Will it be ‘third time lucky’ for Richard Branson in Mumbai? The founder of British airline Virgin Atlantic surely hopes so. In October, the carrier for the third time in its 20-year history in India, launched services between Mumbai and London.Virgin Atlantic first pulled back from Mumbai in 2008. Four years later, it relaunched with much fanfare only to pull back in 2015. All the while, Virgin Atlantic continued with its Delhi-London flights. The British capital is the busiest long haul destination from India. While giving out hope that there won't be a fourth time, Branson underlined that it was an opportune time for his airline to come back to Mumbai. His colleague Juha Jarvinen, EVP, Commercial, explained: "In the last five years, the market in Mumbai has grown by 25 percent. And, despite Virgin Atlantic launching services, the capacity in the Mumbai-London route is still down 35-40 percent (compared to 2018)." The opportunity has come up after Jet Airways, which … [Read more...] about Mumbai calling for Virgin Atlantic: Will it be ‘third time lucky’ for Richard Branson?
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The Congress severely criticised the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by Parliament in party president Sonia Gandhi saying it marks a "dark day" in the constitutional history of India and is a "victory of narrow minded and bigoted forces" over the country's pluralism.The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Lok Sabha cleared the Bill on Monday.Several senior Congress leaders indicated that the party may move court against the Bill with Abhishek Singhvi saying that the legislation will be legally challenged in the near future as it is "highly suspect" in terms of constitutionality.Close Hitting out at Home Minister Amit Shah over his remarks in support of the Bill, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram told reporters, "The Home Minister says 130 crore people are supporting us, obviously he does not count Assam, Northeast and all other … [Read more...] about Citizenship bill’s passage marks ‘dark day’ in our constitutional history: Sonia Gandhi
Dwight D Eisenhower, the first US president to visit India, wanted to support New Delhi in its own right as a democracy, America's former ambassador to India Richard Verma has said."President Eisenhower loved India and had a special place in his heart for the country,” Verma said at an event here on Wednesday held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of President Eisenhower's visit to India.Eisenhower, a five-star General served as the 34th president of the US from 1953 to 1961. His visit to India in 1959 was the first by any American President.Close Verma said Eisenhower wanted to recognise and support India for its own right as a democracy. related news Social security bill | Differential EPF rates may boost take-home pay, rejig in gratuity rule proposed Rajasthan govt will launch farmer welfare fund of Rs 1,000cr on December 17 Landmark day for India, its ethos of compassion and brotherhood: PM Modi on CAB passage "He was not happy with what the national security … [Read more...] about Fomer US Prez Dwight Eisenhower wanted to support India for its own right as a democracy: Richard Verma