Foreign Tourists Can Now Enter Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur Without Special Permit

first_imgForeign tourists can now visit Mizoram, Nagaland, and Manipur without a special permit, officials said on April 23. People from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan, however, will not be allowed to visit these locations.From April 1, 2018 foreign tourists will be able to visit the three Northeastern states– Mizoram, Nagaland, and Manipur in India without the Protected Area Permit (PAP). It has been halted for five years, reported PTI.Earlier, areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas where foreign tourists were not allowed. Citizens of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China are, however, still not permitted to enter any of the current and previously restricted areas.Until April 1, 2018 foreign tourists were not allowed to enter whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, besides parts of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Some parts of Sikkim fall under the protected area regime while others under the restricted area, as per the report.Even Indian citizens have to apply for an inner line permit to visit the protected states. It is a temporary travel document to enter Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. “A review is underway to lift the PAP from other areas too,” another official was quoted as saying in the report.The government had earlier allowed foreign tourists for a period of one year from Dec. 20, 2010 into Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, subject to some conditions.In other northeastern states such as Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, the home ministry either removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) or diluted it recently. In Meghalaya, the union home ministry removed the AFSPA and in Arunachal Pradesh reduced it to eight police stations.“AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight,” the official said, according to IANS.The Act was extended by another six months earlier in April in three eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh–Tirap, Longding and Changlang–which border Myanmar and specific areas under eight police stations of seven other districts bordering Assam. AFSPA is present in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur (excluding seven assembly constituencies of Imphal) but Assam and Manipur governments have the right to revoke it now.The government was earlier mulling relaxing the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists to promote tourism in these places. “Discussions are on with the state governments to relax the Restricted Area Permit provisions for some areas for foreign tourists,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said earlier. Related Itemsforeign tourists in IndiaTourismlast_img read more

SDCC 2019 Riverdale Cast Spills Details on Core Mystery for Season 4

first_imgStay on target Riverdale left fans with a jaw-dropping Season 3 finale, which implied something terrible was going to happen to Jughead (Cole Sprouse) in the drama’s next chapter.At San Diego Comic-Con, Riverdale’s stars revealed a key update on Season 4: strange “flashbacks” that might show what’s to come for the squad, Entertainment Weekly reported.Lots of excitement for the cast of #Riverdale in Hall H! #SDCC pic.twitter.com/ZQc8QCAaZg— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) July 21, 2019“Season 4 is definitely senior year, high school focused, more about the relationships and those dynamics and obviously the mystery of what we saw at the end of Season 3,” Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica on the show, told Entertainment Weekly in an SDCC interview. “We’re going to be coming back to that, having little flashes throughout to gather more information. Each flashback will tell us a little more.”Maybe Jughead won’t be having the best of luck for Season 4, however, fans might also wonder what will happen to Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica, and how they’re connected to the bigger picture. Reinhart added, “There’s always like 12 mysteries going on.”The Riverdale stars said Season 4 has some interesting reveals ahead, including football, Archie’s real name, and apparently more screen time for Chad Michael Murray. Plus, there will be a very important tribute to Luke Perry, who played Archie’s father Fred Andrews on the show and sadly passed away in March, SYFY Wire noted.In addition to Season 4 updates, Riverdale’s cast showed a hilarious blooper reel at SDCC 2019, which you can watch below.More on Geek.com:SDCC 2019: All of  Marvel Studio’s Major Movie Announcements Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-Men ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more