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UK to send 12 more charter flights to India, including Amritsar, to fly back its nationals

IndiaTimes Saturday, 11 April 2020
The UK is sending 12 more charter flights to India in the second round between April 13 to 20 to take back its nationals from Amritsar, New Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.
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