Do I need a visa to visit Australia from UK?

Do I need a visa to visit Australia from UK? – Yes. Going to Australia is a procedure which significantly an ever-increasing number of individuals are currently looking towards as the country keeps on picking up fame among expats about the world.

While at first glance the procedure to get visas and the fundamental freedom to live and perform in Australia may appear to be confounded and conceivably verbose, should you separate every particular procedure into discrete stages this will help you to comprehend what is required and what you need to do.

Going to Australia is divided into different classifications which contain visas like, business visa, organization visas, understudy visas, accomplice, valid permits. The choice you need to make when you choose to move to Australia is which of these visas most prominent suits your situation. You need to wind up noticeably mindful that in case you’re trying to perform in Australia, and conceivably settle down long haul, an understudy visa won’t suffice nor will a vacationer visa cover your situation for instance.

Organization visas are predominately for each one of those from outside of Australia who needs to go to gatherings in the country all the time, and mate, accomplice, and true visas are for the individuals who are involved with an Australian native, Australian inhabitant.

Here is the procedure to follow when applying for a visa from the UK:

  • Prepare your passport from the UK. In case your passport will expire in six months or less, renew it before you ready other visa requirements for Australia.
  • Get a copy of your diploma. This should be of the highest educational level you completed.
  • Download your copy of Form 1163i. See if any medical exam requirement applies to your application. Note that the requirement can vary depending on where you lived in the last five years and what type of work you will be doing in Australia.
  • Get a health insurance to cover you for the duration of your Australian visit. If you have the money for it, buy a long-term insurance that you can use online.
    Prepare the police or penal clearance certificate. You will need one for every place you stayed in for the past 12 months.
  • Call, the Australian Immigration office, assigned to your country. Ask for any special or additional requirements that may apply to you. Don’t forget to ask about their accepted payment method.
  • Print out, and then complete, Form 1208. This is the form for the Application for Holiday Visa and work , and you can get this from the website of Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship.8. Make certified copies of each page of your passport. Don’t forget to get two passport-sized photos taken.
  • Prepare all of the documents listed above. Then, send them along with your passport’s certified copies and $195, in the form of payment appropriate to the Australian Immigration Office nearest you. Remember, send certified copies, not the actual passport.

After preparing and submitting your visa requirements for Australia from the UK, You’ll have to wait for approval before you do anything. On the upside, you won’t need your visa to be stamped on your passport. Visa approval is electronically relayed to border authorities

Nokia World 2011 Preview: Can Nokia change the course of the European Smartphone market again?

I get excited about technology pretty easily, Nokia World 2011 has me more excited than usual. Recently, things have been quiet at Nokia. There have been the usual releases of handsets aimed at the developing markets, but other than that there has been a pretty resolute silence coming from the Finnish manufacturer.

After spending two weeks in the company of the N8 I was left feeling like I was ready for more. More of the famous Nokia build quality and excellent industrial design. More innovation, thought and user focus like I experienced in the old days using everything from a 5110 to an N95-8GB.

I’m excited because we simply MUST be about to witness the unveiling of the next generation of Nokia Smartphones. With Windows Phone 7 (7.5?) platform the time has surely come for Nokia to re-enter the smartphone market with a bang. Nokia handsets empower people all over the world, give them their connections to the rest of the world, and help them get their message out. I simply hope that Nokia can make a barnstorming return to the premium handset market with something big.

Good luck Nokia.

How can online communities improve the quality of content and increase user engagement?

Technology blogs and news sites have struggled with the quality of their user generated content for almost as long as they have existed. The comments section at the bottom of any tech related post is often be a dangerous place to be, as users discuss their passions with their peers, often seeking to get one over on supporters of another games console, operating system or mobile ecosystem.

Forums are traditionally segmented down to a specific user interest, with little opportunity for sharing of ideas outside a users immediate peer group, and are often frequented by users (referred to as trolls) who look to deliberately ruin the experience of others that they disagree with by posting abuse, off-topic comments or by attacking genuine users.

Engadget.com (a popular tech news site owned by AOL) has struggled for several years to improve the quality of the comments section at the bottom of posts. Various tactics have been employed, including complete removal of the commenting functionality for a nominated period of time, with the goal of reminding users that the ability to comment on their content is a privilege and not a right.

The Editor in chief will post reminders about etiquette every few months, and new technologies such as Disqus have been rolled out in order to encourage the use of social network accounts in order to capture “real” identities and encourage them to behave more like human beings and less like feral animals hunting through the bins outside a busy restaurant.

“Hey guys, we know you like to have your fun, voice your opinions, and argue over your favorite gear, but over the past few days the tone in comments has really gotten out of hand. What is normally a charged — but fun — environment for our users and editors has become mean, ugly, pointless, and frankly threatening in some situations… and that’s just not acceptable. Some of you out there in the world of anonymous grandstanding have gotten the impression that you run the place, but that’s simply not the case.”

These efforts have proven largely ineffective, and have done little to encourage user input of a higher quality. Users are used to being treated as children, subject to draconian moderation and deletion of comments, along with limited control over how their posts are presented on the site – and as such they often behave as children, becoming preoccupied with being the FIRST to comment on a new post, provoking arguments with other users and generally being a nuisance. All of this does little to encourage the cultivation of a new user base, with the vocal existing user group acting in a hostile fashion towards newcomers, generally making them feel unwelcome and treating them as outsiders.

A new way of thinking about user generated content

Following the restructuring process undertaken by AOL in the wake of its acquisition of the Huffington Post, many of the editorial staff left the site to seek employment elsewhere. The former Editor in chief, Joshua Topolsky, and several of his ex-colleagues soon began working on a new site backed by the successful sports news and blogging network SB Nation and six months later the new site was launched to the world.

The new website, ‘The Verge’, has an entirely different approach to user generated content, pushing it to the fore and giving users similar controls and flexibility to the editors of the publication. There is no “secret sauce”, no magic ingredient that makes The Verge so successful in generating higher quality user generated content and vastly improved interactions, instead it takes advantage of a simple approach that gives users responsibility, encouraging greater thought about what is being written and released to the community.

Examples of higher quality debate on The Verge – via f.cl.ly

The Verge allows users to produce content that looks almost as good as that created by the editors of the site and provides a place where community content is given the opportunity to shine. Editors are active in the discussions, sharing personal opinions and experiences, and users appear to receive this very well. Several posts from the community have been featured and highlighted by Verge staff members and even discussed in length during the weekly podcasts.

With the incentive of the above, combined with an intuitive design and the feeling of a clean start on a new website, it is simple to observe the vast improvement in the quality of user interaction, the reduction in trolling behaviour and other barriers to entry for new users. It is possible to comment on an existing editorial post, posts created by other users or to create your own new post, which others can then comment upon.

Formatting controls are provided, allowing users to add images, links and videos, and soon more controls will be rolled out allowing even greater control over the way content looks, providing a further enhanced incentive to think carefully about what is being posted before hitting the submit button.

How long will it take to get a visa to Myanmar?

Are you going to Myanmar? Are you planning to spend your holidays in the land of century old stupas? But you must be wondering that how long will it take to get a visa to Myanmar and where to apply for it. We have made it simple for you by publishing exhaustive guide on Myanmar visa. Please pay attention to these points and get your Myanmar visa easily-

Who needs to apply for a Visa?

All international tourists except for passport holders of Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and few other South Asian nations. Even children need to apply for a visa and parents/guardian should disclose the details of their children in the concerned section of visa application.

How to apply for a visa?

Apart for Myanmar embassies and consulates, there is also e-visa applications platform run Ministry of Immigration, Myanmar.( http://www.mip.gov.mm  )Citizens of over 100 countries are allowed to apply through this online platform. You can apply for both tourist and business visas.

Is e-visa valid for all entry points?

Unfortunately, e-visa can only be used to enter through international airports and not through land points at China and India.

How long will it take to get a Visa to Myanmar?

E-visa applications are normally answered in 3-4 days. However, in countries, it can take up to 7 days. Public holidays are not included in the processing time of 3-4days. You may also be contacted by the embassy for further details. Please use status inquiry section of the ministry website as they won’t reply to individual inquiries.

How long can a visa be used for?

An approved visa would be valid for 90 days. It can be used for 28 days and can later be extended for 14 days. It is valid for only single entry so you will need to apply for a visa if you are taking that route while traveling to other countries.

What is the cost of e-visa?

It would come around 50$ plus administrative expenses. Payment must be made online through credit card. If a visa application is rejected, then there would be no refund.

Can I also apply for a visa on arrival?

A visa on arrival in meant for business visas only.
Where will e-visa be delivered to?
It will be sent to your registered email id.

Can I extend my visa in Myanmar?

If you have overstayed for a period of 14 days or less, be ready to pay more during your departure.

So what are you waiting for? Apply for e-visa and visit the land of historical and cultural importance. You are sure to enjoy the untapped natural beauty of Myanmar.

How to apply for a Canadian visa?

If you have an intention of traveling to Canada, live in Canada on a temporary basis or simply like to work there, then you will need to get a Canadian work permit.Most of the people usually have this question in mind: How do I apply for a Canadian visa?

There are three different types of visa available. You can either apply for a visitor visa, a study permit. This article has explained basic step by step guide on how to request for a Canadian visa.

Find out which visa you need

Before you start applying for your visa, you will need to know exactly which visa you will need to obtain.

If you are visiting Canada, perhaps on holiday you can apply for a visitor visa. This allows you to visit for a maximum of 6 months and is perfect if you plan on traveling to Canada to see the sights and meet the people.

If you are planning on studying or participating in any form of education, you will need to have a study visa. To be successful in your application, you will need to have been received by a school, college or university, have evidence that you have enough money to fund your study and also show valid transportation out of Canada once your study has finished. You will also need to be a law true citizen, with no criminal records that may affect the safety of Canadian citizens and its land and you are supposed to be in good health, and oblige if asked for a medical examination.

If you are planning on staying in Canada on a temporary basis and wish to work in the country, then you will require a work permit. Before you can apply to be a Canadian working citizen, you will need to have proof that you have been accepted with your employer and that you meet the requirements of the job. You may also need the labor market opinion that your employer received on your job offer to complete the application.

Planning & preparation

Once you have decided on the right visa for you, you will need to find out as much information about yourself and the application process as possible. This will make sure that you are having a better chance to request for a visa, and that you have everything you need to fill out the application form correctly.

Once you have completed all the relevant paperwork, you need to send it to the Canadian government, who will look at your case and make a well-informed decision based on the data you have provided.

Interviews

Sometimes, it is necessary to attend and interview during the application process. This is not always a bad thing, as the immigration officer may need to meet you face to face to get a better idea of who you are as a person.

What are Cookies and why do you need to care? A guide to the new legislation for Marketing Managers

What are Cookies?

efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites.

Cookies are created when a user’s browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server. Computer Cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.

What changes have been made to the law?

The European Directive on which the UK Regulations relating to cookies are based has been revised. UK law has been changed to implement that changed Directive. A simplified version of the changes is described below.

The previous rule on using cookies for storing information was that you had to:

  • tell people how you use cookies, and
  • tell them how they could ‘opt out’ if they objected.

Many websites did this by putting information about cookies in their privacy policies and giving people the possibility of ‘opting out’. The new requirement is essentially that cookies can only be placed on machines where the user or subscriber has given their consent.

Nokia N8 extended test Part 3: browser performance

These days you can’t make a smartphone and expect it to sell (and perform well) without including a decent browser. The mobile web has come a long way since my first taste of it, the extremely limited WAP over GPRS as I had on my Nokia 6510, followed up by basic page rendering over 3G on handsets like the N95 and E61. Modern smartphones have a lot more to deal with in terms of complexity and content, and todays users expect a “proper” browsing experience, with all the features of a desktop browser available to them.

So after this trip down memory lane, discussing handsets of old, how does the N8 perform? The spec sheet seems to indicate that everything is in order claiming “Full web browsing of real web pages” and detailing support for HTML, XHTML MP, WML, CSS, Javascript and Flash Lite 4 and in my initial tests I was pleasantly surprised by the accurate approach to rendering pages from the N8. However, due to the comparatively low resolution of the screen, it can actually be quite difficult to “use” the browser with most pages initially rendering with only the top left corner of the content available without scrolling or zooming. This wouldn’t be a big problem if the experience of scrolling / zooming was more pleasant, but sadly the usually excellent capacitive display is slow to react to swipes when browsing complex pages and this leads to a less than pleasant overall experience.

Web standards compatibility

There is better news in terms of support for modern standards, with all of the standard pages I tested rendering correctly, and even some of the more advanced and complex pages rendering in a usable fashion. The currently in development jQuery Mobile is also compatible with the browser and has support at B-Grade level which the project describes as providing an “enhanced experience except without Ajax navigation features”. In reality this means that the N8 will be forward compatible (to an extent) with many of a new breed of websites and web apps that will support the fledgling standard as it grows in popularity, making it a safe bet for “normal users” (not me) who are likely to keep their handsets for the entire duration of an 18 or 24 month contract.

Speed

When considering the speed of browsing it is a bit of a mixed bag. Over 3G the handset performs OK, no better or worse than any other handset I have tested in terms of its radio performance and download speeds, but when you take the browser into consideration it becomes painfully slow rendering complex websites. Over WiFi the story is much the same, with the N8 getting to pages and starting to download quickly, but the rendering seemingly going on forever.

Wrap-up

Overall the N8 web performance is a bit of a mixed bag to say the least. From a technical perspective the browser performs well, rendering the vast majority of pages successfully, however, whether or not you still care what the site you are looking for has to say when it eventually finishes rendering is another matter all together. For users that only use the web occasionally and mainly live in messaging and email the N8 would make a solid companion, but more demanding (power) users should look elsewhere to a more modern phone OS with a more robust browser and a handset with more horsepower.

Flash support is a pleasant and welcome surprise, but this isn’t enough to let me feel confident recommending the N8 for anyone who intends to use the internet regularly on the move. A good effort, but one that feels a little left behind when compared with the current crop of modern smartphone browsers.

 

Guide for travelers to Australia

For every traveler, it is a very important thing to know what you should expect from your destination. That’s why one should always have a guide or at least some basic information about the place. And so that you won’t encounter any hassles while traveling to Australia, here are some things you must know for the guide travelers to Australia.

The nature of the country

Australia is the smallest continent in the world and is comprised of different states. The country derived its name from the Latin word “Australis” which means “Southern”. It is located in Oceania between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean, and requires valid passports and visas for anyone who wishes to visit.

The currency of Australia

For first-timers in the country, the first thing you have to know from an Australia travel tips is the currency. The country uses Australian dollars and money changing services are available at the airport, banks and malls. If you need to do bank transactions, you should be aware that banks are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only.

The working hours in Australia

If you are in Australia for business purposes, offices are usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. And if you have to make phone calls, Australia’s code is +61.

The hotels found there

There are lots of hotels in the country so accommodation won’t be your problem. If you’re on a tight budget, you could go for quality hostels with affordable rates. Meanwhile, getting around the country can be quite difficult since you might have to ride airplanes or ships to transfer from one state or another. But, if you only plan to explore one state or city, then you could just go around with a cab or hire a car.

How to dress up in Australia

Another important thing you should know is how to dress up in the country. Don’t get this wrong, but there’s really no dress code in Australia. Light-weight clothing is very much recommended especially in summer. But, always keep a jacket or sweater because they might come handy on cool nights. From June to August is winter so heavy clothing is already advisable.

Language and Dining

English is well-understood in Australia so there would be no problem with regards to communication. Dining and food is not a problem too since you have the option to cook to save money. But of course, you can also dine out and taste Australian food. Being a multi-cultural country, restaurants in Australia cater to different nationalities. Foreign cuisines are available like Spanish, Italian, French, Asian, Mediterranean, etc. One should remember that tipping in this country is not observed. Usually, a service fee is already included in your bill.

The beauty of Australian

Since Australia is surrounded by waters, there are lots of beaches in the country. You can enjoy swimming, partying and dining on its magnificent resorts. If you love sea foods and dining by the sea, it is best to try Gold Coast restaurants where most of the splendid waterfront dining venues are located.

Well, those are just some of the basic things you must know for your Australian travel. Remember to keep them in mind because they will really come handy as you visit the place.

A little less mobile these days

June 2011 will forever be remembered by me as the month when I became a little less mobile. For 2 years my treasured and much loved 15″ MacBook Pro had been giving me sterling service as my main machine – quite simply the fastest, most well built and down right useful computer I have owned. The time had come for a change, and due to working in London and spending 2 hours on the train a day and an hour walking my trusty companion had to go, it was just too heavy. I tried to put off the inevitable by purchasing a rucksack style bag which helped, but as the weather warmed up – the chore of carrying the laptop to London and back every day just got too much – before I knew it my aluminium powder coated workhorse was on eBay and gone, and its replacement arrived, a 21″ iMac 2011 model.

Some might think it an odd move to switch to a desktop machine from a laptop that was used almost 100% away from home since it was purchased – but I thought this was a logical move. I knew a few things; my new machine had to be a Mac, it had to have a lot of storage (the 500GB drive in my MBP had been nearly full for a year now!), and it had to include the latest generation of intel processors (I wanted to be future proof). The new 2011 iMac had received excellent reviews from all the sites I usually read so I was in no doubt – this would be the machine for me. It arrived covered in brown cardboard and hope – all the way the Amazon depot, and I don’t regret it at all. It is blisteringly quick, and even faster soon when my 16GB RAM order arrives from Crucial – and it does everything I needed it to do without even breaking a sweat.

I do miss my laptop, and the iMac isn’t a replacement for it – it was never really meant to be. It is a great machine (and I will post a review of it when I can get the kids away from it long enough to use the thing) but I still need something portable for taking with me to meetings etc. I knew I wanted to get a MacBook Air 11″ but the storage options were too limited for me to use it as a primary machine. So here I am, loving the iMac, but feeling a lot less mobile these days – so Apple, do me a favour? Bring the new MacBook Air out on Wednesday so I can get mobile again. Getting by with my iPhone 4 just isn’t the same!

The best street food I ate in Sri Lanka

No journey in Sri Lanka is complete without tasting some of the best local delights and foods that this country has to offer. Instead of just writing a normal article about Sri Lanka food and local delights and rattle of some of the street restaurants and their local foodsand some of the favourites – some of the best our local culinary skills has to offer. Here are the best street food I ate in Sri Lanka.

Hainanese Chicken Rice Chicken rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice Chicken rice is one of the popular dishes in Sri Lanka. The rich flavour of the rice comes from the grains that have been pre-fried in chicken fat and then cooked in chicken broth. The chicken is steamed until it is just cooked with a little pink remaining on the flesh near the bones. It is usually accompanied with a chilli sauce made up of chillies, chicken broth, garlic and ginger.

Satay Satay

This food is a small bite-sized piece of the chicken, beef and mutton steeped in the sweet piquant preserve. The chunky pieces of mouth watering meat are skewered on giant toothpicks and fanned over a large flame. Side dishes which include the cut cucumbers, rice dumplings, onions and the peanut sauce.

Roti Prata

This type of the dish is like the fried croissant or the pancake, originating from South India. The pancake is being fried on the hot, oily griddle when it is cooked, and marked with brown spots, then served with curry gravy. Prata is a popular choice for breakfast and supper.

Chilli Crab

Chilli Crab is an unofficial “national dish” and a favourite at seafood restaurants. It has a sauce that is drawn from the strengths of great chillies, the freshest eggs, tomatoes and other hers and ingredients. It can be eaten on its own, scooping great dollops of chilli or soaked in bread for a spicy serving.

Exotic Food Served Just Right

The exotic meal served in Sri Lanka comprises dishes like Risotto Al Funghi Porcini that is Arborio rice cooked in porcini mushrooms, parmesan cheese and white wine. This one is covered in cheesy base and can be enjoyed anytime you come here for a hearty meal.

However, if you need to try something different, search for an Angel Hair Pasta in the Italian Chilli Sauce which is served hot. Again, Tagliatelle al Tartufo which is the smooth homemade pasta by the truffle cream sauce which combines scallops and prawns.

Laksa Laksa

Laksa Laksa is an exciting concoction of noodles made from flour in a curry like gravy made of spices, herbs, dried shrimp, coconut milk and chilli. It is served with slices of fishcakes, prawns and cockles. What start as the spicy peanut that is based gravy evolved into today’s version, combination of Chinese, Malay and mostly Peranakan influences.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak is a breakfast concoction of the Peranakan and some say are the threshold of the Sri Lanka. Coconut rice being served by anchovies, fresh fried frish, egg and special sambal plus cucumber combo, it is the signature kampong dish which you cannot miss.

So there is a list of some of the best and greatest food that we can offer. Although this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many more you can eat and choose from. Just walk along the local streets and pop into anyone of the coffee shops you find – you will be sure to find a local savoury hit!

Top 5 dishes to try in Canada

Are you visiting Canada and looking for things to do? One very important thing that you must do is to try their food. They have a very diverse range of foods that are part of their culture. To say the very least, most Canadian dishes are delicious. Here we will focus on five dishes to try in Canada. If you miss them you will not have a chance to find these tasty delicacies.

Poutine

This is the first dish you should try when you get to Canada. It is a mixture of French fries, cheese and peppery meat based gravy. It may not be the healthiest option but it is absolutely delicious. The dish was invented in the 1950s in Quebec. You can find this at any major restaurant in the country. The dish is so important to the Canadians that they even organize annual poutine festivals in different cities in the country.

Canadian Bacon

This is the perfect breakfast choice when in the country. Unlike traditional bacon that is made from a pig’s belly, this one is made by brinning and rolling pork loin in cornmeal. Traditionally, the loins used to be wrapped in ground yellow peas hence the common name peameal. It is very delicious. You can find it in many eateries in the country.

Nanaimo bars

This is the perfect dessert to have in Canada. They are named after the city located in British Columbia and are very unique. They are made up of a crunchy base of chopped nuts or cracker crumbs, a middle layer of custard or vanilla frosting and a top layer of melted chocolate. With all that goodness in one bar you can be sure it tastes great. To get these go to their home city at the Nanaimo bar trail.

Butter tarts

This is a great treat that is part of the staple Canadian cooking. It is made up of a crumbly crust on the outside ad a creamy center. Butter, sugar and egg mixture is placed in the center with raisins or walnuts. This mixture is made to be semi solid or gooey in texture. Where can you find these? They are served in almost all coffee shops in Canada but if you are serious about these visit the Butter Tart Trail in Kenilworth, Ontario. The 18 bakeries here will have the best.

Toutiere

This French Canadian dish was first made in 1600. It is a flaky pie that typically contains pork, veal, game or beef mixed with herbs and spices. Fish is used in some places. This pie is common during Christmas and New Year celebrations but you can find it in stores all year round. The best place to find it is in the French city of Quebec.

How long can you stay with your tourist visa in India?

The greatest time span you can remain in India on a vacationer visa of 180 days, or roughly 6 month. Notwithstanding,The United State Department cautions that Indian visa controls change much of the time, frequently with little notice,so you ought to dependably check the present standards after booking ticket for India.

A tourist visa in India from different countries

Step 1

Acquire your visit visa for India before you go from Travis a, which goes about as the Indian government’s visa specialists in U.S. Assemble the archives you’ll require: These incorporate two finished duplicates of the application shape, two international ID estimated photographs and evidence of your private address.The important things Photocopies of noteworthy service charge, your state-issued driver’s permit or a legitimate rent are satisfactory. As of the date of distribution, consistent visa preparing cost $50, while the surge benefit cost $99 and the crisis benefit cost $139.

Step 2

Organize your visa before you move to India.Visa are not accessible on entry if you are from U.S. You can’t change the class of your visa once you reached in India to broaden your stay, so in the event that you plan to do something besides regular traveller exercises amid your stay, pick the fitting visa sort for that action.

Step 3

Follow the confinements of the vacationer visa on entering again in the nation. When you have left India on a vacationer visa, you are probably not going to be permitted to re-enter the nation until 2 months have moved,till you have composed consent from an international safe haven or office. This applies regardless of the possibility that your visa is till now well inside its legitimacy dates.

Step 4

You should leave India before your visa ended. On the off chance that you exceed, Indian authorities are probably going to discover when you endeavour to leave nation and either confine or fine you – or both.

The important things that you have in your mind for tourist visa in India

Traditions Regulations

You should have Indian Rupees ₹10,000,or amount cash of US $5000.

Prohibited Things

You are prohibited to bring more than one laptops, two litters alcohol,100 cigarettes
Or gift of more than ₹8000.

Passports

If you want to enter in India you require a legitimate travel permit and a forward and also return ticket and also a visa. Take note of that your international ID should be substantial for no less than six months past your expected remain in India, with no less than two clear pages. In the event that your international ID is lost, quickly contact your nations illustrative.

Visa

If you are from Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives then everybody must apply for a visa before touching base in India. More than 100 nationalities can acquire a 30 day Tourist visa of Arrival on the web preceding landing; this is substantial from the day of your arrival. The visa will start after the date of issue.

eTA Visa Application to Sri Lanka

The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) has been put in place to replace the need to apply for a visa label or stamp whilst trying to access the country. It is basically an easier way to apply for permission to travel to Sri Lanka. For one to access the ETA, an online form that can be searched for online has to be filled in precisely and correctly with the passport details of the person applying. It is, however, advisable to apply directly from the Sri Lankan government’s website http://www.eta.gov.lk in order to avoid any technical difficulties that may impede one’s travels.

Application process

On entrance to the site, applicants are met with terms and conditions that are to be read, understood and accepted before moving on.

The next step is to specify what kind of visa one is applying for. Be it a tourist visa, business purpose visa or transit visa.It should also be specified whether the visa is for a person, group or a third party applicant. Once that has been specified, then comes to the form which is fairly easy to fill and anyone with experience in filling forms and the proper qualifications to do so should be done in less than five minutes. The form basically entails basic visa details such as name of the applicant, their date of birth, nationality, passport details occupation and such.

Details of children under the age of sixteen who do not have their own passport can also be applied for from the site. Next on the form is the applicants travel details such as the vessel number and time of arrival. This should be followed by contact details and finally a declaration. The application form ends with a certification from the applicant that the information given is true to the best of their knowledge.

Once the application form is filled, it has to be reviewed by the applicant to make sure no mistakes have been made then a payment method has to be selected before receiving a confirmation from the Electronic Travel Authorisation System of the Sri Lankan government

Extra information

The ETA is processed in two(2) working days and an agent immediately start the validation process once the submit button has been pressed and a confirmation receipt issued. once an ETA is granted, entry into Sri Lanka is allowed for no later than three(3) months from the grant date. It is good for applicants to note that there is no way to correct errors once the application form has been submitted. The only remedy for errors is to re-apply the whole form correctly and re-submit so, be careful!

First impressions of Google+

So here’s the thing … I was until very recently a big time Facebook addict. I am useless at staying in touch with people and frequently get so into whatever project I am working on at the time that I completely forget to communicate with humans other than the ones I physically run into in the course of a day. Since 2006, Facebook has been solving this problem for me, and it has done a pretty good job.

I keep my friends list quite short (about 200) and by being reminded that people exist outside of my immediate vicinity I am able to at least keep up the illusion that I am a real human being and can function properly in life, without being constantly reminded to call / email / text message my friends and family.

But recently I have noticed a problem with Facebook. People are getting bored of it, and rather than seeing a constant stream of updates and photos, the tide is turning and I seem to be getting hit with more marketing material than ever before. Businesses are finally starting to understand how to operate on Facebook to get the attention of users, and sadly it is working. What used to be a site based on community, sharing photos and stitching up your mates by tagging them in photos where they are being sick off the back of a boat in Tenerife – has now become a constant stream of updates from my favourite websites and tech companies. Sad times, I’m sure you will agree?

Until last week, when wafting into the online world like a complete breath of fresh air comes Google+, a new social “project” from the dark overlords at Google. I’ve traditionally kept new Google products (and projects) at arms length, and made the best use that I can of their core offerings Gmail, Analytics and Search – but Google+ caught my eye. My feeling of apathy towards Facebook has been growing for some time, and by the time I eventually managed to get an invite to Google+, I was ready for something new in my online social calendar.

Google aren’t pitching G+ as a self contained social tool, but rather they are “adding some new stuff to Google to make sharing online more like sharing in real life.” – a pretty interesting approach to the online social world. The idea of augmenting all of the Google services with a “social layer” is one that is significantly different (at least in theory) to any of the competition, who seem to approach it in the opposite direction (closed community first, adding features as it develops).

So how good is Google+? Well the simple answer is – not bad. The interface is far superior to Facebook (IMHO) and the speed and performance of the site is certainly improved. In all fairness to Facebook, Google+ has far fewer users at this time and so you really would expect them to be able to make performance better. We shall see over time how this changes as more users sign up, if at all. At the moment, Google+ is exclusively filled with what the eloquent gents at the Angry Mac Bastards podcast would refer to as ‘New Media Douche-bags’, and although this has been noted by many, I’m inclined to agree. Only time, and real users, will tell if Google+ will be any good in the long run. At the moment it is far too much of a tech blogger sausage-fest for anyone to make any real judgements.

Also key to this will be the handling of business / commercial presences on the site. This, for the moment at least, is still being thrashed out at Google HQ – as no commercial entities are allowed to be a part of Google+ for now. At least everyone on there is a real human (if you class Robert Scoble as a human – I’m convinced he is a Rackspace cloud powered AI designed to make me want to spend more money) and the level of interaction and overall conversation seems to be pretty good. There are also some neat features (which have been covered to death on blogs far better than mine) such as Hangouts, Circles etc that give a fresh look and feel to the online social world.

So, Google+ has potential, let’s see what the real people think before we all jump ship. For now, I’m living in Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. So please come and say hello, I’ll probably get back to you but then again, I might forget.