Kerala Allows Tourists Again, Keeps Beaches Shut Till November 1

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After six months of lockdown, Kerala is now open for tourists once again. The state government has decided to welcome guests to revive the tourism sector in Kerala. Though major tourist hotspots in the state will be open for visitors, beaches will remain closed till November 1. If you are thinking to visit Kerala, do not forget the mandatory step which is to register yourself on As per Kerala’s Tourism Minister Kadkampally Surendran, “The state has decided to reopen its tourist destinations in a phased manner in the wake of the crisis being faced by various stakeholders dependent on tourism, said. The unlock-4 guidelines of the Center have allowed the tourism sector to be reopened after taking precautions. Taking note of this, the state has decided to reopen the tourism sector and this would be a big relief for
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Deputy Secretary Biegun’s Travel to India

During his visit to New Delhi, India from October 12-14, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun delivered keynote remarks at the India-U.S. Forum and met with senior Indian government officials ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this year.

At the India-U.S. Forum, Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun joined Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla to underscore the importance of the U.S.-India partnership, particularly in advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific. The Deputy Secretary emphasized the work of the Quad toward a region protected and made prosperous in equal measure by strong and peaceful nations in the Indo-Pacific. Deputy Secretary Biegun also underscored enhanced cooperation among the Quad to create resilient supply chains, promote transparency, and increase maritime security, topics most recently discussed in the October 6 meeting of Foreign Ministers attended by Secretary of State Pompeo.

In his meetings with External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit

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Signs of green shoots in air travel?

There is hope and signs of green shoots for the Indian aviation industry: domestic passenger traffic in September was up 39% over the preceding month. Data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation showed that 3.94 million domestic travellers took to the skies last month, as against 2.83 million in August. The figures for July and June were 2.1 million and 1.98 million, respectively. However, domestic passenger traffic is nowhere near the pre-Covid-19 levels.

Domestic air travel resumed operations on May 25, following a two-month halt due to the country-wide lockdown on account of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the recovery in air travel has been gradual and is being closely monitored by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. To begin with, a controlled re-opening of air travel was put in place, with the government allowing airlines to operate only up to 60% of their pre-Covid-19 schedules.

“In reality airlines

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8 cleanest spots to visit

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Today, there are eight Blue Flag beaches in India; a global award bestowed upon the cleanest beaches in the world.

Not all’s lost in 2020. India just got another reason in its list of being incredible–the blue flag tag for eight of its beaches. Spread across five states and two union territories, these have joined the group of the most clean, safe and environmentally friendly beaches around the world. Not just that, no other country has had as many beaches certified in one go, so that’s a record in itself; additionally India was also awarded the third prize by the jury under ‘International Best Practices’ for pollution control in coastal regions.

What are the blue flag beaches in India?

If you’re already planning a holiday, here are the names of the cleanest beaches in India: Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka),

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Exclusive! New Tourism Policy to overhaul India’s travel sector

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The Narendra Modi Government has started work on making India the next Tourism Destination with big changes proposed. As a travel destination few other nations can offer the diversity of products & experiences found in India.  The New Tourism Policy 2020 which has been formulated revolves around ten strategic pillars which are Welcome the Visitor, Seamless connectivity, Destination planning, Investment promotion, Develop and Diversify Tourism Products, Market India, Quality assurance & standards, Market research & intelligence and Skill development said sources privy to the development. The draft new tourism policy 2020 has been floated to ministries for comments and we are hopeful that the cabinet approval will be sought soon, the source added.

The policy marks a decisive shift from department & scheme centric approach to a tourist and destination centric approach. The government is looking at providing incentives to attract investors to make investments

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The Latest: India reports over 63,000 new coronavirus cases

MOSCOW — Russian authorities have reported a record 14,000 new coronavirus cases , the latest daily spike in infections.

Russia, which has the world’s fourth-largest confirmed coronavirus caseload of more than 1.3 million, has been reporting over 10,000 new cases for 11 straight days, The 14,231 new infections on Wednesday is the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic.

Most of the virus restrictions in the county have been lifted over the summer. Despite the rapid resurgence of the outbreak, Russian authorities have dismissed suggestions of a second national lockdown.

In Moscow, which has been reporting over 4,000 new cases every day since Saturday, officials recommended that the elderly to self-isolate at home and ordered employers to have 30% of their staff work from home. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin also extended school holidays by one week.

On Wednesday, Sobyanin said school students from 6th to 11th grades will shift

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Get Match Free Telecast Time in IST and TV Channels to Watch in India

Croatia vs France Live Football Streaming: World Champions France, disappointed with a goalless draw against Portugal at home in their last game, travel to Zagreb to take on Croatia in their next UEFA Nations League contest. The Les Bleus are currently level on points with Portugal in group A3 but an inferior goal difference sees them drop to second. Their opponents Croatia picked up their first win of the campaign against Sweden recently and a win at home tonight should keep them in the hunt for a top place finish. The two sides clashed at the 2018 World Cup finals and it will be interesting to see how they have grown in the past two years. Italy vs Netherlands Live Streaming Online, UEFA Nations League 2020–21: Get Match Free Telecast Time in IST and TV Channels to Watch in India.

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4 Places For Kitesurfing In India


Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is an adventure sport that combines aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, paragliding and sailing. A Dutch man Gijsbertus Adrianus Panhuise, was credited with first coming up with kitesurfing in 1977. Given India’s long coastline, it’s a sport that has picked up popularity across many places in the country, part of its popularity a result of the sport being relatively more affordable than many other adventure sports that involve more complex equipment. When you feel it’s safe to travel again, check out these following hotspots for kitesurfing in India.

Manapad, Tamil Nadu

The coastline at Manapad is unique because of the lava accumulation at the beach over hundreds of years. Wind speeds of 20 to 30 knots is ideal and there’s a good point break around the peninsula for catching waves. The best season for kitesurfing here would be from December to March.

Dwarka, Gujarat

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After travel and Covid, now buy car and bike insurance on Walmart’s PhonePe with these benefits

text, whiteboard: PhonePe entered into financial services space back in 2017 with the launch of its digital gold allowing users to buy 24-karat gold on its platform.

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PhonePe entered into financial services space back in 2017 with the launch of its digital gold allowing users to buy 24-karat gold on its platform.

Digital payments platform PhonePe has further strengthened its insurance portfolio. The company has now expanded into car and bike insurance segment in tie-up with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance. PhonePe had forayed into insurance vertical beginning with travel insurance back in January this year followed by Coronavirus insurance in April with Bajaj Allianz General Insurance. Walmart-owned Flipkart had also entered into car and two-wheeler insurance market in May this year after offering life and Covid-19 health insurances. Later in July, Amazon’s payment arm Amazon Pay followed suit by offering two and four-wheeler insurance policies in partnership with car and bike insurance startup Acko General Insurance.

PhonePe, which claimed of over 230 million registered users, said that car and bike insurance

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Latest travel guidelines laid down in different states: All important things to know

As India eases its lockdown regulations more and more, every state of India is also easing its travel restrictions. Many states like Goa, Himachal Pradesh, and other states have made it easier and safer for travellers to start their journey again. Take a look at the latest travel guidelines in every state of India. 

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Latest travel guidelines by the government

Himachal travel guidelines

  • Institutional Quarantine: No 

  • Home Quarantine: Only 10 days for non-travellers 

  • E-Pass Requirements: No 

  • Other Information: Recommended that booking made in advance  

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Travel guidelines for Uttarakhand 

  • Institutional Quarantine: No 

  • Home Quarantine:  No 

  • E-Pass Requirements: Required 

  • Other Information: Recommended that booking made in

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