British Airways loses Amjad Ali Khan’s Sarod

July 01, 2014 - 1:26:09 am

NEW DELHI: Legendary Indian musician Amjad Ali Khan said yesterday British Airways had misplaced his beloved Sarod, a string instrument he has played on for 45 years.

The 68-year-old maestro realised the instrument was missing when he flew to Delhi with the airline on Saturday.

“After damaging my Sarod in 1997, British Airways now misplaces my Sarod. 48 hours and I still wait anxiously for some news. Still not traced,” he tweeted.

The classical musician, who was awarded India’s second highest civilian honour in 2001, had gone to London with his wife to perform at a function on June 21.

Recalling his ordeal, Khan said he waited for nearly five hours at the airport as the airline tried to trace his “priceless” instrument, but in vain. “Being an artist, I communicate through my sarod, which was with me for the last 45 years.... How can such a big airline be so irresponsible?” Khan told the Press Trust of India. 

A British Airways spokesman blamed “intermittent problems” with the baggage system at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 for the problem. “We are working round the clock to reunite customers with their bags. We are very sorry that this process is taking longer than anticipated, and we fully understand the frustration that this is causing,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

Petrol price hiked by Rs1.69 a litre, diesel by 50 paise

New Delhi: State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) yesterday hiked the petrol price by Rs1.69 a litre, excluding taxes, effective from midnight, owing to a rise in global oil prices and exchange rates.

Diesel prices were also hiked by 50 paise per litre.  “Due to geo-political unrest in the Middle East, there has been significant increase in international oil prices during the past two weeks”, Indian Oil said here in a release. 

The government had, in January 2013, permitted OMCs to increase the diesel price by small doses of up to 50 paise per litre every month till their losses on this account are completely eliminated.