Recently, my family decided to take a vacation to Goa. A huge bunch of about 18 people, we booked ourselves at Candolim at an upscale hotel owned by a well-known national chain.
Meanwhile, a friend called and asked me as a favour to visit a few boutique hotels she owned for my views, and said she would send me her ‘Private’ car to shuttle me around to all her hotels for a visit.
So the following morning, true to her word, her driver and car were at the hotel in Candolim at the designated time.
My wife, my cousin, who is an architect, and I walked out of the gate and boarded the car. As we were backing out, a bunch of taxi drivers who were lounging outside the gate walked up to the driver and asked him menacingly, “Do you not know you are not allowed to pick up people from here?”
I told the taxi man in question that it was my friend’s private car and that it had been sent to pick me up. He immediately responded with confidence, “I don’t care if it’s your brother’s car. You can’t use it. You have to take a taxi from us.”
By this time, my sense of justice and fair play was working up but because I didn’t want trouble for my friend. I said, “Alright. Next time we will take your car but this car is here. Let us go. There are ladies in the car and your behaviour is disturbing.” Then he got aggressive. He said, “Do what you can. Call the police. There is no way we are letting this car move.”
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I have been doing some research and the matter keeps popping up:
The details of major concessions granted to different categories of persons on Indian Railways alongwith class and element of concession is given at this link. Please click on the link and get to know what are the concessions available :
Cheaper Baggage, More Refunds: 10 Big Announcements For Flyers
Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday proposed a slew of new concessions for air passengers. The sops will be published on the website of the aviation ministry to invite feedback and suggestion before being implemented.
- Flyers will not have to pay more than Rs. 100 per kg for the first 5 kg of excess baggage.
- In case of flight cancellations announced within 24 hours of departure, compensation amount should be increased to up to Rs. 10,000.
- If an airline overbooks a flight and denies boarding to passenger, it will have to have to arrange an alternate flight within an hour or pay compensation.
- If the replacement flight is within 24 hours, the airline will have to pay a compensation of 200 per cent of the base fare or Rs. 10,000 whichever is less. If the alternative flight is beyond 24 hours, then the compensation will be 400 per cent of the base fare or Rs. 20,000 whichever is less.
- Ticket cancellation amount cannot exceed basic fare and there shall be no additional charge to process the refund.
- Refunds to be applicable on all fares including promotional and special fares.
- On cancellation of tickets, passenger will be allowed to choose whether to take cash refund or hold the amount in credit.
- All taxes, levies and fees shall be refunded in case of no-show and ticket cancellations.
- Even when booked through travel agents or online portals, airlines shall have to ensure refunds within 15 days to domestic passengers and 30 days for international flyers.
- Rules will be amended to ensure improved facilities to people with disabilities such as making it easier to book special seats.
Reported by Sandeep Phukan, Edited by Divyanshu Dutta Roy
See the full story and video at
Date: 12 /11/2015
Time: Around 2:30 pm
Place: Lokamanya Tilik Terminal
A ticket distributing staff is accused of counting her cash during the ticket distribution time. When passengers asked her for tickets and suggest her to count cash later when she is free, the situation escalated and arguments started.
Navdeep Bihani did this recording of the situation and uploaded it in his FaceBook timeline.
She later said she would not give ticket and ask police to intervene and take away mobile.
It is common to have rush at the ticket counters, however both the passengers and officials need to be patient for the smoother operations. We request passengers to follow Q-system and not push the working staff at railways. And we further request Indian Railway to give sensitization training to the staff and have right infrastructure in place.
Guess what? All your dreams to go to an exotic foreign destination this New Year’s might just fall flat!
You know why?
The government of India has advised all Indians living in India and abroad to urgently replace their handwritten passports (wherein your details are filled in by hand) with machine-readable ones.
*So if your passport looks like this, rest assured your vacation stands cancelled.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (IACO) has set a November 24 2015 deadline for globally phasing out all Non-machine Readable Passports (MRPs). Thereafter, other countries may deny visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-machine readable passport.
What you need to keep in mind: The government of India has been issuing these hand-written passports (MRP) since 2001.
If your passport is an MRP issued before 2001, with a validity of 20 years only, then you need to get it re-issued.
Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding such passports with validity beyond November 24, 2015 should apply for the reissue of their passports well before deadline.
Deadline: 24th November 2015
How Your Passport Should Look: