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Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) launches Indian Chamber of Commerce in New York

“GICC aims to bring together the business people of the Indian diaspora, providing them the networking opportunity on a common worldwide platform,”

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New York, May 8, 2017:G Indian Chamber of Commerce (GICC) has been launched in New York, USA by the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) along with the New York Consul General of India. The announcement regarding the launch was made on April 28, this year.

The GICC was earlier inaugurated in Mumbai, Maharashtra on January 10, this year, by the governor of the state and Vidyasagar Rao, governor of Tamil Nadu.

“GOPIO has tapped into a long-felt need for an international networking organization for the business people of Indian origin,” said Prakash Shah, co-chair of GICC.

According to Shah, after the launch of GICC at the financial capital of India, requests were being received to open it in the major cities across the globe.
He also emphasized, “GICC aims to bring together the business people of the Indian diaspora, providing them the networking opportunity on a common worldwide platform.”

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H. R. Shah, chair of the GICC launch; GOPIO “Life Member” and Parikh Worldwide Media Chairman Dr. Sudhir Parikh, recipient of India’s Padma Shri award, and New Jersey Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. H.R. Shah, chairman of TV Asia, who received a Padma Shri award this year, is chair of GOPIO’s Board of Advisors were on the list of other speakers at the event.

“The Biennial Convention in 2016 held in New York became a cornerstone for GOPIO to be more involved in business, technology, investment and philanthropic activities to
mobilize diaspora resources for the common good,” said Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of GOPIO international.

He also added that GOPIO is the “only globally networked” Indian Chamber of Commerce and is recognized better than other chambers of commerce.

GOPIO has made a press release in which it was mentioned that there are more than 3 million businesses owned by people of Indian origin around the world.
The plan of the chamber is to set up chapters in the neighborhood with a large number of Indian-owned businesses and services.

– prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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Monsoon Road Trips from Mumbai

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel

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Here are some top recommendations for your next best road trip in this season of Monsoon. Pixabay

The floods in Mumbai have been in the news lately, an annual chaos that seems to have become part and parcel of life in the country’s financial capital. However, the monsoons are not a season to dread and just outside the city, as the curious traveller ventures higher into the Western Ghats, there are some picture-perfect destinations for the season. Here are some top recommendations.

Lonavala
Lonavala would be on top of the monsoon destination list for most Mumbaikars. Wrapped in fog, this historic region gains a completely new avatar in the rains as the forested mountain slopes regenerate and the waterfalls come to life. One of these is Kune Falls, which roars amidst a pristine verdant scenery.

The Lohagad Fort has always been one of the most captivating sites on this route and the monsoon mist gives it an allure straight of a medieval-theme video game or movie. A trek to Liones Point is recommended – the season would require special precautions like monsoon-ready footwear and waterproof clothing. While in Lonavala town, a visit to the lake is not a bad idea.

Khandala
Just next to Lonavala, one can reach the quaint hill town of Khandala, perched at close to 2000 feet above sea level. The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make this place an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro, not to mention the splendorous drive on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Some of the popular viewpoints here are the Tiger’s Leap and the Amrutanjan Point. Other attractions here include the Buddhist cave temples at Karla and the calm and placid Bhushi Lake.

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The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make Khandala an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro.

Mahabaleshwar
A jewel tucked in the lap of the mighty Sahyadari Mountains; Mahabaleshwar offers visitors a curious mix of colonial heritage and striking Indian history. Built by Shivaji, Pratapgad Fort has an enigmatic presence in the landscape here, a site of many important events.

Those looking to enjoy some of the high elevations will love a trek to the summit of Wilson Point, famous for its panoramic views of the valley below. The Needle Hole Point is another famous place to catch a glimpse of the scenic landscapes. Venna Lake is another centrepiece attraction at Mahabaleshwar while the hilltop Krishnabai Temple is famous for its architecture and Krishna statue.

More and more travellers are choosing a car rental over public transport. Rates are increasingly affordable and self drive gives total control over the pace of the journey. One can make impromptu stops and detours and there is complete privacy.

Finding a car rental in Mumbai is as simple as a few taps on an app. With platforms like Zoomcar, registered users can book a vehicle in a matter of minutes. One can choose from a wide range of cars – maybe a hatchback or sedan for the family getaway – or maybe a large SUV for the boisterous group road trip. 24/7 on-road support is one of the assurances that self drive rentals offer.

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel.