International flights to remain suspended till Nov 30
The Centre on Wednesday extended the suspension of scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till November 30.
 
"This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation," an official statement said on Wednesday.
 
"However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on select routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," it added.
 
At present, India has entered into 'Air Bubble' agreements with several countries. It allows nationals of both the countries to travel in either direction.
 
Passenger air services were suspended on March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19.
 
Domestic flight services have since resumed from May 25.
 
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    As 625 doctors die of Covid, IMA constitutes fund to help next of kin
    The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a fund dedicated to its member doctors who have died in the line of duty while battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
     
    The association has planned to raise money by donations from its members and the public, including the registered institutions. The fund will be used to pay ex-gratia sum to the legal heir of the deceased doctors with certain conditions, the association informed.
     
    The conditions include that the deceased should be below 70 years of age, have been a life member of IMA on the date of death, the cause of death should be due to Covid 19 disease, should have been in active practice while acquiring Covid-19, and should not be eligible for any grant or compensation from the central or state governments, the eligibility criteria set by the apex institution of private medical practitioners stated.
     
    The association told IANS that as many as 625 of its members have succumbed to the disease in the service of the nation for Covid care.
     
    "The Covid-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the members of IMA who are in the frontline of Covid care and control. As of today, 625 modern medicine doctors have sacrificed their lives in the service of the nation for Covid care. Indian Medical Association hereby institutes a dedicated fund to financially help the families of IMA members who are Covid-19 martyrs," the association stated.
     
    "The legal heir of the deceased member of IMA can apply for financial help. The legal heir can submit the application to the local branch secretary of IMA who will forward it through the State Secretary of IMA to the Honorary Secretary General of IMA. The local branch secretary or the state secretary or the Honorary Secretary General can initiate the process suo moto as well," the association informed.
     
    However, the association will also have a flexible approach towards the criteria set for the eligibility of the martyr's fund.
     
    "Flexibility criteria Irrespective of membership and age the case of a modern medicine doctor who has martyred in the service of the nation in Covid-19 will be taken up by the National President of IMA by an appeal from the family if there are genuine situations of need for help," the IMA clarified.
     
    The association also informed that a team consisting of the president, immediate past president, president-elect, vice presidents as per jurisdiction, secretary-general and finance secretary would scrutinise the applications and sanction money to the applicant. However, the financial condition of the deceased's family would determine the quantum of monetary help.
     
    "The quantum of money to be paid will be decided by the national president in consultation with the above team of office bearers as per the availability of funds. The quantum will be determined as per the family situation including employment, income, children, assets, liabilities etc.," the association stated.
     
    "The money will be paid to the legal heir. In case of more than one legal heir, the money will be divided equally between them," it added.
     
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    Circus on the verge of extinction due to coronavirus spread
    The lockdown due to coronavirus affected everyone's livelihood significantly. The lockdown has adversely affected the future of circuses as there is no audience for the shows. Many circus operators don't even have money to recharge their phones.
     
    Clowns, who bring smiles to many people, animals like lions, tigers and elephants who perform on the directions of ring masters, motorcycles running in the well of death, beautiful girls performing stunts etc might not be seen anymore which means the circus might become a history for the next generation.
     
    Anil Kumar, manager of Asiad Circus, told IANS, "Our circus has been closed since March 13. Some of the people working have gone back to their homes while some are still living in the camp but they are working as daily wage labourers. They sleep here after coming back from their work."
     
    "The situation was already bad for us, but the pandemic spread has made it worst. Earlier, we hardly managed to earn bread and butter but now we don't even have money to recharge our phones," he said.
     
    There used to be around 150-200 circuses in the country but due to the restrictions imposed due to coronavirus, they are on the verge of closure. Some of the circuses closed down due to increasing cost while the remaining are closing down due to various restrictions imposed by the government.
     
    Though there is a circus association in the capital but due to lack of members it is also not active.
     
    According to circus operators, around 10 to 15 circus closed down due to coronvirus while the remaining are struggling. According to Kumar, circus is no longer a profitable business and if the government does not pay attention, soon it will just be on papers.
     
    However, the growth of multimedia has also affected the circus business as now children have a lot of options for their entertainment.
     
    Rambo Circus, one of India's most popular and oldest circus, has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to provide financial assistance to the members of this circus, it has started digital shows.
     
    Rajesh Shah, a resident of Boroda, runs a consultancy which helps the circus companies. Shah said, "Out of 20 big circus across the country, only 10 big are existing now. All the artists have gone back to their hometowns because of Covid."
     
    "It will be very difficult to get these artists back as they are very hardworking and they will find some other work for themselves."
     
    The Great Bombay Circus, which started from Mumbai in 1920, completed 100 years this year and witnessed a great success but currently its condition is bad. Two brothers run this circus.
     
    Sanjeev, the owner of the Great Bombay Circus, said, "150 members of the circus have gone back to their homes because of no work in the past seven years. Everyday cost of running a circus is around Rs 1 lakh. A lot of circus companies have closed down in the last two years. We even had to borrow money from relatives due to financial problems."
     
    "There is an association, the Indian Circus Federation, but it is also not active now because there are no active members. More circus companies will close down in the future," he said.
     
    "The government will have to help our industry financially. Nobody thought that this disease will bother for so long. While showing online circus is not feasible for a long time, because a whole family will watch the circus on one ticket which will result in huge loss for us in the future," Sanjeev added.
     
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