years old working for a Gap subcontractor in the Shahpur Jat area of New Delhi.

‘The Observer’ reported the child workers described long hours of unpaid work, threats and beatings.

The report added that the children were producing blouses in time for the Christmas market—to be sold at the group’s child-focused GapKids chain.

In response to the findings, Gap released a statement saying it was “unacceptable" for children to produce its line of clothing.

“At Gap, we firmly believe that under no circumstances is it acceptable for children to produce or work on garments," Gap said in a statement published in the newspaper. AFP

Bangalore: Expressing hope that he would be invited by governor Rameshwar Thakur to form a government in Karnataka, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B.S. Yediyurappa said on Sunday that he has the support of 125 members of legislative assembly, including 80 from his party.

“All the legislators representing BJP and Janata Dal [JD(S)] will meet the governor tomorrow to convince him of the majority enjoyed by the combine," Yediyurappa told reporters after a meeting of the party’s core group A meeting of BJP legislators was held on Sunday at which senior leaders Yashwant Sinha, who is in charge of Karnataka affairs, M. Venkaiah Naidu, and party national general secretary Ananth Kumar participated. “The governor is a senior person and I hope, he will take a right decision," Yediyurappa said. PTI