Uttarakhand Health DG Dr. Shailja Bhatt informed that approximately 91 pilgrims lost lives during the 2022 Char Dham Yatra. On May 27, Bhatt said, "Most of the pilgrims died due to heart-attacks". Furthermore, highlighting the strengthened medical services compared to earlier, Shailja Bhatt said, for the Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand, nearly 169 doctors were deployed to treat patients in the course of the yatra, which started on May 3.
After diesel prices were reduced in Odisha from Rs 102.22 to Rs 94.74 per litre on May 26, the state government has cut the bus fares, reducing the burden of daily commuters. The reduced rates apply to the stage carriages and not the town buses plying within the state of Odisha. For regular, delux and premium buses, the fare is reduced by three paise, six paise and nine paise, respectively.
Airlines IndiGo suffered a huge net loss of Rs 1,681 crore in the quarter ending March, said company on May 25. The airlines' Q4 loss was said to be 46.6% close to Rs 6,161 crores, more compared to the loss in 2021, which was Rs 5,806 crores. Notably, Covid-19's Omicron variant and deduction in travel demand was one of the major reason behind the loss.
In view of people's safety, the Mumbai traffic police issued a notification for bikers in Maharashtra. Issued on May 25, the notification mandates helmets for pillion riders. Notably, the new rule will come in effect after 15-days, following which strict action, including fines will be taken against violators. Moreover, currently, there is a fine of Rs 500 for those without helmets, which will soon be enforced on pillion riders also.
SpiceJet airlines fell victim to a ransomware attack, due to which, passengers were stranded at various airports and morning flight departures were impacted, on May 25. Soon after, the airlines started to recieve numerous queries about the delay, after which, SpiceJet tweeted, "Our IT team has contained and rectified the situation and flights are operating normally now." One passenger said, "Extremely poor customer service by SpiceJet. Staff… read-more
In a tragic incident, a passenger bus collided with a lorry in the outskirts of Karnataka's Hubli, leaving at least seven dead and 26 injured, on May 24. Reportedly, the injured are being treated in Hubli's KIMS hospital, and the drivers of both the vehicles died on the spot. Reportedly, the bus was going from Kolhapur to Bangalore, and the driver was attempted to overtake a tractor.
Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board, in accordance with a petition filed seeking online bookings of helicopter services in Jammu and Srinagar. The petition complained that due to the unavailability of online bookings, pilgrims are suffering and black-marketing is happening. In regard to this, the Delhi HC issued notice and asked the shrine to file an affidavit, and adjourned the matter to May 31.
Indian Airlines, "Jet Airways" announced new executives for the company on May 23. The appointment came days after aviation regulator DGCA granted a revalidated Air Operator Certificate, which permits commercial flight operations for the airlines. Prabh Sharan Singh, HR Jagannath, Mark Turner, and Vishesh Khanna are new executive officers. Notably, Singh will take charge on June 1, Turner on June 15, and Khanna will join in July.
Followed by floods and landslides in Assam's Dima Hasao district, the central government has sanctioned Rs 180 crore for the restoration of the railway network, on May 23. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed the allocated funds. The restoration work will reportedly be completed by July 10. Reportedly, significant train routes have been disturbed and several trains have been cancelled, due to the Damage in tracks.
Saudi Arabia issued a travel restriction on May 21 to India and 15 other countries, citing an increase in Covid-19 cases there in recent weeks. Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Indonesia, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus, and Venezuela are among the countries where Saudi citizens are barred from traveling. There are no new restrictions on Indian citizens entering Saudi… read-more
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