Indian authorities arrest travel agent accused of duping students facing removal from Canada

Indian authorities have arrested a travel agent accused of forging the student visa documents of dozens of international students who are currently facing removal orders from Canada due to misrepresentation in their applications.

A spokesperson for the Police Commissionerate at Jalandhar, Punjab, confirmed with The Fifth Estate that Rahul Bhargava, of the firm Education and Migration Services, was arrested and that they are still looking for his partners, Brijesh Mishra and Gurnam Singh. They face multiple charges under India’s criminal, penal and administrative codes.

The Fifth Estate obtained three FIRs (First Information Reports) from the Police Commissionerate that were registered

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Fora Targets the Travel Agent Skills Gap

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Fora touts itself as a modern travel agency giving individuals, even those with zero experience, the opportunity to become a travel advisor while keeping their day job. But the potential risk has seen it up its game from a free-to-join model to a quarterly subscription offering, with in-house tech, tools and advanced training.

Deploying travel advisors with zero travel booking experience sounds like a bad idea. But travel agency Fora believes it is leveling the playing field for individuals passionate about travel to earn extra income by planning and booking trips.  

Skift previously reported on Fora’s

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Ramp agent not taken to hospital after incident with Flair plane at Winnipeg airport


A ramp agent refused to be taken to the hospital after an incident on a boarding bridge that involved the agent and a Flair Airlines jet at the Winnipeg airport on Saturday morning, the airport authority says.

Incident delayed flight’s departure by 45 minutes, airport authority says

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An incident involving a jet from Flair Airlines and a ramp agent took place at on a boarding bridge at Winnipeg’s airport on Saturday, the airport authority says. (Gary Solilak/CBC)

A ramp agent refused to be taken

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‘Time for change’: Airline chaos irks travel agent, clients

‘I am embarrassed, frustrated and infuriated by the airline industry and their lack of accountability,’ says owner of Cruise Holidays

For more than 12 years Cheryl Kelly-Guest has owned Cruise Holidays, a travel agency in Bradford West Gwillimbury, but she’s never seen anything like the chaos unfolding with airlines this holiday season.

Canadians across the country have experienced flight cancellations and delays that have left them stranded and, in many cases, their luggage lost. Yet, the airlines have gone unscathed when it comes to the accumulating expenses for travellers and agencies.

“I am embarrassed, frustrated and infuriated by the airline

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How to choose a travel agent for your next vacation

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Go local

The New York Times reported that it is best to go local when choosing a travel agent.

“The same holds true for any professional service in your life,” Misty Belles of international travel agency network Virtuoso, told The New York Times. “If you know someone who is working with a travel adviser and was pleased with the experience, that’s a great place to start.”

As the travel agency business is shrinking, many agents and their respective businesses are reliant on their reputations to succeed. Consequently,

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