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Limited flights from India-UK to resume from today, RT-PCR test mandatory on arrival

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As the Indian government is resuming India-UK flights, which were temporarily shut down in the last week of December amid concerns over the new mutant strain first spotted in the United Kingdom, two Air India flights ? one from Delhi and one from Mumbai ? would fly for London on January 6. 


Meanwhile, flights from UK, as per the civil aviation ministry, would be allowed to enter India from January 8. 

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told ANI, We took a decision on limited resumption of civil aviation traffic between India and the United Kingdom based on an assessment of available facts as available with our medical professionals. We decided that RT-PCR test which was done 72 hours ahead of travelling was not enough.

Until now, only 30 flights, instead of 60, would be operational between the two countries, said Puri.

So, we made it compulsory to test again on arrival. We will review the situation if any steps have to be taken. So far it is the limited resumption of civil aviation with the UK. The total number of flights to UK has been reduced from 60 a week to 30, he said. 

As confirmed by the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, a total of 71 samples have been found to be positive with the new UK variant genome of the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus in India. 

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Nagpur News

‘Maharashtra State Under-13 Open and Girls FIDE Rating Selection Chess Championship’ ends today

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

There were no major upsets on first day after as seeded players sailed through in the first two rounds of Maharashtra State Under 13 Open & Girls FIDE Rating Selection Chess Championship 2022 organised by Chess Association Nagpur in association with G.H. Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation which coomenced at G H Raisoni Institute of Engineering & Technology College, Shraddha park ,Near MIDC Police Station, Hingna- Wadi Link Road Nagpur.

The Championship was inaugurated by Chief Guest and Arjuna & Dronacharya Awardee Sports Icon of Nagpur City Shri Vijay Munishwar jointly with Guest of Honour Shri Hemant Gandhi, Hon Secretary, Vidarbha Cricket Association by playing moves on Chess Board with each other at the Inauguration Function held on 2nd October 2022. Dr. Mrunal Naik, Project Head, Raisoni Group and Shri Amit Gandhare, PRO, Raisoni Group were prominently present on the occasion. Adv. Nishant Gandhi, President, Chess Association, Nagpur welcomed the Chief Guest Shri Munishwar whereas Guest of Honour Shri Hemant Gandhi was welcomed by Shri Bhushan Shriwas, Secretary, Chess Association Nagpur & Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation. The programme was compered by Shri S.S.Soman who introduced the guests and also proposed vote of thanks. Girish Vyas, ex-MLC and Vice President, Maharashtra Chess Association also visited the tournament venue and extended his good wishes to players.

The Championship is being held from 2nd to 4th October 2022 under the Aegis of Maharashtra Chess Association and All India Chess Federation and is a FIDE Rating Chess Championship. The Championship has attracted 155 participants (85 FIDE Rated) in Open Group and 65 participants (27 FIDE Rated) in Girls Group from all over the Districts of Maharashtra. Total Prizes amounting to Rs. 25000/- are at stake beside attractive Trophies and Medals. Being a FIDE Rating event there is Golden Opportunity for unrated players to become International Rated players. Overwhelmed with the huge response, the organisers have decided to give additional 3 trophies each for Best Under-11, Best Under-9 and Best Under-7 players who finish beyond main prize list in both the groups.

An Organising Committee headed by Adv. Nishant Gandhi, Organising Secretary Shri Bhushan Shriwas, MCA Tournament Committee Member Shri S.S.Soman and Organising Committee Members Shri Prayas Ambade, Shri Prathamesh Machave alongwith the Officials of Chess Association Nagpur, G.H.Raisoni Sports and Cultural Foundation and Kalpana Prakash Welfare Foundation are working for successful organization of event. Dr. Mrunal Naik, Project Head, Raisoni Group, Dr. Vivek Kapoor, Director, Raisoni Group and Shri Amit Gandhare, PRO, Raisoni Group have extended their co-operation for the event.

IA Ajinkya Pingale will be the Chief Arbiter assisted by Deputy Arbiter IA Deepak Chavan, SNA Amit Tembhurne, SNA Swati Kumbhalkar, SNA Uday Vagere, Sagar Sakhare, Shyam Agrawal, Prayas Ambade, Prathmesh Machave and Deep Jure.

Also read: If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor

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If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi, Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President and much more.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.

Watch the full interview here: 

 

Also Read: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

 

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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

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Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.

Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of 1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.

Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.

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