Indian Ministry Website Crashes In Repatriation ‘Panic’

Stranded migrant workers sit in a waiting hall before registering with police officials for a movement pass to be able to return to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, on the outskirts of Hyderabad on May 5, 2020. NOAH SEELAM / AFP.

 

The Indian civil aviation ministry’s website crashed on Wednesday as panicked citizens abroad rushed to register for a mass repatriation of almost 15,000 nationals from 12 countries on planes and naval ships.

India banned all incoming international flights in late March as it imposed one of the world’s strictest virus lockdowns, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers and students stranded abroad.

Two ships were steaming towards the Maldives to evacuate some 1,000 Indian citizens from Friday while another was headed for the Gulf, according to the navy and the defence ministry.

The first of 64 flights over the next week were due to leave the United Arab Emirates — home to more than three million Indians — and Qatar on Thursday bound for the southern state of Kerala.

In total 26 flights will bring Indians home from the Gulf region, while others will operate from Southeast Asia, Britain and the United States, including in San Francisco and Washington.

Indian media quoted civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri as saying that 200,000 Indians abroad had registered for repatriation and that the final number could be twice that.

His ministry blamed the crashing of its website on “unprecedented traffic” and urged people to check the website of Air India, which is operating the flights, for details.

Kerala is the biggest source of Indians in the Gulf.

OV Mustafa, the director of Norka Roots, a government welfare body for non-resident Keralites, told AFP that the people were “desperate” and in a “panic”.

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“There are about 200,000 people who have registered to go to Kerala from the UAE alone,” he said.

“People are worried about the lack of clarity on the testing procedure. Especially pregnant women. They’re absolutely worried that people, even if they are asymptomatic, might be carriers. It’s a real fear.”

AFP

Foreign Airlines To Sack 2,000 Nigerian Staff – NUATE

foreign airlines The National Union of Air Transport Employees has revealed plans by foreign airlines operating in the country to lay off about 2,000 Nigerian staff.

In a letter to the Minister of State for Aviation, the Acting General Secretary of the union, Mr Olayinka Abioye, explained that the airlines say this is due to inability to transfer earnings to their respective home countries because of the CBN’s policy on forex and fund transfer.

The air transport union is asking the federal government to grant foreign airlines concession to repatriate their proceeds to their home countries to prevent the huge job loss in the nation’s aviation sector.

Preacher Myles Munroe, Wife, Seven Others Die In Plane Crash

Myles MunroeFamous Christian Preacher and author, Myles Munroe, his wife Mrs. Ruth Ann Munroe and his daughter, Charisa have died in a plane crash which took place on Sunday in the Bahamas.

According to Reuters, Pastor Myles Munroe was headed across the island chain from Lynden Pindling International Airport near Nassau, to Grand Bahama, where authorities said they believed he was due to host a church conference.

Munroe was in the Bahamas to speak at his 2014 Global Leadership Forum which starts on Monday.

Police and civil aviation officials said that the private jet they were travelling in struck a construction crane on approach to Grand Bahama International Airport on Sunday and crashed, killing all nine people aboard, including the leader of the Bahamas Faith Ministries.

Myles Munroe was also accompanied by his Bahamas Faith Ministries deputy, Richard Pinder, another pastor and his family, sources said.

The Bahamas Faith Ministries is among the largest religious congregations in the island chain, with thousands of worshippers, and Munroe was a well-known author, leadership consultant and frequent visitor to various African countries, including Nigeria.

The Civil Aviation Department said it would launch a full-scale investigation of the crash at daylight on Monday.