Indian state Kerala selected as one of the 52 places to visit in 2023 by New York Times

The New York Times has selected Kerala, a state in southern India, as one of the 52 places to visit in 2023. The only tourist destination listed from India is Kerala, which is ranked 13th on the newspaper’s annual list of places to visit. Kerala was referred to in the report as a state in … Read more

Dubai drops 30% tax on alcohol sales to boost tourism

Dubai eliminated its 30% tax on alcohol sales in the sheikhdom and made the required liquor licences freely available, ending a long-standing source of income for the ruling family and ostensibly helping to increase tourism to the emirate. Beer regularly costs more than $15 for a pint, or half-litre, despite the price reduction being announced … Read more

Indian police probe mysterious deaths of Russian lawmaker and travelling partner

Indian police are looking into the sudden death of a wealthy Russian politician who reportedly opposed the war in Ukraine, according to authorities. Pavel Antov, 65, was on vacation with three other Russian nationals when his body was discovered Saturday in a pool of blood outside his lodgings in eastern Odisha state. He died two … Read more

Brutal winter storm kills 32 in US and causes widespread power outages

Millions of Americans experienced danger and misery on Christmas Day as parts of the eastern United States were engulfed in heavy snow and bitter cold, bringing the total number of weather-related fatalities to at least 32. A crisis situation was unfolding in Buffalo, in western New York, where a blizzard has left the city marooned, … Read more

India to implement facial recognition technology in airports starting today

The government of India on Thursday launched DigiYatra, which depends on a facial recognition system to let passengers enter airports, has been introduced by the Indian government on Thursday. Digi Yatra is designed to use facial recognition technology (FRT) to achieve contactless and seamless passenger processing at airports. The project’s main idea is that travellers … Read more

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reach divorce settlement

 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have settled their divorce and avoided the trial that had been scheduled for the following month, court documents filed on Tuesday showed. The former Hollywood power couple’s divorce was finalised, and Kanye West is now required to pay Kim Kardashian 200,000 USD per month in child support. The rapper, 45, … Read more

US bans sales and imports of Chinese tech from Huawei, ZTE

Due to an “unacceptable risk” to national security, the US has banned the sale of communications equipment made by the Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE and restricted the use of some Chinese video surveillance systems. The US imposes import and sales restrictions on Chinese technology made by ZTE and Huawei. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), … Read more

India cancels Air Suvidha forms for international passengers

The Indian aviation ministry declared that the self-declaration form that incoming international passengers had to complete on the Air Suvidha portal has now been eliminated. The move, as claimed by the government, was made in light of the drop in coronavirus cases and significant improvements in Covid-19 vaccination coverage both globally and in India. The self-declaration … Read more

COP27 adopts fund for damage caused by global warming

At the United Nations COP27 climate summit in Egypt, delegates came to a significant agreement about financial aid for less developed nations. They have decided to create a fund to cover loss and damage already brought on by global warming after two weeks of discussions. Negotiators have been working through the night to finalise the … Read more

One billion youth risk hearing loss from headphones and music venues

More than one billion young people worldwide may be at risk for hearing loss due to using headphones or going to loud music venues., a large review of the available research estimated. The study, which was conducted under the direction of the World Health Organization, urged manufacturers to take additional steps to safeguard future hearing … Read more

Sheep Welfare Scheme: €15.5 million in payments to commence

Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine Charlie McConalogue announced that the Sheep Welfare Scheme has started issuing advance payments totaling €15.5 million. The payments under year six of the scheme will be made to some 17,500 farmer participants in the scheme. The Minister stated: “I am pleased to announce that a total of €15.5 … Read more

1970s sandals worn by Steve Jobs auctioned for nearly $220,000

The sandals Steve Jobs wore while pacing the floors of the California home where he co-founded Apple has reportedly sold for close to $220,000, according to an auction house. The “well used” brown suede Birkenstocks dating to the mid-1970s set a record for the highest price ever paid for a pair of sandals, Julien’s Auctions … Read more

Iranian film star removes headscarf for social media post

One of the most well-known actors in Iran recently shared a photo of herself on social media without the headscarf that is mandatory for women in the Islamic republic. Following the death of Mahsa Amini, weeks of protests have shaken the nation, and Taraneh Alidoosti’s apparent act of defiance comes at this time. The Kurdish … Read more