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Indian passport holders to get Schengen priority visas soon

Travelling to Europe may soon get easier for Indian passport holders. As per media reports, the Schengen states which include 26 European countries, are considering to offer priority visas to those holding Indian passport. The decision will surely benefit Indian passport holders. The Schengen states comprise 26 European countries – Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden, along with Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. What is priority visa? Priority visa is a premium service under which the visa application is processed in a very short time, for an additional fee. Right now, UK offers ‘super priority’ visas to Indian citizens where the visa process takes one day only. With ‘priority’ category of visas to the UK the visa decision takes less than a week. The UK started the super priority visa category keeping…

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Indian Rupee hits fresh low at 72.73 to a dollar

The rupee hit a fresh low against the dollar for the second day as it touched ₹72.73 in the afternoon trade as compared to the previous close of ₹72.45 a dollar, which was an all-time low. The previous intra-day low was on Monday when the currency hit ₹72.67 to a dollar. A combination of domestic and international factors like worsening balance of payments situation and trade wars have impacted emerging market currencies and the rupee is no exception. Besides, unabated foreign fund outflows, sharp plunge in domestic equities with the benchmark Sensex crashing by over 500 points, too, weighed on the domestic unit, dealers said. The rupee Tuesday opened on a positive note by inching 20 paise higher at 72.25 against the US dollar amid increased selling by banks and exporters. The currency, however, failed to sustain strength and weakened to hit a fresh lifetime low of 72.73, down by…

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Indian Rupee plunges to new low against Dollar

India’s rupee hit fresh lows against the dollar on Wednesday as emerging market currencies continue to be sold off. The under-pressure currency in Asia’s third-largest economy slid to 70.56 against USD, a record low. The rupee has been steadily falling throughout 2018 after starting the year at 63.67. Earlier this month it crossed 70 for the first time as India was buffeted by the turbulence of the Turkish financial crisis. The rupee was not alone, with the currencies of other emerging economies heavily dependent on dollar-dominated foreign capital like Brazil, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil also slipping in August.The rupee slump is widening India’s current account deficit, when the value of imports exceeds that of exports. India is a massive net importer of oil, securing more than two-thirds of its needs from abroad. High oil prices have been squeezing the rupee, making it less appealing to investors, analysts say. India’s…

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“For Indians abroad, relief is just a tweet away,” says Sushma Swaraj

If an overseas Indian is stuck anywhere in the world, help is just a tweet away, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. Ms Swaraj was speaking in Vietnam, where she arrived on Sunday night for the first part of her two-nation tour. She will also visit Cambodia. “If a ‘Pravasi Bharatiya’ gets stuck anywhere in world, they are confident that the government will save them. Relief is just one tweet away,” the minister said. “What was never a priority in embassies, has become top priority now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made overseas Indians proud and the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) made them confident,” she added. Ms Swaraj is extremely popular on social media for her prompt response to SOS posts from across the world, over problems ranging from passports and visas to crises in violence-hit nations. She is among the most followed women politicians on Twitter. Ms…

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IndiGo to commence flight operations to Kuwait, Abu Dhabi

Indian budget carrier IndiGo said on Friday that it will add Kuwait and Abu Dhabi to its international destination from October this year. The carrier will operate a daily flight from Chennai to Kuwait and from Calicut to Abu Dhabi from mid October. Besides, it will operate a daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Kochi, a statement issued by the airline said. Beginning October 1, it will also operate a daily flight between Doha and Thiruvanathapuram and a daily flight between Doha and Ahmedabad. On the domestic sector, IndiGo will become the first domestic airline to introduce services connecting Port Blair with Hyderabad and Vadodara. These flights will commence from September 2018. In addition, the airline will operate its first daily return flight between Surat and Chennai, daily non-stop return service between Delhi and Imphal, direct flights to Vijayawada from Delhi. “We will operate first flight between Kuwait and Chennai…

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IndiGo offers discount on domestic, international flights

Indian budget airline IndiGo is offering up to 15 per cent discount on domestic and international flight tickets. In order to avail the offer, customer can do the booking till August 30, 2018. The travel period of the offer starts on September 8, 2018 and ends on October 8, 2018. Under this scheme, the airline is offering 10 per cent discount on one-way fare and 15 per cent discount on return fare. Get amazing discounts on your next 6E flight. Book today using code:SEP15P to get 10% discount on one-way fare and 15% on return fareBook Now https://t.co/yvIzG1cXyZ#FriYay #FlyYay #6E #IndiGoAirlines #LowCost #HassleFree #LowFares #6EFlight #IndiGo6E #fridayfeeling #discount pic.twitter.com/YWbWjGSpCo— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) August 24, 2018 The discount can be availed only by using the promo code ‘SEP15P’ at the time of booking on IndiGo’s official website- goindigo.in or mobile app, said the carrier. IndiGo’s offer is valid for bookings made during…

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Cochin International Airport to reopen on August 29: CIAL

With the flood waters in Kerala receding rapidly, the Cochin International Airport, one of the three in the state and the busiest, will open on August 29 – after 15 days of closure. Confirming the same, CIAL took to its Facebook page on Thursday to announce: Airport authorities have been engaged in a massive cleaning operation of the operational area that was submerged by flood waters. Rs 220 crores loss in the floods The airport has suffered an estimated loss of over Rs 220 crores in the floods, an official told PTI. He said the solar power system of the world’s first solar-powered airport has also suffered damage in the floods. “We have launched efforts on a war-footing to rebuild the damaged infrastructure. Our initial assessment is that we have suffered an estimated loss of Rs. 220 crores in the floods,” the official said, adding around 200 workers have been…

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Kerala floods relief material exempted from customs duty

Relief materials sent by NRIs and international agencies to the Kerala flood victims are exempt from customs duty and GST, Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced Monday. As per the notification of Customs dated July 13, 1994, amended vide notification dated June 30, 2017, the items such as foodstuffs, medicines, medical stores of perishable nature, clothing and blankets imported for the relief and rehabilitation of people affected by flood have been exempted from whole of customs duty and integrated tax. The above exemption can be claimed by any charitable organisation in compliance with the conditions mentioned in the notification. The exemptions would be applicable to the said goods being sent to the Central Government, the Government of Kerala, or as the case may be, the relief agencies of both the governments. The exemption will also extend to relief agencies duly approved by the Central Government or the Government of Kerala…

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Kerala floods: Monsoon waters kill hundreds in Indian state

More than 200,000 people have been displaced in Kerala, as the death toll from the worst flooding to hit the southern Indian state jumped to at least 200, with losses to infrastructure pegged at almost Rs 20,000. With more rains predicted and a red alert in place, Cochin airport is expected to remain shut until 26 August. Hundreds of troops have been deployed to rescue those caught up in the flooding. Chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has described the flooding as the worst the state has seen in a century. Further downpours are forecast for the weekend, leading many to fear the situation may get worse. Helicopters have been airlifting people marooned by the flooding to safety, with photographs and footage emerging from the area showing elderly people and children being rescued. The government has urged people not to ignore evacuation orders, and is distributing food to tens of thousands of…

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Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away

Former Indian prime minister and statesman, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away on Thursday following prolonged illness. He was 93. He breathed his last a little after 5pm at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The veteran politician had been admitted there since June 11 following urinary and chest complications. A long-standing parliamentarian and deeply respected leader across the political spectrum, Vajpayee served as the head of the Indian government three times. He ruled the country for 13 days in 1996, 13 months in 1998 and for five years from 1999. As prime minister, he won accolades for reducing the role of government in running businesses and building a national ring of highways. In 1999, his army defeated Pakistan in the 10-week war in Kargil in Indian-administered Kashmir. He also became India’s foreign minister and made efforts to improve relations with the country’s two neighbors, Pakistan and China. Atal…

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