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CPC issues warning for India following bombings, protests

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) issued a travel warning yesterday for India following several bombings and protests in the country’s tourist areas.

Liu Ching-fang (劉清芳), a section chief of the commission, said that seven blasts had occurred in the Indian city of Jaipur last month, killing some 80 people and wounding 150 others. The blasts are believed to have been motivated by ethnic tensions.

DARJEELING

There were also two explosions in a crowded market and a temple, while in the hills around Darjeeling, thousands of tourists were stranded recently after a separatist group engineered a strike to underscore its demand for an independent state, Liu said.

Liu said that India is one of the four ancient civilizations in the world that is still flourishing, and that in addition to being a popular tourist destination, Taiwanese businessmen often diversify their investments there.

AVOID THE COUNTRY

Liu urged Taiwanese to avoid visiting India for the time being, or if they do visit to stay alert.

Liu said that Taiwanese tourists could call the toll-free number 0800-211-334 provided by the Tourist Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications or visit the commission’s Web site at www.cpc.gov.tw to file reports if they encounter any problems while in India.

DENGUE FEVER

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also raised the level of its travel warning for India to yellow because of an outbreak of dengue fever there. Reports of the disease usually escalate during that country’s rainy season between July and September.

Foreign Ministry officials suggested that local businessmen and tourists pay greater attention to sanitation in India, avoid contact with live birds and avoid eating raw food while in the country.

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