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Covid-19: How airlines are ensuring safe, smooth passenger travel

Covid-19: How airlines are ensuring safe, smooth passenger travel

WORLD NEWS
Introduction of vaccine passports and other such measures making it easier for passengers to travel. Airlines in the UAE and around the world have been consistently embracing innovative measures for smooth passenger travel experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. Industry executives believe that introduction of vaccine passports and other such measures will provide health data of the travellers to airlines and governments around the world about the health of the passengers, hence, making it easier for the passengers to travel. Below is the list of some of the measures taken by the aviation industry for smoother passenger travel and to expedite the recovery of the sector. IATA Travel Pass The Travel Pass mobile app by the International Air Transport Association (Iata) is aimed at ...
UAE: Former company official cleared of Dh17 million fraud

UAE: Former company official cleared of Dh17 million fraud

UAE NEWS
Court acquits defendant due to lack of evidence An Abu Dhabi-based drilling company has lost a court case, where it had accused its former general manager (GM) of embezzling more than Dh17 million (m) from the firm's bank account. In its lawsuit filed at the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance, the company had alleged that the GM illegally took the cash from its bank account and disbursed it to unknown parties. The accused had denied the charges against him in court. His lawyer had presented to the court a defence memorandum, where she argued that the accusations -- both material and moral -- were baseless against her client and were malicious in intent. She found legal loopholes in the documents submitted to the court by the complainant, as they lacked sufficient evidence t...
Covid-19 India: Woman tests positive after Kumbh visit, infects 33 others

Covid-19 India: Woman tests positive after Kumbh visit, infects 33 others

INDIA NEWS
She infected her daughter-in-law, who in turn passed on the infection to others. A Bangalore woman, who returned from the Kumbh mela in Uttarakhand last month, tested positive for Covid-19 and infected 33 others, including 13 psychiatric patients. Fortunately, most of those who got infected have now recovered. According to a Bangalore civic body official, the woman's daughter-in-law is a psychiatrist and was treating 13 patients. A few days after her mother-in-law tested positive after returning from Uttarakhand, she too went for a test, which indicated she had acquired the virus. About 15 patients and staffers at the hospital also tested positive. “But none of the infected had severe symptoms and they were treated in the facility,” the civic official told the media. “As we traced f
Covid India: Odisha provides 25 fils meals for patients’ families, jobless people

Covid India: Odisha provides 25 fils meals for patients’ families, jobless people

INDIA NEWS
Aahar centres providing cooked meals as takeaways despite the lockdown. While Covid-19 sees a growing number of ailing persons being hospitalised, their near and dear ones, waiting outside the hospitals for days, also undergo enormous problems. As many Indian states have imposed curfews and restricted the timings for grocery shops, accessing food is one of the biggest challenges that relatives face, though fortunately most of the patients get some food at the hospitals. To overcome this problem, the Odisha government has ensured that its popular Aahar centres, which provide a decent cooked meal for a mere Rs5 (25 fils), are available as takeaways to people despite the lockdown. The government operates 164 Aahar centres across the state, including in the 114 urban centres. And tho...
Indian rupee falls, trades at 20 versus UAE dirham

Indian rupee falls, trades at 20 versus UAE dirham

INDIA NEWS
US dollar gains against most of the Asian currencies The Indian rupee fell 17 paise to 73.51 against the US dollar (20.0 versus the UAE dirham) at the opening of the trade on Wednesday (May 12), weighed down by weaker domestic equity markets and a stronger US dollar. The rupee closed at 73.34 versus the greenback (19.98 against dirham) on Tuesday. Reliance Securities said in a research note that most of the Asian currencies were trading weaker against the dollar and could weigh on sentiments. The Bombay Stock Exchange’s (BSE) 30-share BSE Sensex was trading 382.61 points or 0.78 per cent lower at 48,779.20 on Wednesday. Similarly, the broader 50-share NSE Nifty slipped 106.70 points or 0.72 per cent to 14,744.05. Investors are awaiting cues from the US consumer price index
UAE: Emirati, Indian expat from Oman win Dh1 million each in Mahzooz draw

UAE: Emirati, Indian expat from Oman win Dh1 million each in Mahzooz draw

UAE NEWS
Winners match 5 out of 6 numbers in the 24th draw Two persons have become overnight millionaires after matching five out of six numbers in the 24th Mahzooz draw. Indian national Syam, and Sultan, an Emirati, became the sixth and seventh Mahzooz millionaires of the year and will take home Dh1 million (m) each. Syam, an Indian expatriate who has lived in Oman for the past 18 years, said: “I’ve never won before and I’ve had weeks where none of my numbers came good. I wasn’t able to watch the draw show this weekend, so I was surprised when I got an email saying I won. Then I saw the figure and couldn’t believe it; I went on YouTube, watched the draw, and confirmed the numbers.” The first thing that Syam did after becoming a millionaire was calling his wife. "My family is back in Indi
Covid-19: Dubai firm donates 150 oxygen concentrators to India

Covid-19: Dubai firm donates 150 oxygen concentrators to India

WORLD NEWS
Oxygen machines were donated to St. Martha’s Hospital in Bengaluru Dubai-based logistics company Tristar Group has donated 150 sets of oxygen concentrators to St. Martha’s Hospital in Bengaluru, India, to support the state’s battle against the Covid-19 pandemic . Each unit donated is a compact oxygen machine that can provide respiratory therapy for those who may require five litres or less of oxygen flow. “It’s a difficult time for us to see our country men and women battling against all odds to save lives and we hope that this small donation will provide much needed recourse to hundreds of people who are in need of oxygen to breathe which is a universal right for every human being. We are a business for purpose and saving lives is an integral part of our corporate strategy,” said E
Covid-19:  Indian variant found in 44 countries, WHO says

Covid-19: Indian variant found in 44 countries, WHO says

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Besides India, Britain had reported the largest number of Covid cases caused by the variant. The World Health Organisation said Wednesday that a variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India's explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries all over the world. The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in more than 4,500 samples uploaded to an open-access database "from 44 countries in all six WHO regions". "And WHO has received reports of detections from five additional countries," it said in its weekly epidemiological update on the pandemic. Outside of India, it said that Britain had reported the largest number of Covid cases caused by the variant. Earlier this week, the WHO declared B.1.617 -...
Covid: Some UAE firms ask unvaccinated staff to take PCR tests regularly

Covid: Some UAE firms ask unvaccinated staff to take PCR tests regularly

UAE NEWS
Staff has to bear expenses for the test on their own, companies say Some UAE-based companies have been asking employees, who are yet to receive their Covid-19 jabs, to submit negative PCR test reports once a fortnight at their own expenses to ensure the health safety of other employees and clients. Senior officials in the private sector said that a large number of their employees have received Covid-19 jabs, and the rest would be administered the vaccine soon. “Flydubai continues to facilitate Covid-19 vaccines for its employees and complies with all government requirements,” the budget carrier’s spokesperson said in a statement. Abdul Salam KP, Group Executive Director of Malabar Gold and Diamonds, said around 60 per cent of his staff have received both the doses of a Covid-
COVID-19 second wave: India tackling the crisis on war-footing

COVID-19 second wave: India tackling the crisis on war-footing

INDIA NEWS
India continues to reel under a relentless second wave of coronavirus. While urban India is showing a some semblance of order, rural India, particularly the interiors of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar – two of India’s most populous states -- have imploded and the situation has turned very grim. According to a report in the Indian Express, “between May 2 and May 8, as many as 306 districts — just under half of the country — were reporting a positivity rate of more than 20 per cent.” Without beds and doctors in hundreds villages spread across the vastness of India, how can any system, reach out to the millions who need urgent/immediate help in this pandemic? There is a proverb in Gujarati (the language heavily influenced by Persian) Aabh fate tyan thingdu kem devay? How can you do patchwor