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Tourism Ministry of Goa announces State’s First Vintage Bike and Car Festival in October

Vintage two-wheelers and four-wheelers dating from 1921 to 1970 will be on display during the event

Colva Beach in South Goa, Wikimedia

Panaji, Sept 13, 2016: Goa hopes to ride the heritage tourism wave with the help of vintage vehicles, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Tuesday, while announcing the state’s first vintage bike and car festival organised by the Tourism Ministry.

Over 50 such vintage bikes and cars will be driven through the main streets of Panaji as part of the one-day festival on October 1, Parulekar said.

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 “We are planning this event which is going to be very exciting and enlightening as vintage cars and bikes from vintage car museums, those in use and those maintained for exhibitions and special occasions will all be participating in it,” Parulekar said, adding that the event would be included in the Tourism Ministry’s annual events calendar.

“We hope to make it a regular attraction for inbound travellers,” Parulekar said.

Vintage two-wheelers and four-wheelers dating from 1921 to 1970 will be on display during the event. Cars that one would get a glimpse of at the festival include the Citroen, Austin, Morris, Cadillac, Ford, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Volkswagen, and bikes like Norton, BSA and BMW.

“Vintage automobiles are another form of heritage and in Goa, there are vintage car fans who are passionate about this. Through this festival, we hope to kindle that hobby and motivate local Goans and others to preserve vintage vehicles so that the present generation and the future will have something to appreciate and admire,” Goa Tourism Development Corporation Chairperson Nilesh Cabral said.

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 “This can draw tourists from domestic and international markets who have an appetite for heritage and they will surely have one more facet to engage in when in Goa,” he added.

The state already has two privately run vintage car museums and a large number of vintage bike and car owners and collectors. (IANS)

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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.

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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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

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.

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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NRI Commission of Goa to Create Database of Overseas Individuals Seeking to Return

Covid-19: Goa to create data base of expats seeking return

Goa government's Non Resident Indian(NRI) Commission on Tuesday, launched a campaign to reach out to the expats of Goan origin amid the travel restrictions. Pixabay

Goa government’s Non Resident Indian Commission on Tuesday, launched a campaign to reach out to the expats of Goan origin, primarily to create a database of overseas individuals who wish to return home on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“Glad to inform that, today Goa NRI Commission has begun the registration process/assistance of NRIs of Goan origin,” Goa’s Commissioner for NRI Affairs Narendra Sawaikar tweeted.

The NRI Commission is a Goa government agency which serves as a liaison between the state government and the large expat population of Goans worldwide. (Representational Image). Pixabay

As part of the outreach, the expats have been requested to fill up a small online questionnaire related to personal details and seeks to know about their willingness to return to Goa in view of the pandemic.

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The NRI Commission is a Goa government agency which serves as a liaison between the state government and the large expat population of Goans worldwide.

Goa has a large expat population working mainly in the oil rich Middle East region as well as on board cruise liners. (IANS)

3 responses to “NRI Commission of Goa to Create Database of Overseas Individuals Seeking to Return”

  1. These forms for registration were filled early last week.Why the delay in getting the NRI’s home? they are facing such a lot of hardships for about 2 months now. Please put an end to their troubles, get the Goan NRI’s home soon.

    • I agree. Goa govt needs to wake up and act soon. Request for direct flights to goa to bring back Goans. Goa is an International airport which has carried out evacuations to various countries in the past few days. Please, now act on getting your own people back home quickly. ACT NOW. No more excuses.

  2. The forms are collecting dust, nothing has been done. Repatriation flights have started but nothing for the next 8 days for any Goan to return. Dubai to Goa is just a 3 hrs flight, iso is the same from most of the Gulf, but is anyone interested in getting our Goans back? Its all talk and more talk…no action, repatriation is an eyewash. The Goan authorities who can press for these flights are not interested, in the welfare of Goan families so what else can the poor Goans do?
    In contrast, take a look at kerala, what a difference in the attitude of the State Govt. Is it any surprise then that most flights and naval ships are repatriating them on proritybasis? Kudos to their CM. Lets see and hope and pray that the Goa govt wakes up very very soon. things can be done overnite if the will exists.