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Free visas from August 1 for Indians travelling to Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka has granted approval to issue on-arrival visa to tourists from countries, including India and China, aiming to revive its flagging tourism sector after the deadly Easter bombings.

The countries included, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and Switzerland.

But on Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry approved the pilot project to issue a free visa on arrival to 10 additional countries, including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Philippines, Russia, China, India and England.

Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals declined 7.5% in April 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority’s first monthly report since the terror attacks.

The visas on arrival pilot program was part of a larger initiative to increase tourist arrivals to the country during the six month off-season period from May to October.

 

 

 

 

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Girl gang raped in moving car in Haryana; 2 held

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Chandigarh: A 15-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped in a moving car in Haryanas Panipat town by two youths, one of them being an acquaintance, said police on Saturday.

The Class 11 student was found unconscious near a park and later admitted to a private hospital here on Friday night.

Superintendent of Police Sumit Kumar told the media that both the accused were arrested and the car used in the crime was impounded.

A case was registered on the statement of the victim against them under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The victim did not return after attending a tuition class on Friday. Late in the evening, the family came to know that she was lying unconscious in Model Town area.

The police said one of the accused knew her and called her near the crime scene to celebrate a birthday. Four youths, who were having liquor in a car, forced her to take liquor and she fainted.

She was later taken by two youths in a car and was allegedly raped in the moving vehicle. After committing the crime, the accused left the girl near the park where her scooter was parked.

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