Rakshit Desai, Managing Director, FCM Travel Solutions India, Flight Centre Travel Group Australia’s Indian subsidiary, answers your questions on Travel — howtos, trends, recommendations and more. Send in your questions to: [email protected] I and my wife, age 82 and 80 years, will be in Singapore in February 2020. Please suggest some resorts where we can spend 4-5 days and then return to Singapore. For a relaxing holiday close to Singapore, I would recommend Bintan which is a part of Indonesia but is less than an hour away by ferry from Singapore. In Bintan, you can visit one of the many nearby villages, interact with the locals, visit the 1000 Face Buddhist Temple or see the 300-year-old Snake River temple. Alternatively, you could choose to just sit back, relax and enjoy the beaches. Most resorts in Bintan have vegetarian options at their restaurant. My partner and I plan to get married in December this year. We look forward to visiting Europe on for our … [Read more...] about Ask The Travel Expert: What are the best resorts to visit near Singapore?
'Both empires had profound influences on modern India.' IMAGE: Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal, with his son Dara Shikoh in 1638. Photograph: Kind courtesy the Victoria and Albert Museum. Scanned from a book, via Govardhan/Wikimedia Commons Harvard historian Sunil Amrith, 38, was utterly surprised and shocked to hear that he had won the prestigious MacArthur 'Genius' Grant. He felt a sense of detachment after the phone call ended -- almost as if it were happening to someone else. He had no inkling that he had been nominated, and had never dreamed that he would win something like this. The news coincided with another tiding of great joy -- the birth of his daughter five days ago. The MacArthur Fellowship is a five-year grant of $625,000 awarded to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future. Individuals cannot apply for this award; they must be nominated. Kenya-born, Singapore-raised Amrith left the University of London … [Read more...] about ‘We can no more do away with the Mughals than we can do away with the British’
Until November 6, Geeta Kale, 27, a resident of labour camp in Bhavdhan was a house hold help looking for job. Today she is an internet sensation. Kale’s phone has not stopped ringing since her visiting card went viral on social media. The card which reads Kaamwali Maushi was an instant hit once it reached social media and Geeta never got to distribute any of her cards, so she was surprised when she started getting calls. She has been receiving calls regarding employment not just from Pune and Mumbai but US, Japan, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore too. Kale and her employer Dhanashree Shinde, resident of Bhavdhan tell us how Kale shot to fame. What made you decide to make visiting cards for Kale? Dhanashree: When Geeta Maushi came to my house for the usual household chores last week, she was very quiet. She is usually a very talkative person but that day her mood was off. After quizzing her, I found out that she had lost her job at one of the … [Read more...] about Glad people helped me find work, says Geeta Maushi
NEW DELHI: Microfinance institution Arohan Financial Services has raised Rs 60 crore in fresh funding from private equity firm Tano Capital, a transaction that underscores the return of risk capital to the country’s microlending industry. The Kolkata-headquartered MFI will use the proceeds to expand its presence across the country as well as increase its gross outstanding loan portfolio, a senior executive said. "We will be in Odisha by the end of April, and in 10 states over the next three to five years, including in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh," said Manoj Nambiar, managing director, Arohan. According to Nambiar, the investment is also the first such entered into by Tano Capital and the new investor will hold a 30% stake in the MFI. The mid-market PE firm counts luggage maker Safari, Shilpa Medicare and wellness venture Sanghvi Brands among its portfolio. The Arohan transaction marks the latest deal in a series of investments made by private equity firms … [Read more...] about Arohan Financial Services raises Rs 60 crore from private equity firm Tano Capital
NEW DELHI: A Delhi Court has admitted a plea filed by the parents of 2012-gangrape victim, seeking transfer of the case to another judge. The victim's parents have sought court's direction to Tihar Jail authorities to expedite the execution of the rape convicts. The court will hear the matter on November 25. They moved the application since the earlier two judges hearing the matter got transferred and the matter is getting adjourned continuously, the plea said. The special fast track court, set up to hear cases of sexual harassment cases exclusively, of Patiala House Court is currently vacant and no judge has been appointed till now. The application said that victim's parents approached the court since the convicts have exhausted all legal remedies. In December last year, the parents of Nirbhaya, the 23-old paramedic who was gang-raped in December 2012, approached the court to fast-track the procedure to hang all four convicts in the case. Supreme Court on December 12, 2018, … [Read more...] about Nirbhaya gangrape: Delhi court admits parents’ plea seeking transfer of case to another judge