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By NewsGram Staff Writer 

Dubai: On Tuesday, India’s new private full service carrier Vistara opened its first overseas sales office in Dubai in order to cater to customers in the Gulf region. This was especially done keeping in mind the huge Indian diaspora.

Sharaf Travels LLC was appointed as the their general sales agent (GSA) by The Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines joint venture (51:49 percent) in the region spanning the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

“With Sharaf Travels’ strong presence in these markets, residents and tourists in the Gulf region will have direct access to our services along with information on its growing network in India,” Vistara chief commercial officer Giam Ming Toh said in a statement here.

The nine-month old airline offers 321 weekly flights to 12 destinations across India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Panaji, Guwahati, and Bagdogra.

Services from Bhubaneswar will commence from October 1, Varanasi services from October 21, while the frequency between Delhi and Mumbai will be increased from November 1.

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The airline, which was the first to introduce premium economy seats on domestic routes in India, at present, operates a brand new 150-seater aircraft —the Airbus A320-200— with 16 business class, 36 premium economy and 96 economy class.

“We offer 20 per cent more leg space and comfort to our customers compared to the same aircraft model of other airlines,” the airline said in a statement.

Since its launch in January, Vistara has flown six lakh passengers across its network and has efficiently maintained about 90 percent on-time performance.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Two Men Jailed For Robbing an Indian in Dubai

The men were sentenced on Friday and they will be deported following the completion of their term in Dubai, the Khaleej Times reported.

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The 38-year-old Indian man was intercepted by the two men in July 2017 when he left his office in Dubai's Meena Bazaar.
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Two men have been sentenced to one year in jail here for robbing an Indian man of 200,000 dirhams.

The 38-year-old Indian man was intercepted by the two men in July 2017 when he left his office in Dubai’s Meena Bazaar. “I was passing through a parking lot on my way home when an Asian-looking man holding a vessel with some liquid stopped me,” the Indian man said.

Two men have been sentenced to one year in jail here for robbing an Indian man of 200,000 dirhams.
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He said that the attacker threw the liquid on his face, “burning my face and eyes. I couldn’t see anything”.

“Another person pulled the money parcel wrapped in plastic from my arms and fled.”

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The men were sentenced on Friday and they will be deported following the completion of their term in Dubai, the Khaleej Times reported.

Another man involved in the crime is still on the run. Also, a fourth defendant confessed to aiding and abetting the crime by keeping 150,000 dirhams with him to wire to the attackers later. (IANS)