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Natl Carrier Waives Ticket Cancellation Charges for Male Flights

[New Delhi] Natl Carrier Waives Ticket Cancellation Charges for Male Flights
Air India today said it is waiving ticket cancellation and other charges for passengers booked on flights to and from Male till February 20, in view of the prevailing situation in Maldives.
The island nation plunged into chaos last week when the apex court ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were “politically motivated and flawed”.
Against this backdrop, Air India has said it is waiving charges related to cancellation and date change, among others, till February 20.
Air India operates daily service on Delhi- Thiruvananthapuram-Male route. It also flies from Bengaluru to Male six days a week except for Tuesdays.
Budget carrier SpiceJet also has services to Male.
On February 5, India asked its nationals to defer all non-essential travels to Maldives until further notice.

Balle Balle Now Fly From Amritsar to Kualalumpur

[Asr,Pb]Balle Balle Now Fly From Amritsar to Kualalumpur
Local Government Minister,Navjot Singh Sidhu today disclosed that the direct flight from Amritsar airport to Kualalumpur would soon commence for which the Air Asia X has started preparations. Sidhu said that this flight would play a yeoman’s role in connecting Punjab with the other countries of Asia as well as the Europe. The minister further said that the officials of Air Asia have agreed to operate this flight 4 times a week and it would begin around diwali time.

US Prez Trump Reiterates His Stand for Merit-Based Immigration

[Washington,DC] US Prez Trump Reiterates His Stand for Merit-Based Immigration in his first State of the Union address
US President Donald Trump today used his first State of the Union address to push for a merit- based immigration system that admits skilled people, a proposal that could benefit technology professionals from countries like India.
n his nearly 80-minute long speech, Trump tried to shed his polarising image that has thwarted his ability to pass bipartisan legislations, calling upon Democrats to join him to work together for the benefit of Americans.
Trump proposed four pillars of immigration reform that include a pathway to citizenship for almost
1.8 million illegal immigrants — known as ‘Dreamers’ — who were brought in the US by their parents at a young age, border security, ending the visa lottery programme and limiting family-based migration.
The State of the Union address is a traditional annual speech of the US president to a joint session of Congress where he gives an account of the situation in the country.
Democrats, many of whom brought ‘Dreamers’ as guests to the president s speech, booed and hissed when the president mentioned his plans to slash the number of people who immigrate to the US through family connections a practice Trump has decried as “chain migration”.
The second pillar includes building a wall on the Southern border with Mexico.
Trump said the third pillar ends the visa lottery — a programme that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of Americans.
Immigrants from any one country may not receive more than seven per cent of diversity visas issued annually through lottery.
Given that there are hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals waiting in queue to get their green cards because of the current country quota, the relocation of diversity visa numbers to green cards is expected to hugely benefit them.
Immigrants from 18 countries are not eligible for diversity visa because they sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the US over the previous five years combined.
The countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, the UK and Vietnam.
The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration, he said, ruing that under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.
Trump said in recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration.
In the age of terrorism, these programmes present risks we can no longer afford.

IndiGo Appoints Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as its COO

[New Delhi] IndiGo Appoints Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as its COO
IndiGo Airlines today announced the appointment of Wolfgang Prock-Schauer as its Chief Operating Officer.
He will oversee flight operations, maintenance, engineering, in-flight and airport services for the airline.
Prock-Schauer, was the CEO of GoAir for over two years in his previous stint
He has more than 36 years of experience in civil aviation.
He has held senior leadership positions with f many airlines
IndiGo, has a market share of nearly 40%,
Has a fleet of over 150 Airbus A320 and three ATRs.
It operates over 1,000 daily flights to 48 destinations.These days Company mulling to overtake National carrier Air India

2.41 Lakh Foreign Tourists Arrived on e-Tourist Visa

[New Delhi] 2.41 Lakh Foreign Tourists Arrived on e-Tourist Visa
As per Compitation Of Ministry of Tourism monthly 2.41 Lakh Foreign Tourists Arrived on e-Tourist Visa
The number of FTAs in December, 2017 was 11.76 lakh as compared to FTAs of 10.21 lakh in December, 2016 and 9.13 lakh in December, 2015.
The growth rate in FTAs in December, 2017 over December, 2016 was 15.2%, compared to 11.9% in December, 2016 over December, 2015.
During the month of December, 2017, a total of 2.41 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.62 lakh during the month of December, 2016 registering a growth of 48.3%.
In the year 2017, a total of 16.97 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 10.80 lakh in 2016, registering a growth of 57.2%.

Mumbai Burning,This Time at Airport’s Domestic Terminal

[Mumbai]Mumbai Burning,This Time at Airport’s Domestic Terminal
A fire broke out today at the Mumbai airport’s domestic terminal 1B
As per reports , fire started at a ground floor conference hall and then spread to the first floor of a lounge near the airport’s gate number 9.
As per An official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Disaster Control Room this fire started in the afternoon and fire brigade personnel have rushed to the site along with eight fire engines, six jetties and water jets.

Pawan Hans Chopper with 7 Onboard , GoesOff The Radar

[Mumbai]Pawan Hans Chopper with 7 Onboard Off The Radar
A Pawan Hans helicopter, heading to ONGC’s north field with 7 persons onboard, went missing off the Mumbai coast today
As per Official Sources ,Dauphin N3, bearing registration number VT-PWA, took off from Juhu aerodrome at 10.25 AM, with five ONGC employees and two pilots onboard,
The chopper was scheduled to land at the designated oil rig at Mumbai High at 11 AM,
Search operations are on,

Transporters Gives Pongal Gift Withdraws Eight- Day Old Strike

[Chennai,TN]Transporters Gives Pongal Gift Withdraws Eight- Day Old Strike
Transport workers withdrew their eight- day old strike over wage related issues ,So Bus services returned to normal in Tamil Nadu today
This move provides a huge relief to the public, especially ahead of the harvest festival “Pongal” falling on January 14,
The government has declared a holiday today for schools and colleges in view of Pongal, resulting in five-day holidays for students.
CITU leader A Soundarrajan had last night announced that the indefinite strike was being “temporarily” called off, shortly after the Madras High Court appointed an arbitrator to settle their wage dispute with the government.
Workers of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), owing allegiance to 17 trade unions, including those affiliated to the DMK and Left parties, had launched the strike on January 4 following failure of talks with the government on wage revision.
While the unions wanted a 2.57 times hike, the government offered only 2.44, resulting in the stalemate.
The workers struck work citing other demands also like pending dues for serving and retired personnel.
The strike had severely crippled the public sector bus services causing immense hardship to the public, including office-goers in cities, though the government tried to maintain services by roping in temporary drivers and private buses.
The AIADMK-backed union, besides some others, had not participated in the protests.

Punjabi Capt Asks Gadakari to Rename NH-344A as Mata Gujri Marg

[Chd,Pb] Punjabi Capt Asks Gadakari to Rename NH-344A as Mata Gujri Marg,Mother Of Xth Guru
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today wrote to Union minister Nitin Gadkari asking him to rename National Highway-344A as Mata Gujri Marg.
In Fatehgarh Sahib last month, the chief minister had said that the proposal to declare the new national highway from Patiala to Panyali (on Ropar-Phagwara road) via Sirhind- Fatehgarh Sahib-Bassi Pathana-Morinda as Mata Gujri Marg was submitted to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
In his letter to Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Singh said that the feasibility report and detailed project report (DPR) of the road was already in the process of preparation and would soon be submitted to him.
The historic towns of Sirhind, Fatehgarh Sahib and Chamkaur Sahib, where the four Sahibzadas of the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh attained martyrdom, are located on this road.
Mata Gujri, the mother of Guru Gobind Singh, is an iconic figure in the Sikh history and is remembered for her courage and supreme sacrifice.

Unionists Denounces FDI In,National Carrier,Air India

[New Delhi] Unionists Denounces FDI In,National Carrier,Air India
The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) today denounced the decision of the government to allow 49 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in Air India, and said it was aimed at expediting the privatisation of the national carrier.
CITU general secretary Tapan Sen said today.”Actually, this is nothing but complete foreignisation of the national carrier – a public sector company with its huge asset base and a high-revenue earning international service network,”
The CITU has called upon the working class to build up a determined resistance against “such deliberate exercise” towards degeneration of the national economy and people’s livelihood both through sectoral and nationwide united struggle.
Earlier Govt Has Relaxed Its Gripe By Allowing 49% FDI In National Carrier