UAE-India travel: IndiGo announces new direct flights.

Indian carrier IndiGo has announced new direct flights between Mumbai and Ras Al Khaimah, effective September 22. This will make Ras Al Khaimah the carrier’s 100th destination in its 6E network.Sanjay Kumar, chief strategy and revenue officer, IndiGo, said: “We are pleased to announce our entry into the fourth Emirate with Ras Al Khaimah as our 26th international and 100th overall destination. These new flights will cater to the high demand for travel to Ras Al Khaimah, with India being the third...

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India asks Canada to ensure security at Independence Day celebration events.

For the first time ever, the Indian government has called upon Canada to ensure adequate security during Independence Day celebrations at missions in the country but to also prevent the disruption of events organised by the Indo-Canadian community.This was conveyed by India’s high commission in Ottawa to Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, in a diplomatic communique. It came as the community prepares to observe August 15 with public in-person events for the first time since...

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Shelling near Ukraine nuclear plant: India calls for mutual restraint.

India has expressed concerns over shelling near the fuel storage of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Ukraine, as the Russian offensive continues for over five months.The shelling at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is under Russia's control since March, came ahead of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Thursday to address concerns regarding the facility's safety.Both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of striking the compound on Thursday and last...

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India concerned about Taiwan developments, calls for de-escalation of tension.

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) on Friday said India is worried about the developments in Taiwan, while calling for exercise of restraint.With China intensifying its military drills in the region following a recent visit by US House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelocy to Taiwan, the MEA said both sides should avoid unilateral actions to change the status quo and ensure de-escalation of tensions. It also spoke about the need to make efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region.In...

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Ukraine says 9 Russian warplanes destroyed in Crimea blasts.

Ukraine said Wednesday that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a deadly string of explosions at an air base in Crimea that appeared to be the result of a Ukrainian attack, which would represent a significant escalation in the war.Russia denied any aircraft were damaged in Tuesday's blasts — or that any attack took place. But satellite photos clearly showed at least seven fighter planes at the base had been blown up and others probably damaged.Ukrainian officials stopped short of publicly claiming...

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‘Will burn down venue’: BJP dares Telangana to allow Munawar Faruqui’s Hyd show.

A legislator of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Telangana on Thursday threatened to attack stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui and burn down the stage if the state government permits him to perform in Hyderabad.In a video message circulated on social media, BJP lawmaker from Hyderabad’s Goshamahal constituency T Raja Singh said the comedian had cracked jokes on Hindu gods and should not be allowed.“Let them see what will happen if he is invited to stage a show in Hyderabad. Wherever the programme...

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Ukraine says fresh Russian shelling of Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant damaged ‘several radiation sensors’.

Russia and Ukraine accused each other of new shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant on Thursday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting to address concerns over the facility's security.Both Moscow and Kyiv said there were five rocket strikes near a radioactive material storage area at the plant, Europe's biggest nuclear facility which has been a focus of renewed fighting in recent days.Ukraine's nuclear agency Energoatom said later that there had been fresh Russian shelling near one of the plant's...

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‘Extreme heat’ warning begins in UK even as France battles ‘devastating wildfire’.

A four-day "extreme heat" warning came into force across England, Wales, and parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland on Thursday as temperatures are expected to breach 35 degree Celsius. The heatwave is likely to affect water supplies and transport services, the weather office said.The Met office sounded its ‘amber’ warning, the second-highest alert after red, and cautioned people vulnerable to the extreme heat of "sunny and hot or very hot" weather that could lead to adverse health effects....

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UAE Announces New Generation of UAE Passports.

A new generation of Emirati passports will be issued from 1st of September 2022, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), has announced.The new version of the Emirati Passport enjoys unprecedented technical characteristics and very complex security specifications to restrict the attempts of forgery or falsification. It is also featured with printing the identification page of its holder using the polycarbonate instead of paper, which increases the efficiency...

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Dhankar sworn in as 14th vice president.

Former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar was sworn in as India’s 14th vice president at a ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. President Droupadi Murmu administered him the oath of office.On Saturday, Dhankar, who was the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee for the vice-presidential post, beat the opposition‘s candidate Margaret Alva by a margin of 346 votes.As per data provided by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, out of 780 votes, 725 cast their ballot...

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