PLACES IN NEWS - 2017 AUGUST

August 4

India’s First Heli-taxi service launched by MoS for Civil Aviation Jayanth Sinha in Bengaluru
Thumby Aviation, a private helicopter service provider, and Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) have partnered to launch Heli-Taxi service from Bengaluru Airport.
Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is the first airport and Bengaluru is the first city in the country with such a service.
The helicopter service will initially be launched from Bengaluru Airport to Electronic City and gradually expanded to other parts of the city.

August 5

Tirupathi and Vijaywada Airport in Andhra Pradesh going to be green airport
As a part of Government of India’s initiative to develop green airports, two airports in Andhra Pradesh- Tirupati and Vijayawada are going to go completely green.
The work on the same has already begun with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) commencing the process of installing 1 Mega Watt solar power plant at both the airports.
The AAI has set up Solar Power Plants at various locations/airports for its captive power consumption based on the capacity permissible under Net-Metering policy of States. It has also completed installation of solar power plants at 29 airports/locations with a total capacity of 12.84 MWp.
The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) in Kerala is the first airport in the world to be completely powered by solar energy.

August 7

Dhaka to open diplomatic station in Chennai
Bangladesh will open a new diplomatic station in Chennai. It is likely to focus on medical tourism and educational centers that drew thousands of Bangladesh citizens to India every year.
The main focus will be to address the needs of Bangladeshi citizens who visit India for medical and educational purposes. Medical treatment will include super-specialty treatment of kidney, eye and neurological issues available in southern India which draws Bangladeshi citizens to India in large numbers.
The country is going to open 17 new diplomatic missions across the world, including the new one in Chennai.

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