Monthly Archives: February 2014


Come 2015, India and rest of the world can see the first aircraft that is powered by solar energy and can fly non-stop. The aircraft, to be unveiled in a few months from now, will make a round-the-globe trip next year, showcasing the latest technology in various countries where it will have stopovers, according to Switzerland-based company Solar Impulse, which is manufacturing it. The plane, weighing around 2,740 kg, will be powered by 12,000 solar cells and can fly at the speed of 70 kms per hour. It can fly day and night continuously, collecting energy from the Sun, the company’s CEO Andre Borshberg told PTI here. Maintaining that the plane will have only one pilot as of now, he said that while the aircraft can fly continuously day and night, “the limiting factor is the pilot. He cannot sustain endlessly and has to take rest.” The around-the-world sojourn will be for three months, with […]

First solar-powered plane to start round-the-world trip from India in ...


New Delhi:¬†¬†Tourists travelling to India from 180 countries will no longer have to queue at their local consulates to obtain visas after New Delhi announced a “historic” overhaul of its strict visa regime. Most foreigners currently have to wait several weeks before learning whether they will be allowed to enter India after submitting their applications at visa processing centres, a major deterrent for potential visitors. Under the new scheme, many tourists will be allowed to apply online and then receive the green light within five days, before picking up their visa at the airport on arrival into India. “We have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations,” Planning Minister Rajiv Shukla told reporters in the capital late Wednesday. “The facility will provide a major boost to the country’s tourism sector. This is historic,” Mr Shukla said. Visitors from countries which account for the bulk of India’s tourists — such as the […]

Visa-on-arrival facility extended by India to tourists from 180 nations