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Kerala Tourism to organise promotion event in Abu Dhabi to attract cash-rich Arab Travelers

Kerala Tourism Department, along with retail chain Lulu is about to organise an event at Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi, to appeal to Arab tourists

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18, 2017: To attract cash-rich Arab travelers, the KeralaTourism Department along with retail chain Lulu Group, is organising a four-day ‘Explore Kerala@ Abu Dhabi’ event from February 22.

“Considering tourist arrivals to Kerala from the Middle East, UAE is the second biggest market after Saudi Arabia. KeralaTourism has identified the potential of the ever growing UAE tourism market,” said State Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran.

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According to Kerala Tourism figures, in 2015 more than one lakh tourists from the Middle East visited Keralaand it included 71,500 from Saudi Arabia 20,000 from the UAE and 17,924 from Oman.

The event, being conducted at Mushrif Mall in Abu Dhabi, will also feature colourful cultural performance including Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Theyyam and Thayambaka.

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Head of Lulu group, Keralite businessman M.A. Yusuf Ali said they will engage in promotion of KeralaTourism at all their Lulu Hypermarkets and shopping malls in the Middle East.

Leading tourism players from Keralawill show case their products in the event which will be inaugurated by Executive Director of Abu DhabiTourism Sultan Hamad Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri, among others. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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World’s Heaviest Woman 36-year-old Eman Ahmed Loses 65 kg in UAE

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Eman Ahmed at the latest press conference held in Abu Dhabi. Twitter

Saudi Arabia, July 28, 2017: Once known to be as the world’s heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed (500 kg) was bed-ridden for a long time due to various ailments. On Monday, she was a completely different person at a press conference in Abu Dhabi.

Eman wore a red dress and was able to speak full sentences. She was seen waving to the press at the conference. A hospital statement said she has managed to lose 65 kgs ever since she entered the hospital as an inbound patient, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 36-year-old is currently admitted to Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel Hospital. She is now able to sit straight in bed and is able to move her arms. Her daily diet consists of four meals. She will undergo liposuction and abdominoplasty in August to further cut down the excess fat. The process will be followed by plastic surgeries to shape her skin around arms, stomach, and face.

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Dr Yassin Shah, medical director at Burjeel Hospital told to Indian Express that Eman will be admitted in the hospital for at least a year and that they will now focus on her leg movements.

Eman suffered from a disruption of glands and elephantiasis disease, which causes a huge amount of water to be retained in the body.

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Eman’s sister, Shaimaa courted controversy in the past claiming that Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital was not taking proper care of her sister. She claimed that Eman was stressed because of what happened in India.

On February 11, Eman was brought to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital and later shifted to Abu Dhabi on May 4 after her sister’s allegations of being ill treated in India. Eman lost around 321 kgs in India weighing from 498 kg to 177 kg.

Doctors in Abu Dhabi are aiming to bring Eman’s weight less than 100 kilos, reports Gulf News.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Abu Dhabi is the Top Spot in the List of Destinations where Indians Will Prefer to Stay: Survey

According to a study conducted by Ipsos, given an opportunity Indians would prefer to live in Abu Dhabi, followed closely by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, London, Paris, Sydney, New York, Zurich, and Los Angeles

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Abu Dhabi. Wikimedia
  • The study conducted by Ipsos shows that if given an opportunity, Abu Dhabi would be the first preference for most Indians
  • In the survey, People from 26 countries worldwide were asked which one, from a list of 60 global cities, was best to live in, do business in, and visit according to them
  • Globally, New York was chosen best for business, Paris is best for tourism and Zurich is the choice for the destination to live in

New Delhi, July 12, 2017: In a recently conducted survey, Abu Dhabi has grabbed the top spot in the list of destinations where Indians would prefer to stay, followed by other cities including Mumbai, London, Singapore, Delhi.

The study conducted by Ipsos shows that if given an opportunity, Abu Dhabi would be the first preference for most Indians, followed by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi, London, Paris, Sydney, New York, Zurich, and Los Angeles.

In the survey, People from 26 countries worldwide were asked which one, from a list of 60 global cities, was best to live in, do business in, and visit according to them. The scores from the three questions were added together to complete the Ipsos Cities Index.

According to the statement of Ipsos India CEO Amit Adarkar, “Indians love their very own commercial capital Mumbai and Delhi and would love to stay in either of the mega cities of India due to abundant career opportunities; quality of life and entertainment options.”

 “Globally we see the power of the New York brand with its appeal to people across the world, young and old. But the rise of Abu Dhabi and the weakness of Sydney among younger people remind us that no city can afford to rest on its laurels,” he added.
According to PTI reports, Globally Delhi was occupied the 40th position followed by Mumbai in 41st position out of 60 global cities which Ipsos Top Cities 2017 study considered.

This year Abu Dhabi managed to leapfrog London and Paris into second position, when Tokyo, Sydney and Zurich ended up on the same score in equal fifth, the survey said.

When it comes to business, New York remains the most popular city to do business in, with 23 per cent of the global sample selecting it from the list. Here Abu Dhabi takes the second position with 21 per cent, followed by London and Hong Kong (both on 16 per cent), and Tokyo (15 per cent), it said.

In case of tourism, Paris is seen as the best city to visit as 21 percent feel it is one of the best destinations for travelling. Rome overtakes New York, which scored 16 percent this year, and comes second on this measure on 20 per cent.

According to the study, Zurich is the global choice as the top destination to live in, selected by 18 percent of the sample. It is narrowly ahead of Sydney, the city that also came second on this measure in 2013, which is on 17 percent.

Abu Dhabi has successfully moved from seventh to third on this measure over the same period, it said.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang