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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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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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Uber app. Pixabay

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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Virasat-e-Khalsa, a Pioneer Museum in Sikh Holy Town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab Enters Asia Book of Records

This is the third entry of Virasat-e-Khalsa into record books

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He said the museum would feature in the next edition of Asia Book of Records for witnessing 20,569 visitors on March 20. Pixabay

Virasat-e-Khalsa, a pioneer museum in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, has entered the Asia Book of Records for receiving a record visitors, state Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Charanjit Channi said on Saturday.

He said the museum would feature in the next edition of Asia Book of Records for witnessing 20,569 visitors on March 20.

This is the third entry of Virasat-e-Khalsa into record books.

Earlier, the Limca Book of Records – February 2019 edition and the India Book of Records – 2020 edition raked it as the country’s “top-ranked museum” in terms of number of visitors.

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Virasat-e-Khalsa, a pioneer museum in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, has entered the Asia Book of Records for receiving a record visitors. Pixabay

He said the total footfall of visitors at Virasat-e-Khalsa, conceived to commemorate the 550 years of history and culture of Punjab and Sikhism, has crossed the 10-million mark in just 7.5 years, a matter of pride for the state.

It is located close to Takht Keshgarh Sahib, the second most important Sikh shrine (after the Golden Temple complex) in Anandpur Sahib where the Khalsa Panth — a kind of Praetorian Guard — was founded by Guru Gobind Singh on April 13, 1699.

Spread across 6,500-square metres, the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum narrates the story of Punjab and Sikhism using hand-crafted artefacts and the latest technology in an interactive manner.

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The museum, which is considered visitor-friendly and interactive, is open six days a week (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 4.30 pm. (IANS)

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