Dubai, July 4: In a relief for thousands of passengers, Dubai Duty Free has begun accepting the Indian currency for financial transactions.

The Indian rupee, that become the 16th foreign currency to be accepted at Dubai Duty Free, will be accepted at all point of sales (POS) in Terminal 3, Terminal 1, Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport and in Al Maktoum International Airport, reports Khaleej Times.

The change, however, will be handed over in UAE dirhams.

"At present, the following denominations are being accepted: 100s, 200s, 500s (only the new one as earlier one is out of circulation) and 2000's," Duty Free officials said in a statement.

When paying Indian rupee, the change will be in UAE dirhams.

"Only US Dollar, Euro and Sterling Pound are being exchanged in the same currency," the statement added.

The decision has already been implemented from July 1.

The Indian passengers accounted for 18 per cent of the sales at Dubai Duty Free in 2019 that recorded $2.015 billion in total sales.

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Kottayam/Kochi, Jul 21: Senior Kerala MLA and NDA partner P C George Sunday claimed six Congress MPs and three legislators from the state had held talks with the BJP central leadership and that there would be defections.

Congress rejected the claim by the Poonjar MLA and called him a big mouth, saying he makes such statements to get media attention.

George, whose Kerala Janapaksham Secular party recently joined the BJP-led NDA in the state, made the claim at a time when the Congress had been hit by desertions of its MLAs in Karnataka and Goa.

I have come to know that six Congress MPs and three Congress MLAs in the state have held talks with the central leadership of the BJP, George told reporters in Kottayam after his party's state committee meeting.

He declined to divulge any further details.

Later, when contacted by the PTI, the senior MLA said he could not divulge more details about the talks but claimed there would be "a flow" from the Congress to the BJP in Kerala.

George said his claim would be proved right soon.

He was formerly with the Kerala Congress (Mani) but broke away ahead of the 2016 assembly polls after differences with the leadership and won the Poonjar seat as an independent.

Later, he formed the Kerala Janapaksham Secular party.

Dismissing his claims, KPCC Vice President V D Satheesan said no one takes George seriously as he is a big mouth.

George is known for making such allegations to get media attention," he added.

Not a single Congress leader from Kerala would join the BJP, Satheesan, MLA, told PTI.

He alleged George was making such claims as the Congress had prevented his move to enter the UDF fold.