Hyderabad: Gold valuables of over 2kg seized from man at airport

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): The customs department of Hyderabad airport recovered 2.715 kg of gold chains and paste worth Rs 1.36 crore from a man, who arrived from Dubai, said a press release on Saturday.
According to the customs department, the valuables were concealed inside the hand-in bag and check-in luggage and recovered from the man during an interception by the officials of the department. Further investigation is underway. (Image source: Instagram)

CISF recovers 60,000 US dollars worth Rs 45 lakh at Mumbai Airport

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Friday recovered 60,000 US Dollars which converts approximately to Rs 45 lakh, from the possession of a ground handling agency staff at Mumbai Airport.
The appended staffer has been identified as Ritesh Parker, who belongs to ground handling agency Aviaxpert Pvt Ltd. at Mumbai Airport. Parker was caught around 12.40 a.m. during his frisking at Security Hold Area (SHA) of Terminal 2, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International (CSMI) Airport, Mumbai after the CISF personnel observed that he had concealed something at lower part of his body under his clothes and socks.
“During thorough physical checking, 60,000 US dollars which worth approximately Rs 45 lakh in indian currency were recovered from his possession. He was later identified as Ritesh Parker, AEP No.BOM 2812210113 of Aviaxpert Pvt. Ltd. dealing as ground handling agency at Mumbai Airport,” the CISF said.
On questioning, the CISF said, Parker informed that he was going to hand over the said foreign currency to someone at boarding gate No.46.
“Immediately, the matter was informed to Senior Officers of CISF. In the meantime, CISF surveillance team located a passenger (later identified as Sufiyaan Shahnawaz Shaikh, bound for Dubai by IndiGo flight No.6E-8271) near the boarding gate No.46. He was intercepted and enquired. On questioning, the said passenger refuses any involvement in the case,” said the CISF, which is responsible for the internal security of 64 airports across India.
“But as the staff confirmed that he was about to hand over the foreign currency to the said passenger, he was stopped with the help of the airline staff and the matter was informed to Customs/Air Intelligence Unit Officials,” officials said.
On arrival of the Customs Officials, the CISF said, Parker and the passenger along with the recovered foreign currency worth Rs 45 lakh were handed over to them for further action in the matter. (Image source: Instagram)

Passenger held with gold worth Rs 47 lakh concealed under bandages at Hyderabad airport

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): Hyderabad Customs officials have filed a case of smuggling of gold against a passenger who arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on a flight from Sharjah on January 9.
As per information, a total of 970 grams of gold worth over Rs 47 lakh was recovered and seized from the passenger. According to the Hyderabad Customs department, gold in paste form was concealed inside the bandages tied to the calves of both legs.

The male passenger travelled by an Air Arabia Flight. (Image source: Instagram)

Passenger held with diamonds worth Rs 5.76 cr at Chennai airport

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: The Chennai Airport Customs officials on Tuesday seized diamonds of 1,052 carat worth Rs 5.76 crore from a passenger at Chennai airport.
The passenger has concealed diamonds in the telescopic handle of the stroller suitcase. A senior official said that based on specific intel, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) of Chennai Customs intercepted a passenger bound to Dubai via flight EK-543 on Tuesday that he might be carrying diamonds with him.
“When the said passenger reached the airport and his baggage was opened for checking, they found 22 small transparent plastic packets containing processed diamonds hidden in a telescopic handle of his hand baggage,” he said.
Diamonds of 1052.72 Carat worth Rs 5.76 crore ingeniously concealed in telescopic handle of stroller suitcase, recovered and seized under Customs Act, 1962.
The passenger was arrested, the official said.

Kabul airport should be given to UAE, say Afghan traders

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Afghanistan traders have urged the Taliban regime to hand over the contract concerning operations at the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport to the United Arab Emirates.
This comes as reports have emerged that Qatar and Turkey might control the operations at the airport. The traders believe that businessmen have been investing in the UAE and their activity may be hindered if Qatar or Turkey took control, Tolo News reported. Last Thursday, officials from Qatar and Turkey visited Afghanistan to discuss operations at the Kabul International Airport. The agreement also included airports in the provinces of Balkh, Herat, Kandahar and Khost.
Afghan Transportation Ministry spokesman Imamuddin Ahmadi said the parties did not reach the agreement, adding that consultations would continue until the agreement is concluded.
“This contract is important for the Afghans who are living here. This contract should be given to the UAE. If the flights between Kabul-UAE are halted, the traders will face serious problems,” the head of the Afghanistan traders council in the UAE, Obaidullah Sadar Khail, said as quoted by the Afghan news agency TOLOnews.
The council noted that more than 200,000 Afghans have settled in the UAE and invested millions of dollars in the country and added that daily there were about 10 flights between the countries prior to regime change.
Former Afghan officials have a different point of view, saying that international norms and other measures will improve aviation services provided by the country and will increase income.

Despite low visibility, flight operations remain normal at Delhi airport

New Delhi [India]: Despite low visibility on Saturday morning, the flight operations remain normal at Delhi airports.
The passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information. “Low Visibility Procedures are in progress at Delhi Airport. All flight operations are presently normal. Passengers are requested to contact the airline concerned for updated flight information,” said Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi stands at 398.
As per the government agencies, and AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

Turkey, Qatar enter into deal with Taliban on running airport of Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Turkey and Qatar have entered into an agreement with the Taliban on the management over the international airport of Kabul and four other airports in Afghanistan, Sputnik reported.
The parties held “productive and effective” negotiations during which they agreed to create technical groups to work on details of the operations in the coming days, the Anadolu news agency reported on Friday, citing its sources. “Doha and Ankara have agreed to jointly operate Kabul International Airport,” said the sources.
The Turkish-Qatari Delegation will visit Kabul to continue the joint work, Sputnik reported.
Earlier, the Qatari technical team had repaired Kabul International Airport after the US withdrawal was completed on August 31.
International and local flights were suspended at Kabul’s international airport and across Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in mid-August.

44 women stopped at Hyderabad airport for carrying dual visas

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: As many as 44 women were stopped at Rajiv Gandhi International (RGI) airport from travelling to Kuwait as they were found to be having dual visas, informed Inspector Vijay Kumar at RGI airport on Tuesday.
Speaking to ANI, Kumar said, “We have registered the complaint as they were carrying dual visas, that is, employment and visitor visas.” Further, the Inspector informed that all 44 women are from Tamil Nadu and Goa.
According to police, a complaint was filed by the RGIA saying that they held 44 women from going to Kuwait when they got suspicious as they were carrying dual Visas, i.e Employment and Visiting visas.
So basically they tend to apply for the visit visas, go there for employment, they somehow get through the immigration which is a violation, said a police official. So we have registered a case and carrying the investigation. We are looking for the agents, said the police.

COVID-19: Chennai Airport creates exclusive corridor for screening of passengers

New Delhi [India]: In compliance with the revised travel guidelines issued by the Centre and Tamil Nadu government in view of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Airport Authority India’s (AAI) Chennai Airport has created an exclusive corridor at T4 terminal to screen arriving passengers from countries at-risk.
As per a statement issued by AAI on Monday, the facility can seat 500 passengers at a time as it is mandatory for passengers to wait till the Covid test results are out. “Facility for registration for RT- PCR and Rapid PCR, sample collection and payment are provided at the same level. This is in addition to pre-booking and pre-pay facility extended to arrival passengers online to save time during the screening process,” read AAI’s statement.

As per the AAI, the Rapid-PCR at Rs 3400 gives the result within 30-45 minutes from the time of collection of samples, while RT-PCR at Rs700 takes 5-6 hours for providing results.
Several passenger conveniences line reclining chairs, F&B outlets, baby feeding rooms and money exchange facility have also been arranged at the T4 terminal among others.
In coordination with the state health department, the airport authorities have also arranged a facility for the collection of random samples (2 per cent) from travellers coming from countries excluding those enlisted as countries at-risk.
“The test is done for free by the state health department and the process is smooth and quick,” stated AAI.

Further, the AAI shared a testimony of a passenger and said that they are “satisfied with the arrangements made in quick time, in fact in less than 12 hours at T4 terminal.”
“An average of 700-800 passengers are being tested at Chennai Airport every day from at-risk countries alone,” said AAI.

PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of Noida Jewar International Airport

Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh.
The PM was accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia at the project site. “Noida International Airport will be a multi-modal connectivity hub. It will create employment opportunities for more than 1 lakh people. Soon we will see 17 airports including an international airport at Ayodhya in the state,” Scindia said.
The airport is being developed by Yamuna International Airport Private Limited (YIAPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of the project’s Swiss concessionaire Zurich International Airport AG.
Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) is developing Noida International Airport under the PPP model in close partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Government of India.
With the construction of the airport, it is being expressed that the job opportunities will open in the state.
According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the International Airport near Jewar will be developed as an Aviation Hub which is conceived to provide all the modern, efficient and hi-tech facilities. The airport area when fully operational is expected to have Aero and Non-Aero activities along with MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) facilities.
The present project envisages an area of land requirement measuring 3500 acres. In the first phase of development, only 1327 hectares of land would be developed.
Noida International Airport is strategically located, which is at a road distance of about 72 km from IGI Airport, 40 km from Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad respectively, 28 km from Greater Noida, 65 km from Gurugram and 130 km from Agra.
“Noida and Delhi will be connected to the airport through hassle-free metro service. All major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and others will be connected to the airport,” the ministry said.
The airport will also be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and the airport in only 21 minutes
The airport will be the logistics gateway for North India. Owing to its scale and capacity, the Noida International Airport will prove to be a game-changer for the state.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the airport is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas.
The projected cost of the proposed project is estimated at around Rs 15000- 20000 crore and the development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of around Rs 10,050 crore.
The ministry further said that the airport will house two passenger terminals while adding that Terminal 1 will have a capacity of 30 million 10 passengers per year and Terminal 2 will have a capacity of 40 million passengers per year.
“Terminal 1 will be built in two stages – the first for 12 million passengers per year and the second with an additional capacity for 18 million passengers per year. This phase is scheduled to be completed by the year 2024. Terminal 2 will also be built in two stages – with a first stage capacity of 12 million passengers per year and second stage capacity of 18 million passengers per year,” it said.
This is one of the largest financings in an Indian greenfield airport. The financial close marks another crucial milestone for the project, bringing it closer to the start of construction works. The project is being funded on a debt-to-equity ratio of 65:35.
The work at the airport is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Noida International Airport

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Noida International Airport (NIA) in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on November 25 at 1 pm.
According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Uttar Pradesh will become the only state in India to have five international airports. The development of the airport is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister towards boosting connectivity and creating a future-ready aviation sector.
“A special focus of this grand vision has been on the state of Uttar Pradesh that is witnessing the development of multiple new international airports including the recently inaugurated Kushinagar airport and the under-construction international airport at Ayodhya,” it said.
This airport will be the second international airport to come up in Delhi NCR. It will help decongest the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
As per PMO, the airport is strategically located and will serve the people of cities including Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Agra, Faridabad and neighbouring areas.
The airport will be the logistics gateway of northern India. Due to its scale and capacity, the airport will be a game-changer for Uttar Pradesh. It will unleash the potential of Uttar Pradesh to the world, and help establish the state on the global logistics map.
It further said that for the first time, an airport in India has been conceptualised with an integrated multi-modal cargo hub, with a focus on reducing the total cost and time for logistics.
“The dedicated cargo terminal will have a capacity of 20 lakh metric tonne, which will be expanded to 80 lakh metric tonnes. Through facilitating the seamless movement of industrial products, the airport will play a crucial role in helping the region attract huge investments, boost rapid industrial growth, and enable the reach of local products to national and international markets. This will bring new opportunities for numerous enterprises, and also create tremendous employment opportunities,” the statement added.
The airport will develop a Ground Transportation Centre that will feature a multimodal transit hub, housing metro and high-speed rail stations, taxi, bus services and private parking.
This will enable seamless connectivity of the airport with the road, rail, and metro. Noida and Delhi will be connected to the airport through hassle-free metro service. All major nearby roads and highways like the Yamuna Expressway, Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and others will be connected to the airport.
The airport will also be linked to the planned Delhi-Varanasi High-Speed Rail, enabling the journey between Delhi and the airport in only 21 minutes.
The airport will also house a state-of-art Maintenance, Repair and Overhauling (MRO) Service.
The design of the airport is focused on low operating costs and seamless and fast transfer processes for passengers.
The airport is introducing a swing aircraft stand concept, providing flexibility for airlines to operate an aircraft for both domestic and international flights from the same contact stand, without having to re-position the aircraft. This will ensure quick and efficient aircraft turnarounds at the airport while ensuring a smooth and seamless passenger transfer process.
It will be India’s first net-zero emissions airport. It has earmarked dedicated land to be developed as a forest park using trees from the project site. NIA will preserve all native species and be nature positive throughout the development of the airport.
The development of the first phase of the airport is being done at a cost of over Rs 10,050 crore.
The airport is spread over more than 1300 hectares of land, the completed first phase of the airport will have a capacity to serve around 1.2 crore passengers a year and work on it is scheduled to be completed by 2024.
It will be executed by the international bidder Zurich Airport International AG as a concessionaire.
The groundwork for the first phase regarding land acquisition and rehabilitation of the affected families has been completed.

Uzbekistan extends support to Afghanistan to reconstruct Balkh airport

Balkh [Afghanistan] : Uzbekistan has said it will rebuild and renovate an airport in Mazar-e-Sharif city of Balkh province of Afghanistan.
The announcement was made by Esmatullah Ergashev, a special representative of Uzbek President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Ergashev, on Sunday, met with the local officials in the northern Afghan province of Balkh along with officials from Afghanistan’s ministry of transport and aviation, reported Afghanistan’s TOLO news.
Extending support to reconstruct Balkh airport, Uzbekistan’s special representative stated that they have sent a 30 member technical team to look into the technical issues and aid Afghans rebuild and renovating the said airport.
TOLOnews quoting Esmatullah Ergashev as saying, “We were urged to help in the resumption of the airport (Balkh) and repair the damaged equipment. Hence, we have brought 30 technical staff from Uzbekistan, and they are repairing the equipment and reconstructing the airport and soon the airport will become operational.” He also revealed Uzbekistan’s intention to aid Afghanistan in various areas including infrastructure.
The local Balkh officials insisted Uzbekistan render support and cooperation in the context of economic area and trade relations.
TOLOnews quoting Qudratullah Hamza, Balkh’s governor as saying, “The delegation from the transport ministry which has come to Balkh held talks with Uzbekistan officials on airport reconstruction and the railway. Talks were also held on Afghanistan’s electricity bill debt to Uzbekistan, and we said when the banking system problems are resolved we will pay the bill and Uzbekistan should not cut the imported electricity.”
“Uzbekistan’s team will repair and reactivate all the equipment and every section of the airport. It will also train in Uzbekistan around 83 technical employees of the ministry who are deployed at Maulana airport,” as saying Hasibullah Soroush, deputy minister quoted TOLO news.

India requests UAE to remove requirement for airport RTPCR test

Dubai [UAE]: India has requested the UAE to remove the RTPCR test requirement at the airport as, according to present rules, passengers travelling to the UAE have to arrive six hours before at the airport to get their RTPCR test done.
India said that UAE is in talks with its health authorities on the issue. The high cost of the RTPCR test at the airport is also an issue often raised by passengers travelling to the UAE, Indian Ambassador to UAE Pavan Kapoor told reporters.
“We have formally taken it up with the UAE government. We have told them given the level of vaccination in India, given the low level of COVID-19 cases now and the fact that these vaccines are recognised now, we have suggested that they should try and remove this RTPCR requirement at the airport. We think it is in keeping with the situation. They promised to take it up with national NCEMA (National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority), the national health authority which will take the final call on this matter. So we are hopeful that there will be serious consideration about this.”
External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar reached Dubai this morning to attend the Bani Yas Forum. He visited the India pavilion at the Dubai Expo. He indicated that scheduled flights in full strength between India and UAE may begin.
EAM Jaishankar said, “I would say in terms of airlines issue part of it was people are very careful, the bubble arrangements, you know scheduled flights have been not operating for some time, so we are moving towards the resumption of scheduled flights. That is the call that civil aviation ministry will take. What I can tell you from my perspective is that the move towards the resumption of scheduled flights is progressing.”
He further said, “Today we have 97 countries which fall in category ‘A’ list. To my mind that itself is a step towards normalcy. Obviously that had to happen before the airline expanded. Airline policy cannot be taken for one destination or one event. I know civil aviation ministry is now looking at now as travel is easing up vaccinated people can move and there is understanding to make the move.”
S Jaishankar also said that in India, Covid and economic recoveries are taking place and the year has been good for the trade. He said that there is optimism on the street and it is not just pent up growth but it is continuing.

Srinagar airport is now a ‘Major Airport’

New Delhi [India]: The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday declared the Srinagar International airport as a “Major Airport”.
The Gazette notification issued by the ministry on Saturday read, “In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-Section (i) of Section 2 of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008 (No.27 of 2008), the Central Government hereby declares the airport at Srinagar as Major Airport.” Notably, on October 23, Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated international flight operations at Srinagar airport.
Shah inaugurated the first direct international flight between Srinagar and Sharjah and United Arab Emirates (UAE) there.

Kolkata airport mandates in bound passengers to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated, carry RT-PCR negative tests

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Airport Authority of India (AAI), Kolkata on Monday issued guidelines stating that passengers arriving in West Bengal should be either fully vaccinated or carry an RT-PCR negative report for COVID-19, conducted within 72 hours of departure.
The statement came after the West Bengal government asked officials to issue guidelines as the state witnessed a spurt in COVID-19 cases following Dussehra. In a series of tweets, the Kolkata Airport said, “Passengers to kindly note as per guidelines of State Govt, all inbound flight passengers to West Bengal shall have to be either fully (doubly) vaccinated or furnish an RT-PCR negative report for a test conducted within 72hrs of such flight departure.
The instructions are applicable from November 1, said the authority.
In another tweet, the authority said, “Also, as per State Govt directives thrice a week restrictions on flight travels shall be applicable only for cities of Nagpur, Pune & Ahmedabad. Kindly contact the airline concerned for further details. Above instructions are effective from 01.11.2021.”
In the past 24 hours, West Bengal reported 725 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths due to coronavirus. The cumulative number of cases stands at 15.93 lakh as of November 1. The positivity rate stands at 2.49 per cent.

PM Modi inaugurates Kushinagar Airport

Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Kushinagar International Airport in Uttar Pradesh.

Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other dignitaries were also present at the ceremony.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister gave its approval for the declaration of Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh as an International Airport in June 2020.

Kushinagar Airport is located in the vicinity of several Buddhist Cultural Sites like Sravasti, Kapilvastu, Lumbini (Kushinagar itself is a Buddhist cultural site) and declaration as an “International Airport” will offer improved connectivity, wider choice of competitive costs to the air-travellers. It will result in boosting of domestic/international tourism and economic development of the regions.

Kushinagar is located in the north-eastern part of Uttar Pradesh about 50 km east of Gorakhpur and is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

The inauguration of the Kushinagar International Airport will be marked by the landing of the inaugural flight at the airport from Colombo, Sri Lanka, carrying a Sri Lankan delegation of over a hundred Buddhist Monks and dignitaries including the 12-member Holy Relic entourage bringing the Holy Buddha Relics for Exposition.

The delegation also comprises of Anunayakas (deputy’s heads) of all four Nikatas (orders) of Buddhism in Sri Lanka i.e Asgiriya, Amarapura, Ramana, Malwatta as well as five ministers of the Government of Sri Lanka led by Cabinet Minister Namal Rajapakshe.

The Kushinagar International Airport has been built at an estimated cost of Rs. 260 crore. It will facilitate domestic and international pilgrims to visit the Mahaparinirvana sthal of Lord Buddha and is an endeavour in connecting the Buddhist pilgrimage holy sites around the world. The airport will serve nearby districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and is an important step in boosting the investment & employment opportunities in the region. (ANI)

Kabul airport to become operational for commercial flights in few days, says Qatari envoy

Doha [Qatar]: Qatari Ambassador to Afghanistan Saeed bin Mubarak Al Khayarin on Saturday said that the repairing works at the Kabul airport is underway and will soon be ready to receive several commercial flights in the next few days.
“A group of specialists have prepared the airport for the flights with humanitarian assistance and will prepare [it] for receiving civilian flights in the near future,” the diplomat said, citing Al-Jazeera, reported Sputnik. The airport is already operating flights from Kabul to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar, he added.
Earlier, Al Jazeera reported that the domestic flights from Kabul will resume from Friday.
The airport has been closed since the last evacuation flight took off on September 1.
The last flight carrying American forces left Kabul in the early hours of Tuesday morning – ending 20 years of military presence in the country.

CISF seizes foreign currency worth Rs 65.70 lakh at Guwahati airport

Guwahati (Assam) [India]: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Wednesday detected USD 90,000 worth approximately Rs 65.70 lakh at Guwahati airport, one of the biggest seizures of foreign currency.
The foreign currency was detected at about 9.30 a.m. during Pre-Embarkation Security Check (PESC) through the X-BIS machine at the Security Hold Area (SHA) of the airport. CISF’s Assistant Sub-Inspector S K Singh noticed a suspicious image inside a bag of a passenger later identified as Arbajuddin, 25, bound for Imphal by Air Asia flight No.I5-783, the paramilitary force said in a statement.
Immediately, Singh stopped the conveyor belt and referred the bag for thorough and physical checking.
Thereafter, CISF Sub-Inspector Dalip Kumar checked the bag but no objectionable item was noticed, but he observed that the bag was unusually heavy contrary to the weight of empty baggage.
Subsequently, the CISF said, the bag was cut off from the bottom and seized USD 90,000.
“On enquiry, neither the passenger replied satisfactorily nor produced any document to carry such amount of foreign currency,” said the CISF, adding senior officers of CISF and Customs (DRI) Officials of Guwahati airport were informed.
The passenger along with the recovered USD 90,000 has been handed over to the Customs for further action in the matter.
CISF Director General M A Ganapathy appreciated the outstanding efforts of the two CISF personnel and awarded them a cash reward of Rs 10,000 for detecting the huge amount of foreign currency.

Taliban declare victory from tarmac of Kabul airport after US withdrawal

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban on Tuesday declared victory over the United States from the tarmac of Kabul airport after the last American troop left Afghanistan.
Standing on the airport runway, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a small crowd that “This victory belongs to us all.” He was joined by heavily armed fighters from the Taliban’s Badri 313 special forces brigade, kitted out in camouflage uniforms and desert boots, reported CNN.
Mujahid congratulated the Taliban fighters lined up, and indeed “the whole of the nation.” He said the Taliban wanted to have “good relations with the US and the world.”
Videos showed Taliban fighters filling the night air with gunfire and walking through the airport. As the sun rose on Tuesday, footage showed the Taliban making their way through an abandoned hanger strewn with equipment the US left behind.
In one video, militants dressed in US-style uniforms and holding US-made weapons examined a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter parked inside a hangar. Taliban were also seen posing for photographs while sitting in the cockpits of planes and helicopters that once belonged to the Afghan Air Force, reported CNN.
On Tuesday morning, Afghanistan’s roughly 38 million people woke to a new phase of the Taliban’s takeover of the country for the first time since the 1990s, when it imposed a barbaric interpretation of Sharia law that banned girls from school, stoned women for adultery, and plunged the country into economic crisis.
The Taliban have pledged to govern more moderately this time around and said they would still allow foreign nationals and Afghans with proper documentation to leave the country after August 31. But many Afghans are sceptical of their claims, and huge question marks hang over the Taliban’s ability to run the country.
An immediate challenge for the Taliban will be securing Hamid Karzai International Airport, a vital lifeline to the rest of the world — both for Afghans and foreign nationals wanting to leave, and for aid to get in, reported CNN.
Afghanistan is heavily reliant on foreign aid, and the WHO and UNICEF have already struggled to get critical food and medical supplies to the airport amid the mass evacuation operation.
Even before the political upheaval of recent weeks, Afghanistan represented the world’s third-largest humanitarian concern, with over 18 million people requiring assistance, according to UNICEF. But with no commercial aircraft currently permitted to land in Kabul, getting aid in will be difficult.
Restarting commercial flights will also be crucial for people still wanting to leave the country but who did not make it onto military evacuation planes, reported CNN.

Approx 5,400 individuals at Kabul airport awaiting flights out of Afghanistan

Washington DC [US]: A day after an explosion rocked Kabul, Pentagon on Friday said that approximately 5,400 individuals at the airport awaiting flights out of Afghanistan.
“There are still approx 5,400 individuals at the airport awaiting flights out of Afghanistan. We have the ability to include evacuees on the US military airlift out of Afghanistan… ISIS will not deter us from accomplishing this mission,” said US Army Major General William “Hank” Taylor during a briefing. Major General Taylor clarified that there was only one explosion at the Abbey gate at Hamid Karzai International airport on Thursday. Earlier, the Pentagon had said there was a second explosion outside the Baron hotel in its initial statements.
“I can confirm for you that we do not believe that there was a second explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, that it was one suicide bomber. We’re not sure how that report was provided incorrectly,” Taylor told reporters.
Speaking at the same presser, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby there will be a probe into the blast. “We express our condolences for Afghan people who suffered in yesterday’s attack. We don’t want to see the country torn as under through civil war,” Kirby said.
Kirby also announced that additional military bases in the US will be used to help support evacuation operations from Afghanistan.
“The Department of Defense can announce that it is authorized Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, Fort Pickett, Virginia, and Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, to provide additional support to the US mission to evacuate Afghans special immigrant visa applicants, their families, and other at-risk individuals.”
The death toll from yesterday’s blast in Kabul has surged to more than 90 people killed, CNN reported. The report said that more than 150 people were wounded by the blast.

Ten people killed, over 15 injured in Kabul airport explosion – Source

Kabul, Aug 26: Ten people were killed and over 15 others injured in the explosion outside Kabul airport, a source at the emergency hospital told Sputnik on Thursday.

“Ten bodies and more than 15 wounded had been brought in, including children and the Taliban [banned as a terrorist organization in Russia],” the source said.

“The blast was very heavy and grenades were hurled after the blast,” another source added.

Navi Mumbai Airport name tussle: Panvel Dy Mayor challenges CM Uddhav

Thane, Jul 12 (UNI) Tempers run high among the lakhs of villagers in Panvel over the demand for naming the new Airport after their revered leader DB Patil.

The Deputy Mayor of Panvel Municipal corporation, Jagdish Gaikwad, on Monday stated that Shiv Sena chief and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should not take the agitating villagers for granted, and warned that they can go to any extend to press for their demands and get it fulfilled.

He recalled the yeoman services of DB Patil for the sake of the villagers who had lost their land for the mega projects, including the Airport. “When we have given our land it is our right to get name of our choice for the Airport. Late Patil has given his blood for the sake of the villagers. He did not have a house of his own till end,” Mr Gaikwad pointed out.

“But for DB Patil the villagers, especially Agri-Koli would have not developed economically, we have pucca houses, high end cars and are big professionals and builders too thanks to Patil. It is our gratitude towards him,” he remarked.

He challenged the Shiv Sena to go in for an opinion poll and was confident that the masses will go in for DB Patil’s name.

All the 95 villages around have opted for his name. The Sena will face serious problems if it does not pay any heed to our demands, he underscored.

He also said that the villagers will not allow the three runways to be constructed if the demand is not met. The work on the Airport will be opposed tooth and nail, he added. “We are presently requesting with folded hands and if the government fails to pay any heed to it then, we will light an agitation and with the same fire burn the airport,” he warned.

“If the Sena feels that they can crush our agitation they are just dreaming. The police have treated us like Naxals when there was no need,” he said.

Ranveer Singh Grabbing Attention With His Airport Look

One can trust Ranveer Singh to never play safe. The actor who celebrated his birthday on July 6 was spotted at the airport recently, and as always has broken the internet with his outfit.

The Gully Boy actor was seen in a tangy red sweatshirt with a hoodie. But it is the choice of pants that really has our attention — brown, baggy, velvet pants.

The actor is known for his outlandish fashion choices but teaming velvet pants with a jersey jacket is pushing the boundaries even by his standards.

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He completed the look with hair swept back, oversized shades, chunky sneakers and a handkerchief tied as a mask. And of course, there was a sling bag.

What do you think of his looks?

Customs find 107 live spiders crawling inside a parcel at Chennai airport

The Air Customs officials at Chennai airport intercepted a parcel from Poland that had arrived at the Foreign Post Office on suspicion of containing arthropods (hard-bodies species without a backbone) or invertebrates (cold-blooded species without backbones). 

When it was cut open, the officials found a thermocol box that had 107 small plastic vials, which was wrapped in silver foil and cotton and live spiders were found in each of those vials. 

According to the officials, the consignment was addressed to a person in Tamil Nadu’s Arupukotai.

Based on the morphological examination, Wild Life Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Zoological Survey of India (SRC) officials were called to identify the species. The officials suspected the spiders to be of the Genus Phonopelma and Brachypelma which are CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) listed Tarantulas, a native of South, Central America and Mexico.

The Animal Quarantine Officials recommended deporting the parcel containing the spiders to the country of origin as the said import is illegal as there was no DGFT license and health-related documents of import into India.

The spiders were seized under the Customs Act 1962 read with FT (D&R) Act. The parcel containing the spiders were handed over to postal authorities to deport to Poland the country of origin, Chennai Air Customs said.

Further investigations are in progress, the release said.

Actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Spotted At Hyderabad Airport

Actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar was spotted at Hyderabad Airport on Sunday night, flying down from Chennai.

The actress was accompanied by her puppy who looked absolutely adorable cuddling with her as we clicked a few pictures of them together. At first glimpse, anyone would even mistake the bundle of cuteness for a baby the way the actress was holding it with love. Dressed in a white shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers and a matching mask for her airport look, Varalaxmi kept her face makeup-free and fresh, leaving her hair loose. The adorable duo made heads turn at the airport before making their way to their car and leaving.

Varalaxmi acted in Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL but it’s recent that she made a mark with films like Krack and Naandhi. Her character in the former film is that of a powerful antagonist and in the latter she played an empathetic lawyer who fights for the cause of an abused prisoner. The actress who has Tamil and Kannada films lined up has been brought on-board Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer #NBK107. The film will be directed by Gopichand Malineni, who previously directed her in Ravi Teja and Shruti Haasan starrer Krack. Further details are awaited.

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