Indian travel freaks turn to lenders

Desire to visit exotic spots, expensive tickets seen as reasons; loans offered from ₹50,000 to ₹7.5 lakh Indians are increasingly using debt to finance travel, according to travel portals and lending platforms. “There are two perspectives on this, quantitative and qualitative,” Veetika Deoras, COO, Digital Business at Tata Capital told The Hindu. “Looking at the qualitative, there is an increasing trend one is seeing where people are open to borrowing for experiential elements like travel.” According to Qbera.com, an online lending platform, on an average, people in the age group of 27-40…

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IBPS PO recruitment 2017: How to apply and important dates to remember

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) issued a notification (CWE PO/MT-VII) on Monday for the recruitment of 3,562 probationary officers (PO)/management trainees in various public sector banks and other participating organisations. Out of these, there are 1738 vacancies for unreserved candidates, 961 for OBCs, 578 for SCs and 285 for ST candidates. The online registration process will begin on August 16 and close on September 5. Application process Candidates can apply online only and no other mode of application will be accepted. Before applying, candidates should ensure that he/she…

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IBPS PO recruitment 2017: How to apply and important dates to remember

The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) issued a notification (CWE PO/MT-VII) on Monday for the recruitment of 3,562 probationary officers (PO)/management trainees in various public sector banks and other participating organisations. Out of these, there are 1738 vacancies for unreserved candidates, 961 for OBCs, 578 for SCs and 285 for ST candidates. The online registration process will begin on August 16 and close on September 5. Application process Candidates can apply online only and no other mode of application will be accepted. Before applying, candidates should ensure that he/she…

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How to travel if you’re young and broke

Traveling can seem like an impossible luxury for us twenty-somethings. But with diligent planning and research, your next trip could be more affordable than you think. 1. Create a travel budget The first step is to figure out how much your trip will cost. Be sure to factor in expenses beyond flights and hotels, such as meals, entertainment and souvenirs. Once you have an estimate, try saving a little money from each paycheck until you reach your goal, suggests Jeana Salman, a CFP at Delta Community Credit Union. Related: Airlines…

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Hong Kong leader reminded of need to strengthen national education of young

Mainland China’s education minister reminded Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of President Xi Jinping’s instructions on the need to strengthen young people’s education on the Chinese constitution, Basic Law, and Chinese history and culture. Chen Baosheng also assured Lam that his ministry would spare no efforts in helping the city address “all questions” and responding to “all requests” on education. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam calls for national security law push, but no clear time frame Chen raised the issue with Lam during a meeting in Beijing on…

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New effort to reform early education gives some a sense of deja vu

The line behind the microphone snaked down the aisle, as two dozen people stepped up to advocate for their slice of the early childhood education pie. Several members of the local education workers union argued for collective bargaining rights for child care workers. A representative from the research policy center Zero to Three spoke up “on behalf of the near 1.5 million infants and toddlers in California,” while someone from First 5 LA mentioned the need for more transitional kindergarten opportunities for four-year-olds. It was the second public hearing of California’s…

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From a snake as snack to crocodile meat as an antidote for a bad heart — in the Philippines

In the Puerto Princesa Public Market, pink duck eggs lay stacked next to white hen and pied quail eggs, eggs so pink that a flamingo would want to borrow it for its plumes. The crowd was milling in the Philippine island of Palawan and I heard a voice piping in the clamour of a marketplace. “Want an embryo for a snack?” After a long day rowing inside an underground river, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, I sure required nutrients. But an embryo? I thought my ears were…

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Seven Things to Do When You Are Going Solo

You’ve been planning your vacation for months, and you’re finally there. You’ve checked into your hotel, settled in and feel like you can conquer the world. But before you do so, here are a few things to make the experience better and hassle-free. Yes, you are welcome: Grab your hotel’s business card You’ve gotten yourself a great deal on a quaint hotel in the heart of the city, but the flip side of such fortuitous discoveries is that when you’re lost wandering the city, you can’t always ask people for…

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5 things to see and do in Srinagar

If you swelter in the searing heat and have decided to take a few days off, head for Kashmir, also known as paradise on earth. The Valley is a dynamic destination steeped in rich history and unique natural beauty, and offers unforgettable holiday experiences to adventure lovers, culture and history buffs, and even wildlife enthusiasts. Unwind in a lush landscape suffused with scenic grandeur, because the Valley can hold you entranced, enchanted, leaving you marvelling at its majestic and mystical panorama. It takes about an hour of airtime from Delhi…

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Udaipur travelogue: What to do, where to eat and when to visit the city of lakes

The first sound that greeted you at the arrival lounge of Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport was Bollywood singer Kumar Sanu’s. The flat screen TV, hoisted on a pillar, was playing Pooja Bhatt praying in a temple, and Sanjay Dutt doing what he does best: singing Tumhe Apna Banane Ki Kasam Khai Hai in Sanu’s voice. My mother tugged at my father’s shirt, “You remember the last time we came here? Everyone was playing songs from Sadak. It’s happening again!” Last time was 25 years ago. This was my first visit…

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