UAE drops Covid-19 mask wearing rules from Wednesday including at schools

The UAE announced Monday that it would remove its mask wearing rules, according to the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA). The new rules will come into effect from Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Face mask rules had been in effect for over two and half years.

Royal Brunei expected to restart London-Dubai

Royal Brunei will no longer operate nonstop between London and Bandar Seri Begawan. Effective November 1 Royal Brunei will operate to Bandar via Dubai, as it did until 2018. It is expected to gain fifth-freedom rights between London-Dubai and vice versa as happened before.

Bali government updates Indian delegation on G20 Summit’s preparations

 The Bali provincial government shared details regarding the readiness to hold the 2022 G20 Summit with the delegation of India, as the country will be next in line to assume the G20 Presidency.

Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) elaborated on the readiness of hotels being used during the G20 Summit in Bali to the coordinator of the  Indian delegation here, on Friday.

“All hotels used for G20 must pass six assessment parameters, including completeness of infrastructure, understanding of disasters, early warning systems, ability to respond to disasters, disaster mitigation, and security,” Cok Ace remarked.

He noted that these parameters were efforts to prepare hotels in Bali to handle disasters, such as fires, riots, and natural disasters, during the G20 event and their readiness to evacuate guests with complete equipment in place.

Regarding hotel readiness in terms of disaster preparedness, the feasibility assessment process was conducted by the Bali Hotel Association (BHA), Bali Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), National Police, Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), and Search and Rescue Team (SAR), Cok Ace remarked.

In addition, security at those hotels was guaranteed with certificate from the Bali Police. Hotels and villas were also necessitated to have a Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certificate.

Cok Ace remarked that the local government had also issued a governor’s regulation related to traditional village-based security by optimizing the role and function of traditional security, or pecalang, in securing traditional villages in Bali.

Meanwhile, G20 coordinator of the Indian delegation, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, lauded the Indonesian Government, especially the Bali provincial government, for preparing accommodation for the G20 Summit’s delegation.

“Bali is a very well-known tourist destination. It is the right decision to hold the G20 Summit in Bali because it has adequate infrastructure,” Shringla stated.

The Indian delegation’s G20 coordinator remarked that the exchange of information with the Bali provincial government was necessary to help his side in preparing for the upcoming G20 Summit in 2023 in India.

Shringla also commended Bali for being able to cooperate with village officials to partake in securing the G20 Summit.

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Titanic Hotel Belfast marks fifth birthday with 25% of original staff

Titanic Hotel Belfast is celebrating its fifth birthday this month with a quarter of the hotel’s original staff. Named Northern Ireland’s leading hotel at the World Travel Awards every year since opening its doors in 2017, the longest serving staff member Adrian McNally said he was proud of what the hotel has achieved.

Bhutan opens borders to tourists

Bhutan opens borders to tourists with daily sustainable fee; Indians to pay Rs 1,200 per day
Bhutan’s Ambassador to India, Major General Vetsop Namgyel said fully-vaccinated travellers are now welcome and tourists would no longer be required to be quarantined upon arrival.

India Asks Citizens To Take “Extreme Caution” Before Taking Up Jobs In Thailand


The advisory said the Indian workers were being facilitated to enter Myanmar illegally without proper documentation leading to the entrapment of Indian workers.

 

India today asked Indian nationals to exercise extreme caution before taking up jobs in Thailand after dozens of Indians were illegally brought into Myanmar as part of the employment racket.

Speaking at a weekly press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said IT companies are engaged in digital scamming and forged crypto activities. He said that these scammers are recruiting Indian workers on the pretext of employment opportunities in Thailand.

“We are aware of fraudulent IT companies that appear to be engaged in digital scamming and forged crypto activities. They seem to be operating with agents from Dubai, Bangkok and India. They are recruiting Indian workers on the pretext of employment opportunities in Thailand,” the MEA spokesperson said.

He explained that Indian workers are lured by social media advertisements of highly lucrative jobs and then taken across the border in Myawaddy.

“And that area you know is difficult to access due to the local security situation. Nevertheless, thanks to our mission in the country, we have been able to facilitate the rescue of some of these victims from captivity or forced labour and we are trying to help others,” he said.

Mr Bagchi urged Indian nationals to exercise extreme caution before accepting such job offers. “It may also be mentioned here that the visa-on-arrival scheme in Thailand does not permit employment. Our embassies in Thailand and Myanmar have issued advisories in this regard. We have also taken up the matter both with Thailand and Myanmar,” he said.

On a question about the specific number of Indian caught in Myanmar, the MEA spokesperson said, “This is difficult to say. 32 people have certainly been rescued and helped out of the place. I don’t have an exact number. Maybe 80 to 90 people are there.”

Earlier, the Indian Embassy in Myanmar’s Yangon released an advisory. It had cautioned about the companies engaged in digital scamming activities located in remote eastern border areas of Myanmar.

“The Mission has observed in the recent past that some lT companies engaged in digital scamming/forge crypto activities located in remote eastern border areas of Myanmar are recruiting Indian workers from different places through their recruiting agents on the pretext of potential employment opportunities in IT sector,” the advisory said.

The advisory said the Indian workers were being facilitated to enter Myanmar illegally without proper documentation leading to the entrapment of Indian workers.

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