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RABINDRANATH TAGORE JAYANTI 2017 - MAY 7

Rabindra Jayanti is the day which marks the birth anniversary of the great scholar and novelist Rabindranath Tagore. Birthday of the noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore is celebrated on 25th day of Baisakh. In Kolkata, it is popularly called Poncheeshe Boishakh and is celebrated ceremoniously and jauntiness all across West Bengal. According to the Gregorian calendar Rabindra Jayanti is celebrated on 7th or 8th of May.
Rabindranath Tagore was born in Calcutta in an affluent Brahmin family. Rabindranath was the youngest sibling of the family. An eminent poet, visual artist, playwright, novelist, and composer Rabindranath Tagore gave a new dimension to Indian literature and music in late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became Asia's first laureate winner of the most prestigious award Nobel Prize in 1913.

The celebration of Rabindra Jayanti is among the most important festivals for people in Bengal. Cultural shows and poetry recitations are organized throughout the city in the memory of the great poet- Rabindranath. All cultural activities during this day are held at Jorasanko Thakurbari. Music, skits, dramas, traditional songs and dances are performed in institutes and theaters that are followed by the distribution of awards. Jorasanko Thakurbari and Rabindra Sadan is the main venue of all cultural activities during Rabindra Jayanti. The celebration continues from dawn to dusk. It is celebrated with equal fervour at Shantiniketan, the university started by Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore wrote novels, short stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays on political and personal topics. His best works Gitanjali, Gora and Ghare-Baire owed him worldwide acclaim.

NEW TRAIN TEJAS EXPRESS WILL OFFER WI-FI, CUISINES BY CELEBRITY CHEFS, TV ON EVERY SEAT

Soon, train passengers travelling between Mumbai and Goa will get facilities like choice cuisines curated by celebrity chefs, tea and coffee vending machines in every coach and individual LCD screens. Railways will unveil a new premier train service between Mumbai and Goa in June with state-of-the-art facilities. The 20-coach Tejas Express will also have automatic doors and secured gangways for all coaches, a first for the Indian Railways.

Currently automatic doors are operational in only metro trains, while gangways, corridors between coaches, are not closed from the sides. After the Mumbai-Goa run, the Tejas service, which was promised in the budget, is likely to be introduced on the Delhi-Chandigarh route. Besides choicest cuisines curated by celebrity chefs, there will be Wi-Fi facilities and toilet engagement boards. The train's interior colour scheme will match the exterior to give the passengers a feel of world class travel. The LCD screens meant for entertainment purpose will also be used for disseminating passenger-related information and safety instructions, the official said.

Tejas coaches will also have integrated braille displays, digital destination boards, and electronic passenger reservation charts. Catering services will be part of the fare for Tejas, just like that of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. Comprising executive class and chair cars, Tejas coaches will be equipped with 22 new features, including fire and smoke detection and suppression systems and the improved aesthetics.

NEW TRAIN ON MYSURU-BENGALURU ROUTE FROM MAY 13
The Railways is gearing up to introduce a new train service between Mysuru and Bengaluru from May 13. With this, the long pending demand of employees, who are dependent on the rail service to commute between the two cities is likely to be fulfilled.
The new train will run between Ashokapuram Railway Station in Mysuru and Hubballi. The Mysuru-Hubbali train will leave Mysuru at 6 am to reach Krantiveere Sangolli Rayanna (Bengaluru City) station at 8.45 am and proceed to Hub balli from Bengaluru at 8.50 am. Similarly, the train leaving Hubballi reaches Bengaluru City station at 5.45 pm and Mysuru at 8.40 pm. Both the trains would halt at Mysuru railway station for 15 minutes before reaching Ashokapuram station. At present, people are dependent on Chamundi Express, which leaves Mysuru at 6.45 am.
Several employees, especially those working in unorganised sector, had been demanding additional train on this route. According to sources, approximately 15,000 people commute by trains between Mysuru and Bengaluru every day. Though the proposal for a new train was a nearly a decade old, the Railway ministry had approved it only last year. Mysuru-Kodagu MP?Pratap Simha is expected to launch the service on May 13.
CLARKS INN ADDS BELGAUM TO ITS GROWING FOOTPRINT IN KARNATAKA

Clarks Inn Group of Hotels has announced the signing of a hotel property in Belgaum, Karnataka. The new property, a 60-room strategically located business hotel, is currently in its last phase of development and is slated to start operation by the year end. The hotel is merely an hour’s drive from Goa.

“The 60-key Clarks Inn Belgaum will be a vibrant hotel property with strategic location that will cater to all the needs of the modern day discerning business and as well as leisure travellers. As a hotel company, we now have the most widespread presence in Karnataka with as many eight hotels currently in operation at Badami, Bagalkot, Bengaluru, Gadag, Hampi, Hubli, Mysore and Shimoga and four more slated to open door over the next one year,” said Rupam Das, Area Director-Operations (South), Clarks Inn Group of Hotels.

NOVOTEL BY ACCOR HOTELS OPENS IN LUCKNOW

AccorHotels has announced the opening of Uttar Pradesh’s first Novotel in the capital city of Lucknow – Novotel Lucknow Gomti Nagar. The business hotel is located in the heart of the city’s commercial hub – Gomti Nagar, a short drive from Lucknow airport and railway station. The hotel features 106 rooms, including two suites, all equipped with modern in-room amenities, plush interiors and high speed Wi-Fi connectivity. Designed to meet the needs of today’s modern and hyper connected travellers, the business hotel’s lobby features a dedicated web corner equipped with Mac PCs, a multi-touch table interactive platform that allows guests to experience a wide range of entertainment from fun learning games for children to the latest movie blockbusters for guests and a virtual concierge help desk that gives guests access to important information on their fingertips to plan their travel itinerary in the city.

Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia, AccorHotels said, “The cultural capital of North India, Lucknow has traditionally been the epicentre of literature, cuisine, and performing arts. The city’s radial expansion has given way to new growth corridors, attracting plentiful investments. It is this confluence of culture and business that makes Lucknow a compelling destination for travellers and we are delighted to open our very first Novotel property here.”

ETIHAD EXPANDS CAPACITY TO KERALA

Etihad Airways has launched a fourth daily non-stop service between Kozhikode in Kerala and its Abu Dhabi hub offering convenient onward connections to cities worldwide. The airline is celebrating 10 years of flying to the southern Indian state with the introduction of additional flights to the destination. The extra capacity takes to 63 the total number of weekly services between Abu Dhabi and its three Kerala gateways of Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. This represents over 30 per cent of Etihad Airways’ frequencies from across 11 Indian cities it serves.

In addition, strategic Indian partner Jet Airways operates seven flights a week from Kochi to Abu Dhabi. The services largely cater to the huge expatriate population from all three Kerala cities and the surrounding areas, living and working in the Gulf region.

JET EASES STUDENT TRAVEL FOR NEW ACADEMIC YEAR
Jet Airways has expanded the scope of its popular eduJetter programme for upcoming 2017-18 academic year. The revised program will make it easier for Indian students and those from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal – holding confirmed admissions for studying at universities/ institutions in Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the USA, to commence their new academic journey. Effective this year, privileges include special baggage allowance of up to 69 kg, free SIM cards (with exclusive calling rates), and through baggage check-in up to the final destination. Participating students also receive a free ISIC Forex Card that offers easy and safe access to foreign exchange besides enjoying a five per cent discount on JetEscapes Holidays. Jet Airways has also simplified the entire process of eduJetter application and booking, as part of widening the appeal of the programme. The new, automatic application process is user-friendly and allows students to apply in three steps – book a flight ticket, visit the EduJetter page on the Jet Airways website to fill an online request form. The student then receives an updated ticket from the airline with applicable eduJetter benefits within 72 hours.
JET STARTS 42 NEW WEEKLY FLIGHTS
Jet Airways will add 42 weekly flights connecting three new city pairs as part of strengthening its domestic network to meet growing demand between metros and emerging cities. Introduction of additional frequencies and wide-body deployments between key metros will also boost capacity on existing sectors this summer as the airline bolsters its already extensive network to meet an expected surge in demand during the holiday season. The carrier will commence operations between Nagpur and New Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata, and Kozhikode and Bengaluru as part of its broader strategy of connecting India’s emerging tier II cities with India’s metros via direct flights. It will also introduce additional frequencies on the highly traveled Delhi – Amritsar and Mumbai – Kolkata sectors and boost capacity on the New Delhi – Bengaluru and New Delhi – Bhopal routes with the introduction of the wide-body Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 services, respectively. The changes are a part of Jet Airways’ summer schedule which will see the airline operate upto 650 flights per day connecting 65 destinations in India and abroad.
BENGALURU AIRPORT RESUMES FULL-FLEDGED OPERATIONS

Kempegowda International Airport Limited (KIAL) is going to undo the restrictions it had imposed on flight operations. For about two and a half months from mid-February, the airport was closed to flights during the day due to Aero India 2017 and later for upgradation of its sole runway. Growing traffic at the airport necessitated the expansion.

Airport operations president Hari Marar said the runway upgradation, which will increase aircraft handling capacity, was completed on April 30. Travellers and airlines had to reschedule or cancel some of their trips as flights took off before 10.30 am and after 5 pm.

PRIME MINISTER MODI INAUGURATES FIRST UDAN FLIGHT BETWEEN SHIMLA-DELHI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched UDAN – the Regional Connectivity Scheme for civil aviation, from Shimla Airport. Under this scheme, flights have begun today from Shimla, Nanded and Kadapa airports.

The Shimla-Delhi flight will be operated by Air India. The Prime Minister addressed the gathering at Shimla Airport, and also at Nanded and Kadapa via video link. He said that with this launch dreams of middle class will take flight.

“The lives of the middle class are being transformed and their aspirations are increasing. Earlier, aviation was considered to be the domain of a select few. That has changed now,” he said.

AIRASIA’S INAUGURAL KUALA LUMPUR-BHUBANESWAR FLIGHT

AirAsia Berhad’s inaugural flight AK 31 connecting Kuala Lumpur to Bhubaneswar arrived at Biju Patnaik International Airport on the night of April 26.

It is the first international airline to operate to and from Bhubaneswar. The four-times weekly flight is took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 22:10 hours and landed in Bhubaneswar at 23:25 hours on April 26. Aireen Omar, CEO, AirAsia, and Tourism Malaysia Director General travelled to Bhubaneswar on the flight, which was received with a traditional water salute upon welcome.

The airline has received tremendous support from the Odisha Government and Odisha Tourism in particular. The airline will connect Bhubaneswar and Odisha to 120 AirAsia destinations in the Asia Pacific covering South East Asia China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

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