Arunachal FM warns of Kargil-like situation in North-East

first_imgArunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Kalikho Pul has raised an alarm and warned of a “Kargil-like situation” brewing in the North-East.Pul told Headlines Today that Chinese personnel are constantly intruding into Indian territory. He said that the Chinese are easily able to come into many of the north eastern regions, especially Tawang and Anjaw districts.”The situation is alarming for the last seven-eight years. Chinese personnel are constantly intruding into our territory. Names of our villages are written in their area. China has better infrastructure on their side…while our connectivity to the border areas is very poor,” Pul said.Pul has asked the Indian government to take steps to better the infrastructure in the border areas which are lying vacant, otherwise, he has warned, a “Kargil-like situation” may develop in the state.For more news on India, click here. For more news on Business, click here. For more news on Movies, click here. For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: India drop Shikhar Dhawan after repeated failures

first_imgIndia dropped Shikhar Dhawan from the playing XI for the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final clash against West Indies on Thursday. (Live Scorecard)Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who lost the toss at the Wankhede Stadium, made two changes to the squad after axing Dhawan. Ajinkya Rahane, who was with the team since the start of the tournament, replaced the out-of-form opener. (India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 semi-final: LIVE UPDATES) Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey replaced all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who was ruled out of the tournament after he suffered an ankle injury during the league game against Australia.Dhoni’s decision to axe Dhawan for the big clash came as a surprise as the Indian skipper had backed him even after a string of poor performances.Dhawan had scored only 43 runs from four outings in the tournament with his top score of 23 coming against Bangladesh. Dhawan had trouble facing up to against genuine pace in this tournament.Dhawan, who had hit a half-century in the home series against Sri Lanka, lost his touch in the Asia Cup T20 tournament. Dhawan could only manage 19 runs in the tournament before slamming a match-winning 60 against Bangladesh in the final.last_img read more

Reworking informal businesses

first_imgAirbnb—the room rental company that does not own any rooms—has just sued the city of New York. Why? This is because the city has introduced a bill to penalise anyone who rents out their apartment for less than 30 days. This would effectively kill Airbnb’s business, which makes every household owner a potential hotelier. Airbnb provides an online listing system—anyone who owns a house, or many properties can rent out space. The business cuts into the profits of conventional hotels who have to buy land, build rooms and take care of the establishment. In Airbnb’s case, the costs are low and distributed. More importantly, thousands, even millions, of rooms suddenly become available, which eat into the market of house rentals or hotels. Airbnb is, not surprisingly, hitting old business, which also is hitting back.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt is also difficult to regulate. Just think. How do city governments control millions of property owners who have become instant hoteliers? Airbnb argues that its reputational system, where owners and guests rate each other, regulates the informal market. Governments disagree. Airbnb is fighting similar battles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and even in its hometown of San Francisco, and the list is growing. Uber—the taxi service that does not own any cars—has similar battles on hand. Uber, and others like it, have turned every car owner into a potential service provider. All that Uber does is to aggregate these millions of car owners who have overnight become taxi drivers. This is why it can reduce costs and work the market—drastically undercut the market price and drive regular taxi service into the red. All this without owning a single car.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUber and its variants are facing tremendous hostility from the old business. I saw this at close hand when the Supreme Court of India directed that all taxis, including those run by aggregators like Uber or Ola, should convert to CNG. This was done to reduce Delhi’s runaway air pollution. But the result of this seemingly simple order was out and out war. All taxi owners—from the black and yellow, radio taxi, to the tourist taxi and all India tourist taxi—converged at the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (I am a member of it), which is required to oversee the implementation of the Supreme Court’s direction. They had only one demand: stop Uber and Ola.  Our objective was different—to regulate the fuel used by taxis and not to stop their operations. But regulation is a challenge. In the very first meeting, the police informed us that they are helpless. They could not identify the taxi—every car had become a taxi. Uber and Ola told us that they were not taxi operators—only aggregators. In fact, their companies are registered as information technology providers. They were also not responsible for anything—customers hired cars using their platform and rated the service provided by drivers. The Delhi government had issued guidelines, which would curtail the operations of such aggregators, but Uber challenged this in the court. Finally, after weeks of protracted discussions, and often violent disagreements, it was agreed that all taxis, including those listed with the aggregators, would run on CNG. But all other issues, including the contentious issue of surge pricing, remained unresolved. Governments in India and abroad are battling with taxi operators and technology companies to formulate these rules. But why am I writing this now? The fact is Airbnb and Uber are part of the inevitable change in our future. The reason is that the modern world has formalised its economy to the point that it has become unviable. The brick-and-mortar world requires massive infrastructure, and this then requires regulations to ensure that all this operates within rules. The cost of regulations is also high and adds to the cost of running the economy. In my view, Uber and Airbnb are undercutting this world—by making the best use of the individual’s assets. In both cases, they are optimising existing resources—the cars and houses people own—to make more money and share the profits. But most importantly, these businesses are working the informal space. They are doing this to reduce costs and to expand opportunity. This is where we need to think further of what our world is about. In countries like India, informal business is the existing order of the day. Everything—from collecting sewage from homes, recycling garbage to providing transport in our cities—is managed by millions of myriad informal businesses. But we do not consider it part of our future. Worse, it defies regulation as we know it today. So, it must go. But given that the formal economy comes with costs, we cannot replace this informal and thriving business. But to kill it we neglect it; make it illegal, and altogether despise it. But still, it stays. We just can’t make it work. So, is it time we thought of a different business future? Let’s discuss this again.(The writer is Editor of Down To Earth magazine. Views expressed are strictly personal.)last_img read more

Luxury Gold by Insight Vacations launches 2017 Worldwide program

first_imgLuxury Gold by Insight Vacations launches 2017 Worldwide program Tags: Insight Vacations, Luxury Travel Monday, October 17, 2016 TORONTO — Luxury Gold, curated by Insight Vacations, has launched its first Worldwide program for 2017, featuring 15 new itineraries, nine new countries and an exciting Immersive Volunteer Trip extension for the first time ever.Building on the success of its first year of operation, Luxury Gold’s 2017 Worldwide portfolio will now feature 38 escorted journeys that deliver private VIP experiences across Europe, North and South America, India, Southeast Asia and Australasia. The 15 new luxury itineraries include trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, all for the first time.“To travel with Luxury Gold is to travel beyond the ordinary,” said John Boulding, global CEO, Luxury Gold. “From the breath-taking five-star accommodation to the personal attention of our travelling concierges and truly immersive, VIP behind-the-scenes access that you won’t get with any other tour operator, we have thought of every last detail. Agents can be assured that their clients’ Luxury Gold vacations will be personalized, hassle-free and truly unforgettable.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthAll itineraries in Australia and New Zealand will travel in small groups with a maximum of 20, in Southeast Asia with a maximum 26 and selected departures in Europe will operate with a maximum of 24 guests for those customers looking for a more intimate experience.Guests will stay in renowned properties including the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia, the Langham in Sydney, the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa in Italy, The Milestone Hotel in London and the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Brazil.New itineraries for 2017 include: the 19-day ‘Inspiring Indochina’, which links three of Luxury Gold’s new itineraries to create the ultimate combination of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos; the 15-day ‘Inspiring Australia’, which journeys through Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales; the 13-day ‘The French Connection’, connecting England, Guernsey, Jersey and France; the 24-day ‘The Long White Cloud’, which combines the new ‘Southern Drift’ and ‘Endless Shores’ journeys to span the whole of New Zealand; and the seven-day ‘Quito and the Galapagos Islands’, which includes five days cruising to the Galapagos Islands.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaIn response to demand, a number of mini-trips that featured in the 2016 program have been expanded for 2017 to create dedicated and more in-depth tours such as the new ‘Classical Sri Lanka’ and ‘Nepal & Bhutan – Mountain Kingdoms.’Luxury Gold is also launching a new Immersive Volunteer Trip extension in India through partnership with ME to WE, allowing guests the opportunity to spend time in a community in rural Rajasthan. Here they will work on building projects and learn about sustainable agriculture practices, traditional crafts and daily life in the hills and farmland of India through the personal stories of the men and women living there.For more information, please contact your local Sales Manager or visit us at luxurygoldvacations.com. Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

Harry Potter stars officially open Universal Orlandos new Hagrid roller coaster

first_img ORLANDO — Several Hogwarts alumni were on hand to commemorate the grand opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the latest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.While at yesterday’s launch, film stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred & George Weasley) added a touch of magic by reciting the iconic ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ spell before the crowd. With a flick of their wands, trunks and storage containers magically flew away, marking the official opening of the new coaster.A special message from actor Robbie Coltrane, who portrays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films and the star of the new adventure, was also included in the festivities.“I’m excited to welcome you to this new chapter of magic here at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” said Coltrane. “Be sure to hang onto your motorbike, and most importantly, have fun everyone.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesFeaturing rich sets, an actual forest with over 1,200 trees, groundbreaking coaster technology and a captivating storyline, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the world’s first ‘story coaster’ that takes guests through mysterious ruins, above forest trees and backwards at speeds up to 50 mph, all while riding either Hagrid’s motorbike or in the adjacent sidecar.Riders also come face-to-face with magical creatures such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of Cornish pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog, and Blast-Ended Skrewts, a creature that’s never been seen in the films.At select times, guests may be asked to use the Official Universal Orlando Resort App and enter the Virtual Line for access to the new attraction, allowing them to enjoy other experiences at Universal Orlando until it’s their time to return and join the queue.For more information go to UniversalTravelAgents.com. Posted by Harry Potter stars officially open Universal Orlando’s new Hagrid roller coaster << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Harry Potter, Orlando, Universal Friday, June 14, 2019 last_img read more