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India set to resume overseas flights, tightens screening for new COVID-19 variant

By Neha Arora

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -India said on Friday it will resume international passenger flights from mid-December with COVID-19 linked curbs for “at risk” countries, and ordered tightened screening at borders as fears over a new coronavirus variant spread globally.

The federal health ministry said reports of mutations in the variant, identified as B.1.1.529, had “serious public health implications”, and asked states to adopt rigorous screening and testing for all passengers from South Africa and other “at risk” countries.

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“This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the country in view of recently relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of international travel,” health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter to states late on Thursday.

But India’s civil aviation ministry said it had decided to let airlines resume scheduled international flights from Dec. 15, lifting a nearly two-year-old ban imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The resumption of flights would be based on the coronavirus risk levels of individual countries, according to a formal government order.

Some countries in Europe and Asia have rushed to tighten border controls and restrict travel nL1N2SH089 because of the new variant.

India’s foreign ministry said there was no immediate information on steps the government was taking.

“This is a developing incident,” foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told a news conference.

The federal health ministry did not respond to a Reuters request for further comment.

On Friday, the UK Health Security Agency said the new variant has a spike protein that was dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that COVID-19 vaccines are based and could make existing vaccines less effective.

Britain has banned flights from six African countries, and asked returning British travellers from those destinations to quarantine.

India, the world’s second-worst affected country by COVID-19, posted the smallest rise in new cases in one-and-a-half years this week, due to increased vaccinations and antibodies in a large section of its population from previous infections.

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Its total cases of coronavirus reached 34.56 million on Friday. India’s daily caseload has halved since September and it reported 10,549 new cases on Friday.

Earlier this month, India identified 10 countries “at risk” including Europe, China, South Africa, and New Zealand, among others, and has opened its borders to 99 countries overall.

Indian shares fell more than 2% on Friday, in line with declines in markets across Asia as investors fled risky assets panicking over the potential impact of the new variant.

(Reporting by Neha Arora; Additional reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Lincoln Feast, Giles Elgood and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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more than 40 people dead after a bus crashes into a canal in India


Rescuers from the State Disaster Response Force and other workers recovered 45 bodies after a bus veered off a bridge and fell into a canal in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Choudhary says six people were rescued.

Plane skids off runway in India; 16 killed, dozens hurt

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NEW DELHI (AP) — A special flight carrying evacuees to India who had been stranded abroad because of the coronavirus skidded off a runway and split in two while landing Friday in heavy rain in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 16 passengers and injuring 123 more, police said.

Abdul Karim, a senior Kerala state police officer, said the dead included one of the pilots of the Air India Express flight. He said at least 15 of the injured were in critical condition, and that rescue operations were over.

The two-year-old Boeing 737-800 flew from Dubai to Kozhikode, also called Calicut, in Kerala, India’s southernmost state, the airline said.

A similar tragedy to Friday’s was narrowly avoided at the same airport a year ago, when an Air India Express flight suffered a tail strike upon landing. None of the 180 passengers of that flight were injured.

Kozhikode’s 2,850-meter (9,350-foot) runway is on a flat hilltop with deep gorges on either side ending in a 34-meter (112-foot) drop.

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A pilot was killed when two Indian Air Force jets collided mid-air and crashed in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru during rehearsals for an aero show. (Feb. 19) A pilot was killed when two Indian Air Force jets collided mid-air and crashed in the southern city of Bengaluru during rehearsals for an aero show. (Feb. 19)

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A passenger arriving in India from Thailand has been detained at the airport after customs officers found a month-old leopard cub in his luggage.

Customs officers at Chennai airport were alerted when they heard noises coming from his bag, which was found to contain the 2.2lb (1kg) cub hidden in a plastic grocery basket.

Authorities are investigating whether the suspect is part of an international smuggling ring. The 45-year-old detained in the investigation is said to have been “evasive in his replies” when questioned about his luggage by customs officers.

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India unveils world’s tallest statue

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The bronze Statue of Unity pays tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a leader of the Indian independence movement who helped the country take control from the British.

The statue is almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, which, including the pedestal, reaches to 305 feet (182 metres).

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Tourist films wild elephants charging sightseeing van on safari

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  • A safari group were watching the herd in Bandipur National Park, southern India
  • one of the elephants spots the vehicle on the dirt path and runs towards it
  • The driver of the safari bus quickly turns on his engine on and retreats
  • Luckily, the elephants eventually decide not to pursue the bus any further

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Address: Kullu Valley, Hadimba Temple Rd, Manali, Himachal Pradesh 175131, India

Phone: +91 1902 250 999

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  • 4-star hotel
  • Posh Gothic Revival castle-style hotel
  • On-site restaurant serving Indian cuisine
  • 1.2 miles from Hidimba Devi Temple
  • Tibetan Monastery – 0.7 miles
  • Hidimba Devi Temple – 1.3 miles
  • Manu Temple – 1.9 miles
  • Kullu–Manali Airport is 25 miles

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Leela Palace, Udaipur, India

The Leela Palace Udaipur, Lake Pichola, PO Box No. 125, Udaipur 313 001,Rajasthan India

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The romantic and festive air of the city, its cultural heritage and the richness of its cuisine—a million experiences wait to unfold for you.

A sight- seeing trip in and around Udaipur is a fascinating experience as this magical city is filled with many wondrous sights both heritage and new.

  Walk down or cycle through criss-crossing narrow lanes filled with vibrant and colourful shops selling leather and wooden artefacts, jewelry and beauty items. Get great bargains on memorabilia.

Hire a tuk-tuk to tour around the Crystal Gallery, check out the Vintage Car Museum or wander into Saheliyonki Bari, where the fountain works run on natural water pressure from the FatehSagar Lake. Then head over to the observatory in the 18th-century Sajjangarh Fort. Despite the state of the structure, the breath taking view of the city, surrounding lakes, rivers and Aravali Mountains will be worth it.

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Historically seeking

 Udaipur is a treasure trove for history buffs. Head to Haldighati, a mountain pass located 40 kilometres from the city, which had witnessed the battle between MaharanaPratap and the Moghuls. The place, translated to ‘the yellow valley’, derives its name from the yellow soil of the place.

Next up is the famed Kumbhalgarh Fort, a World Heritage Site among the Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Located 65 kilometres from the city, the fort’s perimeter walls are rumoured to be ranked second after the Great Wall of China. During your stay, you can go sightseeing around the old city. Take sunset boat cruises, fly a kite beside the lake or play Croquet near the pool. Dress up like royalty for puppet shows, enjoy Kalbelia, a traditional dance, or book for our Destination Dining experience.

 Then, located 120 kilometres from the city, is Chittorgarh, filled with stories about when Chittor was the capital of the Mewar region.

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Luxury awaits at The Leela Palace Udaipur with rooms that feature stunning views of the City Palace or Lake Pichola, situated on landscaped grounds. It has an exclusive spa and outdoor pool.

Decorated with warm shades of golds and reds, rooms feature local artwork and fine Indian carpets. They come with a flat-screen TV and iPod dock. Marble bathrooms have a bathtub and premium toiletries.

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Surrounded by lounge chairs, the large outdoor pool has an attached hot tub. Guests can also enjoy quiet moments at the peaceful Library Bar or take a day trip organized by the tour desk.

Soft breezes and views of a starlit sky accompany fine Indian specialties at the Sheesh Mahal. For an international dining experience, guests can head to the Dining Room at The Leela Palace.

In “the city of lakes,” Leela Palace Udaipur is within 2.5 miles of the center of the city and City Palace Museum. It is a 45 minute drive from Maharana Pratap Airport.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Udaipur, according to independent reviews.

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Udaipur! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Udaipur! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. We speak your language!

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 Closest Landmarks

  • Bagore ki Haveli0.3 miles
  • City Palace of Udaipur0.4 miles
  • Jagdish temple0.4 miles
  • Lake Pichhola0.4 miles
  • Jag Mandir0.8 miles
  • Vintage Collection of Classic Cars1 miles
  • Moti Magri1.5 miles
  • Udaipur Railway Station1.6 miles
  • Fateh Sagar Lake1.6 miles
  • Saheliyon Ki bari1.8 miles

Natural Beauty

  • Lake Pichola Lake0 miles

Closest Airports

  • Dabok Airport13.7 miles

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Main amenities

  • 80 guestrooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • WiFi in the lobby
  • Free train station pick-up
  • Fitness center
  • Spa services
  • 24-hour business center
  • Airport shuttle
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Free parking

Feel at home

  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Separate sitting area
  • Premium TV channels

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What’s around

  • In Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace (1-minute walk)
  • Jag Niwas (1-minute walk)
  • Gangaur Ghat (9-minute walk)
  • Bagore-ki-Haveli Museum (9-minute walk)
  • Jagdish Temple (14-minute walk)
  • City Palace (18-minute walk)
  • Crystal Gallery (18-minute walk)
  • Lake Fatehsagar Udaipur (21-minute walk)
  • Maharana Pratap Statue (31-minute walk)
  • Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum (32-minute walk)

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  • This hotel has 80 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *
  • Free train station pickup

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required
  • Government-issued photo ID required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • WiFi in public areas *
  • WiFi in rooms *

Languages Spoken

  • Hindi
  • English

Rating   9.7/10

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