The much awaited Nehru Trophy Boat race which takes place in Kerala every year has been postponed for the second consecutive year
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As the country’s anti-government protests enters its tenth week, Chek Lap Kok has cancelled all of its departing and arriving flights for Monday, August 12. "Other than the departure flights that have completed the check-in process and the arrival flights that are already heading to Hong Kong, all other flights have been cancelled for the rest of today”, the airport authority announced in a statement this afternoon. The move came after thousands of pro-democracy protestors, clad in black t-shirts and anti-dust masks, flooded the airport and disrupted operations.
The crowd has caused congestion on the route leading up to the airport, car parks are full, and members of the public have been advised against travelling to the airport. On a larger scale, here’s what we know so far:
Hong Kong Airport is one of the busiest in the world, and a critical transit point for Asian flights. According to its website, it served over 74 million passengers last year.
The demonstrations began as peaceful rallies in June against proposed legislation that would allow the extradition of fugitives into mainland China. Despite the protests and travel warnings, the Hong Kong Tourism Commission confirmed that the city is open to travellers. The "vast majority of people taking part in processions do so in a peaceful and orderly manner," said Jeanne Tam, from the Tourism Commission in a statement. "Processions only affect certain parts of the city for a defined period of time..." she added.
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