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Tis the Holiday Season! A Five-Point Guide to Goa- Live like a true Goan!

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Palolem Beach, Goa, Wikimedia

New Delhi, Dec 29, 2016: It’s the holiday season, which means packing your bags and setting off to a destination which has been sending you invites in your dreams throughout the year. And for most of us, that dream holiday destination is, “drum rolls in the background”- GOA!

The aesthetically pleasing beaches, the moreish sea food on the shacks, the colorful attires and jewellery in Goan flea markets, the artistic churches and the Bollywood famous- Dudhsagar Falls, everything calls out loud to every soul who craves for a soul soothing experience.

But what are the major attractions in Goa? What do the Goans do? How do they bask in the enriching air of Goa? Here is a holistic guide to enjoy Goa like never before. Because, when in Goa, live as a Goan!

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  1. Where to Shop

When you visit any foreign country, state, city or town, one of the most important things to do is shop in the local markets of that place. Just like Delhi has Sarojini and Mumbai has Colaba Causeway, Goa has its own flea markets and other markets which every Goan lives by! Anjuna Wednesday Market is a market which happensevery Wednesday has many goods and food stalls to engage people. Calangute Market is also a must visit for people who want to buy jewellery, souvenirs, clothes etc. Panjim Market, Mapusa Market and Margao Market are also a must visit for shopaholics. There are many night markets also like Baga Night Market, Saturday Night Market at Arpora and Mackie’s Night Bazaar where you can crash in after a day at the beach.

  1. What and Where to-Eat

Goa has its palatable cuisine of sea food. Fresh prawns, crabs, pomfrets, lobsters and many other varieties of fishes adorn the menus of the restaurants and shacks in Goa. Goan prawn curry, Fish Recheado, Bebinca, Rava fried fish, Chicken Cafreal are few of the delectable dishes of the vast Goan cuisine.

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Cafe Real in Panaji, Palácio do Deâo in Quepem which has amazing Portuguese food, Sakana in Vagator, Noronha’s Corner in Anjuna are few places where you can satisfy your hunger. Pousada on the Beach in Calangute, La Plage in Ashwem Beach and Surya Beach Cafe in Galgibag Beach are few places to eat on Goan beaches with the sun and sand.

  1. Hire a Bike

The best way to explore Goa is on a bike, said every Goan ever! There are many agencies in Panaji from where you can hire a bike to explore the streets and sides of Goa. The rates of hiring bikes are not very high and easily affordable also. Hiring a Bajaj Pulsar for around a day costs 800 rupees and a Honda Activa scooter for around 400 rupees.

Hiring a Royal Enfield is slightly expensive, it costs 1200 rupees a day but these are the rates for peak season. The hiring rates go a notch down in off season where a Bajaj Pulsar or Honda Activa costs 250 rupees a day and Royal Enfield costs under 1000 bucks ie. 900 rupees. So, hire a bike and scoot away to every beach and every shore!

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  1. Explore the Churches

A Goa visit is incomplete without visiting the beautifully architectured, majestic churches. Bom Jesus Basilica is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the oldest churches in Old Goa. S E Cathedral is another major attraction in Goa. It is the largest church in India and holds a strong Portugal history behind it. Monte Hill, Church of Lady Rosary, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception are other few of the many churches that Goa has.

  1. Cruises and parties

There is an extravagant and shiny side to the Goan life too! Goa has beaches and parties are a very important and cannot-be-missed feature of the Goan beaches. So many themed parties and cruises happen in Goa all year round. One can also spot dolphins on a cruise. So, sail away!

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    A similar list should be done for the tourists what should not be done while holidaying in Goa. Too often the people are very ignorant and naive and then the holiday in Goa can turn into a nightmare, often with the serious results.

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Goa to Conduct Anti-Body Test of Air Passengers as Domestic Flights Resume

Goa government has written to the central government and ICMR seeking permission to conduct anti-body tests of air passengers

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Goa government seeks permission to conduct anti body test on passengers arriving at Goa's Dabolim international airport. Pixabay

With domestic flights scheduled from May 25, the Goa government has written to the central government and the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for permission to conduct anti-body tests of passengers alighting at Goa’s Dabolim international airport.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said, here on Saturday, in a request to the ICMR and the Civil Aviation Minister, the state government had said air passengers headed to Goa be issued Covid-19 negative certificate at the time of boarding the flight.

“I have requested the ICMR and the Civil Aviation Ministry to permit us to conduct antibody testing of passengers and they be issued a Covid-19 negative certificate to enter the state via domestic flights from Monday,” Rane told reporters.

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Such testing at the airport will avoid community transmission. (Representational Image). Pixabay

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Such testing would help identify asymptomatic patients while screening them at the airport to avoid community transmission, Rane said.

Goa has 38 active coronavirus cases. 16 people have been cured of Covid-19. (IANS)

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COVID-19: Congress Urges Yogi to Open Places of Worship

Lucknow Congress president Mukesh Singh Chauhan has written a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

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Yogi Adityanath performs Rudrabhishek in Gorakhnath temple for safety from Corona. Wikimedia Commons

The Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress party has written to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday to open all places of worship which are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The letter has been written by Lucknow Congress president Mukesh Singh Chauhan.

The letter said that the way the Central and State governments have issued orders to open shops for essential commodities, in the same way now all the big and small places of worship — temples, churches, mosques, gurdwaras should also be thrown open for the devotees.

Chauhan in his letter said, “India is a multi-religious and faith oriented country. Here people believe that worship of God will reduce their suffering. But due to the closure of the places of worship, people are not able to pray to their God. Therefore, major religious places should be immediately opened with social distancing in full compliance with the lockdown norms.

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Chauhan from Congress, in his letter said, “India is a multi-religious and faith oriented country. Here people believe that worship of God will reduce their suffering”. Pixabay

Chauhan said sanitizer machines should be placed at the entry of major places of worship just like it is done in government offices. He also said if liquor shops can be opened, in the same way, the temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches should also be opened in full compliance of the social distancing norms.

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The president of the Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad, Mahant Narendra Giri, had also raised similar demand of opening of temples across the state. He had demanded from the Yogi government to open the doors of all temples for the devotees.

Giri had said, “Because of the closure of temples for the last two months, the livelihood of priests and other temple staff is also getting affected. When the government can allow liquor shops to be opened for revenue, why temples should not be allowed to open for the same reason.”

He had assured that after the permission to open the temples, the priests would follow the rules and protocols of social distancing and get the devotees to do it too. (IANS)

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How The COVID Pandemic Pushed More Indians To Online Casinos

The Coronavirus outspread has forced people to switch to the virtual world for various activities

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As a result of lockdown, licensed online casinos are facing many visitors.

A lot of systems and structures have had to change since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Many Indians and people around the world have been forced to shut down businesses andsocial activities. With no options left than to stay at home, people now have to find other activities to substitute their usual daily activities.

Almost everyone is now turning to online activities to keep them busy. They now have to socialize with friends and entertain themselves online. As a result of this, licensed online casinos are receiving more visitors than before.

 

Land-based Casinos Closed Down

All the popular casinos in Goa, Daman, and other regions have been forced to close. The Goa government had ordered the closure of educational institutions and public places including casinos from March 15. Some other states had earlier announced shut down in activities while some followed after. All in an attempt to curb the spread of the disease.

Before the shutdown, the online gambling industry in India was already growing at a steady pace. But as soon as the land-based casinos were shut down, the industry experienced a massive increase in activities.

Many regular Indian gamblers have turned to the online versions of their various casino games. Due to the lack of business and other activities, these gamblers have also had more time to spend gambling. Several online casinos confirmed this increase in the rate of online gambling. There have been many new registrations and a rise in the activity of regular online gamers.

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All Casinos have beeen shut since 15 March due to outspread of Coronavirus pandemic. Pixabay

 

Sports Events Cancelled

Most large sporting events and tournaments have also been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League which was supposed to start on March 29 was postponed till April 15. The Board of Control for Cricket in India further postponed it indefinitely after the nationwide lockdown was extended.

Also, the Olympics which was scheduled to hold this year has been postponed till 2021. The decision was inevitable as the decision board had to ensure the safety of the athletes first.

The EuroCup was another major tournament that had to be postponed. So many smaller tournaments around the world have also been affected. This caused the sports betting industry to suffer greatly.

There are no longer matches and tournaments to stake on. Sports betting sites experienced a great reduction in the activity of sports gamblers and begun to find alternatives.

People who regularly visit land-based betting halls and online betting sites have been pushed towards online casinos. These sports gamblers are learning how to play casino games and staking their monies, awaiting the time sporting events will resume again.

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, people have started visiting online licensed casinos. Pixabay

Online Casinos Become A Way To Kill Boredom During Lockdown

Indians are now stuck at home due to the lockdown and restrictions placed to curb the spread of the disease. With the lack of activities to take their time, many people have had to deal with boredom. Most people spend the day surfing the internet to consume online content. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in players turning to licensed online casinos to ward off boredom.

With the abundance of online casino games, they have a variety of options to choose from.

Leaders in the online gaming industry confirmed an increase in the number of Indians who play games like Rummy, Teen Patti, Andar Bahar, and many others.

 

The Online Casino Market Is Growing

Online casinos are growing due to Covid-19. Many online casinos have sprung up before the outbreak of the disease and many land-based casinos are coming online.

Indians are now gambling online without the fear of breaking the Indian law which restricts physical gambling except in some states and with some games.

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The country is currently one of the largest contributors to the growth of online gambling in the world. The last 10 years saw pretty rapid growth. This is due to the increase in the population of people making use of the internet and smartphones. Approximately 30 billion

US dollars is earned as online gambling revenue every year. Most of the revenue gotten each year can be attributed to the online and mobile sectors.

2018 ended with 566 million internet users in India. Before 2020 ends, this figure is expected to grow to 730 million. We can conclude that the online casino market will continue to increase as the Indian mobile and internet users increase.

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