India’s domestic air passenger traffic jumped by 12.43% to 95.65 Lakhs during July 2017, IndiGo continues its domination

Source: DGCA

In July 2017, Indian aviation industry is witnessed robust growth of air passenger traffic domestically. In the month of July 2017, number of air passengers increased by 12.43% year on year to 95.65 Lakhs. While total number of passengers carried during 2017 were up by 17.18% y-o-y to 657.21 Lakhs. India’s aviation industry is benefiting from factors such as focused by government to boost regional connectivity coupled with increase in domestic air travelers.

  
India’s largest Low Cost Airline (LCC), IndiGo continues to dominate with 38.7% market share. IndiGo carried 36.99 Lakhs passengers during July 2017. While Jet Airways (Jet +Jet Lite) 17.37 Lakhs passenger to capture 18.2% share. Spice Jet is at third position with 14.2% market share while national carrier Air India is at 4th with 13.5% share. Top 5 airlines accounts for 92.3% of total market share in Indian aviation sector.



In terms of Passenger Load Factor (PLF), another LCC Spice Jet leads with 94.4% followed by Air Asia (88.4%), Vistara (84.6%), IndiGo (83.7%) and GoAir (82.5%).


On Time Performance (OTP) is one of important factor for passengers deciding about which airline to fly. IndigGo is the most punctual with 84.6% OTP followed by Go Air (78.2%) and Vistara (74.5%). About 66% of delays are Reactionary in nature during July 2017 while ATC and Airport management caused 16% of flight delays. Cancellation rates during July 2017 stood at 0.79%.



India’s domestic air passenger traffic jumped by 14.90% to 90.45 Lakhs during March 2017, IndiGo continues to dominate


Source: DGCA


In March 2017, Indian aviation industry is witnessed strong growth of air passenger traffic domestically. In the month of March 2017, number of air passengers increased by 14.90% year on year to 90.45 Lakhs. While total number of passengers carried during 2017 were up by 18.59% y-o-y to 272.79 Lakhs. India’s aviation industry is benefiting from factors such as healthy economic growth and support by government to boost regional connectivity.



India’s largest Low Cost Airline (LCC), IndiGo continues to dominate with 39.9% market share. IndiGo carried 36.11 Lakhs passengers during March 2017. While Jet Airways (Jet +Jet Lite) 16.27 Lakhs passenger to capture 18.0% share. Spice Jet dislodged State owned carrier Air India to capture third position with 13.2% market share while Air India slipped to 4th with 13.0% share. Top 5 airlines accounts for 93.0% of total market share in Indian aviation sector.



In terms of Passenger Load Factor (PLF), another LCC Spice Jet leads with 91.4% followed by Air Asia (87.8%), GoAir (94.8%), Vistara (82.2%) and IndiGo (81.6%).



On Time Performance (OTP) is one of important factor for passengers deciding about which airline to fly. IndigGo is the most punctual with 88.0% OTP followed by Spice Jet (85.7%) and Vistara (85.0%). About 69% of delays are Reactionary in nature during March 2017 while ATC and Airport management caused 18% of flight delays. Cancellation rates during March 2017 stood at 0.41% which is reasonably low. 



India’s regional air connectivity gets a big boost with UDAN

Source: Ministry of Civil Aviation

India’s aviation sector undergoing dynamic transformation in the recent past. The need for improving regional air connectivity by starting air service at smaller cities has been finally addressed. The new Ude Desh Ki Aam Naagrik (UDAN) Scheme by Government of India is trying to solve the issue of last mile air connectivity by starting operations at 43 under-served airports by September 2017 in a first phase. The Civil Aviation Ministry awarded regional air routes to five operators (Alliance Air, Air Odisha, TruJet, Spice Jet, Air Deccan) who won the bid.


The Government is providing ‘viability gap funding’ under the scheme so that air fare for a one-hour journey is capped at Rs. 2,500 per passenger for 50% seats in each flight. The air fare subsidy is shared by Central and State governments. Also, range of tax concessions would be provided to support the scheme. Subsidy would remain for next 3 years while UDAN scheme is for next 10 years. The UDAN scheme is aimed at strengthening air connectivity network of Tier 2 and 3 cities so that large proportion population can benefit. On March 5, Central Government approved a Rs. 4,500-crore plan for the development and up-gradation of 50 under-served or unserved airports and airstrips in India.






Total 128 routes across India were awarded among 5 airlines. Air Odisha tops as it got 50 routes to operate followed by Air Deccan (34), TruJet (18), Alliance Air (15) and Spice Jet (11). The time holds lot of excitement for aviation sector as dream project of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to change the rules of the game. 



Top 10 Most Connected Domestic Airports in India: February 2017

India’s domestic airline industry is witnessing robust growth with 86.55 lakh people traveled during February 2017, 15.77% growth year-on-year. Moreover, government’s focus on improving regional air connectivity is positively triggering the sector. During February 2017, India had 75 active airports covering 332 air routes. Important to know Top 10 Most Connected Domestic Airports in India: February 2017


Delhi Airport is most connected domestic airport in India with 60 air routes across India. Mumbai is 2nd with 47 followed by Bengaluru (42) Kolkata (37) and Hyderabad (35). Out of 75, Delhi is connected with 80% of active airports in India while Mumbai 63% and Bengaluru (56%). Only 19 airports in India out of 75 are connected with more than 10 cities. While 18 airports have air connectivity with 6 to 10 cities and 22 airports 2 to 5 cities. India’s 16 domestic airports have flight only for 1 location. Future certainly holds lot of potential for these smaller airports due to increasing demand coupled with congestion at airports in metro cities.


Following is the list of Top 10 Most Connected Domestic Airports in India: February 2017


Top 10 Busiest Domestic Airports in India: February 2017

India’s domestic passenger air travel is witnessing robust growth driven by improved connectivity, rising income levels, growth in tourism sector and changing life style. Air travel is not more belongs to elite class but affordable air fares coupled with increasing competition among airlines resulted in people with middle income group traveling by air. During February 2017, domestic passenger air traffic was 86.55 lakh while India has 75 active airports. Important to know Top 10 Busiest Domestic Airports in India: February 2017


Delhi is the busiest airport in India with total 1.74 million domestic passengers traffic during February 2017. Importantly, Delhi accounted for 20.25% of India’s total domestic air passenger traffic. Mumbai at 2nd position with 1.29 million passengers accounting for 14.92% of India’s domestic air passenger traffic. Delhi and Mumbai combined carries 36% of country’s total air passengers signifying importance. Among Top 10 Busiest Domestic Airports in India: February 2017, Bengaluru is at 3rd with 0.75 million followed by Kolkata at 4th and Hyderabad 5th.

Following is the list of Top 10 Busiest Domestic Airports in India: February 2017


Top 10 Air Routes in India: February 2017

Indian domestic air traffic during February 2017 was 86.55 lakh passengers. Total number of cities connected by air routes were 75 in India. While total number of unique city pair sir routes in India were 332 during February 2017. Interesting to see the list of Top 10 Air Routes in India:  February 2017


In terms of air passenger traffic, India’s top air route is Mumbai-Delhi sector which carried 5.54 lakh air traveler during February 2017. This accounts for about 6.5% of total air passenger traffic in India. Delhi-Bengaluru sector is at 2nd position with 3.07 lakh air passengers while Mumbai-Bengaluru is at 3rd with 2.41 lakh air travelers.

Delhi is part of 7 out of Top 10 Air Routes in India. Mumbai is 2nd with 4 out of 10 air travel sectors followed by Bengaluru and Chennai with 2 each. Goa, Pune, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Kolkata have 1 each out of top 10 air routes in India.

Following is the list of Top 10 Air Routes in India:  February 2017


When injustice and discrimination of Aurangabad by Indian Railways will end?

Aurangabad is centrally located city in Maharashtra which is ideal to be ‘HUB’ for any transportation network. Aurangabad with population of about 1.5 million is most important city in Marathwada region. The city elects 3 MLAs and 1 Member of Parliament.

It has tremendous historical importance and also called as “Tourism Capital of Maharashtra”. Aurangabad has many major tourist attractions like the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Daulatabad (Devgiri) Fort, Grishneshwar Temple, Bibi Ka Maqbara and many more. As a result, Aurangabad attracts large number of Domestic and most importantly Foreign visitors throughout the year. Devgiri was capital of Yadava Dynasty for almost 500 years while Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb spent last decade of his life at Aurangabad.



Apart from tourism, for last 2 decades it has emerged as Automobile and Manufacturing Hub as well. Many large international brands have opted for Aurangabad as preferred place for manufacturing base.  

In spite of being such an important city for Maharashtra state due to strategic central location; lack of connectivity has destroyed real growth potential of Aurangabad for decades. Especially, Rail Connectivity of Aurangabad with rest of Maharashtra is extremely poor and certainly need urgent attention by Indian Railways. Ideally, Railways is a tool to reduce regional imbalance and provide connectivity to neglected areas to drive growth and development. However, in case of Aurangabad Railways played a role of villain resulting in backwardness of entire Marathwada region. One can certainly blame Indian Railways as one of the factors responsible for rising number of suicides in the region.   


Let us look at how Indian Railways have done huge injustice about Aurangabad …

 Aurangabad – Nashik – Mumbai

Only major city in Maharashtra with wich Aurangabad is connected via Direct Rail Route is Mumbai. Aurangabad – Manmad –Nashik –Mumbai is the route which provide direct link to Aurangabad with Capital of Maharashtra. However, only 4 daily trains run on this route while none is end to end.

 Aurangabad – Pune

Aurangabad which is among top 5 cities in Maharashtra has NO direct Rail Link with Educational and Cultural Capital ‘Pune’. The distance between two cities by road is just 230km while more than 600 passenger buses carry daily trips indicating huge potential for rail link. But since independence, Indian Railways could not find a single reason to connect these two important cities with each other with direct rail link. For a distance which can be travelled by 4 hours easily; train journey takes at least 8 hours due to use of longer rail route. Why there should not be a case of Willful Attempt to Destroy Regional Development against Indian Railways?  

        Aurangabad – Nagpur

Aurangabad has not direct rail link with Vidarbha region as well. Nagpur is not only one of the most important city in Maharashtra but it has huge importance in transportation sector due to strategic central location. Aurangabad which is 500 km which can be covered in 8 to 10 hours by road. However, Nandigram Express which connects two cities via long route takes 16:30 hours to travel! Isn’t it an insult of people living in Marathwada region? Who is responsible? Why can’t we call it a “Scam” to sabotage Marathwada and development prospect of Aurangabad?


Same is the case with rail connectivity (or should we say lack of rail connectivity) of Aurangabad with cities like Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, and Latur. Aurangabad to Jalgaon Road Distance is 160km (2.5 hours) while by Rail it takes 4:15 hours that too with just one train connecting! Aurangabad-Ahmednagar road distance is 115 km (maximum 2 hours) while Rail takes 4 to 7 hours depending on train. Latur if connected by Rail with Aurangabad can cover large part of Marathwada benefiting huge population. Also, it will improve connectivity of region with South India.   

The time has certainly come to change the situation, to remove the regional imbalance and give long deserving justice to entire Marathwada region. To do that policy makers, political leadership and Indian Railways must address the issue on priority. They must end their approach of discrimination towards Aurangabad. They must start treating people living in Marathwada as humans. Else, an effort by Iron man of India Sardar Patel for unification of India would remain only as concept on paper.

Aurangabad is shouting for the justice, anybody listening? 

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Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World

According to World Happiness Report 2017, globally 155 countries were ranked on Happiness Index. It is calculated based on parameter such as GDP per Capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perception of corruption. Interesting to see the list of Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World


Norway is the happiest country in the world with score of 7.537. Norway jumped to top position from 4th place last year. Denmark which was at the top is now at 2nd position with score 7.522. Another European nation Iceland maintains 3rd position with 7.504. Switzerland slipped to 4th from 2nd with score of 7.494 while Finland remains at 5th like previous year with score of 7.469. Netherlands is at 6th with 7.377 exchanging position with Canada who is now 7th with 7.316. New Zealand (7.314), Australia (7.284) and Sweden (7.284) maintains 8th, 9th and 10th position respectively.

Importantly, none of the Asian or African nation feature in list of Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World. China is at 79th place with 5.273 while India ranked 122th out of 155 countries with score of 4.315. Even Japan is poor 51st ranked with 5.920 and South Korea 56th scoring 5.838. Clearly, population is adversely affecting happiness of the nation.

Following is the list of Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World


Top 10 things to do during Kolhapur visit

Kolhapur is not only one of important city in Maharashtra but it was historical capital as well. Situated at southern border of the state with Karnataka, Kolhapur is well connected via road and rail with rest of India and important cities. Kolhapur benefits from excellent climate which helped it to flourish as important region for agricultural sector. Also, Kolhapur is one of most visited tourist place due to many attractions. For a tourist it is interesting to know Top 10 things to do during Kolhapur visit

1. Mahalakshmi Temple:
Kolhapur’s most important place is Shri Mahalakshmi (Ambabai) Temple. Lakhs of devotees visit every year to worship the Goddess. Temple is situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by market area. The temple architecture is amazing built in 7th Century by Chalukya Empire. Visit to Kolhapur must begin with Mahalakshmi Temple and it is certainly incomplete without the Darshan. 


       2. Panhala Fort:
Panhala Fort is situated about 20km from Kolhapur main city. The fort has tremendous importance in the history due to its strategic location, construction and battles. Army of Maratha King Chatrapati Shivaji fought the famous Battle of Pavan Khind in the region of Panhala and nearby Vishalgarh Fort.


3. Siddhagiri Gramjivan Wax Museum (Kaneri Math):
Siddhagiri Museum is a sculpture wax museum showcasing various aspects of village life. It is spread across 7 acres with more than 300 statues and 80 scenes. It is excellent place to visit with family and especially kids. About 10 km from main city, Siddhagiri Museum requires about 3-4 hours to see entire area. 


4. Kolhapuri Mutton Thali:
Most famous food of Kolhapur is Mutton Thali with Tambda (Red) and Pandhara (White) Rassa (Curry). Thali is combination of famous Dry (Sukka) Mutton with 2 types of curries. There are many famous restaurants in Kolhapur serving delicious non-veg meat thali. Certainly the most mouthwatering activity among Top 10 things to do during Kolhapur visit.


5. Wrestling Akhada (Training Centre):
Kolhapur is also known as city of wrestlers due to presence of thousands of Akhadas. These akhadas train thousands of wrestlers and inculcate culture of wrestling in them. As a tourist, it is exciting experience to watch training of these wrestlers and see them battling in red mud clay. Do not forget to drink fresh raw milk at those akhadas which give lot of strength and energy to these wrestlers.


6. Jyotiba Temple:
Jyotiba Temple is very famous among locals and is situated about 18km from main city of Kolhapur. Incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesha; Jytoiba is temple attracts devotees from Maharashtra and Karnataka.


Twitter acts tough on terrorism by blocking 3.7 lakh accounts in last six months

Popular micro blogging social networking is proactively taking steps to eliminate accounts related to terror outfits, terror activities or promoting terrorism.  In the second half of 2016, Twitter blocked / suspended 376,890 accounts. While since 1st August 2015, Twitter suspended 636,248 accounts. About 3/4th suspended accounts were tracked and caught by company’s own tools.

Twitter was aggressively used by extremists and terrorist outfits to promote their philosophy of racism and separatism. As a corrective measure to stop misuse of social media platform, Twitter acted tough on its policies against the promotion of violence including threatening or promoting terrorism.


Top 10 Richest People in the World 2017

Forbes Magazine has published the list of billionaires in the world which has total 2,043 people in the world. Although about 71 countries have presence of at least one billionaire; countries like USA and China dominate. Interesting to see the list of Top 10 Richest People in the World 2017.


Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest person in the world with net worth of $86 billion. While "Oracle of Omaha” Warren Buffet is at 2nd place with $75.6 billion. Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is third with $72.8 billion. The list is dominated by USA as 8 out 10 richest people are living in the US. Spain and Mexico both with 1 each billionaire completes the list.

Following is the list of Top 10 Richest People in the World 2017


Top 10 Cities with The Most Billionaires in the World 2017

According to Forbes Magazine, total number of billionaires in the world are 2,043. They are spread across hundreds of cities in 71 countries globally. Majority of billionaires are located in USA, China, Europe and India. Interesting to see the list of Top 10 Cities with The Most Billionaires in the World 2017.


New York tops the list with 82 billionaires with combined worth of $397.9 billion. The US economic capital continues to remain as most important city in the financial world. Hong Kong with 75 billionaires is at 2nd position followed by Russian Capital Moscow having 73 billionaires. China has 4 cities in top 10 followed by USA with 2. Russia, India, UK and South Korea completes the list with one city each.

Following is the list of Top 10 Cities with The Most Billionaires in the World 2017


Top 10 Richest People in India 2017: Forbes List

According to Forbes Magazine, India has world’s fourth largest number of billionaires. The US tops the list with 565 billionaires followed by China (319), Germany (114) and India at fourth with 101. Faster economic growth coupled with expansion of Indian businesses into other geographies of world is driving wealth creation for Indian businesses. Interesting to see the list of Top 10 Richest People in India 2017.


According to Forbes, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India with net worth of $22.7 billion. Reliance gets most of its revenues from Oil & Gas and Petrochemical business while they are also diversifying into retail and telecom. Sun Pharmaceuticals founder Dilip Shanghvi is at 2nd position with $16.9 billion followed by Hinduja Family ($15.2 billion).  It is the first time that India has more than 100 billionaires indicating emergence of its economy as one of most important in the world.   

Following is the list of Top 10 Richest People in India 2017


Top 5 wins with largest margin in Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017

Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017 gave one sided verdict to BJP which won 57 out of 70 seats. While Congress party could only manage to get 11 seats. BJP got 46.5% vote share compared with 33.5% for Congress. BJP won many seats with large margin of more than 20,000 votes. Interesting to the list of Top 5 wins with largest margin in Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017.


In Raipur seat, BJP’s Umesh Sharma Kau defeated Prabhu Lal of Congress by 36,771 votes. It is the largest margin of victory in Uttarakhand during 2017 Assembly Elections. BJP won Hardwar with 35,927 followed by Sitarganj (28,450), Lalkuwa (27,108) and Doiwala (24,869) of margin. BJP dominated the election in such a way that all victories with margin more than 10,000 votes belongs BJP which are 24 out of 70 seats.

Following is the list of Top 5 wins with largest margin in Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017


Top 5 wins with smallest margin in Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017

Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017 gave one sided verdict to BJP which won 57 out of 70 seats. While Congress party could only manage to get 11 seats. Hilly state is known to vote out sitting government since its formation. The two-way battle between BJP and Congress resulted in some really closed fights. Interesting to the list of Top 5 wins with smallest margin in Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017.


In Lohaghat seat, BJP’s Puran Singh Fartyal defeated Khushal SIngh of Congress by just 148 votes. It is the smallest margin of victory in Uttarakhand during 2017 Assembly Elections. Jageshwar seat was won by Congress with margin 399 votes against BJP. BJP won Someshwar and Gangolihat seats by 710 and 805 votes respectively defeating Congress rival. While Kedarnath seat went to Congress with margin of 869 votes defeating BJP candidate.

Following is the list of Top 5 wins with smallest margin in Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2017


India’s domestic air passenger traffic jumped by 15.77% to 86.55 Lakhs during February 2017, Indigo at the top

Source: DGCA

Indian aviation industry is experiencing robust growth of air passenger traffic domestically driven by improving connectivity. In the month of February 2017, number of air passengers increased by 15.77% year on year to 86.55 Lakhs. While total number of passengers carried during 2016 were up by 20.51% y-o-y to 182.34 Lakhs. The increased focus of government to expand regional connectivity by starting operations at tier 2 cities is driving the growth for aviation industry.


India’s largest Low Cost Airline (LCC), Indigo continues to dominate with 39.5% market share. Indigo carried 34.19 Lakhs passengers during February 2017. While Jet Airways (Jet +Jet Lite) 15.82 Lakhs passenger to capture 18.3% share. State owned carrier Air India is at third place with 13.5% share carrying 11.71 Lakh air travelers. Top 5 airlines accounts for 93.0% of total market share in Indian aviation sector.



In terms of Passenger Load Factor (PLF), another LCC SpiceJet leads with 93.7% followed by GoAir (90.9%), Air Asia (88.1%), Indigo (87.7%) and Jet Airways (96.5%). PLF has maintained the same level compared with previous month as tourist season is approaching its end.


On Time Performance (OTP) is one of important factor for passengers deciding about which airline to fly. Spicejet is the most punctual with 81.1% OTP followed by Indigo (79.7%) and Vistara (72.6%). About 2/3rd delays are Reactionary in nature during February 2017 while ATC and Airport management caused 20% of flight delays.


Cancellation rates during February 2017 stood at 0.39% which is reasonably low. All the major airlines fared well while Air Asia and Air Carnival had zero cancellations. 

Top 10 wins with largest margin in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017 witnessed thumping victory for BJP which got more than 3/4th of total seats. Both SP-Congress alliance and BSP could not match BJP’s onslaught. BJP performed well breaking all barriers of religion, caste, income groups and regions winning large number of seats. Interesting to the list of Top 10 wins with largest margin in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017.


In Sahibabad seat, BJP’s Sunil Kumar Sharma defeated Amarpal of Congress by 150,685 votes. It is the highest margin of victory in Uttar Pradesh during 2017 Assembly Elections. BJP’s candidate got 262,741 votes! About 5 candidates won by more than 100,000 votes in UP: Sahibabad, Rath, Noida, Kunda and Mathura. Out of 10 candidates 8 are from BJP while one Congress and one Independent candidate completes the list of Top 10 wins with largest margin in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017. BSP lost 5 seats followed by Congress with 3, SP and BJP one each. Aditi Singh of Congress bagged Rae Bareli seat with margin of 89,163 votes, notable when across the state Congress was performing poorly.

Following is the list of Top 10 wins with largest margin in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017


Top 10 wins with smallest margin in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017

Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017 witnessed fierce fight among BJP, BSP and SP-Congress combine to win majority out of 403 seats. Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) won the election with 312 seats with 39.7% of total votes while with its allies it got 325 seats. Samajwadi Party (SP) won 47 while Congress got just 7 seats with 21.6% and 6.2% votes respectively. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party fared poorly with 19 seats getting 22.2% votes. In the largest and most populated state in India, interesting to the list of Top 10 wins with smallest margin in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017.


Doomariyaganj assembly seat witnessed win for BJP candidate Raghvendra Pratap Singh defeated BSP candidate Saiyada Khatoon by just 171 votes. This is the narrowest victory during Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017. Meerapaur with 193 votes and Mant with 432 votes followed the list. Interestingly, BJP won 6 out of 10 assembly seats win smallest margin while its ally Apna Dal got one seat, BSP got 2 and SP won single seat. On the other hand, BSP lost 5 out 10 seats in the list while SP lost 4 and RLD one. 

Following is the list of Top 10 wins with smallest margin in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2017