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The Goa government has banned drinking liquor on beaches in a bid to curb littering and nuisance caused to women tourists. However, you can continue to enjoy drinks at designated places like beach shacks with licences, said Goa Tourism Director Nikhil Desai. Any violations will attract arrest. Goa attracts around 2.4 million tourists annually, a chunk of them being domestic. — PTI

Amonument containing a stone from the Dead Sea was placed on Mount Everest in a symbolic link between the lowest and highest points on Earth. The monument is part of an exchange programme between Nepal and Israel. A stone from the Everest will be placed in a matching monument by the Dead Sea on May 16. “The objective is to promote natural beauty, cultural heritages and the friendship between the two countries, said the Israeli embassy. — DPA

Where is the midpoint of Europe? Gintaras Karosas is certain it is 17 km north of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. So, the Lithuanian sculptor opened Europos Parkas or Park of Europe there. The Park has an array of sculptures making it one of the premier modern-art collections in the Baltic area. The most dramatic piece is by Karosas and is a tree-shaped maze of some 3,000 TV sets with a toppled Lenin statue in the middle. It symbolises “the absurdity of Soviet propaganda” spread by television. — DPA

Flight passengers have some of the most annoying habits, with rude seat reclining undoubtedly the worst, finds TripAdvisor’s first Australian survey on air travel. Parents who don’t control their children and annoying kids who constantly kick the seat in front of them were the next most annoying etiquette faux pas in the skies. More than a third of those surveyed were willing to pay more for a child-free flight. Airlines have cottoned on to the idea, with AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines creating ‘quiet zones’ on their planes where children are banned. Sneezing and coughing without covering up, blocking the aisle of the plane, or taking too long to put away your bags were other peeves. — ANI

To woo tourists, the J&K department of tourism is promoting the region’s almond-flavoured tea. Popularly known as Kahwa, tourists are sipping it in the picturesque tulip gardens. Kahwa is made with saffron and garnished with almond slivers. Tourists were attending the Spring Festival at the picturesque Tulip Gardens where nearly 1.6 million tulips are in bloom. The garden re-opened on March 27. — ANI




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