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first_imgThis past week, one of my teams was working on a client issue. There was a flurry of emails sent back and forth, each one a draft of the message that might be sent to the client in an attempt to resolve the issue. Different people had different ideas about the right strategy and the right words, each of them different enough to cause many conversations.At some point, I remembered something that I know to be true: effectiveness is more important than efficiency. While there is nothing wrong with crafting a message, there is something wrong with choosing the wrong medium for the conversation. I had met the CEO a few times, and I decided to call him. It was 11:00 PM where he was, and he took my call. In just under twenty minutes, not only was the issue resolved, I would argue that our relationship was much improved.There is a difference between being efficient and being effective. Efficiency is doing things faster, with greater ease, and with less effort. Effectiveness is about producing an outcome.It is efficient to send an email, the effectiveness of which can only be measured by the outcome, the action or response of the party that receives it. If you seek effectiveness, then a different medium for that message might make for a better choice (I’d argue that face-to-face is the right choice for the most important conversations, especially ones in which you are asking for something).The Pareto principle, which seems to be some law of nature, shows that around 80 percent of your results come from around 20 percent of your actions. About 80 percent of your revenue likely comes from approximately 20 percent of your clients, plus or minus.This being true, it would make sense that effectiveness be the goal in the 20 percent of activities responsible for creating 80 percent of your results. Efficiency might be a better goal for the 80 percent of things that don’t move the needle.last_img read more

first_imgOdisha School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra on Wednesday asked the Controller of Examinations of the CHSE to probe into irregularities during the annual Plus-II mathematics paper.Mr Mishra said that questions on chemistry were found in the mathematics question paper packets when they were opened for distribution among examinees yesterday. Chemistry question papers in mathematics question paper packets were found at least in 14 examination centres, he said adding that the press, where the question papers were printed, would come under the purview of probe. “The government would not hesitate to black-list the printing press if it was found guilty,” Mr Mishra said adding that the Controller of Examinations of the Council of Higher Secondary Examination (CHSE) will probe under which circumstances the chemistry questions entered into the mathematics question paper packets. “The Controller of Examinations will also investigate whether there was any conspiracy,” Mr Mishra said. He said the Controller of Examinations has been asked to submit a report within two weeks. The official will visit the press where the question papers were printed and packed, he said. The irregularities which were detected across 14 examination centres had delayed the examination. However, the centres managed to conduct the examination after providing photo copies of the mathematics questions to the students.Mr Mishra said that the chemistry examination which was earlier scheduled for March 16 afternoon will now be conducted between 2 pm and 5 pm on March 30.last_img read more

first_imgA deputy jailer posted at the central jail in Raipur was suspended on Saturday for a social media post alleging torture of tribal women by security forces in the State’s Maoist insurgency-hit Bastar region.Varsha Dongre claimed in the post last week that she had seen tribal girls being stripped and tortured at police stations in Bastar. The post read: “I have seen the torture. The tribal girls were given electric shocks on their breasts and wrists. I have seen the marks and I was horrified. Why are such small tribal girls being subjected to third-degree torture? Our constitution and law system do not allow such inhuman torture. It’s time for us to introspect and the truth will come out. The people getting killed on both sides [during the conflict between Maoists and security forces in Bastar] are Indians. The capitalistic system is being forced into Bastar, villages are being burnt, tribal women are being raped. Is it really being done to end the Maoism?” Ms. Dongre put up the post following the Maoist attack in Sukma which led to the death of 25 CRPF men.Inquiry orderedThough Ms. Dongre deleted the post after it went viral on social media, the jail department of Chhattisgarh police ordered an inquiry against her. Giridhari Nayak, Director General of Police, Jail Administration, Chhattisgarh police, said, “Varsha Dongre has been suspended and charge-sheeted after it was found in a preliminary inquiry that her conduct was in violation of service rules and other rules.”An officer of the same department revealed on condition of anonymity said Ms. Dongre was suspended because the language used in her post was “extremely offensive”.Justice for tribalsKnown to be an upright officer, Ms. Dongre had also opined that the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution should be applied in tribal areas and “so-called development” should not be imposed on tribals. “The tribals do not want the Maoists. They want the Maoism to end but the way our country’s security forces are targeting the dignity of their women and daughters, burning their houses and slapping false cases against them, where will they go for justice?” Ms. Dongre said in her post.Despite repeated attempts, Ms. Dongre could not be reached for her reaction to the suspension.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may not have nominated any Muslim candidate in the Uttar Pradesh election, but in Bengal the party has adopted a different strategy for the coming municipality elections. It has fielded more than 14% Muslim candidates in the seats it is contesting. Seven municipalities are going to the polls on May 14.Out of these seven, four are in the hills of the north, while three are in the plains of central and south Bengal. The BJP has not put up any candidate in the four hill municipalities and left all the seats for its alliance partner, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, while contesting in the rest of the civic bodies.The party is contesting in Raigunj municipality in North Dinajpur and Domkal in Murshidabad district in central Bengal; in south Bengal it is contesting in Pujali Municipality in South 24-Parganas. In Raigunj, Domkal and Pujali, the BJP has put up 10 Muslims in a total of 70 seats, thus fielding more than 14% Muslim candidates. Minority community candidates figure in seven out of the 20 seats it is contesting in Domkal and three out of 16 in Pujali.The BJP nominated fewer Muslims in both the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal. In 2014, the BJP fielded a little over 2% Muslim candidates and in 2016 this was close to 5%.BJP’s State Minority Cell president Ali Hossain told The Hindu that they are now planning to field more Muslims in the 2018 panchayat polls “compared to Trinamool Congress and Communist party of India-Marxist.” An extensive study on the Muslim participation in polls by late Prof. Iqbal Ansari of Aligarh Muslim University, later taken forward in Bengal by a senior researcher of Pratichi Institute, Sabir Ahamed, indicates that 46 out of the 294 Assembly constituencies of Bengal have a Muslim “concentration” of more than 50%. The figure is 40-50% in about 16 seats; 30-40 % in 33 seats. The data indicates that in about one-third of the seats the Muslim vote is a factor in Bengal, where the Muslim population is a little over 27%.The State president of the BJP, Dilip Ghosh, said there is “no change of strategy in fielding more Muslim candidates” in the civic polls. “In the newly formed Domkal Municipality more than 90% voters are Muslims. In Pujali Municipality also there is a substantial Muslim vote…so we fielded Muslim candidates,” he said. The other reason is a change in the policy of the Muslims “to join the BJP.”“Earlier Muslims did not join the BJP; but now they are and hence we can field more Muslim candidates,” Mr. Ghosh said.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji: Goa Congress president Shantaram Naik on Saturday said toppling the BJP-led coalition government would not be his priority, but the Congress is sure that the government will collapse on its own.Talking to reporters at the Congress House after taking charge from his predecessor Luizinho Faleiro, Mr. Naik, who is shortly going to complete his term as the Rajya Sabha MP from Goa, said once the government collapses, the Congress will not shirk its responsibility in forming a government. “And may I mention that I was the first person to use an IPad while giving a speech in the Rajya Sabha. All others started later on,” Mr. Naik said. When asked about the BJP, which despite coming down from 21 to 13 in the Assembly election of February, formed the government, while the Congress has been languishing as Opposition, Mr. Naik said, “My priority is to build the party.”last_img read more

first_imgAHMEDABAD: With 280 deaths and 3,220 reported cases, swine flu has emerged as a major challenge for the Gujarat government.The flu killed more than 100 people in the last 10 days and more than 1,000 new cases were reported across the state, particularly in the cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat, which account for more than 60% of the cases and deaths.Authorities expect the death toll to rise sharply because as on Monday, as many as 1,981 people were under treatment in various hospitals across the state. “It is expected to go up because more than 150 new cases are coming in daily compared to those getting discharged,” said a senior medical officer in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital.To contain the spread of H1N1, Rajkot police commissioner has banned public fairs, which are organised in the festival season in August and September. Jamnagar administration has also cancelled permission to fairs.“We have directed the district administrations to take a call whether to allow public events with large gatherings because this viral infection is spreading rapidly,” a senior government official said, adding that the state authorities and civic bodies had launched a statewide awareness campaign.On Monday, the state government has constituted a task force to monitor the situation. All private and government hospitals have been given stock of Tamiflu, the tablet given to those diagnosed with H1N1 virus.last_img read more

first_imgRajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani has said that Brahmagupta-II discovered the law of gravity before Isaac Newton. Speaking at a programme at Rajasthan University here on Monday, he asserted that Brahmagupta-II came up with the gravitation law a thousand years ago.“We all have studied that Newton gave the law of gravitation, but delving deeper, we can find that Brahmagupta-II came up with the theory of gravitation 1,000 years before (Newton). Why don’t we include this fact in the curriculum,” Mr. Devnani asked. The Minister said the school curriculum was changed and close to 200 Indian personalities, including Rajput king Maharana Pratap, were included. He also stressed that education should be value-based. The Rajasthan Minister, who is not new to controversies, had last year claimed that cow was the only animal that exhales oxygen while quoting a research website.last_img read more

first_imgMoved by the plight of women whose husbands were killed by tigers in the Sunderbans, the West Bengal government on Friday said it would join hands with social organisation Sulabh International to ameliorate the misery of those ‘tiger widows’.According to reports, over 1,000 men have been killed by tigers in the past few years when they ventured inside the dense mangrove forest in the absence of toilets in their homes, and for collecting wood and honey. The hapless widows have been branded as “swami-kheko” (husband-eaters) by their superstitious in-laws.The Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest located between India and Bangladesh, has attained the dubious distinction of being home to a large number of widows. The initiative was announced at a workshop here attended by as many as 12 women from the Sunderbans. Widows from Nabadwip in West Bengal and from Vrindavan and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh too were present at the workshop which deliberated on the plight of these women and ways to erase the social stigma attached to them. Sulabh has earned praise for working for the widows of Vrindavan.last_img read more

first_imgThe Gujarat CID on Monday detained Amreli Superintendent of Police (SP) Jagdish Patel to question him regarding his role in the alleged extortion of 200 bitcoins worth ₹12 crore from a Surat-based builder. Jagdish Patel was taken into custody from his residence in Amreli district last night and brought to Gandhinagar by CID-Crime, which is probing the case.“Amreli SP Jagdish Patel has been detained by us for questioning. He has not been arrested yet,” Gujarat CID-Crime DGP Ashish Bhatia said.However, sources in the agency added that Mr. Patel’s arrest was just a matter of time. Though his name does not figure in the FIR lodged by the agency, sources stressed that his name is likely to be added at the time of arrest. His detention came after arrest of police inspector Anant Patel, who was the key accused in the case. Anant Patel was Police Inspector in the Local Crime Branch (LCB) in Amreli under Jagdish Patel.Besides Anant Patel, nine other policemen and a middleman from Amreli had been made accused in the case. Before Anant Patel, two constables and the middleman were also arrested by the probe agency.Notably, Jagdish Patel’s name does not figure in the FIR.On April 8, the CID-Crime registered a case against Anant Patel and others for allegedly kidnapping Bhatt and extorting bitcoins, a popular crypto-currency, and some cash from him.They were booked under IPC sections related to kidnapping, extortion, illegal detention as well as under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.Bhatt, in his compliant, had alleged he was kidnapped from near a hotel in Gandhinagar by the accused policemen on February 9.The realtor had claimed he was taken to a farmhouse near the state capital where Anant Patel beat him and forced him to digitally transfer 200 bitcoins worth crores of rupees.Police had earlier said they were verifying Bhatt’s claim of digitally transferring 200 bitcoins to Anant Patel. The exchange rate of one bitcoin is over Rs 5 lakh at present, as per the websites which track the prices of crypto- currencies. Bitcoin is a type of digital money that is issued and normally controlled by its developers and used and accepted among the members of the virtual community. The Centre has said it does not recognise bitcoin or any other crypto-currency as legal tender in India. PTI PJT PD RSY DV DV 04231137last_img read more

first_imgThe State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has submitted its report to a Pune court in an alleged land grab case involving former State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse of a prime plot belonging to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) in Bhosari.Sources said the agency, which submitted the report on Friday, had allegedly failed to find “definite proof” that Mr. Khadse had misused his office as Revenue Minister to seize a three-acre plot in the possession of the MIDC for his private use.Mr. Khadse, reacting to the development in Mumbai, said the agency had given him a clean chit. Speaking in Mumbai, he remarked that his two years in political wilderness were his “trial by fire.” “The accusations against me had no substance. But during my ‘trial’, I have come to know my friends from my enemies. I do not want to speak now of those who turned against me, despite my contribution towards building my party in Maharashtra,” said the BJP leader. He said he had voluntarily resigned from his post, and not due to pressure from any party. ‘Premature to comment’However, whistleblower Hemant Gawande, who first filed a complaint against Mr. Khadse in May 2016 in the case, said nothing definite can be said till the ACB reveals what the report says. “The ACB is the investigative agency directed by the High Court to investigate this case. It is not the final authority. It is too premature to comment on anything as I have not received any official notification about the report being submitted,” he told The Hindu. In May 2016, Mr. Gawande’s complaint, among other factors, had eventually contributed to Mr. Khadse’s resignation from the State Cabinet. In April last year, the ACB had lodged an FIR against Mr. Khadse in compliance with the Bombay High Court’s directive.The ACB had lodged an FIR under Sections 13 (1) d, 13 (2) and 15 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 109 of the Indian Penal Code against the former minister, his wife, Mandakini, son-in-law Girish Chaudhari, and Abbas Rasool Ukani, the original owner of the plot.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday asked the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) as to whether it conducted any probe into the fact that a large number of seats in the local body elections in the State went uncontested. Out of a total 58,692 posts for gram panchayat village, zilla parishad and panchayat samiti, 20,159 had remained uncontested in the violence-marred local polls held in May this year. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud told the State poll panel that the issue of huge number of uncontested seats has been bothering it. It asked the poll panel as to whether any inquiry was conducted in this regard. “It is your (poll panel) constitutional duty to conduct free and fair elections,” it said. Senior advocate Amrendra Sharan, appearing for the poll panel, said that 33% of nearly 50,000 panchayat seats going uncontested in the State was not “an alarming situation”. He cited U.P. where almost 57% panchayat seats went uncontested and the figure was 51%, 67% and 27.6% in Haryana, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh respectively. The hearing would continue on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgOne person has been arrested and six are absconding in connection with the video on social media of a schoolgirl being stripped and molested in Bihar’s Saharsa district. The video is said to be two months old but was posted on social media on Monday and has gone viral since.Filmed on mobile phoneThe district police arrested Pankaj Yadav, 20, for filming the incident on his mobile phone while his friends stripped and molested the girl at a secluded place. The police said Pankaj has confessed to his crime and search is on for the others. Soon after the video went viral, the district police took suo moto cognisance and an FIR was registered against seven persons visible in the video. “We got to know about the video on Monday and immediately started an investigation and arrested Pankaj Yadav from the Town police station area…others too would be nabbed soon,” said Saharsa SP Rakesh Kumar.The 40-second video shows six men dragging, molesting and abusing a schoolgirl. The girl is seen pleading with them but they catch and molest her. She finally breaks down before them but the perpetrators do not leave her.War of wordsEarlier, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had slammed the Nitish Kumar government over the video and said Bihar once again has been shamed because of such incidents. “After Nalanda, Gaya, Madhubani, Jehanabad, Rohtas, Sasaram and Ara, now a video from Saharsa has gone viral …Chacha (uncle) wake up,” tweeted Tejaswi Yadav. However, on Tuesday, the JD(U) leaders addressing journalists alleged: “Since the video is two months old, it is Tejaswi Yadav who has been shaming Bihar by tweeting on such viral videos…it is to defame the government that such videos are being dug out and posted on social media.” JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh said: “This video has been made viral by RJD men.”last_img read more

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has requested the jail authorities to shift him to paying ward of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, as the jailed leader is unable to sleep all night due to the constant barking of stray dogs in the campus.“Mr Prasad is not being able to sleep whole night as dogs bark outside in the hospital premises… the bathroom too stinks”, said RJD MLA Bhola Yadav, close aide of Prasad.“We’ve requested the hospital authorities to shift him to paying ward of the hospital and we’ll pay the charges required for it”, he added further.Prasad suffers from blood infection, diabetes and other diseases. The medical authorities have done several tests and all the reports are likely to come by Monday evening.Convicted in three fodder scam case, Prasad on August 30 had surrendered in special CBI court in Ranchi, which had sent him to RIMS for medical assistance. He was on provisional bail since May 11 on medical ground and had got treatment for various ailments at Mumbai, AIIMS in Delhi and RIMS as well.However, on August 24 the court dismissed his bail extension request and asked him to surrender by August 30.If all medical tests would be normal, Prasad could be shifted to Birsa Munda Central jail of Ranchi.last_img read more

first_imgA journalist working for a vernacular daily in Chatra district of Jharkhand was allegedly abducted and beaten to death by unknown persons late on Monday night. Chandan Tiwary, 32, who was working as a reporter with Hindi daily Aaj, had earlier lodged a complaint with the local police apprehending threat to his life. The police have constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the incident.“Following an exposé on irregularities in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and construction of sheds for goat-rearing, I’ve been threatened with dire consequences by Mahesh Dangi, husband of the local mukhiya… I fear a threat to my life from Mahesh Dangi, Mohd. Serajul and a teacher, Devaki Dangi,” Chandan had said in his complaint to the police on April 6.He was abducted by motorcycle-borne men from Pathalgadda on Monday night. Hours later, he was found critically injured in the Baltharwa forest under the Simaria police station. He was taken to the Simaria Referral Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Son of a labour union leader Raghuwar Tiwary, Chandan hailed from Dumbi village in Chatra district. His family members alleged that the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee, a Maoist splinter group, was behind the murder.“Our correspondent Chandan Tiwary was beaten to death. He had earlier filed a complaint with the police about a threat to his life, but he was not provided any security. His family should be given compensation,” Amit Kumar Agrawal, resident editor of the newspaper, said.Chatra Superintendent of Police Akhilesh B. Variar said the murderers would soon be arrested. Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Kumar Singh said a medical board has been constituted to conduct the post-mortem examination.last_img read more

first_imgThere was no question of seeking any permission for a public rally in Ayodhya, said Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday while clarifying that he was not visiting the place with the intention of playing politics.“I have already stated right from the start that I am not going to hold a public rally in Ayodhya. I am going there to seek blessings from saints and participate in rituals along the Sarayu River and then offer worship to Lord Ram,” said the Sena chief, speaking at the Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji.Sena leaders, however, claim that they have been denied permission for holding a rally in Ayodhya by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh.“I have said several times in public rallies that they [the BJP] bring up the Ram Temple issue only during election time. How long will the BJP keep fooling people over this? I, too, want a definite answer as to when will the work [on Ram temple] finally commence. This is the objective of my visit to Ayodhya,” Mr. Thackeray said, taking potshots at the BJP.Mr. Thackeray reached the fort in Junnar taluk, 95 km from the city on Thursday morning where he was welcomed by enthusiastic Shiv Sainiks amid a boisterous dhol tasha display.The Shiv Sena chief took a handful of soil from the fort in an urn, which he said he would be taking with him during his November 24-25 visit to Ayodhya.“Chhatrapati Shivaji is idolized by a great many Hindus. Hence, the soil of Shivaji’s birthplace, which I’ll be carrying with me on my Ayodhya trip, perfectly encapsulates the emotions and the sentiments of our community. I hope that my visit there will expedite the process of the Ram Temple,” Mr. Thackeray said. He further said he would speak to the media in detail only after his return.Mr. Thackeray has needled the BJP on the Ram temple issue several times in the past month, daring his coalition ally to “come clean” and “confess” before the public that building the temple was not possible for them.Addressing a pre-election rally of Shiv Sainiks in the temple town of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district last month, the Sena chief had targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, remarking that the BJP was continually deceiving people on the Ram Mandir issue.last_img read more

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday demanded that the inquiry into the ‘missing’ Rafale files begin with Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Addressing a meeting of the party’s booth committee workers near here on Friday evening, Mr. Gandhi said like the “missing” Rafale files, the Goa government, headed by the ailing Mr. Parrikar was also “missing”. “If you want to start an inquiry, start it with Mr. Parrikar. He said clearly before his Cabinet, and it is taped, that Rafale files are with him and Narendra Modi cannot remove him as Goa Chief Minister because the day he did that he(Parrikar) will bring out the Rafale files in the open,” Mr. Gandhi said. Mr. Gandhi in a sustained attack on the Prime Minister also questioned the need for the Union government to hurriedly get rid of the director of Central Bureau of Investigation.He attacked the Modi government for problems created by demonetisation to common people, and also said that the present rate of unemployment was the highest for the last 40 years in the country. Mr. Gandhi said that after destroying the tourism industry in Goa with demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax, Mr. Modi wants to help a “crony capitalist” friend, and turn Goa into a coal hub. “First, Goa was a tourism centre, now Narendra Modi has started making Goa a coal centre for his crony capitalist friend,” Mr. Gandhi said, in reference to protests at Vasco in South Goa against pollution caused by coal handling in Mormugao Port berths. Exuding confidence that Congress would form a government in Goa and other States soon, Mr. Gandhi said his party would work towards resuming mining industry with a roadmap of sustainability.last_img read more

first_imgBirds are known for their eyesight, not their sense of smell. But the odors they emit may play a key role in helping them land mates, according to a new study. Most bird odors originate from the oils in the preen gland. Birds use their beak to rub preen oil over their feathers while grooming. To study the effects of different odors on mate choice, researchers collected preen-oil samples from 34 dark-eyed juncos, a common North American sparrow. They then put together a profile of odor compounds more typically found in males and those more typically found in females. Researchers assigned a score to birds based on the proportion of compounds in the preen oil. The higher the score, the greater abundance of malelike odor compounds. The high-scoring males produced the greater number of offspring (between six to seven fledglings) compared to the low-scoring males who had no surviving offspring. The study, to be published in the October issue of Animal Behaviour, also found that bird odor was a more reliable predictor of reproductive success than a male’s size or his plumage. Researchers also looked at social reproductive success, or the male’s ability to raise offspring of their own as well as those sired by other males. Good “father” birds tended to have a more malelike odor.last_img read more

first_imgThe dome of the Taj Mahal will get a mud-pack therapy for the first time ever, in a bid to get rid of the yellowness from its white marble. Related Itemslast_img

first_imgKirtiraj Kundlik Gaikwad, an Indian scientist with the Department of Packaging, has been awarded the prestigious IAFP Young scientist scholarship Related Itemslast_img

first_imgA Virginia-based CEO of Indian origin, who was arrested on Dec. 31 for allegedly making a hoax call about a bomb at the Mumbai International Airport, told the court on Jan. 1 that his call was misconstrued by the telephone operator.Vinod Moorjani, 45, said that all he wanted was to know the status of a “Bom-Del” flight and that his query was misunderstood by the telephone operator of the toll-free number of Mumbai airport as “bomb hai (there is bomb)”. His flight from Mumbai to Delhi was delayed due to the fog conditions in the national capital.Moorjani was scheduled to travel from Mumbai to Delhi and then take a connecting flight to Rome, on the way to Virginia, along with his wife and children, an official told PTI. Moorjani called a toll-free number of Mumbai International Airport and apparently told the woman operator “bomb phata hai” (bomb exploded).Moorjani is said to have hung up before the operator could hear more, after which she alerted her seniors who called the police. According to the operator, when she asked Moorjani to clarify his question, he had hung up, the news agency added. Moorjani was subsequently made to disembark his Delhi-bound flight and was soon arrested on Dec. 31.The Sahar Police of Mumbai, who arrested him, identified Moorjani from the airport’s CCTV footage in the telephone booth. The official said that Moorjani’s motive was to disrupt the Delhi flight schedules so he could get a late night flight from New Delhi to Rome if his travel from Mumbai got delayed, the report added.Moorjani was booked under IPC sections 506(II) (criminal intimidation), and 505(I)(b) (intent to cause fear or alarm to public). He was produced before the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Jan. 1 and released on a bail of Rs 15,000.Moorjani’s lawyer said that his inquiry of the flight was misunderstood and that he only disconnected the line because of disturbance. His inquiry of the “Bom-Del” flight was misconstrued as “bomb hai,” the lawyer told the court.This is not the first time the IATA code for Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) airport — “BOM” — caused a bomb scare. In 2016, a Jet Airways flight from Ahmedabad to Mumbai was delayed by three and a half hours after a torn boarding pass with “bomb” written was found in the magazine pouch in the flight. More than 125 passengers were asked to deboard the plane, the Times of India reported. The aircraft was kept in isolation and searched by police and bomb disposal squad, who found out from the passenger on the seat that the “B” next to BOM (denoting Mumbai) was for his boarding gate, 47B. It was written for his reference by the agent at the check-in counter. Related ItemsAviationMumbailast_img read more