The Gujarat government has agreed for a judicial probe in the Kutch sex racket and gang rape case, in which a four local BJP leaders are allegedly accused. The announcement of the probe was made by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in the Assembly on Wednesday. He said, “We are committed to ensure that all guilty [are] punished and no one is spared.”The Congress had aggressively pushed for a probe in the case by forcing adjournment of Assembly proceedings frequently on Monday and Tuesday. However, the Opposition party did not raise the issue after the Mr. Rupani’s announcement.Members of the Congress had even placed their demands even before the presentation of annual budget in the house on Tuesday. The house was adjourned and the Congress members pressed for a probe during the question hour. Earlier, a State Congress delegation had sought for Gujarat governor O.P. Kohli’s intervention in the matter. The caseA 23-year-old woman had filed an FIR with the Kutch police earlier this month, accusing nine persons of gang rape. She had also alleged that 35 young women and college-going girls were lured by a group of businessmen and politicians into flesh trade. According to the FIR, in August 2015, the woman came to her mother’s house at Kothara village in Kutch from Mumbai (where she was staying with her husband). She was looking for a job and her mother sought help from one Bababhai, who owned a mobile shop in Naliya town. He reportedly assured the family that he would help the woman find a job within a couple of days. He also introduced her to a gas agency owner Shantilal Solanki, who offered her a job at ₹5,500 per month. Subsequently, the woman was repeatedly gang raped by nine persons at different places in Kutch district. Four local BJP politicians, among other accused, were named in the FIR filed by the victim. The politicians have been arrested by the cops.
Buying houses will be dearer in Mumbai as the State government on Tuesday cleared a Bill, without discussion, to increase stamp duty on property transfers by 1%. The extra money will be transferred to transport infrastructure projects planned in the city. To ensure public projects like the coastal road, Metro, monorail and freeways have enough funds, a surcharge will be added to the stamp duty charged for the sale, gift and rental transactions of properties.The Bill was passed without discussion as it was presented amid sloganeering from Opposition and ruling party MLAs over the issue of Maratha reservation.Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said that the government acted in an authoritarian manner and similarly pushed eight other Bills too. “We were not given a chance to speak. This is not how Bills are cleared,” he said. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said,“It is important that every Bill is discussed in detail. Every aspect should be scrutinised and that is our work. But they didn’t want it to be discussed,” he said.However, Parliamentary Affairs minister Girish Bapat said the Oppositioncreated the ruckus and the government had stopped them for speaking on the Bill.
A PWD junior engineer, who was allegedly forced by a newly elected BJD MLA in Odisha to do sit-ups in public, on Friday claimed the legislator had also asked an executive engineer to slap him, even as the police registered a case against the lawmaker. The alleged “rowdyism” of Saroj Kumar Meher, first-time MLA from Patnagarh in Bolangir district, also triggered a row with the Opposition BJP coming down heavily on the BJD government and demanding immediate arrest of the lawmaker and the Congress condemning the incident. Mr. Meher, who drew flak after a video purportedly showed him forcing a PWD junior engineer to do sit-ups in public went viral, on Thursday apologised for his action, claiming he did so to assuage public anger. Later on Thursday, the engineer’s wife lodged a complaint with the police against the MLA, accusing him of publicly humiliating her husband.
People eat street food in Dhaka on 18 April, 2019. Photo: Jung Da-minBangladesh is a very dynamic country with one of the world’s highest population densities of 1,015 per square kilometre for its 165 million people.The country’s largest city and capital Dhaka is a diverse city of vibrant culture, with thousands of Bangladeshi businesses and international corporations contributing to migration and population growth.The streets in Dhaka are always filled with cars and people passing by, giving the impression the city itself is always in motion.The heat of the capital does not turn off even at night, with many people still eating out, sitting and talking to each other on the streets.Visiting the dynamic city during the Bangladesh government’s week-long “Visit Bangladesh” tour programme for a group of journalists, academics and envoys in mid-April, this reporter found a chance for an interesting night out with a local friend, according to The Korea Times.The streets of Dhaka at night, lit with neon signs and lights from high buildings, were much darker compared to the bright streets of Seoul, but they were still lively with people moving around.People sit and talk outside in a street in Dhaka on 18 April, 2019. Photo: Jung Da-minAdvancing through the streets, this reporter found many people out, sitting around and talking to each other even after 10pm, South Korea’s one of the oldest English-language daily adds.A local friend and guide said it was normal for citizens to come home from work or school late at night and they like to chill out on the streets long after dark.Buildings of university campuses were also filled with people for late-night political party gatherings and discussions, and students gathered all around the campus.People sit and talk inside a building in the campus of University of Dhaka for political party gatherings and discussions.Dhaka street foodsMany people were also getting street food from vendors and small restaurants along the streets.Seen is a view of a street in motion in Dhaka at night after 10pm on 18 April. Photo: Jung Da-minAmong the various street foods, this reporter tried out a few different kinds: jhalmuri, chotpoti, fuchka, achars and coconut water.The taste of jhalmuri was not so unfamiliar but rather similar to that of ramen ― an instant noodle snack with spicy sauce easily found in Seoul.The popular Bangalee street food loved by people of all age groups was made with puffed rice, onions and green chilli, the Korean Times says.Chotpoti is one of the most popular street foods in Bangladesh made with peas, potatoes, chopped boiled eggs, cucumber, red onions and other vegetables with panipuri shells stuffed with them and tamarind paste and chaat masala on top.Fuchka is a slightly more condensed version of chotpoti and they usually are served together on one plate.The combination of crispy panipuri shells and mushy ingredients inside adds to the fun of eating, giving a unique mouthfeel.Achars are Bangladesh-style pickles made with different kinds of vegetables and fruit ― normally sour fruit ― mixed together and seasoned in oil.The one this reporter tried with local boiled rice was sweet and sour, similar to South Korean pickled plums.It is not too difficult to find coconut water in convenience stores in South Korea, but on the streets of Dhaka, you will get to drink from the coconut itself.As the coconuts are loaded at vendors in streets they are not as cool as those from a refrigerator, but are sweet enough to fill you with energy.
French Foreign Affairs minister Jean Yves Le Drian looks on during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on 4 December 2018. Photo: AFPThe French government on Sunday urged Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the US president posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement.”We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated,” foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television.”I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be.”Trump had on Saturday posted two tweets referring to the “yellow vest” anti-government protests that have swept France since mid-November and sparked rioting in Paris.”Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes?” he suggested.Trump had earlier posted: “The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris. Protests and riots all over France.”People do not want to pay large sums of money, much to third world countries (that are questionably run), in order to maybe protect the environment. Chanting ‘We Want Trump!’ Love France.”Earlier this week Trump retweeted one of several posts falsely claiming that French protesters were chanting his name.The videos that have been used to support this claim were in fact filmed at a far-right protest in London earlier this year.The protests in France are not directly linked to the Paris climate agreement which was signed in 2015 and has since been abandoned by Trump, to the dismay of French president Emmanuel Macron and other Western leaders.Spurred by rising fuel prices — in part due to tax hikes aimed at helping France shift to a lower-carbon economy — the “yellow vest” protests have grown into a broad movement against Macron’s policies and governing style.- ‘Don’t insult my country’ -Other French politicians have also responded angrily to Trump’s latest tweets, including a lawmaker from Macron’s party who dubbed the US leader “Donald the Senile”.”DON’T INSULT MY COUNTRY DOTARD,” Joachim Son-Forget posted, employing an antiquated insult previously used against Trump by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Trump had weighed in on the protests in previous tweets, deploring the “large and violent French protests”.Despite their differences — Macron is a 40-year-old centrist and Trump a 72-year-old rightwinger — the French and US leaders initially enjoyed warm ties.But relations have soured in recent months, not least over Trump’s rejection of the climate agreement and hard-fought Iran nuclear deal.Last month a fresh row blew up after Macron gave an interview calling for a “European army” and arguing that Europe needed to be more independent from the US in its defence policy.Macron is further thought to have riled the US president during commemorations marking the end of World War I when the French leader took aim at Trump-style nationalism in his speech.Le Drian, like other members of the government, stressed that Macron wanted a dialogue with the protesters and would offer solutions when he addresses the nation early next week.”I think his remarks will be strong enough for the movement to halt, or at least for the hooligans to be put off,” the foreign minister said.He expressed concern over remarks among some protesters calling for an “insurrection” in France.”As foreign minister I travel around the world and I know — you can witness it in certain countries — how fragile democracy is,” Le Drian said.”I hear people saying, ‘This is an insurrection’. That is not the republic I know.”
Posted by Virtuoso Incubator chooses Explor VR platform for 2017 tech program Share << Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK — Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel agencies, has chosen Explor VR, Travelweek’s virtual reality platform that launched nationwide in Canada last fall, as one of the emerging travel technology companies participating in its innovative Virtuoso Incubator program for 2017.The program aims to foster new technology and provide efficiencies that will ultimately help its travel agency members maintain a competitive edge. Hundreds of companies within the rapidly growing travel technology sector applied for the program. Only three, including Xplr VR, were selected for early admission.“We selected Explor VR for Virtuoso Incubator because its solution aligns with our goal of fostering emerging technologies that are focused on increasing efficiency and enhancing client service for travel advisors,” said David Kolner, senior vice president, Global Member Partnerships at Virtuoso. “From the outset, Explor VR has curated its content and platform so that advisors can convert quality leads and offer an experience to travellers like never before. Virtuoso wanted to offer our members a chance to pilot this kind of technology, giving them the opportunity to be among the earliest adopters of virtual reality in the industry.”More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoExplor VR is the world’s only virtual reality app designed specifically for travel agents. It has curated a collection of virtual reality experiences based on what travel agents sell most, so that they can use the technology to showcase destinations and travel products to their clients in a fun and interactive way. The app is free for agents, with only a nominal investment required for an affordable headset.The app’s admission into the Virtuoso Incubator program demonstrates the mass-market interest in cutting-edge VR technology, and how it applies to the travel industry specifically. Since its launch, travel agents have been eager to embrace the new technology, which they say gives them a competitive edge over online OTA’s when engaging with clients.“The future of travel industry marketing is with virtual reality,” Kolner said. “The sensory experience of virtual reality can make the travel discovery process immersive, productive and fun. Explor VR is bringing visual marketing to the eyes of prospective travellers and then placing the traveler in the hands of expert Virtuoso advisors. It is this perfect union of human connection and technology that we wanted to pilot with our travel advisor members.”More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemThrough its Incubator program, Virtuoso is leading the charge in improving the customer experience by attracting technology solutions to the travel industry. Participating companies benefit from the guidance of the Virtuoso travel consultant-based Advisory Panel, which tests the product, provides real-world feedback and allows the company to continue iterating its product to better meet the needs of travel agencies, advisors and clients.On being selected for the program, Devin Kinasz, President of Explor VR and Director of Digital Strategy at Travelweek, said: “We are excited Virtuoso is so supportive of this great new technology for travel agents and look forward to engaging with their agents and suppliers, who will undoubtedly have valuable insight. We see great potential for virtual reality in the luxury market, which has some fabulous, out-of-this-world products that consumers will definitely want to see in virtual reality, as well as reality.”For more information, go to virtuoso.com/incubator or explorvr.com/. Friday, February 3, 2017 Tags: Explor VR, Technology, Virtual Reality, Virtuoso, Xplr VR Travelweek Group