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Modern methods, ‘print your love’: Valentines day

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By Priya Yadav

Lovers are investing time and creativity to impress their loved one and are also ready to spend a lot to make them feel special and loved. Gifting personalised goodies seems to be a new fad, with couples taking to “print” their love for their beloved this Valentine’s Day.

“Valentine’s is the week of lovers and they leave no stone unturned to impress their bae (lover). People go for scrapbooks, love cards, t-shirts, explosion box and love jars to pamper their partners,” Radhika Aggarwal, co-founder, Go Grab Gifts (G3).

“Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and there is no better way to show how much a person means to you than a unique personalised gift. In earlier days, we used to manually invest time and resources in personalising gifts for our loved ones and now we are enabling people to impress their love in minutes,” said Bipin Narang, co-founder and global CEO, Printvenue.

“Our biggest consumers are people whom other printers/sellers find unprofitable. The consumer pain-point we address is the ability to order single quantity, at the world-class quality, and at affordable pricing,” Narang said.

“In the last one year, our business has grown significantly as more customers are discovering the convenience, choice and quality,” he said.

According to Narang, the current market size was close to $20 billion and around 5-10 percent of the total market is addressable to Printvenue.

Printvenue offers over 600 products to customise and thousands of design templates to choose from so that people can express love uniquely in as less as Rs 200.

“The joy of seeing your loved one appreciate the effort behind your personalised gift has to be experienced because the efforts put in personalising goodies show how much a person means to you,” Agarwal said. (IANS) (pic courtesy:valentinstaggeschenk.tk)

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Indonesia’s immoral Surgical Strike on condoms for the celebration of Valentine’s Day

“Valentine’s Day is often misused by teenagers to have casual sex, this can destroy the morality of the nation”

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Indonesian authorities seize condoms in order to discourage teenagers from having sex on Valentine's day. Image courtesy: VOA

Makassar (Indonesia), Feb 15, 2017: When the whole world was engrossed in painting the town red with love and romance, Indonesia made the best efforts to shun the love in its air.

Indonesian authorities barged in on convenience stores and seized condoms in Makassar, a major city in Indonesia, to stop teenagers having casual sex on Valentine’s Day.

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The mayor of Makassar, a conservative city on central Sulawesi island, led public order officers in the raids late Monday, on the eve of the celebration. Mayor Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto clarified his stance stating that he was not against the sale of condoms, but the outlets needed to be more cautious about whom they were sold to, as reported by AFP

“Valentine’s Day is often misused by teenagers to have casual sex, this can destroy the morality of the nation,” Pomanto was quoted as saying in local media.

Iman Hud, head of the local public officers, similar to police but with fewer powers told AFP that convenience stores had been failing to verify teenagers’ IDs to check whether they were at least 18 years old, the age of consent, before selling them condoms.

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“We are doing this to prevent promiscuity,” he said, adding that hundreds of condoms were seized in the raids in the city of 1.3 million

In the world’s most populous Muslim preponderance nation, Islamic clerics and some devout Muslims mark this occasion as to denounce what they consider as Western sway which corrupts the youth to indulge into debauchery.

On Monday teenage pupils, including girls in headscarves, staged a protest outside a school in the city of Surabaya, chanting: “Say no to Valentine!”

Like every year, Valentine’s day celebration was banned by Indonesian authorities in some parts of the country.

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But undeterred by all the reluctance, many Indonesians rejoiced the day with their partners, particularly in major cities where cards and chocolates are widely available. Most of the population follow a moderate form of Islam in the country.
This act of Indonesian government raises a few questions over its motive and outcome.
Will this awkward act of moral policing actually help the government in curbing what they instate as the Western influence?
The paucity of condoms is sufficient enough to discourage teenagers from involving into sexual acts?
If not, then wouldn’t this act pose a threat of teenage pregnancies and contiguity with Sexually Transferrable Diseases?
-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

 

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Virat Kohli breaks the internet with the sweetest Valentine’s day Message for Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli takes the internet by storm by posting a sweet selfie with girlfriend Anushka Sharma in a park for Valentine's day with the sweetest message

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Virat Kohli, Instagram

Feb 15, 2017: Virat Kohli took the internet by storm by posting a cute message on social media with his lady love Anushka Sharma on Wednesday with the “power” couple together sitting in a park spending a sweet moment together, captured in a selfie.

The duo is considered one of the strongest couples in India with Kohli leading the Indian cricket team and Anushka one of the leading actresses in Bollywood industry. (Source: Instagram)

The message the Indian skipper posted alongside the selfie read, “Everyday is a valentine day if you want it to be. You make every day seem like one for me.❤❤ @anushkasharma”.

Everyday is a valentine day if you want it to be. You make everyday seem like one for me ❤❤. @anushkasharma

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Virat and Anushka have been spotted together more and more on numerous occasions since their alleged breakup with the batsman becoming vocal of their relationship. But there hasn’t been as concrete a message like the Valentine’s Day message when it comes to their relationship.

Earlier last year, Kohli and Anushka were rumoured to have called it split. But when the social media trolls kept targeting her for Kohli’s good form, Kohli came up with a strong statement on social media.

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A few days back, Anushka and Virat were spotted spending time together in Uttarakhand alongside the Bachchan’s and Ambani’s which created rumours of engagement but that was later clarified by the star batsman.

In the current season, Virat Kohli is in incredible form with the bat having already scored four back-to-back double centuries. Meanwhile, Anushka is getting ready for the upcoming release of her movie ‘Phillauri’ that hits theatres on March 24.

Even though the Instagram post has been taken down, the internet cannot get over how sweet it was. The hype that Virat’s post managed to create is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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

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Colombian drug cartels exporting cocaine underneath Valentine’s day flowers

The season before Valentine's Day is the busiest time of the year for Colombia's growers, when the 130,000 people employed at hundreds of flower farms work nonstop to ship some 500 million stems

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Powder drugs. Image source-Wikimedia Commons

Cocaine is probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses. But every year, police and growers in Colombia must work around the clock to make sure that the romance of Valentine’s Day isn’t spoiled by the drug, the nation’s other major export along with flowers.

As much as 330,000 pounds (150 metric tons) of flowers leave Colombia on 30-plus jumbo cargo planes daily starting in late January, presenting an opportunity for the country’s ingenious drug cartels to penetrate the frenzied, overworked chain of suppliers and stash drugs amid the roses.

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“Without a doubt we’re a target,” said Augusto Solano, president of the Colombian flower exporters’ association.

Security protocols that the flower industry developed with police begin the moment that refrigerated trucks carrying rose buds depart dozens of flower farms dotting the waterlogged savannah surrounding Colombia’s capital. Once the flowers are inside the airport, 100 police offices equipped with 15 drug-sniffing dogs and electronic scanners inspect each shipment.

Last year, police said they found almost 200 pounds (90 kilograms) of cocaine hidden in flower boxes.

“We have to guarantee that our flower exports aren’t contaminated by criminal gangs,” Col. Julio Triana said as he and his drug-sniffing Labrador retriever walked through the refrigerated warehouse where flowers are kept before being loaded onto cargo planes.

Colombia’s flower industry took off in the early 1990s when the U.S. Congress passed a law eliminating tariffs on goods from Andean drug-producing nations in a bid to encourage legal exports. That Colombia’s criminals now train their eyes on flower shipments as a way to smuggle drugs into the U.S. is a sign of just how much the industry has blossomed. It is now is the world’s second-largest cut flower exporter, after the Netherlands, and the top supplier to the U.S.

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The season before Valentine’s Day is the busiest time of the year for Colombia’s growers, when the 130,000 people employed at hundreds of flower farms work nonstop to ship some 500 million stems, mostly to the United States but other parts of the world as well.

“Right now there’s not a single rose available,” said Solano.

But with competitors from Kenya and Ecuador making inroads, the industry isn’t taking its leadership for granted and works hard to keep out smuggled drugs.

“It requires a big effort because if another country finds drugs they can ban flower imports from Colombia and that would be disastrous,” Solano said. (VOA)