Ahead of festive season, govt announces Rs 1 lakh crore ‘stimulus’ package



Nirmala Sitharaman wearing a blue shirt: Ahead of festive season, govt announces Rs 1 lakh crore 'stimulus' package


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Ahead of festive season, govt announces Rs 1 lakh crore ‘stimulus’ package

In what could be termed as second round of stimulus, the government today announced measures that by its own estimate would give a demand boost of Rs 1 lakh crore. The measures announced today largely fall in two categories – one, boosting consumer demand and another giving a push to capital expenditure by the

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Delhi restaurants, hotels to operate 24 hours? Here’s what the govt has decided



a person sitting at a table in a restaurant: The move, the statement added, would help the hotel industry generate more employment.


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The move, the statement added, would help the hotel industry generate more employment.

In a major push to the hotel and restaurant industries, the Delhi govt on Wednesday allowed all restaurants in the national capital to operate 24 hours of the day, the Indian Express reported. Before this decision comes into force, the restaurants and hotels are allowed to operate between 7 AM in

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Etihad rolls out UAE govt employee travel programme, offers 15% discount



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Etihad rolls out UAE govt employee travel programme, offers 15% discount

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is offering federal government employees up to 15 per cent off on flights with the launch of its UAE Government Employee Travel Programme.

Travellers who enrol into the programme for free will be able to check in at Abu Dhabi International Airport using

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Revoke Gulf airlines’ rights under ‘Force Majeure’: Air India to govt



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Revoke Gulf airlines' rights under 'Force Majeure': Air India to govt


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Revoke Gulf airlines’ rights under ‘Force Majeure’: Air India to govt

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Air India wants government to roll back traffic rights given to Gulf carriers to protect domestic airlines
  • National carrier has recommended suspension of traffic rights to Gulf carriers temporarily till 2021-end
  • Since bilateral traffic rights are signed between two sovereign nations, they cannot be withdrawn or suspended unilaterally  
  • Not giving access to foreign
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Govt should conduct business online, postpone non-essential travel: Expert

UNIVERSITI Malaya academician Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Lam Sai Kit says government leaders should conduct meetings via webinars and postpone all non-essential travel to reduce Covid-19 transmission risks.

Noting that people nowadays can do business remotely and work from home, he said that given our good internet infrastructure, the government can temporarily function via its online platform.

“Let’s carry on using video conferencing app Zoom, and make full use of

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Govt issues inter-state travel ban to and from Sabah from Oct 12-25 (updated)

PUTRAJAYA: The government has issued a travel ban from Sabah to Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan from Oct 12 to Oct 25.

Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said the decision was made following the increasing rise in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Ismail said exemption, however, will be given to special cases like emergency cases, deaths, essential services and others, which will

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TN govt ‘essential service staff’ can ride trains to suburbs

Chennai, Oct 2 (PTI) The Southern Railway on Friday said the Tamil Nadu government employees authorised as essential services staff would be allowed to board its ‘Workmen Specials’ running on the city’s suburban routes from October 5.

Southern Railway is presently operating the specials for its own workmen.

The services would be out of bounds for the general public.

‘In response to the request of the government of Tamil Nadu,

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Coronavirus India lockdown Day 190 updates | TN govt. ‘essential service staff’ can travel in suburban trains from October 5

In the eight months since the first case of coronavirus infection was detected on January 30, September alone recorded 26,21,418 infections, accounting for 41.53% of the over 63 lakh COVID-19 cases reported in the country so far.

The past month also saw 33,390 deaths due to the disease, which is around 33.84% of the total 98,678 deaths recorded so far.

You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at

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No e-pass for tourists travelling in govt. buses

Tourists travelling to Kodaikanal in government buses need not apply for e-pass and the order comes into immediate effect, said officials on Wednesday.

Public travelling to the hill station on their own vehicles or in tourist vehicles have to apply for e-pass through the ‘tourist’ category online from the district administration.

Following requests and appeals from various stakeholders in the hill station, Collector M Vijayalakshmi assured last week that they

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Hoteliers face an uphill task as govt allows reopening of hotels, restaurants





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The Maharashtra government has indicated that hotels and restaurants would be allowed to reopen from the first week of October, despite the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in the country’s worst-affected state.

However, hoteliers and restaurateurs are likely to face an uphill task in running their businesses because of a raft of factors.

Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity,

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ELECTION 2020: Congressional candidate Cameron Webb visits Danville for NAACP event | Govt. and Politics

Among Saturday’s attendees included Robin Scott King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and L. Louise Lucas, the president pro tem of the Senate of Virginia. Lucas spoke to the crowd briefly before introducing, and offering her endorsement of, Cameron Webb, the Democratic candidate running to represent Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in November.

Webb told the crowd about his background — as a child of Central

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Gambia: Govt to Give Seed Money to Gambians to Create Travelling Companies

As Destination Gambia almost completes its final decision to resume the tourism session in October for the winter tourism season 2020/2021, the minister of Tourism and Culture has disclosed among other plans to give seed money to young Gambians to create travelling companies.

Answering questions on some issues regarding the industry, Minister Hamat N.K. Bah in an interview disclosed among other things that the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is

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Rajasthan govt approves free travel to Haridwar for ashes immersion





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Rajasthan roadways will now take passengers going to Haridwar, for immersion of ashes of their deceased family members in the Ganga river, free of cost after chief minister Ashok Gehlot approved the ‘Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020’ to be run by the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC).

RSRTC will be the nodal agency for implementing the scheme while the expenses will be borne by the Devasthan

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Cut gov’t travel budget for next year – Gatchalian

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Sunday said it would be best for the government if it realigns the allocation for travel in the proposed P4.506-trillion national budget to other items in the national expenditure program (NEP) in order to save money.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
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Gatchalian said he also doubts it would be wise to travel under the present circumstances as the nation continues to grapple with the

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