Dubai-like mega shopping festivals in India next year: Nirmala Sitharaman’s move to boost exports

September 16, 2019

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In order to boost exports, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced Dubai-like mega shopping festivals in India, starting March 2020. The government is expected to hold these festivals in four Indian cities, and the move is likely to boost textiles, leather industry & promote yoga tourism. Nirmala Sitharaman said the government […]

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Want to enjoy Indian festivals with gaiety? Recalibrate the lunar calendar

September 1, 2019

More than 2500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change”. Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them — that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let the things flow forward in a natural way.” Mother Nature […]

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Mizoram govt to organise unity festivals across the world to ensure brotherhood of Mizos

August 18, 2019

Mizoram CM inspecting the 73rd Independence Day parade in Aizawl. (Image: IANS) The Mizoram government has decided to organise unity festivals across the world to ensure integration and brotherhood of all Mizos across the globe, a tourism department official said on Friday. “To ensure the integration and brotherhood of all Mizos across the globe, the […]

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The Best Under-The-Radar Fall Wine And Food Festivals

August 14, 2019

Newport Beach Food and Wine PENCILBOX STUDIOS While painful to write, indeed fall is fast approaching. Fortunately, post-Labor Day travel also coincides with shoulder season rate drops as kids head back to school and adults return to work full time on Fridays. That makes the months of September, October, and November ideal for indulging in […]

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California Garlic Festival shooting: Police confirms multiple casualties

July 31, 2019

At least four persons are confirmed dead and 7 injured in a shooting at a California food festival on Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said, amid reports that the casualty toll could be higher. Joy Alexiou, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, said she did not believe that the shooter was among those […]

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‘Hello Tunbridge Wells!’ Why uncool small festivals are big business

July 28, 2019

Summer fun: the crowd at Neighbourhood Weekender festival in Warrington, Cheshire. Photograph: Chris Carrillo On a sweltering summer Saturday, Anna Davies sits on a bench in the shade at Black Deer festival, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. She is part of a group of friends who have come down from Cheshire with their young children. “Back […]

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June 22, 2019

The festival season is finally upon us and we’re bursting with excitement. Glastonbury, Coachella, Primavera, you name it – we’ll be there. However, we can’t help but be acutely aware that festivals produce a shocking amount of plastic. The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) say that audiences at UK festivals consume 10 million plastic bottles and that 250,000 […]

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Fake festivals: Why more music fans are tuning in

June 15, 2019

While music fans struggle to get tickets to the likes of Glastonbury, Reading and the Isle of Wight festivals, many are turning to so-called “fake” versions of these music events featuring tribute acts to get their live fix. Over the past five years, ticket sales for Glastonbudget, Tribfest and The Big Fake Festival have seen […]

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Openings, festivals and more: Expat-interest food news

June 12, 2019

Whether you are a foreigner or a local, there are many places in Istanbul where you can discover world cuisine and have fun while mingling with new faces Coming up this month in the city are a number of food-oriented events organized by members of Istanbul’s expat community. Offering a variety of opportunities for foodies […]

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HIV threat: No tattooing henceforth in Uttara Kannada fairs & festivals

June 3, 2019

While modern equipment is usually used for tattooing today, the concern is that some unscrupulous tattoo artistes use unsterilised needles, putting their customers’ health at huge risk, as this can spread HIV. Karwar: If tattooing is today popular among the “in” crowd in cities, it has been  common for a while now among the young and […]

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