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Trying New Cuisines - The Purpose Behind More and More Indians Traveling Abroad, Says Report February 23, 2019 10:00

Trying new cuisines has come forth as one of the biggest thrust for Indians traveling abroad, trade association ASSOCHAM has noted in a report on Indian tourism trends. The industry experts noted that an “evolved palate” was urging more and more people to experiment with newer cuisines. According to the report by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), 2.19 crore Indians traveled abroad in 2016, a rise of about 400 percent since 2000 when just over 44 lakh people set off on foreign trips. “It is interesting to note that Indians have started traveling across the world more and more, which is an indicator of affluence, prosperity, and connectivity,” ASSOCHAM notes in the report, which was released recently. “Indians have been bold travelers and they have continued to travel across the globe even when the mood across the globe was somber and not much travel was taking place across the countries,” the report adds. The most-traveled destinations for Indians are America, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, China, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. Apart from food, the report also identified some other factors that serve as strong motivators for foreign travel: History, culture, grandeur and scenic beauty. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) identifies India as one of the fastest-growing markets for foreign tourism, second only to China. According to its estimates, India will account for five crore outbound tourists by 2020. “Immersive experiences like culinary tours have recently become a hot trend among Indian travelers,” said Aloke Bajpai, the Chief Executive Officer & co-founder of ixigo, a travel, and hotel-booking website, was quoted as saying by ‘The Print’. “With an increase in awareness about unique global cuisines, thanks to shows like MasterChef, Indians have developed an evolved palate. Almost 50 percent of Indians are keen on experimenting with authentic local cuisines and are planning their vacations around it,” he added. According to Bajpai, as cited by ‘The Print’, a lot of Indian travelers are now more and more planning trips around major global food festivals. “Destinations that offer remarkable culinary experiences are always on the list of gourmet enthusiast travelers and food lovers,” said Balu Ramachandran, head of air and distribution at Cleartrip, another travel portal. “Food tours are gaining popularity as well, as they provide a more detailed perspective on a destination’s food culture. A recent trend in this space are food lovers indulging in a cooking session with chefs, thereby getting the true experience and even learning about local spices,” he added. -Sowmya Sangam

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We Will Go By Government’s Decision: Virat Kohli February 23, 2019 09:51

Indian Skipper Virat Kohil at press conference ahead of 1st T20I said that we stand by whatever the board decides and we will respect the decision taken by BCCI and governement He responded to the question on India-Pakistan clash at the world cup. Captain Virat Kohli offered his condolences to the families of Pulwama martyrs and said that whole team is shocked and sad about terror attack He said, “ Our sincere condolences to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives. The Indian team is really shocked and sad about what happened.” Virat said, “Our stand is simple. We stick by what the nation wants to do and what the BCCI decides to do and that is basically our opinion.” “Whatever the government and the board decide, we will eventually go by that and will respect that. So that is our stand on this particular issue,” Kohli added. Yesterday, Sachin Tendulkar breaks his silence on India-Pakistan match at the 2019 world cup, said he would hate to give two points to pakistan. He said “India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the world Cup, Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament.” “Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart,” he added. India are scheduled to play with Pakistan on June 16 in the group stage mach. -Sai Kumar

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Trump Picks Kelly Knight Craft as US Ambassador to UN February 23, 2019 07:21

President Donald Trump has nominated his diplomat to Canada Kelly Knight Craft as the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations to succeed Indian-American Nikki Haley. If confirmed by the Senate, Craft, 56, would replace Haley, who stepped down from the post earlier this year after serving nearly two years as the UN ambassador. The 46-year-old former South Carolina governor was the first Indian American ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any U.S. presidential administration.  "I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is being nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations," Trump announced on Twitter Friday night. "Kelly has done an outstanding job representing our nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our country will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!" Trump said. Haley congratulated Craft shortly after the president's online announcement. "She's done a great job representing us as @USAmbCanada and we know she'll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations. #USstrong," the former ambassador said in a Tweet. Craft, a former businesswoman, is the country’s first woman ambassador to Canada.  Craft is Trump's second choice to replace Haley. His first choice, former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her name from consideration on February 16, citing personal and family reasons.  Craft has been ambassador to Canada since October 2017. Earlier, she served as an alternate delegate to the UN during the George W Bush administration.  Craft has also been a supporter of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal that was negotiated by the Trump administration to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), although not yet approved by Congress. The native of Kentucky has been married to billionaire coal mining businessman Joe Craft since 2016. The couple is both long-run and benevolent donors to the Republican party. -Sowmya Sangam

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118 Telugu Movie February 23, 2019 07:07

118 is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by K.V. Guhan and produced by Mahesh S Koneru. The film stars Kalyan Ram, Nivetha Thomas, Shalini Pandey, Rajsekhar Aningi in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Aamir Khan Went Through Traumatic Phase Post Satyamev Jayate February 23, 2019 07:03

Bollywood star Aamir Khan has opened about the traumatic experience he underwent while filming his talk show Satyamev Jayate. He said he had to consult a doctor by the end of the first season. Satyamev Jayate focuses on sensitive social issues prevalent in the country, from female foeticide, child sexual abuse to honor killings. "Going through that entire journey of the first season was very traumatic for me. To the extent, I had become emotionally very brittle, I was in very bad shape. At the end of the one year, I could not go out. For absolutely no reason at all, I would just break down," Aamir said. The actor said it troubled him more as he isn't trained in distancing himself while listening to people's emotional turmoil. "I was an emotional wreck. I also got some help from a doctor. It was just very... (tough) because I am not trained to listen to the emotional issues of people and keep a distance. I am not able to do that." The actor speaking at a session 'Giving Matters' at the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) Technology and Leadership Forum. When one of the guests on Satymev Jayate narrated how he lost his son in a road rage, where he was beaten to death, Aamir said he couldn't help but think of his son Junaid. "I was thinking what if someone does that to my son, how will I feel? I used to always put myself in that person's shoes. As a result it took a big toll on me emotionally." The 53-year-old Dangal star, however, said shooting for the talk show made him a better person. "I saw the country and people in a way I had never seen because I've lived a very sheltered life. It was an enriching journey for me. I learnt a lot and met some amazing persons who made me grow as an individual." -Sowmya Sangam

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Sachin: Would Personally Hate to Give Pakistan Two Points February 23, 2019 06:20

Indian Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said he would hate to give “Two Points” to Pakistan and further help them in the 2019 World Cup. Sachin has similar views on India Vs Pakistan clash as former Indian Captain Sunil Gavaskar on the match in the upcoming world cup Sachin says India has always beaten Pakistan in One Day International (ODI) world cup Tendulkar wrote on twitter, “India has always come up trumps against Pakistan in the world Cup, Time to beat them once again. Would personally hate to give them two points and help them in the tournament.” However, Sachin said he will back whatever the government decides, he said ‘India always comes First’. “Having said that, for me India always comes first, so whatever my country decides, I will back that decision with all my heart,” he added. pic.twitter.com/H1z68cLygs — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 22, 2019 Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar said that, “Who wins if India decide against playing Pakistan in the World Cup? And I am not even talking about the semis and the finals. Who wins? Pakistan win because they get two points.” “India have so far beaten Pakistan every time in a World Cup, so we are actually conceding two points when by beating Pakistan, we could make sure that they don't advance in the competition," he said. On Friday, Committee of Administrators (CoA) have written to International Cricket Council (ICC) raising concerns over security of players, officials after recent terror attack. They have also not taken decision on India-Pakistan match yet, said we will take a call in consultations with government. -Sai Kumar

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Florida Mayor Dale Massad Opens Fire at SWAT Team as They Raid His Home February 23, 2019 06:03

The mayor of Port Richey in Florida allegedly opened fire at a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team who arrived at his residence with a search warrant. Dale Massad, who was elected mayor in 2015, was soon arrested on charges of practicing medicine without a license. "He is lucky he’s not dead," said Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, as reported by local media. The 68-year-old Dale Massad is facing an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. According to Nocco, when a SWAT team arrived his residence on Thursday, Massad came out with a gun and fired two rounds at deputies. However, no one was injured. While inside the house came out, but Massad remained inside.  SWAT officers were preparing to use gas, Nocco said when Massad surrendered. "If somebody is firing at us we have every means and every right to fire back at them," the sheriff was quoted as saying by a local media. "They did what they thought was appropriate at the time. He’s lucky he’s not dead," he added. "The suspect is a known drug user. The suspect has multiple weapons in the house. which was prevalent in what happened. The suspect has made statements that he doesn’t want to go back to jail. The suspect has a previous history of violence. That’s who we were dealing with today," Nocco said.  -Sowmya Sangam

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Donald Trump: A Very Bad and Dangerous Situation Between India and Pakistan February 23, 2019 05:56

US President Donald Trump on Friday described the ongoing situation between the two countries, India and Pakistan as “Very, Very Bad” He was Responding to the question on terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in which more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed. Jaish-e-Mohammed, Pakistan based terror group has claimed the responsibility of the attack. Donald Trump told reporters at the Oval Office, “There’s a terrible thing going on right now between Pakistan and India. It's a very very bad situation and it is a dangerous situation between the two countries. We would like to see it stop. Lot of people were just killed,”ANI reported Trump said he can understand situation of India and the magnitude of the terror attack “India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too,” Trump said. He also added that his US administration is talking to officials in both countries. “We’re talking. A lot of people are. It’s going to be a very, very delicate balance. There is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan because of what just happened,” he said. The president Trump talked about improved relationship with Pakistan and works are on for meetings with Pakistan leaders and officials. He said, “I stopped paying Pakistan the 1.3 billion dollars that we were paying them. We may set up some meetings with Pakistan. Pakistan was taking strong advantage over US. We've had, we've developed a better relationship with Pakistan over the last short period of time than we had.” -Sai Kumar

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White House Receives Proposed Regulation to End Work Permits for Immigrant Spouses February 23, 2019 05:51

The White House has officially received the proposed changes in the current regulations to end the work authorization for spouses of the holders of H-1B visas. H-1B visa, the most sought-after Indian Information Technology (IT) professionals, allows the United States employees to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The technology companies depend on it to employee scores of employees each year from countries like China and India. The officials said, the move that would impact more than 90,000 spouses of H-1B visa holders, was sent by the Department of Homeland Security to the White House Office of management for Budget on Wednesday. It is now for the White House to take a final call on it before a formal regulation could be put out and the Department of Homeland Security can notify a federal court, where a lawsuit on this matter is awaiting a decision. Now White House would carry through its review of the proposed regulation, take inputs from various agencies, before taking a concluding call. The total process could take from a few weeks to several months. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which administers the country’s naturalization and immigration system said the proposed regulation was not final until the review and comment process was complete. USCIS is "reviewing all employment-based visa programs, including H-4 EADs. No decision about the regulation concerning the employment eligibility of certain H-4 spouses is final until the rulemaking process is complete," USCIS spokesperson Jessica Collins The Trump administration is moving ahead with its proposed regulation, despite strong resistance from a group of U.S. lawmakers including Indian American Senator Kamala Harris, and Silicon Valley companies who contend that this is not only anti-women but likewise puts a stop to talented spouses of H-1B visa holders from working in the U.S. The Trump administration is taking another look at the H-1B visa policy that it thinks is being used fraudulently by companies to replace American workers. The administration has said in public and also in its court filing that it wants to cancel work permits to H4 visa holders, a notably larger number of whom are women and Indian Americans. The decision will have a crucial impact on Indian national women as they are the major beneficiary of the Obama-era rule. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were about 419,637 foreign nationals working in the U.S. on H-1B visas as on October 5, of whom, 309,986 were Indians.  On employment-based visa reforms, Collins said, the administration has been "relentlessly pursuing" merit-based policy and regulatory immigration reforms, including a careful review of employment-based visa programs, to the welfare of American citizenry.  -Sowmya Sangam

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LKG Tamil Movie February 23, 2019 05:41

LKG is Kollywood film directed by K.R. Prabhu and produced by Ishari K. Ganesh. The film stars RJ Balaji, Priya Anand, J.K. Rithesh, Nanjil Sampath in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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