The Tourism Department of Goa has slashed down the beach shack license fee by 50%

The government has further approved the extension of the date of payment of the renewal fees and the new date is marked at December 31, 2020.

With the announcement of the much-awaited Tourism Policy 2020, the Chief Minister of Goa has also stated that the license fee for beach shacks has been reduced by 50%. This decision is in line with one of the most important demands of shack owners in the state, who had requested the authorities to waive off or at least cut down on the high license fees. The government has paid heed to the demand, as it is clearly a Herculean task to kick-start tourism activities without hearing out the issues of the shack owners. The government has further approved the extension of the date of payment of the renewal fees and the new date is marked at December 31, 2020.


Festive season to come as a relief for businesses

Earlier, the annual beach shack fees had to be paid latest by the 10th of September and in case of a failure to do so, the applicant/beach shack owner wouldn't be permitted to erect their shack at the allotted location. Now with the revised regulations, it'll be a tad bit easier for the business owners to revive their financial loses, especially with the ongoing festive season.

Moreover, as per reports, the tourism department has also started the demarcation process of beach shacks along Goa's North coastal belt, which includes Calangute, Candolim and Anjuna. The department officials are expecting this exercise to be completed within another two weeks.

The commencement of this area allotment system for the beach shacks, has given a major relief to many shack stakeholders as they have been waiting to resume their operations soon. The owners of the shacks are hopeful that they can get their shacks up and running, by the first week of November. As of now, the state is witnessing domestic tourists and this rebate will probably make up for the incurred losses due to the pandemic at hand.

The 1st train on the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section flagged off in Rajasthan

The electrification of trains will eliminate the dependence on diesel trains and will also help in reducing pollution.

The first train on the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section of North Western Railways was flagged off by the Railway Minister on Sunday. The route from Rewari to Ajmer has now been electrified and soon, the Delhi-Ajmer route via Jaipur will also have electrified trains. The electrification of trains will eliminate the dependence on diesel trains and subsequently, reduce pollution and dependency on imported fuel as well.

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Lucknow becomes the 1st city from North India to list its municipal corporation bonds on BSE

In a first for North India, Lucknow Municipal Corporation bonds to be listed at the Bombay Stock Exchange.

Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister will visit Mumbai on December 2 to ring the bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) during the listing of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) bonds. During the CM's visit, he will interact with prominent industrialists and Bollywood celebrities and invite them to invest in Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is the first city, from the north India region, to release the bond of its municipal corporation and soon the municipal corporations of Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Agra will follow suit. The Rs 200 crore-bond issue was floated just before Diwali and was oversubscribed by 4.5 times to raise Rs 450 crore.

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The cost for RT-PCR tests in private labs across Rajasthan has now been reduced to ₹800!

State slashes ₹400/- for COVID-19 tests at all ICMR-approved labs in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthan government has capped the cost of COVID-19 tests across private laboratories in the state to ₹800, bringing major relief to its residents. This decision that was given out on Saturday, also stated that Rajasthan is among the only two states in the nation which are testing people through the golden standards of the reliable RT-PCR method. The head of the state also urged people to get themselves tested if they suspect the development of any virus symptom, as delays in identification makes the disease fatal.

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With stringent SOPs in place, cinema halls, pools & gatherings can now resume in Goa

Goa lifts restrictive curbs, authorises SOP for civic safety.

In an order issued in Goa on Saturday, the authorities have permitted all cinema halls, swimming pools, gatherings for religious, social, cultural, educational, entertainment and sports events to resume, under the strict surveillance of a preventive standard operating procedure. The directive details that all swimming pools can operate for training and sports purposes, whereas, cinema halls and all other events in Goa will function at half the potential capacity of the venue.

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UP government to use ethanol to turn its sugarcane production into 'green gold'

The sugar industry here in UP employs about 6.50 lakh people directly and indirectly.

As a result of continuous efforts of the government, Uttar Pradesh has now become the highest (126.10 crore litres annually) ethanol supplying state in the country. Additionally, the UP government is steadily attempting to turn sugarcane into 'green gold' through ethanol and at the moment, an overall of 50 distilleries are manufacturing this stock. Just last year, two mills were producing this organic chemical compound from heavy molasses and this time, the number has increased to 20. Uttar Pradesh is the largest sugarcane producing state in the country and according to a government spokesman, out of the total sugar mills in India, 119 are here.

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