Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Some good reading, but all bad news

  • "Let's do a reality check. The airline has a whopping Rs 40,000 crore debt. One can easily start 80 airlines with that money. It is unsustainably overstaffed - 475 employees per aircraft as against 70 in Indigo. And if one considers that normally about 30% of AI aircraft are on the ground because of slack maintenance, the number of employees per aircraft becomes even more shocking." Full story is here.
  • Bad logic. "This reminds one of the recent move to legislate that sex is not to be allowed till a certain age. No sex and textbook cartoons please, we are under 18." Full article is here.
  • "In 2006, the ministry of panchayati raj named Bahraich one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of 640). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 46.08 per cent (India’s 17.64 per cent), and its literacy rate was 51.1 per cent (India’s 64.8). It has a high minority population of about 36 per cent. Bahraich is a category A district, having socio-economic and basic amenities parameters below the national average. Of 4680 teachers, 2168 positions are unfilled today. Those who are there rarely attend school. The net teacher requirement in the district for government primary school as per the right to education is now 9503, further widening the gap. Around 30 per cent of the working age male population migrates for work to Delhi, Mumbai and other places." The full article is here.

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