London: Britain has repatriated ten per cent of nationals who were stranded abroad after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook, authorities said Tuesday, as anger erupted over excessive management pay. The Civil Aviation Authority regulator, which is managing the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II after Thomas Cook’s dramatic bankruptcy, said in a statement that it flew back 14,700 of the 150,000 stranded Britons on Monday. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe CAA added that it hoped to bring back another 16,500 people on Tuesday. The dramatic collapse of Thomas Cook left 600,000 customers of all nationalities stranded in popular tourist destinations dotted around the globe, including Cancun, Kos, Las Vegas and Lanzarote. “Following the very sad news … that Thomas Cook had stopped trading and its aircraft were grounded, we launched at the government’s request our operation to return more than 150,000 people to the UK,” said CAA Chief Executive Richard Moriarty. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Moriarty added: “A repatriation of this scale and nature is unprecedented and unfortunately there will be some inconvenience and disruption for customers. “We will do everything we can to minimise this as the operation continues. “We want people to continue to enjoy their holiday, so we will bring them back to the UK on their original departure day, or very soon thereafter.” Meanwhile, criticism is mounting over the pay of Thomas Cook’s management, who steered the 178-year-old company into the rocks with vast debts. The Sun tabloid newspaper slammed Thomas Cook’s “fat cat bosses”, adding that the group’s last five chief executives had “pocketed” a total of 47 million pounds (53 million euros/ 58 million) in pay and bonuses since 2007. The failed company’s Swiss chief executive Peter Fankhauser, who apologised for his group’s failure on Monday, has been paid 8.4 million pounds since 2014 according to the paper. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has questioned whether failing management should receive huge salaries. “I have questions — for one about whether it’s right that the directors, or whoever, the board, should pay themselves large sums when businesses can go down the tubes like that,” said Johnson, quoted by British media in New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly. Quizzed about tougher rules, Johnson added: “I think that you need to have some system by which tour operators properly insure themselves against this kind of eventuality.” Thomas Cook, which had struggled against fierce online competition for years and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure ?200 million from private investors. Monday’s bankruptcy followed a lengthy period of chronic financial turmoil after a disastrous series of mergers left it burdened with soaring debt, a large branch network and high costs. The CAA will continue to fly UK passengers home until October 6, with those affected asked to check its official website.
India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida received an award for Best Standalone Convention Centre of India during announcement of National Tourism Award by Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India. Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu was the Chief Guest of the National Tourism Awards 2017-18 held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on September 27, 2019.Special guest Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General, United National World Tourism Organisation [UNWTO] along with Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Culture, Yogendra Tripathy, Secretary and Meenakshi Sharma, Director General, Ministry of Tourism were also present. The award was held on the World Tourism Day in the presence of National and International fraternity of tourism sector. Also Read – The Puja carnivalRakesh Kumar, Chairman, IEML and Sudeep Sarcar, Chief Executive Officer, IEML received the award. On the occasion, Rakesh Kumar, Chairman-IEML mentioned that IEML has now started several verticals such as organisation of own events on hospitality i.e. India Hospitality Expo, Academy on Trade Fair Management and also constructing hotel for the delegates. Kumar elaborated that the center which is spread over an area of about 60 acre and 2.4 sq. ft. covered area with 16 centrally air conditioned exhibitions halls, lounges, multi-cuisine restaurants and other support facilities besides the center has fully equipped with holding of large luminary sessions of more than 15000 persons with multi parallel sessions along with expo, lounges, multi-cuisine restaurants and other support facilities. This is only center in India having three helipads for the movement of VVIPs and more than 3MW roof top solar system. The GNIDA and Gautam Budh Nagar administration has supported the venue and projected the center as one of the USP in Noida and Greater Noida. Sudeep Sarcar, Chief Executive Officer-IEML speaks that the Centre has International Geological Congress in March, 2020, International Congress on Organ Transplantation besides Elecrama, Auto Expo, and largest show on handicrafts i.e. IHGF Delhi Fair in next quarters. IEML is playing a crucial role in India economy in general and in UP in particular bringing valuable foreign exchange for the country through in bound business tourism.
Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia to protest over alleged ceasefire violations by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) that it said claimed two lives, including that of a 13-year-old boy. Foreign Office said that the Director General (South Asia and SAARC Mohammad Faisal, summoned Ahluwalia and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violation” along the LoC on September 28 and 29. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkFaisal, also the Foreign Office spokesperson, said that due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian Army in Nikial and Rakhchikri Sectors, a 60-year-old woman and a boy were killed. Three persons were also injured. Faisal said that the Indian forces along the LoC and Working Boundary have continuously been targeting civilian areas with artillery fire, heavy-caliber mortars, and automatic weapons, which still continues. “This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1,970 ceasefire violations,” he said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws, he said, adding that the ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation. The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.