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India bans Apple Macbook Pro on Airplanes

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In a major embarrassment for Apple, some model of Macbook Pro has been banned across aircraft, which are flying in India.

Days after the US regulatory body FAA banned some MacBook Pro laptops from flights due to the risk of a battery fire, India’s DGCA has said that flyers should not carry these laptops in check-in or carry-on baggage.

Banned models include 15-inch MacBook Pros from 2015 sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

The issue started when Apple issued a recall on its website in June this year.

According to Apple:

In a limited number of older generation 15-inch MacBook Pro units, the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.

The recall does not affect any other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks

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This order to ban Apple Macbook Pro on airplanes has been issued by The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), via a Tweet. This covers both domestic and international flights.

Apple has provided a tool on its website where a MacBook Pro user can find if their laptop has been affected or not. The company will replace batteries of affected Macbooks for free. Apple notes on its website:

Find an Apple Authorized Service Provider to have your battery replaced. Your MacBook Pro will be examined prior to any service to verify that it is eligible for this program. Service may take 1-2 weeks.

India is among the last countries to announce the Macbook Pro ban on airplanes. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the American Federal Aviation Administration have already banned these specific models from flying in the airlines. Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways already have also issued directives for the same.

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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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Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passed away at 67 in Mumbai

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Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away on Thursday morning at a city hospital in Mumbai. He was 67.

His death was announced by Amitabh Bachchan via twitter.

The 67-year-old actor was taken to H.N. Reliance hospital on Wednesday morning.

“He is in the hospital. He is suffering from cancer and he has some breathing problems, so he has been admitted to the hospital. He is stable now,” Randhir told PTI.

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Reliance Jio is offering free 2GB data every day

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Mukesh Ambani owned telecom operator Reliance Jio never fails to surprise its subscribers. The operator is back again with its free data offer, this time named Jio Data Pack which offers free 2GB 4G data per day. Previously the free data pack was credited to the accounts of its subscribers without any information at the end of March and was valid till April 1.

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The telecom giant has once again come up with a plan that provides additional 2GB free data to its users on existing data packs. It will offer free data until the first week of May. Reliance Jio users can avail of this free data offer on the My Plans section in the MyJio app. It is worth noting that accounts of Jio subscribers are being credited with this offer randomly so you may or may get the free data benefits. Users can check the availability for the same on the MyJio app.

also introduced special data packs for people encouraging them to work from home.

 

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