Indian Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, “We have been receiving complaints that refund of cancelled air tickets are not completed in a reasonable timeframe,” while proposing that the process must be completed within 15 working days for domestic travel and 30 for international travel. He also added that “It will be the airline’s responsibility to ensure the refund reaches the passenger on time even if the tickets are booked from travel portals”.
From now on, passengers can choose to either hold the ticket in credit for future use with the airline or get the refund amount from the airline or the travel portal. Starting from 15 June 2016, passengers will enjoy the privilege of carrying five kilos of extra baggage by paying up to a maximum of INR 100 a kg to the airline. Private airlines were exploiting the passengers by charging INR 250 to 350 for each extra kg of luggage as the free allowance of luggage is limited to 15 kg on a flight. This mostly was until now adversely affecting the NRIs travelling from Gulf region. They fly to India on international flights and take domestic flights to reach their home town. In international flights they are allowed to take 25 to 30 kg of free luggage.
Google Street View rejected in Indians owing to security reasons: Sighting national security reasons, Indian Government rejected Google Street View’s expansion plans in the country in a very direct and firm note. Now, Google would not be able to cover Indian cities, monuments and tourist locations using Google Street View. The Defense Ministry has categorically rejected Google Street View ambitions by saying that it will compromise nation’s security and pose threat to the nation’s safety. Interestingly, Defense Ministry along with Indian Air Force, Military Intelligence, Navy, Army and Intelligence Bureau have ‘unanimously rejected’ Google Street View’s expansion. Launched in 2007 in USA with 5 cities, Google Street View gives its users a “feet on the ground” experience to view places without going out of home. In 2010, Google Street View’s reach expanded to Antarctica, where one can view Penguin colonies sitting at anywhere in the globe. Today, Google Street View covers 7 million+ miles, covering 65+ countries across all 7 continents. Google uses a specialized camera-mounted car to collect images. Sometimes, it also uses trekker, tricycle, walking, boat, snowmobile, camel, and underwater apparatus to capture images.
Green skies: Solar Impulse 2 completes its US round: The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft flew by the Statue of Liberty early Saturday, near the end of the U.S. portion of its bid to circle the globe using only solar power. The Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft project, began an attempt to circumnavigate the globe departing from Abu Dhabi in March 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 resumed the circumnavigation on 21 April 2016 reaching California, on April and in May and June, it continued across the United States, reaching New York City on 12 June 2016. At a press conference at JFK, Solar Impulse chairman and pilot Piccard said that “In the 21st century, liberty is to be free from fossil energy and pollution and we can have clean technology that creates jobs, sustains growth – it’s a new market for the world.”
'Mein Kampf' distributed with Italian newspaper: An Italian newspaper ‘Il Giornale’ distributed copies of the Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” to readers of its Saturday edition, as the copyright expires. Once a best-seller, Hitler's autobiography is once again becoming a best-seller in the 21st century. It is said that ‘Il Giornale’s published its version of the text which was annotated by an Italian historian and was distributed with the goal of preventing the mistakes of the past from being repeated.
Mission Bhagiratha promises water to 1,995 habitations by August this year: In Telungana, India, the Mission Bhagiratha Water Grid Scheme was announced by Chief Minister K Chandraskhar Rao to provide safe drinking water to every households in the rural areas with an estimated coast of Rs 35,000 crore. Today, vice-chairman and local MLA Vemula Prasanth Reddy in a press conference said that the project works have been going on at a brisk pace and almost 30 per cent work was over till date. He said by August this year water would be given to 1,995 habitations and by December 6, 100 habitations would get water. By December, 2018 all the households in the total habitations would be provided with pure water, he said.
Nayif -1 , the UAE's first Nanosatellite that was developed by Emirati engineering students, has successfully passed all stages and tests, and is now ready for launch into space aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket, said a press release from MBRSC (Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre).More News..
The 2016 IIFA Awards, officially known as the 17th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honouring the best Hindi films of 2015, ended this weekend in Madrid, Spain on a very high note as celebrities enthralled the audience with power packed performances, cheerful anecdotes and stunning red carpet best.More News..
H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, launched a nationwide initiative titled “Express Your Love for UAE” on Wednesday in UAE.More News..
The space agency of the Indian government, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully launches PSLV – C34, its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series into earth’s orbit this morning. The vehicle is carrying 20 satellites including those of Google company Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen2, and earth observation and imaging satellites from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.More News..
Inaugurating International Yoga Day 2016 celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people this morning at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India, to embrace yoga for better physical and mental health. He said that Yoga has become a mass movement like no other in the world.More News..
In line with Dubai Municipality’s transparency policy, the department has launched a Whatsapp number +971 50 1077799 to which residents can send a message seeking the authenticity of any rumours. Dubai Municipality will verify the news' sources and respond to the sender with a clarification within eight hours.More News..
Discussing ways of promoting parliamentary cooperation between the UAE and India as part of the distinguished and growing strategic partnership the two countries, Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), and T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, at the FNC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi on Saturday decided to set up an Emirati-Indian Parliamentary Committee.More News..
Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) announced today that the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) successfully carried out the first organ transplant surgery in Dubai, in collaboration with Mediclinic City Hospital. The surgery was performed on 8 June, on a 29-year old Emirati woman.More News..
Individuals are banned to own wild and other domesticated but dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, apes and monkeys, as well as pit bulls, mastiffs and Japanese Tosa dogs, says a draft law passed on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi by the Federal National Council. It also warns that pet owners who fail to control their pet dogs in public places will face tough penalties including one month jail term.More News..
Formerly named Wudeema Law, the UAE’s Child Protection Law takes effect on June 15 under which reporting cases of child abuse or negligence has become mandatory for all members of the community. The law will come in force from today onwards with the ultimate goal of transforming families and society.More News..