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Hyderabad Airport rolls out e-boarding for international passengers




GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport on Tuesday announced launch of end-to-end paperless e-boarding for international flights, thus becoming the first airport in India to do so.

The service is currently available for select international flights of IndiGo Airlines. The airport rolled out its e-boarding services for international flights after the government’s nod based on a rigorous and successful pilot.

IndiGo Airlines became the maiden carrier to commence this facility when their Sharjah-bound passengers e-boarded themselves from Hyderabad on the 6E 1405 flight on October 2.

Other scheduled international carriers operating out of Hyderabad are in the process of integration with the airport’s e-boarding system, which will be rolled out soon, airport operator GHIAL said.

Hyderabad International Airport went live for its domestic e-boarding facility in December 2015.

It claims to be the first and only airport in India to offer truly e-boarding to all its domestic passengers across all flights.

“We are delighted to announce that after about five years of successfully operating e-boarding for domestic flights, we have launched the e-boarding solution for international operations as well — another first for any Indian airport.

“In the present scenario of the coronavirus pandemic, automating the passenger journey provides more pleasant airport experience. After the success of pilot project and all regulatory approvals, we have used our internal capabilities to take up e-boarding solution for international operations,” said Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GHIAL.

He said he is confident that very soon they will get all international carriers operating out of Hyderabad onto their e-boarding platform.

The e-boarding solution is fully backwards-compatible, and passengers will be free to choose between using conventional paper boarding passes or electronic boarding passes on their mobile phones to use the system.

International e-boarding offers various benefits like reducing queue waiting time at the airports, removing redundancies at check points, helps airlines to optimise their processes and improve their resource utilisation.

The real-time data availability of all passenger checkpoints helps airports to continuously enhance operational efficiency. The e-boarding enhances overall safety and security of the airport, it said.

Any passenger boarding an international flight using e-boarding service will have to book the ticket online and do a web check-in. At departures entrance gate, he has to display the digital/printed boarding card at the e-boarding scanner; CISF validates the documents and allows passenger entry. At the check-in counter, check-in agent scans the boarding card and passenger drops the luggage at the counter. The passenger then completes passport verification formalities by officials of Bureau of Immigration.

At the security screening zone, he puts hand baggage on the Automatic Tray Retrieval System (ATRS) and moves for security check. He scans the boarding card on e-boarding scanner and moves on.

At the announcement of boarding, he scans the boarding card on e-boarding scanner and moves towards the gates for boarding the aircraft.


Fuel prices resurge after 3-day break




Country’s petrol and diesel prices continued its northward march on Saturday, after a three-day break, taking its retail rates to unprecedented levels and burning holes in the consumers pockets.

Oil marketing companies raised the pump price of petrol and diesel by 24 paise and 15 paise per litre on Saturday.

With this, petrol is now priced at Rs 91.17 a litre and diesel Rs 81.47 a litre in the capital.

Across the country as well the petrol and diesel prices increased between 20-30 paise per litre depending on the level of local duty at the state level.

Sources in OMCs said that price rise on Saturday followed movement in product price in global markets. The crude oil is also on boil with benchmark Brent crude still above $66 a barrel now. It was less than $60 a barrel just a few days back.

Petrol and diesel prices have been rising continuously since February 9. In the 14 increases since then, the prices have gone up by Rs 4.22 per litre for petrol and Rs 4.34 a litre for diesel in Delhi.

The increase in the previous weeks has taken petrol to cross historic high levels of Rs 100 a litre in several cities across the country.

In Mumbai, petrol prices is just Rs 2.4 per litre short at Rs 97.57 a litre (from the three digit mark of Rs 100 per litre for the very first time ever). Diesel prices in the city is closing in on Rs 90 a litre (Rs 88.60 a litre).

In all other metros, petrol is over Rs 90 a litre mark while diesel is well over Rs 80 a litre.

Premium petrol crossed Rs 100 per litre mark in several cities of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra a few days back.

Since fuel prices are benchmarked to a 15-day rolling average of global refined products’ prices and dollar exchange rate, pump prices can be expected to remain northbound over the next few days even if crude price stabilises.

The petrol and diesel prices have increased 26 times in 2021 with the two auto fuels increasing by Rs 7.46 and Rs 7.60 per litre, respectively so far this year.

Oil companies executives said that petrol and diesel prices may increase further in coming days as retail prices may have to be balanced in line with global developments to prevent OMCs from making loss on sale of auto fuels.

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Maruti Suzuki exports 20L vehicles since 1986-87




Automobile Maruti Suzuki India on Saturday said it has accomplished two million (20 lakh) vehicle exports.

Accordingly, Maruti Suzuki commenced export of vehicles in FY1986-87.

The company’s first large consignment of 500 cars was shipped to Hungary in September 1987.

In FY2012-13, the Company achieved the milestone of one-million exports.

“In the first million, more than 50 per cent of exports were undertaken to developed markets in Europe,” the company said in a statement.

According to the statement, Maruti Suzuki achieved the subsequent million in over eight years with special focus on emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia regions.

“With concerted efforts, the Company has been able to gain sizeable share in markets like Chile, Indonesia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Models such as Alto, Baleno, Dzire and Swift have emerged as popular choices in these markets.”

Currently, we export 14 models, nearly 150 variants, to over 100 countries.

In January this year, the Company started production and export of Suzuki’s celebrated compact off-roader Jimny from India.

“With India as a production base for Jimny, Suzuki aims to leverage Maruti

Suzuki’s global production stature.”

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Nirmala Sitharaman attends G20 Central Bank Governors’ Meet




Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has participated virtually in the First G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting under the Italian Presidency to discuss policy actions for transformative and equitable recovery.

The other issues on the agenda on Friday included global economic outlook, financial sector issues, financial inclusion and sustainable finance.

Sitharaman spoke about India’s policy response to the pandemic. She said that India’s domestic policies have been based broadly on supporting citizens through measures such as credit guarantees, direct transfers, food guarantees, economic stimulus packages and accelerating structural reform.

She also spoke about India’s vaccination programme, which is the world’s largest and the most ambitious vaccination drive. She mentioned that India has extended vaccine support to several countries.

During this meeting, G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors also discussed the implications of climate change on global growth and financial stability.

Speaking on the Presidency’s proposal to undertake systematic policy dialogue on climate risk and environment taxation, Sitharaman suggested that these conversations should remain within the ambit of Paris Agreement and should be based on the principles of common but differentiated responsibility, respective capability, and the voluntary nature of the commitments.

The Finance Minister also stressed upon the importance of transfer of green technologies and scaling up of climate finance.

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