US ban on carry-on e-gadgets will hit Indian travellers hard

One out of every two passengers who fly from India to the US transit through airports in the Middle East like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and from Saturday they will need to check in all electronic devices sized larger than a smart phone like laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, electronic games, DVD players, etc. Apart from not having their personal device for work or entertainment at airport lounges and on board ultra-long haul flights, air travellers will have to worry about the possibility of their e-gadgets getting lost, misplaced or stolen from their checked in bags.

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On Friday, the US department of homeland security banned “all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone” from the carryon bags (bags carried on board by the flyer) of passengers who board direct flights to the US from the airports in Amman (Jordan), Cairo (Egypt), Istanbul (Turkey), Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait, Doha (Qatar), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (see box). Airlines were notified by the US government at 3am EDT (12.30pm IST, Friday) about the ban and have been given 96 hours within which to comply.

As for the passengers who transit from any of these airports, they will have to pack their electronic goods into their check-in bag at their airport of origin. So a passenger booked on a Mumbai-Dubai-Dallas flight will have to check in the laptop at Mumbai itself. The new security measures don’t apply to passengers booked on Air India. But those booked on Jet Airways will need to check if their flights will transit through any of the above listed airports.

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Apart from passengers from the countries that are on the list, it will be those from India who would be the most hit as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha are popular transit halts for passengers from India flying to the US.

The US National Travel and Tourism office data on international travellers to the US and the countries they come from has Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, China and European nations in the top ten lists. Passengers from none of these countries would generally transit through any of the 10 listed airports to reach the US. But that’s not the case with India, which stands at the 11th position on the list. According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), in the fiscal year 2016, of the 2.69 million passengers who flew from India to the US, 1.3 million flew on airlines like Emirates, Etihad, Qatar that transit through airports like Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

Kapil Kaul of CAPA said that he sees the new security measures as a “serious passenger inconvenience and nothing more”. He added that it might result in some business class traffic moving to carriers that are not affected but given the very high demand and high passenger load factors there won’t be any significant movement. “It’s poorly executed and communicated but we expect it to be a short term measure,” Kaul added.

Anil Punjabi, president of Travel Agents’ Federation of India, said: “The restriction, first by the US and then by the UK, has scared travellers. They feel that if intelligence agencies believe that terror outfits may explode a bomb on a plane that originates from the Gulf, they should avoid it altogether. Even elderly people travelling to their children living abroad want to avoid the flights. Though most of them don’t carry the restricted items, there is fear of delay at airports in the Gulf.”

Source: Times of India

 

 

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Sri Harimandir Sahib in all its glory & splendor

My colleague Ms. Manisha Chandwani along with her friends visited Holy Golden Temple Amritsar on Holi Weekend and she clicked some photographs of the Sri Harimandir Sahib, Amritsar in its full glory and splendor for our blog. She along with her group of friends visited Golden Temple on the wee hours ( 7 AM) and in the evening (7 PM) when it was well lit. The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harmandir Sahib Amritsar) has a unique Sikh architecture. Built at a level lower than the surrounding land level, The Gurudwara teaches the lesson of egalitarianism and humility. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

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Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as Sri Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple, (on account of its scenic beauty and golden coating for English speaking world), is named after Hari (God) the temple of God. The Sikhs all over the world, daily wish to pay visit to Sri Amritsar and to pay obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib in their Ardas.

I take pleasure in sharing these photographs with our readers:

The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than of description.

As advised by Sri Guru Amar Dass Ji (3rd Sikh Guru), Sri Guru Ram Dass Ji (4th Sikh Guru) started the digging of Amrit Sarovar (Holy Tank) of Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1577 A.D., which was later on brick-lined by Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (5th Sikh Guru) on December 15, 1588 and He also started the construction of Sri Harimandir Sahib. Sri Guru Granth Sahib (scripture of the Sikhs), after its compilation, was first installed at Sri Harimandir Sahib on August 16, 1604 A.D. A devout Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was appointed its first Head Priest.

Guru Arjan Sahib, the Fifth Nanak, conceived the idea of creating a central place of worship for the Sikhs and he himself designed the architecture of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Earlier the planning to excavate the holy tank (Amritsar or Amrit Sarovar) was chalked out by Guru Amardas Sahib, the Third Nanak, but it was executed by Guru Ramdas Sahib under the supervision of Baba Budha ji. The land for the site was acquired by the earlier Guru Sahibs on payment or free of cost from the Zamindars (landlords) of native villages. The plan to establish a town settlement was also made. Therefore, the construction work on the Sarovar (the tank) and the town started simultaneously in 1570. The work on both projects completed in 1577 A.D.

Tourism to the US faces Squeeze!

I recently received a mail from my brother-in-law Atul, settled in California asking that have we applied for our US Visa. I was quite surprised given the current circumstances in the US regarding VISA ban which is big extensively covered by India rather world media. I asked my husband, is the time right to apply of the US Visa? To this he replied probably not stating so many factors.

The time is really does not seem to be ripe rather risky feel so many tourists across the world.  As reported by Reuters, the US travel sector is bracing for a year in which strong dollar and uncertainty over President Donald Trump’s travel ban could deter visitors, Industry representatives said at the World’s Biggest Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin.

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Trump recently signed a revised executive order banning citizens from Six Muslim Majority nations from travelling to the US. Those countries account for a tiny percentage of the US Visitors, but there is growing concern that the order could hurt the image of the US and scare the tourists away.

The dollar has gained more than 5 per cent against Euro over the past six months, making it more expensive for travelers to visit the US. New York City was expecting foreign tourist numbers to remain unchanged at 12.7 million but has cut its forecast for 2017 by 300,000. The City has spent $3 million on a marketing campaign with the Slogan “Welcoming the World”.

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Las Vegas, another major tourist destination, hopes business with trade conventions and a wide price range for accommodation will keep growth robust, says Heidi Hayes, Director of Communications for Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

A Survey by the Global Business Travel Association indicated business travel, an important source of income for hotels and airlines, could suffer due to the ban. Some 37 percent of the US business travel professionals said they expect a reduction in their company’s travel because of Trump’s revised executive order, while 17 per cent of European travel professionals said their Company has cancelled business travel to the US.

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Dubai based Emirates airline said that at the fair its booking rate for flights to and from the US took a 35 percent hit overnight after the first travel ban and had not yet recovered.

Still I see a huge opportunity here, and my plans of visiting the US are afloat!

Triveni’s Mrignayni, for Classy BRIDE!

Circa 2017- Looks like, one big year for weddings!

Triveni brings out the classic wedding Saree collection – Mrignayni to for the beautiful and classy brides. If you don’t want that over the top bridal look on your big day, then you can opt for Triveni’s Mrignayni. Intricately designed in Red & Gold, styling done with Gold & Kundan Jewellery and subtle make – up, will certainly enhance your look as classy bride. The saree in question here is gorgeous shade of red beautifully crafted with golden zari work. It is completing the retro look for trendy dulhan.

You can certainly cast a spell with the elegant red and gold classic bridal combination this wedding season. The saree is in georgette fabric with heavy embroidery and detailing done with crystals. The motifs are inspired from traditional Indian paisley and buta designs. You can ind your favorite in the collection! Golden borders complete the frame of the saree which comes with complimenting blouse piece.

The collection matches for the bling of bridal jewelery pieces. This summer, a decorative hair – bun offers comfort and promises elegance. Team up with the glorious kundan-haars and matha- patti.

Guide your steps with confidence – a majestic bride is up the aisle!

Mrignayni, strike it with red & gold!! You can order one from http://www.triveniethincs.com

MALINDO AIR EARLY BIRD GETS THE DEAL PROMO

Malindo Air, CAPA 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline is delighted to announce that the airline will be offering exclusive fares to Business and Economy Class travellers during the Malindo Air Early Bird Gets the Deal, to fully enjoy a premium service. The promotional fares are available from 27 Feb until 5 March 2017, and is valid for all purchases made online, over the counter at all Malindo Air ticketing offices and through travel agencies. Travel validity is from 1 April 2017 until 30 November 2017.

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Business Class Fare


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KLIA or Subang Airport to Langkawi; Penang; Johor Bahru; Kuching; AlorSetar; Kota Kinabalu; Terengganu, Kota Bharu and more. Starting from RM39 Starting from

 RM159

KLIA to Bali, Ho Chi Minh City, Chiang Mai, Jakarta, Bandung, Bangkok and more

 

Starting from RM99 Starting from

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KLIA to Hong Kong, Colombo, Kochi, Tiruchirappalli and more Starting from RM199 Starting from

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KLIA to Taipei, Perth, Guangzhou and more Starting from RM299 Starting from

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The attractive fares are available for Malaysian domestic flights and flights to Singapore, Australia, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

CEO of Malindo Air, Chandran Rama Muthy, said “The Early Bird Gets the Deal is our biggest sale yet for 2017 with over 1,000,000 seats up for grabs. As this sale offers super value deals on both domestic and international routes, we are very optimistic that it will be a great success. We are certain our guests will be very excited over the affordable fares that come with our premium service of extra legroom, on board meals, in-flight entertainment and 30kg baggage allowance.”

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Malindo Air is a Malaysian airline with main hubs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the convenient KL downtown city airport SubangSkypark in Selangor, Malaysia. The airline took to the skies in March 2013 with domestic flights and has since grown to operate routes to all major airports in Malaysia and across the continents of Asia, Australia and Middle East. The fleet itself has grown exponentially to 18 ATR72-600 and 29 Boeing 737NG as of February 2017.

Today, the airline operates over 800 flights weekly across a continuously growing network of about 42 routes in the region. More recently, the airline won CAPA’s 2016 Asia Pacific Regional Airline of the Year, Airline of the Year (Passenger)at the KLIA Awards 2014 and Top Performing Airline 2015 by Travelport.

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For bookings and enquiries, visit malindoair.com, write in to Customer CareCentre at customer_care@malindoair.com or call +603-7841 5388 from 8am to 10pm daily.

 

 

Triveni at World HRD Congress in Mumbai

The mid week of February saw Triveni’s presence at the world HRD Congress held in Mumbai. Speaking on the event, Dr. R.L Bhatia, founder – World CSR Day & World Sustainability Project Director – World HRD Congress notes, “In 25 years so much has changed in HR – the function itself has evolved itself into a new being and now that unless it is built in the fabric of business, it will not make a difference. The platform is to make work and working lives better by sharing the vision, the agility and the strength to make a real difference to the HR community; business and the economy.”

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Triveni has constantly worked to improve revival of ethnic clothing – by making fashionable ethnic wear affordable to all. Present as a supporter for the weeklong event, which ran through various fields like Global Youth Marketing Forum and Consumer Insight Forum – focused to understand the direction of new idea flow  and how the consumers reacted to those. The event spanned through categories such as Real Estate Awards and Corporate Excellence Awards. Two major high light of the event were the World Health and Wellness Congress and HRD Congress – conference and leadership awards where leading HR team and leaders were acknowledged and awarded.

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Leading Cosmetologist Mrs. Shahnaaz Hussain at Triveni Stall

The second last day of the event was dedicated to recognizing the talented Women in corporate and organizations – Women Leadership Congress and Awards. The event ended with a significant outlining, Corporate Social Responsibility – something not about ‘giving back to the society’ but, an effort to take care of everything that keeps us moving ahead.

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Triveni Stall

Triveni has been, over the last few years, taken many initiatives to put Indian ethnic wear globally, in a sustainable bootstrapped business way. This has led to very active campus engagements (e.g. global U-Design contest, internships, live projects and case study challenges. Also, one of the major activities Triveni undertakes is Dare2Drape challenge wherein women globally experiment with & share different saree drapes).

Triveni’s latest collection showcased at the event was well appreciated by Shehnaaz Husain, CEO of Shehnaaz Herbals Inc., prominent entrepreneur, best known for herbal cosmetics in India. The counter saw visitors from abroad, inquisitive about sarees and ethnic wear in queue to pick one of their choice as they were delighted over the surface work and design details of the fabric.

Noted theatre artist and Ad Film maker Alyque Padamsee and veteran actor Ashish Vidyarthi were spotted at the event too. Looking at the fabulous response received at the brand counter at the event, Triveni proposes corporates, companies and organizations to celebrate ‘Ethnic Day’ at their work places and office premises.

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Talking about Triveni as one of the supporters at the event, Mr. Arvind Saraf, Director, Triveni notes “It is indeed good to be present on a stage where Global Leaders Meet and discuss their experiences in handling the ever changing work force, methodologies and environment. Triveni, has successfully

maintained its quality standards and brand presence amongst the customer groups and leveraging on the organic growth – the only way survival and growth is possible in the cut-throat race of price slashing and volume deliverables.

The idea is to celebrate vibrancy of ethnic wear at work place. More information about the same can be found out on http://www.officiallyethnic.org.