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Delhi’s Khan Market Moves Up 4 Place In World’s Costliest Retail Spots
November 15, 2017
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National capital’s upscale Khan market has moved up four positions to become the world’s 24th most expensive retail location even as it continues to be the costliest to hire a shop in India, according to Cushman and Wakefield report.Monthly rentals at Khan market stood stable at Rs 1,250 per sq ft in the past one year, but still its ranking improved. In the 2016 report, it was placed 28th.”Delhi’s Khan market has emerged as the most expensive retail location in India and has clinched the 24th position in global rankings,” the consultant said.The rise of Khan market in the global rankings since 2016 is because of a drop in rentals in some key global markets, it added.New York’s Upper 5th Avenue retained its numero uno position while Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay and London’s Bond Street were ranked second and third, respectively.The survey took into consideration over 400 retail locations globally across 66 countries for the annual survey.”The retail sector in India has remained cautious in activities even though there was a visible momentum in leasing across main streets as well as shopping centres,” said Anshul Jain, Country Head and MD-India, Cushman and Wakefield.Leasing activities across most key micro-markets were led by food and beverages and fashion and lifestyle brands, he added.In the Asia-Pacific region, Indian markets fared better, with Khan market coming in at the 11th slot. Gurugram’s DLF Galleria and Mumbai’s Linking Road secured 19th and 20th positions, respectively.”These micro-markets have been commanding high rentals as these are established retail destinations due to factors like their geographic locations allowing access to larger catchment for the retailers,” the consultant added.Khan market in New Delhi and Linking Road in Mumbai have also had a strong presence of high-end global and domestic brands.Within India, Connaught Place in New Delhi recorded the highest year-on-year rental growth of 11.8 per cent at Rs 950 per sq ft a month.”Connaught Place, which had slipped from its previous superior retail destination status, saw renewed interest from retailers across categories , As Reported By NDTV.

According to the Newspaper,The location has gone through a reinvention in the last few years, with the metro construction being completed and making it easily accessible from across the city,” the consultant said.. . .

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Jaguar F-Pace now assembling in India, launched at Rs. 60 Lakh and bookings open
November 15, 2017
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Jaguar Land Rover India, which has set a target of 14 percent volume share in the luxe car space, on Tuesday began locally assembly of its popular SUV, the F-Pace, from its Pune plant and priced it Rs. 8.4 lakh lower than the CBU model.

The F-Pace, which is the first performance SUV from the Jaguar stable, is priced at Rs. 60.02 lakh for a 2-liter diesel engine. The imported model was priced at Rs. 68.40 lakh and was launched last October.

Bookings are now open and deliveries will begin from the end of November, the company said.

The F-Pace is the sixth model from its Pune plant. The other being the Jaguar XE, XF, XJ, and Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Range Rover Evoque.

In a recent interview to PTI, Rohit Suri, managing director & president of Jaguar Land Rover India had said that the company had grown 45 percent to 2,942 units in the first nine months of the year and was on course to sell around 4,500 units, clocking a volume share of 13-14 percent. The company had sold around 2,500 units in 2016.

“Since its launch last October, the F-Pace has captured the hearts and minds of customers here. The launch of the locally manufactured F-Pace signifies another milestone in our continued commitment and efforts towards ‘Make in India’ policy of government,” Suri said in a statement.

The Jaguar F-Pace is a performance SUV that has the DNA of a sports car. Its powerful and agile look makes it very distinctive and gives it a head-turning road presence.

It also comes with a range of exciting features including adaptive LED headlights, activity key, Wi-Fi hotspot & pro-services and a 25.91 cm touch screen.

The Jaguar portfolio here include the XE (Rs. 35.85 lakh), XF (Rs. 46.46 lakh), F-Pace (Rs. 60.02 lakh), XJ (Rs. 100.80 lakh) and F-Type (Rs. 134.33 Lakh). These models are sold through 25 outlets in 23 cities.

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No threat to Mallya’s life in jail: India to tell U.K court
November 15, 2017
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India will soon convey to a British court that fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya will not face any threat to his life in jail, if extradited in connection with a Rs 9,000 crore loan default, officials said.

The Indian government’s assurance will be conveyed to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London through the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which is arguing the extradition case of Mallya on behalf of the Indian government.

The decision has been taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and attended by representatives of various authorities, including the Ministry of External Affairs, a home ministry official said.

The meeting deliberated on the response to be filed in the U.K court, rejecting Mallya’s apprehension that he will not be safe in Indian jail if sent back to India to face trial in the Rs 9,000 crore Kingfisher Airlines loan default cases.

With a detailed assessment of security cover given to prisoners in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail and Delhi’s Tihar jail, the Indian government will tell the U.K court that when extradited, Mallya may be lodged in Arthur Road jail where he will get full security cover as an undertrial prisoner, the official said.

The Westminster Magistrates’ Court will start hearing the extradition proceedings from December 4 and a reply by India would be filed in the next few days.

The British court will be told that prisoners, both under trial and convicted, get full security cover.

It is the duty of the State to ensure security and Mallya’s apprehension about threat is “misleading”, India will tell the court.

India will soon convey to a British court that fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya will not face any threat to his life in jail, if extradited in connection with a Rs 9,000 crore loan default, officials said.

The Indian government’s assurance will be conveyed to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London through the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which is arguing the extradition case of Mallya on behalf of the Indian government.

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MS Dhoni Appreciates the Pitch Preparations at Eden Gardens
November 15, 2017
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Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni appreciated the pitch preparation ahead of the first Test match at Eden Gardens when he was in the city for a commercial shoot with another world cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

Dhoni had a look at 22-yard in the morning, despite the fact that he doesn’t feature in Test matches anymore.

Dhoni was spotted having a chat a with the pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee while checking the pitch that will host the first Test scheduled to start from November 16.

Dhoni and Kapil were seen spending the day bowling and batting as the hosts joined them. First, it was Kapil’s turn to roll over his arms to Dhoni and as the shoot went on as they reversed their role. It was an advertisement of 33 seconds, directed by a renowned Bengali director Arindam Sil.

Sil, who has done a lot of acting and directing, said that this was a lifetime experience for him. Sil felt that he is lucky enough to direct his debut advertisement with these legendary names.

“It’s the Mecca of Cricket and I had two World Cup-winning captains shooting for me. It’s the most memorable day in my life. They were the best of the captains. I felt nostalgic. I have watched them play from the same galleries here but to shoot with them now at the same venue is a lifetime experience,” Sil told reporters after the shoot.

Dhoni was also seen talking with the kids about the game in between his busy schedule. Terming the two world cup winning captain Dhoni, a natural actor, Sil stated:

“I didn’t require a retake from Dhoni; he was natural in front of the camera.”

Arindam Sil also expressed his gratitude towards the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly for letting him shoot at Eden Gardens. Both the captains were joined in by Sourav Ganguly at the end of the shoot where they were seen talking to each other.The final part of the shoot is scheduled to take place in a studio before Dhoni takes off for Dubai where he will inaugurate the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy on November 11.

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IPL 2018: Three Players Royal Challengers Bangalore Would Retain Ahead of IPL 11 Players’ Auction
November 15, 2017
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Yuzvendra Chahal:

In order to rely on the promising slow-bowling prospect, the 27-year-old leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is the first-choice option Royal Challengers Bangalore would be looking for.

Being on a role for India with the white-ball in limited-overs cricket in the contemporary time, Chahal has been giving his best in the T20 format to go from strength to strength owing to his accuracy as a skilful bowler.

The impressive slow bowler Chahal had a good time while playing for Bangalore in the previous edition, as the tenth edition saw him claiming 14 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 23.78.

In 56 IPL fixtures, Chahal bagged 70 wickets at an average of 22.41. He has also claimed a solitary four-wicket haul which came in the ninth edition of the IPL.

Moreover, as the wrist-spinners are said to be aggressive in approach, RCB would highly-likely be relying on Chahal to lead the spin-spearhead which is all important in the middle-orders to take the pace off from the ball.

The next edition will take place with several changes of the cricketing carnival; the Bangalore-based outfit needs a major overhaul of the team which crept under pressure in the tenth edition of the IPL.

Following the disastrous season in 2017, while laying hands on the wooden spoon, Bangalore finished on the eighth spot with just three wins in 14 matches under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

Bangalore further managed to collect seven points after losing 10 fixtures as one fixture was washed out in Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In 2017 edition, Bangalore was heavily relying on their prominent faces which included swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle, flamboyant AB de Villiers all-rounder Shane Watson, Samuel Badree and KL Rahul apart from Virat Kohli after losing out speedster Mitchell Starc, who pulled out of the tournament due to the rehabilitation programme.

 

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IPL 2018: Three Players Royal Challengers Bangalore Would Retain Ahead of IPL 11 Players’ Auction
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Virat Kohli:

The 29-year-old Kohli, who was appointed as the skipper in 2014 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had a decent outing in the tenth edition would continue to lead the outfit following his spectacular record.

In 2017 IPL edition, as other struggled to score for Bangalore, Kohli managed to register four fifties in 10 matches which further saw him scoring 308 runs at an average of 30.80.

One of the consistent performers, the reliable batsman Kohli has been a batting mainstay for the T20 fixture, as he has further been the quintessential part of the IPL for Bangalore in particular.

Moreover, Kohli has also saved all-important runs in the fielding after delivering with the willow.

Wearing his heart on sleeve, Kohli has been at the forefront to yield the desired results and would be eyeing to back his teammates in pursuit to lift the first-ever IPL title.

In 149 matches, Kohli amassed 4,418 runs at an average of 37.44. He smashed four hundreds and 30 fifties which further saw him smashing 382 boundaries and 160 sixes.

AB de Villiers:

The South African batsman AB de Villiers, who has dominated the bowlers with his aggressive brand of cricket, has further become an important across the globe to be picked for the professional Twenty20 competition.

The 33-year-old right-handed batsman de Villiers, who has all the shots in his book, eventually becomes one of the premium contenders – to retain his rank for the upcoming IPL even after failing to live up to his expectations in the 10th edition.

Known for his acrobatic stuff on the field and smashing the bowlers all-around the dial, de Villiers has been a prominent figure when it comes to the T20 cricket.

After being inducted by RCB in its squad in 2011 played overall 129 IPL matches in which he scored 3,473 runs at an average of 38.16. He smashed three hundreds and 22 fifties.

Enthralling the spectators, it would be interesting to see how much RCB will rely on the star performer from the South Africa.

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IPL 2018: Three Players Royal Challengers Bangalore Would Retain Ahead of IPL 11 Players’ Auction
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With a lot expected to take place in the Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL), we have the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who has to take care of their loyal fan base. RCB do witness the jam-packed stadium back home as Christopher Henry Gayle was a major fascination and the crowd-favourite, but he is likely to be released next season.

What RCB’s ten-season history suggest to us?

The Men in the Red outfit has had built a solid squad over the years but unfortunately failed to encash the opportunity year after another.

So much so, the quality players struggled to capitalize on what the professionals could have had contributed in the shortest version of the game owing to the strength and star-studded line-up particularly in the batting department.

Interestingly, the IPL franchise is yet to lift the coveted domestic trophy after being runners-up in three editions.

Moreover, in 2011, Bangalore was the runners-up in 2011 in the now-defunct Champions League Twenty20 competition.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

The next edition will take place with several changes of the cricketing carnival; the Bangalore-based outfit needs a major overhaul of the team which crept under pressure in the tenth edition of the IPL.

Following the disastrous season in 2017, while laying hands on the wooden spoon, Bangalore finished on the eighth spot with just three wins in 14 matches under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

Bangalore further managed to collect seven points after losing 10 fixtures as one fixture was washed out in Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

In 2017 edition, Bangalore was heavily relying on their prominent faces which included swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle, flamboyant AB de Villiers all-rounder Shane Watson, Samuel Badree and KL Rahul apart from Virat Kohli after losing out speedster Mitchell Starc, who pulled out of the tournament due to the rehabilitation programme.

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What would RCB be looking for?

With the team in dire need of consistency from players to contribute both with the bat and a ball, Bangalore would require at least three players to retain to swing fortunes in this favour.

The RCB management would be aiming to invest in youngsters alongside the senior campaigners which is highly-likely going to pay rich dividends as they would have had observed the loopholes.

With RCB all set to focus on the upcoming edition, the players are supposed to give their best after failing to rise to the occasion in the previously held edition.

Of Choices and Chances for RCB:

Amid all the assumption, Bangalore would further maintain the core side, in order to pick quality bowlers this time around owing to the auction.

Moreover, it would be an interesting phase to see the opening batsman Chris Gayle’s fate decided by the Challengers management, but the edition is expected to draw the record crowds in India.

The balanced squad would play an imperative role for the Karnataka-based outfit which has been struggling of late.

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Banff National Park: an essential wilderness experience
November 15, 2017
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Banff Upper Hot Springs

Just on the edge of the town, housed in a heritage building is Banff Upper Hot Springs. Whether to begin your day afresh, as the locals say, or to immerse your beat souls at night, as I would say, the Upper Spring Waters are potions to uplift your sojourn in the Banff National Park.

Lake Louise

Visiting Lake Louise needs a bit of deliberation, a day trip from Banff, a night in palatial Fairmont Chateau, or a week or more in the quaint Lake Louise Village. Forty minutes out of Banff, and your first hit is the Lake Louise Village, a conglomeration servicing you with refreshments, gas, and visitor’s information.

Moraine Lake

Up a winding road, 14 km apart from Lake Louise, is the object of longing for travellers: the Moraine Lake. Disengaging from the embarrassing comparisons to its more visited neighbour Lake Louise, I will rather use this space detailing the phenomena that it is.

Banff Gondola

At 5 minutes drive from town, with Banff Upper Spring as its neighbour, sits the Banff Gondola, your aerial drive over the Sulphur Mountain. You must take some warm clothing as the temperature drops significantly with the steep ascent, and do purchase the ‘The Ultimate Explorer combo,’ with Banff Gondola as one of the inclusions, this package from Brewster comes pretty thrifty.

Wildlife

They call it the Bear Country, and I can’t find reasons to hold them back for doing so. An Estimated 380,000 Black Bears and 26,000 Grizzlies on the Canadian Soil, compared with a resident population of 8,000 fellow beings in Banff Town, the numbers do explain!

Lake Minnewanka

Every lake in the Rockies has its own character, its own story, and the story of Lake Minnewanka goes back to 10,000 years when the aboriginals inhabited its banks, and called it Minn-waki or the Lake of Spirits. Today the Spirits are gone, the Banff town embraces it and calls it its very own, the Banff Lake.

Vermillion Lakes

Do visit the Vermillion Lake at dusk and dawn, and let me tell you why. Located just 5 minutes outside of town, the Vermillion lakes are a series of 3 lakes in the Bow River Valley beneath the Mount Norquay. Vermillion Lakes are a perfect mirror to Mount Rundle, who by the way gratifies its vanity by looking into its waters whole day, and its resultant reflection in its coy waters is a sight that men can’t replicate.

Johnston Canyon

Made accessible by Parks Canada what otherwise would have been a climber’s ambitious dream, the very deep Johnston Canyon is half an hour drive from the Banff town on the Bow Valley Parkway. The excursion at Johnston Canyon is divided into three legs, the Lower falls, the Upper Falls, and the Ink Pots, each at an incremental distance.

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Banff National Park: an essential wilderness experience
November 15, 2017
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Banff National Park is an essential wilderness experience, a fairy town dwelling, blue lakes, sun-kissed towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, clear skies teeming with twinkling stars, well it’s not imagination at all because mirroring heaven on earth, there is Banff National Park.

Located in Alberta, surrounded by the burgeoning Mount Rundle, Sulphur, Norquay & Cascade, Banff is a resort town in the Canadian Rockies. An hour and a half from Calgary, or half a day from Jasper, the road to Banff National Park is every motorists dream.

Spend a day canoeing the inviting waters of Lake Louise, saunter through the lively streets of the dreamy Banff Town, gaze at stars on the shores of the Vermilion Lake, and finally, simply soak your weary souls in the Banff Upper hot Springs. Banff is what I would call a perennial magnet. If the calling of forest trails, splendid lakes, and accessible glaciers is strong enough in summers, winters pulls crowds for frozen lakes, Canyon Icewalks, and winter sports galore. July and August are the busiest, and get sold months in advance, a bit of diligent planning, and you are on course to visit Banff when it’s at its best. Banff town offers myriad accommodation options, still not enough to satiate the peak demands of summers, a gap aptly filled by its quieter neighbour, Canmore.

Banff

Set at an elevation of 1,383 m, the town of Banff is the highest in Canada, and I would say the prettiest in the whole wide world. Exquisitely surrounded by mountains in all directions, and further accentuated by the Bow River flowing through its heart, the dreamy town of Banff is a sight for concrete-sour eyes.

Bow River

Glacier fed Bow River, slices through the town of Banff, rendering a magical charm and hosting the activities avalanche. Sitting on the edge of the downtown, the Bow River waterfront provides a fairly long Nature walk. Bow River offers an idyllic picnic day, go just saunter through its pathways, soak some summer sun, dabble at fishing along its shores or engage in some adventures in its mild waters.

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Delve into the regal past
November 15, 2017
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The Naqquar Khana (Trumpet House), located in the premises of the world-famous Gol Gumbaz in Vijayapura, houses a museum of ancient artefacts that depict the society, culture and architecture of the region between the 6th and 18th centuries. In 1892, British archaeologists, Henry Cousens and Jas Burgess, began collecting objects of historical significance, and stored them in a small building in Anand Mahal of Vijayapura. This paved the way for the present day museum.

When the British shifted the district headquarters from Kaladagi to Vijayapura, they decided to use the historical structures as administrative blocks. They found numerous rare artefacts and collectibles while renovating these monuments and all the items were moved to the museum. The British valued the ancient objects immensely and found the need for proper maintenance of the collection. With more additions to the collection, there was lack of space in the building. In 1912, the exhibits were shifted to the Naqquar Khana in the Gol Gumbaz complex.

Diverse exhibits

The Naqquar Khana (Trumpet House), located in the premises of the world-famous Gol Gumbaz in Vijayapura, houses a museum of ancient artefacts that depict the society, culture and architecture of the region between the 6th and 18th centuries. In 1892, British archaeologists, Henry Cousens and Jas Burgess, began collecting objects of historical significance, and stored them in a small building in Anand Mahal of Vijayapura. This paved the way for the present day museum.

When the British shifted the district headquarters from Kaladagi to Vijayapura, they decided to use the historical structures as administrative blocks. They found numerous rare artefacts and collectibles while renovating these monuments and all the items were moved to the museum. The British valued the ancient objects immensely and found the need for proper maintenance of the collection. With more additions to the collection, there was lack of space in the building. In 1912, the exhibits were shifted to the Naqquar Khana in the Gol Gumbaz complex.

Diverse exhibits

The structure is built using brown sandstone. The building has a cellar, ground floor and a first floor. The British renovated it to suit the requirements of a museum. More than 1,600 registered antiquities are exhibited in eight galleries.

A mutilated sculpture of 11th century Nataraja with eight hands, a stone festoon (torana) depicting Lord Shiva dancing with his ganas, embossed sculptures playing musical instruments, hero stones from the 7th and 8th centuries, inscriptions found in the region, rare sculptures of Lord Keshava and Veerabhadra, an 8th century stone Ganesha found in Aihole, and a 14th century sculpture of Lord Parshwanatha are some of the important exhibits in the museum.

In the ground floor, one can see a 6th century vijayasthambha (pillar representing victory) built by King Mangalesha. This structure was collected from Mahakuta. The stone representation of the head of Aliya Rama Raya of Vijayanagara dynasty can also be seen here. A 12th century pillar with inscriptions attracts one’s attention. It has Sanskrit script on three directions and Kannada script at the lower part. A 13th century Kannada inscription exhibited here has reference to Vijayapura. A 17th century inscription in Arabic and Persian languages with attractive calligraphy is also on display. Other items that fascinate the visitors include stone crocodiles, stone windows with flower motifs and stone chains.

Royal heirlooms

One can get a glimpse of the rich art and culture that blossomed during the Adil Shahi rule in Vijayapura through the items on display in the first floor. The exhibits include everyday items of the royalty, their costumes, weapons and paintings of kings, queens and Sufi saints.

Like any other kings, the Adil Shahi rulers used to test the food before consuming it, by placing it in celadon ware, which can detect food poisoning. The celadon ware is on display in the museum. Some of the antiquities exhibited here indicate the administrative and trade relations between Vijayapura and China.

Coins of that era and manuscripts of the holy Quran illustrated with yellow, red and blue colours can be seen in the museum. Some of the letters of a manuscript are written in gold. Records at the museum indicate that these manuscripts were written between 13th and 18th centuries.

Many other pieces of historical importance such as prose, poetry, a sanad (administrative document) with rajamudra (royal seal), firman (official decree), Persian carpet, a lock with unique technology, Bidri ware, a 3.9 feet long sword, weighing 7 kg and said to be used by King Afzal Khan are exhibited in glass cases. Six cannons of different sizes are placed at the entrance of the museum. The cannonballs are placed inside. The museum is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Nearly 900 people visit the museum every day.

The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, except on Fridays. The entry is free for children. One can contact the museum on 08352-250725.

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