Day: May 20, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown leaves international tourists stranded in Australia

Sonia Alvarez’s first trip overseas hasn’t gone to plan. The 58-year-old nurse from Colombia travelled to Sydney with her daughter Camila Cardona and her son-in-law Ricardo Stoltze on March 16 for a three-week holiday. But it has turned into a two-month-long stay after the borders in Colombia closed and their flights were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We were here for a happy vacation, everything was organised but now it’s an anxious situation,” Ms Alvarez said. The Colombian trio are not the only tourists stranded in Australia due to restricted international travel. According to the Department of Home...

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Maniesh Paul calls himself a ‘greedy artist’

Television host and actor Maniesh Paul calls himself a “greedy artist” as he cannot choose between hosting and doing films. “I call myself a greedy artist, so I can’t choose one. I can’t say that I only want to do films or I only want to host television,” Maniesh told IANS. He says entertaining people is the main thing for him. “Whatever comes to me I want to entertain people. That’s the main thing for me. Be it hosting, be it films or my short films. Whatever the medium, the main thing is that the entertainment should go to...

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Some airlines start to accept bookings for June onwards travel

The COVID-19 battered airline industry has started accepting ticket bookings for the travel period starting June 1, sources said on Tuesday. According to industry insiders, many airlines barring Air India amongst others have loaded their ticket itineraries on online booking platforms. Besides immediate financial relief the move also allows the airlines to keep their staff and aircraft ready for the eventual re-start of domestic operations. However, there is no government backing to the move, since the current 4th phase of lockdown has no provisions to re-start air travel. While the current and more relaxed lockdown 4.0 has given relaxation...

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