Jal Hans is the first seaplane of India. It will be operated by Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd and cater to island-hopping tourists in India. First service will be operationalised in Andamans.
Martina Navrotilova lead a team of 27 climbers to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (at 5,895 meters), the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, to raise money and awareness for the Laureus Sport Good Foundation. She hit tennis balls off the top of Africa’s highest peak.
IndiaPay is India’s first indigenous payment gateway and is scheduled to be launched in mid-2011. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is the owner of IndiaPay and will make its first move by cutting charges levied to merchant establishments by half, compared with what MasterCard and Visa charge. IndiaPay’s shareholders consist of 10 banks, six of which are PSU banks, and is promoted by the Reserve Bank of India.
The world’s second-largest retailer, Carrefour, has opened its first ‘cash-and-carry’ outlet in India in New Delhi.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3.
World Aids Day is observed on December 1.