An Emirates Airlines plane parked at the Cochin International Airport on Thursday. Ashraf Padanna
AM Abdussalam and Ashraf Padanna, Correspondent
Ending weeks of uncertainty, flights from Kerala to the UAE resumed on Thursday following lifting of ban on entry of passengers from India and five other countries starting from Aug.5, much to the relief of thousands of expatriates from the state.
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned were allowed to transit through UAE airports from Aug.5 as long as they present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.
Those who are employed in the health, education and government sectors in the UAE as well as students and those who need to complete a course of treatment too could travel to Dubai without getting vaccinated.
On Thursday, 168 passengers departed from the Cochin International Airport for the Emirates.
India's total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked around the clock to bury victims and hundreds more were cremated in makeshift pyres in parks and parking lots.
The video of the event reminds us of an action packed scene from a Hollywood movie.
Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said this order replaces an agreement for 150 777x Boeing to 126 of that aircraft, and adds 30 of the 787-9 Dreamliners. He spoke to reporters at the Dubai Airshow.
KeralaMatrimony, the leading matchmaking service for Malayalis, from BharatMatrimony, studied the demographic patterns of over 4 lakh registered users. The data revealed fascinating insights on Malayalis and their life partner preferences.
Social media users and residents have called local authorities to honour Matute for his heroic act.
The ministry stated that anti-begging agents in the capital Amman had seized a number of beggars who own property and establishments and have high monthly incomes.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced the launch of the National Seasonal Flu awareness campaign under the theme "Protecting yourself... protects your community."