Venkaiah Naidu in Vijayawada
On December 4, 2018, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu flagged off the first IndiGo airlines flight to Singapore from the Vijayawada international airport here at 6.45 p.m. on Tuesday. The airliner would be operating the flights to Singapore twice a week. Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, who cut a cake to mark the launch of the service, recalled that he spoke to the officials of the customs and the civil aviation etc on the air connectivity’s key role. Growth in the aviation sector would yield positive results and help in the development of the State. “The new air connectivity would increase India’s reach in South East Asia. Andhra Pradesh would become an aviation gateway between the two prospering regions and it will boost tourism,” he said.
James Michel at CBI headquarters
AgustaWestland scam accused middleman Michel Christian at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi on December 5, 2018.
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British national Christian James Michel, wanted in the alleged ₹3,700-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal bribery case, was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates on December 4. Mr. Michel was brought to New Delhi on board an Aviation Research Centre plane of the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) at around 10.45 p.m. and escorted to the Central Bureau of Investigation headquarters by a team of Delhi Police officials. He is likely to be produced before a Delhi court on December 5.
Australia, India announce squad
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh with the Australian team during a practice session ahead of the first Test against India in Adelaide on December 5, 2018.
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Australia vice-captain and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been dropped for the first test against India as selectors backed the team’s three specialist seamers to bowl a full workload at Adelaide Oval. India will pick their playing XI for the first Test against Australia from the 12 players which was announced on Wednesday.
Asian stock slid
A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong on December 5, 2018.
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Asian stocks slid on Wednesday, dragged down by Wall Street’s tumble as sharp declines in long-term U.S. Treasury yields and resurgent trade concerns stoked investor worries about global economic growth. Global equities have been shaken as a flattening U.S. Treasury yield curve fans worries about a recession, and on growing doubts that Washington and Beijing will be able to clinch a substantive trade deal during a temporary cease-fire agreed at the weekend.