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169 medical students flown back to Srinagar from Dhaka under Vande Bharat Mission

Updated: May 13, 2020 11:05 am

In Jammu and Kashmir, 169 Kashmiri medical students on board Air India flight A1-1242 from Dhaka landed in Srinagar International Airport today.

After immigration, custom, thermal screening and self-declaration formalities, all the students left for their respective districts in the valley by State Road Transport Corporation buses for the mandatory 14 day quarantine period.

The fourth evacuation flight from Bangladesh left Dhaka for Srinagar at 11 a.m. local time on Tuesday. It is scheduled to reach Srinagar at 1.45 in the afternoon. This is the second flight from Dhaka to Srinagar bringing students from Bangladesh.

The Special Air India flight under the Vande Bharat Mission on Tuesday carried 169 medical students from India stranded in Bangladesh in the wake of Corona pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

Earlier, on Monday the third evacuation flight had left for Mumbai from Dhaka. The flight carried 104 Indian nationals stranded in Bangladesh due to Corona virus. Two other flights on 8th and 9th May have evacuated Indian citizens from Bangladesh to India. The first flight on May 8 carried 168 medical students from Bangladesh to Srinagar. The second flight carried 129 Indian citizens to Delhi on May 9.

The passengers of the flight to Srinagar thanked the High Commission of India for its help in arranging the special evacuation flight. They also thanked the government of India and the High Commission of India in Bangladesh for extending them all help during the process of evacuation from Bangladesh.

The second Naval Ship under ‘Operation Samudra Setu’, INS Magar arrives at Cochin Port today with  evacuees from Maldives.

INS Magar with 202 evacuees from Maldives arrived at Cochin Port today  evening at 5: 45 PM.The passengers included 91 repatriates of Kerala, 83 of Tamil Nadu and 28 belonging to 15 other states/UTs. The Port health officials conducted detailed medical check-up of all passengers.

After the formalities people with symptoms were shifted to  hospital and others were transferred to  quarantine centres. Persons belonging to Tamil Nadu without any  symptoms were  moved in special buses arranged by the Tamil Nadu Govt.

Meanwhile the flight from Dubai carrying nearly 180 passengers arrived  in Kannur International airport today at 7:15pm. Three more flights each from Dhamam, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is scheduled to arrive with expatriates to Kochi tonight.

The Doha- Thiruvananthapuram flight will also be arriving early morning tomorrow at 12:40 am. Meanwhile, 5 more positive Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Kerala today taking the total number of active cases to 32.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the situation is getting serious  as over 70% of the  present cases  are people who had returned from abroad and other States. He said that Kerala is entering the next stage that demands high and urged the cooperation of all to strictly abide to the Covid protocol, to prevent community spread in all possible ways

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