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    As Maldives wins UN General Assembly election by big margin, India expects close cooperation

    Sources say Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid in discussions to bring in Indian diplomat as Chef de Cabinet In a first for the Maldives, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected the President of the United Nations General Assembly for 2021-22, winning 143 votes or nearly three fourths of the 191 countries that voted in the annual election, while his rival, former Afghanistan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul won 48. Mr. Shahid’s win was welcomed in particular in New Delhi, where Indian diplomats had been active behind the scenes in helping the Maldives canvass for him, after Maldives announced its candidate for the 76th General Assembly Presidency a year ago. Sources confirmed…

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    Cathay Pacific will close its Australian flight crew base

    The post Cathay Pacific will close its Australian flight crew base appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Cathay Pacific has confirmed it will close its Australian base in July. This follows news the Hong Kong-based airline will shut its Canada base. The fate of Cathay Pacific bases in New Zealand, Europe, and the United States remain up in the air. In an email to Cathay Pacific’s Australian-based flight crews, first reported in “The Australian”, Cathay Pacific’s aircrew general manager Deborah McConnochie said there was no alternative. “This is not a decision we have made lightly and is not a reflection on the performance of our Australian-based pilots,” said…