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Chandigarh int’l airport terminal to be opened on Sept 11

After much delay, the new terminal of the Chandigarh International Airport built by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 11.
The inauguration of the airport is part of the PM’s itinerary. He is visiting Chandigarh to inaugurate flats for economically weaker sections of Chandigarh and attend a convocation at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). The PM will inaugurate the airport at the end of his trip.
The inauguration will pave the way for starting domestic and international flights from the new terminal that has been built by the AAI at a cost of over Rs 475 crore. “We have finished our work within the stipulated time. We are ready to hand over the facility,” said a senior official in the AAI.
Once fully functional, the AAI plans to shift the operations of domestic flights from the existing domestic building to the new terminal that has been segregated in two terminal portions, domestic and international.

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PM to open new airport on Sept 11 To hand over keys of flats to EWS, LIG allottees in Sec 63

PM to open new airport on Sept 11

To hand over keys of flats to EWS, LIG allottees in Sec 63

It’s official now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in the city on September 11 to inaugurate the new terminal of the Chandigarh International Airport and hand over the keys of flats to allottees belonging to the economically weaker section (EWS) and the low income group (LIG) in the Sector 63 housing scheme of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB).
As part of his itinerary, the Prime Minister, who is visiting Chandigarh for the first time after the BJP came to power at the Centre, will also attend the convocation of the PGI here.
Beginning 10 am, the Prime Minister, after landing at the airport, will first go to the PGI, then visit the CHB project in Sector 63 and will later inaugurate the new terminal at the airport.
Officials in the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said they were ready with the facility, constructed at a cost of Rs 475 crore. The inauguration would pave the way for starting domestic and international flights from the new terminal, they said.
Once fully functional, the AAI plans to shift the operations of domestic flights from the existing domestic building to the new terminal, that has been segregated into two parts, domestic and international. The departure facility has been planned on the first floor and the arrival facility on the ground floor on the pattern of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Sources said initially domestic operations would be stated from the new terminal. Following clearance from the Ministry of Defence, the schedule of flights to Dubai by two airlines is likely to be finalised by the Aviation Ministry.
The CHB authorities have speeded up work on the Sector 63 housing project. CHB Chairman Maninder Singh said an 11 kV high tension electricity line to supply power the 2,108 flats constructed under the housing scheme would be set up before the Prime Minister’s visit.

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Visa to offer new mobile payment service in India

Global payment technology major Visa Inc will provide a new mobile payment service in India from September through smartphones, an official said here on Wednesday.

“Our new payment platform mVisa will enable Indian consumers pay for various services through smartphones from next month,” Visa chief executive Charlie Scharf told reporters here.

The new service will be first available in this tech hub on a pilot basis through four select banks and will be extended to more cities subsequently.

The banks are Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and State Bank of India.

“The new platform will also usher in a cashless and cardless system to enable customers purchase goods, pay bills and transfer money to their kith and kin, at ease,” Scharf said at a product preview.

To avail the service, Visa customers have to download the mVisa form into their smartphones and link their Visa debt, credit or prepaid account to the application.

“On activation, customers can pay for retail purchases online by transferring funds from their account to the store’s or its owner’s account,” Scharf said.

Users can also pay utility bills and transfer funds to other Visa account holders through mVisa.

The service will also be available to 20,000 merchants across Bengaluru who can be notified through SMS that payment has been made.

“Payments via mobile handset, tablet or smartphone are projected to touch $3.3 trillion by 2018 worldwide,” he said.

The company’s Indian subsidiary also opened its new technology centre where about 1,000 software engineers will work over the next one year.

The present facility with 450 engineers is Visa’s second largest outside the US.

“The India centre with similar centres in Singapore and the US will help us to accelerate development of next-generation payment solutions,” Scharf added.

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Astronauts Will Eat Space Lettuce for the First Time Next Week

In a rather science fictional moment, the Expedition 44 crew members on the International Space Station are about to eat the very first space crops. On Monday, a batch of red romaine lettuce will be harvested from the Veggie plant growth system on the ISS orbiting laboratory. Cosmically delicious.

It’ll probably be the most scientific harvest festival the human race has ever seen. The astronauts will carefully clean the greens with citric acid-based sanitizing wipes before dividing the spoils precisely in half. One half of the space bounty will be eaten fresh, while the other will be packaged, frozen, and shipped back to Earth for scientific analysis.

The lettuce seeds were planted on July 8th by astronaut Scott Kelly. By harvest, they’ll have spent 33 days growing inside Veg-01, a light bank that includes red, green and blue LEDs. Red and blue light are the two most important parts of the spectrum for photosynthesis. Green light is actually rather useless, but even in space, food aesthetics matter. To avoid producing crazy purple space plants, the engineers behind Veg-01 decided to add green to the mix.