zoom Partners in the PERFECt joint industry project (JIP) took one step closer to electric-driven 20,000 TEU ships with an LNG-fuelled combined cycle gas and steam turbine (COGES) electric power plant.Namely, the parties involved in the JIP informed that phase II of the project, which examined the potential of developing such ultra large container vessels (ULCV), proved technical and economic feasibility of the project.The results, unveiled at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo, looked to validate the phase I results and develop the concept to a “ready to order” stage.The goals for the project were to utilize LNG as a primary fuel for an ultra-low emissions profile, in a design with at least the same carrying capacity and efficiency as existing ULCVs, according to the project partners, which include ABB, OMT, GTT, Caterpillar’s Solar Turbines, CMA CGM, its subsidiary CMA Ships, and DNV GL.“The PERFECt project has brought a new set of expert capabilities together and delivered promising results,” Gerd Würsig, Business Director for LNG-fuelled ships at DNV GL – Maritime, said.“The impulse behind this project was the interest in seeing how a modern ultra large container ship design could benefit from clean fuel and highly efficient COGES technology. We have achieved our objectives and now have a validated design concept with enough technical detail to develop a business case,” Würsig added.Image Courtesy: DNV GLThe use of a COGES system, in combination with an all-electric design, offered “exceptional performance with several advantages.” Propelling the ship with electrical motors enabled the power generation and propulsion systems to be placed in separate sections of the ship. And with the COGES system providing power for both propulsion and auxiliary systems, an engine room was not needed any more. Hence, the power plant, together with the integrated LNG tanks, could be moved below the deck house – freeing up considerable space for more container slots.In addition to the improved overall arrangement of the vessel, a tailored hull shape and new propeller design add to the overall efficiency, according to DNV GL. The novel hull form with vertical bow is tailormade to the operational profile of the vessel, and with a high efficiency propeller in combination with a contra-rotating pod, the total propulsive efficiency is increased by around 5 per cent.
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zoom Owner and operator of liquefied natural gas carriers Teekay LNG Partners has completed a USD 816 million long-term debt facility to finance all six of its 50-percent owned ARC7 LNG carrier newbuildings.The first vessel from the batch is scheduled to join its owner in January 2018, while the remaining ships would be delivered through to early-2020.Teekay LNG Partners said that these newbuildings will service the Yamal LNG project under charter contracts with firm charter periods out to 2045 plus option periods.“Together with our joint venture partner, China LNG Shipping, we are pleased to announce this significant project milestone for our ARC7 LNG carrier newbuildings for the Yamal LNG project, which has successfully commenced producing LNG at the first train and recently completed its first LNG cargo loading,” Brody Speers, Chief Financial Officer of Teekay Gas Group Ltd, said.“With the long-term financing for all six of our 50-percent owned ARC7 vessels now in place, we look forward to the expected delivery and charter contract commencement of our first ARC7 LNG carrier newbuilding in January 2018,” Speers added.With the completion of this ARC7 financing, the Partnership has now completed USD 2.2 billion in debt financings for the newbuildings in the past 12 months and has financed 14 of its remaining 15 LNG carrier newbuildings, including one floating storage unit.
zoomImage Courtesy: K Line The newly launched carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) expects its teething problems to have a USD 400 million impact to the company’s bottom line for the fiscal year of 2018.The teething problems, which mostly relate to booking reception and documentation operations, have had a major impact on the company’s business performance since launching in April 2018 as a joint venture between K Line, MOL and NYK Line.Namely, for the first half of the fiscal year 2018, covering the period from April to September 2018, ONE booked a loss of USD 311 million, much wider than USD 38 million previously forecast.For the full fiscal year, the company anticipates to book a loss of USD 600 million, a major downgrade from the expected profit of USD 110 million.Speaking at an investors meeting in Tokyo on November 28, ONE’s CEO Jeremy Nixon, said that the root cause of the teething problems were unexpected regulatory delays that tightened the time window for the company to ready for launching.“Back in July 2017, we were hoping to receive regulatory clearance which would then allow us to be able to plan all the offices, set up all tax implications for 120 countries, get our IT data systems up and running etc. We would have been able to select our staff and bring them over from the legacy companies, making us largely ready so when we went live with the bookings from February 2018 we could be safe on the operation in April 2018,” he said.However, the regulatory framework was pushed considerably with the final clearance secured at the end of October, leaving ONE with only four months to prepare the organization to go live with bookings.One of the key issues during the transition period were inadequate human resources and delays in uploading the required data.“Because of the tighter regulatory window we didn’t have as many resources as we needed initially to be able to set up all our IT systems and get everything working perfectly. We didn’t have an IT problem, we had a resource issue and data load-up issue,” Nixon pointed out.The issue was fixed as the company entered into the second quarter of its business operation.Nixon added that the teething problems were behind the company and that opportunities lost due to the said issues in the first half of the year would be recovered by fiscal year 2019.Looking into 2019, the company expects an overall benign market with supply and demand growing at around 4 pct respectively. Furthermore, newbuilding deliveries are anticipated to be quite low further tightening the demand and supply balance.ONE is in the process of renewing contracts with its customers for the fiscal year 2019 and is working on introducing a floating fuel recovery surcharge.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: Total Yamal LNG, a joint venture liquefied natural gas production project in Sabetta, Russia, has reached full capacity at the plant’s three LNG trains, Russian gas company Novatek, the JV’s majority owner, said.The production at the plant’s third train was launched in November, more than one year ahead of the planned original schedule.The three liquefaction trains have a total nameplate capacity of 16.5 million metric tonne per annum (mmtpa), or 5.5 mmtpa per LNG train. The project is supported by a fleet of Arc7 ice-class tankers supplemented by lower ice-class designated tankers to transport LNG cargoes.Measuring 300 meters and boasting a capacity of 172,600 cubic meters, the ships can sail in ice of up to 2.1 meters thick, allowing them to transport LNG all year long without the assistance of ice breakers. A total of 15 LNG ice-breakers are scheduled to be by the end of 2019.Novatek said that more than 100 LNG cargoes have been offloaded with approximately 7.5 million tons of LNG produced, since the project’s first shipment in December 2017. “Yamal LNG is currently the largest LNG project in Russia with an aggregate share of about five percent of the global LNG market,” noted Leonid V. Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board.“The Yamal LNG project enabled us to become one of the major players in the global LNG market. Our accomplishments pave the way to create a large-scale LNG platform utilizing the prolific conventional natural gas resources on the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas as well as facilitating the achievement of our strategic goal to produce 55 – 60 mmtpa by 2030.”The joint venture project is owned by Novatek (50.1%), Total (20%), CNPC (20%) and Silk Road Fund (9.9%).
zoomBahri’s VLCC Hilwah. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) revealed plans to expand its market presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, in line with the shipping and logistics company’s long-term strategy. The announcement was made at a grand ceremony held in Singapore earlier this month.“The stronger presence will help the company gain deeper insights into market trends as well as customer needs in chemicals and logistics sectors in Singapore and the wider APAC region,” Bahri explained in a statement.The company added that the expansion will enable Bahri Logistics and Bahri Chemicals, two of Bahri’s five business units, to market their offerings, acquire new clients and channelize communication.Bahri also intends to expand the services of the company’s other business units to the APAC region in the future.Over the past 41 years, Bahri has steadily expanded market presence in the maritime industry. The company currently has offices in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the USA, and India, in addition to a network of agents across the Middle East, Africa, the USA, Europe, and Asia.Bahri Logistics currently operates six new 26,000 dwt multipurpose vessels on a regular liner schedule.The company’s second business unit, Bahri Chemicals, owns and operates more than 30 chemical/product tankers with a capacity of more than 1 million dwt.Recently, the unit added to its fleet NCC Mekka, a 37,500 dwt chemical tanker. Bahri has raised Saudi Arabia’s flag on the newly acquired Handy tanker, the company informed via social media.
zoomGrounded Solomon Trader in March. Image Courtesy: Roderick Brazier, High Commissioner to Solomon Islands The ill-fated bulker Solomon Trader has been successfully refloated in the Solomon Islands, Korea Protection and Indemnity Club (KP&I) said.The operation was completed on May 11, 2019, and the 73,592 dwt bulker is currently undergoing assessments.As informed, Solomon Trader remains anchored in deeper waters away from the reef where it grounded, enabling divers to assess hull damage.The Panamax bulk carrier is in a stable condition, the vessel’s protection indemnity insurer added.Once the salvage inspections, seaworthiness repairs and the cargo discharge are completed, the 1994-built bulker is planned to be towed for scrapping.KP&I and the vessel owner, King Trader, are to continue cooperation with the Solomon Islands government as shore cleaning progresses.Chartered by Bintan Mining and loaded with nearly 11,000 tons of bauxite, Solomon Trader initially grounded on a reef off Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands, near a UNESCO World Heritage site, during an unexpected gale event on February 5.The attempts to remove the vessel were hampered by the arrival of Cyclone Oma on February 10, which pushed the stricken vessel harder into the reef, resulting in engine room damage and the subsequent oil spill.Onboard power was lost and the vessel was ransacked by locals, with key equipment stolen and damaged. This impacted efforts to commence an emergency response, as explained by KP&I.The owner despatched a salvage expert to the location on February 10 to monitor the vessel’s condition. International salvage experts Resolve Marine Group were also appointed to oversee the Solomon Trader incident response.Many response experts and specialized equipment from across the globe subsequently arrived.
Students in the Annapolis Valley will have more healthy food choices and opportunities to be physically active, thanks to a $100,000 investment from the province. The grant was provided to the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to support schools in becoming Health Promoting Schools. “The Health Promoting Schools program is a perfect example of everyone working together to benefit the health of our children in their school community,” said Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet. “This grant is making it possible in the Annapolis Valley schools.” Health Promoting Schools involves a range of programs, activities, and services that take place in school communities. The program is designed not only to affect the health of individual students, but also to make the places where children live and learn, healthier. Research shows that combining healthy eating and physical activity is the most successful way to promote healthy living. Schools are recognized as an ideal setting to promote healthy eating and physical activity. With the grant, the board will maintain and expand its schools’ current programs. They have been working on a variety of active living and healthy eating initiatives such as subsidies for fruit, vegetables and student taste-testing, breakfast programs, activity-related transportation, purchasing equipment and community events such as health fairs and family nights. The school board’s existing sport animator and active healthy-living consultant will work together to support the implementation of the new programs and activities. They will have support from Annapolis Valley Health’s additional public health nutritionists, funded as part of the Healthy Eating Nova Scotia strategy. Families, health professionals, educators, schools, community organizations and young people must all work together to create a successful health promoting school. Recent data from Statistics Canada shows that 32 per cent of Nova Scotia children and youth are overweight or obese, which is above the national average. The benefits of Health Promoting Schools are far reaching — from improving student health and school environments to improving student success at learning. Schools that promote a healthy lifestyle can also empower young people to take responsibility for their health, show pride in their school and take ownership of school policies.
Frank Berkelaar of Harmony, Colchester Co., was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame today, Oct. 23, at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill. Mr. Berkelaar immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1953. At 19, he started working at the Truro Livestock Auction at the Truro Exhibition Grounds, which later became the Maritime Cattle Market. In 1974, Mr. Berkelaar purchased the Maritime Cattle Market, and expanded services to include sales of all farm animals, machinery, hay and milk quota. “Mr. Berkelaar is known and respected throughout North America as a businessman who built a successful market,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “He believes that everyone involved in a sale must have a fair return, and worked hard to ensure this objective.” Mr. Berkelaar was also involved in other businesses, including operating a farm with his brother that produced cattle and crops, and he provided auctioneering services to a number of organizations, such as the 4H program. In April 2001, he became an honourary member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists for his commitment to the agriculture industry. “Mr. Berkelaar is a well-respected voice for the livestock industry and has readily shared his knowledge with others,” said Mr. Taylor. “He also served on the ministerial task force for the beef industry in the mid-1990s and helped with policy development.” Through the Maritime Cattle Market, Mr. Berkelaar provided credit to buyers during the BSE, also known as mad cow, situation so markets and prices were maintained for local farmers selling cattle. The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture nominated Mr. Berkelaar for his lifelong commitment to the agricultural industry. Other Atlantic provinces’ inductees are Ronald Piper of New Brunswick; Eugene Legge of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Donald MacKenzie of Prince Edward Island. The Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame honours members of the agricultural community for outstanding contributions to the industry, community and farm organizations.
Highway 104 from Exit 4, South Albion Street, to the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border has been closed to all traffic until further notice due to severe whiteout conditions. -30-
Slow and steady is working for Gus, the world’s oldest living gopher tortoise, who is celebrating his 87th birthday, Sunday, Aug. 16, from 2:30 pm. to 4:30 p.m., at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. It has not been the quiet life that most tortoises lead. Gus has been kidnapped and returned twice, been a ring bearer at a wedding and has met several celebrities since coming to the museum in 1942. His shell wears a gentle sheen from being touched by more than a million children’s hands. Janet Maltby, museum manager, is planning a party for Gus and everyone is invited to attend. “Sunday is a special day. Along with Gus and our staff of naturalists, we’re very happy to host several local turtle species and the conservationists who help protect them. “The museum will be showing a live wood turtle and endangered Blanding’s Turtle along with our own painted turtles. Our butterfly house will be open and full of new rainforest butterflies.” But the highlight is at 3 p.m., when Gus is presented with his birthday cake and shares it with everyone. And what kind of cake does an 87-year-old tortoise get? Peanut-free, vanilla cake with icing. Gus, with his usual calm demeanor, will be enjoying strawberries at the same time. For more information on current exhibits and programs, please visit museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/ or call 902-424-6099.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. More than 40 per cent of people that need dialysis also have diabetes. With an estimated two million Canadians living with diabetes, and more than 75,000 in Nova Scotia alone, National Kidney Month in March has never been more important. By the time kidney disease is detected, it is often too late. It means individuals have already lost most of their kidney function and will require dialysis or transplantation. In each of the last 10 years, we have seen, on average, a six per cent increase in the number of people being treated for kidney disease. About 650 Nova Scotians require dialysis and another 762 are living with a transplanted kidney. Kidney Month offers an important reminder to the health-care community, those at risk and the public that kidney disease is common and treatable. Under-diagnosis of kidney disease is a worldwide problem, and more work is needed to promote early detection and prevention of kidney disease. The primary focus of our efforts needs to be on public awareness, monitoring and education here in Nova Scotia. This month we are asking all Nova Scotians to learn more about how to protect their kidneys, especially if they have diabetes. Knowing the signs and symptoms of kidney disease is vital. They include high blood pressure, blood or protein in urine, puffiness of the eyes, hands and feet, fatigue, loss of appetite, and itchiness. The focus of World Kidney Day, Thursday, March 11, is protecting kidneys by controlling diabetes. Poorly controlled diabetes (high blood glucose) causes damage to small blood vessels in kidneys. These vessels filter waste products and water from the body. When blood vessels are damaged and no longer work well, dialysis or transplantation is needed to survive. About half of people with diabetes develop some degree of kidney damage (from mild to severe). Although there is no cure for diabetes, good control of blood glucose can prevent further kidney damage. Good control means keeping blood glucose values at or near target through healthy eating, regular physical activity and the routine, regular use of prescribed medications. Remember, if you have diabetes, regular kidney tests will identify problems early. If early changes are found, a doctor and diabetes health-care team can provide steps to slow continued kidney damage. Kidney disease can be detected early through simple blood and urine tests ordered by a family doctor. People at high risk for kidney disease should be screened every year. Risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight or obesity, older than 50 years, family history and being of Aboriginal or African Canadian descent. The Nova Scotia Renal Program, a provincial program of the Department of Health, is committed to raising awareness of kidney disease, implementing standardized monitoring programs, and promoting public and health-care professional education. We work closely with other provincial programs, such as the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia and Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia, to identify the provincial burden of chronic illness, address common risk factors and support integrated chronic disease management. If you have diabetes, you are at increased risk for kidney disease. Please talk to your family doctor, make sure you have regular tests to check kidney function, and take good care of your diabetes. -30-
There is good news for motorists in the Halifax area: the construction and repair of the Fairview Overpass is complete and the structure is open to drivers. The newly constructed section of the overpass features three in-bound lanes for traffic, and a three-metre-wide sidewalk. “The motorists in HRM showed great patience while we worked to finish this very important project,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This was a major undertaking in the heart of the city — a unique situation given that most of the work the province does is in rural areas.” Minor clean-up work will be done in the coming weeks, and will require temporary lane closures. A traffic advisory will be issued to inform drivers as those closures are scheduled. Construction began in October to replace the older, southern section of the overpass. The tender for its demolition and re-construction was awarded to Dexter Construction Ltd. “This was a complex and highly visible project,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Fine work was done by Dexter Construction, our department’s project engineer and staff, CN, and HRM, all of whom worked together to complete this project smoothly and safely.” More information on the project can be found on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/fairviewoverpass.asp .
People in Springhill now have shorter waits for emergency and primary care. Premier Darrell Dexter officially opened the province’s second collaborative emergency centre at All Saints Hospital today, April 10. “The grand opening of the province’s second collaborative emergency centre is a key part of government’s commitment to ensure Nova Scotians and their families receive better health care, sooner,” said Premier Dexter. “By bringing emergency departments and local family practices together to work as a team, we are fulfilling that commitment in a way that makes sense.” Collaborative emergency centres keep emergency rooms open, reduce patient wait times and provide a team-based approach that offers continuity of care. This ensures patients can get the appropriate treatment before a minor health issue turns into a health crisis. “The highly trained doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics and other health-care professionals at this collaborative emergency centre are doing an exceptional job, and I want to thank them for their admirable work and support,” said Premier Dexter. “These committed health-care professionals are working diligently to ensure that this facility will continue to be a trusted, integral part of the community.” The services at the collaborative emergency centre in Springhill include: During the day, doctors and nurse practitioners are available at the collaborative emergency centre to treat patients. Between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., a team, including a primary care paramedic and two registered nurses, staffs the centre to ensure patients get the care they need. An EHS oversight physician provides assistance by phone. “Based on our experience with the first CEC, we are confident this new model will meet the health care needs of this community, as has been the case in Parrsboro,” said Bruce Quigley, CEO of the Cumberland Health Authority. “As we ultimately make the transition to overnight care being provided by two registered nurses in collaboration with the online oversight physician, it will be an opportunity to introduce yet another model of emergency care that builds on the training and expertise of our highly skilled nurses.” The province will announce at least four more collaborative emergency centres this year. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, visit www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner. access to primary health care by a team of professionals, including doctors and nurse practitioners, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week same-day or next-day access to medical appointments 24/7 access to emergency care
VICTORIA COUNTY: Little Narrows Ferry The Little Narrows Ferry is back in service. It was out of service Wednesday, April 25 for repairs. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 246 Sections of Route 246, from 200 metres west of Kennedy Hill Road for about 5.8 kilometres west to Marshall Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrading including paving, slope stabilization and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Traffic is stop-and-go and work takes place from daylight to dusk. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- KINGS COUNTY: Palmer Bridge, Palmer Road, Aylesford Palmer Road between Dorey Road and Ward Road, near Aylesford, will be closed during repairs to Palmer Bridge with an estimated completion date of Wednesday, May 11. Detour signs are in place. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the westbound lane of Highway 104 for about 19 kilometres from Londonderry to Westchester Station, are reduced to one lane for paving, widening and the installation of rumble strips and guardrail until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morgan Falls Bridge Morgan Falls Bridge on Lower Branch Road, about 250 metres from the intersection of Trunk 10, is closed for repairs each weekday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday, May 20. A detour route is available on Varner Bridge on Route 208. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107, Partridge River Bridge Until the end of July traffic on Highway 107, near Exit 18 in Lake Echo, is reduced to one lane with stop-and-go traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The speed limit is reduced to 80 km/hr. CONTINUING WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale, and Hatchery roads. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Bridge During weekends only the Highway 101 bridge over Highway 102 near Bedford, is reduced to one lane on both the inbound and outbound lanes for repairs. There will also be a lane drop each way on the Highway 102. Work starts on Fridays at 6 p.m. and ends on Mondays at 6 a.m. until Friday, July 15.
A significant amount of illegal tobacco has been taken off the street following a six-month operation by Service Nova Scotia’s Compliance and Special Investigations Unit. On Tuesday, July 26, in the Lakeside area of Halifax Regional Municipality, two arrests were made and 118,000 contraband cigarettes, with a tax value of over $32,000, were seized. A 60-year-old Lakeside man was held pending a court appearance that occurred on Wednesday, July 27 and was released with conditions. The second individual, a 44 year-old Lower Sackville man, was released at the scene on court related documents. Charges are pending under the Revenue Act, the Excise Act and the Criminal Code. Both are scheduled to appear in Halifax court on Sept. 27. Service Nova Scotia, through the Audit and Enforcement section of the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Branch, is responsible for eliminating illegal tobacco in Nova Scotia by working with its law enforcement partners, and through education and enforcement. Since 2006-07, the amount of illegal tobacco present in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed down to between five to 10 per cent. Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 and your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by using secure web tips at http://www.crimestoppers.ns.ca .
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 and Sunnylea Road, Wellington Crews are widening and repairing Trunk 2 from Sunnylea Road in Wellington to Acorn Drive in Oakfield, and on Sunnylea Road from Trunk 2 to the end of the pavement beginning Thursday, Sept. 8. Work is anticipated to be completed Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays with lane closures from sunrise to sunset. -30-
What do Indian travellers look for while picking a holiday destination? As many as 88 per cent of Indians are more likely to travel to a heritage place, according to a survey. A family travel trend survey, conducted by a travelling company revealed an increase in heritage-led domestic travel, read a statement. Almost 60 per cent of Indians would rather travel domestically to better understand the heritage and culture of India, as compared to approximately half of the respondents who would prefer travelling to Western Europe. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveIn the last five years, as many as 88 per cent of Indians said they are more likely to travel to a place of ‘heritage’ with approximately half of the respondents stating that they would give up eating dessert for a year in exchange for a fully-funded trip to a place of their heritage. While 89 per cent believe that heritage trips are somewhat more valuable than normal vacations, about 68 per cent strongly agree. When asked about outbound travel to places of cultural significance, 77 per cent of the respondents agreed that they would travel outside the country to immerse themselves in local cuisines; while 74 per cent would travel to better understand the history of a place. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painThe survey was conducted using an online survey platform. A sample of 1000 adults (18 years or older) in India was surveyed on May 1. Experts said: “It is no revelation that the new age traveller is searching for more holistic, unique travel experiences. However, what’s interesting is the curiosity to learn about family origins and be more in sync with their heritage. “Travellers are now keen on discovering their country for its rich legacy, and are making a shift to choose culture and exploring their roots over other traditional leisure destinations.”
New Delhi: Pakistani Foriegn minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has written a letter to S Jaishankar congratulating him on his appointment as the external affairs minister of India. Jaishankar took charge last Friday and was the former Foreign Secretary. In the letter, Qureshi also advocated for talks between the 2 countries. Ties between the 2 countries are frayed since the Pulwama terror attack on 14th of February whose responsibility was claimed by Pakistan based United Nations listed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist This comes in the backdrop of visit of Pakistani Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood to India on Eid, during which he offered Namaz at Delhi’s historic Jama Masjid. MEA has clarified that his visit was a “personal visit and there was no meeting scheduled” between Pak FS & any Indian official. Meanwhile, Ministry of External Affairs has dismissed reports of any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of Shanghai cooperation organization next week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France MEA’s spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in response to WION’s question at the first weekly MEA presser of the new govt said, “To the best of my knowledge no meeting has been planned between PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the SCO Summit in Bishkek.” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had called PM Modi to congratulate after his victory in the general elections. During the call, PM Modi asked Pak PM to create an environment free of terror.(With inputs from DNA)
London: Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer “Article 15” has picked up the Audience Award at the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF). The 10th edition of the UK and Europe’s South Asian film festival, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the British Film Institute (BFI), opened with Anubhav Sinha’s hard-hitting thriller “Article 15” on June 20. The film won the Audience Award on June 29. “Article 15” aims to remind people about Article 15 of the Constitution which prohibits any discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and how its value has been forgotten. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The investigative thriller features Ayushmannn as a police officer, with Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Isha Talwar and Manoj Pahwa in key roles. The film is distributed globally by Zee Studios International. “I am delighted to have won the LIFF Audience Award,” Sinha said in a statement. “So happy that the film actually connected with Indians abroad and with non-Indians alike, who are not facing this version of inequality on a daily basis,” he added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot To this, Vibha Chopra, Head-Global Syndication and International Film Distribution, ZEE Entertainment, added: “While the film is so rooted in the heartland, we were always confident that the film has a global resonance and winning at the prestigious LIFF showcases that the film has found its audience and appreciation outside of India as well. “The validation at LIFF only reinforces our belief that good content is geography agnostic and drives us to take our cinema far and wide.”