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Government will charge Rs 1 Lakh to evacuate Indians abroad

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Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri said on Tuesday that approximately 15,000 Indians are awaited to be flown back to India in 64 different flights. The government’s mammoth exercise will evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to COVID-19 coronavirus in the first week.

“The passengers will be charged for the flights, as it is a commercial service being carried out under special circumstances”, said Mr. Puri.

As some of the one-way fares range from Rs 15,000 to Rs 16,000 from countries like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha to Kochi and Kerala.

While flights from the United Kingdom to India will cost around Rs 50,000, whereas flights from the United States to India will cost Rs 1,00,000.

“If there were no charge, people wanting to come back would be much higher”, he further added.

According to the plan, the first phase of the evacuation shall commence from May 7 to May 13. It will evacuate stranded Indians from 12 countries that are UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Bangladesh, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The government will evacuate around 2,100 citizens from the US and 2,000 from the UAE in the first week of mammoth exercise.

After arriving in India, all the passengers will be screened and placed under a 14 day quarantine period.

According to reports, only Air India flights will operate for the evacuation. These flights will include 40 from the national carrier and 24 from its subsidiary Air India express.

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Instagram Down: Giving 5xx Server Error

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Update 19 Mar 2021 23:38 IST: Instagram and other apps are now working fine.

Instagram is currently facing downtime and users from all around the world are reporting Instagram Server Down on Twitter. Some users are also facing downtime on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

The Instagram app is showing “couldn’t refresh feed”. and the Instagram website is giving 5xx Server Error.

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Earthquake in Nalanda, Patna – Bihar with 3.5 Magnitude

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An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 was reported near Nalanda in Bihar on Monday night, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.

The epicenter of the earthquake was 20 km northwest (NW) of Nalanda, Bihar, India, the agency said. The earthquake struck at 9:23 PM IST at a depth of 5 km from the surface. Tremors were also felt in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, Patna.

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Uttarakhand Power Plant Damaged After The Glacier Burst

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Chamoli Glacier Burst

Uttarakhand: A glacial burst in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the emergency evacuation of thousands from surrounding areas, and damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.

Disaster response and management teams have been deployed to conduct search-and-rescue and relief operations. Around 100 to 150 people may have been killed, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash told news agency ANI. Authorities fear hundreds more may still be stuck. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Assam to campaign for Assembly polls, tweeted: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety.”

Disaster management teams have been mobilized and hundreds of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) have been rushed for rescue operations.

SN Pradhan, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said that teams from the relief force have been moved for search-and-rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand where a glacial burst has triggered an avalanche. “The glacial burst has taken out a bridge constructed by the Border Road Organisation. Also in the higher reaches, the Rishiganga hydel project also has been damaged,” he said.

 

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