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B.R. Ambedkar’s London house to be converted into a memorial

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

AmbedkarAfter India signed a deal worth $3.1 million to acquire the bungalow of the Dalit icon Dr. B.R. Amdebkar, the latter would become the first Indian to have an entire house dedicated to his memory in London.

The Maharashtra government will transform the house into an international study centre or to say a memorial on the Dalit leader. The 2050 sq ft property on King Henry Road was where Ambedkar lived as a PG while he was a student in the 1920s.

“This property also has the distinction of being recognised as an English Heritage since 1991 and carries a blue plaque with the words ‘Dr Bhimjirao Ramji Ambedkar 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for social justice lived here” said Rajkumar Badole, Maharashtra’s minister of social justice and special assistance.

For this house, the govt. will set up a committee in order to transform it into an international tourist spot and a study centre. The property will be equipped with the entire body of Ambedkar’s works on subjects such as politics, social justice, economics, international relations and the constitution.

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“Generations of Indians in the UK and visitors studying, interested or inspired by Dr Ambedkar’s key roles in furthering social justice, human rights and equal treatment issues will be able to visit… Additionally, its five bedrooms could be used as accommodation for Indian students from Dalit backgrounds while doing post-graduate studies in the UK,” said FABO UK president Santosh Dass.

The memorial is expected to be opened to visitors by later this year or early next year.

 

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London, Paris, Bangkok- Top 3 Travel Destinations in the Past Decade

Bangkok, London, Paris top 3 travel destinations of decade says a new report

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Paris is one among the most travelled cities in the world. Pixabay

While there has been significant movement in visitors to smaller cities, the top 10 have remained largely consistent over the past decade, with London, Paris and Bangkok grabbing the top three spots, according to a new report.

The top three overseas destinations for Indian travellers are Dubai, Singapore and Mecca, revealed the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019 which ranks 200 cities based on proprietary analysis of publicly available visitor volume and spend data.

Since 2009, the number of international overnight visitors grew an astounding 76 per cent, according to the report.

In 2019, Bangkok became the No. 1 destination for the fourth consecutive year, with more than 22 million international overnight visitors.

Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively, both hovering over 19 million.

When looking at the cities by dollars spent, Dubai tops the list with travellers spending $553 on an average per day. Mecca, new to the top 10 last year, remains at No. 2 for the second consecutive year, with Bangkok rounding out the top three.

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Paris and London, in flipped positions this year, hold the No. 2 and 3 spots respectively, both hovering over 19 million. Pixabay

Between all of the destinations within the Index, arrivals have grown on average 6.5 per cent year-over-year since 2009, with expenditure growing on average 7.4 per cent, said the report.

Cities in the Asia-Pacific region have seen the largest increase in international travellers since 2009, growing 9.4 per cent.

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In comparison, Europe, which saw the second highest growth, was up 5.5 per cent.

This is spurred by the growth in Chinese travellers. Since 2009, China has jumped up six places to be the No. 2 origin country for travellers to the 200 included destinations – behind only the US, said the report. (IANS)

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Uber Loses License to Operate in London Over Repeated Safety Failures

If its appeal is unsuccessful, some think Uber drivers would move over to rival ride-sharing firms such as Bolt and Kapten, the report added

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Ride hailing giant Uber will not be given a license to operate in London after repeated safety failures, according to the Transport for London (TfL) as the company was found not to be “fit and proper” as a licence holder, the media have reported.

Uber has said it will appeal the decision.

The regulator said the taxi App was not “fit and proper” as a licence holder, despite having made a number of positive changes to its operations, the BBC reported on Monday.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

The cab aggregator was first stripped of its operating license in September 2017 over a “lack of corporate responsibility,” but the most company’s recent problems involve loopholes in the firm’s driver verification system.

According to TfL, Uber has been working to combat fraud committed by drivers, but it’s not clear that Uber has done enough.

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London is one of Uber’s top five markets globally and it has about 45,000 drivers in the city.

If its appeal is unsuccessful, some think Uber drivers would move over to rival ride-sharing firms such as Bolt and Kapten, the report added. (IANS)

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Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London Acquires Number of Objects that Document XR Movement

The museum, with footfall of millions every year, has acquired the open-source Extinction Symbol, the Declaration

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Since its first public action on October 31, 2018 urging the UK government to declare a climate and ecological emergency and commit to reducing emissions to net zero by 2025, the movement has grown. Pixabay

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in London has acquired a number of objects that document the movement by Extinction Rebellion (XR) – a global activist group calling for urgent action on climate change through acts of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience.

Since its first public action on October 31, 2018 urging the UK government to declare a climate and ecological emergency and commit to reducing emissions to net zero by 2025, the movement has grown into an international movement with over 363 groups active in 59 countries around the world.

The museum, with footfall of millions every year, has acquired the open-source Extinction Symbol, the Declaration that accompanied their first act of Rebellion, and flags carried during mass demonstrations.

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The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in London has acquired a number of objects that document the movement by Extinction Rebellion (XR) – a global activist group calling for urgent action. Pixabay

Selection of these new acquisitions went on display in the V&A’s Rapid Response Collecting Gallery this week.

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In addition, the V&A Museum of Childhood has acquired a child’s high-visibility jacket worn during a peaceful XR rebellion. The jacket will be shown with banners, stamps, flags and posters as well as photographs that tell the story of how XR engages with young families. (IANS)

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