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Briefing the media on the progress of Phase IV of the mission, known as "Vande Bharat," Srivastava said the additional flights will from GCC countries, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, Europe, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine.
They will meet the continuing demand for repatriation of Indians from these countries in view of the Coronavirus pandemic. "With this augmentation, this phase from July 15 till the end of this month now has 751 international flights, catering to 34 airports in India."
The international arrivals will be supplemented by feeder flights from international airports to domestic airports different states, taking the total to 926 flights in the fourth phase. He said 687,467 Indian nationals have returned under the Vande Bharat mission as of this week.
Additionally, Srivastava said "air bubbles" with several countries, in addition to the ongoing ones, are under negotiation. These will include some countries in the GCC area. "This would help movement of people between these countries and India till international air travel is restored to normalcy."
Air bubbles are flights outside of scheduled commercial services, which are being negotiated by India worldwide in view of the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19. The spokesperson hinted that there may be no Vande Bharat mission Phase V because he used the words "if any" about the next phase.
This is because a vast majority of Indian citizens, who had registered their interest with Indian embassies across the world in 137 countries would have returned home on repatriation flights by July 31.
The most successful and streamlined repatriation of Indians abroad wishing to return home following the coronavirus pandemic has been from the UAE.
Since the "Vande Bharat Mission," VBM, to bring back its citizens from across the globe was launched by the Indian government on 7th May, "the UAE saw more than 160,000 Indians return home, while Kerala saw the largest number of returnees," India’s top most official for Overseas Indian Affairs, has told a consultation meeting here on "Evacuation and Repatriation of Migrants during COVID-19."
Sanjay Bhattacharyya, who is concurrently Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, MEA, in charge of Consular Affairs, Passports and Visas, said that "as a nation with over 31 million diaspora, including 18 million citizens overseas, the pandemic was a major challenge. For us, the welfare and protection of our citizens abroad is a key priority."
So far the group has arranged about a dozen flights to various Indian cities including Gaya, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur and Kolkata. Latest flight was operated on Saturday to Gaya in Bihar.
Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region, even as much of the world exits lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs.
Etihad Airways has operated its first ever flight to Havana, Cuba. The goodwill flight, chartered by the Government of the United Arab Emirates, landed in the capital of the Caribbean island nation, carrying Cuban nationals returning home from the UAE.
In a statement given to 'Nation Shield,' the UAE Armed Forces magazine, Sheikh Khalifa added that these sacrifices are "medals of pride" that will adorn "our chests and those of our children and grandchildren."
Light rains fell over different parts of the country on Sunday. Rains started falling at 3pm, due to the effect of the extension of a weak western surface air depression with the extension of another weak western air depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere, resulting in a state of weather instability, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).
In his message, Modi thanked Sheikh Mohammed and the UAE government for the efforts of the country’s health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, protect the entire community, reduce the spread of the virus...