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NEW DELHI: India has described the U.S. and Canada travel advisories as “routine” and said there is no threat to foreigners in the country.

“The U.S. Embassy keeps sending advisories. These are routine and general in nature. There is nothing new in it,” Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said when asked about the fresh travel alerts issued by the U.S. and Canada.

Describing the security arrangements for Independence Day across the country as good, he said. “We are confident on security arrangements. There is nothing to be worried about. There is no specific threat to American citizens or citizens of any other country.”

Word of caution

Both the U.S. and Canada have advised their citizens visiting India to maintain a high level of awareness due to the possibility of terrorist attacks in the run-up to Independence Day.

American citizens were informed of a “continuing threat from terrorism throughout India,” and warned that the upcoming series of major holidays could provide terrorist groups an opportunity to stage an attack. U.S. citizens in India were advised to monitor local news reports, vary their routes and consider the level of security present when visiting public places.

A much more detailed advisory by Canada asked its citizens to be “particularly vigilant” in the lead up to and on days of national significance, as militants used such occasions to mount attacks in the past.

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