Qantas Airways said a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia's Outback and Great Barrier Reef had sold out in 10 minutes, as it joined a growing trend in Asia offering sightseeing "flights to nowhere" that take off and land at the same airport.
Hindustan Times' National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury brings you the top stories you need to know. Sunetra talks about the number of Covid-19 cases in India so far; government’s 5-pt plan to check oxygen shortage; HC stays order on 80% Covid quota in hospitals; Air India discusses flights overs scenic spots after Qantas flies over barrier reef. Watch the full video for more details.
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The United States has reiterated its call urging China to allow scientists and doctors to investigate the origins of COVID-19, the pandemic which emerged from China. "There are global challenges in Asia where CCP broke their promises... COVID, that we are all dealing with, emanated from China. We continue to call on them to be transparent and open to allow scientists and doctors to investigate," said Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, US State Department.
Union External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar attended 2nd meeting of India-Central Asia Dialogue 2020 on October 28 via video-conferencing. Jaishankar said, "India and central Asia share ancient, historical and cultural linkages. We see central Asia as India's extended neighbourhood. We share common geography. India was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relation with the central Asian countries. Since then our relationship has grown from strength to strength. As developing nations we've common perspectives on development challenges and share common views on regional and international issues. We face similar challenges on terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking and are natural partners in our developmental journey."
Impossible Foods' faux beef burgers will be sold in grocery stores in Hong Kong and Singapore starting Tuesday, the company said as it vies to bolster its presence in Asia and before entering the potentially lucrative mainland China market. Gloria Tso reports.
Australian scientists said they have discovered a detached coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef that exceeds even the height of iconic buildings like the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower. Libby Hogan reports.
A "massive" coral reef measuring approximately 1,600 feet has been discovered in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. According to CNN, the newly found reef system is taller than some of the world's highest skyscrapers. Scientists found the detached reef in waters off North Queensland while on an expedition. The reef system is the first to be discovered in more than 120 years. Robin Beaman, who led the expedition, said he was "surprised" by the discovery.