Nepal Travel Restrictions: Nepal not to allow third country nationals to travel to India via rail

Nepal not to allow third country nationals to travel to India via rail

As per the latest news reports, Nepal will not be allowing people from third countries to travel to India by rail via the Kurtha-Jayanagar railroad. This move comes after Indian officials expressed security concerns, which was also confirmed by a senior official of the Department of Railways.

Referring to this, the Director General of the Department of Railways Deepak Kumar Bhattarai stated, “This was agreed while finalising the Standard Operating Procedure (SPA) for cross-border railway operation.” The SPA is a document that outlines the procedures that are to be adopted while operating the railway service. Reports have it that India and Nepal signed the SPA in New Delhi last month.

As per the Director General of the Department of Railways, India’s security concern was one of the reasons why it took so long to finalise the SPA. Reportedly, with India and Nepal sharing a porous border, India has always been cautious about the possibility of miscreants using the porous border to cause harm to India. And reportedly, both sides have suffered a lot from cross-border crimes over the last several years.

Further, Bhattarai added that Nepal will now notify India regarding passengers on board to make sure that the security is cleared at the border point. He added that based on the ticket issued, they will then send details of passengers travelling to India.

However, although the SPA has already been finalised, it is still not clear when the railway service will start, as the Nepal Government is yet to introduce a law on railway service and the Nepal Railway Company is yet to hire staff to operate the service.

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Travel news: Wind-powered Caribbean sailing, a Wes Anderson rail ride, stateside adventures – Orangeville Banner

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Travel news: Wind-powered Caribbean sailing, a Wes Anderson rail ride, stateside adventures – Cambridge Times

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Travel news: Wind-powered Caribbean sailing, a Wes Anderson rail ride, stateside adventures

Wind beneath their sails

U.K. start-up Tradewind Voyages will launch their first ever Caribbean voyages beginning November, and these aren’t your average cruises. The 140-cabin vessel, Golden Horizon, claims the title of world’s largest tall ship, and the design is a dupe of France II, a cargo windjammer built in 1913. While the look may be old-world, the ambition is forward-thinking: in a bid to be more sustainable, the company plans to power the ship with wind whenever possible, with the goal of sailing — without using propulsion — for around 70 per cent of each season.

Trip back in time

The Belmond British Pullman, a restored 1920s train known for whimsical interiors and luxury rail trips through the English countryside, enlisted Wes Anderson for their latest design collaboration: a makeover of the Cygnus carriage. Expect bold pattern play, statement colours (pink ceiling, green upholstery!) and his signature symmetry, plus vintage-y touches like handcrafted marquetry. Anderson is no stranger to inventing train compartments with cinematic flair, of course. (No word from the filmmaker on bringing a dreamy grand hotel to real life — yet.)

Over the border

Toronto-based G Adventures has added 13 new small-group tours to their “United States of Adventure” collection, with departures starting in spring 2022. The itineraries focus on the American West and include some experiences that are increasingly popular (and so, harder to book). The seven-day “Best of Utah and Arizona National Parks” trip, for example, takes a visit to sought-after Antelope Canyon — nature’s sandstone sculpture, located on Navajo Nation land — with a local Indigenous guide.

West Coast cuisine

If you can’t make it to Ucluelet to dine at the award-winning Pluvio, you can try your hand at their truffle tuna tartare and made-from-scratch gourmet granola — both are detailed in “Island Eats.” The new cookbook is a tribute to the culinary community and talents on Vancouver Island and the neighbouring Gulf Islands, pulling together more than 80 favourite recipes from local chefs.

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To help travellers make sense of the patchwork of public health rules across the country, Destination Canada updates a “What can you do?” list ( There’s one for each province and territory, and it breaks down the details into four key categories — travel measures (like COVID testing requirements), hotels/accommodations, restaurants/dining and activities/attractions — for quick reference.

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Government unveils wholesale rail overhaul in UK | News

The government has pledged to end what it called a quarter-century of fragmentation on the railways under new proposals to shake up the system.

A new public body, Great British Railways (GBR), will integrate the railways, owning the infrastructure, collecting fare revenue, running and planning the network, as well as setting most fares and timetables.

The hope is to refocus on passengers and freight.

GBR will simplify the current mass of confusing tickets with new flexible season tickets and a significant roll-out of more convenient Pay As You Go, contactless and digital ticketing on smartphones.

A new GBR website will sell tickets and a single compensation system for operators in England will provide a simple system for passengers to access information and apply for refunds.

There will, however, remain a substantial and often greater role for the private sector.

GBR will contract private partners to operate most trains to the timetables and fares it specifies, with a model similar to that used by Transport for London in its successful Overground and Docklands Light Railway services.

The new Passenger Service Contracts will be designed to include strong incentives for operators to run high-quality services and increase passenger numbers.

They will not be one-size-fits-all: as demand recovers, operators on some routes, particularly long-distance, will have more commercial freedom.

Affordable walk-on fares and season ticket prices will be protected, the government said.

Prime minister, Boris Johnson, said: “I am a great believer in rail, but for too long passengers have not had the level of service they deserve.

“By creating Great British Railways and investing in the future of the network, this government will deliver a rail system the country can be proud of.

The journey to this new passenger-focused model has begun today, transport secretary Grant Shapps said.

New National Rail Contracts will be announced this year.

They will be in operation for 2 years and act as a bridge to reform.

Shapps added: “Our railways were born and built to serve this country, to forge stronger connections between our communities and provide people with an affordable, reliable and rapid service.

“Years of fragmentation, confusion and over-complication have seen that vision fade and passengers failed.

“That complicated and broken system ends today.

“The pandemic has seen the government take unprecedented steps to protect services and jobs.”

Rocio Concha, director of policy and advocacy at Which?, warned passengers must come first.

“Before the pandemic, passengers had been treated as an afterthought for too long on the railways – so it is good that the government’s plans seek to improve the passenger experience on trains, bring innovation to the ticketing system and make it easier to get compensation.

“The true test of this plan will be whether passengers see real improvements to the way their train services operate, not only adapting to new needs but addressing the old challenges that could cause so much disruption to the lives of those reliant on the railways,” she concluded.

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German Greens Want More Rail Travel, Fewer Domestic Flights | Business News

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s environmentalist Greens party wants to boost rail travel at the expense of domestic flights to help the country achieve its goal of sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Greens’ candidate for chancellorship in this year’s national election, Annalena Baerbock, said Monday that her party would reduce government subsidies for air travel, specifically tax exemptions on kerosene fuel, to create a level playing field for rail companies.

The plans drew criticism from her conservative rival, Armin Laschet, who accused her of “populist demands,” and from tabloid newspapers, which suggested that Germans won’t be able to fly to Mallorca on holiday anymore if the Greens get their way.

Baerbock, whose party is leading in recent polls ahead of the country’s Sept. 26 election, said she isn’t seeking an outright ban and that “everyone will continue to be able to fly on holiday.” Still, she said public money should no longer support rock-bottom airline ticket prices.

Train travel could be encouraged by increasing the frequency of long-distance rail connections and expanding night train services, she said.

Baerbock praised the French government’s decision last year to order Air France to drop all domestic flights on routes that could be traveled by train in less than 2 1/2 hours as a condition for a multibillion-euro bailout during the pandemic.

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Biden reminisces about his frequent rail travel in marking Amtrak anniversary, touting infrastructure plans – The Washington Post

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8 Great Bike Rail Trails We Recommend

Bicycle riders cross a bridge over the Youghiogheny River on the Great Allegheny Passage trail

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Great Allegheny Passage trail

It turns out that the same things that make for a good train route — gentle grades and access to town centers — are perfect for a bike ride, too. So when train companies began to abandon rail lines about 50 years ago, communities and states saw an unprecedented opportunity to convert them to trails.

Today, the nation’s 2,100 rail trails range in length from a few miles to several hundred, and usually have bike-friendly restaurants and stores along the way.

These are eight wonderful trails for an easy-riding day trip or, in some cases, a multiday cycling adventure. (Find more on the TrailLink website operated by the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.)

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50 Ways To Use Your Rail Pass

Remember the free Rail Pass?

Well, I just discovered mine does a great job propping up a table with a wobbly leg.

I can’t, however, say it has been so successful at providing free trips for people, considering it expires tomorrow and only 30% of free journeys were used.

When it was first unveiled, the 12 free ticket pass held the promise of local tourism, trips to the seaside for tiny grey shrimp, and a jaunt to the Ardennes.

It was an incredibly appealing offer, in principle, even when the start date was delayed to 5 October 2020.

However, as one reader put it, “there was no reason to go anywhere as we’ve been in semi lockdown since November.”

That simple fact makes this whole thing feel less like a bonus, and more like the vaguely teasing emails I get from airlines encouraging me to book a summer holiday.

“Look what you could do if the world weren’t on fire.”

There’s been no official line on what will happen, or if the scheme will be extended, so I guess we wait and see what happens to the passes we haven’t used.

For now, however, great potential for holding up a table. Seriously.

Have you managed to use your pass (for a trip or otherwise?) Let @johnstonjules (me) know on Twitter.

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Belgium’s Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) has approved a second coronavirus rapid test that can soon be sold as a self-test.

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The coronavirus vaccine produced by the AstraZeneca pharmaceutical company is now called Vaxzevria, the Swedish medicine agency Läkemedelsverket announced based on data from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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6. Phone data investigations: Belgian law could be hanging by a thread

Police, security services and other investigators will be pacing the floor in the coming month anticipating a judgement by the Constitutional Court that could, they say, undermine one of the major tools of modern crime-fighting.

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7. Brad Pitt spotted in Brussels

Brad Pitt arrived in Brussels by private jet on Monday afternoon, according to reports from local media.

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The Brussels Times

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