Indigo adds two more direct flights to Doha from India

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21 Aug 2019 – 15:26

Indigo adds two more direct flights to Doha from India

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The Peninsula Online

Indigo, the budget airline from India, has announced two more direct flights from Doha to India.

The airline has added a second direct flight each to Hyderabad, capital of Telangana, a southern Indian state and Indian capital city New Delhi.

The second direct flight on the Hyderabad-Doha route will start from September 16, 2019. The flight, 6E 1727, will depart Hyderabad at 2340 and will arrive Doha at 0125. The Doha-Hyderabad flight 6E 1731 will depart at 0225 (first flight on Sept 17) and will arrive at 0905. Booking for the flight are currently available till December 31, 2019 on the airline’s website.

The existing Hyderabad-Doha, 6E 1713, leaves at 06:50 and arrives at 09:00 and Doha- Hyderabad, 6E 1714, leave at 22.05 and arrives at 04.50.

The airline, which is the biggest in India in terms passenger volume, has also announced a second direct flight to the Indian capital from September 16,2019.

The Delhi-Doha flight 6E 1775 will depart at 20.20 and will arrive HIA at 22.00. The Doha-Delhi flight 6E 1776 will depart at 23.00 and will arrive in Delhi at 05.15. Booking for the flight are currently available till December 31, 2019 on the airline’s website. The airline will be flying a A320 in the route.

The existing Delhi-Doha, 6E 1701, leaves at 01:55 and arrives at 03:40 and Doha-Delhi, 6E 1702, leave at 14.15 and arrives at 20.35.

IndiGo flies to nine destination in India from Doha, which includes daily non-stop to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and four airports in Kerala – Kozhikode, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur.

Uzbekistan naturalizes athletes in a bid to beat previous Olympic medals record

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The Russian pentathlon athletes Alexander Savkin and Alise Fakhrutdinova took up the Uzbek sport nationality, the Uzbekistan Federation of Modern Pentathlon said in a statement. The Executive Committee of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) has allowed the two athletes to represent Uzbekistan in international competitions.

The naturalization of Russian athletes was reportedly the result of the Cooperation Memorandum signed between the Federation of Modern Pentathlon Federation of Uzbekistan and Russia on February 16 this year.

Savkin and Fakhrutdinova are on their way to Novogorsk for a training camp. They are preparing for the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Budapest from September 2-8.

The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events; fencing (one-touch épée), freestyle swimming (200 m), equestrian show jumping (15 jumps), and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running (3200 m).

Recently, a number of foreign athletes have obtained the Uzbek nationality: cyclist Olga Zabelinskaya, swimmer Yana Obvintseva and Yana Alborova, and Mexican sabre fencer Paola Pliego.

In 2016 Rio Games Uzbekistan left with a total of 13 medals (4 gold, 2 silver, and 7 bronze), signifying the nation’s most successful outcome in Olympic history, fielding a team of 70 athletes, 47 men and 23 women, across 15 sports at the Games.

The new Uzbekistan authorities are striving to field the maximum number of licenses for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and they are taking it personal, in the best Soviet traditions when politics and sports were intertwined, to improve by all means and at all cost the previous medals record achieved during the reign of the late president Islam Karimov.

Athletes will pocket 100 million soums, or US$ 12,000 just for obtaining the Olympic license, with the authorities expected to give away the whopping US$ 150,000, 100,000 and 75,000 cheques for Olympic gold, silver and bronze, respectively.


Source : Tashkent Times

Iran saffron exports down due to smuggling, restrictions: Exporters

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Iran saffron exports down due to smuggling, restrictions: Exporters

Iranian exporters of saffron, a highly expensive spice with incredible healing powers, said that smuggling and restrictions have caused a decline in exports this year.

A member of Iran’s Saffron Council said that exports of the food additive declined to just over 40 tons between April and June this year, down 15 percent compared to the similar period in 2018 when over 50 tons of the Iranian saffron was sold in markets across Europe and Asia.

Ali Hosseini told ILNA that the declining in saffron exports would continue for the next two or three months as European customers have either decreased purchases due to the holiday seasons or prefer to wait for new harvests coming from Iran.

He said each kilogram of the Iranian saffron is priced between €700 and €1,000 in the European markets but the price prescribed by the Iranian government is well below – between €450 and €600.

Exporters and farmers have been lamenting that underpricing has caused a surge in the smuggling of saffron to neighboring Afghanistan, where the Iranian product in repackaged and exported to countries like India.

Hosseini said in an interview two weeks ago that India’s low tariffs on saffron imported from Afghanistan, compared to higher duties levied on Iran’s saffron, were encouraging more and more people to transfer the spice in large quantities from Mashhad to Afghanistan.

Authorities believe the illegal businesses have cost Iran saffron exports dearly as exporters have decreased their shipment to the United Arab Emirates, a top buyer of the Iranian saffron, because of declining inventories.


Source : Iran Daily

Nile water committee reviews trilateral negotiations on Ethiopia’s GERD

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Cars crisscross through the inner city of Cairo Egypt, alongside the Nile River during the day. Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa as well as one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Cairo is the center of the regioCars crisscross through the inner city of Cairo Egypt, alongside the Nile River during the day. Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa as well as one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Cairo is the center of the region

CAIRO – 21 August 2019: The Supreme Committee for Nile Water (SCNW) convened Wednesday under Prime Minster Moustafa Madbouli.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Ati, as well as a host relevant experts, representatives of the state ministries concerned, the General Intelligence Service (GIS) and the Administrative Control Authority (ACA).

The committee discussed several phases on the lengthy trilateral negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which yielded no agreement, Cabinet Spokesman Nader Saad said.

The futile negotiations prompted the Egyptian side to put forward a technical proposal which takes into account Ethiopia’s energy needs without detriment to Egyptian water interests.

The committee asserted the need to wrap up the negotiations as schedule, especially after a six-party meeting among the foreign and water and irrigation ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia has been delayed from August 29-30 to September 25-26 upon the latter’s request, the spokesman noted.

The ministers will seek an agreement on GERD filling and operation rules.

Source : Egypt Today

Cameroon launches feasibility studies for a space programme

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Cameroon recently launched a feasibility studies for a space programme (Camspace). Indeed, on July 17, 2019, Minette Libom Li Likeng, minister of posts and telecommunications signed a decision governing the organization and functioning of the working group in charge of the study.

The said group will provide data on the country’s ability to conduct such programme. It will also investigate satellite networks’ deployment processes, the necessary human resources, the required environmental impact assessment, the cost of such project and its economic cost-effectiveness.

The experts in the working group are from about twenty administrations and institutions in the following sectors: higher education, telecoms, research, agriculture, health, environment mining and technology.

According to Minette Minette Libom Likeng the group will be dissolved once the study report is submitted to the ministry of communications. This submission should occur not later than two months after the report is validated by the inter-ministerial commission for frequency bands’ allocation.

If successful, Camspace will propel Cameroon to the ranks of African countries like South Africa, Ghana, Angola, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Rwanda that already have their own satellites.

Source : Cameroon Online