US visa processing time to reduce for first-time applicants in India, Gear up for the 4th edition of Ladakh Ice Climbing Fest, Dinosaur nest cluster with 256 eggs discovered in Narmada Valley and more in top stories of the day.
US visa processing time to reduce for first-time applicants in India
The United States (US) embassy in India has launched an initiative that will reduce visa processing time. As a part of the initiative, there will be special visa interviews (Saturday interview) for those who are required to go for the in-person visa interviews, with additional staff to speed up the visa process. There had been an incredibly long wait for the visa processing due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Applicants with previous US visas no longer need to do the in-person interviews. The new visa processing initiative will remotely process these applications. The consulate in Mumbai has extended their weekday working hours to accommodate more visa appointments for applicants from Mumbai. Those applying for student visa, H and L category visa, H-1B visa, B-1 business visa, B-2 tourist visa, and crews of shipping companies and airlines, will benefit from this new initiative.
Gear up for the 4th edition of Ladakh Ice Climbing Fest
The ice-climbing fest will be held from February 1-5 at Gangles village in Leh. For this exciting fest, the Ladakh Mountain Guide Association is preparing an ice wall at Gangles village. In the past, a large number of thrill-seekers have shown tremendous interest. And this year too, the organisers are expecting a good number of people from not just Leh-Ladakh, but also from all over the world.
It’s time to gear up with ice axes and crampons because you will be needing them. Cold winds plus walls of ice, it’s starting to sound a lot like something an adventure lover would be dreaming about. The best part is, the ice climbing is free of cost and open to all. It is believed that the event will help popularise Ladakh as one of the best destinations in India for winter tourism and adventure sports.
Dinosaur nest cluster with 256 eggs discovered in Narmada Valley!
A rare and interesting discovery has been made in the Narmada Valley of Madhya Pradesh. As per the latest news reports, 92 closely located dinosaur nests and 256 fossilised eggs of herbivorous Titanosaurs (which is one of the largest known dinosaurs) has been found by a team of palaeontologists in Dhar district, part of the Narmada Valley.
Although dinosaur eggs and nests have been found in the past too, this recent findings have raised the possibility that the Narmada Valley might have been a fertile hatchery location for dinosaurs millions of years ago. If reports are to go by, it’s quite possible that the Titanosaurs either just came to this area of Narmada Valley to lay the eggs, or the eggs were also hatched there.
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