In Pictures: Cyclone Amphan leaves death, destruction in its trail in Odisha, West Bengal
Flying domestic during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are the list of guidelines issued by Airport Authority of India
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) to airport operators for recommencement of domestic commercial flight operations from May 25. The AAI has said that all passengers must compulsorily be registered with the Aarogya Setu app on their phones.
However, Aarogya Setu app is not mandatory for children below 14 years of age. All other departing passengers must be registered on the app on their mobile phones and it will be verified by the CISF or the airport staff at the entry gate of the terminal building, the AAI said.
According to the SOPs, airports have been advised to ensure that passenger seating arrangement shall be done in such a manner so as to maintain social distancing among passengers using chairs by blocking those seats that are not to be used, with proper markers/tapes.
The airport staff must be provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, face masks etc, and should also be provided with hand sanitisers. It has also asked all food and beverage (F&B) and retail outlets to be opened with COVID-19 precautions. Take-away to be encouraged to prevent crowding. Promote digital payments, self-ordering booths at F&B and retails outlets.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation also issued general instructions for domestic travellers. The ministry said that those passengers with confirmed web check-in will be allowed to enter the airport. Passengers will be required to wear protective gear (face mask) and only one check-in bag will be allowed.
The ministry also advised that Vulnerable persons, such as very elderly, pregnant ladies, passengers with health issues should avoid air travel. No physical check-in at airport counters would be done. Only those passengers with confirmed web check-in shall be allowed to enter the airport.
In a tweet, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said: "Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday, 25th May 2020." "All airports & air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May," he said. Furthermore, the minister said the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the passenger movement would be issued soon.
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The WhatsApp forward universe continues to divide the line between what’s real news and what’s fake. And in that madness, there are people who even assume something just because it is shared at a particular moment.
On Tuesday evening, veteran Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi shared a photograph of two children holding each other with the caption, ‘heartbreaking’.
Assuming that she had posted the picture based on the migrant crisis that has hit India, a number of Twitter users started schooling her saying that the picture was fake. Veteran journalist Kanchan Gupta even shared the same picture on his timeline, saying, “So a 2 January 2019 photo from 'Naya' #Pakistan resurfaces in #India on 19 May 2020. Heart took a rather long time to break, innit? #TyrannyOfDistance.”
Other people also criticised the actor
The migrant crisis has continued to plague India. There were chaotic scenes outside Bandra Terminus yet again on Tuesday morning, as a huge crowd of over 2,200 migrant workers converged outside, jostling each other and ignoring social distancing norms, in their frenzy to board a Shramik Special train to Purnia, Bihar.
The crowd was, however, dispersed by police after calming them down, and a total of 1,800 workers were dispatched to Bihar in the special train originating from Bandra Terminus at noon.
On learning about the train on Monday, migrants staying at Nirmal Nagar in Bandra (East) called up others. Within a couple of hours, over a thousand of them from neighbouring areas like Chembur, Dharavi, Sion and Mahim were camping outside Bandra Terminus.
This was at midnight; they slept in the open, hoping to board the train on Tuesday morning. However, only those workers who had registered themselves beforehand were given that privilege.
Meanwhile in Uttar Pradesh, there has been a battle between the Yogi Adityanath-led administration and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over supplying of buses to migrants.
Lockdown 4.0: Gujarat govt allows paan and tea shops to remain open during lockdown
Rajkot (Gujarat): Paan and tea shops have been allowed to open in Rajkot during the fourth phase of the coronavirus lockdown.
Shop owners have been asked to ensure that customers maintain social distancing and that not more than five people are present at the shop at any given time.
In Gujarat, the state government has allowed paan and tea stalls to be operational from 8 am to 4 pm every day till the coronavirus lockdown guidelines are in place.
With 366 new COVID-19 cases reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours, the total number of positive coronavirus cases has risen to 11,476, said the state health department on Monday. The tally is inclusive of 4,804 patients who have been cured/discharged and 694 patients who succumbed to the deadly virus.
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in India reached 96,169 on Monday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With 157 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the toll has risen to 3,029, as per the latest update by the ministry. Out of the total number of cases, 36,824 have been cured/discharged/migrated.
Amit Shah speaks to Mamata Banerjee, assures help to deal with situation arising due to cyclone Amphan
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and assured help to deal with the situation arising due to cyclone Amphan.
MHA sources told news agency ANI that the Home Minister has assured West Bengal CM that the Centre is committed to helping the state and teams of NDRF have been already deployed. Amit Shah also said that Centre is ready to give any assistance West Bengal requires.
Home Minister Amit Shah has also spoken to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and reviewed the preparedness. He again reiterated that Central Government is ready to provide any support needed from them by both the affected states: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1262623649002975233 …
Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on #AmphanCyclone. He has assured West Bengal CM that the Centre is committed to helping the state&already teams of NDRF have been deployed. Centre is ready to give any assistance the state requires: MHA sources
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Amit Shah also spoke to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and reviewed the preparedness. He again reiterated that the Central Government is ready to provide any support needed from them by both the affected states.
The Met department has said that the super cyclonic storm 'Amphan' in the west-central Bay of Bengal is likely to weaken into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm' by noon on Tuesday.
The system, which was situated 670 km south-southwest of Digha in West Bengal, is very likely to move north-northeastwards across the northwest Bay of Bengal, and cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts in the afternoon or evening of Wednesday as a 'very severe cyclonic storm', the Met department said.
The weatherman said that 'Amphan' is expected to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya islands in Bangladesh on May 20 as a very severe cyclonic storm, after losing some steam as it approaches landfall.
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