.Events Today in Hyderabad

Art

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The Tree Spirits
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m. ICONART Gallery, 1672, SBI Building, Road No.12, Banjara Hills. An exhibition of stenciled paper reliefs by renowned artist J. Venkateshwarlu will be on display. These paintings convey an earthy theme and simple stencils with austerity.
Journey Through Colors
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  5 p.m. Gallery Space, Plot No.1177, Road No.12, Near Lotus Pond, Banjara Hills. Gallery Space presents a solo painting show by Maruthi Paila.
Recent Paintings
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. Shrishti Art Gallery, Plot No.267, Road No.15, Jubilee Hills. An exhibition of recent paintings by Pradeep Puthoor.
The Great Indian Desert
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m. Chitramayee Gallery of Fine Arts, Kavuri Hills, Road No.1, Madhapur. An exhibition of art and paintings by Kiran Soni Gupta will be on display.
Special Events

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Anniversary Celebrations
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 10 a.m. to  11 p.m. Marriott Hyderabad, Tank Bund Road. Marriott group is announces its 10th anniversary celebrations. During the celebratory time, Marriott properties in India offers stay and pamper packages especially for their loyal client base across the nation.
Eating Out

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Noodle Festival
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Novotel Hyderabad, Hitech City, Madhapur Little known recipes from Vietnam, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
Steam and Roast Festival
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11:15 p.m. Mainland China, City Center Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. The restaurant is offering authentic Chinese cuisine. All the dishes are cooked on steam and are roasted, keeping in the mind the people who are health conscious.
Evening Snacks
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  6 p.m. Promenade, Aditya Park, Ameerpet. An array of South and North Indian snacks and light meals at the Promenade.
Happy Hours
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  8 p.m. The Bar, Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Shamshabad. The Bar at Novotel is having happy hours, during when, they offer a complimentary drink on purchase of every drink.
Midnight Biryani
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11:30 p.m. to  3 a.m. Tulips, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Tulips is serving an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis. Other delicacies like Haleem, Sheermal, Paneer Burjee and desserts are also available.
Movers and Shakers
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m. Arena, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Enjoy some scrumptious shakers like blue berry, apple, banana, kiwi milk shakes and others.
Southern Delicacies
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m. Deccan Pavilion, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, Begumpet. The coffee shop is offering authentic Hyderabadi biryanis and delicious kebabs along with other Chinese and continental cuisines. Also on the menu are soups, salads, cold cuts, pastas and desserts.
Snacks and Desserts Buffet
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  7 p.m. Sweet Nirvana, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur. A variety of savory snacks such as chicken barbeque and desserts will be served along with lemonade.
The Upper Crust Show
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. HICC, Novotel and HICC Complex, Hitech City, Madhapur. India’s biggest food and wine trade fair. It is three days of unlimited opportunity to indulge in all the food senses. A free cookery demonstrations by Chef Ashis Kumar Rout (Ista) and Chef Zaheer Khan (ITC – Kakatiya).
Ramadan Special
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  10 p.m. Bidri, Marriott Hyderabad, Tank Bund Road. On the auspicious occasion of Ramadan, Bidri is offering a vast array of traditional Hyderabadi and Ramadan favorites. Savoring the many delights like Hyderabali haleem, Dum Biryani, Mirchi ka Salan and many more during the festive season.
Dim-Sum Festivals
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:30 p.m. Strings, Taj Banjara, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. The menu consists of a wide-range of Dim Sums in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options like Baby Spinach and spring vegetables dim sum, Five spiced mushroom dim sum, Garlic and cabbage dim sum, Burnt garlic fish dim sum, Chicken dim sum, Crispy shrimps dim sum and delicious desserts from Executive Chef Hrudananda Behera.
BBQ on the Terrace
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. F9 Diner, Near Harsh Toyota Towers, Kondapur. F9 introduces a whole new world of food and entertainment to all the citizens of the city with delicious kebabs, yakitoris along with an international dinner buffet.
Vegetarian Buffet
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11 p.m. Venue, Quality Inn Residency, Nampally. The restaurant offers delicious south Indian vegetarian buffet, along with snacks and desserts for lunch and dinner.
Lunch Buffet
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 12:30 p.m. to  3 p.m. Tandoor, White House Building, Begumpet. An authentic North Indian buffet featuring Peas Pulao, Paneer Tikka, biryanis, desserts and more for lunch.
Curry Wagon
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:15 p.m. Spice Junxion, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. South Indian curries like Gongura Mamsam, Kare Malego, Nattu-Kodikura, Kozi Chettinad and many more.
Navras
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:15 p.m. 6-1-79 & 80, Lakdikapul The restaurant is offering authentic and vegetarian Marwari cuisine for dinner, as a part of Navaratri celebrations.
Oktoberfest
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:30 p.m. Encounters, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Taj Krishna in collaboration with Goethe-Zentrum and Lufthansa Airlines presents Oktoberfest, which include German Food Presentation of Bavarian menu and tasting the delicacies from German chefs.
Sharad Sadhya
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11 p.m. Once Upon A Time, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Enjoy the delicious and authentic Bengali Cuisine accompanied with snacks and desserts.
Nightlife

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Lounge Music Nights
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 9 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Dublin, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, 6-3-1187, Greenlands, Begumpet. Rocking party tracks and lounge music from in-house DJ Daman.
From Goa With Love
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Seasons Bar, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Singer Wahida belts out hit songs from 70s, 80s to latest chart busters.
Russian Melodies
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m. Atrium Bar, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Russian singer Polina will perform at the bar. She is versatile and covers a wide variety of world styles, from contemporary popular repertoire to retro and hip-hop.
Sport and Adventure

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Hyderabad Polo Season – 2009
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 2:30 p.m. Parade Grounds, Secunderabad. Hyderabad polo season will start in mid September. The schedule is as follows : Prince of Berar Cup – Sept 15 and 16. Army Commanders’ Trophy – Sept 18 – 20 and AP Tourism trophy – Sept 25 – 27. Sky diving, Para motor display, Motor cycle display, Brass and pipe band display will be a few other special attractions in finals.
Shopping

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Season Sale
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m. Planet Sports, Shop No.1-2, Afzia Towers, Opp. Lifestyle, Begumpet. The showroom is offering a 20% discount on apparel, footwear and other sports accessories for women and men.
Diwali Delight
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m. Westside, Khan Lateef Khan Estates, fateh Maidan Road Westside is displaying gift vouchers on purchase of Apparel and accessories. Get a Cygnus diamond pendant free on shopping of worth Rs.10,000/-.
I Anniversary Celebrations
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. Sri Krishna Silks, 3-2-102, General Bazar Avail up to 100% cash back, gold and silver coins and assured gifts on every purchase, on the eve of the anniversary celebrations.
Kurta Festival – Eid Special
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m. New Meena Bazar, Abids. The store is has an exclusive range of reviting kurtas, pyjamas and sherwanis, featuring Lucknowi, Chikandari, Kashmiri works, Brocades and thread embroidery in exotic range of colors and designs. The fabrics used to create these masterpieces include plain cotton, crushed cotton, cotton silk, linen tissue silk and ploy silk.
Season Celebrations
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. Opp. MCDonalds, ANR Centre, Banjara Hills The diamond boutique is displaying its new collection on pearls, diamonds and designer jewelery from Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri.
Shopping Carnival
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m. Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Shamshabad. With the advent of the festive season, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., will be organizing the ‘Airport Festive Shopping Carnival’ at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. A host of special offers from the retailers and food and beverage outlets in the airport will be made available. Guests flying Jet Airways will be entitled to additional discounts at all these outlets, except the Landmark, on showing their boarding passes during the shopping festival.
Feel Gifted!
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m. Lifestyle, Near White House, Kundanbagh. Lifestyle celebrates its tenth anniversary. Get offers on Apparel, Children’s wear, Cosmetics, Footwear and Home furnishings, during this festive season.
Annual Discount
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. Milestone 476, Road No.10, Banjara Hills Up to 40% off on party and ethnic wear for women and men.
Sale
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. Landmark, Adj. to Ohri’s Banjara, Road No.12, Banjara Hills. Get up to 50% off on Books, Music, Movies, Toys, Gifts, Gaming technology, Stationery and Home decor.
Diwali Utsav
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. Home Centre, Begumpet. Get up to 25% on purchase of Furniture, Furnishings and Decoratives during the festive season.
Festive Deals
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. 686, Lane adj. to Aamoda Kitchen, Banjara Hills Get up to 15% to 30% on Furniture, Furnishings and Home accessories.
Special Offers
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. Shop No. 222B, Nehru Nagar, San Marina House, Near St Andrew’s Church, West Maredpally Get up to 20% to 50% off on Furniture and home accessories.
Annual Sale
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m. Krishna Nagar Cross Roads, Above Hero Honda Show Room, Jubilee Hills The Big Durian sale is back. Get up to 60% off on furniture.
Workshops

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Music Notation Reading
Sunday, September 27th, 2009. 6:45 p.m. to  9 p.m. Alliance Francaise, Desk Edufrance, West Marredpally. Hyderabad Western Music Forum presents the second Music Notation Reading training course. The workshop is conducted by Joe Koster and Laure Menegoz. It is the second in the series by the Hyderabad Western Music Forum. The participants will learn the art of reading Western music notation.
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.PM returns home after attending G-20 summit in US

New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived here today after attending the G-20 summit in Pittsburg in the US, during which leaders of the world”s richest and most influential countries resolved to continue the stimulus for the recession-hit global economy. The summit also agreed to improve the voting rights of emerging economies like India in multilateral financial institutions and to take new steps against illicit outflows.

The Prime Minister, who was in Pittsburg for two days as part of his four-day stay abroad, addressed the G-20 Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama. In his speech, he warned against “premature” withdrawal of the stimulus package for revival of the global economy hit by the worst crisis since the Great Depression.

India scored a major victory at the summit when its demand for increasing the voting rights of the developing countries in international financial institutions like IMF and World Bank was adopted, reflecting the importance of emerging economies in the crisis scenario. The meet also accepted India”s position against any hasty and immediate withdrawal of the global stimulus package adopted at the London Summit in April

.India’s greenest city to lose ‘dangerous’ trees

Chandigarh, Sep 27 (IANS) A number of the trees which had helped Chandigarh get a tag of greenest city of India have become ‘dangerous’.

A committee constituted by the administration of this Union Territory (UT) has identified nearly 650 locations where such trees exist. Many of these trees are older than the city. There are trees of around 300 species in Chandigarh.

Officials said many of the trees have turned into breeding grounds for insects and pathogens and have gone weak due to fungal and bacterial infestation. Some may topple over and fall on roads or crash into buildings.

UT finance-cum-environment secretary Sanjay Kumar said: ‘There are many dangerous trees in the city which are posing threat to the lives and property of the residents. All such dangerous trees have been identified after a thorough and detailed field work by the officials concerned.’

He added: ‘We were working for a long time to draft some solution to avoid any kind of destruction by dangerous trees in Chandigarh. Therefore, the officials of the Chandigarh forest department, along with the horticulture divisions of the Municipal Corporation and the engineering wing, have furnished a report on identification of dangerous trees.’

In their report, the officials have also suggested measures for upgrading, conserving or for removing the existing trees, whichever would be possible depending on the individual tree.

Chandigarh’s area is around 140 sq km with 114 sq km of land and 25.42 sq km being occupied by the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary in and around Sukhna Lake.

According to the forest survey of India’s latest report, Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, has a forest and tree cover of 35.7 percent of its total area. This is highest not only in India but also in Asia, claim officials.

According to the State Forest Report 2007, there has been an increase of about 14 sq km in the green cover of Chandigarh in the last eight years. In 2001, the green cover here was 36 sq km (26 percent) but now it is 49.98 sq km (35.7 percent), which exceeds the 33 percent target set by the national forest policy. The overall green cover in India is 23.5 percent.

Chandigarh is followed by Delhi, which has nearly 20 percent tree cover.

‘This committee was formed last month and it has recommended around 650 locations, including various government schools, residential areas and roads, where trees are posing threat to environment, to human life and to property,’ Ishwar Singh, chief wildlife warden and conservator of forests, Chandigarh, told IANS.

‘The report has also furnished tree-specific and location-specific recommendations about the treatment. Our objective is to identify dead, diseased, dying and undernourished trees in the city so that we can take preventive steps,’ said Singh.

Agriculturalist-bureaucrat M.S. Randhawa is credited with the large variety of trees that were planted when the city was in its infancy. The tree cover saved Chandigarh from becoming an all-concrete jungle, a fate that has overcome many Indian towns.

Singh stated: ‘Now the process for the prevention and conservation of the trees will be initiated ensuring that no damage to environment is done. If we remove one dead tree then we would plant over 10 saplings in the same area to compensate.’

Environmentalists and other experts are supporting the administration’s move, provided their activities produce no new threat to the ecosystem of the region.

‘There are many trees here that have become real danger for the motorists and environment. We support their move but they have to follow this exercise very professionally,’ R.K. Kohli, chairperson of the Botany department of Panjab University here, told IANS.

‘We want them to plant at least 15 trees for every tree they cut to maintain ecological balance. Many trees that are even older than Chandigarh can also come under the axe,’ pointed out Kohli, who has done extensive research on the trees of Chandigarh.

The city, the first planned one in independent India, came into being in the early 1950s through the design of renowned French architect Le Corbusier.

It was originally planned for 500,000 residents by Le Corbusier. It is now home to over one million people, including over 300,000 slum dwellers. It also has the maximum vehicle density in the country with over 700,000 registered vehicles here.

Talking about the conditions under which one is authorised to fell a tree, Kohli said: ‘According to law, they can cut trees in only three conditions. One if there is a fungal attack and it is causing soil poisoning, second if the tree is leaning over a building or can cause some road accident, third if it is creating an obstacle in the expansion or development of the city.’

U.S. committed to nuclear deal, India told

PITTSBURGH: Notwithstanding its recent sponsorship of a U.N. resolution calling, inter alia, on all countries to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, the United States has assured India it remains fully committed to the civil nuclear agreements of 2005 and 2008.

“We have been assured that this is not a resolution directed at India and that the U.S. commitment to carry out its obligations under the civil nuclear agreements that we have signed with it remain undiluted,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said when asked by reporters here about the U.N. resolution.

India, he said had been “assured officially [about this] by the United States government.”

Asked about what could be expected from the upcoming meeting of the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers in New York, Dr. Singh said that India wanted to normalise relations. “The only obstacle is that Pakistan should give up its old attitude regarding the use of terror as an instrument of state policy,” he added.

The Prime Minister said he hoped that the material India had given Pakistan regarding last November’s terrorist attack in Mumbai would make Islamabad carry forward the investigation and bring to book all the culprits. “If that is done … we will move an extra mile to normalise our relations,” he said. “We are neighbours and as neighbours, we have an obligation to work together.”

On Iran’s recent disclosure about a second enrichment plant, Dr. Singh refused to get drawn into the controversy. As a signatory to the NPT, he said, Iran had the right to the peaceful use of atomic energy and must also carry out all its obligations. “That is the principled position [India] has taken [on the Iranian nuclear issue] in the last five years,” he said.

The Prime Minister denied that American leaders had ever suggested that India scale back its assistance programme in Afghanistan. “The U.S. and European countries have been very appreciative of the role that India has played there],” he said. “We are not supplying any armed forces, we are there to assist the Afghan people in construction and development. We are helping finance some of the most important projects in the area of power, road transport, health and education.”

He was responding to a question about the recent U.S. Army report on Afghanistan by General Stanley A. McChrystal in which he praised India’s assistance but said Indian involvement was also likely to exacerbate regional tension by triggering Pakistani “counter measures.”

.India pleased as G20 summit scales new height

Pittsburgh: The G20 inverted an apparently iron law of multilateral summitry — that the significance of a final statement is inversely related to its length — by turning in a bulky communiqué at the end of its summit here on Friday whose genuine heft is likely to be felt in the global economy for years to come.

Whether the new frameworks of oversight, regulation, decision-making and accountability envisaged finally get implemented or not, this much is clear: the world’s leading economies appear to recognise that any reversion to the ‘business as usual, banking as usual’ model of global capitalism which existed prior to last year’s financial meltdown will only perpetuate the current crisis and help trigger fresh instability in the international system.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy described the agreement as a “revolution.” Speaking to reporters at the end of the G20 summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was more guarded. But he highlighted several key issues on which, he said, genuine forward movement had taken place.

Of these, he said, the most important was the designation of the G20 as the “premier forum” for future discussion of international economic issues. “This is an important development broadening the international governance structure,” he said. The change will kick in immediately.

Next year’s G20 summit will take place in Canada, alongside the summit of the G8 whose deliberations will, presumably, be confined to non-economic matters and be far less crucial than the larger, more representative forum.

In line with this diffusion of power, the G20 also agreed to effect a 5 per cent shift in the IMF quota share — used to allocate voting rights — from over-represented countries to dynamic emerging markets and developing countries which are currently under-represented, by early 2011. Dr. Singh told reporters India had wanted more. “As of now, the developing countries quota is about 43 per cent. The four BRIC countries had suggested a rebalancing to the extent of 7 per cent, in which case the developing countries would have more than 50 per cent or nearly that.” But this was not acceptable to the West, which today has a majority quota share.

A further levelling of existing power relations could potentially be ushered in by the G20 decision to set up a mechanism for peer review of each other’s policy frameworks and performance. Much will depend on how the IMF implements its mandate to analyse “in a candid, even-handed and balanced” manner whether policies pursued by individual G20 countries “are collectively consistent with more sustainable and balanced trajectories for the global economy.” But this process will allow for the macroprudential and regulatory policies in the rich countries — which failed to prevent, and even encouraged, the rise of destabilising credit and asset price bubbles — to be the target for international scrutiny in much the same way that developing country fiscal, monetary, trade and structural policies have been for decades. This was a positive development, Prime Minister Singh told reporters, rejecting the suggestion that the autonomy of policymaking in India would be affected. “As far as our domestic policy is concerned, the IMF already reviews it … so I don’t see what more can be done as far as Indian policy is concerned. But the policies of major developed countries within the framework of review by the G20 will give us an opportunity to pick holes in the functioning of their economies.”

.Nilekani: Unique Identification number will benefit the poor

NEW DELHI: The recently constituted Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) headed by Nandan Nilekani, former co-Chairman of the IT major Infosys, would aim at devising a system through which the identity of a person could be established through just a call from a mobile phone.

Explaining the project at a lecture here, Mr. Nilekani said that since its objective was to help the poor in particular to access the benefits of various government schemes with greater ease, the aim was to develop a system whereby the identity of a person could be established through just a call from a mobile phone.

“If any agency wants to confirm the identify of a person, it would have to just take the fingerprint of the person on a cell phone and send it across to a central database and receive authentication within seconds.”

Instead of a card, the UIDA would only provide a number to every citizen linked to a person’s demographic and biometric information. At the time of the issue of the number, the Authority would seek certain basic information such as the name, date of birth, place of birth, gender, and the address of the individuals and take their photograph and fingerprints.

The database would be developed in partnership with the government and private agencies, such as mobile service providers, cooking gas outlets, passport offices, NREGA and PDS authorities. “The moment a person comes in contact with any of the partner agencies, their details would be collected and the unique identification number would be issued. Once a person gets the number, he or she would have to just quote it on approaching another service provider.”

The aim of the project was to be provide a robust system to eliminate duplicate and fake identities, apart from verification and authentication of the identity in an easy manner, Mr. Nilekani said. The system would be developed in such a way that whenever a partner agency sends the data of an individual for registration, the central database would perform a search on key demographic and biometric attributes so that there was no duplication.

Noting that the present situation of multiple databases gave individuals “an incentive” to provide different personal information to different agencies, he said that since the mechanism for de-duplication in the UID system would ensure that the residents would have only one chance to be in the database, the individuals would provide accurate data. “The incentives for giving correct information would become especially powerful as benefits and entitlements would be linked to UID.”

Giving the lecture at the 67th foundation day celebrations of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Mr. Nilekani said the UIDAI planned to start issuing the identification numbers in 12 to 18 months and cover 600 million citizens over the next four years.

While the largest such database currently available anywhere in the world covered only 120 million people, the one being set up in India would cover 10 times more than that figure, he said. “It is certainly a gigantic task with several technological challenges. But, we will do it.”

.Overseas flights may be hit

BANGALORE: Claiming that there was no precedence anywhere in the world, leave alone in an Indian public sector company, for such a massive reduction in flying and other allowances, Air India’s managerial or executive pilots who fly overseas routes to the Americas and the continent could also join the ongoing strike. They could also be joined by engineers holding executive posts.

These pilots, numbering around 120 and belonging to the erstwhile Air India before the merger between Indian Airlines and Air India, are known as managerial or executive pilots and hold portfolios in the airline management. They are distinct from ‘line pilots’ who hold no managerial positions and are part of the airline union.

Presently, around 400 managerial pilots belonging to the erstwhile Indian Airlines and flying primarily domestic and regional as well as a few long haul routes are on ‘strike’ by reporting sick following the management’s decision to cut productivity-linked incentives. These pilots are also barred from being part of any union.

Though the two airlines have been merged, pilots and engineers belonging to the two entities still fly and operate different fleets, and work under different pay structures and service conditions.

 Reliable sources explained that the AI management’s decision to cut — between 50 and 70 per cent — allowances or productivity-linked incentives was effective only for managerial pilots and not for line pilots. This, they claimed, was unfair.

The sources also termed the cut highly arbitrary since managerial pilots’ take-home salaries could be reduced by as much as half if the cuts in allowances were implemented. With allowances making up as much as 90 per cent of the managerial pilots’ salaries, they could end up taking home a salary less than that of the more junior, line pilots despite having many more years of experience and holding key positions. When a number of airlines recently implemented cuts in pilot salaries, the percentage cuts were in single digit, the sources said.

Pointing out that salaries were paid to executive pilots “as per industry standards,” pilots said they were not to blame for the mess in the airline and its mounting losses. “Cutting our salaries will not help Air India save money. Pilots have not brought about this mess. Let Air India show us a turnaround plan. The mess is because of pathetic management practices, flying unproductive, unviable routes, bad rationalisation of routes and pilots.”

An average commander with 10-12 years’ experience from the erstwhile AI gets a salary, including allowances of around Rs.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh a month.