( ! "#$ "%"% !! # & 5 6 !01 - $ " 8 " " 0 The Ministry of Civil Aviation ( MoCA) has amended provisions regarding baggage limit on domestic flights, giving airline carriers the freedom to decide on it as per their internal policy. Ahead of this, passengers flying domestic routes were only allowed to take one hand baggage and one check- in luggage. Issuing a new memorandum, the MoCA said, “Baggage limitation would be as per the airlines’ policies.” “The matter with regard to check-in baggage has been reviewed based on the feedback/inputs received from the concerned stakeholders,” the ministry noted. Following the notice, airlines will be able to reset the domestic check-in baggage limit back to 15 kg as it will help them slightly increase their revenues. When the domestic passenger flights resumed on May 25 after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry had stated that only one check-in baggage and one &+ # " ' drugs, medical consumables, and protection and test kits to the region, and a video conference of health professionals from the region to share information and best practices on the pandemic. India had also launched a Covid- 19 Information Exchange Platform (COINEX) to facilitate exchange of specialised information, helped the development of an innovative website by the Saarc Disaster Management Centre to provide reliable information and updates on the evolving situation, and activated the Saarc Food Bank mechanism to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, he said. In his address, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke of his country’s “willingness to host the 19th SAARC Summit and for obstacles created in its way to be removed for SAARC to function as an effective instrument of regional cooperation”. The summit was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November 2016 but was called off after an attack on an Indian Army camp at Uri in Kashmir that was blamed on Pakistanbased terrorists. Since then, SAARC has largely been dormant. peace, prosperity and security in our South Asia region,” he added. The Minister said, “Over the last 35 years, Saarc has made significant progress. But our efforts towards collective collaboration and prosperity have been hampered by acts of terrorism and threats to national security. “Such an environment impedes our shared objective of realising the full potential of our collective endeavour. It is, therefore, crucial that we collectively resolve to defeat the scourge of terrorism, including the forces that nurture, support and encourage it. This will generate the much needed trust and confidence to collectively build a stronger and prosperous Saarc.” India holds Pakistan responsible for cross-border terror in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Jaishankar said he had also reaffirmed India’s commitment to its “neighbourhood first” policy and towards building a connected, integrated, secure and prosperous South Asia. He also highlighted India’s Covid-19-related cooperation efforts, including a commitment of $10 million to the emergency fund for the region, the supply of essential !01 0 Listing The General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia, in its order two days ago said, “Suspending travel to and from the following countries (India, Brazil and Argentina) including any person who has been in any of the mentioned countries above in the last (14) days prior to their arrival in the Kingdom.” Saudi Arabia said this was in view of the growing number of Covid-19 cases in these countries. They however, excluded passengers who have official Government invitations from this order. Kuwait have a blanket ban on travel to and from India, jurisdictions like Hong Kong have an ongoing suspension on Air India’s flights to its airport till October 3. cross-border terrorism as one of the main challenges, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has to overcome it to ensure everlasting peace in the region. The other hurdles are blocking connectivity and obstructing trade, he said. The Minister made these observations in an obvious reference to Pakistan while addressing an informal virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the eight-member grouping. It was not functioning for some time now because of differences between India and Pakistan. The meeting of the foreign ministers is an annual event held on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. These meetings have often seen sharp exchanges between the two nations in recent years. “Cross-border terrorism, blocking connectivity and obstructing trade are three key challenges that SAARC must overcome,” Jaishankar said in a string of tweets highlighting the contents of his speech. “Only then will we see enduring !01 0 Saudi Arabia has partially relaxed its suspension order for travel to and from India. It has decided that flights would be allowed from Saudi Arabia to India but not from India to Saudi Arabia. Air India Express, which operates maximum flights between India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, informed passengers of the partial relaxation. The airline’s official Twitter handle said, “Air India Express Vande Bharat flights would continue to carry passengers on it’s flights from Saudi Arabia to India. The Airline would not carry passengers from India to Saudi Arabia.” hand baggage per passenger must be allowed. Passengers were also allowed to carry check-in baggage up to 20 kg without any additional charge. Currently, airlines are permitted to operate not more than 60 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic flights. Recently, 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. ) *+, <- = ;-! % : ) ; to protesting farmers were taken at a meeting of the State Unit Chiefs and General Secretaries early this week. The protest across the country will be led by party chief Sonia Gandhi and former chief Rahul Gandhi who have returned from the abroad after the former’s treatment. Party chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala informed that in due course the protest may be joined by other Opposition parties and likeminded parties. Several opposition parties have protested the passage of the farm bills in Parliament and have boycotted the proceedings of both Houses. Opposition parties had also taken out march inside Parliament during this Monsoon Session. “The Government has destroyed the democratic system. The agricultural bills are neither in the interest of the state government nor the farmers. We raised our voice against this in Parliament and will now take to the streets,” senior Congress leader Ahmad Patel said. Opposition parties also made a representation to President Ram Nath Kovind and requested him not to give his assent to the contentious farm bills. They conveyed to the President that the passage of the bills in Rajya Sabha was “unconstitutional. Goods & Service Tax, Central Excise, Belgaum (Karnataka) in an alleged bribery case !01 0 !01 0 The The Congress on Thursday launched a two-monthlong nationwide agitation against the Centre for passing the farm bills during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Congress said they will be also supporting the protests announced by various farmers groups across the country. Widespread protests, especially in states like Punjab and Haryana, where farmers and farmer organisations have taken to the streets while opposing the move, are going on. CBI on Thursday arrested a Military Engineer Services ( MES) Junior Engineer for accepting a bribe of 30,000. In a separate case, the agency arrested three GST officials in a graft case of 5 lakh. The MES Junior Engineer Rajiv Ranjan Reddy was posted at Paradeep (Odisha) and was nabbed while demanding and accepting the bribe from the complainant, officials said. The agency has registered a case under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act on a complaint alleging that the accused official demanded a bribe of 30,000 from complainant’s relative for forwarding bio-data of six persons of the complainant’s firm to the Office of GE (I), MES, Bhubaneswar for formal approval relating to the Work Order in favour of victim firm. The CBI laid a trap and caught the accused redhanded while demanding and accepting the bribe amount from the complainant. Searches at the office and residence of the accused officials were conducted leading to recovery of incriminating documents, the agency said. In the GST graft case, the agency arrested two Superintendents and one Inspector, all working in the office of Commissioner, Central !01 0 The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that new recoveries in India have continued to exceed the new cases for the last six days, pushing the national recovery rate to 81.55 per cent. This even as India’s Covid-19 caseload breached the 57-lakh mark and the death toll went past 91,000, In all, 87,374 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country, while the number of new confirmed cases stands at 86,508. With this, the total number of recoveries are 46.7 lakh (46,74,987). The death toll climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours. The Covid-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection was recorded at 1.59 per cent. There are 9,66,382 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 16.86 per cent of the total caseload, the Ministry said. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and and it went past 50 lakh on September 16. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 6,74,36,031 samples have been tested up to September 23 with 11,56,569 samples being tested on Wednesday. Nearly 74 per cent of the new recovered cases are found in 10 States/UTs. Maharashtra has maintained this lead with 19,476 cases (22.3 per cent) for the sixth consecutive day, said the Ministry. There has been sustained focus of the Union and State/UT governments on improved and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, supervised home isolation, use of non-invasive oxygen support, use of steroids, anticoagulants, and improved services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment. A farmers’ body will hold a ‘rail roko’ agitation till September 26 to lodge their protest against the three agriculture ordinances passed by the Union Cabinet. “We have decided to hold a rail roko agitation from September 24 to 26 against the three agriculture ordinances,” said Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher. Different farmers’ organisations in Punjab have already given a call for a ‘bandh’ on September 25 in protest against the Bills. Senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the decision to call for a silent protest and lend support 97 7 6 7 1 the proposal has been cleared by the is visited by over 3 lakh tourists every year.FACinarecentmeeting.Butweare ambitious tiger yet to get the minutes of the meet“Since tiger sighting at the safari safari, proposed in the buffer ing,” Rahul, Field Director of the will be 100 percent, it will mostly zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve, CTR, said adding that the safari will cater to the tourists who just want inched towards reality with the come up in the area sprawling over to see tigers and are not interested Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) 106.16 hectares in the buffer area in enjoying other wildlife. Diverting under the Union Environment of the CTR. such tourists to safaris will lessen the Ministry giving its nod to the proHe said that the 25-crore proburden on the CTR and hence the ject that aims at boosting the ject envisages construction of five wildlife,” explained Rahul. CTR has tourism revenue as well as providenclosures with each having 35 over 231 big cats as per the latest cening home to the injured and old hectares area for two males and three sus. wild animals in the big cat habitat. female big cats. The safari will ease Besides ex-situ conservation, “We have been informed that tourism pressure on the CTR which the safari will also have an off-exhibit rehabilitation centre for the rescued animals or those injured in infighting and in h uma n - animal conflicts in the CTR, said the F ie ld Director. The purpose is to divert tourism from the famous Dh i k a l a zone and other adjoining areas of Bijrani, Jhirna and Sona Nadi to the Dhela range in the State. !01 0 Uttarakhand’s The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) have already given in- principle approval to the project. When contacted, NTCA Chief SP Yadav said that the authority will fund the safari which will have to follow the design approved by the CZA. The NTCA guidelines issued in 2016 allows setting up of tiger safaris in buffer and fringe areas of tiger reserves, aiming to reduce tourist pressure on the key areas of these reserves. As per the guidelines 70 per cent of earnings from safaris will be ploughed back into tiger reserves while 30 per cent will go into the management of such safaris. Such safaris are allowed for only those reserves that have achieved full carrying capacity of the tourists in core and critical areas. The guidelines also clearly states that for such safaris, “no tiger shall be obtained from a zoo” and only animals such as injured and orphaned tiger cubs (which are unfit for re-wilding) would be selected and that too from the same landscapes as that of the area where the tiger safari is being established. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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