To ensure free and fair election, police hold interstate meetings ahead of LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior police officers from Delhi, Gautam Buddha Nagar (UP) and Faridabad (Haryana) participated in an interstate coordination meeting on Wednesday and discussed strategies to ensure free and fair elections.According to police, the elections in Gautam Buddha Nagar will be held in 1st Phase on 11th April and in Delhi and Faridabad in 6th Phase on 12th May. Police officers from the 3 states discussed steps to be taken to tackle issues including the flow of illegal money, liquor, firearms, security arrangements and intelligence sharing to tackle the challenges and holding smooth and fair General Elections 2019. Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Devesh C Srivastava addressed the meeting and said that “The South-East District always had good support and co-operation with adjoining districts of Gautam Budha Nagar and Faridabad. The inter-state co-ordination meetings of intelligence sharing and joint operations have taken place earlier but such meetings are necessary ahead of the upcoming elections to discuss the emerging challenges and their solution.” During the meeting, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that it was decided for conducting integrated checking particularly on border pickets, sharing and collection of intelligence about active criminals and criminals carrying fire-arms, deployment of maximum staff with weapons, identifying the persons involved in selling of drugs illicit liquor and firearms in their areas and taking appropriate legal action against them to keep them behind the bars for a longer time. “The trends in smuggling of liquor and fire-arms in Delhi NCR were discussed. It was also stressed to keep vigil on the movement of jail-bail released criminals as well as musclemen attending gyms and akharas who are misused during elections,” said DCP Biswal. It was further decided in the meeting that a WhatsApp group of police officers of above 3 districts will be formed to share real-time information regarding VIP movements, any sensitive issues relating to communal harmony, information about criminals, movement of cash, liquor etc.last_img read more

Haiti set to recover plundered Duvalier assets from Switzerland with UN help

13 February 2009Haiti is on the way to recovering $6 million of assets allegedly plundered by former President Jean-Claude Duvalier and stashed in Switzerland thanks to an initiative backed by the United Nations. “This is an important step in helping restitute the funds to the people of Haiti,” World Bank Managing Director Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala said today in a statement welcoming the Swiss order for the return of the assets. “Asset recovery can be a complicated and time-consuming process.“The joint efforts by the governments of Haiti and Switzerland, supported by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s [UNODC] Stolen Recovery Asset Initiative, have demonstrated that developed and developing countries can work together to fight corruption and end impunity for those that steal from the poor. Haiti’s success should encourage the victims of corruption to launch asset recovery programmes,” she added.The Swiss Federal Office of Justice’s ruling on the Duvalier assets was issued after the account holders failed to prove to the court that the funds were legitimately acquired. Account holders still have 30 days to appeal the decision. Ms. Okonjo-Iweala commended the cooperation and commitment of both governments to the fight against corruption.At the request of the government of Haiti, the joint World Bank-UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) provided technical and diplomatic assistance to facilitate the resolution of the case.The StAR Initiative was launched in 2007 by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick, and UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa. It emphasizes that developed and developing countries share a joint responsibility in tackling corruption, and that international collaboration and collective action are needed to facilitate asset recovery and prevent asset theft. read more

Efforts to end current Gaza impasse imperative – UN political chief

Two months have passed since unilateral ceasefires were declared to end the three-week offensive launched by Israel on 27 December with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by Hamas and other groups. At least 1,300 Palestinians were killed and some 5,300 were injured in the heavy bombardment and fighting in the densely populated areas of Gaza, which also reduced homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble.“Despite international engagement and support, very little concrete progress has been made on key issues” outlined in resolution 1860, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Council in an open meeting.“The intolerable situation at Gaza’s crossings remains the key impediment to bringing help – and hope – to the people of Gaza,” he stressed.Although the amount of goods entering Gaza has increased and the Israeli Cabinet announced earlier this week that more food would be allowed into the area, “the quality and quantity of imports are insufficient compared to needs,” Mr. Pascoe underscored.He repeated the UN’s call on Israel to meet its obligations under international humanitarian law and open the crossings to allow supplies and reconstructions materials in to help rebuild Gaza.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that the ongoing restriction on the entry of cash into the area and the inability of many, including Palestinian Authority (PA) employees, to withdraw their salaries from banks is impacting the livelihoods of some 500,000 Gazans.“We continue to be concerned that, despite Egyptian efforts, no ceasefire regime is in place,” Mr. Pascoe told the meeting, which heard from dozens of speakers.In spite of stepped-up efforts, no breakthrough has been made in securing the release of Israeli captive Gilad Shalit and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.Further, without a ceasefire in place, violence continues in the area, the Under-Secretary-General said, with over 100 rockets and mortars having been fired into Israel from Gaza and 12 Israeli airstrikes during the reporting period.“We call for an end to all acts of violence, and for respect for international humanitarian law by all parties,” he stated.Mr. Pascoe also noted that the Board of Inquiry set up by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to investigate incidents involving death and damage at UN premises in Gaza during the hostilities will submit its report early next month.He called on the so-called diplomatic Quartet – comprising the European Union (EU), Russia, the United States and the UN – and the international community to take concerted action to bring stability to Gaza and revive the Middle East peace process.“We need to have both Israeli and Palestinian governments that are clearly committed to the two-State solution,” the official said. “We need a combination of negotiations, the implementation of commitments on the ground, and a strategy for de-escalating tensions and addressing the urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza.” 25 March 2009A top United Nations official today called for progress to be made in implementing a January Security Council resolution – which calls for a durable ceasefire in Gaza, free access for relief workers and the re-opening of crossings – to break the current impasse and lift the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the region. read more

Monks storm Nawala house

A group of monks stormed a house in Nawala late this evening and threatened the inmates over allegations they were carrying out unethical religious conversations.The monks attached to the ‘Sinhala Ravaya’ organization were backed by a mob when they stormed the house at Walauwatha in Nawala. The mob went inside the rooms in the house to “investigate” the allegations raised against the family. Some people in the mob assaulted the wife of the man in the house in front of their young child, which was captured on video by a private television camera crew. The residents of the house in Nawala told the police that their mobile phones and money had been stolen by the mob. They denied claims that they were carrying out unethical conversions.The latest incident occurred just when the issue of religious freedom in Sri Lanka was raised at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.The ‘Sinhala Ravaya’ organization was recently involved in staging protests outside a clothes store in Maharagama saying it was being operated by a Muslim management. (Colombo Gazette) However the mob refused to believe the claims and also said that Buddhist statues or images should not be kept next to images of other religions.The monks instructed the mob to remove the Buddhist statues from the house and one monk was seen throwing a bible on the floor.Repeated appeals from the residents in the house for the monks and the mob to discuss the issue peacefully went unheard. A police team then arrived at the house and took the residents as well as the monks to the Welikada police station to record statements. The mob taking away a Buddha statue (video grab)The television crew was invited by the monks saying they were going to raid a house where some illegal activities were taking place.Buddhist statues and images of other religions were placed on an altar next to each other, which the residents of the house say is an attempt to show religious unity. read more

17 added to list of those subject to UN sanctions against AlQaida

Others added to the list on Wednesday include Youssef Abdaoui, Mohamed Amine Akli, Mehrez Amdouni, Chiheb Ben Mohamed Ayari, Mondher Baazaoui (alias Hamza), Lionel Dumont, Moussa Ben Amor Essaadi and Rachid Fettar.The updated list also includes Brahim Ben Hedili Hamami, Khalil Jarraya, Mounir Ben Habib Jarraya, Faouzi Jendoubi, Fethi Ben Rebai Mnasri, Najib Ouaz, Ahmed Hosni Rarrbo and Nedal Saleh.The UN sanctions require States to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group.Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities.The list is updated regularly, on the basis of relevant information provided by Member States and regional organizations. read more

Extension for UN Lebanon mission urged as tension mounts at withdrawal line

Amid mounting tensions at the withdrawal line between Israel and Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending the UN force in the area for an additional six months.Over the last two days, the situation has taken a turn for the worse marked by deadly violence. “It has been some 48 hours of increased tension and there have been a number of provocative acts during this time,” Mr. Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon, Staffan de Mistura, said today. He called on all parties “to exercise maximum restraint to restore calm and to abide by their commitments to maintain such calm.”On Monday, a car bomb in Beirut killed a Hezbollah official. The following morning, Hezbollah and Israeli military forces engaged in an exchange of fire which resulted in the deaths of two Israeli soldiers and one Hezbollah fighter. That evening, Israeli jets violated Lebanese airspace, including over Beirut, at low altitudes.The flights created sonic booms which “caused great anxiety amongst the civilian population,” the envoy said.”As we have stated many times in the past, one violation does not justify another,” Mr. de Mistura said. “Indeed, as we have seen, such actions lead to possible escalation which is clearly not in the interest of either party.”The Secretary-General cites the ongoing clashes in recommending that the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) be extended through January 2005, warning that “considerable risk remains that hostile acts will escalate and lead the parties into conflict.”He also appeals to all sides to rein in their forces. “I cannot stress enough the need for the parties to abide by their obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions, to respect the withdrawal line in its entirety and to exercise the utmost restraint.”Mr. Annan voices deep concern that Israel “persists in its provocative and unjustified air violations of sovereign Lebanese territory.”Hezbollah’s retaliatory firing of anti-aircraft rounds across the Blue Line “is a violation that poses a direct threat to human life,” he adds.On the positive side, he notes that the whole of southern Lebanon – including all villages in the formerly Israeli-occupied zone down to the Blue Line – successfully took part in municipal elections.Hailing this development as “a clear assertion of the exercise of authority by the Government of Lebanon,” he urges the country’s authorities to “ensure the return of its effective authority throughout the south, including the deployment of Lebanese armed forces, and to do its utmost to ensure calm.” read more

Mayor says over 200 sawmill job losses in Merritt just before Christmas

MERRITT, B.C. – The mayor of Merritt, B.C., says he’s angry about Tolko Industries’ decision to close a sawmill that employs 200 people in his community.Neil Menard says the company had set up a meeting with city officials last week but cancelled it, and now he knows why.Tolko says the mill will be closing Dec. 16 because a pine beetle infestation has reduced annual allowable harvests around Kamloops and Merritt, and there isn’t enough wood to support all the operations in the region.Menard says the city is in process of setting up meetings with cabinet ministers next week at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention.Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the province will send a transition team to Merritt to help the city look for other opportunities.He says the team will provide support services for workers losing their jobs just before Christmas. (CHNL, The Canadian Press) Mayor says over 200 sawmill job losses in Merritt just before Christmas tough by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2016 3:14 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

European soccer match announced for Ohio Stadium in July

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to make an appearance during the July match at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA different kind of football is set to come to Ohio Stadium this summer.An international exhibition match scheduled for July 27 at the ’Shoe between two of Europe’s premier clubs, Spain’s Real Madrid and French club Paris Saint-Germain, was officially announced Tuesday morning. The match, which is a part of the International Champions Cup, a soccer series that has been pairing together the world’s top clubs for summer friendlies since 2013, could bring some of the sport’s biggest names to Columbus, headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. “We’re very excited to work with The Ohio State University to bring this match here,” said Kwame Bryan, the vice president of stadium partnerships for Relevant Sports, the New York-based firm that hosts the ICC, at a press conference Tuesday. “We’ve been working for countless months to bring a game here,” he said. Tickets for the match, which is set to be the first international soccer match ever to be played at Ohio Stadium, go on sale to the general public April 5 through Ticketmaster. Exclusive presale tickets are available beginning 10 a.m. on March 29. Fans can sign up for a chance to obtain presale tickets via the ICC’s website, but Bryan told The Lantern the OSU community — students, staff and faculty — will have access to them. Final ticket details are still being ironed out, Bryan said, though he added they will likely start at $35.“We hope there is a price point for everyone,” he said. The match is another extension of the university’s push in recent years to bring events to the ’Shoe beyond football games, OSU Vice President and Athletic Director Gene Smith said.To date, that has primarily meant concerts, but Smith said the soccer match allows the school — and Columbus — to showcase itself to the global audience that the sport has. “We feel very comfortable that that particular day, July 27, we’ll have an opportunity to showcase two of the greatest, most valuable teams in this world right here in the ’Shoe,” he said. Both Columbus Crew SC President Andy Loughnane and OSU men’s soccer coach John Bluem praised the match’s capacity to highlight Columbus’ passion for the world’s most popular sport.Loughnane said it is a “landmark match for the city of Columbus.” It will be the first professional soccer match in the ’Shoe since Sept. 30, 1998, when Crew SC played its final game there before moving to its own stadium for the 1999 season. A mere 10,966 fans were on hand for it. The number of fans anticipated for the July exhibition could dwarf that figure.Although Smith and Bryan were hesitant to make an attendance projection, both said they expect it to be more than 100,000. The stadium’s attendance record is 108,975, which was set on Nov. 21 when the Buckeyes played Michigan State. The largest crowd at a soccer game in America was also an ICC match. In that game, 109,318 fans packed in the University of Michigan’s stadium to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid on Aug. 2, 2014.Smith laughed after being asked if the university was out to top its archrival. “We don’t look at it that way,” he said. “We’re not competing with anyone. Our focus is to make sure that these professionals — and these are the best of the best — have a quality experience. So we want make sure we have a packed house for them, regardless of where our number falls relative to anyone else in the world.” Real Madrid, according to Forbes, is the most valuable sports franchise in the world. Its roster is littered with elite talent, headlined by Ronaldo and James Rodriguez. The Royal Whites have captured the La Liga title 32 times, while also winning 10 European Cup competitions — the most of any club. PSG has won its league title each of the past three seasons and is currently on pace to take the crown again this year. The club is anchored by Thiago Silva and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though the latter is rumored to be exploring transfer options. In addition to the match at Ohio Stadium, there are currently seven other ICC matches set to take place in the United States this summer. But for one day, the soccer world will turn its attention to Ohio’s capital city.“Soccer is the world’s sport … so on July 27, all eyes, literally around the world, will be tuned in to Columbus,” Loughnane said. “No matter what time a day it is in Europe, or elsewhere throughout the world, Columbus will be the focus.” read more

Wider information on slurry equipment use for the global mining market

first_imgThe Weir Minerals Division, of the Glasgow-based Weir Group, has expanded its www.weirminerals.com website to include information on the mining slurry equipment supplier’s solutions in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, and Chinese. “The mining market is global and we wanted to reflect that fact with our web presence,” said Scot Smith, Weir Minerals Divisional Managing Director. “We now have the ability to communicate easily and effectively with more of our customers and prospects around the world.” The languages are available by selecting the desired language from the home page. Weir Minerals delivers and supports slurry equipment solutions including pumps, hydrocyclones, valves and wear resistant linings. It has manufacturing, service and sales centers in North and South America, Europe, Africa, India, Australia, China and Russia.Based in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, the Weir Minerals Division employs nearly 3,000 people worldwide, delivering end-to-end solutions for all mining, transportation, milling, processing and waste management activities. Weir Minerals Division has an advanced product range incorporating market leading brands, such as Warman® centrifugal slurry pumps, Geho® PD slurry pumps, Vulco® wear resistant linings, Cavex® hydrocyclones, Floway® Pumps vertical turbine pumps, Isogate® slurry valves, Multiflo® mine dewatering pumps, Hazleton® specialty slurry pumps, Lewis PumpsTM vertical chemical pumps, and BegemannTM centrifugal process pumps. The Weir Minerals global network ensures proximity to customer operations anywhere in the world.The Weir Group comprises three specialist divisions, each with closely aligned independently successful companies and leading brand name products in their own sectors. Employing, in total, more than 9,000 people worldwide, each division is focused on meeting the needs of customers in chosen key sectors of mining and minerals processing, oil and gas exploration and refining and power generation. The success of Weir, throughout its history stretching back to its foundations in Scotland in 1871, has been founded on the ability to deliver engineering solutions that improve the quality, safety and value of its customers’ activities. Today, this pedigree is demonstrated through skilled people and the exceptional new products which the Group is bringing to market.last_img read more

Global solidarity and cooperation key to global threat of climate change

first_imgSaturday 28 November (Paris) – Climate change is a global issue like conflicts and the financial meltdown and like them it requires global solidarity and cooperation, says international agency ActionAid ahead of climate talks in Paris.That is why rich, developed nations that have caused climate change must support a deal that helps developing countries adapt to the impacts and deal with the loss and damage caused.As world leaders head to Paris for the Conference of the Parties (COP21), ActionAid is joining local communities across the world to demand more ambition from world leaders, including a commitment on a Global Goal on Adaptation and a stronger institution to address loss and damage.ActionAid has calculated that finance for climate change adaptation in developing countries needs to increase to at least US$50 billion per year by 2020.Adriano Campolina, Chief Executive of ActionAid, said:“Just like conflicts and the financial meltdown, climate change is a global issue that calls for global solidarity and cooperation.“Climate change is happening now, and countries such as Bangladesh and Senegal are on the front line. People are losing their homes and land, their crops and water, and women are particularly vulnerable to these impacts.“Climate change is driving increasing levels of hunger, poverty, disease and migration. But without financial support from rich countries, poorer countries will be unable to cope with these impacts.“The rich developed nations that are most responsible for the climate crisis, must live up to their responsibility to support developing countries. Rich countries must keep to their 2009 Copenhagen pledge to provide US$100 billion, so that developing countries can adapt to climate impacts and choose greener development pathways.“World leaders must agree a credible plan to provide enough money. Otherwise the new climate agreement will be leaving the world’s most vulnerable people to fend for themselves.”ActionAid is already working with communities to help them deal with a changed climate, as well as responding to climate-related disasters. ActionAid is also campaigning for change at the global level, because international action is needed to make a difference.Climate adaptation efforts are a priority focus for many developing countries. They have contributed the least to cause climate change, but they are more vulnerable and lack the necessary financial resources to cope with climate impact.Important NotesActionAid is leading the way in helping people protect their lives and livelihoods, from building flood-proof villages, to providing salt resistant seeds and teaching children how to survive in a disaster. The impacts of climate change are felt most keenly in developing countries and especially by women. Women are more likely to be adversely affected by climate change than men, according to the UN. When floods hit, homes and crops are destroyed. Women have to walk long distances to find clean water, fuel and food for their families. The essential things women need to help them adapt – land and money – are often not available to them.ActionAid’s recent reportMind the Adaptation Gap, reveals the cost of helping poor people adapt to climate change amounts to around 0.1 per cent of a rich nation’s GDP. The 0.1 per cent cost of adaptation is relatively small compared with the seven per cent of GDP major economies spent on bailing out the banks after the 2008 financial crisis, or the two per cent of GDP that NATO members commit to spending annually on defence.However, rich nations’ current contributions to helping poor countries adapt to the climate crisis fall far below the amount of money needed. Rich countries must increase the total amount of grant-based finance provided for adaptation in developing countries from the $3-5 billion in 2013, to at least $50 billion per year by 2020, and at least $150 billion per year by 2025.Climate finance must be additional to Official Development Assistance (ODA), and must not affect the amounts countries spend on ODA. Adaptation to climate change enables and increases development, but it does not substitute for existing development plans, which are crucial for safeguarding people’s rights and social justice.last_img read more

UN Resident Coordinator Urges Ministers to Maintain Unity Strength

first_imgMadam Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, the United Nations Resident Cd strength in order to be able to achieve the positive change that will bring hope, reconciliation, cohesion and sustainable development for the country. Madam Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje was addressing cabinet ministers and top public officers at the closing of the recently held retreat at a local hotel in Brufut, on Sunday May 7th 2017. oordinator in the Gambia has urged cabinet ministernd maturity that made the Gambia the hope and pride for Africa. “My hope from this retreat is that you will draw an inner strength of unity that brought you together as a Coalition to end 22 years of adversity so as to achieve what you promised to the Gambia people, and this should be the positive change that will bring about hope, reconciliation, cohesion, and justice for human rights and sustainable development,” said Lekoetje.s and public officers to maintain the spirit of unity anle country demonstrated the utmost patience aMuhammed Ibn Chambas, United Nation Special Envoy for West Africa on his part said the 3-day retreat was exceptionally great and also expressed the hope that all the participants will draw big lessons from it. He said the lessonsShe said during the political impasse, the who and experiences that have been shared and learnt from the retreat will assure generations and help move the nation forward.“I have been particularly impressed by the enthusiasm and resolve consistently demonstrated throughout this team bonding exercise and urge you to continue on the path of consistence building of such discussions in a friendly atmosphere, in your commitments to serve this nation,’’Mr. Chambas said.Speaking earlier, Madam Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang who presided over the closing of the retreat, said the Gambian people have decided and they have provided victory for both the presidential and parliamentary elections. She said as things stand, the country has now moved from politics to governance and referred to president Barrow as ‘father of the nation and not father of a coalition’.She noted, “I stand here on behalf of president Adama Barrow to renew our commitment to the Gambian people and we took it as a responsibility to facilitate the harmonization of our thinking and priorities that we will implement together with other stakeholders.”“We are committed to the people and by the people by doing our best towards our civic engagements and we want to bring everybody on board in order to succeed in thought and action in the commitments we have made to them,” said Tambajang.last_img read more

BSF guns down two Bangladeshis

first_imgborderTwo Bangladeshis were shot to death by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Godagari border of the upazila in Rajshahi early Sunday.The deceased are Esarul Islam Mishu, 30, and Nasraf alias Abu, 29. Both hail from Bhubanchar of Godagari upazila.Esarul died after being shot on the Bangladesh side while Nasraf died on the Indian side when they were bringing cattle along the border, said Godagari police station officer-in-charge  Hipzur Ali Munshi.last_img

Destination Asia China make senior executive appointments

first_imgDestination Asia China make senior executive appointmentsDestination Asia China promote Kaci McAllister to General Manager & Karen Cheng to Deputy General Manager of Shanghai officeDestination Asia, Asia’s leading destination management company recently announced the promotion of Kaci McAllister to General Manager of Destination Asia China, and Karen Cheng to Deputy General Manager of their Shanghai office. Kaci will now lead all country operations and business development in China. Karen will lead the Shanghai team in creating outstanding and unique experiences for all of their guests.Linda Wang, Managing Director of Destination Asia China said, “I am so happy to announce the promotions of Kaci and Karen. Since they joined the company, they have both played an integral role in DA China’s development and continued success. I am very confident that having them on the management team will lead to an even brighter future for us.”Kaci joined the Destination Asia team in early 2014 to lead the company’s product development throughout China and was promoted to General Manager in January 2017. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kaci earned a Bachelor’s degree in German and a minor in Mandarin Chinese from Vanderbilt University. After graduating in 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant in Germany, where she spent one year at the University of Tübingen conducting historical research.Upon completion of the grant, she moved across the world to rural Guizhou, China to pursue a career in tourism development and hospitality. She is thrilled to serve the Destination Asia China team and our clients as General Manager moving forward.Karen joined the Shanghai team in 2011 and has fourteen years of experience in the tourism industry. A native of Shanghai, she has handled hundreds of MICE programs throughout her career, including the Beijing Olympic Games and the Shanghai Expo. Karen holds a degree in Tourism Marketing from Tongji University and is a true travel enthusiast. Her most recent adventure took her all the way to Antarctica!About Destination AsiaDestination Asia is a comprehensive destination management company (DMC) specializing in East and Southern Asia based operations since 1996. We provide cutting-edge destination management services for; incentive houses, cruise lines, convention/exhibition and conference organizers, tour wholesalers and operators, corporate meeting planners, cultural and historical associations and business travel organizers. The Destination Asia Group operates in 11 destinations; Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos.Source = Destination Asia – Chinalast_img read more

BLTM records spectacular success in its very first show

first_imgDates announced for 2017 editions of BLTM to be held across Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi NCR– Over 4700 appointments conducted between the Sellers and Buyers– 50 Seller Booths and Destination Pavilions with 150 Individual Sellers– 150 qualified Hosted Buyers from all over India– 150+ Invitees from travel trade associations and members of the media– India’s first MICE CLUB launchedBusiness & Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) at Hyatt Regency Gurgaon on 24-25 October 2016 has set a new milestone for MICE-focused travel shows in India. BLTM was very well received as India’s first full-fledged travel mart focused on specialised Business, MICE and Luxury Travel Sellers from all over the world.For the first-time ever in a B2B travel mart, over 150 qualified and fully Hosted Buyers from corporate companies and travel organisations from all over India were fully hosted with airfare, accommodation and all meals at the venue hotel. In addition, international Buyers were also extended similar host hospitalities from South Africa, Thailand, USA, Taiwan, France and Malaysia.In this two-day trade event, more than 150 Seller delegates from 50 exhibiting booths and destination pavilions met with over 150 Buyers on the exhibition floor.Global destination representations in the inaugural BLTM included Nepal, Taiwan, Korea, China, Fiji, Dubai, South Africa, Liberia, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Russia.Byungsun Lee, Director of Korea Tourism Organisation- India Office, said, “The main reason for our participation was to capture the MICE business from North India. BLTM belongs to a reputed travel trade brand and as expected witnessed a good first inaugural show.”Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir participated at full throttle along with several private sector companies from all parts of India showcasing India at its best as a Business, MICE and Luxury destination.Premium hotel chains at BLTM included FRHI Hotels & Resorts showcasing Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel, Royal Orchid Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group and Hyatt Hotels. Other leading hotel brands like Shanti Maurice- A Nira Resort, Royal Orchid Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Blu Hotels, Lemon Tree & Red Fox Hotels, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Clark & 1589 Group of Hotels, The Ambassador Group of Hotels, The Pride Group of Hotels, DS Group of Hotels, Mahindra Hotels, The Chancery Hotels, The Tamara Coorg, Minor Group, TGB Banquets & Hotels, Vythiri Village Resort were present.The 1:1 Hosted Buyer to Seller ratio at BLTM was in line with global standards. Our post show report confirmed each Buyer and Seller managed at least 30 business meetings at the mart, resulting in a total of 4,700 appointments between Sellers and Buyers on the two days of BLTM.In the lead-up to BLTM, there were 450 hosted buyer applications of which only 150 qualified intense screening and confirmed signifying great buyer interests and strict qualification.The two on-site Buyer-Seller appointment sessions designed to facilitate quick face-to-face appointment requests were a huge hit.The online meeting diary of BLTM for making appointments between the Buyers and Sellers before the show registered over 2200 confirmed appointments show. On-site 2500 additional meetings were scheduled.Major sponsor of BLTM2016, Bengal Tourism hosted the networking lunches and dinners for the Buyers and Sellers. A great exposure was given to the branding of Beautiful Bengal throughout the exhibition halls.Hyatt Regency Gurgaon was the Venue Partner for BLTM with several Hyatt properties on prominent display at a corporate pavilion at the BLTM.In addition to the Hosted Buyers, there were an equal number of invitees from travel trade associations like Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) India, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Enterprising Travel Agent’s Association (ETAA), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) and members of the media.Akbar Holidays was the official Travel Partner of BLTM and Eco Rent A Car was the Transportation Partner.Institutional Partners included SITE, OTOAI, NIMA, IATO, TAAI, TAFI, ETAA, ADTOI, The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd and WedWise.In another first, the MICE CLUB was launched at BLTM, with an objective to facilitate focused interaction and networking among a community of Buyers and Sellers from the specialised Business Travel and MICE segments. The missions and objectives of the club include organising the Buyer and Seller communities serving the Business Travel and MICE markets in India, facilitating ongoing interaction and networking, sharing knowledge and creating standards and accreditations.In addition to buying and selling opportunities at the show floor, there was an equally interesting line up of Panel Discussions conducted on the sidelines of the exhibition. The eminent panelists at the sessions deliberated on the latest issues related to Incentive Travel, MICE, Luxury, Destination Weddings, and destination promotion through film shoots.The session on Incentive Travel was organised by SITE, followed by that on MICE by NIMA. Back-to-back discussions were conducted on the emerging opportunities and destinations for weddings by WedWise. Another interesting session was dedicated to destination promotions through film shoots, curated by The Film & Television Producers Guild of India.“BLTM filled a vacuum in the evolution of travel trade shows in India, by introducing a sustainable large-format show focused on Business Travel and MICE Buyers in a format where fully Hosted Buyers meet Sellers based on pre scheduled appointments,” remarked Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman of Fairfest Media Ltd.Based on overwhelming positive feedback from both buyers and sellers, BLTM will be expanded to three cities in 2017 – Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi NCR, to cater to the West, South and North India markets of business travel and MICE.The dates for BLTM in 2017 are as follows: Mumbai (21-23 February), Hyderabad (14-15 July) and Delhi NCR (26-27 October). 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century Japanese woodblock prints and old master Dutch landscapes but also images produced from Google Earth and Sat Nav systems Reconstructed to replicate the exact movement and direction of his walk through the Loire valley in central France the exhibition aims to create “an endless moving and 3D portrait of a small part of the world” The series challenges the viewer to think about ways of representing movement and space within visual art “It is said that we do not perceive movement We see a series of still changing images and our brain intuits movement” says Opie whose occasional portrayal of certain detailed elements — a dog a few birds or a house — within the unchanging mood and scenery of the landscape allows the viewer to navigate time distance and motion Opie’s work is symbolic of a process of art-making that is relevant to the innovation and experimentation of the 21st century and the travelling exhibition aims to popularise it in India For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe fear of revival of terrorism has started haunting Punjab again A spate of recent incidents suggests that the sub-surface disquiet over matters religion is getting intense in the state and it might prove conducive to the growth of radicalism The tension in the Sikh community has been surfacing with disturbing regularity over the last few months It started with the controversy over the pardon granted to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by the SGPC The issue of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib and the statewide protests over it followed soon Then there was the Sarbat Khalsa on November 10 during which radical elements demanded Khalistan Parties have got into political games now On November 21 Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal called on President Pranab Mukherjee and accused the Congress of encouraging secessionist forces in the state for petty electoral gains He accused Rahul Gandhi of “fomenting trouble in Punjab” Later speaking to the media Sukhbir charged the Congress leaders with sharing the stage with radical and separatist elements in the November 10 Sarbat Khalsa in Amritsar He even went to the extent of calling the Congress an anti-national party which was hell-bent on playing divisive politics in Punjab Representational image Image courtesy: PTI The Congress was quick to dismiss his allegations In a counter-offensive the party accused Badal of indulging in a malicious and slanderous campaign The Congress spokesman said that Akalis have a ‘congenital obsession’ of blaming the Congress for every problem in the state Capt Amarinder Singh Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha said Badal was trying to shift the blame for his own failures on the Congress “The huge turnout of people at Sarbat Khalsa was an expression of anger and outrage at the Badal government and that is the reason Sukhbir is frustrated’’ said Amarinder Trouble began in Punjab a few months ago when the Akal Takht unexpectedly announced pardon to the Dera Sacha chief solely on the basis of a letter written by him Sikhs asked why he was not even summoned to the Akal Takht It was said that the Akalis had pressured the SGPC to take the decision The Akali Dal is faced with strong anti-incumbency ahead of the assembly elections in early 2017 Lakhs of Dera followers could have come handy for it to beat the challenge from both the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party The Akal Takht later withdrew its pardon in the face of severe all-round criticism But before the pardon controversy had died down there were instances of desecration of the holy Guru Granth Sahib in different parts of Punjab There were large scale protests and anti-government rallies To control the crowd the police resorted to firing in one such protest rally killing two persons This angered radicals in the Sikh community who called a Sarbat Khalsa near Amritsar In a related development which could be linked to the possible revival of the Khalistani movement Dal Khalsa released the original Nanakshahi calendar for the New Year at the Operation Bluestar Memorial in the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar in March The calendar had the photograph of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale It also mentioned the death anniversaries of militants who were hanged or killed in ‘police encounters’ Similarly on June 5 some Sikh youth defied prohibitory orders to hold protests against the removal of a picture of Bhindranwale before the Operation Bluestar anniversary The entire region of Jammu had been engulfed in tension as a reason of protest and police action against the protesters Indian intelligence agencies had reported in May that banned terrorism outfit LeT had been training and assisting Khalistani militants in Pakistan The plan was to send them to J&K from where they could infiltrate Punjab This was not surprising at all as three decades ago also Pakistan had helped the Khalistani uprising in India However some think the Khalistan movement is not at all a real threat now Talking to Firstpost Professor (Retd) Manjit Singh of Swaraj Abhiyan who was earlier a member of the AAP party said the present serious crisis in Punjab was a result of the interference of politicians in religious matters Politicians deliberately allow such controversies to divert attention of the people from the real issues like growing unemployment rise in prices of essential commodities power shortage drugs problem in Punjab sand mining mafia etc Lashing out at Sukhbir Singh Badal Punjab People’s Party (PPP) president Manpreet Singh Badal said “Badal is raising the bogey of Khalistan to cover up the failure of Akali government on all fronts People are so angry with the present government that at many places Akali leaders have been chased away” said Manpreet By: IANS | Mumbai | Published: March 17 2017 6:00 pm Assam’s cultural and ethnic diversity is simply breathtaking (Source: File photo) Top News The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) is all set to showcase the traditional art and culture of Assam as it returns with the ninth edition of its Living Traditions folk festival platform The two-day-festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday here Living Traditions 2017: Festival of Assam will enthrall audiences with interesting documentaries folk performances and contemporary folk performance led by Joi Barua known for lending his voice to Bollywood hits like “Dev D” and “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” “Assam’s cultural and ethnic diversity is simply breathtaking We are happy to bring alive a slice of Assam’s rich culture through these exceptionally talented artists and documentaries Assam has a folk legacy which goes way beyond the more popular Bihu We hope to give the audiences a true flavor of this culture in the most authentic manner” said Suvarnalata Rao Head Programming Indian Music NCPA Assam’s ethnic diversity not only banks on its liaison with the Bihu dance form or the beautiful Kaziranga national park The state brings about its richness through its bio diversity backed by its archeological sites oil reserves and tea plantations Its population is an intermix of languages dresses food-habits and art forms practiced by the large number of tribes that inhabit the land It is a clear reflection of the overwhelming ethnic distinctiveness The festival first attempts to capture the vastness of Assam’s culture with a series of documentaries Land of the Brahmaputra Purwottar Ki Parwaz and Satras and Namghars of Assam will be screened on the inaugural day On the same day the audiences will be regaled to a variety of performances by folk musicians This group of musicians and dancers will keep enthusiasts glued to their seats with four different performances They include the Borgeet an invocation to Lord Krishna practiced by the Vaishnava sect followed by Kamrupi lokgeet a folk song in the dialect of Kamrup district the Jhumur associated with tea gardens and finally the Bihu the most celebrated folk dance in all of Assam The concluding day will witness a presentation of songs drawn from the rich folk repertoire of the region rendered in a contemporary style using visuals modern expressions arrangements and instrumentation The performances will have a distinct contemporary style using modern expressions arrangements and instrumentation Opening its doors to the world in 1969 the NCPA became the first multi-venue and multi-purpose cultural centre to be built in South Asia Vibrant and diverse the NCPA today is recognised by artistes patrons and media alike as one of India’s premier performing arts institution For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: November 2 2010 10:28 pm Related News Aamir Khan’s ‘Peepli Live’ will be the first DVD with an option for Visually and Hearing impaired audience Released by Excel Home Entertainmentthe DVD will carry an inbuilt option that narrates scenes with details about 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