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The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus -induced travel restrictions.(PTI)

Over 3.9 million people facilitated via Vande Bharat Mission

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 02:46 PM IST
Taking to Twitter, Puri shared data that showed that on December 18 (Friday) itself 8,546 Indians returned from various locations such as Sharjah, Dubai, London, Toronto, San Francisco, among others.
Under the Vande Bharat mission, an Air India flight from Bahrain to Chennai departed from Bahrain International Airport on Sunday, informed the Indian Embassy in Bahrain.(Image via Twiter)
Under the Vande Bharat mission, an Air India flight from Bahrain to Chennai departed from Bahrain International Airport on Sunday, informed the Indian Embassy in Bahrain.(Image via Twiter)

Flight departs from Bahrain to Chennai under Vande Bharat mission

Asian News International | By Asian News International | Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 05:08 PM IST
The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions. The eighth phase mission was initiated earlier this month.
People returning to India under the Vande Bharat Mission.(HT File Photo)
People returning to India under the Vande Bharat Mission.(HT File Photo)

China suspends special flights from India over Covid-19 concerns

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 09:16 PM IST
The new suspension order is a partial reversal of an easing on September 28, when Beijing allowed all foreigners with valid residence permits to enter.
The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said sample collection booths can collect approximately 120-130 samples per hour.(ANI file photo)
The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said sample collection booths can collect approximately 120-130 samples per hour.(ANI file photo)

Delhi airport starts Covid-19 checks for all passengers before departure

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON NOV 03, 2020 03:12 PM IST
The Covid-19 testing facility at the Delhi airport started on September 12 and it was available for international arrivals only till date.
Air India to operate Vande Bharat Mission flight from Delhi to Wuhan on Oct 30(Twitter/CivMilAir)
Air India to operate Vande Bharat Mission flight from Delhi to Wuhan on Oct 30(Twitter/CivMilAir)

Vande Bharat Mission: Air India to operate postponed Delhi flight to Wuhan on Oct 30

Beijing | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 12:49 PM IST
After the cancellation of October 23 flight between Delhi-Guangzhou, Air India will now operate its Vande Bharat Mission flight from Delhi to Wuhan on October 30; travellers to reach out to helpdesk for any assistance or guidance
The first Air India Flight from the UK, as part of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian stranded overseas due to the coronavirus lockdown,Indians depart from London's Heathrow Airport on May 10, 2020.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
The first Air India Flight from the UK, as part of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian stranded overseas due to the coronavirus lockdown,Indians depart from London's Heathrow Airport on May 10, 2020.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

Centre may review fare of repatriation flights

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 01:54 PM IST
India has put in place such arrangements with 13 countries, including France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States. Private carriers, too, have been allowed to fly special flights in these air bubbles.
Direct flights between Kolkata and London will continue to be operated under the Vande Bharat Mission till October 24.(HT Photo)
Direct flights between Kolkata and London will continue to be operated under the Vande Bharat Mission till October 24.(HT Photo)

London-Kolkata direct flight after more than 10 yrs, thanks to Vande Bharat Mission

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Some passengers said it would be nice if the direct flights between London and Kolkata could be reinstated.
Air India plans to operate special flight from Basra in Iraq to New Delhi(Twitter/LaxmanR83204220)
Air India plans to operate special flight from Basra in Iraq to New Delhi(Twitter/LaxmanR83204220)

Vande Bharat Mission: Air India plans to operate special flight from Basra in Iraq to New Delhi

Baghdad [Iraq] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 10:50 AM IST
Indian Embassy in Baghdad alerts Indian nationals stranded in Iraq to register for travelling to India under the Vande Bharat Mission
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Vande Bharat Mission Phase 6 became operational on September 1 and 1,007 international flights have been scheduled to operate during this month.(File photo for representation)
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Vande Bharat Mission Phase 6 became operational on September 1 and 1,007 international flights have been scheduled to operate during this month.(File photo for representation)

13.74 lakh Indians have returned from abroad under Vande Bharat Mission: MEA

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 10:11 PM IST
As many as 13.74 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the government launched the ‘Vande Bharat’ evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
With the additional flights cleared as part of the air bubble arrangement with Canada, AIr India will get to operate another 56 flights from Canadian cities to India.(PTI Photo/Representative)
With the additional flights cleared as part of the air bubble arrangement with Canada, AIr India will get to operate another 56 flights from Canadian cities to India.(PTI Photo/Representative)

Canada enhances air bubble with India, 56 more evacuation flights till October 24

Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya | Posted by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 09:38 AM IST
Canada has put in place stringent restrictions on international travellers arriving in the country.
Vande Bharat mission is the largest repatriation exercise undertaken ever by the Indian government.(PTI Photo)
Vande Bharat mission is the largest repatriation exercise undertaken ever by the Indian government.(PTI Photo)

More than 1.1 mn stranded Indians returned home through Vande Bharat Mission

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Posted by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 10:33 PM IST
India is also in talks with 18 more countries for bilateral arrangements for Air travel.
Over 200 Indian nationals, mostly students from all over China, left for home on the Guangzhou-Delhi Vande Bharat Mission special flight, Aug 6, 2020.(ANI File)
Over 200 Indian nationals, mostly students from all over China, left for home on the Guangzhou-Delhi Vande Bharat Mission special flight, Aug 6, 2020.(ANI File)

2 Indians on China-bound VBM flight found to be asymptomatic Covid-19 patients

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 12:58 PM IST
The August 6 Air India flight was part of New Delhi’s Vande Bharat Mission flights meant to repatriate Indians stranded abroad; it flew in those Indians who wanted to return to China for work, and had the requisite permissions from the Chinese government.
In all there were 174 adult passengers on board, 10 infants, two pilots, and four crew members. Flight records reviewed by HT showed that several of the passengers cited job loss as the reason for returning to the country.(AP Photo)
In all there were 174 adult passengers on board, 10 infants, two pilots, and four crew members. Flight records reviewed by HT showed that several of the passengers cited job loss as the reason for returning to the country.(AP Photo)

20 dead in Kerala as repatriation flight skids off runway, breaks in two

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi/Mumbai | By Ramesh Babu, Anisha Dutta, Anvit Srivastava and Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 07:08 AM IST
The crash occurred around 7.40pm, when it was raining, and the incident bore striking similarity to the 2010 Mangalore airport crash when a plane, also an Air India Express Boeing 737, overshot a tabletop runway and crashed nose-first into the ground – the last time there were as many or more people killed in a plane crash.
Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus restrictions.(ANI)
Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus restrictions.(ANI)

Nearly 9.5 lakh Indians return under Vande Bharat Mission: MEA

New Delhi | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON AUG 06, 2020 07:13 PM IST
Addressing a weekly briefing, MEA’s spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Vande Bharat Mission has become the largest sustained operation of repatriation of stranded Indians.
The largest number of stranded Indians returned by VBM flights are from UAE (57,305), followed by Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and USA.(ANI)
The largest number of stranded Indians returned by VBM flights are from UAE (57,305), followed by Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and USA.(ANI)

‘5.03 lakh stranded Indians brought back through Vande Bharat Mission’

Chennai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2020 12:05 AM IST
In the fourth phase of the mission 218 more flights are scheduled to India from various countries, of which more than 25 will be landing in Tamil Nadu, Additional Solicitor General of India R Sankaranarayanan said said.
The government announced repatriation flights to Saudi (Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh) in the fourth phase of VBM from July 3. However, by the time Ali decided to book his ticket, seats on all 11 flights were sold out.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT file photo. Representative image)
The government announced repatriation flights to Saudi (Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh) in the fourth phase of VBM from July 3. However, by the time Ali decided to book his ticket, seats on all 11 flights were sold out.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT file photo. Representative image)

Man’s long wait to meet wife, newborn in Saudi

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Neha LM Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 12:14 AM IST
Aamir Ali has still been unable to get a ticket to fly back to his wife and newborn and will now have to attempt to get a seat in phase five of repatriation flights.
An Indian security officer stands guard during a graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India.(AP)
An Indian security officer stands guard during a graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India.(AP)

Over 5 lakh Indians repatriated under Vande Bharat Mission since May 7: Govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 10:23 PM IST
In less than two months, a total of 503,990 stranded Indians have returned from 137 countries, including from remote areas, the external affairs ministry said on Friday.
Many commuters also complained of not being allowed to take cabs or private vehicles to reach their chosen paid hotel quarantine facilities.(PTI)
Many commuters also complained of not being allowed to take cabs or private vehicles to reach their chosen paid hotel quarantine facilities.(PTI)

Vande Bharat returnees still face a harrowing time

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava and Sweta Goswami
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 06:33 AM IST
Passengers arriving in Delhi continue to face a harrowing time with most of them spending six to seven hours to go through the complete process of security checks, screening, selecting a hotel for quarantine, and finally arriving at the facility.
Medics screen a passenger after an Air India Express flight brought stranded Indian nationals from Abu Dhabi, UAE, as part of the repatriation exercise ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ at the airport in Koch in May 2020.(PTI File Photo)
Medics screen a passenger after an Air India Express flight brought stranded Indian nationals from Abu Dhabi, UAE, as part of the repatriation exercise ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ at the airport in Koch in May 2020.(PTI File Photo)

Vande Bharat mission phase 4 begins Friday, 9 flights to bring back stranded Indians from Canada

Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 09:04 AM IST
According to High Commissioner of India to Canada Ajay Bisaria, nearly 5,000 Indians who were stranded in Canada due to the Covid-19 outbreak have returned home on 27 repatriation flights from Canada operated by Air India
While China has seemingly controlled the Covid-19 outbreak – barring the burst of more than 300 domestically transmitted cases in Beijing this month – it has reported nearly 2000 “imported” cases of the disease. (HT File)
While China has seemingly controlled the Covid-19 outbreak – barring the burst of more than 300 domestically transmitted cases in Beijing this month – it has reported nearly 2000 “imported” cases of the disease. (HT File)

Many Indians, families of diplomats not allowed on special flight to China

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 03:15 PM IST
After the two Indians were diagnosed with Covid-19, Chinese authorities gave permission only for an empty flight from India to land in the southern city of Guangzhou to repatriate Indians.
Air India group has operated a total of 1,414 flights so far under the mission.(PTI Photo)
Air India group has operated a total of 1,414 flights so far under the mission.(PTI Photo)

Vande Bharat Mission- 4th phase to begin from July 4

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 07:49 PM IST
Vande Bharat Mission will enter the fourth phase from July 4, says government.
The order said the US had taken the action after Indian authorities didn’t address American concerns about “restrictive and discriminatory treatment of US carriers” that were first raised on May 19.(File photo for representation)
The order said the US had taken the action after Indian authorities didn’t address American concerns about “restrictive and discriminatory treatment of US carriers” that were first raised on May 19.(File photo for representation)

US puts restrictions on Vande Bharat Mission flights

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 02:56 AM IST
An order issued by the US department of transport on Monday said the directive would take effect in 30 days.
There will be close to 600 flights in the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission, the country’s largest operation to repatriate its nationals from around the world.(File photo for representation)
There will be close to 600 flights in the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission, the country’s largest operation to repatriate its nationals from around the world.(File photo for representation)

In 3rd phase of Vande Bharat Mission, two flights to bring stranded Indians from China

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 09:47 PM IST
India has arranged two flights to bring back Indians stranded in China because of the Covid-19 pandemic in the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission, against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the two sides over a border standoff.
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri(ANI)
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri(ANI)

‘Decision to resume international flights depends on other countries’: Aviation Minister

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta | Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 07:53 PM IST
The minister added that in the absence of a decision on resumption of international flights, India is left with no option but to continue “evacuation and repatriation” flights under managed and controlled conditions.
Medics screen a passenger after an Air India Express flight brought stranded Indian nationals from Abu Dhabi, UAE, as part of the repatriation exercise ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ at the airport in Kochi on May 7, 2020.(PTI File Photo)
Medics screen a passenger after an Air India Express flight brought stranded Indian nationals from Abu Dhabi, UAE, as part of the repatriation exercise ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ at the airport in Kochi on May 7, 2020.(PTI File Photo)

Over 5k people return to India on June 19 under Vande Bharat Mission: Aviation minister

New Delhi | By Asian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 05:52 AM IST
The Vande Bharat Mission, exercise to bring back stranded Indian across the world amid Covid-19 restrictions, began on May 7 and its second phase started on May 16. The third phase, which began on June 11, will continue till June 30.
On Monday, a single-judge bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla while hearing the petition filed by the Air India pilot was informed by the DGCA and the MCA authorities that they had issued necessary instructions in the May 31 circular to safeguard both domestic and international passengers.(ANI file photo. Representative image)
On Monday, a single-judge bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla while hearing the petition filed by the Air India pilot was informed by the DGCA and the MCA authorities that they had issued necessary instructions in the May 31 circular to safeguard both domestic and international passengers.(ANI file photo. Representative image)

Bombay HC allows airlines to fill middle seats after adhering to safety norms

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By K A Y Dodhiya
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 05:07 PM IST
The court passed its order on a writ petition filed by an Air India pilot, who had complained that the national carrier had risked the safety of passengers on Vande Bharat Mission – the biggest evacuation programme of stranded Indian nationals since the invasion of Kuwait by the then Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in August 1990 – flights.
The government launched Vande Bharat Mission in April to repatriate Indians who had been stranded around the globe because of Covid-19-related restrictions.(PTI)
The government launched Vande Bharat Mission in April to repatriate Indians who had been stranded around the globe because of Covid-19-related restrictions.(PTI)

India launches third phase of Vande Bharat Mission, more than 165,000 repatriated so far

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 11, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The third phase of the programme will continue till August 2 and more than 400,000 Indian nationals have registered with missions abroad for repatriation on compelling grounds, external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told a weekly news briefing.
Over 2000 people have landed at Bihar’s Bodh Gaya International Airport during the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission.(ANI Photo/Representative)
Over 2000 people have landed at Bihar’s Bodh Gaya International Airport during the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission.(ANI Photo/Representative)

Four Vande Bharat Mission evacuees test Covid-19 positive in Bihar

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Ruchir Kumar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 05:24 PM IST
The Covid 19 positive cases in Bihar are driven mainly by the returning migrant work force.
With this voyage, INS Jalashwa alone has so far repatriated around 2,700 Indians from the Maldives and Sri Lanka under Operation ‘Samudra Setu’.(Twitter/ANI)
With this voyage, INS Jalashwa alone has so far repatriated around 2,700 Indians from the Maldives and Sri Lanka under Operation ‘Samudra Setu’.(Twitter/ANI)

INS Jalashwa brings back nearly 700 stranded Indians from Male

Tuticorin | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2020 03:23 PM IST
On June 1, the vessel repatriated approximately 700 Indians from Colombo in Sri Lanka to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. This is the third trip to the Maldives by INS Jalashwa.
The next hearing on the case will be held on June 5(HT Photo/FIle)
The next hearing on the case will be held on June 5(HT Photo/FIle)

Bombay HC asks centre to clarify if Covid-19 can be transmitted by inadvertent touch

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By K A Y Dodhiya | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 12:16 AM IST
The case relates to a petition alleging Air India’s Vande Bharat flights were putting people to risk by not leaving the middle seats empty.
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