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India: New Tourist Centers to Open in Kerala

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Work is set to begin on a tourist protection center in Kozhikode District, Kerala. Kozhikode is a popular tourist destination because of beaches, temples and the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, and local authorities want to ensure visitor safety through the new Tourist Protection and Police Assistance Centre (TPPAC). Officials hope the center will reduce petty crimes [read more]

India: Women-only Services On The Rise

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

A series of violent crimes against women has spurred an increase in women-only spaces and services in India, including taxis, buses and parks. Though some women’s rights advocates believe that segregating genders does not remedy the problem of sexual violence committed by men, others feel that women-only spaces provide refuge from threatening and inappropriate behavior. [read more]

India: Authorities Address Continued Safety Issues for Women

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

India’s tourist industry continues to address safety issues for foreign travelers after the August 23 gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai and separate incidents of sexual harassment, groping and attempted rapes of an American student were reported by CNN. Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi says the agency is collaborating with Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry [read more]

India: On-Arrival Transit Visas May Soon Be Available

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Aiming to entice stopover travelers to stay longer and spend more, officials are considering allowing foreign tourists to obtain a transit visa on-arrival. Travelers en route to Southeast Asia or Dubai often stop briefly in New Delhi, but, lacking an Indian tourist visa, they may spend only a few hours—and minimal cash—confined in the airport. [read more]

India: U.S., Other Nations Advise Women Not to Travel Alone

Date: February 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Several countries, including the U.S., have issued new warnings that advise women against traveling alone in India, stating they are “at risk and should exercise vigilance.” The treatment of women in India—and the all-too-common occurrence of gender-based violence—has come under closer scrutiny since December, when the brutal gang-rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old student [read more]

India: Cyclone Phailin Destroys Resorts in Puri

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Reconstruction has begun in and near Puri, in India’s eastern state of Odisha (Orissa), after Cyclone Phailin charged through the Bay of Bengal. The 140-miles-per-hour winds destroyed homes and businesses, killing more than 20 people and forcing another 900,000 to evacuate. Several hotels were destroyed in the storm and large-scale tourist cancellations were reported by [read more]

India: Security Forces Deployed to Uttar Pradesh

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

Clashes left at least 30 dead and prompted the deployment of thousands of police officers and army troops to Northern India Sept. 9. The violence flared after the Aug. 27 killing of two Hindu youths about 80 miles north of New Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Nearly 5,000 farmers gathered to demand justice [read more]

India: Anti-Sri Lanka Protests May Disrupt Travel in Tamil Nadu

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

A wave of ongoing, anti-Sri Lanka protests has disrupted travel in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu. More than 200 students gathered at Chennai International Airport March 18, impeding traffic to and from the terminal. In a related demonstration, 400 people marched through central Chennai, breaking down a police barricade, while another 500 picketed [read more]

India: New Outbreak of Swine Flu Confirmed

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The Ministry of Health has confirmed a new outbreak of swine flu (H1N1 virus) that has killed at least 94 people and affected 450 since Jan. 1. Most of the cases have occurred in northern Rajasthan, although 60 cases and three deaths so far were reported in the capital city of New Delhi. The virus, [read more]

India: Massive Medical Strike Declared in Bangalore

Date: December 20th, 2012 | No Comments

While there is never a good time to get sick in India, this may be an especially bad time to fall ill in Bangalore or elsewhere in Karnataka state, since a large majority of the state’s healthcare force planned to strike indefinitely Dec. 21. At least 65,000 government medical employees—including 6,000 doctors—vowed to walk off [read more]

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