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Travelling should be fun, no matter whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you need to make the most out of your trip and to have as few complications as possible.

Dress conservatively and try to blend in.

Take care when choosing your hotel and transportation providers.

Don’t draw attention to yourself, avoid wearing flashy jewelry and don’t display large amounts of cash.

Carry only enough cash to make it through the day and leave the rest in the hotel’s safe.

Avoid traveling alone. Be careful about sharing your traveling plans with strangers.

Stick to the main roads and avoid taking shortcuts down narrow alleys and/or poorly lit streets.

Always be aware of what is going on around you.

Be very careful if you are asked to sell or part with your personal items. Many countries have restrictions on items foreigners can sell or give away and you can get into serious trouble for violating those laws.

Never accept gifts or packages from unknown parties.

Don’t accept items from locals to carry out of the country and deliver or mail to someone they know.

Know the laws about exchanging money. Only use official exchange facilities since this is another area that can get you into trouble fast.

How can I avoid being the victim of a pickpocket?

* Don’t travel in narrow alleys or poorly lit streets.
* When possible, avoid having crowds of people surrounding you.
* Carry a dummy wallet and put your money in your front pocket.
* Place a rubber band around your wallet, it will make it much more difficult to remove from your pocket without your knowledge.
* Carry your purse under your arm.
* Carry your money under your clothes.

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Houston-to-Dallas bullet train given green light from feds, company says

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Houston-Houston is one step closer to having the first high-speed railroad system in the United States after two history-making accomplishments for the Texas Central Railroad project.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration released Monday the final Rule of Particular Applicability and the Record of Decision for Texas Central Railroad.

In other words, the government has approved a set of regulations intended to keep bullet train passengers, operators and the environment safe.

These documents collectively outline rules for the system’s signal and trainset control, track, rolling stock, operating rules and practice, system qualifications and maintenance. It also sets the alignment that the Texas Central Railroad will follow between Dallas and Houston.

“This is the moment we have been working towards,” CEO Carlos Aguilar of Texas Central Railroad said. “The release of the final RPA and ROD by the Federal Railroad Administration represents years of work by countless individuals, affirming a very thorough and careful federal regulatory process that will make the Texas Central Railroad the first high-speed rail system to be implemented in the United States.”

The new set of guidelines are more strict than current regulations on U.S. railroad operations, according to officials, who took a page from the Japanese model for high-speed rail road systems.

The Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen system has been in operation for more than 55 years and is praised worldwide for its engineering and safety. The Japanese high-speed rail system reportedly has had zero operational passenger fatalities and zero accidents to date.

The project is expected to bring new employment opportunities for Houstonians as Texas Central recruits construction contractors, subcontractors and other employees. The plan includes a minority, women and small business enterprises program.

“Today’s announcement from Texas Central means that this landmark project is closer than ever to breaking ground. The construction of high-speed rail will have a generational impact, creating thousands of jobs right here in Houston and injecting billions of dollars into our local businesses,” Mayor Turner said in a statement.

The rail system will also give passengers a traffic-free route to busy areas like the Galleria, Texas Medical Center, Energy Corridor and downtown. And of course, quick transportation to Dallas.

Texas Central Railroad is expected to build a main passenger station somewhere south of U.S. 290, west of Loop 610 and north of Interstate 10.

“While we expect the project to boost the region’s economic and employment outlook, the City also looks forward to the day when passengers can board the first high-speed train to enjoy a more efficient and modern mode of transportation between Houston and Dallas,” Turner said.

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ട്രാഫിക് നിയമലംഘനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് പിഴ ഒടുക്കാന്‍ ഇ – ചെല്ലാന്‍ സംവിധാനവുമായി പൊലീസ്

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തിരുവനന്തപുരം:  ട്രാഫിക് നിയമലംഘനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് പിഴ ഒടുക്കാന്‍ ഇ – ചെല്ലാന്‍ സംവിധാവുമായി കേരളാ പൊലീസ്. വാഹനം പരിശോധിച്ച് നാഷണല്‍ വെഹിക്കിള്‍ ഡേറ്റാബേസുമായി (പരിവാഹന്‍) ബന്ധപ്പെടുത്തി ഇ -ചെല്ലാന്‍ പിഒഎസ് ഡിവൈസ് വഴി പിഴ നല്‍കുന്നതിനുള്ള സംവിധാനമാണ് ഒരുക്കുന്നത്. വാഹനത്തിന്റെ / ലൈസന്‍സിയുടെ മുന്‍കാല പിഴ പരിശോധിച്ചറിയുവാനും തത്സമയം തന്നെ ക്രെഡിറ്റ് / ഡെബിറ്റ് കാര്‍ഡ് / ഇന്റര്‍നെറ്റ് ബാംങ്കിംഗ് / കാഷ് പേയ്മെന്റ് വഴി പിഴ അടയ്ക്കുന്നതിനുമുള്ള സംവിധാനമാണ് ഒരുക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്.

ഇ – ചെല്ലാന്‍ സംവിധാനത്തിന് ഈമാസം 22ന് തുടക്കമാകും. പ്രാരംഭഘട്ടത്തില്‍ തിരുവനന്തപുരം, കൊല്ലം കൊച്ചി, തൃശൂര്‍, കോഴിക്കോട് എന്നീ അഞ്ച് പ്രധാന നഗരങ്ങളിലാണ് ഈ പദ്ധതി നിലവില്‍ വരിക.

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