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Passengers can make bookings from April 15 onwards: AirAsia

According to the senior official, the current lockdown period is till the midnight of April 14 and if this is not extended then these bookings will be honoured.

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New Delhi, April 5 : Budget passenger carrier AirAsia India on Saturday said that passengers can continue to make their bookings for flights that wil be operated from April 15 onwards.

“If at all there is any change based on the direction provided by the regulator, we will abide to the policies and notify guests accordingly,” a spokesperson of the airline said.

At present, no foreign or domestic passenger flight operations are allowed till April 14.

On Thursday, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said that domestic airlines are free to accept ticket bookings for flights that will be operated post the current lockdown deadline.

According to the senior official, the current lockdown period is till the midnight of April 14 and if this is not extended then these bookings will be honoured.

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Andhra Pradesh Govt puts plans to sell Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam properties on hold

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Amaravati, 25 May : The government of Andhra Pradesh on Monday stepped in to put on hold the proposed sale of unviable assets belonging to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD). The state government stepped in to control the damage following the rising resentment in several quarters over the recent move by the Board of Trustees of the TTD.

In an order issued by Praveen Prakash, Principal Secretary (Political), on Monday, the state government, keeping in view devotees’ sentiments, directed the TTD to re-examine the issue in consultation with the different stakeholders such as religious elders, opinion makers, section of devotees etc., to ascertain whether these properties can be used by TTD for construction of temples, dharma pracharam and other religious activities.

The state government headed by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has been at the receiving end of opposition parties over the move to dispose of 50 TTD properties located in Tamil Nadu and other places outside Andhra Pradesh. The state government has pointed out that the controversial decision was in fact taken during the previous regime headed by the Telugu Desam Party.

“It has been brought to the notice of the government that the Board of Trustees of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which was constituted by the previous government, approved the disposal of 50 properties of TTD through its resolution No. 253 dated 30.01.2016,” the order pointed out.

The richest religious body in the country, the TTD has been in the news of late with reports of a cash crunch following the Covid-19 induced lockdown and the resultant freeze on contributions from the devotees. The TTD is headed by Y.V. Subba Reddy, who is also Jagan Mohan Reddy’s maternal uncle.

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Domestic passengers landing at Kerala don’t seem to need Aarogya Setu

After landing at the airport here, all were asked to pass through a thermal scanner.

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 : With the commercial domestic aviation services restarting in the country on Monday, it appears the Aarogya Setu app is not a requirement at the Thiruvananthapuram airport.

A passenger who arrived from Delhi on the first flight that landed here on Monday told IANS that no one asked him about Aarogya Setu app inside or outside the airport here.

“When I entered the Delhi airport, I was asked if I have Aarogya Setu app and I said yes. Then I was allowed to enter the airport. In the aircraft what I could see was social distancing was maintained. There was no in-flight service of any sort during the flight,” said the passenger who did not wished to be identified.

After landing at the airport here, all were asked to pass through a thermal scanner.

“After that there is a health desk with a doctor and a few others. They asked me a few questions and I was let off as I had no symptoms. Then I had to fill a few forms and then went to a counter where I showed the pass that I had received when I first registered online two days back, before I booked my air ticket. The person manning the counter asked me all my details of where I will be staying and such things. After the registration was over, I got another pass and was allowed to go out of the airport,” said the passenger and added no one asked him about the app.

“Outside I could see buses of the state-owned Transport Department and I took a car and reached my home, where I have been asked to be in quarantine for 14 days. Now I will be staying indoors till my quarantine period is over,” added the passenger who works in Delhi.

According to rules here, anyone arriving in Kerala on flights, can go into state run quarantine centres, if they so wish or if they have a separate attached bathroom at their home can remain in it for two weeks, when the quarantine period will end.

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No quarantine for asymptomatic passengers coming to Delhi

The guidelines said, in case any symptoms develop, they should inform the district surveillance officer or the state call centre.

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New Delhi, May 25 : The Delhi government on Monday issued guidelines for the passengers coming to the national capital on flights, trains and buses, saying the asymptomatic ones will be allowed to go with advice that they will self-monitor their health for 14 days.

In an order, the Delhi Directorate General of Health Services also linked the health facilities with the airport, railway station and ISBTs for symptomatic passengers.

As per the order, the symptomatic passengers coming in flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport will be transported in CATS ambulances to the Safdarjung Hospital.

For the New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Stations, it will be the Northern Railway Central hospital, and for symptomatic passengers at the Anand Vihar Railway Station and ISBT, Dr. Hedgewar Arogya Sansthan has been assigned.

Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital will be the destination for the passengers coming at the Sarai Rohilla Railway Station.

For those from the Maharana Pratap ISBT, the Aruna Asaf Ali government hospital has been assigned.

The guidelines for domestic travel through air, train or inter-state buses, also make thermal screening, social distancing and Arogya Setu app on mobile essential.

It directs that the dos and don’ts should be provided along with tickets to the travellers by the agencies concerned.

“All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. Suitable announcement about Covid-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports, railway stations, bus terminals and in flights, trains and buses,” the guidelines said.

It says the agencies concerned — airport health authority, railways and the transport department should ensure that all passengers should undergo thermal screening at the point of departure and exit and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to board the flight, train or bus.

“During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers/masks. They will also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and maintain environmental hygiene.”

At all the points, required measures to ensure social distancing should be taken, the guidelines for domestic travel — air, train, inter-state bus — say.

“The airports, railway stations and bus terminals should be regularly sanitised and disinfected and availability of soaps and sanitisers shall be ensured.”

The asymptomatic passengers, who will be permitted to go with the advice that they will self-monitor their health for 14 days, have been directed to inform the DDMA helpline number concerned or the state helpline number, if they develop any symptoms.

Those found symptomatic, it said, will be isolated and taken to the nearest health facility linked with each transport hub, and assessed there for clinical severity.

“Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated Covid Health facilities and managed accordingly.”

The guidelines also said that those having mild symptoms will be given the option of home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centre (both public and private facilities) appropriate and tested as per ICMR protocol.

“If positive, they will continue in Covid Care Centre and will be managed as per clinical protocol. If negative, the passenger may be allowed to go home, isolate himself/herself and self monitor his/her health for further seven days.”

The guidelines said, in case any symptoms develop, they should inform the district surveillance officer or the state call centre.

While special trains have been running to and from Delhi since May 12, domestic flights started on Monday. More trains will be running from June 1.

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