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  1. Of all the first reported cases, 27% had travel links to Italy, while 22% had been to China and 11% had travelled from Iran
  2. Starting this week, most of us will be going back to life as we knew it before the COVID-19 era. This, despite the fact that almost for a week now, India has been getting just under 10,000 cases daily, and that India now has the 5th highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the world. © Reuters Clearly, a lot of us feel that this is actually not the right time to lift the lockdown, and are anxious as we resume our ânormalâ lives. With that being said, it is also true that staying perpetually in a lockdown is certainly not the solution, especially given the fact that we have been under a lockdown now for almost 3 months. © Reuters A few countries, on the other hand, are declaring themselves to be COVID free. New Zealand, and Germany have really shown the world how to deal with a pandemic, with no new cases having been registered in the last week. New Zealand, in fact, has zero active cases now, which means that they are the first country to properly beat the novel coronavirus, and eradicate it from the country. © Reuters Clearly, we need to take some important lessons from them on public health. 1. Respecting Our Doctors & Paying Heed To Their Advice © BCCL The manner in which we stood in solidarity with the people at the frontline of fighting the pandemic was really commendable. However, we really failed our doctors and corona warriors in every other way. Heck, there were instances when people attacked health care workers who were testing people going door to door in certain areas. Furthermore, most of us have blatantly ignored what our health workers have advised us to do. 2. Lockdown Means An Actual Lockdown © Reuters If you come to think of it, the Lockdown, much like the legal system in India, was there only on papers. No matter how âstringentâ the lockdown was, in almost every neighbourhood, people were still going out for evening walks or stepping out of their homes unnecessarily. We never really had a properly implemented lockdown. New Zealand on the other hand, did implement a strict, 7-week lockdown, where everything, barring essential services were shut. 3. Social Distancing Means Something © ANI We know that in a densely populated country like ours, social distancing isnât easy. However, some basic things such as wearing a mask, or covering your face when youâre stepping out, is. Heck, we have seen n number of people wearing a mask just to cover their lips and leaving their nostrils exposed. And do not even get us started the number of incidents when some political leader took out a rally for XYZ reason and gathered people by the hundreds. This is further aggravated by the VIP culture that we have, where even a basic celebrity feels that they do not have to abide by the certain rules that have been set by common sense. 4. Investing In The Public Healthcare System © Reuters The current scenario in the National Capital, and for that matter, almost all of the country shows that we need to invest in our public healthcare system. And we do not mean that we need more doctors. We need more hospital beds and essential equipment, like ventilators. Furthermore, we need to have a healthcare system that is penetrative and has a far better reach. © Reuters Then, there was the entire fiasco that the migrant labourers had to go through. As commendable as it was, it shouldnât have to come to an actor to provide buses to take labourers back to their homes, especially, when we had the data on migrant workers. 5. Staying Cautious After The Fact © Reuters Even though New Zealand has zero active cases, and are going back to their normal lives this week, the people are conscious. In spite of the fact that they havenât had a positive test since the end of February, they are keeping their borders restricted, and arenât allowing unnecessary flights into the country. Even though restaurants, public transport, and a number of hospitality services are resuming, people are conscious and careful of what their responsibilities are. 6. Basic Cleanliness, And Not Littering © Reuters And finally, a sense of basic cleanliness has to be instilled. And we donât mean that we need more toilets, and better cleanliness initiatives, we already have a ton of that. What we really need is an intrinsic change. There are a ton of daft people, in villages as well as cities, who do not wash their hands properly after using the loo, (you know who you are, imbecile). Then there is the fascination that a lot of men have with creating red coloured graffitis on clean walls. As we start getting on with our lives, we need to be very cautious now, more than we have been. But if we keep our wits, we might just come out of this better. View the full article
  3. The relentless effort of the Indian government to bring back the Indian citizens from abroad continues to be in full swing. Being considered one of the largest expatriation exercises run by any country, India has been at the forefront of the rescue mission of thousands of Indians stranded across different countries amid the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus. So far, India has managed to bring back 6037 stranded citizens from 12 foreign countries in the last five days under the Vande Bharat Mission, according to reports. Thatâs a phenomenal feat, considering the testing time all of us are collectively going through. © IndiainChicago Twitter However, the passengers on these special repatriation flights run by the national carrier have to pay their own fares and register with Indian high commissions or embassies or on specified government websites before they are picked up for the return journey home. Following the strict COVID-19 rules, all the returnees have to go through mandatory screening and even testing at some locations before they are cleared for the flights. They also have to go through mandatory quarantine at their own cost in facilities designated by the government upon their return. View the full article
  4. With over $13 billion in pharmaceutical exports annually, itâs no surprise that India, being Asiaâs biggest medicine manufacturer, has played a key role in helping the global community during the virus - one that even the UN representatives have deemed worthy of a âsaluteâ. As one of the worldâs main manufacturers of Hydroxychloroquine - a drug with anti-COVID 19 potential thatâs currently being tested on 1,500 patients in New York - Indiaâs recent decision to lift export bans might just help save thousands of lives across the globe as we have initiated the delivery of medical payloads to 55 countries from the worldâs richest to some of the most disadvantaged. © Reuters Here are some of the major efforts India has made to help strengthen international bonds during the medical crisis. 1. United States © Reuters Just barely a month after President Trumpâs visit to India, the United States has suffered from one of the worst crises to ever hit its shores, with over 41,000 casualties and counting as hospitals struggle to keep up with the inflow of Coronavirus patients. Thankfully for the US, Trumpâs ironclad relationship with Prime Minister Modi has paid off - with negotiations resulting in the aforementioned release of Hydroxychloroquine. In the first week of April, the US sanctioned a deal with India to the tune of over 29 million units of the drug to help combat its COVID-19 woes. 2. Seychelles © Reuters With 11 confirmed cases and two released patients, thereâs certainly trouble in paradise for the tiny island nation, who received its first cases from Italian and Dutch travellers back in March. The countryâs economy heavily relies on tourism, resulting in tough times for the local government, who began their own 21-day travel lockdown last week. As of 15th April, India has delivered an Air India freight carrying four tonnes of medical supplies and potentially lifesaving equipment to Seychellesâ Victoria Airport. President Danny Faure responded in earnest, saying âOur relationship is based on a profound understanding and appreciation of each other's concerns. Seychelles and India are friends and partners, standing together to face common challenges. This exceptional mark of goodwill represents the value ascribed to this close friendship.â PM Modi also expressed his good faith in a follow-up tweet. 3. South Africa © Reuters Africa as a whole has been hit with over 10,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and the numbers are only expected to rise in the face of poor infrastructure and equipment levels. Speaking to The Financial Express, Prof. Ajay Dubey, Chair for the Centre for African Studies, JNU, says âUnder Coronavirus Crisis (CVC) African countries eagerly look towards their friendly countries including India. India has been a major exporter of pharmaceutical products in Africa, especially in the Eastern African region. Besides this, India also supports African countries in the health sector through its various projects under India Africa Forum Summits (IAFS). The telemedicine project of India is spread in different parts of the African continent.â India has decided to champion this cause by committing to large relief efforts across the continent, with a particular focus on long term ally South Africa. In a recent tweet, PM Modi shared Indiaâs intent to help assist the 55 member countries of the African Union with medical supplies on 17th April. This came up post-discussion with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, after which PM Modi called the Union a âlong-standing friendâ. 4. Bhutan © Reuters Timed almost perfectly alongside Indiaâs lockdown extension announcement, Bhutan has followed in Indiaâs footsteps by lengthening its lockdown period. With no deaths reported yet and only 5 confirmed cases, itâs still very early in Bhutanâs fight against the virus. However, Indiaâs neighbour has shown incredible quick-thinking and responsiveness by introducing quarantine zones and sanitisers in every village - the former made out of renewable materials such as bamboo. PM Modi praised these initiatives in a recent tweet after reaching out to Bhutan PM Dr Lotay Tshering - who has expressed his thanks and regards. India has placed Bhutan on the fast track for its Coronavirus medical aid efforts - it will be one of the first 13 countries to receive emergency medical supplies from us. 5. Serbia © Wikimedia A key player and valued EU member, Serbia has been hit fairly hard by the virus, with over 6,000 cases and 120+ deaths so far. Through the EUâs sponsorship, the Balkan nation secured a deal with India for much-needed medical supplies to the tune of 90 tonne worth of protective gear - although social media rose in protest against what they felt was an unnecessary diversion of critical resources. Speaking to Mint, ambassador Vladimir Maric dismissed these claims, explaining that most of the shipment was for medical gloves, of which India has plenty. âTrue friends stand together during difficult times and we are grateful to the government of India for facilitating this shipment from the administrative side. We also hope to benefit from vast Indian expertise in medicine and pharmacology in our common fight against COVID-19," Maric said. With more countries joining the fold, itâs a proud feeling to see India take up the lead in Asian relief efforts - strengthening both cross-border relationships and political clout. View the full article
  5. The initiative will "provide north of $20 billion of immediate liquidity" for poor countries to use "for their health system"
  6. 'The last thing any country needs is to open schools and businesses only to be forced to close them again because of a resurgence'
  7. World Bank, IMF say suspending debt payments would provide 'a global sense of relief for developing countries'
  8. Coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 4,000 lives and left over 120,000 infected
  9. This unprecedented outbreak is a wake-up call to join hands in finding a cure
  10. WHO chief said the WHO had received complete case report forms for only 38 percent of the cases outside China
  11. Diwali isn't like any other festival that Indians celebrate. Unlike the others that are celebrated only by respective communities, Diwali seems more like a celebration everyone is excited to participate in regardless of who they are, where they are and other similar factors some might consider of importance. Now, because Diwali happens to be so popular with the masses, the festival is celebrated with equal fervour even outside the country. Be it special Diwali fairs, to lighting up prominent buildings or dance fests, major countries around the world went all out to celebrate Diwali. Here are our top 5 picks of how Diwali was celebrated outside the country. 1. The United States Of America The US is home to millions of Indians who now call this place their homeland. However, regardless of their feelings of belonging, Indians as well as Americans in the US celebrate the festival of lights with a lot of warmth and zeal. Seen here, US President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali in the White House with Indian American staff, and sent his best wishes to everybody who were celebrating the festival. Even the iconic Empire State Building lit up in orange hues on the occasion of Diwali. What better way to celebrate #Diwali—the festival of lights-than with some lights of our own! Together with @FIANYNJCTorg, we'll be shining in orange tonight to celebrate. #MyDiwaliESBPhoto ð·: brunoboni/IG pic.twitter.com/gX1PE3ugg8 — Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) October 26, 2019 2. England The United Kingdom is known for its sizeable Indian diaspora. So, keeping up with the demands of the festival, the country lights up to celebrate with fellow Indians on its land. The city of Leicester is known to hold one of the largest Diwali celebrations outside India, where their annual festival 'Diwali Lights Switch On' is highly popular. View this post on Instagram . City of heart! City of culture! This is Leicester - My Leicester ð . #thisisleicester #myleicester #Leicester #Leicestershire #leicestermercury #leicestercity #throwback #diwaliinuk #belgraveroad #goldenmile #lights #cityatnight #nightscape #nightphotography #nightbeforediwali #decoration #lights #nightphotos #topshot #quietnight #moodygrams #Nikon #d3s #photography #instagram #instadaily #igersuk A post shared by YσgιÑα PαÑνιη ÑαυÑ ð (@rautyogita) on Nov 3, 2016 at 5:28pm PDT Look at the all decked-up Wheel of Light at Leicester. View this post on Instagram The wheel of lights at Leicester !! Diwali celebrations !! #leicester #leicestercity #uk #unitedkingdom #nightphotography #diwali #diwali2019 #diwaliinuk #diwalimela #diwalimela2019 #wheeloflight #wheeloflights #lights #festivaloflights #indianfestival #festiveseason #festival #celebration #phonephotography A post shared by Balaji Kannan (@kpvbalaji) on Oct 21, 2019 at 2:18pm PDT Also, the Diwali celebrations in London which happens annually at Trafalgar Square in London on 3rd November is very popular with the people. © london.gov.uk 3. United Arab Emirates UAE's most popular emirate Dubai is known for all things larger than life, so how could the city let the festival of Diwali go by unnoticed? On the occasion of Diwali, Dubai saw city-wide celebrations which included fireworks, performances by Bollywood icons, festive markets, and an exclusive debut show called Haathi's Garden. 4. Malaysia Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, also known as Little India had a stellar show of lights and fireworks on the occasion of Diwali. With the entire street dressed in twinkling lights, and an incredible show of fireworks that bought the entire place to a standstill was surely the highlight. View this post on Instagram Happy Diwali ð¥ð¥ð¥ A post shared by Jarell Kumar (@jarellkumar) on Oct 26, 2019 at 9:48am PDT 5. Australia Another country that pretty much doubles up as the home turf for a ton of Indians, also saw a remarkable Diwali celebration. The Melbourne Diwali Festival fireworks were surely mesmerizing. View the full article
  12. The International Space Station, as we all know, is currently the only fully functional space station in the Earth's lower orbit. It's the result of a partnership between European countries represented by the European Space Agency the United States, Japan, Canada, and Russia. Well, looks like there's going to be another space station by the year 2030 and it's going to be launched by none other than India. The same has been confirmed by the ISRO chief K Sivan during a press conference where he also talked a bit more about the project. © Reuters He made it a point to inform that India will not be joining the International Space Station (ISS) and launch its own space station, which will be an extension of the Gaganyaan project. “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme. So, subsequently, as a long-term plan, we are planning to have the space station in India. We are going to join the international community in manned missions to the moon, asteroids. We have a clear plan for the space programme,” Sivan said. The proposed space station will likely weigh 20 tonnes and it's said to be used for conducting microgravity experiments. India is targetting 2030 as the date to launch the space station and the preliminary plan is for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for up to 15-20 days in space. We still don't have a lot of details, but we hope to learn more after the completion of Gaganyaan mission. © Reuters As for the Gaganyaan mission, the government is said to have cleared a budget of Rs. 10,000 crore. It looks like there will be two flights from Sriharikota before the maiden flight with crew takes of sometime in 2022. ISRO's complete focus right now is on India's second moon mission, Chandrayan -2. It will take off on July 15 and will attempt to land near the South Pole of the Moon, which has remained an uncharted territory so far. You can learn more about the Chandrayan-2 mission right here.
  13. The recent Ethiopian Airlines crash has once again put the Boeing MAX 8 aircraft in the spotlight. Just five months ago, another MAX 8 being operated by Lion Air crashed, taking the total toll to 346. Aviation is statistically the safest mode of transport, and two crashes within such a short period are alarming. Following the crash, more than 40 countries have grounded the aircraft until further investigations are carried out and changes are made. India's DGCA has also grounded the aircraft and currently Spicejet and Jet Airways operate the plane. With more than 400 aircrafts on order from Indian carriers, the MAX 8 plays a pivotal role in boosting India's aviation market. © Utkarsh Thakkar / @vimanspotter Boeing's MAX series is the successor of 737 Next Generation family (737-700/800/900), and the company is relying on it to churn out profits. Even Boeing has been making aircraft for decades, and its expertise is often unmatched. So, the only question that arises is, how can a modern airliner be this unsafe? The MAX series was Boeing's response to Airbus's A320 NEO family. NEO stands for New Engine Option and while the fuselage remains unchanged, the engines are completely revamped to offer better-operating efficiency. Regional airlines worldwide require planes that are cheaper to operate, especially when aviation fuel is extremely dynamic globally. To compete with the NEO, Boeing started the MAX series and offered up to 14 percent more efficient engines along with increased cabin comfort. But, this came with a small challenge. © Boeing The Ethiopian crash investigation will take months to conclude, but initial data suggest striking similarity between the two crashes. The preliminary report on Lion Air crash is out, and we'll be relying on it to understand MAX 8's major flaw. The MAX 8 is powered by CFM's Leap 1B engines and they are significantly bigger than the previous CFM 56 engines (used in the 737 NG). Adding to this, the 737 was designed decades back and has an exceedingly low ground clearance when compared to the A320. To perfectly fit the new heavier and bigger engines, Boeing had to make minor changes in the design ranging from lengthening the landing gear to moving the engine slightly forward. © Aviation International News It was found that the bigger engine meant the plane handled certain situations differently and there was also a slight shift in the centre of gravity. The relocation and new engine design created an upward movement, nudging the plane's nose upwards. If the nose is lifted sharply, the plane will continue gaining altitude and could also stall mid-air. A stall is when an aeroplane cannot generate enough lift to continue flying. To compensate this upward movement, Boeing added a new system called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) that prevented the plane from raising its noise to extreme levels. The system would automatically adjust the horizontal stabilizer and bring down the nose. To make these adjustments, MCAS relies on data from the Angle of Attack sensors. © Wikimedia (AoA sensor for reference) These sensors are located on the nose of the aircraft and calculate the angle at which the plane is climbing or descending in comparison to the oncoming air. In the case of Lion Air, faulty sensors triggered the MCAS and automatically the system tried to bring the nose down. According to the flight data recorder, automated MCAS repeatedly pushed the plane's nose down following take-off. The most surprising part of the MCAS though is Boeing hasn't mentioned the addition of this system during pilot training or manuals. This meant the pilot were unaware that a programmed system is trying to bring down the nose. Even if the pilots tried to takeover manual controls, MCAS cannot be simply stopped by moving the yoke. They need to manually trim the aircraft to gain control, but how will they know this procedure when the existence of MCAS is unknown to them? © Reuters The Lion Air pilot had more than 5,000 hours of experience and the Ethiopian pilot had more than 8,000 hours. Preliminary reports do not point towards any kind of crew error. Reports say pilots have in the past complained about a similar nose-down anomaly in FAA's database (US regulator) as well. Following the Lion Air crash, Boeing issued a bulletin to airlines operating the 737 MAX 8 advising pilots how to override the MCAS system. This week, the plane maker also announced it's working on a long-term plan to rejig the system and update shall be applied in the coming months. © Reuters We'll have to wait for the Ethiopian crash report to clear the air whether it was the same MCAS issue that caused the incident, or are there any other flaws in the airliner. Boeing has described the MAX series as its fastest-selling family of planes, with more than 5,000 orders placed to date from about 100 customers. The last time an aircraft suffered successive fatal incidents was the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in the 70s. With inputs from preliminary report of Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee and FlightRadar24
  14. Some people wait for movies or series to release, people like me wait for food to be delivered, some have been waiting for 'achhe din', and then there are iPhone lovers whose sole purpose in life is to wait for the next iPhone model to drop in the market. There has always been some kind of infectious air around iPhones that draws people towards it. Seriously, who doesn't dream of taking out an iPhone to click selfies or just casually check the time? Despite getting a tough competition from companies that are offering more features at a considerably lower price, Apple continues to rule the market and every buyer's heart irrespective of its cost. Pexels Talking about its price, affordability has always been a matter of concern and funny memes. In India, the basic model of iPhone X is priced between Rs 89,000 and Rs 1,02,000 and unless you earn so and so lakhs per month, you will have to work for a couple of months to purchase one. But, thanks to a Swiss financial company named UBS and their interesting research, we now know that we need to move to Zurich or New York soon because it takes less than a week to own an iPhone there. UBS This research was to find out the cost of living and average salaries of people, and that's how we came to know how many days one has to work to own an iPhone, across the world. Here's the complete list - Zurich (4.7 working days), New York (6.7 Working Days), Auckland (8.6), Hong Kong (9.4), Munich (10.1) London (11.3), Helsinki (11.8), Tel Aviv (12.7), Dubai (13.4), Panama City (18.7), Johannesburg (36.4 Working Days), Moscow (37.3 Working Days), Beijing (39.3), Lima (48.2), Nairobi (72.2), Lagos (133.3). While Zurich tops the list with 4.7 working days, India is nowhere to be seen. So folks, let's go back to laughing at the "iPhone = cost of a kidney" jokes while calculating how many decades it will take us to own one. Source: Times Now
  15. US Defense Secretary James Mattis. Photo: ReutersUS Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday spoke in support of waivers for sanctions being imposed against nations buying military gear from Russia.The move comes amid concerns that imposing...
  16. We often complain about not having enough speed on 4G smartphones, however, have you ever wondered if we never had access to it at all? Cuba, a hardened communist community never allowed access to mobile internet, and has finally started to roll it out to its citizens. © Pexels It's a huge step for the little Caribbean island country that has a population of 11.5 million people. The national telecom firm, ETECSA plans to roll out access to the service by the end of 2018. At least half of the country's population will get access to mobile internet before the end of the year. Before the eventual rollout, it is prudent to point out that most of Cuba's citizens relied on a local service called “El Paquete Semanal” (the Weekly Package) to receive world news. Citizens would also resort to YouTube videos, smartphone apps and pirated movies through data traffickers that would cost money every week. © Youtube Cuba has always restricted access to the internet services and Reuters reports that until 2013, one could only get online by visiting select hotels. The connectivity would always be slow and cost $2 an hour. As of now, there are nearly 400 government run Wi-Fi hotspots available for citizens as well as cybercafes. In the past, Cubans have been able to gain access to the internet for their homes, however, even they are being asked to wait. © Pexels But not everything is rosy, as Cuba only has 3G mobile internet available as of now, which means that Cubans will not have access to the high-speed mobile internet like we get here in India. Data packages also cost a lot in Cuba as embassies reportedly pay $45 a month for 4G of data. That is an extremely high tariff considering the average state monthly wage is $30. When compared to India, some of the lowest tariff rates in the world are offered for 4G internet plans, where companies like Jio have been able to disrupt the market. It is expected that as mobile internet is made readily available for Cuba's citizens, prices are expected to drop soon. Source: Reuters
  17. The seventh-most populous country is also one of the youngest in the world, with the majority of citizens under the age of 22. Photo: AFP Pakistan ranks number 22 among the list of the world's 25 most powerful countries.In a report published...
  18. No matter where you go on a vacation, it usually means to let loose and have a great time. Wherever you head, that place is supposed to make you feel safe, since you're stepping away from your comfort zone and into an alien space altogether. But, there are some fabulous tourist attractions around the globe, that unfortunately, are a threat to the tourist population of the world and India happens to be one of them! © Pinterest Yes, it's an unfortunate piece of information that we received through a recent Reddit thread and we couldn't be more heartbroken. But we're not alone in this absolutely disheartening revelation, as there are other countries that tourists don't want to go back to, because of certain issues they faced. Here Are The 10 Most Dreaded Countries For Tourists: (1) India © Twitter So, begging is a bigger issue faced by the tourists here than anything else. It was not corruption nor any kind of sexual violence, but the begging industry that changed one tourist's opinion about the country, for it to be listed in the Reddit thread! "In India I gave food to a small girl. When we left the restaurant I witnessed a gang of men attack, beat and then take the bread from her. I felt, and still do feel pretty shitty about that. That's why the host told me to give her leftovers, not an untouched meal I bought. Because chances are much higher that they would let her keep it if it were leftovers. It was off the plate about midway through the meal. I'd consider that leftovers. Even I have the tact not to hand out whole meals to people in the streets like that. But apparently, I was not cognizant enough of just how bad it was." And obviously, an Indian came to the rescue to validate the foreigner's point further. "Yes I am Indian and we have the same problem. One day a little boy asked me for money I asked him if he would instead eat something. His eyes lit up. Since that day if I saw that little boy in that area I would pay a local place for his meal and leave him there. He knew roughly what time I get back from office so sometimes he would wait for me. It's been a year or a year and a half since I saw him last. Sometimes I just look around to see if he is around. I think he would be 10-11 now. May the gangs moved him to some other area or put him in some other business." Here's another one. Jesus, we're doomed! "The oppressive climate, abject poverty, constant crowds and absolute lack of hygiene and cleanliness standards prevent me from wanting to go back there willingly." (2) Honduras © Pinterest The tourists usually talk about a lot of crime that takes place there and even though it's an exotic South American Island, the crime rate keeps the tourists off bounds. "A cousin had her quince before it turned it to the most (if not one of the most) crime-ridden country (excluding extremist actions) in the world. My cousin once saw a man shooting at an abandoned building for no reason in San Pedro Sula (Honduran equivalent of NY) and the police didn't do anything about it. "A friend of mine and his dad went to Honduras sometime in 2015. He says that he saw a poor man getting beaten by the police for trying to steal a piece of fruit." Ouch!! (3) Egypt © Pinterest Apparently, the Egyptians have a terrible code of conduct. I mean, they just don't know how to behave. "A friend of mine went to Egypt and told us that people tried to trade goats for his sister." Seriously? "Glad I saw the historic sites, would never want to deal with the people again." Well, duh. If you're gunning after women tourists, in exchange for goats, people will freak out a bit. "They are rude, ignorant and have no sense of decency. I met maybe one or two nice Egyptians whilst I was there. They will try to steal, cheat or con you out of your money at any chance they can get, constantly shout racist, sexist and vulgar things at you as you pass them by, regardless of the location and regardless of what you're currently doing. God forbid you go there and are female; I cannot count the times that an Egyptian came up to someone I knew and groped, inappropriately hit on, or screamed abuses at if they didn't give them what they wanted. I watched a group of men, probably in their forties, make sexual advances on a 12-year-old girl." (4) Bahamas © Pinterest Can you imagine a place like the Bahamas, being a tourist threat? Whatever happened to "Aruba, Jamaica, oh I want to take you to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama"? Well, apparently the locals despise tourists in the Bahamas (xenophobia much?), which is actually quite counterproductive since their economy runs on tourism. Well, most of it does. "I really did not like the Bahamas. Beautiful place, but the vibe I got from the locals was very much 'if it weren't for your tourist dollars we'd rather you weren't here at all.' Everybody had their hand out for a tip. Everybody was working an angle. Everybody looked like they hated to have to deal with tourists.". (5) Philippines © Twitter Well, apart from the begging mafia, *** trade is quite prevalent in the Philippines. It's tragic really. "I found the people to be very nice but there is a lot of poverty which means people do whatever they can to get by. A factory worker puts in 8-12 hours of work and makes what a person in the US would make in 1-2 hours at minimum wage. The *** trade is very prevalent; many "joiners" (prostitutes) are barely legal farm girls who were sent by their parents to sell themselves to make money for the family. It is incredibly sad". (6) Iran © Pinterest This guy faced some grave political unrest. V for Vendetta? "I wish I never went there. It was my first year there and by chance, it was the time of presidential elections or something. There were people marching like zombies with the 'V' Sign rebelling the decision. Bullets, riots, fire and so much violence. It was like an aftermath of a Sci-Fi movie scene. HORRIBLE." (7) Brazil © YouTube I reckon the only good thing going for Brazil right now, is football. Don't you think? This one is savage AF. "Had to live there 6+ months because of my job. You don't want to work with Brazilians, you're f*cked if you have to. Everything is expensive even if you have a stronger currency. Crime, corruption, and violence is widespread, there's no safe place there. There's poverty and it's dirty all around. People are lazy, stupid, loud. Nothing works, it's hot as f*ck. The only positive thing is the prostitution. You can nail amazing looking women hourly for only 50/75 bucks. General women (not hookers) will also hit on you nonstop if you're white, not fat, American/Canadian or from a rich European country. Rio de Janeiro is a shit hole too, even worse than Sao Paolo. I can't imagine how they made it to hosting the Olympics. Even with the p*ssy easy, never again Brazil." (8) Jamaica © YouTube Wait a minute, someone tried to sell this guy weed, THE ENTIRE TIME! I mean, really, that upsets you? Well... "Went with a friend on a cruise and that was our first stop. It was mentioned somewhere else in here about the Bahamas that everyone has their hand out looking for a tip. That is exactly how Jamaica is, except they try to scam you and sell you weed the entire time (which would be GREAT if I smoked...) Took a tour ride in a tiny bus around the island and realized how absolutely poor that country is. Never again." (9) Thailand © Pinterest So, apparently, people are not happy with the bedding available there (ironically so) and no one seems to mind underage *** there...just the weather conditions. "Thailand was too humid and people were so pushy. Also, the beds were hard like a box spring, I didn't sleep well for 5 days and it made the heat worse to deal with." "I went to Thailand and booked a mid-range hotel that also has hotels in India so I was aware it is a good chain. They had basic clean rooms, good food and the staff was ever eager to help us out. We had to bargain for everything but I am Indian, so quite used to that behavior. Also, I kind of expected to pay more than the regular price of things because that's how tourist places are. But yes, the heat was intolerable and we went in November when it's supposed to be somewhat cool but it was pretty hot and humid. The evenings and the nights by the beach were pretty great though." (10) North Korea © YouTube Seriously though, who takes a vacation in North Korea? Seriously judging this one. "You're with a government tour guide, the entire time and they mainly ferry you from one fake attraction to the next." Umm, dude, what did you expect? So, there we have it. 10 most criticised countries by tourists, on Reddit! If you're ever planning a vacation, maybe do some better research on these countries, than these guys did?
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