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Britain's royal couple on 9-day trip to India
Report dated 20/11/2013 @ 4:27 PM
Successor to the British throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall began their trip to India by taking part in the aarti ritual on the banks of the Ganges at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.
They were received by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna and British High Commissioner to India, James David Bevan.
This is the third official visit to India by the couple and their most extensive, as they will also visit Dehradun and the Indian Military Academy, The Forest Research Institute and the Doon School there.
Their visit ends on Nov 14 when they leave for Sri Lanka.
Saudis bemoan rising labour costs after NRI workers leave !
Report dated 20/11/2013 @ 4:24 PM
Saudis and expatriates in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia have begun complaining of rising labour costs since the exodus of a million workers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Yemen left the country as a result of the crackdown on illegal expatriates that deported persons without visas living and working in the country.
Around four million workers regularised their situation by finding employers to sponsor them, but in doing so, virtually emptied the market of cheap freelance labour.
People are now forced to turn to authorised service companies that charge double the rate or more, to hire out workers such as electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and the like.
Kerala one of world's top 10 holiday destinations
Report dated 20/11/2013 @ 4:19 PM
Lonely Planet the travel guides publisher, has named Kerala as one of the world's top 10 best family holiday destinations. The honour was awarded during The World Travel Mart in London, which is the world's leading travel trade event. Kerala Tourism diector S Harikishore who led the state delegation to the event accepted the award.
Kerala now joins New York City, Denmark, Prague, Iceland, Italy and Hawaii as a child-friendly destination, ideal for the family. Kerala was described as a family friendly laid back place with lots of national parks for elephant spotting, palm fringed beaches, and boat trips along the backwaters.
Harikishore said Britain is a most important market for Kerala state which recorded nearly 150,000 tourist arrivals in 2012.
The Kerala delegation to the event included 12 co-exhibitors representing the hospitality industry in the state.
Pakistan TV channels fined for airing excessive Indian content !
Report dated 19/11/2013 @ 6:25 PM
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), has fined ten entertainment TV channels Rs.10 million for airing excessive Indian and foreign content. It has issued warning letters to them to desist from the practice in future.
The PEMRA monitoring system works round the clock to ensure the compliance of the code of conduct and code of advertising.
Private TV channels in the country have been authorised to air only 10 percent of foreign content, and 60 percent of that 10 percent should be Indian or other, and 40 percent of the 10 percent may be English content.
'The Little Taj Mahal of France' in Paris
Report dated 19/11/2013 @ 6:22 PM
Seven kilometres outside Paris, on the banks of the River Seine in a town called Courbevoie a wooden structure called "The Pavilion of India' has been opened to the public for the first time in 135 years.
It was originally constructed for the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1878, on the orders of the Prince of Wales, (later Edward VII King of England), who wanted it built to display jewels and precious objects he brought back from his India visit in 1876. It was built inside a larger building on the spot where the Eiffel tower was later built. 16 million people visited the pavilion in 1878.
It is now being called the "Little Taj Mahal of France'.
The architecture and interiors are an eclectic mix of styles and not strictly Indian. The site has been restored at a cost of 2.5 million euros. The large glass windows offer a view of the Eiffel Tower. Only 19 visitors are allowed in at a time as the wooden structure is fragile, and visits have to be reserved in advance.
The pavilion was a show window of the British empire for its prized possession, India.