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Singapore Airlines to unveil A-350 services to India from July 1

Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the A350-900ULR for which deliveries will start in 2018 and the aircraft would be deployed to relaunch non-stop services between Singapore and New York and Los Angeles.

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Mumbai, June 30: Singapore Airlines will introduce its new Airbus A350-900 services to India starting July 1, as part of the airlines’ 70th anniversary celebrations, a top official said here on Friday.

The daily scheduled flight SQ421 will be operated with the new modern aircraft. The inaugural service will depart from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Saturday at 11.45 hrs, said Singapore Airlines General Manager, India, David Lim.

Encompassing advanced technology and superior operating efficiency, the new Airbus A350-900 offers customers an improved travelling experience and makes Mumbai the 16th destination to receive the service on the airlines’ network, Lim told the media persons here.

The 253-seater aircraft has higher ceilings, larger windows, extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. It has a three-class configuration of economy 187, premium economy 24 and business class 42 seats.

Lim said the airline took delivery of its first A350-900 in March 2016 and has now 15 in the fleet with 52 more on firm order, including seven of the ultra-long-range A-350-900ULR variant.

Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the A350-900ULR for which deliveries will start in 2018 and the aircraft would be deployed to relaunch non-stop services between Singapore and New York and Los Angeles.

To mark its 70th anniversary, Singapore Airlines is offering Mumbai travellers the A350 experience with special fares to Singapore starting at Rs 22,070 from Saturday and valid till April 30, 2018.

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Congress demands Goyal apologise for ‘tarnishing Vemula’s memory’

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!”

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New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Congress on Wednesday demanded apology from Union Minister Piyush Goyal for accusing Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of using Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula’s family for political motives.

Terming it “utterly shameful”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a tweet, said Goyal was “peddling fake news” about Vemula and his mother in order to tarnish the memory of the Dalit student who committed suicide.

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!” he added.

The BJP on Wednesday accused the IUML of using Vemula’s family for political motives, with Goyal said he was “anxious” after the statement of the student’s mother, claiming that the “IUML made false promises of providing a sum of Rs 20 lakh and asked her to address their rallies and misrepresent the unfortunate incident”.

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Government is committed to Air India’s strategic disinvestment: Union minister

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New Delhi, June 20: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the central government is committed to he strategic disinvestment of national carrier Air India. 

Speaking to media, he also informed that a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

“We are committed to supporting and strengthening Air India whatever its financial and liquidity requirements we’ll continue to support it like in the past.

The minister said a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

Alternate mechanism headed by Arun Jaitley is reviewing the situation&as required will take the appropriate decision ” News agency ANI quoted Sinha as saying.

The development comes after no bids were received for the Expression of Interest (EOI).

The BJP-led government, which had approved strategic disinvestment for the state-run carrier in last June, had on May 31 this year said no initial bids were received for the proposed stake sale.

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A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government’s brand ambassador

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Gangtok, June 20: Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government, news agency IANS quoted a senior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“We have appointed Rahman as the state government’s brand ambassador for a year,” Sikkim Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industries Ugen T Gyatso, told IANS over phone.

As the government’s brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it, said the Minister.

The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim. “He will leave on Thursday,” the Minister said.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary A.K. Srivastava said Rahman will promote and project the state’s achievements nationally and globally.

Sikkim, with its natural and pristine beauty, has over the last two decades emerged as a world famous eco-tourism destination, besides attaining a distinct identity as the first fully organic farming state of the country, it said on Monday.

The state government had earlier this year made Mr. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

Rahman is a widely awarded music personality and has worked in an array of international projects.

In 2010, Rahman was conferred the country’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.

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