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Domakonda Fort to be a tourist attraction
Weekly buffet dinner for the homeless - Nation
Rhino Shot Dead By Poachers In Kaziranga National Park
Homemade Artisan Bread Recipe by Manjula
Rhino shot dead by poachers in Kaziranga National Park
Hebbar's Kitchen and the Indian couple behind a food video empire
2018-01-18 01:34:22 Quick, social media-friendly recipe videos have changed the way people approach cooking. The BBC spoke with Hebbar's Kitchen, an online platform that has adopted the format, with a focus on Indian audiences and vegetarian food. These two-minute long videos, packaged like a mini cooking show, have managed to "break the monotony of having to flip through recipe books," says Sudarshan Hebbar, an IT consultant who helps run Hebbar's Kitchen, which was started by his wife, Archana   Read More ...
Snake rescued from Assembly premises
2018-01-17 21:23:40 A snakelet was rescued by Wildlife SOS rapid response unit from the Delhi Legislative Assembly premises, a statement said on Wednesday. The Assembly staff recently spotted the snakelet in a meeting room and called the NGO’s 24-hour helpline, it said. The reptile was identified as a black-headed royal snake (Spalerosophis atriceps), also known as a diadem snake. “The two-member rescue team carefully removed it and kept it under observation before releasing it into its natural habitat,” said the statement   Read More ...
Up and Above
2018-01-17 20:31:36 Though he never helped out his parents at the bistro they ran in Lyon, for the now two Michelin starred chef Claude Bosi, picking cooking as his profession came easy. “I’ve grown up around this life and food came naturally to me,” says Bosi, cutting an imposing figure seated at Indian Accent at The Lodhi in Delhi. Visiting the capital to kick-off the Upstairs section at the swish restaurant, the French chef, accompanied by his team from the famed Bibendum — established in 1987 in the Michelin House in London — rustled up elaborate menus for lunch and dinner that offered insight into the elegant artistry he is regarded for   Read More ...
Health Ministry says no to kiddie pack cigarettes
2018-01-17 18:28:39 PUTRAJAYA: The government will in no way support the proposal by the tobacco industry to re-introduce kiddie pack cigarettes (pack of 10 sticks) to combat the scourge of contraband cigarettes, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. He said the proposal was just an excuse by industry lobbyists who claimed that the move could check cigarette smuggling which caused a rise in the number of smokers in the country   Read More ...
Domakonda Fort to be a tourist attraction
2018-01-17 18:25:01 District Collector N. Satyanarayana instructed the Panchayat Raj and Horticulture departments to initiate steps for protection and development of the historic Domakonda Fort. The Collector accompanied by officials of the Panchayat Raj and Horticulture departments visited the historic fort at Domakonda mandal headquarters on Wednesday. He suggested to the horticulture officers to come forward with proposals to improve greenery within the fort   Read More ...
Leopard stuck in wire snare rescued after 2-hour operation in Dahanu
2018-01-17 17:48:18 A male leopard stuck in a snare was rescued from a village in Dahanu on Wednesday afternoon after a two-hour long operation by the forest department and the members of Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Association (WCAWA). The Dahanu forest department received a call from a local woman around 10:30 am about a wild animal sitting close to a tree near their farm in Sogave village, around six kilometers away from the city   Read More ...
Game rangers relocate two rogue elephants to national park
2018-01-17 16:01:32 JELI: The Kelantan Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department today relocated two bull elephants caught in a village here at the Terengganu National Park. The elephants, aged 15 and 16 respectively and weighing three tonnes each, were caught last Saturday in Kampung Sungai Long after villagers complained on the same day that they had destroyed their oil palm, rubber and banana crops, said department assistant director Adnan Ismail   Read More ...
Gordon Ramsay gives young fans food for thought at Q&A session
2018-01-17 12:45:39 SINGAPORE - Sixteen-year-old Delfina Yong whips up a mean batch of macarons and the odd sirloin steak. A fan of hit series MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen, the aspiring pastry chef cites the shows' caustic host Gordon Ramsay as her culinary idol. "I've loved him since I was five," she enthused. She has now got to meet Mr Ramsay in the flesh   Read More ...
Adventure Tourism School Opens in Gudauri
2018-01-17 12:44:53 An Adventure Tourism School has opened in the Gudauri mountain resort. The official opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Dimitry Kumsishvili. The school was established by the Mountain Resorts Development Company of Georgia, the Georgian Mountain Guides Association, and the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and has been supported by the Millenium Challenge Fund, which provided over half a million Dollars financing for the project within its grant program framework   Read More ...
Japan’s Recruit Holdings announces entry into vacation rental market
2018-01-17 12:14:11 Recruit Holdings Co. on Wednesday became the latest Japanese firm to announce its entry into the vacation rental market ahead of a new law taking effect in June giving the green light to private short-term minpaku lodging services. Recruit, the nation’s largest provider of temporary staff, said in a news release that it will be collaborating with vacation rental behemoth Airbnb Inc   Read More ...
In Graphics: Do electronic cigarettes increase cigarette smoking in teens
2018-01-17 11:17:22 अगर आप शौक के लिए या उत्सुकतावश ई-सिगरेट या हुक्का पीते हैं तो इस बात की आशंका अधिक है कि आप एक साल के भीतर ही सामान्य सिगरेट पीना शुरू कर सकते हैं.   Read More ...
Home-taught cooking lessons by Japan’s foreign residents offer a taste of cuisine and culture
2018-01-17 09:11:35 Cooking classes run by foreign residents at their homes are spreading across Japan and growing more popular, offering students an authentic taste of a variety of cuisines. Women have been particularly drawn to Tadaku, an online service that matches teachers with those who want to learn about a particular cuisine. Students get more than just a taste of a new style of food — they can also learn about a new culture   Read More ...
Seven elephant calves killed by ‘Hakka Patas’ traps
2018-01-17 08:02:59 Seven elephant calves killed by Hakka Patas traps January 17, 2018 09:59 am The Department of Wildlife Conservation stated that seven elephant calves were killed by ‘Hakka Patas’ traps set within the Anuradhapura district at Horowpathana in 2017. The Horowpathana Wildlife Conservation unit stated that all seven deceased elephant calves were in between the ages of 5-10 years old. Local farmers and poachers strategically place the ‘Hakka Patas’ trap which is a small explosive utilized for pest control, to hunt wild boar and protect crops   Read More ...
The killjoy for tourists at Kotilingala
2018-01-17 07:17:24 The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation’s (TSTDC) plans to encourage tourism at this historic temple shrine with the launch of boating services on the backwaters of Sripada Yellampalli project has proved to be a damp squib. Minister for Finance and Civil Supplies Eatala Rajender and Chief Whip Koppula Eshwar launched boating services on the river Godavari with much fanfare on January 6   Read More ...
Huge crowd at tourist spots in Vellore, Tiruvannamalai
2018-01-17 07:16:55 Many popular tourist destinations in Vellore and Tiruvannamalai witnessed huge crowds on the occasion of ‘Kaanum Pongal’ on Tuesday. Amirthi Zoo saw lot of visitors from the morning. According to Sumesh Soman, district forest officer, Vellore, there were a total of 6,348 visitors, including 1,101 children, to Amirthi. A total of ₹1,02,705 was collected from sale of tickets. Highest collection. “This was the highest one-day collection and the highest number of visitors ever   Read More ...
India Earned $27 Billion From Foreign Tourist Arrivals In 2017: Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam
2018-01-16 15:40:41 Kochi: India earned an income of USD 27 billion from Foreign Tourist Arrivals in the year 2017, Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam said today. Stating that tourism sector was doing "extremely well", he said in 2017 alone, there was an increase of 15.2 per cent in the foreign tourist arrivals to the country. "And the foreign exchange earnings went up by 20   Read More ...
Mother arrested on suspicion of abandoning 1-year-old son at Tokyo restaurant
2018-01-16 15:12:13 Police arrested a 43-year-old mother on Saturday for allegedly leaving her 1-year-old son at a restaurant in Tokyo, investigators said Tuesday. Fukure Miyoshi is suspected of abandoning her son at a restaurant in Roppongi, an entertainment district with many bars, nightclubs and restaurants, shortly before 11 p.m. last Friday. “I don’t need a child. I want to be free and play around,” she was quoted by the Metropolitan Police Department as saying during voluntary questioning   Read More ...
IIT-Bombay hostel asks students eating non-vegetarian to use separate plates
2018-01-16 15:11:14 The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) has landed into a controversy after an email sent to students of one of its hostels urged non-vegetarian students to use separate plates in their hostel mess in order to avoid its mix-up. The email, dated January 12, was dispatched after several vegetarian students raised objections about it to the administration of hostel number 11 of the institute   Read More ...
Non-vegetarians at IIT-Bombay asked to use separate plates
2018-01-16 12:16:26 An email asking Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) students to use separate plates for non-vegetarian food has sparked a controversy on the campus. The email, sent on January 12, requests non-vegetarian students to not use "main plates" in the hostel mess. The email was sent by administration of hostel 11 mess. The request came after several vegetarian students complained about the mix-up of plates   Read More ...
Increasing inbound tourism
2018-01-16 12:11:37 Inbound tourism continues to thrive as a record 28.7 million tourists visited Japan in 2017, up 19 percent from the previous year and apparently keeping the nation on track for the government’s target of boosting the annual number of visitors to 40 million in 2020. Challenges remain that must be overcome, however, such as a tight supply of accommodations that cater to overseas guests and a heavy concentration of visitors from East Asia   Read More ...
Xiamen Airlines makes inaugural Beijing-KK flight
2018-01-16 10:02:50 KOTA KINABALU: Chinese tourist arrivals in Sabah will be boosted as Xiamen Airlines has opened the state to the northern China market with its inaugural direct flight from Beijing to Kota Kinabalu. The airline made Kota Kinabalu its first international destination from Beijing and expects more tourists from the city and northern China to travel to Sabah, in addition to those from the southern and central parts of the country   Read More ...
RTS to shorten Johor Baru-Singapore travel time to 30 minutes
2018-01-16 07:12:43 KUALA LUMPUR: The Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link), which connects Malaysia from Bukit Chagar station in Johor Baru and Woodlands North in Singapore, is expected to shorten the travel period between both countries to 30 minutes from more than one hour currently. The RTS Link will have the capacity to carry up to 10,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd) or 72,000 passengers daily, which translates to an additional capacity of 60,000 users crossing the Causeway during peak hours as compared to the average of 300 pphpd currently   Read More ...
Israeli PM Netanyahu To Visit Taj Mahal, Speak At Raisina Dialogue Today
2018-01-16 07:05:22 Agra / Delhi: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in India for a 6-day official visit, will visit the Taj Mahal in Agra today. His wife Sara, who is accompanying him on his India visit, will also be travelling with him. Prime Minister Netanyahu's trip to Agra, however, will be a fairly short one. He will return to New Delhi by the evening in order to inaugurate the 3rd annual Raisina Dialogue, where he is scheduled to deliver a speech   Read More ...
Endangered sea turtles losing key guardian as NPO has to close
2018-01-16 04:02:36 YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--For endangered loggerhead sea turtles that lay their eggs on famed Nagatahama beach here, a group that kept unruly onlookers at bay was perhaps their best hope. For the past three decades, Yakushima Umigame-Kan patrolled the beach when the turtles came ashore for one of nature's spectacles to ensure the creatures were not disturbed. But the nonprofit organization is struggling to find volunteers and full-time staff to continue its research and conservation activities, and is set to disband shortly   Read More ...
Would you pay $42 for this meal of chicken fried rice, 'tiny octopuses and 90% cabbages'?
2018-01-16 00:02:32 Stomper Homefoodie forked out $42 for a meal, consisting of two main Korean dishes, that was delivered to her home yesterday evening (Jan 15). According to her, the food was from Korean restaurant Yoogane and the purchase was made via delivery service foodpanda. The two dishes are marinated chicken fried rice which costs $15.94, and chicken galbi with chukkumi octopus that costs $23   Read More ...
Weekly buffet dinner for the homeless - Nation
2018-01-15 23:49:12 BUTTERWORTH: Come every Saturday, the homeless sheltering under the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR) in front of the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal line up patiently for their food. It is probably their only full meal for the week. Organised by the Persatuan Kebajikan Ikhlas Utara Malaysia (DIkhlas), the weekly buffet dinner has been held every Saturday since February 2014. “It’s a buffet-style treat but strictly, no takeaways,” said its president Yahya Amir, adding that the food was prepared by its 47 members   Read More ...
Rhino Shot Dead By Poachers In Kaziranga National Park
2018-01-15 13:11:06 Kaziranga(Assam): An adult female rhinoceros was shot dead by poachers in Assam's Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO declared World Heritage site, a senior Forest department official said on Monday. Forest guards at Daflang camp under Bagore range of Kaziranga National Park heard two gunshots around 9:10pm on Sunday and reacted immediately by firing six rounds in defence of the animals there, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Bikash Brahma told media   Read More ...
Roasted & Salted Almonds | भुने हुये नमकीन बादाम । Salted and Roasted almonds in a pan
2018-01-15 12:40:18 alted Roasted Almonds, Salted Badam, roast almonds without oven, Salted almonds, How to Toast or Roast Nuts, Ingredients for roasted almonds Almonds (बादाम ) - 1 cup Salt (नमक ) - 1/2 tsp Salt (नमक ) - 2 cups (for roasting) How to roast Almonds 1. Take some salt, add little water, mix well till salt dissolves.Pour salty water over almonds. 2. Take much salt, put it to a heavy based wok, turn on flame. Stir it at every minute. Heat salt for 5 minutes. Also stir almonds to coat salty water well. 3. When salt is rightly hot,Put the almonds in the salt   Read More ...
Til Peanut Gazak | तिल मूंगफली की गजक । Til Mungfali Patti for Makar Sankranti
2018-01-15 12:39:55 Crispy Gajak Recipe, Til Gajak, Sesame Chikki, Makar Sankranti Recipe, til mungfali ki chikki, Gur Til Papdi Ingredients for Til Gazak Sesame seeds (तिल ) - 1 cup (135 gms ) Roasted Peanuts (भुने हुए मूंगफली ) - 1 cup ( 150 gms ) Jaggery (गुड़ ) - 1 cup ( 250 gms ) ( Crumbled ) Ghee (घी ) - 2 tsp How to make Til Moongfali Gajak 1. Put wok to heat, Put sesame seeds in it and roast on medium flame by stirring till puffy and changed in color. Once roasted keep in plate. 2. To make syrup, put wok to heat, add ghee and let it melt, then add crumbled jaggery   Read More ...
Homemade Artisan Bread Recipe by Manjula
2018-01-15 12:39:45 View full recipe at http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/homema... Learn how to make Homemade Artisan Bread Recipe by Manjula Ingredients: 3 cup of all-purpose flour. Plain flour (maida) 2 tsp salt ½ tsp yeast 1 ½ cup Warm water. The water should be warm to touch. (approximately) Also need loaf pan I am using 4.5” x 8.5” loaf pan. Typography - Typito ( http://typito.com)   Read More ...
How to Store Green Peas | हरे मटर को स्टोर करे महीनो तक | Kitchen Tips | Kabitaskitchen
2018-01-15 12:25:31 How to Store Green Peas, हरे मटर को स्टोर करे महीनो तक, Kitchen Tips by kabitaskitchen Please click on following link for more kitchen tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FPJB... Website- http://kabitaskitchen.com/ Blog- http://kabitaskitchen.blogspot.in/ Twitter - http://twitter.com/kabitaskitchen Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/kabitaskitc... Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kabitaskitchen Music by Kevin MacLeod; Life of Riley Source- http://incompetech.com/ Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0   Read More ...
Rhino shot dead by poachers in Kaziranga National Park
2018-01-15 12:12:58 An adult female rhino was shot dead by poachers in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO declared World Heritage site, a senior Forest department official said on Monday. Forest guards at Daflang camp under Bagore range of Kaziranga National Park heard two gunshots around 9:10 on Sunday night and reacted immediately by firing six rounds in defence of the animals there, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Bikash Brahma told media   Read More ...
Buzzfeed heads to Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre for breakfast in Singapore
2018-01-15 12:04:18 Buzzfeed made a surprise visit to Singapore to try our delicious array of breakfast foods. But instead of picking top tourist spots such as Maxwell Food Centre, they’ve gone off the beaten path to Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre. From Chinese to Indian and Malay foods, video producer/host Steven Lim and two others had a “buffet” breakfast consisting of chee cheong fun, carrot cake, appam and thosai, among others   Read More ...
Central Railway recovers Rs 121 crore from errant travellers in Apr-Dec 2017
2018-01-15 10:21:39 Central Railway has registered a record “ticket checking earnings” — the fine recovered for ticket-less or irregular travel — of Rs 121.09 crore from April to December 2017. “The earnings realised during the period from April to December 2017 from ticket-less/irregular travel was Rs 121.09 crore against Rs 100.53 crore during the corresponding period of last year (2016), showing an increase of 20   Read More ...
Look beyond ‘elitism’ to revive tourism in Jammu-Kashmir: National Conference to Mehbooba Mufti
2018-01-14 17:40:13 Opposition National Conference today said tourism in Jammu and Kashmir was in “severe distress” and asked Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to look beyond “elitism” to revive the sector. NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said the tourism sector in the state remained “vision-less and direction-less” while the chief minister “splurges in private galas and tours”. “Recurring splurges by the chief minister and her government, including private-guest galas and private tours in times of a severe, unprecedented tourism distress in the state is unbecoming, utterly insensitive and shameful, especially in light of a complete lack of vision to resuscitate the tourism sector,” Mattu said in a statement here   Read More ...
China Wants Historical Cemetry At Ramgarh To Be Turned Into Global Tourist Spot
2018-01-14 14:06:19 Ramgarh, Jharkhand: The consul general from Chinese consulate in Kolkata MA Zhanwu has said China wants the historical cemetery in Ramgarh to be developed as a global tourist destination. As many as 667 Chinese soldiers who were a part of Allied forces during World War-11 were buried at the garrison town of Ramgarh in Jharkhand. A five-member team from the Chinese consulate in Kolkata led by MA Zhanwu visited the cemetery on Friday last and paid their tribute to the Chinese martyrs who fought against Japan during the war, official sources here said   Read More ...
China wants historical cemetery at Ramgarh to be turned into global tourist spot
2018-01-14 09:33:28 The consul general from the Chinese consulate in Kolkata MA Zhanwu has said China wants the historical cemetery in Ramgarh to be developed as a global tourist destination. As many as 667 Chinese soldiers who were a part of Allied forces during World War-11 were buried at the garrison town of Ramgarh in Jharkhand. A five-member team from the Chinese consulate in Kolkata led by MA Zhanwu visited the cemetery on Friday last and paid their tribute to the Chinese martyrs who fought against Japan during the war, official sources here said   Read More ...
China wants historical cemetry at Ramgarh to be turned into global tourist spot
2018-01-14 09:09:15 The consul general from Chinese consulate in Kolkata MA Zhanwu has said China wants the historical cemetery in Ramgarh to be developed as a global tourist destination. As many as 667 Chinese soldiers who were a part of Allied forces during World War-II were buried at the garrison town of Ramgarh in Jharkhand. A five-member team from the Chinese consulate in Kolkata led by MA Zhanwu visited the cemetery on Friday last and paid their tribute to the Chinese martyrs who fought against Japan during the war, official sources here said   Read More ...
S. Korea to clamp down on e-cigarette hoarding
2018-01-14 04:03:58 SEJONG, Jan. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will clamp down on the hoarding of heat-not-burn (HNB) electronic cigarettes as major tobacco companies are set to mark up prices in the wake of adjustments made by the market leader, the finance ministry said Sunday. Tax and customs offices will team up with local governments to check manufacturers, importers and sellers to prevent them from hoarding the products for the next three weeks, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance said   Read More ...
‘Travel more than 12 times, face dismissal’
2018-01-14 00:12:18 MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte, who says he is on a purging spree, warned government officials of dismissal from service if they go on foreign trips more than 12 times. He did not specify if the frequency is on a per-year basis or reckoned from the time they were appointed to their posts. “They go out on every convocation, convention, powwow, seminar…it is that often   Read More ...