Pope marries couple on papal plane

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Pope Francis married a couple of airline employees aboard the papal plane as it flew over Chile on the third day of his South American trip. Francis formally joined in matrimony 41-year-old Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest, 39, who have two children and are both flight attendants. The Chilean couple married in a civil ceremony in 2010 but were never formally wed in the eyes of the Catholic Church. The brief ceremony took place at an altitude of 36,000 feet (11,000 meters) on a two-hour flight taking the pope from the capital Santiago to the northern city of Iquique. At the end of the ceremony, which took place out of view of journalists travelling with the pope, the two Latam employees co-signed a handwritten marriage certificate which bore the pope's simple signature "Francis. According to the Vatican, the couple were unable to have a religious ceremony at the time of their civil marriage because the church they chose for the event was destroyed in an earthquake. Tens of thousands of pilgrims were awaiting the pope in Iquique, where he was scheduled to celebrate an open-air mass on the shores of the Pacific on the third day of his visit.
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GSLV Success Fuelled Ascent of K Sivan To Top Job At ISRO

GSLV Success Fuelled Ascent of K Sivan To Top Job At ISRO

K Sivan knew the launch vehicle deeply, and was known among his colleagues as a workaholic who never rested till he finished a project

by Hari Pulakkat

BANGALORE: K Radhakrishnan, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), remembers the end of 2010 as among the most critical period during his tenure at the helm.

Two successive

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Sitharaman scripts history again

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman strapped herself into a G-suit today and became the second Indian woman leader to go on a sortie on a Sukhoi 30 fighter jet. The supersonic jet took off from Jodhpur Air Force station this morning.

Former President Pratibha Patil and former President Abdul Kalam had also flown on the fighter.

As India's first woman defence minister, Ms Sitharaman has spent a lot of time travelling to Army, Air Force and Navy bases to understand their operations. A few days ago, she was onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in the Arabian sea to witness the operations of the MiG-29 fighter off the deck of the ship and other Naval exercises.

For her sortie, Ms Sitharaman wore a flight overall and a G-Suit, which ensures comfort when the jet takes tight turns. She also wore a helmet with an oxygen mask.

The Sukhoi-30 MKI has nuclear strike capability and can penetrate deep in enemy territory.

The twin-jet fighter was developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force.

<p>Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft patrol the skies over the Himalayas.</p>

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Why Aishwarya was left fuming at an event in Dubai

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked breathtakingly beautiful, at an event in Dubai, for an international watch brand.

However, believe it or not, there's a story of panic and frenzy behind all the grace and elegance. According to a report in Pinkvilla, the actress and her team were left stranded, as her makeup artist, Daniel Bauer, wasn't able to make it on time.

Daniel was booked by Aishwarya's watch brand in December for an event with Aishwarya for January 11 last week in Dubai. Everything including the tickets, visas and other travel arrangements had been seen to him and his assistant in advance. On the day of leaving (the flight was to take off on January 11 at 3. 55am), his manager called and said his shoot was extended so Daniel wouldn't be able to make it," a source said.

Apparently Ash was furious, and had to look for last-minute replacements. Finally at 11. 30 pm, they contacted another hair and makeup artist, Adrian and Aasif, who were luckily available and their tickets were done," the source added.

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Why Aishwarya was left fuming at an event in Dubai

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked breathtakingly beautiful, at an event in Dubai, for an international watch brand.

However, believe it or not, there's a story of panic and frenzy behind all the grace and elegance. According to a report in Pinkvilla, the actress and her team were left stranded, as her makeup artist, Daniel Bauer, wasn't able to make it on time.

Daniel was booked by Aishwarya's watch brand in December for an event with Aishwarya for January 11 last week in Dubai. Everything including the tickets, visas and other travel arrangements had been seen to him and his assistant in advance. On the day of leaving (the flight was to take off on January 11 at 3. 55am), his manager called and said his shoot was extended so Daniel wouldn't be able to make it," a source said.

Apparently Ash was furious, and had to look for last-minute replacements. Finally at 11. 30 pm, they contacted another hair and makeup artist, Adrian and Aasif, who were luckily available and their tickets were done," the source added.

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NRI stuck at Delhi airport for 3 days, passport travels to Canada

A Bahrain-bound NRI has been stranded at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport for the past three days after his handbag containing his passport was mistakenly taken away by a passenger to Canada.

Satyendra Singh said he arrived in Delhi from Lucknow on Saturday and was in transit to Bahrain.

On Saturday afternoon, I reached Delhi and went for security check to catch the international flight. The queue was long so I put my handbag in the scanner. By the time I reached for check and crossed it I could not find my bag. I informed the security, who checked the CCTV footage and found that another passenger took the back and boarded the Air Canada flight. The flight had already departed by then,” said Singh, a US national, working in Bahrain. e Canada-bound passenger had reportedly taken Singh’s bag leaving his own behind.

The ordeal had just started for Singh as he was left with no money or clothes. He spent the night on the floor of the terminal as he could not leave the terminal due to security reasons. His immigration had been cleared in Lucknow, so he could not even go back.

I informed my family and they said they will send some money so that I could buy food. But there was no way they could have contacted me. Finally, On Sunday, Air India shifted me to the lounge and I am currently here. Besides the passport, my handbag had my medicines,” he added.

Singh had come to India to meet his parents, who live in Lucknow. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said they could not do much as the security protocol does not allow a passenger to return unless he has a passport.

The airlines, however, acted promptly and the Air Canada flight, carrying Singh’s bag arrived at Delhi airport on Monday evening. Air India, however, said Singh will have to pay the fare difference as hand baggage is not the responsibility of the airline. He is expected to depart by Monday night.

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Fog disrupts flight operations, ferry services

Fog disrupts flight operations, ferry services

The flight operations at the airport were suspended for four and a half hours since 5:50am due to poor runway visibility caused by dense fog, UNB reports quoting Rezaul Karim, public relations officer at Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

Several domestic flights, including that of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, could not take off and one flight from Singapore was diverted to Chittagong airport during the period, Karim said adding that the operation resumed with Chittagong-bound flight of Biman 'BG011' leaving the airport around 10:20am.

Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed after eight hours of disruption caused by dense, reports our Munshiganj correspondent quoting Shah Newaz Khaled, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station.

The authorities kept the ferry services suspended on the route from 2:00am to 10:00am, the official said.

Six ferries remained stranded mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers in the cold weather.

Besides, the ferry services were disrupted for seven hours from 3:30am due to poor visibility caused by thick fog on Paturia-Daulatdia route," UNB reports quoting Mohiuddin Russell, manager (Commercial) of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Aricha.

Four ferries got stranded in the middle of the river, said the official, adding that around 500 vehicles, including buses and trucks, were waiting in queues on both sides of the river to cross it.

The ferry services resumed around 10:30am after the fog disappeared, he said.

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