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DGCA directive

New Delhi, March 24 (PTI): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation today came out with a list of dos and don’ts for business jet operators who fly VIPs for campaigning and warned them and their pilots of penal action if safety guidelines were not adhered to.

The guidelines direct the operators and flight crew to ensure that no unauthorised cash, narcotics or arms are carried on planes. The rules also include submission of passenger details to the aviation regulator a week in advance.

A special cell has been set up within the DGCA to monitor flights of non-scheduled charter operators, official sources said.

Poll code rap

Mumbai (PTI): Administrative decisions of the state government cannot come to a standstill because of the election code of conduct, Bombay High Court has said.

It made the remark while hearing a petition filed by Farooq Motorwala, convicted in the 1993 serial blasts case. Motorwala had challenged the state home minister’s refusal to order extension of his parole as the poll conduct was in force.

The court further observed that the rights of prisoners couldn’t be affected because of the poll code.

Kejriwal barb

New Delhi (PTI): Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday poked fun at L.K. Advani’s fractious relationship with Narendra Modi and said the BJP patriarch should change his name to be heard by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

“If Advani wants Modi to listen to him, he should drop ‘v’ from his name,” Kejriwal tweeted, a day before his visit to Varanasi to announce his formal candidature against Modi.

The tweet was a veiled reference to Modi’s alleged links with the Adani business group. Kejriwal has been attacking the Gujarat chief minister over the issue and is likely to raise it at Tuesday’s rally.

Highway curb

Kendrapara (PTI): The government has enforced a ban on movement of ore-laden trucks along NH-5(A), which connects mineral-rich areas and Paradip port, from April 10 to April 20.

Also, mining activities will remain suspended in the mine-rich belt of Odisha during the period. The state goes to polls on April 10 and April 17.