Thursday, October 22, 2020

Vande Bharat mission

Post-Diwali, India to return to pre-Covid aviation figures: Puri

NEW DELHI:In a significant statement Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that by the time its Diwali and towards the end of the year, India would have pre-Covid aviation figures of 3,00,000 passengers a day.

Air India begins direct London flights to Kochi

KOCHI:A long-cherished demand of the Kerala diaspora and the business community here turned into a reality when an Air India non-stop flight from London landed here on Friday.

Centre allows on-board meals, in-flight entertainment

NEW DELHI:The Union Government has permitted the resumption of on-board serving of meals and in-flight entertainment on domestic and international flights.

Congress demands enquiry into Kozhikode mishap

NEW DELHI:The Congress has demanded an "immediate enquiry" into the Air India Express mishap that killed at least 17 people including the pilot and co-pilot.

Pall of gloom descends on Powai after AI Express pilot's death

MUMBAI:A pall of gloom descended on the Powai suburb in north-east Mumbai following the death of Capt Deepak V. Sathe, the pilot of the Air India Express flight that skidded off the runaway at the "table top" Kozhikode airport on Friday evening, leaving at least 14 dead.

Air India commences fifth phase of VBM ops

NEW DELHI:National carrier Air India on Saturday commenced the fifth phase of the 'Vande Bharat Mission'.
Accordingly, the airline is expected to operate close to 700 flights between India and at least 53 countries during this phase, airline sources 

Gold seized from 11 returnees from Saudi at Hyderabad Airport

HYDERABAD:The Customs Department seized 3.11 kg of gold valued at Rs 1.66 crore from 11 passengers who arrived from Saudi Arabia at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) on Thursday night, officials said on Friday.

International flights to remain suspended till August 31

NEW DELHI:The Central government on Friday extended the suspension on scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till August 31.

Unlock 3.0: Gyms to reopen, I-Day functions allowed

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), here on Wednesday, issued guidelines for the 'Unlock 3.0', which will come into effect from August 1.

SC queries MCI on NEET-UG online, issues notice

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Wednesday queried the Medical Council of India (MCI) why it couldn't conduct the NEET-UG (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate) online and asked it to respond to a petition, filed by parents of over 4,000 NEET candidates in the Middle East, seeking direction either to postpone the examination or allocate centres in those countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Disheartening impact on mind, health due to pay cuts: Air India service engineers

NEW DELHI:Air India service engineers have joined the unrest on pay cuts and told the management that the 40 per cent pay cut is leading to resentment among the employees leading to a disheartening impact on their mind and health.

From Covid to gold, Vijayan's image takes a beating

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After months of hogging the headlines for 'effective' tackling of Covid-19 in Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's image has taken a beating, first to the controversial gold smuggling case and now for the coronavirus spread across the state.

Indian consulate in Dubai to remain open on weekends, public holidays

DUBAI:Starting August 1, the Consulate General of India in Dubai will remain open on weekends and public holidays, Consul-General Aman Puri said.
Puri officially took charge of the Consulate on Sunday, and given the current circumstances owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will remain open all days of the week, including weekends and public holidays.

India to allow 'air bubble' flight ops from US, France

NEW DELHI:  Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said India will allow limited flight operations from US and France under the 'Air Bubble' arrangements made with these countries.

Derek O'Brien slams AI's leave without pay scheme

NEW DELHI:Trinamool Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien on Thursday slammed national career Air India over its decision to send its employees to ‘leave without pay, saying the scheme is "unprecedented" and a "ploy" to protect the top management and sacrifice the employees.

Air India to operate 36 India-US flights from July 11-19

NEW DELHI: National carrier Air India will operate 36 flights between India and the US under the Vande Bharat mission from July 11 to July 19.

More Indian flights from UAE announced, bookings to open

DUBAI: India has announced nine more repatriation flights from the UAE, ticket sales for which will open later on Friday.

INS Jalashwa evacuates 687 Indians stranded in Iran

CHENNAI:A total of 687 Indians stranded in Iran were brought to V.O. Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin on Wednesday by Indian Navy Ship Jalashwa, a defence official said.

Stranded fishermen to be brought back from Iran: TN Minister

CHENNAI:Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar on Thursday said about 700 fishermen stranded in Iran due to COVID-19 will be brought back to India soon by a ship.
In a statement issued here, Jayakumar said about 700 fishermen from various districts in Tamil Nadu had gone to Iran on contract basis for fishing.

Dubai-bound paxs require authorisation from UAE authorities: Air India

NEW DELHI:Passengers wishing to travel to Dubai on residency or work permits would further require special authorisation from the UAE authorities, national carrier Air India said on Wednesday.

No passenger stranded in Sydney: Air India

NEW DELHI:National carrier Air India on Monday rebutted allegations that passengers of its Sydney-Delhi flight were stranded in the Australian city after the pilot was tested positive for COVID-19.

Ruckus on Goa's first Vande Bharat flight unacceptable'

PANAJI:The Goa government has taken "very serious note" of the disruption caused by passengers of the state's first Vande Bharat flight from Dubai to Goa's Dabolim international airport on Tuesday, by insisting on going back to their respective homes, instead of heading to mandatory paid quarantine in an institutional facility, state Health Secretary Nila Mohanan said.

Did Muraleedharan attend Kerala meeting on Covid? Left, BJP differ

THIRUVANATHAPURAM:Confusion persisted on if whether the sole Union Minister from Kerala, V. Muraleedharan, attended a meeting on Covid-19 called by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, through video conference, on Tuesday morning, as the former said he did not take part, while the latter said he was present.

Govt allows OCI cardholders to travel back to India

NEW DELHI: Giving a major relief to the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders stranded abroad, the Ministry of Home affairs on Friday relaxed the visa and travel restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 lockdown for certain categories

Air India flight with 326 Indians from London reaches Delhi