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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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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2020 CJ Cup tee times, TV coverage, viewer’s guide | Golf World

Since its inception in 2017, the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup has been held on Jeju Island in South Korea. But due to COVID-19 travel restrictions to Asia, this year’s edition will be contested at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas with several of the world’s top players are set to compete in the desert.

The 78-player field will feature previous FedEx Cup winners Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas. Thomas has won the tournament two of the three times it has been played, including a victory at the inaugural event in 2017. Thomas was the 54-hole leader in 2019 and held on with a birdie on the 18th hole to grab what at the time was his 11th career tour title. He has won twice more since last October.

This tournament will also feature the return of Brooks Koepka after he withdrew from both the opening event of the FedExCup Playoffs and

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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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Preparing for stricter Covid-19 lockdowns: A guide for employers

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As England’s three-tier restrictions come into force and the government faces increasing pressure to ‘circuit break’ the rising number of coronavirus infections, we take a look at how employers should prepare for the impact of stricter lockdowns.

Coronavirus infections are at their highest rate since June. Today, a further 19,724 coronavirus cases were reported in the UK, while there have been 137 more deaths. We are undoubtedly in a second wave.

But while we all experienced the impact of full lockdown in the spring, we face a different picture as we head into winter. The government appears determined not to have a return to a full lockdown. Its intention is to protect both lives and livelihoods.

“There are those who say we should go back into a full national lockdown of indefinite duration, closing schools and businesses, telling people again to stay at home as we

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Brand New Celebrity Cruise Ship Arrives The Bahamas [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Cruises newly delivered 3,405-guest Celebrity Apex has officially reached North America.

The vessel, which left Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France last week, made the weeklong transatlantic journey to the Bahamas.

Celebrity Apex during trials off the coast of France. (Photos courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

In the anchorage area of Stirrup Cay, Apex was greeted by older sister Celebrity Edge, along with five other Celebrity cruise ships.

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To mark the arrival, several Celebrity ships greeted Apex with a water cannon salute while high-flying drones took photos and videos of the special occasion.

Five ships joined Celebrity Apex in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

The new vessel arrived in the Bahamas under the direction of longtime Celebrity officer Captain Dimitris Kafetzis. Joining in on the festivities were Celebrity Edge, Reflection, Silhouette, Equinox and Summit.

The cruise

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Best Prime Day 2020 laptop deals: $600 off Razer Blade 15, save on Samsung Galaxy Book S, Microsoft Surface and more

More students and employees are working from home than ever, which means quality laptops are in high demand. As expected, 2020’s Amazon Prime Day is giving up the goods. Deals include significant savings on tablets and laptops from HP, Microsoft, Razer and others. Better still, many of these discounts will be available right up to Black Friday and into the holiday season. 

Amazon’s Prime Day line-up of discounts for 2020 includes savings on gaming laptops, a two-in-one from HP, and even a dual-screen PC from Asus. It’s still early days though, so don’t fret if none of these machines are quite right — we expect more laptops and tablets to go on sale this week with offers to come from Newegg, Walmart and Best Buy. 

We’ll keep this list up to date with the latest from Amazon and others.


This is a sleek little 2-pound laptop with a touchscreen

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Take a trip to Sarasota’s Marie Selby Gardens to see a dazzling orchid display

SARASOTA — Enter the Tropical Conservatory at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and you’re immediately greeted by a living wall of purple, gold and white orchids set among lush greenery, while the twinkling notes of 1920s jazz music sets a celebratory mood.

It’s a fitting entrance for the “45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling,” which celebrates a number of occasions.

This year is the 100th anniversary of William and Marie Selby’s purchase of the land where the gardens opened 45 years ago. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The living wall at the entrance is a nod to the women’s suffragette movement, using the colors of both the British and American groups — purple, gold, white and green.

Flowers on the Suffrage Celebration Wall of Orchids in the Tropical Conservatory during the 45th Anniversary Orchid
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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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In Bangkok visit, China’s Wang Yi seeks to cast Beijing as Thailand’s ‘big friend’

a group of people on a motorcycle in front of a crowd: An anti-government rally engulfed central Bangkok on Wednesday, just before the arrival of China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, for a meeting Thursday with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP

An anti-government rally engulfed central Bangkok on Wednesday, just before the arrival of China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, for a meeting Thursday with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi was due to arrive on Wednesday night in Thailand, a country central to Beijing’s strategy for Asia at a time the kingdom is facing a double hit from a pandemic-flattened economy and political turmoil.

In the big superpower square-off between the US and China, Thailand plays an oversized role.

Bordering Laos, the kingdom is China’s gateway to the Mekong region, while its endless coastline offers the promise of trade, ports, economic zones and mass tourism.

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Thailand used to be staunchly in the US camp, bound together through defence and economic ties forged during the Vietnam

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