No more boring travel

While on a surprise holiday in some of the major cities like New York City or London, Rathi would be totally absorbed in food trails and check out the gastronomical food in Michelin star restaurants. Talking about trends, Hari Ganapathy, cofounder, PickYourTrail, says, ” Multi-generational family vacations are emerging as a predominant choice among a lot of travellers. These vacations are planned around major family occasions like anniversaries, 60th birthdays, graduation day etc. A lot of people are also gifting vacations these days – this ranges from cousins gifting honeymoon…

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Travel activities that are no longer acceptable: Six that I regret

Nobody’s perfect. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all done things we later regret. We’ve all taken part in experiences that we’ve later realised were a bad idea. That’s because things change. Perceptions change. Ideas change. What’s right and what’s wrong alters over time. Things that were once encouraged suddenly become things that aren’t. This is as true of travel as anything else. You look back on some of the experiences you had over the years and realise that they definitely would not be OK if you tried them on today.…

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Out of Finance Ministry, Subhash Chandra Garg: No one in govt questioned overseas bonds

S C Garg (right) takes charge as Power Secretary from A K Bhalla on Friday. (PIB/PTI Photo) Taking charge as Power Secretary, former Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg Friday said “no one in the government” had opposed the idea of sovereign bond issuance during his tenure in the Finance Ministry. On Thursday, the day after he was moved out of the Finance Ministry, Garg said he had applied for voluntary retirement from the IAS with effect from October 31 — he was due to retire in October 2020. Gujarat-cadre officer Atanu…

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Qualcomm CEO Sees ‘No Path to Value’ in Broadcom Tie-Up

Qualcomm chief executive Steve Mollenkopf on Thursday reaffirmed his opposition to a hostile takeover bid from computer chip rival Broadcom, saying the deal offers “no real path to value.” The comments came days after Singapore-based Broadcom escalated its efforts on a $130 billion bid by proposing a slate of directors to unseat the Qualcomm board of directors. Mollenkopf, speaking at an event hosted by The Economic Club of Washington, said that “we always have discussions” on potential tie-ups but that Qualcomm’s future is well-positioned as an independent company. He added that “we didn’t think the offer…

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Supreme Court Brexit case: ‘No need’ for MPs to get final say

The government has urged the Supreme Court to make a decision the “ordinary man and woman” would understand in the landmark legal challenge over Brexit. Government lawyer James Eadie QC said ministers could trigger Brexit and that there was no basis for Parliament to get the final say. He faced a grilling from the 11 Supreme Court justices as he set out his case. There were queues going into the courtroom and protesters outside on day one of the hearing, which is expected to last four days, with a verdict…

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No more queues! Amazon Go’s high-street store lets you walk in, grab items and walk out

is stepping further into physical retail with plans to open a grocery store like no other. Called Amazon Go, it employs what Amazon calls “Just Walk Out Technology” to allow users to grab what they want from shelves and leave the store without having to deal with tills or queues. Amazon Go works through a combination of computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning – essentially, the same technologies that power self-driving cars. Shoppers scan a unique QR code from an associated app on their phone as they enter the…

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No Man’s Sky is now under investigation for false advertising

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority announced it’s investigating the way No Man’s Sky has been advertised on Steam. Regulators from the ASA have examined the game’s Steam page and, based on the information presented there, compiled a list of ways that No Man’s Sky gameplay deviates from what the company’s advertising copy promises. Rock Paper Shotgun has details on the investigation, as well as the initial findings by the ASA. Discrepancies between the advertised game and the actual title include: Videos: User interface design Ship flying behavior (in formation; with…

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UK: no let-up for student migrants, says May

May is expected to instruct officials at the Home Office and newly beefed-upDepartment for Education to examine student visa regulations to restrict access to poor quality ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses, according to the Telegraph. May reaffirmed her commitment to the net migration target, despite suggestions by ministers that the government may back away from the target Other options that may be considered include preventing universities from marketing their courses as a route to working in the UK and looking at what can be further done to ensure students don’t overstay their visas. Ensuring students return…

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Tourists are obsessed with this small English village and no one knows why

AN ORDINARY English village is dealing with an extraordinary mystery. Asian tourists are flocking to Kidlington, Oxfordshire, by the busload — and none of the locals can understand why. It was about a month ago residents first noticed packed tour buses arriving in the village — which has a population of about 13,700 — and they’re continuing to arrive in droves. The village doesn’t have a particularly unique history and it has no obvious attractions, locals say. Still, packs of curious tourists pour out of the buses each week, peering…

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Tata Steel jobs: David Cameron says there are ‘no guarantees’ on steel crisis

David Cameron says the government is “doing everything it can” to save thousands of steel jobs – but warned there were “no guarantees of success”. Speaking after chairing crisis talks on Tata Steel’s decision to sell its UK business, the PM said nationalisation was not the answer but the government was “not ruling anything out”. Ministers are under pressure to secure the future of the threatened plants. Labour criticised their handling of the crisis, telling them to “get a grip”. Tata Steel’s UK business – which directly employs 15,000 workers…

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