The Trump administration on June 3 barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the U.S. starting on June 16. The move penalises China for failing to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the two countries.
US -Chinese relations have soured in recent months amid tensions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s move to impose new national security legislation for Hong Kong.
The Trump administration on May 22 accused China’s government of making it impossible for U.S. airlines to resume service to China and ordered four Chinese carriers to file flight schedules with the U.S. government.
Fifteen bird species, including Banasura and Ashambu laughing thrushes, of Kerala have been flagged as key species of concern in the State of India’s Birds report released by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA).
White-bellied Sholakili, Broad-tailed grassbird, Nilgiri thrush, Nilgiri pipit and White-rumped vulture are some of the entries on the list.
The conservation challenges faced by the species, including its habitats, feeding and reproductive specialities, need to be assessed and conservation management measures evolved.
The Home Ministry has allowed foreign businessmen, engineers and healthcare professionals to enter the country on the condition that they get their visas re-validated and fly into the country in chartered flights.
The other categories permitted to enter the country include healthcare professionals on invitation from a recognised and registered healthcare facility, technical specialists and engineers travelling for installation, repair and maintenance of foreign-origin machinery and specialists who need to travel on behalf of foreign business entities located in India.
The home ministry order covered four broad categories of foreigners who can enter the country in non-scheduled commercial flights or chartered flights.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration released former IAS officer and J&K People’s Movement (JKPM) party leader Shah Faesal and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders Sartaj Madni and Peer Mansoor, who were booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).
Faesal was first detained at the Delhi international airport and barred from travelling abroad. Later, he was formally booked under the PSA.
His arrest came after he opposed the revocation of J&K’s special status in interviews given to foreign media. PDP’s Naeem Akhtar and NC’s Sagar remain arrested under the PSA in a sub-jail in Srinagar.