T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
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AUGUST 25, 2017
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Kerala Tourism launches
campaign to attract
KERALA Tourism has launched
a campaign in some West Asian
markets to attract Arab tourists to
Called Yalla (let’s go in Arabic)
Kerala, the Rs7-crore campaign,
which highlights its closeness —
“just four hours away” by flight —
aims to draw tourists from Saudi
Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emir-
ates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.
The Dubai and Saudi Arabia
airports have also displayed
backdrops of Kerala’s beautiful
landscapes and natural attrac-
tions, such as backwaters and hill
stations, and art forms to woo
tourists to the state.
Car owners improperly
register to join Ola and Uber
BENGAL is cracking down on car
owners who have signed up with
Ola and Uber after registering
their vehicles in Odisha and get-
ting a national tourist permit.
According to Kolkata’s The Tele-
graph newspaper, the transport de-
partment has identified more than
300 such vehicle owners who have
been working for Uber and Ola in
Kolkata with an Odisha registra-
tion. The government had asked
them to register their vehicles in
Bengal by July 31.
However, it launched an investi-
gation when none of them did so.
The move has come as a setback
to taxi aggregators looking to
expand their fleets.
Kolkata’s Food ATM
feeds the poor
THANKS to a restaurant owner in
Kolkata, there is now a Food ATM
to ensure that the poor and needy
in the city do not starve (left).
The 320-litre refrigerator which
is filled with leftover food, was
started by the co-owner of Sanjha
Chulha restaurant chain Asif
The fridge is located in front of
one of his outlets in Park Circus to
help curb food wastage and feed
“In addition to the leftovers
from our outlet, people are com-
ing and donating food. Briyani
and bread are some of the com-
mon items,” said Mr Ahmed, who
plans to extend the service to his
other three outlets in the city.
Odisha raises cash award
for inter-caste marriage
IN A bid to encourage more
inter-caste marriages, the
Odisha government has
doubled the cash incentive
for such marriages from
Rs50,000 to Rs1 lakh.
The reward will be given
regardless of the economic
status of the couple, and it
has to be used to purchase
land or household products,
said an official.
The couple has to return
the amount within a year if
the marriage ends in divorce
within five years.
stadium to come up
THE Tripura Cricket Association,
with financial assistance from the
Board of Control for Cricket in
India, is building a 25,000-seat
international standard cricket
stadium with modern facilities at
Narsingarh, 20km from Agartala.
The state’s Chief Minister Manik
Sarkar has formally launched the
works for the stadium to be built
on 6ha of land at a cost of over
It will be the second largest
cricket stadium in the northeast-
ern region after Assam’s Guwahati
McDonald’s to shut
in north and east India
MCDONALD’S has terminated
the franchise agreement with
Connaught Plaza Restaurants,
shutting down all 169 of its out-
lets in northern and eastern India.
It said it was compelled to take
the step because Connaught
Plaza Restaurants had materi-
ally breached the terms of the
franchise agreement relating to
the restaurants and had failed to
remedy the breaches despite be-
ing provided a chance to do so.
An industry source said there
will be no McDonald’s outlet in
northern and eastern India unless
the popular fast-food eatery works
with a new franchise partner.
Delhi bans manual sewer
cleaning after fatal incident
THE Delhi government an-
nounced a ban on the manual
cleaning of sewers and warned
that anyone found violating the
rule will be investigated under
The decision came one day after
a labourer died inhaling toxic
gases while manually cleaning a
sewer in Delhi.
Social Welfare Minister Ra-
jendra Pal Gautam said that a
committee had been formed to
evaluate the best possible ways to
clean the gutters.
Mumbai factory shuts down
after dogs turn blue
A FACTORY in Mumbai that was
releasing dye powder into the air
and the Kasadi river at Taloja has
been shut down. The closure came
after it was discovered that the
factory’s pollution was turning
stray dogs, which often wade into
the river for food, blue (below).
The Hindustan Times first re-
ported on Aug 11 about the dogs
mysteriously turning blue, after
residents spotted them.
The Maharashtra Pollution Con-
trol Board discovered the factory’s
improper practices and ordered
its closure when it found that no
pollution control measures were
being followed in the firm.
Delhi Metro opens plant to
recycle construction waste
DELHI Metro has opened a facil-
ity to recycle the waste produced
during its demolition and con-
A plant in Rohini will manu-
facture green products such as
concrete bricks, tiles, paver blocks
and kerb stones.
The plant will have the capacity
to process 150 tonnes of waste ev-
ery day, said the Delhi Metro Rail
Corporation, adding that the use
of “wet technology” employed
during the processing of materi-
als will minimise dust and noise
It is equipped to “recover and
recycle” about 95 per cent of
incoming waste such as cement
concrete pile heads, concrete
blocks and broken bricks.
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August 25, 2017
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