The Great Debate (India)

Air India strike leaves passengers stranded

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Air India air hostesses sit outside the domestic airport as part of a strike in New Delhi May 25, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiA strike at Air India, the country’s beleaguered national carrier, dragged into its second day on Wednesday and forced many flight cancellations.

At least 13,000 passengers were stranded because of the strike called by Air India’s ground and technical staff who said they were protesting against a company “gag” order on union leaders speaking to reporters about last week’s plane crash in Mangalore.

Air India spokesman K. Swaminathan said 76 flights, mostly domestic, had been cancelled.

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Has the Railway Budget met expectations?

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Mamata Banerjee’s railway budget for 2009-10 appeals to the common man. She has introduced cheaper tickets for the poor and kept passenger and freight tariffs unchanged, bringing cheer to the millions who use the world’s largest rail network daily.

11Banerjee, who took over as the new railway minister, underscores the Congress party-led government’s focus on “inclusive growth” after it was re-elected in May.

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