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RT-PCR testing rate fixed at ₹3,200 for foreign travellers coming to Goa

Govt caps testing price ahead of arrival of foreign tourists in the state

Goa govt has capped the rate of RT-PCR testing for foreigners arriving in the state, at ₹ 3200. With DGCA's approval on the landing of charter flights in Goa, the state will soon begin witnessing heavy tourists footfalls. The pandemic situation seems to be improving everywhere now but any laxity in following COVID protocols and precautionary measures can have severe consequences. So, while the tourists will still be allowed entry into the state, a mandatory RT-PCR test will follow to ensure safety for all.


RT-PCR test mandatory upon arrival

As per the central government's guidelines, RT-PCR testing is mandatory for everyone visiting India, except those who have tested negative for COVID 72 hours prior to their arrival. Apart from this, people coming from countries that have mutual agreements with India on recognition of vaccination certificates are exempted from this test.

Charter season in Goa begins in October and runs till May. While tourists from all over flock to the state during this time, the major tourist contributors here are Russia and the UK, that account for nearly 10% of total charter arrivals. While flights from Russia will start landing in Goa from mid-November, flights from the UK will not land here before mid-December.

Omicron enters Maharashtra as Dombivli resident tests positive

This is the fourth confirmed case of Omicron in India

On Saturday, a 33- year old resident of Kalyan-Dombivli tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19. The man had travelled in from South Africa via Delhi. He is currently kept under isolation at a Covid Centre in Kalyan-Dombivli. He had earlier complained of mild fever but is now asymptomatic. This makes Maharashtra the third state in the country, after Karnataka and Gujarat, to have reported a case of the new variant of concern.

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Walled City's Heritage Walkway to get a facelift by Jaipur Municipal Corporation soon!

Jaipur Municipal Corporation has taken up the repair and beautification work of more than 120 dirty lanes of the Heritage Walkway

In an attempt to improve the appearance of the Walled City, Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has decided to undertake a beautification project of a selected number of lanes in the area. As per the reports, the civic body is working to repair and beautify more than 120 lanes of the famous Heritage Walkway. While the repair work was already set in motion earlier, the outbreak of COVID had put a barrier in its progress. With the work being resumed by the JMC now, this project is likely to conclude by February 2022.

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Swachh Survekshan 2022: LMC to work on fast track mode to make Lucknow a 'Garbage Free City'

Lucknow aims to bag the Garbage Free City 7 Star Certification in the upcoming cleanliness survey

The Lucknow Municipal Corporation has decided to undertake strict steps to progress its ranking in the Swachh Survekshan of 2022. As per reports, the civic body is aiming to bag the 'Garbage Free City 7 Star Certification' in the upcoming national cleanliness survey, to be held next year. The LMC has launched a slew of preparations, under the guidance of Mayor Sanyukta Bhatia, to achieve this goal and uphold prime standards of garbage disposal and civic cleanliness.

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Goa's historic Caba de Rama Fort to be restored!

The fort is a popular tourist spot owing to its breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea

The Goa Tourism Development Corporation has proposed to work on the beautification and restoration of Cabo De Rama fort, located in South Goa's Khola Village. One of the biggest and oldest forts in the state, Cabo De Rama offers brilliant views of the Arabian sea. However, due to lack of maintenance and basic amenities, parts of the fort are now subject to degradation and littering. The renovation will greatly increase the touristic value of the monument.

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IKEA targets the Indian market, plans to open stores in Gurugram, Delhi & Noida soon!

According to Peter Betzel, the CEO of IKEA India, land in Gurugram and Noida has been procured already whereas the search for a suitable location in Delhi is still underway

After marking its presence in Hyderabad and Navi Mumbai, Swedish furnishing giant IKEA is planning to enter the NCR market now. Notably, Ingka Centre for IKEA Retail had announced the launch of its maiden shopping complex in India at Gurugram earlier in November. Moving forward with its mission to target the Indian market, the Sweden-based furnishing brand is planning on expanding its niche in the country by setting up stores in Delhi and Noida now.

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​Students of DAVV in Indore to turn ideas into business models with the help of ISCDL

Indore Smart City Development Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya, valid for 2 years

Aiming to support and nurture the startup ecosystem in the city, the Indore Smart City Seed Incubation Centre will now help the students of Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya (DAVV) turn their ideas into successful business projects.The Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DAVV for the same. Notably, ISCDL will provide handholding mentorship to the budding entrepreneurs of the university by helping them right from the primitive stage.

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Purvanchal Expressway to get world's largest painting on Dec 20 to mark Kakori Martyrs' Day

Images of freedom fighters- Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Roshan Singh will be painted on the expressway

In a bid to commemorate the occasion of Kakori Martyrs' Day, the administration of Lucknow is all set to make the largest painting in the world on the newly inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway on December 20. The state government will pay homage to the freedom fighters by painting the images of Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaq Ullah Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri and Roshan Singh on the expressway. Notably, the Kakori Martyrs' Day is celebrated every year on December 19 to mark the sacrifice of the rebels who fought to death in the quest for our independence.

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