volume 82-2021

Bilateral Political Consultation | 5th Round Held Between Pakistan-Belarus

MINSK: The 5th round of Pakistan – Belarus Bilateral Political Consultations (BPC) was held at Minsk. The Pakistan side was led by Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Additional Secretary (Europe) while Mr. Nikolai Boresivich, Deputy Foreign Minister led the Belarus side. Ambassador of Pakistan, Sajjad Haider Khan and Ambassador of Belarus in Islamabad also attended the meeting. …

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After A 17-Month Long Closure | Saudi Arabia Reopens To Vaccinated Tourists

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced Friday, July 30, that   it would reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists after a 17-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state news agency said. However, Riyadh did not announce any lifting of restrictions on Umrah, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time, which usually attracts …

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Qatar Airways CEO | Wants To Add More Members To Oneworld

DOHA: Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker wants to see more airlines brought into the Oneworld family, along with a drive to increase Oneworld’s profile and branding, as part of an “aggressive” push for the alliance. The always-outspoken Al Baker is currently Chairman of Oneworld’s Governing Board, having been appointed in May 2021 to succeed …

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Gerry’s dnata | Recognised For Safety Excellence In Pakistan

KARACHI: Gerry’s dnata, Pakistan’s largest ground services provider, has won a prestigious award for achieving the highest safety standards. The company has been recognised for its industry-leading health & safety risk assessment and control procedures at the 7th International Environment, Health & Safety Awards. Syed Haris Raza, vice president of Gerry’s dnata, said: “Safety is …

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TM London | Unveils China Travel Online Partnership

LONDON: WTM London has announced that China Travel Online is the show’s newest buyer partner and media partner in China.  China Travel Online is a leading China outbound travel portal that connects destinations, attractions, hotels and other travel suppliers around the world to Chinese operators and professionals.  It is also one-stop-shop for resources, e-commerce, news …

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The Best In World | ACI Announces 2020 ASQ Award Winners Airports

MONTREAL: ACI’s annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards recognize and reward the best airports in the world across an array of categories. All of the award winners have something in common, no matter the size or location of airport, volume of passengers, or number of employees, their exceptional commitment to continuously improving the passenger experience. …

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Oman Air Flies | Two Routes With Fully Vaccinated Crew

MUSCAT: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, operated two regularly scheduled passenger flights with fully vaccinated crews to two separate domestic destinations in the Sultanate on 12 July 2021. Oman Air Flight 931, a Boeing 737-800, departed Muscat at 07:30 on 12 July for Khasab, a popular port city on northern …

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Vaccine Inequity | Weakening Global Economic Recovery: WHO

GENEVA: Covid-19 vaccine inequity will have a lasting and profound impact on socio-economic recovery in low- and lower-middle income countries without urgent action to boost supply and assure equitable access for every country, including through dose sharing, a report said. An acceleration in scaling up manufacturing and sharing enough vaccine doses with low-income countries could …

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Canada To End | Cruise Ship Ban In November 2021

The Canadian federal government announced today the cruise ship ban will end on November 1, 2021, which was previously slated to continue through February 28, 2022. But cruise ship operators are required to fully comply with public health requirements. “As Canadians have done their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our government continues to …

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UN Hails | Italy’s Ban On Big Cruise Ships in Venice

The United Nations culture agency, which was considering declaring Venice an imperilled world heritage site, has hailed Italy’s ban on big cruise ships in the heart of the lagoon city. Unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay tweeted that the Italian government’s Tuesday decision to deny access to the mammoth liners as of August 1 is “very good …

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