Salman bin Abdelaziz Al Saud

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Mountain Mama: Month One of Marathon Training Under the Belt

first_img“Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail.” ~ Ralph Waldo EmersonBeing videotaped while I ran was only slightly better than someone watching me try on bikinis under those terrible fluorescent lights that accentuate every flaw. Knowing that someone was watching me run made me cringe. Was my arm flab jiggling? Was I standing up straight? Was my head dragging behind my body? Were my ankles relaxed? Was my cadence fast enough? Did my butt look massive?When Thomas Minton, running guru extraordinaire, agreed to help me with my technique, I jumped at the chance. I was fine with the prospect of all-over soreness, early morning alarms, and alcohol-free Friday nights. But when I read the “filming” dates listed on the training schedule I broke into a cold sweat.But a promise is a promise. I’d committed to the Charleston marathon. And to prepare for it, I’d do whatever Thomas suggested, even the videotaping. But first, I spent most of the month preparing by skipping, shuffling sideways, falling into trees, and hopping. After each technique session I dutifully checked off the run from the training schedule I’d hung on my fridge. Curiously missing was actually running, except for the weekly “long” run that still hovered in the single digits.Friends saw me running in the park and sent texts. I drove by and wondered why that woman was running backwards. Then I realized it was you. When I skipped and shuffled my way through San Francisco during breaks from a writing conference, a city where nothing should be shocking, people did double takes.I didn’t care about the curious looks I got – turns out I love to skip. Swinging my arms and bounding high into the air makes me feel about ten years old. And shuffling sideways, a move my running guru refers to as the “karaoke drill” and aerobic instructors dub the “grapevine” makes me want to toss my head back and giggle. I still struggle to pick up my feet while running backwards, a drill Thomas promises will improve the pull phase of my running.After skipping, falling, shuffling, and running backwards I was starting to feel like the boy in Karate Kid, wondering if all the drills would translate into 26.2 miles of running. I began to doubt that I was accomplishing anything besides entertaining onlookers. Thomas sent me a message about meeting for our advanced technique session, which would end with videotaping.The session started with some barefoot running. My feet felt so light. I could feel when my ankles were tight and I landed hard. The contrast between how my fell naturally when I relaxed my foot surprised me. So I let go.Then Thomas helped me with pacing.“Pull now. Pull, pull, pull.”I followed his lead, feeling a little bit quicker. The next lap my feet were lighter still. The wind flirted with my skin and blew my hair into tangles. A rush of heady freedom filled me. It was the first time that I’d considered this running thing might be something I wanted to do instead of something I was making myself do.“You’re form is looking better. Ready for me to film you?” Thomas asked.I gulped. “No,” I said, before I considered how ungracious I sounded. How bad could it be? He just said you’re form is getting better. Just do it.“Just kidding, I’m ready.”Thomas told me to start skipping and then run past the camera. My heart fluttered and I felt my body tense, feeling incredibly self-conscious. I forced myself to lift my knees, skipping and then transitioning to a run. Was I over-striding? Was my pull too slow? Was my ankle too tight? Was my body springy? The more I wondered, the tighter I felt. This running business was turning out to be way more complicated than I thought.A few minutes later Thomas critiqued as he pushed play. “So the landing is looking better. The foot is much more relaxed. There’s your running pose.” He paused the frame. “We’ll need to work on your posture, the shoulders collapsing, the head going back.”Whew, we were done. It wasn’t so bad after all. So there was the matter of my posture and finding how to pull my shoulders down. All those years hunched up over a computer weren’t helping. But Thomas had more drills. There was help. I wasn’t destined to be a slouched over runner forever.As I walked back to my truck, I wondered why I had been so scared and reluctant to see my running up close on a screen. The thing is I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I like to get things right, I live for praise. The discomfort of witnessing my own failure overwhelmed me. That filming session and the first month of marathon training has taught me that the only way to improve is to work through all my imperfections, with my eyes wide open.last_img read more

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FEATURE: Is the Gunner a goner?

first_imgWenger first saw the influx of foreign money as a short term phenomenon and wanted to ensure that Arsenal had a sound financial basis rather than run the risk of overspending and bringing the club down. The result of this was in complete contrast to Chelsea. Between 2005 and 2014, Arsenal had a great new stadium, sound finances – and no major trophies.Playing the long gameThe club is now playing catch up. Since 2013 their spend on new players of £197m has only been exceeded by Manchester United and City. As a consequence, their runners up spot in the Premier League of 2015-16 was still considered disappointing, together with the increasingly familiar exit at Champions League quarter final stage. With so much at financial stake now a top four finish is a must.After yet another early exit from the Champions Leagues (a particularly embarrassing 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich), the calls for Wenger to go are getting louder every week.But Arsenal fans should be careful what they wish for. They owe Wenger plenty of gratitude for transforming the club. Yet rivals with deeper pockets have taken English football to the next level. Wenger’s background in economics will mean he knows that debt can bring quick results but risks long term damage.With future TV deals expected to bring even more money into the game Arsenal must decide what model they want to follow. Should they gamble on the long term growth of TV revenues and spend big? Or do they continue to live within their current means? If Wenger does leave, Arsenal may need a new professor to explain what happens next.****Rob Gowers is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Management, Anglia Ruskin University****Source: The ConversationShare on: WhatsApp How Arsene Wenger changed the Premier League … and then dropped the ballBy Rob GowersWhen Arsene Wenger was named as the new manager of Arsenal FC in September 1996, English football was in a period of transition. The 1989 Hillsborough disaster had led to a transformation of the grounds and treatment of supporters and the arrival of the Sky Sports TV channel heralded the formation of the Premier League in the 1992-93 season.At pitch level however, the game remained the same. Tactics, pre-match preparation, training methods, were all largely unchanged. When Wenger got his job at Arsenal, he was only the third foreign manager to take charge of a Premier League team. His background (a degree in economics), modest playing experience and bookish appearance seemed completely at odds with the environment that existed at Arsenal at the time. This was an environment best understood by the title of the then captain’s autobiography. Former central defender Tony Adams called his memoir “Addicted”. But Arsenal were by no means the only club with an ingrained drinking culture during this period.Like any great leader, however, Wenger could see into the future. In his first ten years at Arsenal he completely changed the philosophy of the game and achieved great success. But then he took his eyes off the ball. He missed the next set of big changes that forged how the Premier League evolved.In the beginning Wenger’s tactics were considered to be ahead of their time, and thoughtful. His nickname, “the professor” reflected this. Part of his original approach was to focus on more than just match day. The “non-visible” preparation of his squad ranged from improving the food menu the players ate, to adjusting training methods to place more emphasis on ball control.It seems strange now to think that these adjustments were in any way revolutionary, but at the time his methods were met with resistance by the players. Now many of them credit Wenger with extending their careers by a number of years.A second key initiative was his ability to call on a network of scouts to help spot talented and undervalued players – especially from France. This brought him influential and talented footballers like Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry. He also used statistical data when purchasing players. This was not a new sporting tactic (think of the film `Moneyball’ and what the Oakland A’s achieved in baseball by using statistical analysis). But it was one of the first proper applications of it to English football. Clubs now employ full time statisticians and the data being collected has created a new industry in offering analysis of it.The success of this new strategy was almost immediate. Wenger was the first foreign manager to achieve the league and cup double in 1998, and then repeated this feat in 2002. Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2003 and 2005, and in the 2003-04 season, the team went unbeaten in the Premier League. (This was only the second time this has been achieved. Preston North End had become the first “invincibles” in the inaugural season of the Football League in 1888-89.)It was also the way in which Arsenal played that made this incredible achievement really stand out. Before Wenger arrived, the chant, “One-nil to the Arsenal”, reflected their focus on defence. The trophies won under their new manager saw a reinvention – a new focus on attack and playing the game with flair.After this, change again swept through the English game in the form of huge amounts of overseas money. The business of football had altered, and Arsenal and Wenger were slow to react. The fact that they also had to fund a huge new stadium also complicated issues. Across London, Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 and over the next decade, loaned the club just over £1 billion. The result? Some of the world’s best (and most expensive) players, and no fewer than 15 major trophies – including the ultimate prize, the Champions League trophy.last_img
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‘Don’t let conflict undermine Africa’s gains’

first_img30 January 2014The 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly got under way in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday with a call by the continent’s leaders for the silencing of the guns and for peace to prevail on the continent.This as the conflict in the Central African Republic and South Sudan has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis in which has been condemned by the United Nations.“Our hearts are with the people of the Central African Republic and South Sudan as they continue to be victims of this conflict,” said African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.Last week, the AU welcomed the agreement reached by the warring South Sudanese parties on the cessation of hostilities and the status of detainees.The agreement, aimed at ending weeks of fighting that has left thousands dead and displaced, was reached at the talks in the Ethiopian capital between the South Sudanese government and rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar. The talks were held under the mediation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, and the signing of the pact was witnessed by AU peace and security commissioner Smail Chergui.Dlamini Zuma told a packed hall, which included heads of state from the 54 AU member countries, former presidents and delegates from the United Nations, that the continental body would continue to mediate in the war-torn countries until a lasting solution was found.Outgoing African Union chairperson, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, said the emerging conflicts risked escalating into a crisis that could undermine the gains made in recent years.“It is imperative that the peace process succeeds and all parties demonstrate the necessary political leadership and compromise to achieve peace and durable reconciliation,” Desalegn said.Desalegn said the situation in Central African Republic (CAR) remained concerning, particularly the senseless violence that has taken a heavy toll on civilians. He called on world leaders to support the African-led Peace Support Mission in the CAR, which has been deployed there to restore peace and security in order for that country to return to constitutional order.United Nations Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson also weighed in, calling on the AU to “do all it can” to protect civilians in South Sudan.“The situation in Central African Republic is of concern for all of us,” Eliasson said. “It is the objective of the United Nations to put an end to these atrocities; we need to act without delay.”Tribute to MandelaA moment of silence was held at the start of the summit in remembrance of the late Nelson Mandela, who died in December. The plenary hall of the AU’s headquarters, the largest building where AU summits are held, has been named after the former South African statesman.South African President Jacob Zuma took the floor to thank Africa for the hospitality it had extended to Mandela and his comrades during the struggle for liberation in his country.Zuma said that while Mandela had carried a South African passport, he had in fact been a citizen of the world and Africa.“Madiba has left us a legacy that all of us must keep alive,” Zuma said.Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was elected as the new chairperson of the African Union, succeeding Desalegn, who has been at the helm for the past year.Later in the day, the heads of state will launch the year 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security, marking the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).They will consider the report of the Peace and Security Council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa, including the activities of the Panel of the Wise alongside the renewal of its membership.The heads of state will also consider the report on the assessment of the African Standby Force and the operationalization of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises, as well as launch the final report of the High Level Panel on Fragile States.The so-called Agenda 2063 will also be considered, with the final adoption expected at the 23rd AU summit later this year.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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SAA, Virgin Australia deal opens new stops

first_img10 February 2014 South African Airways (SAA) and Virgin Australia, one of Australia’s largest domestic airlines, have entered into a new codeshare agreement, the airline said in a statement on Thursday. SAA flies daily between Johannesburg and Perth with the new partnership offering SAA customers expanded access across Australia to domestic destinations such as Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, as of 11 February. SAA acting commercial general manager Kendy Phohleli said: “Through the codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia, our valued customers will gain new travel choices to primary markets across Australia via Virgin’s extensive network and hubs in Perth and Melbourne, providing seamless travel, and earning of miles through the Voyager frequent flyer programme. “In addition customers travelling to Africa from Australia using Virgin Australia services will have access to the most comprehensive network on the African continent.” Virgin Australia has been an interline partner of SAA since July 2010 where the two airlines had a commercial agreement to handle those customers travelling on both airlines. SAA is now expanding this relationship into a codeshare agreement. “We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with Virgin Australia through this new codeshare agreement,” Phohleli said. SAinfo reporter and SAAlast_img read more

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A niche for me

first_imgSneh dithered about absently in the kitchen – should she make paneer or chicken curry? Pihu preferred non-veg while Ajju relished paneer. Sneh settled for a paneer dish, hoping it would be liked by all. She instructed the maid about the vegetables to be peeled, chopped and stored in the fridge while she went about other sundry household chores. She opened her husband’s almirah and neatly stacked up the freshly ironed laundry. Her eyes fell on a pair of cotton socks. The elastic had loosened. She made a mental note to buy a new pair soon. Sneh then headed towards the bathroom for a quick bath. Refreshed, she paid obeisance to the deities. She ate the leftover sandwiches she’d prepared for her children’s tiffin and then set out to make lunch. It wasn’t that they couldn’t afford a cook, but Raj preferred her cooking. The lavish praise her family heaped on her and the content look on their faces encouraged her to indulge them. Wrapped in the loving world of her family, she sometimes felt overwhelmed at her good fortune. She crossed her fingers and then smiled wryly at her childishness. The doorbell rang breaking her reverie. She went to the door, wiping her “kitchen” hands on a towel. As soon as she saw her visitor, Sneh stood agape in surprise. ‘Well! Aren’t you going to invite me in?’ said Anita. ‘Anita! Wha… How in the hell did you reach here? Oh! Do come in!’ ‘Well, well! Someone had to make an effort!’ answered Anita, laughing and enjoying the surprise she had thrown at her friend. ‘Since you look so comfortable in your beautiful world,’ she continued, eyeing the house appreciatively, ‘it would have taken 10 Hercules to pull you out to meet your old friends.’ Sneh gave out a girlish giggle and said, ‘Oh I am so happy to see you. Come, be comfortable.’ Ten minutes later, with snacks and coffee mugs in their hands, they sat talking animatedly. Anita and Sneh had begun their careers together, although in different lines. Sneh was a copywriter with an ad agency while Anita was in marketing. And now, Anita was the marketing area head in a well-known firm. Anita eyed Sneh pointedly. ‘So! Our copywriter is quite busy ad libbing lipsmacking menus these days, eh?’ ‘Yes! Quite a change, isn’t it? I mean I never thought of myself being in my mom’s shoes, but I am and you know what? I am enjoying all this,’ chirped Sneh gesturing around the house. ‘Don’t you ever miss your job, the money, and the excitement of it? I just can’t picture myself in your position even for a moment,’ said Anita. ‘Some things give fulfillment only once you have experienced them. And marriage is one of them. It cannot be assessed or fit into any parameter. You create its value yourself. Raj and I have found the right way to strike a balance fortunately,’ said Sneh. Anita smiled indulgently. ‘You look the very picture of it. But since I have seen the Sneh of the yore, I simply can’t fathom why you chose to shut the doors on something you were so good at. Don’t you miss it? The creativity, the money?’A flicker of a smile remained on Sneh’s face as she ruminated a while. ‘By God’s grace, money is definitely not an issue; but yes, whenever I recall my copywriting days, my pulse rate quickens. You’re right, I enjoyed doing that a lot. But now I have no time left for anything apart from my family. And I am enjoying it.’ ‘But I still feel you must remain in touch with your professional side too,’ persisted Anita. ‘And you? Aren’t you ever going to stop or slow down awhile? When do you think you’re going to settle down?’ asked Sneh.’I have been asking myself that too. The fact is that my career is going great guns at the moment. If I get married now, it may prove to be a professional hara-kiri. I can’t seem to fit marriage in my schedule. Married women are somehow considered incompetent. I don’t want to undertake that risk.’ ‘You’re overdoing your career deal, I tell you. Your bio-clock won’t listen to you so readily in a couple of years.’ ‘Don’t you think I realise that? But if I take the plunge now there are sharks waiting to shove me out of the game. I have worked so hard to achieve what I have. I am scared it will all go away in a jiffy. Sneh understood Anita’s insecurity and the personal sacrifices in spite of all the time and hard work she’d been putting in.’It’s a man’s world. Women have to set different priorities as against men because we’re of a different physical and mental set. Time is running out for you and that’s a risk you’ll have to take. You’ll need to draw the line somewhere, sometime,’ said Sneh. ‘Praful has proposed to me twice.’ ‘What? And you refused that nice man your good company? Didn’t your mom have something to say to you?’ Sneh exclaimed. ‘Yeah! When I refused, Ma and Pa were furious. I thought I was taking the right step. And sure enough, I got a promotion soon after. I am due for the next big leap soon and I am not going to jeopardise that now,’ said Anita.’Sneh, I am scared; I may not end up doing a good job of marriage and then also ruin my career,’ said Anita’Anita, there will never be an end to this. You’re wasting the best years of your life. You haven’t a family yet and very soon you won’t have Praful in your life too. Strike a balance between the two worlds!’ Sneh told her. ‘I know I am missing out on a lot, but it’s difficult to reconcile the two. I can take care of only one part, and my career seems to be the one for me.advertisementadvertisementI am scared; I may not end up doing a good job of marriage and then also ruin my career,’ said Anita. They finished the last dregs in their cups thoughtfully and then chatted for some more time before Anita went off to attend an official meeting.Anita left Sneh rejuvenated and lost in fond memories of her “jobbing days”. She prepared the lunch and laid it on the table with her domestic help, Lalji Bhaiya. It was a Saturday. On impulse, she decided to have lunch in the lawn. She instructed Lalji Bhaiya to put the garden chairs and the table outside. Raj’s car arrived as the children were getting down from the bus. All of them entered the house together, chatting. Pihu was talking about the beautiful butterfly they had made in the art and craft class.Ajju yelled excitedly, ‘Mamma, are we having lunch in the lawn today?’ Sneh smiled. ‘Yay, yay, yay,’ both children shouted. Raj looked at her and smiled. ‘You look tired,’ said Sneh handing a casserole to Lalji Bhaiya. ‘And you look um? a little different,’ said Raj. ‘Different? That’s not what I was looking for,’ grinned Sneh. She followed him to the bedroom where he kept his briefcase and undid his shirt buttons. ‘So say it. I know you want to tell me something.’ ‘Guess who came to meet me?’ ‘Who?’ ‘Anita!’ ‘What? She remembered you after so long? Well! That’s some surprise.’with any of my friends either. It was so nice to have seen her.’ ‘So what did you talk about?’ ‘You better freshen up and come outside. We’ll talk there. Let me look up the children in the meanwhile.’ By the time Raj came out, all three of them were happily ensconced in their seats. ‘Oho! A lovely lunch party al fresco!’ said Raj.They began eating as Sneh filled him in with the day’s details. She put off telling him about Anita’s vehement urging for her to go back to work. Sneh plied them with extra helpings of food in between their chatter. ‘Look how Lalji Bhaiya is balancing the glasses on the tray!’ said Pihu. ‘He’ll tumble down before he gets them here,’ shouted Ajju. They looked in the direction where Lalji bhaiya was inching his way from the kitchen to the lawn.’Oh! So sorry Lalji Bhaiya, today’s change of venue has been difficult,’ Sneh mumbled guiltily as she got up to help him unburden his latest sortie. ‘Don’t worry! I’ll get a food trolley for next time,’ she added light-heartedly. Raj looked up from his plate. ‘A food trolley? You just need an excuse to buy something or the other. It will be used once in a blue moon, and relegated to one corner of the house.’ ‘Oh, but it can be used routinely too. It’ll save us several rounds of ferrying things. I think it’s going to give us a good excuse to hold many more such picnics,’ said Sneh happily. ‘You and your ilk,’ muttered Raj and continued with his lunch. Though she remained silent, Sneh was jolted from her comfort zone. The children licked their fingers as they finished.’Mazaa aa gaya! You make the best paneer pasanda in the world,’ said Raj as he wiped up his plate of the last morsel. Sneh knew her husband meant it, but was just not able to accept his compliment fully. She helped Lalji Bhaiya collect the plates and bowls for the trips back tothe kitchen. The mobile rang as Raj moved to get up.’Hello?’ He heard the other person speak to him, gave a few short replies and put the mobile down. ‘Sneh! Guess what, my new golf set is on its way from Delhi, and should reach soon. It’s a real top-set?’ ‘A golf set?’ Sneh broke in. ‘But you already have one. You said it was the best in the trade and would last you a lifetime. Now why this?”I don’t know whether I am taking the right step, but I am open to the idea of copywriting, before it gets too late for me,’ Sneh told Anita’Oh! On my last trip to Delhi, I was with my boss in CP. We came across this huge sports shop and went berserk over the top-of-the-line sports stuff kept there. On an impulse, I had ordered a Cleveland golf set. But since the shop had only one set at that time, the manager promised to send me a new set as soon as it came in. That was his call just now – he has confirmed the purchase and the address.’ ‘Oh but you have one set already,’ said Sneh rather lamely. Of course he had wanted it! She fumed inwardly. It didn’t matter if the old golf set sat in a corner gathering dust. The more she thought about it, the more unsettled she became. The day passed as usual but her mind remained occupied. Raj had made expensive purchases in the past but this time Sneh was riled. It wasn’t just his inconsiderate shopping but  the chauvinism attached that was galling her no end.’I need to find some space, a niche for myself… and I must do this before I lose myself completely,’ she thought amid a tumult of emotions. By the next evening, she had made a decision. She called Anita on her cellphone to tell her about it. But before she could say anything, Anita launched on her own. ‘Guess what, Sneh! I have decided to propose to Praful!’ ‘What, you’ll propose?’ ‘Yeah. That’ll be something like tossing the coin for heads or tails. If he says yes, I go ahead and marry. I will take a chance on what my seniors dole out to me. I am not letting that scare me any more.’ ‘And if he refuses?’ asked Sneh.’Well then I go ahead with the status quo. And then it will be a job without Praful. Can’t let the guy hang in the balance because of my insecurities,’ answered Anita. ‘Hmm. For as far as I can see, you’ll be Mrs Praful very soon. I think you are taking the right step.’ ‘So that’s about me. What had you called me about?’ asked Anita. Sneh sighed. She felt as if she was betraying Raj. Without going into any detail she told Anita, ‘I don’t know whether I am taking the right step, but I am open to the idea of copywriting, before it gets too late for me.”Great thought, madam. I’m proud of you!’ said Anita enthusiastically. ‘Yes. But it is going to be difficult starting up again, Anita. So I want to go slow first. Maybe part-time. And I will definitely need your help and support,’ said Sneh. ‘And I will need your help getting started if things work out at my end too,’ said Anita. Both friends braced themselves for a fresh innings once again just as they had a few years ago.advertisementlast_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP investigate theft of construction equipment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a stolen John Deere 35D Minihoe near the intersection at 93rd Avenue and 93rd Street.According to RCMP, the theft occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. on June 11 and 7:30 a.m. on June 12.The minihoe is described as: 2008 John Deere model 35Dblack and yellow in colourserial number FF035DX237893The RCMP are continuing to investigate this incident.Anyone with information on this theft is being asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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Air India offers ‘hefty discounts’ on last-minute bookings

first_imgMumbai: In a huge respite to passengers reeling under the impact of exorbitant fares since the grounding of Jet Airways, national carrier Air India Friday said it will sell last-minutes tickets at a “hefty discount”. Earlier, an airline official had said that it would offer a flat 50 percent discount on last-minute bookings. Air India has decided to sell the very last minutes inventory within three hours of departure at a “hefty discount,” the airline said in a statement, without quantifying the discount. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe decision was taken at a commercial review meeting of the airline at its headquarters on Friday, the airline statement added. Generally, customers are forced to shell out over 40 percent or more for the last-minute bookings over the average fares. However, in case of a demand-supply mismatch following the grounding of Jet Airways, the difference is much higher normally, an airline official said. Now the last-minute travelers, especially those travelling for urgencies, can book tickets at much cheaper level, the airline added. Tickets can be booked from its counters, on the website, on the mobile app, or through agents, the statement said.last_img read more

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