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File photo of a special Air India flight under Vande Bharat Mission arrives at Ahmedabad airport | ANI

Over 2 million Indians returned from abroad through Vande Bharat Mission, says MEA

Under phase seven of the mission, operational since 1 October, as many as 1,057 international flights from 24 nations have repatriated close to 1,95,000 people, the MEA said.
An Air India aircraft | Bloomberg

Air India sale rules relaxed further, bidding to be on enterprise value

Aviation Minister Puri and Secretary Kharola said that 15% of Air India's value has to be paid in cash, while the remaining 85% will be taken as debt by the bidder
Air India flight returning with repatriated Indians from abroad | (Representational image) | ANI

Hong Kong bans Air India flights for the 4th time as passengers test positive for Covid-19

According to Hong Kong govt rules issued in July, passengers from India can arrive only if they have a Covid-19 negative certificate from 72 hours prior to the journey.
Hardeep Singh Puri

Foreign flights will not be allowed at expense of Indian airlines — Civil Aviation Minister

At a press conference, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said while he was all for foreign carriers there should be some parity under the regulated air bubble arrangements.

Custom-made B777 plane for President, Vice President & Prime Minister to arrive 1 October

The aircraft from the US is manufactured by Boeing with the call sign Air India One and will land at the Delhi airport from Texas at around 3 pm Thursday.
An Air India Express plane | Flickr

Dubai suspends Air India Express flights for 15 days after it flew Covid positive passengers

Early this month, the airline allegedly ferried Covid positive passengers, in violation of UAE rules. This was apparently the second such instance in weeks.

‘Missing’ data on migrant workers, and the 11-lakh page mountain against Umar Khalid

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An Air India 423-seater jumbo B747 plane set to leave Wuhan Saturday | Commons

Modi govt plans to drop condition that Air India buyer take on Rs 24,000 cr aircraft debt

Modi govt is being advised to drop the rule on concern it will deter buyers who will be allowed to bid on the enterprise value & not on the entity value.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

This Indian ‘Maharajah’ dressed up as Playboy waitress, sumo wrestler & many other avatars

Generations of Indians will remember Air India's Maharajah, with his portly figure, impressive moustache, sharp nose and wardrobe that changed with every city to which he was flying.
An Air India plane | Twitter: ANI

US to allow Air India to conduct its ground handling operations at airports

The order by the US Department of Transportation also relieves Air India of any further reporting requirement regarding its ground handling arrangements.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.