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Delhi Metro shuts exit from these four metro stations due to Jat Reservation Agitation!

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With Jats calling off their agitation, Delhi Metro today announced that its services will be normal tomorrow but for restrictions on exit at individual stations. Tomorrow, metro stations in Gurgaon, Noida, and Faridabad will remain open as usual, but the passenger will not be allowed to exit at Yellow Line’s four stations — Central Secretariat, Patel Chowk, Udyog Bhavan and Lok Kalyan Marg.

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However, the entry will be allowed at these stations, an advisory by Delhi Metro stated. Yesterday, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had announced that trains would not travel beyond the city’s borders from 11.30 PM today, while 12 stations in Central Delhi were shut from 8 PM till further orders.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today held talks with the agitating Jat leaders from the state on the quota issue. Later, All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chairperson Yashpal Malik said, “Our agitation and marched towards Delhi has been called off.”

Jats are demanding reservations in government jobs and educational institutions, besides withdrawing of criminal cases registered against several youths of the community, the release of those lodged in jail, and compensation and government jobs to the next of kin of those killed in last year’s agitation.

World’s longest flight between Doha-Auckland, lands in New Zealand

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The world’s longest flight, commercially landed in New Zealand today with the arrival of Qatar Airways’s 14,535 kilometres Doha-Auckland service, the airline announced.

world's longest flight“We’ve officially landed in Auckland,” the airline tweeted as flight QR920 landed at 7.25am (local time), five minutes ahead of schedule after a 16 hour 23 minute flight. The long-range Boeing 777-200LR crossed 10 time zones on its marathon flight.

Qatar Airways noted the flight was longer than the entire “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies which were filmed in New Zealand.

There were four pilots on board as well as 15 cabin crew who served 1,100 cups of tea and coffee, 2,000 cold drinks and 1,036 meals during the flight.

In keeping with international tradition to welcome inaugural flights, the Auckland airport rescue service showered the plane with water cannons on arrival.

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the estimated economic impact of the new service “will be well in excess” of New Zealand dollars 50 million (USD 36 million) with the increased freight capacity provided.

In March last year, Emirates airline launched what was then thought to be the world’s longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight, with a service from Dubai to Auckland, spanning 14,200 kilometres.

Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco flight claims the world’s longest by flying distance but when measured on the surface of the earth Doha and Auckland are further apart.

Jet Airways hit runway on landing, 168 escaped unhurt

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As many 168 people on board a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai had a narrow escape after the tail of the aircraft hit the runway on landing at the Dhaka International Airport last week, prompting the airline to take the pilots concerned off duty.

jet airways hits runwayThe B737-800 aircraft has been grounded and a team from Boeing company is expected to visit Dhaka to assess the extent of damage to the plane while engineers from Jet Airways has already started the assessment, sources said.

The incident, which happened on January 22, has been reported to aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation).

DGCA sources said Bangladesh’s aviation authorities are expected to investigate the incident since it happened in Dhaka.

According to them, if the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Bangladesh, which is the country’s aviation regulatory body, decides not to probe the incident, then AAIB may take up the investigation.

When contacted, Jet Airways confirmed the “tail strike” incident.

The flight 9W-276 from Mumbai to Dhaka had 160 guests and eight crew members when it had a “tail strike” on landing at Dhaka airport on January 22. There were no injuries to guests or crew, all of whom deplaned safely, the airline said.

In a detailed statement, Jet Airways also said the crew of the flight had been placed on the roster to assist with the investigation as a standard practice.

The aircraft, B737-800, is currently being inspected by the Jet Airways’ engineering team at Dhaka before it is brought back for routine operations.

Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), which comes under the Civil Aviation Ministry, is the apex body for probing accidents, serious incidents involving Indian aircraft.

Further, Jet Airways said it continues to offer all cooperation to support the investigation of its aircraft incident.

Five coaches of Kurla-Ambarnath local train derailed near Kalyan in Maharashtra

kurla ambarnath train mishap

Another train mishap occurred today. Five coaches of Kurla-Ambarnath local train have been derailed and are now off-the-tracks between Kalyan and Vittalwadi. While there have been reported no injuries, Railway services on this route along the central line stand affected. While today’s mishap in Maharashtra recorded no injuries but as of now the frequencies of the train derailment is on the rise since last month.

kurla ambarnath train mishap

Besides the fact that these have been no casualties, it’s a very serious incident because Mumbai suburban rail lines are the virtual lifeline of the city and this disruption will in many ways affect thousands of commuters who use these central lines to travel on daily basis.

The visuals which we’re getting from Vittalwadi tell that one of the tracks is completely cracked and broken. The reason behind this mishap is yet not revealed. The central railway team has been reached to the incident place and an investigation is going on. Yet there is no information.

According to sources, the first coach of this train got derailed. The visuals show that a poll is falling on the coach which is a very surprising part. The entire track has been broken down. The detailed investigation will begin soon.

From the commuter perspective, the people who will be traveling from Ambarnath, Vittalwadi, Ullasnagar, and Kalyan, will be affected in the morning. The only affected part is Ambarnath, Vittalwadi, and Ullasnagar.

Priyanka Chopra appointed as brand ambassador for Assam Tourism, will promote ‘Awesome Assam’

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as new brand ambassador for Assam Tourism. On Monday State Finance and Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa has said that Priyanka will be the state brand ambassador for two years. Priyanka Chopra will drive the campaign as ‘Awesome Assam’.

Priyanka Chopra assam tourism

In a press conference, Himanta Biswa has said that first, they had approached to Sachin Tendulkar, but he had refused. After that, we had approach more 4-5 celebrities. Finally, Priyanka has agreed to be the brand ambassador of Assam Tourism.

However, they did not reveal the reasons for Sachin Tendulkar declining the state proposal.

Sarma has said that the government had already signed the agreement with Priyanka Chopra. The agreement is ‘free of cost’ for two years.

Further, Sarma has added that Priyanka will be visiting Guwahati on December 24, to attend a tour operators meet.

Sarma has added that the actress will be engaged in shoots for the television commercial. Even for the next two years, Priyanka will be busy in still photos for a ‘massive’ tourism campaign for Assam.

The Minister has added that on December 24, Priyanka Chopra will be formally appointed as the brand ambassador for Assam Tourism.

Further, Sarma has added that Priyanka Chopra is one of the most popular faces in India as well as abroad. In the contract of two years, Priyanka will promote Assam Tourism.

Further, the Minister has said that Priyanka Chopra will visit Assam several times in the next few month to take part in shoots for a television commercial and still photographs in different locations in the Assam.

Minister Sarma has also said that their campaign will go globally to attract tourists to the state. He has further added that this time we are not restricting our tourism campaign only within the country.

Sarma has said that this time we are going for a massive global campaign, targeting the tourist in the Japan, England, US and other countries that have some connection with Assam.

Minister has said that as she is best, her association will help in attracting tourist to visit Assam. Priyanka is ready to make Hollywood debut next year with Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch.

GoAir offers fares starting as low Rs 999 for limited period

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Domestic carriers continue to woo customers with heavy discounted ticket prices, with no-frills GoAir on Wednesday offering fares starting as low as Rs 999 for a limited period over its entire route network.

goair fare priceUnder the offer, “Christmas campaign,” passengers can fly across all 23 sectors operated by GoAir at all inclusive fares starting as low as Rs 999 for the travel period from January 9 to April 15, 2017, the airline said in a release.

The bookings for availing special fares can be made from on Wednesday till December 31, it added.

GoAir has initiated this lowest fare offer for their customer to kick-start their holiday plan for the coming year, the release said adding GoAir has been consistent in providing flexibility of choice to their customers along with convenient and affordable flying experience, during the festive season.

The Rs 999 offer is available exclusively across GoAir networks (GoAir website, GoAir ticketing counters, GoAir Call Centre and travel agents), it said.

Besides limited seats, the offer is available on first-come-first-served basis, the airline said.

Ola to invest Rs 100cr over 3 years for skill development

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Transportation aggregator Ola said it will invest Rs 100 crore for addition and skilling of one lakh drivers to its platform over the next three years.

ola to invest 100 crOla has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for training, skill development and empowerment of these driver partners.

The joint project will involve Ola and NSDC identifying people from various sections of the society and skilling them to become driver entrepreneurs, Ola said in a statement.

“Ola aims at investing Rs 100 crore in adding 1,00,000 drivers to its platform,” it added.

The MoU was signed by Ola co-founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal and Manish Kumar, MD and CEO of NSDC, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, among others in Kanpur.

“The mobility sector in the country is witnessing phenomenal growth and has the potential to empower aspiring individuals from all walks of life to become entrepreneurs. We are extremely excited to partner with NSDC to invest in the training and skilling of drivers as this would help us in realising our objective of nurturing micro-entrepreneurship,” Aggarwal said.

Ola currently has over 5.5 lakh driver partners on its platform.

Wazirabad-Noida stretch to become signal-free

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The city government is all set to make the stretch between Wazirabad and Noida signal-free by constructing a flyover at Majnu-ka-tilla crossing on Outer Ring Road in North Delhi.

wazirabad noida stretch to become signal freeAccording to PWD, it has received a nod from the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (planning and engineering) Centre to construct the flyover which will ensure signal-free movement for vehicles going towards Noida and vice-versa.

“Flyover will be built from Majnu-ka-tilla to Metcalfe House crossings on Outer Ring Road. Once the project is completed, the stretch from Wazirabad to Noida will become signal-free which will reduce traffic jams,” said a senior government official.

At present, there are often long traffic jams from Wazirabad to Metcalfe House during rush hours due to two traffic signals which slow down the movement of vehicles going towards ISBT, Noida, Geeta Colony.

“We will soon start work on constructing flyover which will also cut down travel time of vehicles coming from Uttam Nagar, Vikaspuri, Rohini, Burari and Haryana,” the official also said.

On Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had thrown open to public the Vikaspuri-Wazirabad signal-free corridor, a project that was conceptualized by the Sheila Dikshit government, with the inauguration of a six-land flyover at Mukundpur Crossing on Outer Ring.

The Public Works Department (PWD) has also planned to construct a cycle track on a 9 km stretch of the corridor to promote cycling.

Railways, IRCTC include transgender as third gender

Railways IRCTC include transgender as third gender

Indian Railways and IRCTC have included “transgender as third gender” in the option alongside male and female in ticket reservation and cancellation forms.

Railways IRCTC include transgender as third genderThe decision which was taken on a representation made by a lawyer will include the facility for reservations and cancellations, both online as well offline.

The Delhi-based lawyer had made the representation after the Delhi High Court in February had asked him to approach the Railway Ministry while disposing of his petition.

The ministry in its circular referred to the direction of the apex court of April 2014, which had said that hijras, eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as third gender for protecting their rights.

“Supreme Court (in the judgement) has directed that Hijras, Eunuchs, apart from binary gender, be treated as third gender for the purpose of safeguarding their rights under Part III of our Constitution and the laws made by the parliament and the State Legislature.

“It has, therefore, been decided to include the third gender/transgender option alongside male/female in reservation /cancellation requisition form. This information will be captured by the system and tickets to transgender will be issued on full fare,” the circular stated.

Advocate Jamshed Ansari in his PIL before the high court had alleged the violation of Article 14, 15, 19 and 21 of the Constitution by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), by non-inclusion of “transgender/third gender” as a gender option in its forms.

He had also sought compliance of the apex court judgment in which it directed the Centre and the state governments to recognize transgender as the third sex and to provide them with the benefits accorded to socially and economically backward classes.

He had further demanded special coaches and reserved seats for the transgender community in all trains, for their “care and protection”.

On which the bench headed by Chief Justice G Rohini had asked the ministry to look into the averments made in the writ petition.

Tourism Ministry promoting lesser known destinations at IITF

Tourism Ministry promoting lesser known destinations at IITF

The Union Tourism Ministry Incredible India pavilion at India International Trade Fair (IITF) aims to nurture the tourism potential of lesser known destinations which are located close to popular places, a top official said today.

Tourism Ministry promoting lesser known destinations at IITFThe Tourism Ministry is participating in the IITF after a long gap, an official release said.

Inaugurating the stand at IITF, which began here today, Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said, “The stand has been designed with an idea of promoting lesser known destinations.”

The attractions of the pavilion are two ‘selfie’ points with the Taj Mahal and the Valley of Flowers as backgrounds, the release said.

Domestic tourism continues to be an important contributor to the tourism sector. There is also “encouraging sign” for the inbound tourism, it said.