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Airlines asked to mount additional flights to Kerala, cap maximum air fares

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New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 17 (IANS) The civil aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) has asked domestic airlines to mount additional flights to and from Kerala with a cap on the maximum fare.

The advisory came as the state reeled under torrential rain and the worst floods in the recent past.

The grim situation has left the state with only two operational civil airports at Thiruvananthapuram and Calicut, as operations at Cochin airport have been suspended till August 26 on account of rising water levels in the operational area.

“Scheduled domestic airlines have also been advised to ensure that air fares for flights to or from Trivandrum and Calicut airports in Kerala and nearby airports i.e. Mangalore and Coimbatore are kept at optimal level proportionate to sector distance so that travelling public is not inconvenienced,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement issued on Friday.

Accordingly, airlines have been requested to cap the maximum fare to around Rs 10,000 on longer routes and around Rs 8,000 on shorter routes to and from Kerala and nearby airports.

“In addition, DGCA is constantly monitoring air fares on 32 direct routes operating to or from Trivandrum, Calicut, Coimbatore and Mangalore,” the statement said.

“Spike in airfare on few routes have been observed. Concerned airlines have been advised to cap the airfare on these flights.”

On Thursday, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu tweeted:

“We have advised airlines to be more sensitive to situation arising out of #KeralaFlooding & keep airfares in check. It’s a humanitarian cause. Thx to all for agreeing with my suggestions to carry free of charge the #KeralaFloodRelief related material. All efforts ongoing for relief.”

A day ago, Minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda Gowda had tweeted: “Private Airlines are at a money making Shame!! Today Mangalore to Bengaluru ticket rate sky-rocketed to Rs 18,000. This route’s average rate is never more than Rs 4,000. It’s time to introduce more flights @jayantsinha.”

The monsoon fury has hit different parts of Western Ghats including districts of Kerala and adjoining areas in Karnataka.

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Uttar Pradesh: Minor raped in Gonda, body dumped in school toilet

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Lucknow, Sep 22: The body of a minor girl was found dumped in a school toilet in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 

According to Prime facie, it appears to be rape, Gonda Supredent of Police told news agency IANS.

The body was found in the primary school toilet in Basanatpur village. Forensic experts have taken samples from the crime scene and a probe is underway to nab those responsible, Singh said.

As per the reports, some youths of the area have been detained for questioning.

A six-year-old- girl had come with her grandparents to a relatives’ house to attend a religious ceremony. She had gone missing since Thursday late night.

Later, her body was found on Saturday after the school reopened following a day’s holiday for Moharram.

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Woman, differently-abled daughter murdered in Delhi’s Mianwali

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New Delhi, Sep 22: A 60-year-old woman and her differently-abled daughter were found murdered at their residence in Delhi’s Mianwali area on Saturday.

Shashi Talwar was found with her throat slit while her 40-year-old daughter, Nidhi, was killed with blunt force. They were reportedly found with their hands and mouths tied; police said.

Ruling out the possibility of robbery, police said that the entry in the house was friendly because there were 2 teacups lying in the drawing room. The pieces of jewellery were intact.

The bodies were first found by their maid, who called the police. “There is no CCTV outside the home. The maid went inside from another door,” police stated.

Shashi Talwar’s husband died two years ago. She has one son living in Canada and another one in Mumbai.

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Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh receives fresh snowfall

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Rohtang Pass near Manali received fresh snowfall on Saturday.

Fresh snowfall has also occurred on Kullu and Lahaul’s peaks.

With the Rohtang Pass, fresh snowfall in Kullu and Lahaul’s peaks has resulted in a significant decrease in temperature. In Lahaul Spiti, the mountains are blooming with snow. Tourists who reached Rohtang took full enjoyment of the snowfall.

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