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  • Union budget: Air travel becomes costly, Air India to get Rs 2500 crore 3 days ago

    New Delhi: First and business class air travellers would find flying costlier from the next fiscal with an almost 2 per cent hike in service tax rate proposed in the general budget, which also earmarked Rs 2,500 crore for ailing Air India in 2015-16. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday...
  • Union Budget 2015: Visa on arrival now for 150 countries 3 days ago

    New Delhi: India will provide visa on arrival (VoA) to visitors from 150 countries -- a sharp rise from the 43 countries now, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Saturday. "Last year VoA was issued to 43 countries. As tourism in the country has increased, I propose to increase the countries...
  • Railway Budget 2015: HC tells Railways to reconsider commuters' security policy 5 days ago

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Railways to reconsider its policy on providing security to commuters in long-distance trains while hearing a petition filed by a young woman who lost her leg after being was pushed out of a moving train as she was chasing a thief...
  • Rail Budget 2015: Have single window clearance for infra cos, says BMR 6 days ago

    Revival of investor confidence is key to put economy back on a growth trajectory. The National Manufacturing Policy ("NMP") and the 'Make in India' campaign (along with the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme) is expected to position India as the 'business partner' for creating a 'world class manufacturing hub'. While manufacturing...
  • Rail Budget 2015: Suresh Prabhu to unveil plans for raising resources 6 days ago

    New Delhi: With Railway finances under terrible strain, all eyes will be focused on whether Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will hike the fares and freight rates in the Rail Budget on Thursday which may contain proposals for 'Make in India' initiatives besides enhancing safety and security. Minister of State for Railway...
  • Railways needs Rs 2 lakh crore to complete projects, getting private money is not easy 6 days ago

    (KH Muniyappa is a seven time MP (Lok Sabha) from Kolar in Karnataka. Between 2004 and 2014, he was minister of state Railways, Transport and Minister of State (Independent charge) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) New Delhi: The health of the Indian Railways in not in good shape. The Railways is...
  • Himachal has high hopes from Rail Budget: CM Virbhadra Singh 1 week ago

    Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday expressed hope that the railway budget would not only meet the aspirations of the state but also of other hilly areas which he claimed have not got their due in expansion of rail network in the past. "I hope Himachal will find...
  • Rail stocks plunge up to 13 per cent on profit-booking 1 week ago

    Mumbai: Rail stocks on Tuesday fell up to 13 per cent on heavy profit booking ahead of the Railway Budget for 2015-16 on Thursday. Shares of Kalindee Rail Nirman (Engineers) Ltd plunged 12.62 per cent, Titagarh Wagons slumped 9.99 per cent and Texmaco Rail & Engineering tanked 9.21 per cent...
  • Rail Budget: Six ministers in six years, will Suresh Prabhu compensate for wasted years and opportunities? 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The Indian Railways may have failed to achieve growth and speed up work in the last 6 years, but it has achieved one thing. India has seen six Railways ministers in the last six years. The relative stability at the Ministry of Railways came under serious threat after...
  • Rail Budget likely to have a slew of green initiatives 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Use of solar energy in a big way, launching of waste-to-energy project and proliferation of CNG in train operations are some of the green initiatives likely to be announced in the Rail Budget this time. Besides an elaborate exercise of water conservation including setting up of water recycling plants...
  • Railway Budget 2015: White Paper to be presented in Parliament February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to present a White Paper in Parliament on finances and projects in the ailing national transporter. "The White Paper on Railways will mainly look at issues such as dynamic revenue earning model, freight and fare rationalisation, and capacity augmentation," said a senior...
  • Less than 100 trains likely to get green signal in Rail Budget February 22, 2015

    New Delhi: With Railways reeling under a financial crunch, the number of new trains to be announced in the Rail Budget is unlikely to be more than 100, much less than what is the normal practice every year. Rail Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, who is considered to be pro-reform, is unlikely...
  • Union Budget 2015: Center may relax LTC norms to boost tourism February 20, 2015

    New Delhi: In order to give boost to the tourism sector, the Budget for 2015-16 is likely to expand the scope of LTA and LTC by including hotel and other expenses besides travel for the purpose of tax benefit. The Ministry, sources said, it is also considering a proposal to allow...
  • Pakistan repatriates 173 Indian prisoners February 17, 2015

    Attari: In a goodwill gesture, Pakistan government on Monday repatriated 172 Indian fishermen and one civil prisoner after the beating Retreat Ceremony followed by Flag lowering ceremony held at Indo-Pak international border. All the fishermen crossed over to India on the basis of 'Emergency Travel Certificate' issued by the Islamabad-based...
  • SpiceJet's new owners plan to cut fleet, shrink network: Sources January 16, 2015

    Singapore: The prospective owners of low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd plan to cut the airline's fleet, shrink its network and return to a "plain vanilla" business model to achieve profitability, two people close to the investors said. Their plans include culling the 15 Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft from the airline's fleet and...
  • SpiceJet says did not receive any credit from oil companies January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Beleaguered airline SpiceJet said it has received no credit from oil companies, even as it scotched speculation about having failed to submit any revival plan. "... there was no revival plan due for submission today," SpiceJet's Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor said late in a statement. The airline also said...
  • Australia warns its citizens of 'high terror threat' in India January 7, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia has revised its travel advisory for India asking its citizens to exercise high degree of caution while travelling to the country, citing high threat of terrorist activities. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) updated its advice on Tuesday warning the Australians travelling to India that terrorists...
  • Mercury dip, fog in north India affect travel business December 22, 2014

    Cold wave has intensified in North India with the National capital recording its coldest day of the season on Sunday at a minimum of 4.8 degrees Celsius. Monday too remained cold with minimum temperature hovering around 5.7 degrees Celsius. ...
  • GoAir offers discount on fares, lowest at Rs 1,469 December 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Wadia Group-promoted budget carrier GoAir on Sunday said it has put 1.7 million seats up for sale, offering fares as low as Rs 1,469 for travel next year with a five-day booking period starting on Sunday, to stimulate demand during the lean period. The special offer is available...
  • New York: East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel November 28, 2014

    New York: A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for US travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico brought rain to...
  • British Airways to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to two women for discomfort during journey in 2007 November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: British Airways has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to two women for discomfort and inconvenience caused to them in their journey to the US in 2007. The South West Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by SK Sarvaria, asked the...
  • British Airways, Lufthansa to offer special fare, products to Indian travelers November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: British Airways and Lufthansa are among several international carriers coming up with special fares and products to target the high-end Indian air traveler. British Airways (BA) came out with a limited period 20 per cent discount for its business class flights to North America, while Lufthansa announced introduction of...
  • Watch: India showcases tourist attractions at World Travel Market in UK November 7, 2014

    India showcases new tourist attractions at World Travel Market at the Excel Centre, as tourism season begins in India. ...
  • From the luxurious Palace on Wheels to the spiritual Mahaparinirvan Express: 8 extraordinary train journeys you must experience with the Indian Railways November 6, 2014

    If you thought train journeys in India are all about adjusting your luggage below the lower berth and exchanging the upper berth on request, you need to travel by these Indian trains soon. How about spending a week exploring palaces, forts, cave paintings, while you're treated like royalty on a...
  • From Sonmarg in the north to Coorg down south: 10 breathtaking places where you can enjoy the Indian winter the best November 3, 2014

    The winter season is upon us and if you love the cold mornings and hill tops covered in a blanket of snow, there is no dearth of places you can visit in India. From snow covered mountains in Sonmarg in Jammu and Kashmir to the misty mornings of Coorg in...
  • Modi government's austerity drive: Cut down on 5-star seminars, foreign tours, no first-class travel October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: In an effort to bring down non-planned expenditure, the Narendra Modi government has announced certain austerity measures. The Finance Ministry said that it wants to cut down non-planned expenditure by 10 per cent. As part of the measures, the government has announced cuts on 5-star seminars and foreign...
  • Haitian man faces US charges over reclining airline seat squabble October 12, 2014

    Boston: A Haitian man who authorities say got into a heated dispute on a flight bound from Miami to Paris over a reclining seat has been charged with assaulting a flight attendant, U.S. prosecutors in Boston said on Friday. Edmond Alexandre, 60, was charged in federal court with interfering with flight...
  • Nine airports to have e-visa facility this month October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: In a move to boost tourism, nine airports equipped with e-visa facilities will be operational for 13 countries including USA and South Korea and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to launch it this month. In order to give a major boost to tourism...
  • Ever dreamed of a secret hideout in a tree house? 14 luxurious tree houses in India where you can unwind over a weekend September 25, 2014

    From all the stories we grew up reading, tree houses have always been secret hideouts where we imagined we could create top-secret clubs. But have you ever been inside a tree house in real life? Interestingly, India has its own tree house resorts you can escape to if you're looking...