Book your own coach in the Delhi Metro

Tourists, foreign travellers, government or private school children, NGO's running schools for differently able children can book coaches for metro tours for anything between Rs. 30,000 and Rs.50,000. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, under its Policy on Reservation of Car(s)/Train, allows tour operators, any government or private agency, or an individual on behalf of a group or school to book cars or trains from any station of the metro network including the Airport Express line.

The booking tariff consists of fares for the number of passengers and facilitation charges toward offering special facilities to the group, consisting of not less than 45 passengers up to 150 passengers. Only the coach of the longest train consisting of 8 coaches can be booked for a group.

F1 will not return to India in 2015

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has made a shock statement that the race will “surely” not return to India next year even as the organisers, JPSI, remained optimistic that the Formula One caravan will arrive in the country in 2015. The 2014 race was dropped from the calendar due to bureaucratic hurdles even as the official version was that it was scrapped due to logistic reasons. Ecclestone was quoted as saying by media that “at the moment, India won’t be on for next year for sure”.

“Probably 2016... they are gradually getting over all the bureaucracy with the tax position inside the country and the general finance,” the 82-year-old was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

India goes to poll in 9 phases between April 7 and May 12; counting on May 16

Ending days of speculations, the Election Commission announced the schedule for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. CEC V S Sampath, flanked by Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Dr Nasim Zaidi, made the announcement form Vigyan Bhavan, a venue that has got preference over the Nirvachan Sadan (EC’s headquarters) because of space constraints at the latter.

Here are the highlights:
  • Counting of LS polls will take place on May 16.
  • There will be 9 poll days starting from April 07.
  • Elections to be held on April 7, 9, 10, 12, 17, 24, 30, May 7 and May 12.

Lakshadweep to open three uninhabited islands for tourists

Lakshadweep has decided to open three uninhabited islands exclusively for tourists after building beach resorts and water sports facilities. "Thinnakkara, Suheli Par and Cherium are the three new islands in Lakshadweep where we are now planning to build tourism infrastructure at a total cost of Rs 60 crore," A M Hussain, Assistant Director, Lakshadweep Tourism Department. Each of these tiny islands occupy an area of about 40-50 hectares of land and is devoid of any human settlement so far, but have glistering silver sand beaches and abundant marine life, coral reefs in particular. "They are completely virgin and serene islands and that is why they will be so special for tourists who are looking for exclusivity in their trip. The charm of staying here would be unparalleled," Hussain said. The sandy beaches have clear and unpolluted water, unlike other beaches of India.

Hilton Worldwide opens 2nd Bengaluru property

Hilton Worldwide and Hilton Hotels & Resorts has unveiled Hilton Bangalore Residences. The upscale, full-service hotel is strategically located within the Embassy Golf Links Business Park, the hub of several Fortune 500 companies. Hilton Worldwide forayed into Bengaluru earlier this year, with the launch of Double Tree Suites by Hilton Bangalore. Owned by Umbel Properties Pvt. Ltd. and managed by Hilton Worldwide, the hotel features 247 studios and one- and two-bedroom suites that range from a 495 to 1,335 sqft, as per a release. Each guestroom offers living, dining and work areas and a fully-equipped kitchenette. The suites additionally feature separate living rooms, washers/dryers and dishwashers.

IndiGo plane catches fire at Kathmandu, no casualties

An Indian airliner with 170 people on board has caught fire while landing in Nepal's capital, but there were no casualties reported. Tribhuwan International Airport in Katmandu said the wheels of the Airbus 320 operated by budget airline IndiGo caught fire while landing on Saturday and passengers were quickly evacuated through emergency doors. The fire was brought under control.

Five Indian nationals among the 227 passengers on board the missing Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines flight

Five Indian nationals were among the 227 passengers on board the missing Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines flight, according to a statement released by the carrier. The Boeing 777-200 went missing over the South China Sea early on Saturday after air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft around two hours after it departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 am (10.11 pm IST on Friday night). The airline said in an updated statement released at 8 am IST that there were 227 passengers and 12 crew were on board, including passengers from 14 countries.