Seychelles marks annual growth of 42% on Indian arrivals

Seychelles recorded 42% annual increase in tourist arrivals from India in 2016 compared to 2015. Around 11,000 tourists from India visited Seychelles in 2016 compared to around 8,000 in 2015 and as a result India broke into the list of top 10 source markets for the tourism board. This increase can be attributed to the India tourist office’s committed focus on promotion of the destination, interest and efforts from the hotels and DMCs to capture the Indian market, increased customer awareness due to Bollywood associations and innovative digital presence along…

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UK HE: non-EU enrolments flatline as Indian students plummet

The figures from the Higher Education Statistics Authority, published today, show a 1% drop in first-year non-EU enrolments in 2015/16, with overall non-EU enrolments falling very slightly – by less than 1% – to total 310,575. “The UK could be doing much better than this” China remained far and away the biggest provider of non-EU students to UK higher education institutions, climbing to 91,215 in 2015/16. Meanwhile, Malaysia overtook both the US and India to become the UK’s second largest non-EU student source country, as Indian student numbers continued to drop. Indian…

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Militants ambush Indian army convoy in Kashmir, 3 dead

Militants ambushed an Indian military convoy in Kashmir on Wednesday, killing three personnel, in an escalation of violence that officials have blamed on separatist protests that have tied down security forces for more than a month. Indian Kashmir is in the midst of the worst unrest in six years that began early last month when security forces killed a young separatist commander who was idolised by some youth, provoking an outpouring of anger. Police superintendent Imtiaz Hussain said militants were taking advantage of the unrest to attack security forces after…

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Nepal PM urges Indian trade & industry to explore investment opportunities

Addressing business and industry leaders in Mumbai at an event organised by All India Association of Industries (AIAI), the visiting Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli asked Indian businesses to exploit the conducive investment atmosphere present in areas like tourism, hydropower, IT, etc. While businessmen from various countries are coming forward to come invest in Nepal, the Nepal PM said that the country is keen to have more Indian investments considering closeness of two countries and mutual progress. Exploiting the large presence of people from Bollywood including the likes…

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UK govt increases scholarships to attract Indian students

The number of Indian students has decreased in the last few years in the UK following a clamp down on bogus colleges, but the British government is wooing students by increasing scholarships, a British High Commission official said on Friday. “If you compare the figures with what was there 3-4 years ago, the numbers have come down. It is because we clamped down heavily on bogus colleges. Now we are maintaining excellence and only bona-fide institutes are left,” Andrew Soper, Minister Counsellor (Political and Press) of the British High Commission…

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Visit Indonesia records 262,000 Indian tourist arrivals in 2015

The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia is targeting 350,000 Indian visitor arrivals in 2016 after managed to attract 262,000 visitors in 2015. It continues to aggressively promote “Wonderful Indonesia” in the Indian market which is considered as one of potential markets for Indonesian tourism. India is the 9th major market for Indonesia, said Vinsensius Jemadu, Assistant Deputy for Market Development for the Asia Pacific Region. Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism, Indonesia took the initiative to ask the Ministry of Transportation authorities to open direct flights from and to the pockets…

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White models rule Indian e-commerce sites

BENGALURU: Maya Rai shops online when she’s bored at work. She clips through the fashion pages of e-commerce portals, between assignments and accounts, pausing only to focus on an outfit, zooming in on details, carefully reading descriptions before cross-checking the writing with the accompanying picture. Until recently, when she added an extra click to her online shopping sprees. READ ALSO: E-commerce may dominate marketing trends in 2015 While buying a kurti, she noticed that the model was Caucasian. She clicked on the next picture, a different model, but also white….

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Indian tourist visas: e-visa scheme extended to British travellers

From August 15, Britons will be one of 113 nationalities who will be able to apply for India’s “e-Tourist visa”, making the process of obtaining correct entry documents cheaper and quicker. UK passport holders will be able to apply and pay for an online visa using the Indian government’s tourist visa website, removing the need to book an appointment at the outsourced visa processing agency, or make a laborious postal application. The cost will be reduced from the current fee of £89.44 to $60 (£39), and rather than book an…

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Geelani finishes procedures for getting passport

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani visited the passport office here on Friday to provide the biometric details to complete the application procedure for getting a passport. Sources at the office said that Mr. Geelani had filled the nationality column as “Indian”. He, however, told The Hindu that the column had to be compulsorily filled, and it did not, in any way, contradict his belief that Kashmir was a disputed territory. “I went to the office today [Friday] and did the rest of the formalities… Not an issue “I have…

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RECRUITMENTS IN INDIAN RAILWAYS

Today, when there is a plethora of private job vacancies in the country, people still are inclined towards working in the government sector. Though the pay package offered in government job is very less than the one offered in private jobs but the other benefits offered are the most sought after. First and the most important advantage is getting a secured job. The economy when slows down during times of recession leads to layoff in the private sector. Such is not the case in the government sector. Also several perks…

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