Goa

The state of Goa has a lot to offer than just the scenic beaches and thrilling party scenes. If you have the zeal to look beyond, you will find a wonderland of culture, history and architecture to be amazed at. One such lesser-known place in the sunshine state is the Rivona Caves, which etch the traces of Buddhist divinity here. Located in the small village of Rivona, just 5 km northeast of Ponda, these caves are hidden from the main road, by the drapes of thick green covers.

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Goa has kicked off its inoculation drive in tandem with the nationwide immunisation drive. With seven vaccine centres across the state, the immunity drive aims to jab about 700 beneficiaries on the first day of phase 1. According to Goa's mapping and registration process, about 19,000 frontline COVID warriors have applied to receive the booster shot, out of which, around 11,000 people have been shortlisted by state authorities as phase 1 beneficiaries.

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A kilometre away from the Baina beach in the Vasco city, the Pequeno island, commonly known as the Bat island is a rocky scape of wonder-surprise that centres solitude and serenity. This island is a discovery for those who seek adventure in the unexplored sites and the unmatched beauty of the scenic horizon along the blue sea. Set wind to your sails, row away from the harbour and greet this lesser-known paradise of calm and thrill, on your next trip to the land of beaches.

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Ahead of the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination in the country on the 16th of January, Goa received 23,500 vaccine doses on Wednesday and the authorities have already earmarked 8 hospitals for the first phase of the immunization process. Further, the Dean of the Goa Medical College stated that sanitation workers who have been a part of the state Health Department's COVID-19 teams, will be the first recipients of the vaccine.

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Nestled on the southern-most tip of the 27-km shoreline that runs from the city of Vasco da Gama, the Betul Beach is a pristine, isolated stretch of land which witnesses the confluence of the Sal River into the Arabian Sea. Guarded away from the prying reach of the tourists, this beach is synonymous with calm and serenity, and if you too wish to get away from the peak tourist season influx, this is the place to be!

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After 23,500 vaccine doses reached the state capital from Mumbai on Wednesday, Goa is getting ready to start the first COVID-19 immunization drive. A stock of 2,350 vials currently placed in the secured cold storage, would be delivered to the assigned inoculation centres 24 hours before the launch of the maiden activity. The Chief Minister announced that a total of 19,000 employees of government and private healthcare facilities were categorised for the first phase of the vaccination.

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The Chief Minister of Goa has announced a plan to establish a 'State Migrant Workers Cell', with an objective to record and assimilate information related to migrants in the coastal state. The project also attempts to reduce the crime rate in the territory. Also aimed at including the migrants in the net of government benefit schemes, the database would include parameters ranging from the socio-demographic information of the migrants to their relocation patterns.

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The municipal authority of Mumbai, BMC has received its first consignment of the 'Covishield' vaccine form the Pune-based Serum Institute of India. As per reports, over 1.39 lakh shots of the coronavirus vaccine arrived in the city in a special vehicle of the BMC, early on Wednesday morning. The BMC has notified that the first batch of vaccine vials will be transported to the designated 72 vaccination centres, across the city, to prepare them ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive which is set to being on January 16.

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Goa has prohibited the entry of live poultry from the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka amid rising cases of bird-flu in several states in the country. The Chief Minister has issued these orders as precautionary measures in a bid to break the chain of infection and keep the coastal state free from the infectious flu. The state has also imposed a similar ban on the entry of other birds from these state, informed the Chief Minister. Unlike Maharashtra, the state of Karnataka has not reported cases of bird flu but a ban has been imposed to steer clear of troubles, in the backdrop of the already plaguing coronavirus.

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Ahead of the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination in the country, major states have already undertaken various necessary preparations, including the identification of vaccination sites and registration of healthcare and other frontline workers. On similar lines, the Goa government has marked 8 hospitals for the first phase of the COVID-19 immunization process and around 19,000 health workers will be a part of the drive.

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Who doesn't like adrenaline stimulating experiences? We sure do and if there is something that tops the list of such riveting adventures, it has to be bungee jumping! Out of the list of action-packed experiences that Goa promises to its tourists, bungee jumping is our latest yearning. This facility is being provided by 'Jumpin Heights' who have to their credit, the success of conducting safe jumps for more than eighty-five thousand individuals in Rishikesh.

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