New Delhi: Air travel will become a bit costlier as the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to increase the aviation security fee (ASF) from Rs 130 to Rs 150 for each Indian passenger from July 1 onwards, according to an official document. For international passengers, the ASF will be increased from 3.25 $to 4.85 $from next month, the document stated. “The ASF for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of Rs 150 per embarking passenger,” said an Ministry of Civil Aviation order dated June 7. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”The ASF for international passengers will be levied at the rate of $4.85 or equivalent Indian rupees per embarking passenger,” the order added. The ASF will be replacing the PSF (SC), which stands of passenger service fee (security component). “The above rates of the ASF will be applicable with effect from 00.01 Hrs of 01.07.2019 and will replace the PSF (SC) which was being charged so far at the rate of Rs 130 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against Indian Rupees and $3.25 per embarking passenger for tickets issued against foreign currency,” the order stated.
However he said boats seized after 2015 had not been returned and they were impounded after taking legal action. Poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters has seen a 50 percent drop, the Fisheries Ministry said today.The Fisheries Ministry said that steps taken by the Navy and Coast Guard to arrest Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters has resulted in the drop in the number of fishermen poaching in Sri Lanka. The Minister said that talks to resolve the Indo-Lanka fishing issue will also continue and another round of discussions will take place in Colombo on January 2 next year.He said that the Indian Foreign Minister and Fisheries Minister are expected to attend the talks in Colombo next month. (Colombo Gazette) Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that all Indian boats seized before 2015 had been returned to India. He said that while Indian fishermen were released on humanitarian grounds, Sri Lanka will continue to arrest any Indian fishermen found poaching in Sri Lankan waters.He also said that Sri Lanka has raised concerns with India on the damage caused to Sri Lankan fishing resources by Indian fishermen.