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  • "Therefore, we are suspending our flights between Delhi and Chengdu from February 01, 2020 until February 20, 2020. We are also suspending our Bengaluru- Hong Kong flight effective February 01, 2020," it added. IndiGo said it will continue to operate the Kolkata-Guangzhou flight which it is" monitoring on a daily basis.

    Vistara, the airline majority-owned by the Tata Group, may explore opportunities to bid for Air India, executives close to the matter said, even as industry insiders said they expect the national carrier to finally find a buyer with the government offering to sell 100% stake.

    The gratuity and medical liabilities would be in the range of Rs 180 crore per annum, which is about 0.6% of the total revenues as on date and would not cost the future owners a lot, according to the official. Air India has 16,077 employees, including 9,617 permanent employees that are entitled for gratuity and pensions.

    Foot-tapping music and soulful classical renditions reverberated at Vijay Chowk on Wednesday as the Republic Day celebrations culminated with the Beating Retreat ceremony here with 26 performances by the bands of the armed forces and central and state police contingents.

    Some 250 Indians are to be evacuated, a source said, adding, "we are awaiting clearances from Ministry of External Affairs and also from Health Ministry. The Health Ministry's nod is required because the operating crew has to fly in a virus outbreak territory."

    Civil Aviation minister Puri advised other airlines to follow suit. Air India, Vistara and SpiceJet followed suit — if the minister had asked them to do likewise, they would have done likewise — no matter Kamra did not misbehave on their flights. Nor did they convene a meeting of their internal committees that are supposed to ponder over a complaint.

    Despite receiving light rains in the morning, the air quality of the national capital continued to remain in the very poor category, making residents gasping for breath.

    The memorial has been built at Mokokchung, which is also the cultural and intellectual centre of Nagaland. This memorial is the first of its kind in Nagaland, which also has the famous Second World War Cemetery at Kohima. Christened "Veer Samriti", the memorial is spread over 13,500 sq ft and was built by 44 Assam Rifles.

    The eight-decade-old library will have the latest sound system and a bar-coding system for the members so that they can get the books issued without any help from the staff.

    The government is offering 100% of the airline, while reducing the debt of the company to Rs 23,286 crore.

    Various Air India employee unions will meet here on Monday to discuss proposed privatisation of the debt-laden airline, sources said.

    The numbers under the non-debt capital receipts — more commonly known as disinvestment proceeds — look like an eyesore at the moment when seen in the context of the Budgeted target of Rs 1.05 lakh crore. Given the govt's tight fiscal situation, the fear is that Budget 2020 may crimp spending — the very thing needed at the moment.

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