Pedalling Against Child Abuse, Jamia Student Goes on a Bike Trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari

New Delhi: A 19-year-old Jamia Millia Islamia student has embarked on a solo bicycle ride from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to create awareness about sexual abuse against children. Al Ameen, a first year sociology honours student, began the journey on June 4 and is slated to end it by July 23 .Ameen, who hails from Thiruvananthapuram, set out from Srinagar and has already covered Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. He said he always wanted to do something for the society. “The cases of abuse against children are on the rise every year. In 2012, there were 38,000 cases reported only in India. In 2015, the number reached 56,000, the country witnessed 60 per cent spike,” said Ameen. The itinerary, spread over two months, includes public programmes aimed at spreading awareness against child sexual abuse and sustainable development goals proposed by United Nations(UN). Talking about the challenges faced by him during the arduous journey, the 19-year-old said, “Since, I am taking part in a lot of awareness programmes, the journey gets delayed. I am even riding during the night.” The scorching heat in North India is also a major challenge faced by him. Ameen is partially sponsored by Gandhi Global Family (GGF), an organisation headed by senior Congress leader and former Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Apart from the GGF, Tourism department of Kerala is also cooperating with Ameen with his endeavour.....

Sri Lankan government to boost tourism by reducing airline charges

The Sri Lankan government has announced that it will reduce airline charges to help boost tourism to the country, which declined drastically following the Easter Sunday terror attacks. The price of aviation fuel, ground handling and embarcation fees will be reduced for six months at Colombo airport, to encourage airlines to reinstate schedules, increase the number of flights and lower ticket prices. Tourist arrivals were down 57% year-on-year for June, and down 71% for May, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. However, arrivals increased from 37,802 in May to 63,072 in June, indicating some revival since several countries relaxed their travel restrictions, including the UK Foreign Office, which downgraded its advice on 6 June. Following the attacks on 21 April, which killed 253 people including eight British nationals, many travellers cancelled or postponed plans. According to statistics presented to the FCO by British-based tour operators, up to 80% of hotel bookings were estimated to have been cancelled. A number of airlines also reduced their schedules, and one, Russian carrier Rossiya (part of the Aeroflot group), suspended flights completely. “By April 2018, 29 airlines were serving Sri Lanka offering 300 flights a week. However, following the Easter attacks, the connectivity was reduced to 239 flights a week, which amounts to a loss of … 8,000 [seats] per week,” said Johanne Jayaratne, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, who worked alongside theMinistry for Tourism and the Civil Aviation Authority to reduce charges to airlines. Of the 2.3 million tourists who visited Sri Lanka in 2018, 98% arrived by international airline. Lower airline charges are expected to help increase revenue from tourism for the country, which the government currently predicts will reach $3.7bn this year, down from an initial forecast of $5bn. Hotels across the country are offering discounted rates in an attempt to increase tourism, nevertheless industry experts predict that it will take months for room occupancy to return to levels before the bombings. “Hotels are expected to be 40%-50% full this summer,” said Sam Clark, director of Experience Travel Group, a founding member of Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance, a group of hotels and tour operators working to raise awareness that the destination is safe to visit. Clark added “In August we have 50% of confirmed departures still travelling and we’ve had two new bookings confirmed for August compared with 21 for the same month in 2018 and 39 the year before.” The tourism industry is Sri Lanka’s third largest foreign exchange earner, with millions of people depending on tourism, both directly and indirectly. Travellers planning a trip to Sri Lanka are advised to check the FCO website for the most up-to-date advice. It currently warns that “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka” and that travellers should “remain vigilant” and “avoid crowded public places, large gatherings and any demonstrations”.....

Jaipur makes it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list

India’s Pink City, Jaipur, has made it to the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. One of the most prominent Rajasthan cities for travellers, Jaipur has a lot for travellers and attracts a steady drove of tourists from all over the world. It is also one of the most historically rich cities in the state, and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site will further strengthen its position on the world map. An announcement about Jaipur’s inclusion in the UNESCO list was made on July 6 after the 43rd meet of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at Baku. The decision was hailed worldwide, and Indian PM Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to express his happiness, “Jaipur is a city associated with culture and valour. Elegant and energetic, Jaipur’s hospitality draws people from all over. Glad that this city has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by @UNESCO” The decision was taken after the city was nominated for the tag, and was inspected by ICOMOS (The International Council on Monuments and Sites) last year. The historic city met the inspection standards and was thus included in the final list as well. Jaipur is also the capital and the largest city in the state of Rajasthan, and is also a part of the very popular Golden Triangle circuit in North India. Other cities that are a part of the circuit are Agra and Delhi. The city is also home to two prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India - Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar. It was founded in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the King of Amer. With its inclusion in the UNESCO listing, Jaipur is further expected to attract more tourists from around the world and the country. It should also be noted that all the sites in the listing are deemed important to the collective interests of humanity, and needs to be ‘an already classified landmark’ to make it to the UNESCO list. ....

Entry of tourists banned in Malshej Ghat till July end

Entry to Malshej Ghat has been banned for tourists till the end of this month. So, for now, you have to put on hold your plans to this place in case you were thinking of it. The authorities had to take this step in the wake of recent landslides and accidents. As per the latest news reports, the district police will also be keeping a close eye on waterfalls and two tourist spots that had been developed by the tourism department. Reportedly, the ban has been extended to Padale Dam, Ganesh Leni, and Siddhagad, along the sides of Malshej Ghat. Although vehicular movements will continue on the said route, motorists will not be allowed to stop on the way to enjoy the weather, or to take selfies! On public holidays and weekends, police personnel will be keeping a watch on this area to avoid any casualties. Referring to this development, an official said that around 35 police personnel will be patrolling the area around Malsej Ghat on weekends and holidays. The points marked by the MTDC will be under their watch, and some of the police personnel will not be in their official uniform to avoid identification! The official also mentioned that the rules will be strictly imposed, and anybody trying to flout those will be treated accordingly. Malshej Ghat, being one of the prominent attractions in Maharashtra, is quite popular among hikers, trekkers, and nature lovers. Located in the Western Ghats range in Pune district, it is a tourist hotspot that sits at an altitude of 700 m above the sea level. It turns quite charming in the monsoons, and trips have been banned till July end in public interest and safety. Heading out for a vacation? ....

IRCTC offers 7 days Haridwar, Rishikesh and Vaishno Devi package for Rs 6k. Details here IRCTC has launched 6nights/7days package that covers Haridwar, Rishikesh and Vaishno Devi for Rs 6,300 per person.

Planning to take a trip to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Vaishno Devi? IRCTC has come out with a great package for you. It is not just three religious destinations that IRCTC has made a package for. They have come up with, Bharat Darshan Yatra that includes packages covering all the tourist sites in India. The special package covering Rishikesh, Haridwar and Vaishno Devi over a span of 6nights/7days will costs Rs 6,300 per person. The journey will commence on July 3, 2019, at 8:00 am in Barddhaman and end at the very same spot on July 9, 2019.....

Mumbai airport reopens main runway after battling heavy rainfall for 4 days Times Travel Editor|TRAVEL NEWS, MUMBAI

Mumbai airport has opened its main runway operations which was shutdown since a few days after a mishap. It so happened that a SpiceJet airplane skidded off the runway on landing in the middle of heavy downpour. The plane Boeing 737 skewed off to the grassy land in between the runway and taxiway. After the mishap, the operations of the main runway were discontinued until Friday evening. The aircraft was cleared from the main runway by 3:41 PM and the services from the runway restarted by 4:47 PM. News has it that due to the shutdown of the main runway more than 30 flights were either delayed or cancelled since the night of Monday, July 1. Mumbai airport itself handles about 1,000 flight arrivals and departures every day, thus, being the second busiest airport in India. The airport was operating from an alternative runway during the shutdown which can handle up to 35 airplane movements every hour as against 48 flight movements of the main runway. The stranded SpiceJet aircraft was towed away by the team employed by Air India Engineering Services. According to the latest news reports, Mumbai will continue to experience non-stop downpour of rain in the coming days. In addition, a high tide is also expected to hit the Maximum City. The city is clogged with rain water at different sections, and there have been cases of missing persons in some areas. It is yet another difficult monsoon for the residents of Mumbai and nearby cities. Heading out for a vacation? Take your travel expert with you - download World Travel Guide. Explore other Travel Guide Apps.....

New ropeway from Mumbai will take you to Elephanta Caves in just 15 minutes now

Everybody who lives in Mumbai or has ever visited the city of Bollywood, is aware of Elephanta Caves. They are the beautiful caves with some gorgeous rock art dedicated to Shiva, and are located on an island about 10 kilometers away from Mumbai. As of now, anybody who wants to travel to this historical wonder has only one option and that is to take a ferry ride from gateway of India to the caves. It takes almost an hour to reach from Mumbai by sea.....

AB de Villiers wanted to come out of retirement for World Cup

De Villiers approached South African captain and his long-time friend Faf du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and convenor of selectors Linda Zondi. ....


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