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File photo of aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi | Photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Indian airlines seek $1.5 billion interest-free credit line from Modi govt

Indian airlines are also seeking to defer loan repayments by 6 months, without the borrowings getting classified as ‘non-performing’.
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.
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Unlike other carriers, no employee of ours will be laid off, says Air India

The announcement was made after a meeting with the Ministry of Civil Aviation where decisions regarding rationalisation of staff cost were reviewed.
An IndiGo aircraft | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

IndiGo to lay off 10% of its workforce due to ‘economic storm’, says CEO Ronojoy Dutta

Dutta said it was for first time in the history of IndiGo that such a painful measure has been taken and was needed to sustain their business operations.
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In a bid for safe travel, IndiGo to allow double seat bookings from 24 July

Passengers will be able to book two seats on one boarding pass, and charges for the second seat will be 25% of the first one.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to add new Airbus jets to its fleet despite coronavirus uncertainty

IndiGo, the world’s biggest customer for Airbus SE’s best-selling A320neo jets, plans to return its entire fleet of 120 fuel-guzzling planes in the next 2 years.

Asymptomatic passenger who took Bengaluru-Madurai flight tests positive for Covid-19

The passenger, who took the IndiGo flight on 27 May, had observed all precautionary measures, including wearing face mask, face shield and gloves.

IndiGo’s Rahul Bhatia should remember Australia has been a graveyard for foreign airlines

In its ruthless efficiency in controlling its home turf, Qantas behaves a lot like IndiGo, one reason ambitious foreign airlines have failed in Australia.
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IndiGo’s Rahul Bhatia considering bidding for Richard Branson’s collapsed Virgin Australia

Rahul Bhatia is evaluating data of Virgin Australia, which collapsed 2 months ago, and is finalising a strategy but no decision has been made.
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IndiGo rolls back April pay-cuts keeping ‘govt wishes’ in mind

The airline had earlier announced instituting pay cuts amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the aviation industry hard as flights remain grounded amid lockdown.

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Cubes of sorted compressed plastic bottles, Istanbul | Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Don’t give up on recycling plastic. It’s going to help manage our trash, spur innovation

The global recycling industry has a history of transforming what was previously 'unrecyclable' into useful products and is poised to do so again.
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Few onion trucks enter Bangladesh after partial clearance, over 200 still stranded

A Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs communique stated that only those trucks which received the 'Let Export Order' till 14 September can be allowed to cross the border.


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No decision on selling only ‘Made in India’ items in military canteens, says defence ministry

Union Minister Shripad Naik was replying to a query on whether the defence ministry will consider using and selling only 'Made in India' products in its stores.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?