Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday urged the Centre to take steps for launching of direct international flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai to meet the growing need of travellers. The state has been witnessing rise in traffic to various international destinations due to increase in industrial investments and tourist footfalls, Patnaik said in a letter to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “Various international airlines have evinced interest to start international flight operations from Biju Patnaik International Airport, here to Dubai,” he said. However, restriction on landing rights has been a deterrent for such operations by international airlines, the chief minister said in his letter, copy of which was released to the media on Saturday. In the absence of direct flights from the state to other international destinations such as Dubai and other countries in Middle East, passengers face immense difficulties to go to their desired places, he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Patnaik said this can be addressed if the air connectivity is established between Bhubaneswar and Dubai which also serves as an international hub for passengers travelling to other overseas destinations. Although Air India has international flights from Bhubaneswar to Middle East via New Delhi, it is a costlier and time-consuming option, he said, adding that a direct flight is necessary between two cities as there is sufficient passenger load. “In view of the above, I would request you to impress upon Air India or any other airline to introduce direct international flight between Bhubaneswar and Dubai to meet the growing demand of people of Odisha for international travel,” Patnaik added.
TORONTO — Apotex Inc. president and CEO Jeremy Desai has resigned effective immediately from the generic drug giant founded by the recently deceased billionaire Barry Sherman.A spokesman for the company declined to provide details on Desai’s departure other than to note he left “to pursue other opportunities” and that the company thanks him for his contributions.Jack Kay, who previously served as CEO for the privately held company, will once again step into the chief executive role while also maintaining his current position as vice-chairman.Apotex founder Barry Sherman and wife found dead in Toronto homeSherman family proud Apotex founder among latest Order of Canada inducteesJeff Watson, who has 25 years with the company including most recently as president of global generics, has been appointed to the role of president and chief operating officer.Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were found dead in their Toronto home on Dec. 15, with the cause of death determined to be “ligature neck compression.”Sherman, who founded Apotex in 1974 and built it into a company with more than $2 billion in annual revenue, hadn’t been involved in day-to-day operations since stepping down as CEO five years ago.