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Historic London-Sydney non-stop flight lands after 19 hrs

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Sydney, Nov 15 : After over 19 hours in the air, a non-stop Qantas flight from London to Sydney touched down here on Friday, as part of a project which is studying ways to combat jet lag for those on-board.

The flight touched-down in Sydney about 12.30 p.m. after a marathon 19-and-a-half hour flight covering a distance 17,800 km from London carrying just 52 passengers and crew, reports news.com.au.

This was the second test flight in a three-part series for Qantas, which connected New York and Sydney in a non-stop trial flight last month.

It was also the second time in history the route has been flown by a commercial airline, with the first being in 1989.

The London-Sydney flight is actually 1500 km further than New York to Sydney, but is shorter due to prevailing tailwinds.

Ahead of the flight, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce explained that to make the non-stop journeys a reality within the next few years, the airline was looking at ways to redesign cabins and improve comfort to make the long stretches in the sky more manageable.

The project has been named Sunrise, after Qantas’ “double sunrise” endurance flights during WWII which saw two sunrises while in the air.

Meanwhile, passengers boarded at 6 a.m. on Thursday (London time) and were offered high GI supper options like a steak sandwich or chicken broth with macaroni, followed by a milk-based pannacotta dessert.

Pilots wore an EEG device to track brain wave patterns, while three Go-Pro cameras were put in the cockpit to monitor alertness.

A final decision on whether the ultra-long haul flights will become a commercial reality is expected by the end of the year, with the service potentially launching by 2022.

Ahead of the flight, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce explained that to make the non-stop journeys a reality within the next few years, the airline is looking at ways to redesign cabins and improve comfort to make the long stretches in the sky more manageable.

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DTC gets 100 more new buses

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New Delhi, Dec 10 : Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot here on Tuesday flagged off 100 buses from the Rajghat Bus Depot to be included in the DTC fleet. The new buses are equipped with GPS trackers, panic buttons, CCTV and hydraulic lifts for the convenience of the differently-abled.

The government has flagged off 429 buses in the previous months by the government.

He said the safety features in the 37-seater buses, include three CCTV cameras on each bus, a panic button on every alternate seat. “If a panic button is pressed, a large hooter goes off activating the command center,” he said.

“There are marshals on every bus in Delhi,” he reminded.

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Kolkata Metro fare hiked after six years; here are the new rates

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Kolkata, Nov 27 : After six years, Kolkata Metro Railway fares are set to go up.

Presently commuters have to shell out Rs 5 for the first five kilometers. Now the same fare would be charged for the first two kilometres. For the next three kilometres the fare would be Rs 10, Metro sources said.

Between five and ten kilometres, the fare has been fixed at Rs 15.

In the next stage, the fare would be Rs 20 between ten and 20 kilometers.

Above 20 kilometers the fare would be the maximum – Rs 25.

At present, the same maximum fare of Rs 25 has to be paid for distances above 25 kilometers.

The enhanced fare would come into effect from December 5.

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TSRTC employees call off strike after 52 days in Telangana

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Hyderabad, Nov 25 : The employees of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) called off their 52-day long strike on Monday.

TSRTC Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Ashwathama Reddy asked all the employees to report for duty from Tuesday. He appealed the temporary drivers, conductors and other staff not to report for duty as the regular employees have decided to end the strike.

Nearly 50,000 employees were on strike since October 5 to press for various demands, including the demand to merge TSRTC with the government. About 1,500 employees later returned to duty following an appeal by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

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