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India's federal police Tuesday raided local offices of budget carrier AirAsia as investigators accused the airline's boss Tony Fernandes of illegally obtaining operating licences. The Central Bureau of Investigation said it was probing allegations that Fernandes illicitly lobbied Indian officials for favourable treatment of licences for his Malaysian-based carrier. CBI official R.K. Gaur told AFP.youtube.com Officers raided AirAsia offices in major Indian cities as part of its investigation, he added.youtube.com AirAsia denied any wrongdoing and is working with "all regulators and agencies to present the correct facts," Shuva Mandal, director of AirAsia's Indian subsidiary, said in a statement shared with the media. Fernandes was accused by investigators of campaigning to have aviation regulations relaxed in his favour, Press Trust of India news agency reported.


One of these was the so-called 5/20 rule stipulating that companies must have five years of domestic experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft before being eligible to operate abroad. Besides Fernandes, investigators also named an AirAsia director, an aviation consultant and unidentified Indian government officials in its preliminary case, PTI reported.youtube.com AirAsia and its local joint venture partner Tata Sons launched domestic flight operations in India in 2014 by offering eye-catching promotional fares to lure budget travellers. Fernandes, a millionaire ex-music executive, has styled himself as Asia's answer to British tycoon Richard Branson. The company ran into trouble this month when Air Asia India's CEO Amar Abrol stepped down, citing personal reasons. The no-frills airline currently operates flights from its bases in Bengaluru and Delhi to several cities including Goa, Jaipur and Kochi.


Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in a number of water sports on these beaches include jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving and banana boat ride. Apart from beaches, Goa is also popular for its spice plantation. The Sahakari Spice Plantation will remind you what attracted Europeans toward India. This is the largest spice farm in the region and here you can taste the pepper, bath through an elephant shower or bite a Peri-Peri. Who does not want to be pampered while on vacations? The Panjim region houses a large number of historic attractions and this is the place where history comes alive.


The old Goa has been known as the Rome of the East for more than 3 centuries as it is adorned with museums, churches, art galleries, government buildings, convents and bakeries. Moreover, Old Goa has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site! The Wildlife of Goa is more adventurous and exciting than its nightlife. The famous Mollem National Park and the Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary houses endangered species of animals and birds like barking deer, mouse deer, panther, fairy bluebird, paradise flycatcher and similar. You can visit this peaceful sanctuary from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM every day. In the market of Ingo, Shopahloics can literally shop till they drop!


A German named Ingo started this lively market in a leased property. Also known as Saturday Night Bazaar, the eminent Ingo market in Arpora presents a wide array of imported T-shirts, Indian cuisine, potpourri of chunky Jewellery and much more.youtube.com Non-shoppers should not get disheartened as there are a lot of things to indulge in. You can groove to the beats of the music playing around the day! Holidays are all about losing yourself in the beautiful surroundings. If you are an avid history lover, make sure you take out some time and visit the amazing Naval Aviation Museum. This place is adorned with Portuguese-colonial setup and speaks astonishing stories of two worlds. Apart from the above listed places, Goa also boasts of a number of other amazing destinations. So take up the best travel package while planning a trip to Goa and make sure you visit maximum number of destinations that has increased the beauty of the region.


The seasonal festivities are over for another year but the winter lingers on. And, although you may have longed for a white Christmas, the snow and ice are definitely beginning to lose their appeal. A dose of sunshine is long overdue and there's no better way to beat the January blues than by booking your next holiday - ideally to somewhere where rain and snow are a little-known concept. You may have crossed the Red Sea off the list this year following the recent spate of shark attacks in Sharm el-Sheikh. But the newly-built Soma Bay resort is located a safe distance away along the coast, 30 miles south of Hurghada, and guarantees visitors the chance to soak up some sun.


The 10 million square-metre peninsula, which juts out from a mercilessly hot desert into the Red Sea, features five swanky hotels, a spa, a diving centre and a lush golf course.youtube.com The resort enjoys year-round sunshine and, although temperatures drop to around 22C in January, you’ll struggle to spot a cloud in the sky. It’s also a haven for windsurfers, kite surfers and divers. Travel companies saw a surge in searches for holidays to sunny Miami when the snow started to fall in the UK. Florida's famously hedonistic city offers great shopping opportunities, uber-lively nightlife and plenty of opportunities to give your swimsuit an airing. Sunbathe in style at the new Soho Beach House Miami, Nick Jones's third [https://www.goa.biz/goa-beaches/ north goa beaches] American property.


The ocean-front Miami house in the Mid-Beach area is a private members' club and boutique hotel. Guests can relax in its beachside cabanas or dip into its rooftop pool, which overlooks Biscayne Bay. If you want to explore, drive to the Florida Keys for the chance to grab a tan at a more leisurely pace. This former Portuguese colony is a tropical paradise of palm trees and golden sands. The added bonus is that, this being India, your money will go a long way. Plus it’s only a seven-hour flight from Britain, which means it’s as accessible (if not more accessible) than the Caribbean.


The weather is balmy from after the monsoon season in October until April, when things really begin to heat up. Stay at the Park Hyatt Resort and Spa which boasts a prime position on Goa’s best beach, Arossim. Guests can sunbathe on the pristine white sand, take a dip in the warm Arabian Sea or make use of the huge swimming pool that curls its way around the resort, linked by waterfalls and gentle chutes. If sunbathing isn’t your only interest, Goa is a fascinating region and offers plenty of sightseeing opportunities. Plus it's a must for yoga bunnies. People flock here for Ayurvedic treatments alone.youtube.com With seventy kilometres of perfect sandy coastline and 300 days of sunshine a year, the Gold Coast certainly lives up to its name.


This coastal resort city, just south of Brisbane, is synonymous with glitz and gambling, and boasts 24-hour casinos, wild nightlife, designer shops and a host of theme parks. If you can drag yourself away from all the spa treatments and star-spotting, the Gold Coast is an adrenaline addict's dream, with many opportunities for daredevil activities such as parachuting and skydiving, as well as, of course, surfing. The Maldives has long been a favourite with honeymooners and the jet-set. And for good reason - these picture-perfect islands offer the ultimate desert-island getaway. The destination is synonymous with idyllic beaches, luxury spas and fantastic weather, and you can expect temperatures of 30C in January. Make the most of the hot weather at the Soneva Gili eco-resort island, which boasts Swiss Family Robinson-style wooden villas, in which everything except the bedroom is open to the elements. Most people come to relax, but the islands also offer fishing and snorkelling trips.youtube.com And they have their fair share of world-class dive sites, including Victory Wreck, Guraidhoo Corner and Banana Reef. Alternatively, live your Robinson Crusoe dreams with a chartered boat and a sense of adventure.


It's not just Punjab. Next year, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also looks set to fight state elections in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and even Uttar Pradesh. Officially, the party talks only about Punjab and says its top panel will decide on other states in due course, but preparations to be battle-ready are in full swing. After sweeping Delhi 11 months ago, its showing in these states would indicate whether the party, born out of an anti-corruption movement in 2012, has what it takes to spread.youtube.com Share Senior party leader Sanjay Singh told Mail Today that right now the entire focus was on Punjab.


"As for other states, our political affairs committee (PAC) will assess the party’s organisational strength and political situation, and take decisions at an appropriate time," he said. Senior leader Kumar Vishwas has started ‘laying the ground’ for AAP in Uttarakhand, where it is likely to contest all 70 seats. He is already talking of AAP’s victory. "Delhi saw a big political change; Uttarakhand can also prepare itself for such a change," Vishwas told party workers during his recent visit to the hill state. Again leaving the call to contest to the PAC, Singh said: "We’re working hard in Uttarakhand with state in-charge Vivek Yadav. Like Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh is also a two-party state, something that may get AAP a head-start.