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Travel and tourism Fair, Kolkata. wikimedia
  • The fair has experienced a growth of 10 percent in terms of number of participants and revenue, compared to last year
  • Kolkata serves as a strategically important gateway for the industry, considering the increasing importance of Outbound and Inbound potential in the East and Southeast Asia
  • Pavilions have been set up by six foreign countries in TTF Kolkata at the level of their National Tourism Organisations

Kolkata, July 7, 2017: Travel and Tourism Fair in Kolkata is one of the leading travel trade shows in the country. The fair that aims at exploiting the huge travel and tourism potential in Eastern India started off on July 7.

The three-day long fair would provide a platform to 400 vendors from 28 states and 13 countries. The fair has experienced a growth of 10 per cent in terms of the number of participants and revenue, compared to last year, West Bengal Tourism Secretary Manish Jain told the reporters after the inauguration of the fair.

West Bengal Tourism Minister Goutam Deb was not present on the occasion, but welcoming all participants, he said in a message, “With tourism being a priority sector in the state, West Bengal is looking forward to TTF Kolkata, which I hope will have the presence of many national and international tourism stakeholders. This will surely help in promoting tourism in the region.”

According to Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman and CEO of the organizers Fairfest Media Ltd, Kolkata serves as a strategically important gateway for the industry, considering the increasing importance of Outbound and Inbound potential in the East and Southeast Asia.
TTF Kolkata has kept up a steady growth and has been signaling positive sentiments in the travel trade, despite the headwinds due to demonetization and uncertainties of the GST regime from July 1, 2017, he added.

He also mentioned that Kolkata, which often grabs the spot of the third wealthiest city in India after Mumbai and Delhi, has had a unique tradition of taking domestic and outbound trips in large numbers especially during the puja holidays.

According to PTI reports, 24 States are taking part in the TTF Kolkata with their official pavilions. The biggest state pavilions included West Bengal as the Host State, while Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh were Partner States. The list of feature states includes Kerala, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Andaman and Nicobar, Delhi and Jharkhand.

A large number of participants from Haryana, Odisha, Punjab, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh will be present at the fair as well.

Pavillions have been set up by six foreign countries in TTF Kolkata at the level of their National Tourism Organisations.

For the very first time, SRI LANKA Tourism is participating in the fair with a huge pavilion, with more than a dozen of hotels and operators from the country.

Other foreign countries like Bangladsh, China, Macao, Nepal and Thailand are participating at the level of their National Tourism Organisations.

Additionally, the TTF has feathers added by private sector participants from Bhutan, Canada, Japan, Myanmar, UAE and USA this year as well.

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



Dia Mirza champions sustainable fashion

Actor and environmental activist, Dia Mirza, who is also the National Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was showstopper for Indian designers Abraham & Thakore at the recently held LFW X FDCI event. The designer duo who are pioneers of slow fashion and sustainability in the Indian fashion landscape showcased a timeless sustainable collection.

IANSlife spoke with Mirza on sustainable choices when it comes to fashion.

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Q: Did you enjoy the on-ground fashion event and the energy that came with the physical show and appearance?
A: Yes absolutely. It was just so refreshing and wonderful to finally be back from a virtual audience. Last year we did a digital show and the energy was just not there, this is an interactive experience and we draw so much from real people.

Q: The outfit that was chosen for you, how did it complement your style?
A: It's a garment that I think involves and is reflective of what I stand for, I deeply care about sustainability and I love the fact that the garment has been made with repurposed material, used and created with a hundred per cent post-consumer bottles, and made by the waste generated from the pieces of fabric that we discard while creating other garments. So it was a very special garment that really and truly celebrated repurposing and reusing and upcycling.

Dia Mirza is an Indian model, actress, producer, and social worker who predominantly works in Hindi films. Mirza won the title of Miss Asia Pacific International in 2000. IANSlife spoke with Mirza on sustainable choices when it comes to fashion. | Wikimedia Commons

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Delhi to get new QR-based driving livenses and registration certificates.

In a step towards digitisation of the system, Delhi Transport Department will soon issue QR based Smart cards for driving licenses (DLs) and registration certificates (RCs).

As per a statement, the new driving licence will have an advanced microchip with features like Quick Response (QR) code and Near Field Communication (NFC). The new RC will have the owner's name printed on the front while the microchip and the QR code would be embedded at the back of the card.

The cards earlier had embedded chips, but chip reader machines were not available in the required quantity with both the Delhi Traffic Police and the Enforcement Wing of the Transport Department. Moreover, chips were designed and implemented by the states concerned, which resulted in difficulties in reading the chip and retrieving information, especially in case of defaulters.

"Now with the QR based smart card, this issue is resolved. This will enable unification in linking and validating one's information to smart cards with Sarathi and Vahan, the two web-based databases of all driving licenses and vehicle registrations," the release added.

The QR is also being implemented nationwide, the QR code reader is easily procurable and will do away with the requirement of any manual intervention altogether. The new cards will also allow two specific materials for their card manufacturing -- PolyVinyl Chloride or PVC, or PolyCarbonate which is slightly more expensive but more durable. (Card Size - 85.6mm x 54.02 mm; Thickness minimum 0.7 mm)

An October 2018 notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made changes to the Driving License and Registration Certificate. The new Smart card based DL and RC, will have chip based/ QR code based recognition system. At the same time, documents such as driving license or registration certificates in electronic formats on DigiLockers and mParivahan were also made valid in place of physical documents and treated at par with original documents.

The QR code also has an added advantage of acting as a safety feature on the smart card. The department will be able to retain records and penalties of the DL holder for up to 10 years on the VAHAN database as soon as a driver/ owner's Smart card is confiscated. The new DLs will also help the government in maintaining records of differently-abled drivers, any modifications made to the vehicles, emission standards and the person's declaration to donate organs. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Delhi, Driving License, Registration License, Digitisation.


In this handout photo provided by Sotheby's Auction House, the auction for Banksy's "Love is the Bin" takes place in London, Oct. 14, 2021

LONDON — A work by British street artist Banksy that sensationally shredded itself just after it sold at auction three years ago fetched almost 18.6 million pounds ($25.4 million) on Thursday — a record for the artist, and close to 20 times its pre-shredded price.

"Love is in the Bin" was offered by Sotheby's in London, with a presale estimate of 4 million pounds to 6 million pounds ($5.5 million to $8.2 million).

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