The Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Ministry has mooted commercial helicopter service within Northeast in order to improve intra-regional connectivity.At a meeting of senior officers of the Union Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh said that the biggest hurdle in attracting investments, tourism and entrepreneurship in Northeast is the lack of adequate connectivity, even though the rail network expansion has started on a fast track in the last one year or so. The first-ever rail link to Meghalaya was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi within six months of the taking over of the present government, he said. He also said that most parts still remain unconnected by rail. Similarly, road connectivity also gets adversely affected due to weather conditions, he added. In such a situation, improvement in air connectivity is the only immediate viable option, the Minister said.Ameising Luikham, Secretary DoNER and other senior officers of the Ministry were also present.Dr Jitendra Singh said that the DoNER Ministry is taking up with the Civil Aviation Ministry, the prospect of developing Guwahati Airport as regional hub for the entire Northeast. The helicopters can be grounded there overnight and can be put to use for commercial sorties for civilian passengers at frequent intervals to different destinations in all the eight states of Northeast. He said that this will give the civilians, the freedom to plan their movement as per their requirement and priority, and not be constrained by the availability of a routine aircraft flight.Dr Jitendra Singh said that discussion can be held with different helicopter companies like Pawan Hans and issues related to equity can be worked out to the mutual advantage of all. Guwahati Airport is connected by regular flights to a number of destinations including Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur and Bengaluru, and therefore, when regular commercial helicopter service gets initiated, passengers from any part of the country or abroad who land at Guwahati airport by a civil aircraft will have the option to take a connecting helicopter flight to a further destination in the region.
Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager There are many reasons that the Arizona Cardinals own an 8-1 record, the best mark in the NFL.Many will cite their defense, which despite numerous personnel losses, continues to thrive. Others will talk about turnover margin. The Cardinals are tied with the New England Patriots for the best ratio in the league at plus-12.What you won’t hear a lot of talk about is the offensive line, particularly the tackles. Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie have played very well this season, and have drawn praise from general manager Steve Keim. – / 39 “The other thing is, I’m the general manager. It’s my responsibility to add the players to the roster and help pick the players. But I’m always going to defer to the coaches when it comes to playing the players. It’s not my place to step in and tell Bruce Arians or Harold Goodwin who to play from a personnel standpoint. That’s a decision those two have to make, and if they think it’s in our best interest to play the two guards we currently have out there right now, that’s what I’m going to go with.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “One of the primary reasons that we are 8-1 is because of the play of our offensive tackles,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I thought Jared Veldheer did an excellent job in holding Robert Quinn to one sack — and that sack really wasn’t his fault.“I thought Bobby did a nice job.”But for as good as the tackles played, Keim did express concern over the three interior offensive line positions. “Inside with the three interior guys, they were up and down,” Keim said. “At times, those athletes got the best of us and again, early in the game, I was concerned with our intensity level.“I think that’s got to pick up, particularly with the stretch of defensive players we’re going to face down the road.”Keim’s concern about the interior linemen has led some to speculate that Jonathan Cooper, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2013, could be inserted into the lineup to replace left guard Ted Larsen, who has started all nine games this year. Head coach Bruce Arians tersely shot down that thinking following Sunday’s game.“Any time you’re 8-1, there is a certain chemistry,” Keim said. “A lot of times, coaches don’t want to mess with chemistry, which I certainly can’t argue with.