Hong Kong – Government will exercise due diligence in processing fare increase applications from franchised bus operators

Government will exercise due diligence in processing fare increase applications from franchised bus operators


     Regarding the fare increase applications from the five franchised bus operators for their bus franchises, a Government spokesman said today (March 15) that the Government is processing the relevant applications, and will exercise due diligence in considering and reviewing the applications in accordance with the established mechanism, with a view to minimising the impact on people’s livelihoods while maintaining the financial sustainability of the bus operators.

     The spokesman said, “The five franchised bus operators submitted fare increase applications for the six bus franchises under them to the Government between January and September last year. As bus services are closely related to people’s livelihoods, the Government will handle the fare increase applications in a prudent manner as we have always been, taking into account the bus operators’ financial situation and prospects, public acceptability and affordability, as well as the quality and quantity of bus services provided, etc. The Government will play its gatekeeper role and will recommend lowering the rate of increase or even reject the application, if the proposed rate of increase of an individual application is considered to be excessive after our assessment.”

Joint Exercise Agni Warrior with Singapore Armed Forces Concludes at Devlali (Maharashtra)

The 12th Edition of Exercise Agni Warrior, a bilateral exercise between the Singapore & Indian Army, which had commenced on 13 November 2022 concluded at Field Firing Ranges, Devlali (Maharashtra) on 30 November 2022. Exercise Agni Warrior, involved showcasing joint firepower planning, execution and use of New Generation Equipment by the Artillery arm of both armies.

Exercise also included participation by both sides in a joint computer war-game as part of joint planning process. Both sides utilised niche technology and Artillery Observation Simulators as part of joint training phase. Expert academic discussions were conducted on modern trends in Artillery and refinement of Artillery planning process. Indigenously manufactured Artillery guns and howitzers also participated during the final phase of the exercise.

The exercise achieved its aim of enhancing mutual understanding of drills & procedures and improving interoperability between the two armies. The closing event was witnessed by Mr Wong Wie Kuen, High Commissioner of Singapore to India & Lieutenant General S Harimohan Iyer, Commandant, School of Artillery along with other dignitaries from Singapore & serving officers from both armies.



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The 19th edition oftheIndian and French Navy bilateral exercise ‘VARUNA-2021’ concluded on 27th April 2021.

Exercise VARUNA has been a key enabler in building interoperability and strengthening the coordination between the two navies. This exercise has matured over the years with increase in scope, complexity of operations and level of participation. Conducted from 25-27 Apr 2021 in the Arabian Sea, the exercise witnessed high tempo-naval operations at sea, including advanced air defence and anti-submarine exercises, intense fixed and rotary wing flying operations  including cross deck helicopter landings, tactical manoeuvres, surface and anti-air weapon firings, underway replenishment and other maritime security operations. Units of both navies honed and enhanced their war-fighting skills to demonstrate their ability as an integrated force to promote peace, security and stability in the maritime domain.

The common understanding of the two navies in executing maritime operations was evident right from the start of the exercise wherein the entire planning was carried out through virtual meeting and the exercises were conducted completely in the non-contact format.

The seamless coordination, precise execution of manoeuvres, and accuracy in complex exercises characterized the conduct of Varuna-2021 and has helped further strengthen mutual confidence, inter-operability and sharing of best practices between both Navies.

Indian Navy’s guided missile frigate Tarkash will continue to exercise with the French Navy’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG) from 28th April to 1st May 2021 participating in advanced surface, anti-submarine and air-defence operations with the French CSG. 



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Exercise Desert Flag-VI

Exercise Desert Flag –VI successfully culminated today with de-induction of the Indian contingent from UAE. Ex Desert Flag is an annual multi-lateral large force employment exercise hosted by UAE. The sixth edition of the exercise was conducted from 04 Mar to 27 Mar 21 at Air Force Base Al Dhafra, UAE.

IAF participated in the exercise for the first time, fielding Su-30MKI fighter aircraft. Six countries; UAE, USA, France, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain apart from India participated with aerial assets. Jordan, Greece, Qatar, Egypt and South Korea participated as observer forces.

The objectives for the exercise were to expose coalition participating forces to large force employment, sharpen tactical capabilities, and enhance interoperability along with fostering closer relations between the participating forces. The aim for the participating crew and specialist observers was to expose them to operational environment in scenarios requiring multinational forces working together. Timely and seamless induction and de-induction was facilitated by IAF C-17 Globe master aircraft.

During the exercise IAF flew Large Force Engagement (LFE) missions in near realistic environment involving many aircraft of varied types. IAF successfully undertook all the planned missions, both by day and night, without any mission abort.  All possible assistance was provided by UAE Air Force ensuring that all planned activities were completed in time.

IAF has been actively participating in operational international exercises, wherein collaborative engagements are enhanced. A multinational Exercise in UAE with friendly forces afforded a unique opportunity to gain valuable learning to all the participating forces. The knowledge gained, lessons learnt and bonds made during the course of Ex Desert Flag-VI will go a long way in bolstering professional capabilities of the participating forces.



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Elite Online Publishing Announces a New International Bestselling Book by Author Frank J. Donohue

Author Frank J. Donohue achieved #1 National Bestseller with his new book Ten Healthy Tips: A Flight Plan for Life.

Virginia Beach, VA– Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – Author Frank J. Donohue joined the ranks of bestselling authors on Amazon with his new book, Ten Healthy Tips: A Flight Plan for Life which was released Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020, by Amazon.com – the nation’s #1 place to buy books.

On the day of release, his book started its upward movement towards bestseller status on Amazon.com. Elite Online Publishing published and promoted and reached #1 National Bestseller on Amazon in FOUR categories in the US. Including Engineering & Transportation » Transportation » Reference, Travel » Reference » Tips, Fitness & Dieting » Diets & Weight Loss » Diets » Weight Watchers, and Sports & Outdoors » Water Sports » Swimming.


#1 National Bestseller in FOUR categories in the US! Elite Online Publishing published and promoted and reached #1 National Bestseller on Amazon in FOUR categories in the US. Including Engineering & Transportation » Transportation » Reference, Travel » Reference » Tips, Fitness & Dieting » Diets & Weight Loss » Diets » Weight Watchers, and Sports & Outdoors » Water Sports » Swimming.

Ten Healthy Tips takes readers into the mind of an airline pilot and the top ten health tips he practiced throughout his airline career. Airline pilots make their money above planet earth and it is serious business. Pilots are the most regulated profession in the USA. Airline pilots must pass federal mandated pilot flight physicals every six months, a requirement to keep their pilot job. Maintaining good health was very important to help Frank, an Airline Captain with over 36 years of experience, perform at his best at aviating jets and to pass those pilot medical exams. In this seatback pocket-sized book, he shares his rules to live by here in both checklist and expanded-procedure format. Come fly with Frank as he provides a flight plan for life to help you enhance your mental and physical health. Good health is for everyone!

Amid his reflections about discovering the complexities of metal machines that slip fast and far through the air, Frank has taken the time to reflect on his human experience as viewed from his dream cockpit career. Motivated by retirement, and his desire to impart a world of wisdom to his two sons, he has compiled a top ten list of healthy habits that have guided him through his own personal journey. In this seatback pocket-sized book he shares his rules to live by here in both checklist and expanded-procedure format.

Included you will find:

  • Top Ten Healthy Habits

  • Rules to Live by

  • Checklists

Enjoy this seatback pocket-sized book to read on or off the plane.


Frank J. Donohue operates Boeing B-747 jumbo jets all over the world with over thirty-six years of flying experience. He is the author of “School and Schooled”, “Ten Healthy Tips” and soon to be a released “Stop Hating” Frank is the owner and creator of NOT-Y a pilot video channel featuring pilot flight and non-flight stories.

At the young age of just 26, Frank achieved his airline career goal with a flight position on the Boeing B-747 jumbo jet. He has piloted trips to over fifty international cities and most of the cities in the United State for both the Flying Tigers and FedEx. For over 30 years he has flown with over 1000 diverse pilots and met thousands of other distinctive people throughout his travels. As a Pilot Frank has a unique skill set that provides valuable information to people through his NOT-Y pilot video channel.

Frank writes for the Quiet Birdman Beam magazine. In 2018 the QB Beam featured Frank’s story “Flying Around the World in Ten Days.” He was also featured in the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) magazine with the story, “Capt. Frank J Donohue (FedEx) Gulp – Solo.”https://www.alpa.org/en/campaigns/my-first-flight/members-home/members/frank-donohoe.

Frank J Donohue born in New York 1961 is an American pilot, author, publisher and video producer. Frank served four years in United States Air Force. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his contribution in computer accounting of aviation fuel. While living in England he obtained and associate degree in resource management and a private pilot license. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1985. Frank’s first pilot job was training college students at ERAU to fly airplanes. He soloed fifty-four students during his first nine months of employment. Frank has acquired the Airline Transport Pilot license, Flight Instructor license, Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor licenses, Flight Engineer License, Aircraft Dispatcher license and Remote Pilot Certificate. He received a prestigious pilot award for over 30 years and 8,600 flight hours of impeccable service for a very distinguished career of flying excellence with FedEx. “Frank’s dedication and commitment played a pivotal role in building the most successful transportation company worldwide.” FedEx delivers over six million packages daily to over 240 countries worldwide and every zip code in the United States. Packages are routinely delivered on time more than 98% of the time. Frank retired from FedEx in 2017.

Originally from Long Island, Frank lives in Virginia Beach with his wife. They have two grown children. He enjoys traveling, gardening, fishing and helping people. He donates time and money to various philanthropic organizations.

You can contact Frank J Donohue on FB, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram and visit his websites: www.frankjdonohue.com, and www.not-y.com

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