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No more departure cards to be filled for Indians flying abroad

Indians flying abroad will not be required to fill departure cards from next month. However, those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration checkposts will have to fill the embarkation card. New procedure to be effective from July 1 “It has been decided to discontinue the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians at all international airports with effect from July 1, 2017,” an order issued by the Union home ministry said. The move is aimed at ensuring hassle-free movement of Indians going abroad. At present, those going abroad need to fill in details such as name, date of birth, passport number, address in India, flight number and date of boarding in the departure card. “The same information (about the passengers) is available in the system from other sources,” the home ministry order said, citing reasons behind its move. Time-saving move for passengers…

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Indian woman gives birth onboard flight from Saudi Arabia

A baby was born onboard Jet Airways flight 9W569 from Saudi Arabia’s Dammam to Kochi on Sunday, Times of India reported. When the woman went in labour, the cabin crew declared a medical emergency and diverted to the nearest airport, which happened to be Mumbai. According to a source, the crew made an announcement to find if there was a doctor on board, but there was none. There was a nurse returning home to Kerala and she came forward. With her assistance, the cabin crew did an emergency delivery on the flight. The crew tried to establish “medilink” — where contact is established from a flying aircraft with doctors on ground to handle medical emergencies on board. However, this connection could reportedly not be activated. The aircraft landed in Mumbai and the mother and baby boy were taken to a hospital. The flight later resumed its journey to Kochi. A…

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Customs employee arrested for stealing passenger’s gold chain

A customs employee at Calicut International Airport was arrested on Friday on charges of stealing a three sovereign gold chain of a male passenger from Dubai, police said. Abdul Kareem, a customs employee in the rank of havildar, was arrested on a complaint by the passenger that the chain kept in a tray at the customs counter in the airport during a x-ray check of his baggage had been lost on May 19. The passenger, who had arrived by an Air India Express flight that day, suspected Kareem to have stolen the chain. Verification of CCTV footage at the airport showed Kareem taking the chain, police said, addin the chain had been recovered from him. He was arrested under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code and produced before the Manjeri Judicial First Class Magistrate court, which remanded him to two weeks judicial custody. Published on 17 June 2017

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Indian Prime Minister inaugurates Kochi Metro

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Kochi Metro, Kerala’s first Metro rail, and took an inaugural ride with dignitaries, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union minister Venkaiya Naidu and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan. During the trip, Sreedharan explained the details of the project. Earlier, PM Modi cut the ribbon of the much-awaited project at Palarivattom station and after the inaugural ride to Pathadippalam, he was scheduled to proceed to the JLN Stadium in Kaloor for a public event. The prime minister, who began his speech in Malayalam, said he was happy to be part of the inauguration of the Kochi Metro. “I congratulate the people of Kochi on the proud moment,” he said. “Kochi, the queen of the Arabian Sea, was once an important spice trading centre. Today it was known as commercial capital of Kerala,” the prime minister said. Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is a 50-50 joint venture…

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24×7 toll-free helpline for tourists visiting India

India’s Ministry of Tourism has launched the 24×7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Help line in 12 International languages including Hindi & English. This service is available on the toll free number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 and operational 24×7 (365 days in a year) offering a “Multi-lingual helpdesk”. The languages handled by the Tourist Helpline include ten International languages namely Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The objective of this multi-lingual helpline is to provide information relating to travel and tourism in India to the domestic and international tourists. The helpline also advises callers during the times of distress, if any, while travelling in India and alerts the concerned authorities, if required. This is a unique endeavour by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India which gives the foreign tourists a sense of safety and security during their travel in India. Source: Ministry of…

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No salads, fewer magazines to save costs: Air India staff suggests

Removing salads from meals for economy class passengers on international flights and carrying fewer copies of in-flight magazine on board are among the cost-saving tips from the staff of beleaguered Air India. These suggestions were made after Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani exhorted his senior executives to become “aggressive commercially and display a major spurt in revenues”. With government looking at disinvestment and louder calls against committing more taxpayers’ money into the carrier, Lohani in a recent internal communication remarked that the airlines’ huge debt made him “feel like a loser”. Following the communication, a senior airline official wrote to the CMD with staff feedback, including a cabin crew in-charge, on how salads often go a waste on international flights. “In my flight today, the CIC (cabin in-charge) was talking to me and suggested some ways to reduce costs. One was that in international flights in Y class (economy class),…

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India releases official statement about Qatar diplomatic crisis

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has released an official statement about the recent developments in Gulf region which was initiated by some countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar. “India believes that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the countries in the region,” the statement said, urging all parties to solve differences through constructive dialogues. MEA reaffirmed that it is closely following the situation in the Gulf region and is in regular contact with regional countries. “Their authorities have assured us continued support for welfare and well-being of the resident Indian communities,” the statement said. MEA has advised Indian expatriates in the region to contact the Indian Embassy or Consulate concerned should they require assistance or advise consequent to the developing situation. Here is the full text of the official statement: India’s official statement following the recent developments…

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Gulf countries assure India of welfare of diaspora amid Qatar crisis

India on Saturday said it is closely monitoring the situation in the Gulf where several countries led by Saudi Arabia have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar and that the countries have assured continued support for the welfare and well-being of the large Indian diaspora. India also said that the countries should resolve their differences through dialogue. “We are closely following the emerging situation in the Gulf region in the wake of the recent decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and some other countries to break diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. “We are of the view that all parties should resolve their differences through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations based on well-established international principles of mutual respect, sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” it said. Closely monitoring the situation The statement said…

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Non-Resident Indians to adopt 500 villages in India

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) living in the US will adopt 500 villages in India as part of their effort to develop the rural areas of the county. A formal announcement in this regard would be made during the Big Ideas for Better India conference in Silicon Valley on July 1. Organised by the Overseas Volunteer for Better India (OVBI), spiritual leader Ravi Shankar will give keynote address at the event which is expected to be attended by over 1,000 influential NRI leaders, a statement said yesterday. These 500 villages have been selected based on the highest farmers suicide rates, high unemployment rates and need immediate support, said OVBI president Satej Chaudhary. “We are bringing together geoscientists, agricultural experts and entrepreneurs to help double the income of farmers by 2022,” he said. The event will address the most challenging problems being faced by India in agriculture, governance and human trafficking. Last year…

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Qatar diplomatic crisis not a challenge for India, says Sushma Swaraj

India will not be impacted by some Gulf countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar, India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said. Swaraj said India was trying to find out if any of its nationals is adversely impacted due to the development. “There is no challenge arising out of this for us. This is an internal matter of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council Council). Our only concern is about Indians there. We are trying to find out if any Indians are stuck there,” she told reporters. She expressed hope that things will get normal within the GCC as such things have happened in the past as well. Kerala CM requests Govt to ensure NRI safety In letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought the Centre’s intervention to ensure safety of 6.5 lakh Indians, including Keralites, residing in Qatar. “As you are aware millions of…

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