Govt permits airlines to decide baggage limitations for domestic flights

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September 24, 2020

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New Delhi, Sept 24: The Civil Aviation Ministry has permitted airlines to decide baggage limitations for domestic passenger flights, stated an official order.

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 hand baggage per passenger must be allowed.

In an order dated September 23, 2020, the ministry said the "baggage limitation would be as per 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.

Currently, airlines are permitted to operate not more than 60 per cent of their pre-Covid-19 domestic flights.

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October 19,2020

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India is likely to begin administering the first round of Covid-19 vaccines to healthcare and essential service workers in January, and pharmacists may be deployed to administer the vaccine in the second phase, according to a Business Standard report.

According to the report, which cites an official, India has enough trained vaccinators to administer the first shots of the Covid-19 vaccine to the first 3 crore people but may need more vaccinators as the government is targeting 30 crore shots by June 2021. The official also said that final-year MBBS and nursing students will need to be deployed in addition to the auxiliary midwife workforce, and healthcare workers.

According to the official, pharmacists are also likely to be roped into the vaccination programme as the government seeks to make it a mass movement.

Jagannath Shinde, chairman, All Indian Origin Chemists & Distributors, said that India's 8 lakh pharmacists will likely be enthusiastic if they are asked to participate in the vaccination programme and that they are already training people to administer insulin injections.

However, regulations do not permit pharmacists to administer vaccines, and changes may be needed to enlist them for the programme.

For training and certifying the vaccinators, the government may fall back to the Healthcare Sector Skill Council, a certifying organisation under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to prepare the vaccinator force for the programme.

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October 27,2020

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Chennai, Oct 27: Chengalpattu Police today arrested actor Khushbu Sundar and a few BJP cadre near Muttukadu while she was on her way to Chidambaram to take part in the agitation organised by the BJP to protest the remarks of VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan on women quoting Manusmrithi.

The police had denied permission for the agitation at Chidambaram yesterday. Just after the arrest of Khushbu, BJP State general secretary KT Raghavan was arrested near Athur tollgate near Melmaruvathur. Police said both have been arrested as a preventive measure and would be released soon.

Speaking to media persons, a senior police officer said, "The arrest was a preventive measure given the pandemic situation. We had to avoid the mass gathering of people in Chidambaram to stop the spread of the virus. The detained members will be released before evening"

Just after her arrest, Khushbu tweeted: "Arrested.. been taken in police van. we will fight till our last breath for the dignity of women. H'ble PM @narendramodi ji has always spoken about the safety of women and we walk on his path. We will never bow down to the atrocities of few elements out there. BHARAT MATA KI JAI!"

In her second tweet, she targetted the VCK: "Cowards #VCK. Dont rejoice. Its your failure. Arrested bcoz they know we are a force to reckon with. We will not bow down. @narendramodi Ji shall take every step to ensure the respectability of every daughter of this soil. Darpoks VCK, respecting a woman is alien to you."

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October 15,2020

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India is expected to have 60,000 start-ups and 100 companies with valuation of over USD 1 billion by 2025, a TiE Global report, in association with Zinnov, released on Wednesday said.

The report observed that business recovery of start-ups is back on track after the lockdown. However, 12-15 per cent of start-ups are facing risk of survival and a similar percentage of start-ups have closed their business.

"Despite being in the biggest pandemic we have had, India is going to create same numbers of unicorn in 2020 as we did in 2018 and 2019, which is a testament of our strong ecosystem," TiE Delhi-NCR president Rajan Anandan said while sharing the findings of the report.

"We do believe that India is on track to have 60,000 start-up by 2025. We are well on track to have 100 unicorns in India by 2025," he added.

He said investments are also on track for recovery.

TiE Global is a non-profit organization devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries.

There are around 38,000 active start-ups, out of which 26 are unicorns. The start-up ecosystem in India had attracted USD 14.5 billion of funding in 2019, the report titled 'Covid-19 and the antifragility of Indian startup ecosystem' said.

The report said start-ups are expected to create 1.5 to 1.6 million jobs by 2025.

The study included most of the business data till the end of February and compared it with data till the end of September, Anandan said.

According to the report, direct job creation in the start-up ecosystem will remain flat in 2020 as about 25,000 jobs in several sectors like hospitality, mobility, among others, have been lost, while a similar number of jobs have been created in some sectors like edutech, communications, online fitness, among others, .

Online life insurance, over-the-top platforms, electronic e-commerce, online gaming, digital payments, online stock brokerages, online grocery have not only recovered by the end of September to pre-COVID period but also seen growth in the range of 10-50 per cent.

Education technology platforms and online health insurance have recovered up to 200 per cent, while online fitness and online telecommunication start-ups have seen up to 500 per cent recovery, the report said.

Automotive, travel and hospitality, mobility and logistics are among the worst hit segments and there has been a significant drop in their funding.

"There are 15 per cent of Indian start-ups that are at survival risk. We would love to see some program to help the start-ups that are in these sectors," Anandan said.

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