UN tracks population growth

June 22, 2017 by  
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UNITED NATIONS, US, 22 June 2017: The world’s current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India’s numbers to surpass China’s in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday.

Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the third most populous country in the world, according to the figures by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

“With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline,” the report’s authors said. Read more

Born at 35,000 feet

June 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 20 June 2017: An Indian woman gave birth to a baby boy on an international commercial flight as it flew at 35,000 feet, the airline reported on Monday.

The unnamed woman, in her 20s, went into premature labour on Sunday’s Jet Airways flight between Damman in Saudi Arabia and Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

“The guest delivered a baby boy at 35,000 feet,” Jet Airways said in a statement, adding that a paramedic on board and airline staff helped with the delivery. Read more

India bans raging MP

June 19, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 19 June 2017: Indian airlines on Friday barred a lawmaker from all flights for unruly behaviour in the second case in three months against a top politician accused of abusing staff.

J.C Diwakar Reddy, from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, allegedly pushed IndiGo airline staff and used abusive language at Visakhapatnam airport after he was too late to board a flight.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, a lawmaker from Reddy’s regional Telegu Desam Party (TDP), ordered an inquiry into the incident. Read more

GST shock for Indian airlines

June 12, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 12 July 2017: Indian airlines will face additional costs as they prepare to pay Goods and Service Tax 1 July, but the tax bill will be even steeper for hotels and restaurants.

The GST has been fixed at 5% on domestic airline tickets  and 12% on international ticket sales.

Tour operators in India will pay 5% GST without an input tax credit facility. Read more

Air India faces corruption probe

May 31, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 31 May 2017: India’s civil aviation ministry said, Tuesday, it would cooperate with a federal inquiry into alleged irregularities in the purchase of 111 planes by state-run carrier Air India and its merger with Indian Airlines.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed three cases against Air India and launched an investigation into what it termed “unknown officials” at the ministry.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the ministry would cooperate with the CBI investigation, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. Read more

India’s trains go up-market

May 26, 2017 by  
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MUMBAI, 26 May 2017: India’s passenger trains are notorious for being rickety and spartan, but the government is hoping to change all that with a new “luxury” service.

The popular image of rail travel in the country of 1.2 billion people is of hundreds of people crammed into carriages, perching on roofs and hanging off the sides.

But with its reclining seats and “in-rail” entertainment featuring Bollywood movies, the Tejas Express may be getting the country on a different track. Read more

India changes tourist count

May 22, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 22 May 2017: India’s ranking based on tourist arrivals monitored by UNWTO has improved, according India’s Ministry of Tourism, as the country adopts a different way of counting arrivals.

In the latest UNWTO ranking, India moved up from 40th and 41st (2014 and 2015) to 24th place following its adoption of the same counting benchmark practiced by other UNWTO member-countries.

India is now counting non-resident Indians for the first time since it started to monitor tourism statistics in the 1970s.. Read more

Singapore top veggie spot in ASEAN

May 19, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 19 May 2017: Globally, Dubai, the UK and Singapore were the top choices for vegetarian travellers, according to a Cox & Kings survey.

Third placed Singapore came out ahead over ASEAN rivals Malaysia and Singapore in the Veggie ranking commissioned by one of India’s top travel firms.

Indian Express quoted the Cox & Kings survey results, Thursday, saying that due to the high vegetarian population in the country, outbound travellers choose a destination based on accessibility to vegetarian food. Read more

IndiGo adds international services

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 16 May 2017: Indian low-cost airline IndiGo  will launch a new daily service from Bangalore to Singapore, 1 July.

The new route complements the airline’s twice daily Chennai-Singapore service. Both services will use A320 aircraft. Read more

ATR wins Indigo contract

May 11, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 11 May 2017: India’s largest airline IndiGo, Tuesday, announced a deal to buy 50 small planes from French manufacturer ATR as it eyes a growing domestic market for first-time flyers.

IndiGo will use the turboprop fleet to fly new regional routes opened under a government plan to connect rural India with the cities, the airline said in a statement.

“In support of our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s UDAN vision, we are embarking on a journey to build a nation-wide regional network and connect cities that have not benefited from the growth in Indian aviation,” said IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh. Read more

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