Indian airlines tap international routes under ‘travel bubbles’

NEW DELHI — At a time when the global aviation industry has been drastically hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s airlines appear to be turning the crisis into an opportunity by expanding their international operations under the ongoing “travel bubble” arrangements.

The latest company to join the bandwagon is low-budget carrier SpiceJet, which earlier this month announced that on Dec. 4 it will launch non-stop services connecting Delhi and Mumbai with London’s Heathrow Airport.

“For SpiceJet, this is a big step [as] it’s the first time we are starting scheduled long-haul operations,” said Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh during an online briefing to announce the London flights. The airline has until now been flying to international destinations closer to India such as Bangkok and Hong Kong.

“More importantly, we are the second-largest airline in India and connect destinations in small towns [in the country],” he said, pointing out that

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Indian Workers in Libya Released after Month-long Abduction | India

CAIRO — An armed group has released seven Indian workers a month after their abduction in Libya, the Indian Foreign Ministry said Oct. 12.

The Indian nationals, who are engineers and technicians working for an oil services company, were freed Oct. 11 after negotiations with the armed group, the interior ministry of eastern Libya’s government said in a statement. It was not immediately clear who was behind the abduction.

In recent years India, like many other countries, has imposed a travel ban on Libya because of the security situation in the mostly lawless North African country.

India’s Foreign Ministry Oct. 12 confirmed the kidnapped workers’ release after “steadfast cooperation” from Libyan authorities and tribal elders in the region.

It said the workers, who were abducted on Sep. 14 while at Al-Shwerif, over 400 kilometers (248 miles) southwest of Tripoli, were handed over to their employer, the al-Shola al-Mudia company, in

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Indian workers in Libya released after monthlong abduction

CAIRO — An armed group has released seven Indian workers a month after their abduction in Libya, the Indian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The Indian nationals, who are engineers and technicians working for an oil services company, were freed on Sunday after negotiations with the armed group, the interior ministry of eastern Libya’s government said in a statement. It was not immediately clear who was behind the abduction.

In recent years India, like many other countries, has imposed a travel ban on Libya because of the security situation in the mostly lawless North African country.

India’s Foreign Ministry on Monday confirmed the kidnapped workers’ release after “steadfast cooperation” from Libyan authorities and tribal elders in the region.

It said the workers, who were abducted on Sep. 14 while at Al-Shwerif, over 400 kilometers (248 miles) southwest of Tripoli, were handed over to their employer, the al-Shola al-Mudia company, in

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“The Longest Walk” American Indian Movement makes a stop in Nevada

From the words of an Ojibwa man, it’s human to be addicted to all kinds of things, such as money, jobs—something.

But sometimes, those addictions can cause major issues and are in need of spiritual assistance, especially when it comes to domestic violence and drug abuse.

That insight comes from Ray Muckuk of Ontario, Canada, whom is walking across the United States with a group of 40 to help spread awareness, and educate the public about the dangers of substance abuse and domestic violence.

It’s otherwise known as “The Longest Walk.”

“We want to encourage everyone they can get through addictions, too,” he said. “I’m a recovering addict going on 10 years of sobriety. I went back to school, graduated, and now I’m giving back.”

American Indian activists and supporters have done these walks for the last 39 years. Each year, they pick a section of the country to travel

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Sports Authority of India agrees in principle, judokas to participate in Budapest- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Saturday gave in-principle approval to Judo Federation of India’s (JFI’s) proposal to allow country’s judokas to participate in the Budapest Grand Slam scheduled from October 23 to 25.

However, only five judokas, who possess Schengen visa, will be able to participate as visa formalities for remaining nine are unlikely to complete in time because the Hungarian Embassy in the country is shut down at the moment due to the pandemic.

The five, who are expected to travel to the Hungarian capital to compete in their first international event since March, are Vijay Yadav (60kg), Jasleen Singh Saini (66kg), Avtar Singh (100kg), L Sushila Devi (48kg) and Tulika Maan (+100kg).

“We had a fruitful meeting with SAI today (Saturday). SAI DG Sandip Pradhan, in fact, wanted to send all 14 (seven male and as many female judokas) as named by

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More foreign airlines for Indian flyers under travel bubbles | All you need to know – india news

As India is exploring options to set up air bubbles with more countries to facilitate international travel in a restricted manner, a number of foreign airlines from countries with which India has already set up air bubbles have resumed their operations in the country. America’s United Airlines has recently announced direct flights to Delhi and Bengaluru, which will start between December 2020 and January 2021.

Here’s all you need to know

1. International flight operations were suspended on March 22, before the nationwide lockdown was imposed to fight the spread of Covid-19. From May 7, Air India resumed repatriating flights under Vande Bharat Mission, which entered its sixth phase in September.

2. Starting from July end, India entered into air bubbles with a few select countries to facililitate two-way operations. While repatriation flights can operate one way, air bubble flights can operate both ways. These bubbles allow foreign airlines to

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Two professional photographers give five pointers to keep in mind to get best out of an iPhone camer- The New Indian Express

Smartphones are fast becoming the preferred equipment of choice for photography. Two professional photographers talk about the top five pointers one needs to keep in mind to get the best out of an iPhone camera

Steffen Geldner is a German photographer and university lecturer for digital music marketing in Europe and the US. He is also the CEO of the music label Antischlager, besides being a talent manager.

Don’t concentrate on the device
I get many questions asking what iPhone I use, or what smartphone would be best for shooting, etc. All I can say is that it really doesn’t matter. Stick with what you have access to and try to utilise it to the optimum. Rather, think more about the actual image you want to capture. I am currently still shooting on my iPhone7 and it works perfectly.

Do your research
When I travel for work or pleasure I

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Custom-made B777 plane for VVIP travel to arrive in India on Thursday- The New Indian Express

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A custom-made B777 aircraft, which will be used to fly the president, vice president and the prime minister, is going to arrive from the US in India on Thursday, said government officials.

The plane was scheduled to be delivered by aircraft manufacturer Boeing to Air India during August but the delivery was delayed due to technical reasons, the officials noted.

Senior officials of the national carrier had reached the US during the first half of August to receive the plane from Boeing, the officials said.

Air India One, which is the call sign of the aircraft, will land at the Delhi airport from Texas at around 3 pm on Thursday, they stated.

Another custom-made B777 plane for the travel of VVIPs is likely to be received from Boeing during a later date, they noted.

It was expected that the delivery of these two planes, which are

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Pre-travel Covid-19 test result from four Indian labs not accepted in Dubai

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Pre-travel Covid-19 test results from four laboratories in India will no longer be accepted in Dubai, according to diplomatic sources and India’s national carrier.

These RT-PCR testing laboratories include Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Labs in Kerala, Dr P Bhasin Pathlabs Ltd in Delhi, and the Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi.

Negative test results from these Indian Council of Medical Research-approved centres shall be deemed invalid, Air India Express announced on Monday.

Passengers travelling to Dubai are advised to obtain pre-travel RT-PCR reports from Pure Health-approved laboratories, the airline said in its latest blog post.

Neeraj Agarwal, consul for Press, information, and culture at the Consulate-General of India in Dubai, said: “I can confirm that this report is true. However, passengers wishing to fly from India to Dubai can bring the test report from all other ICMR-approved facilities, except the four labs that have been listed

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Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country

NIXON, Nev. (AP) — Many older people living on the expansive Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in northern Nevada relied on the tribe’s senior services van to get to the grocery store or the doctor before the coronavirus pandemic ended that option.

Now, tribal officials worry how elders and others who don’t have cars or can’t travel on their own will get to the post office to return their ballots before Election Day.

“The distance has been a barrier for our people to vote,” tribal council member Janet Davis said outside the small, wood-shingle post office in the town of Nixon, not far from the turquoise lake that gives the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe its name. “We have elders that might not be able to move around much, those that might be afraid of the pandemic, people who are disabled and people that don’t have transportation.”

To make voting easier, a

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