Budapest: Hungarian Parliament held a special session on Friday and voted on a number of measures to help manage the flood of refugees that have been pouring into Hungary from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other crisis regions.
The new law deals with the huge number of people who have to be registered under European Union regulations, Xinhua news agency reported.
Parliament has resolved to handle the registration in special procedures in “transit zones”, along the border or in Budapest, rather than waiting until the people are moved to less transient holding facilities.
Authorities will be required to decide on whether to accept asylum requests within eight days of application.
Courts will be able to invalidate such decisions and call for cases to be revisited.
Parliament has also exempted vehicles officially transporting refugees from paying highway tolls.
At the same time, it has declared illegally crossing the border, damaging the border fence, or preventing ongoing fence construction to be felony offenses. Under the new law migrants found in violation must be expelled from the country and also may be imprisoned beforehand.
Under these laws the people who organise people-smuggling rings will face 10 to 20 years imprisonment.
Parliament has also agreed that laws protecting arable land and the environment may be suspended to build emergency facilities to house refugees in crisis situations. The government has been given the authority to pass decrees allowing such construction.
The new laws will take effect on the day after they are promulgated, expected to be on or before September 15.
How many times has it happened that you longed for an exotic foreign trip, but gave up on the idea because of upsetting figures in your bank balance? Indian currency seems weak when compared to international currencies. Hence, planning a trip to New York or California is not easy; everybody knows these are expensive places and you will have to think twice before your NYC dreams come true.
But what if we tell you there are countries in the world that you can visit and gather equally thrilling and exotic experiences, at much lesser price?
Yes, there are countries that can be on your travel bucket list, where money will be the last thing you will worry about! These places are not only unique and undoubtedly beautiful, they are relatively cheap and our Indian currency will prove a stronger, higher currency when compared to their own currencies!
So, what are you waiting for? We bring you our top 5 picks for affordable travel destinations and you should get packing!
Sri Lanka is the first in our affordable travel destinations list!
Despite being extremely small in size, Sri Lanka is a heavenly abode that makes it to the post of top five biodiversity hotspots in the world!
Dive in with the blue whales or watch spinner dolphins play against the setting sun! Go on a wildlife safari and spend days playing with elephants in the water.
Sri Lanka is a haven for back-packers, packed with Dutch architecture from the times of Sri Lanka colonialists, and exotic scenic locales, it is closer to home and yet, everything that any far-off international destination could possibly offer!
1 INR (Indian Rupee) = 1.70 JPY (Japanese Yen)*
Cute buildings, cute people, cute food, and cute everything else! Second on our list of affordable travel destinations is Japan.
Food is an integral part of Japan, and something that the Japanese wholly embrace as a prime part of life.
Japan’s history is intrinsically linked to the Buddhist, Shinto, and Taoist faiths- the reason why a visit to Japan will be no less than a serene and tranquil experience.
Japan is categorically blessed with natural beauty with the country boasting of extremely rare and fascinating flora and fauna – experience the magnificence of Mt. Fuji in summer and spring, and visit the streets completely covered with cherry blossoms in March and April- Japan will present you with sights that will simply take your breath away!
Iceland convincingly makes it to the third spot on our affordable travel destinations list. Iceland is situated just below the Arctic Circle, which means the country has 24-hour daylight from mid-May to late July. Isn’t that already stimulating?
And who hasn’t heard of Iceland’s famous northern lights? The county is undoubtedly one of the world’s best places to witness the magic of the northern lights or aurora borealis. The best time to witness the magic of these celestial marvels from September to mid-April.
Iceland’s rich water supply is undoubtedly its most valuable natural resource. Why are we telling you about this? Iceland has natural pools that can be found all around the country, calmly seated in natural environment.
Fun fact : People of Iceland do not have surnames. They follow the traditional Nordic naming system in which a person’s name includes their father’s first name.
From its cosmopolitan cities to the charming countryside, Hungary will provide you with innumerable reasons to make a stop here. Nonetheless, it is going to be a decision you will not regret. From mouth-watering food to traditional folk culture, Hungary offers something for everybody, which is what brings the country on the fourth spot in our affordable travel destinations list.
Hungary’s countryside is filled with naturally magnificent sights- from natural landscapes in the Hortobagy National Park, to extravagant caves of Lillafured, your Hungarian vacation will be both peaceful and beautiful!
Hungary will be the best option if you’re looking for an affordable vacation – with affordable food, drink, and many of the country’s attractions being totally free to visit such as the Chain Bridge)
The last on the list of affordable travel destinations is Vietnam. With its fascinating history, succulent food, gorgeous beaches, old towns, islands and waters, Vietnam should definitely be on everybody’s bucket list.
Street food is a trademark of Vietnam and you will find countless food stalls on street sides throughout your trip that you can gorge on! Vietnam will also not disappoint mountaineers, or adventure seekers- you can either rent a motorbike and drive to the scenic mountains in the north or along the length of the country from north to south – but beware, this thrilling ride is not for the faint-hearted.
Don’t forget to share with us if you do plan a trip to any of these places!
Wide scale poaching continues even though frogs are protected under Wildlife Conservation Act
Poachers use ‘Mountain Chicken’ as code word for frogs while smuggling
People in Goa claim they have been feeding on frog meat since old ages as tradition to their culture. Frog meat is also common among the tourists who frequent Goa, especially the Russians and Spaniards. With a spurring demand for frogs which is only heightened during the months of monsoon, environment officials are citing growing concern regarding food chains.
Ajay Saxena, Goa’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, calls this practice unnatural. “People in Goa claim that eating frog meat is a tradition. I don’t understand what kind of tradition is there when you are disturbing an food chain,” he said in his speech in Panaji on the occasion of World Environment Day, June 5.
Poaching of frogs is illegal under the Wildlife Protection Act. But even with legal protection being provided for the frogs, it is of little help since poachers have become adept at what they do. Bringing in frog meat from the district of Uttar Kannada, these poachers are posing a dangerous threat to the stability of ecosystems. Frog meat is often referred to as ‘Mountain Chicken’ or ‘Jumping Chicken’, which serve as code words for its cross border smuggling.
The food markets in Panaji and Margao, however, seem to be oblivious to this fact. This is because poachers often bypass the markets and serve directly hotels and restaurants, and are paid by the size of the frogs.
Poaching, smuggling and trade of wildlife accounts to over $290 billion all over the world, only next to drug smuggling.
Meanwhile, environmentalists have another concern. With numbers of frogs drastically reducing, snakes and pythons, which are their main predators, may soon start penetrating into human settlements in search of food.
-Written by Saurabh Bodas. Saurabh is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: saurabhbodas96
Chandigarh: Border Security Force (BSF) troopers recovered 10 kg of heroin along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab after an exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers, a BSF spokesman said on Tuesday.
The heroin was recovered near border outpost (BoP) Muthianwala in the Ferozepur sector.
Based on specific information about smuggling of narcotics through international border, special ambush were laid by BSF troopers in the area and on observing suspicious movement of some miscreants ahead of the border security fence, the troopers challenged them.
“But the Pakistani smugglers did not pay any heed to the challenge and opened fire on BSF troopers. The BSF fired back in self-defence,” the spokesman said.
“However, the smugglers managed to escape taking cover of standing paddy crops and darkness. During search of the area, 10 packets (about 10 kg) of contraband, two magazines of an AK-47 rifle and one PVC pipe (approx 12 feet long) were recovered,” he added.
The heroin is valued at Rs 50 crore in the international market.
The total seizure of heroin this year by the BSF along the Punjab border is over 291 kg.The seizure of heroin in the entire last year (2014) was 361 kg in the Punjab sector, which was the highest ever.