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tweeted, “The decision to remove air fare caps has been taken after careful analysis of daily demand and prices of air turbine fuel. Stabilisation has set in, and we are certain that the sector is poised for growth in domestic traffic in the near future.”
The pandemic move: The government had in 2020 taken an unusual decision to cap airfares, imposing a minimum and maximum fares. The price band was linked to the flight’s duration. The aim was to prevent a spike in ticket prices in response to pent-up demand when the restriction on air travel was eased.
Mohammed Zubair, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed clubbing and transfer of all FIRs lodged across the country against suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma to Delhi Police in connection with her remark on the Prophet made during a TV debate.
‘No coercive action’
“Whatever view we have taken as a three-judge bench in the Mohammed Zubair case and some other cases, we will follow,” said a bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala.
It also extended the interim protection from any coercive action to Sharma till the probe is concluded by the Intelligence Fusion & Strategic Operations (IFSO) of the Delhi Police.
Free to move HC
The top court allowed Sharma to move Delhi High Court for quashing of FIRs lodged over her remark and said all future FIRs would also be transferred to Delhi Police for investigation.
A caustic comment
On July 1, the same bench of the top court severely criticised Sharma for her controversial comments against the Prophet, saying her “loose tongue” has “set the entire country on fire” and that she is “single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country”.
On July 19, the bench granted interim protection from arrest till August 10 to Sharma in connection with the FIRs filed against her.
A study, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the “new henipavirus is associated with a febrile [fever causing] human illness”.
How it infects: This virus has been found in the throat swab samples from infected persons in China. The early patients are mostly farmers.
Common symptoms are fatigue, cough, loss of appetite, and aches. Some patients have shown signs of blood-cell abnormalities, and damage to liver and kidneys.
Is it fatal? As of now, no deaths have been reported due to the novel Langya virus. However, virologists categorise it as a biosafety level-4 virus, with a potential 40-75% fatality rate.
Any vaccines? Since it is a new human virus, there is no vaccine for protection against the novel Langya virus as of now.