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Kerala one of world's top 10 family holiday destinations
Report dated 09/11/2013 @ 11:45 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.
Pakistani mole in Indian security agencies helped 26/11 terrorists !
Report dated 09/11/2013 @ 11:32 PM
According to the book 'The Seige' written by British journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, a Pakistani mole in the Indian security agencies code named 'Honey Bee', helped operative David Headley's ISI handlers in identifying the Badhwar Park landing site for 26/11 terrorists in Mumbai.
The book says that Pakistani-American Lashkar operative David Headley was put through a two-year course on surveillance and counter-intelligence by Pakistan's espionage agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), who also gave him classified Indian files that were obtained from within the Indian police and army, from an agent in New Delhi who was known as Honey Bee.
The book says, to date Headley's handler Major Iqbal, Honey Bee and Abu Qahafa have not been identified.
Listing their sources, the authors said they went through classified documents of the Indian, USA and British security sources, thousand of unpublished court documents, and confidential annexures which elucidated the lapses on the part of the Mumbai police.
Indian NGO wins award for using Bollywood films to promote literacy !
Report dated 09/11/2013 @ 11:28 PM
Mumbai based non-profit organisation PlanetRead has won the 2013 Library of Congress Literacy Award in the international category.
PlanetRead in India is an innovative programme that reinforces literacy skills, primarily through subtitles for popular musical television programming. SLS (Same Language Subtitling)
was developed in India and is simple to implement and easy to replicate, reaching 200 million low-literacy TV viewers in India.
The Library of Congress called it notable as a highly motivational approach for getting low-literacy adults to read, particularly where access to books is difficult.
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards seeks to reward those organisations that have been doing exemplary innovative work over a sustained period of time, and to encourage new groups, organisation and individuals to become involved.
The Award carries a cash prize of $50,000.
30 of India’s 130 billionairs are in Mumbai
Report dated 08/11/2013 @ 3:10 PM
According to a report, India has more billionaires than France, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Hong Kong and is home to the sixth largest group of super-rich in the world. Of these India's financial capital Mumbai, with 30 billionaires, is among the top five 'billionaire cities' globally.
The average billionaire's net work in India is $1.7 billion and nearly half of them are self made.
The average age of the Indian billionaire is 63 years and most of them are men.
Mukesh Ambani who has a net worth of $21 billion has retained his title as Indian's wealthiest, for the sixth year in a row.
Another maid brutalized in Parliamentarian’s house
Report dated 07/11/2013 @ 3:09 PM
BSP MP Dhananjay Singh and his wife Jagriti Singh, who were arrested over the murder of a domestic helper and the torture of another were sent to 5 day custody, as police told the court of a third domestic helper who was also beaten mercilessly and is recovering in hospital.
Dr Jagriti Singh, 29, was arrested for the murder of 35-year-old helper Rakhi Bhadra, who had been tortured with hot rods, an iron, a stick, and kicked repeatedly over the Diwali weekend. Hours later the MP was also arrested for allegedly abetting murder and trying to destroy evidence.
MP Singh, 38, and Jagriti were again in court when police revealed that two more helpers were tortured, one a 17-year-old boy and Meena a woman, who is battling severe injuries in hospital.
Jagriti is a dentist at the RML hospital, which delayed the post-mortem of the dead woman as police did not want biased doctors on the medical board in charge of the procedure.
The teenager who was tortured with Rakhi was the main witness against the couple. He showed his injuries and reported that Jagriti lost her temper when Rakhi took time preparing a meal and hit her with an iron rod. The boy alleged that the beatings continued the next day.