KVIC to begin online booking of Lakshmi-Ganesh idols

Noble Horvath

Varanasi (UP): The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) will soon start online booking for delivering idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh as well as earthen lamps for Diwali celebrations. This is a step towards promoting local products and replacing Chinese items.

Potters, mainly from Varanasi region, will play a key role in KVIC’s venture, which entered the e-commerce industry in July, with handmade paper packaging materials to prevent plastic pollution.

According to KVIC Chairman Vinay Kumar Saxena,”We have decided to begin online sale of earthen lamps and idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh this Diwali. The initiative aims at promoting Swadeshi products and reduce the import of these articles from China. The KVIC will make it possible with the help of the potters’ fraternity, especially from Varanasi region.”

He said the KVIC has distributed more than 2,700 electric potter wheels among potters in Varanasi to revive the

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No fans for Aaron Rodgers was ‘one of the strangest experiences I’ve had in the NFL’

Noble Horvath

A vintage performance was had by Aaron Rodgers on this season-opening Sunday.

Nonetheless, familiar as 364 yards passing and a four-touchdown showing are in his certain Hall of Fame career, Rodgers and the Packers’ 43-34 win over the host and NFC North-rival Vikings on Sunday was “one of the strangest experiences I’ve had in the NFL,” because it was played in front of no fans at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Across the NFL on its first Sunday of regular-season action in 2020, stands were empty or had limited attendance due to ordinances put in place to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For Minnesota’s cozy confines to be silent was deafening for Rodgers.

There were no Viking-horned and bearded men (or ladies) shouting Skol and wishing Rodgers unwell.

“It doesn’t let you know that a play is a good play sometimes,” Rodgers said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Ryan Wood.


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Cold water likely behind the deaths of two men at Tochigi waterfall : The Asahi Shimbun

Noble Horvath

YAITA, Tochigi Prefecture–A stunning, bright blue basin, and a “phantom waterfall” that only appears after it rains, have made this area a much sought-after photo spot for Instagram users and tourists alike.

But the basin of the local Oshiraji no Taki waterfall is now also infamous for a recent fatal accident, after two men died from jumping into waters just 2 meters deep.  

The accident occurred despite signs banning entry to the area around the waterfall basin.

The two men, aged 23 and 18, were visiting from neighboring Gunma Prefecture with two other friends and jumped into the waterfall basin on Aug. 18. 

But the two men never resurfaced, and their friends reported it to local police. Emergency responders discovered them in the waters and rushed them to a hospital, but they were both pronounced dead. The cause of death was drowning.

But their deaths have puzzled many because the

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‘Parks And Recreation’ Latest Cast To Reunite To Raise Money For Elections, Joining ‘The Princess Bride,’ ‘West Wing’

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Actress Aubrey Plaza announced Sunday that she and several of her former Parks and Recreation co-stars will come together for a virtual town hall to raise money ahead of election season, following similar announcements by the cast of The Princess Bride and West Wing.

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Cast members Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Jim O’Heir, Retta and show creator Michael Schur will come together for an hour-long reunion on September 17 to raise money for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. 

People must donate at least $1 to watch the livestream and “anything you donate will be used to ensure that

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Explore Munich, the Zugspitze and more from home

Noble Horvath

Borders may be closed to Americans and Oktoberfest festivities cancelled, but we’re heading for Bavaria anyway — virtually, that is, with walking tours of Munich, video festivals, an Alpine summit and some delicious beer, bites and blue-checkered fun.

Of course, Munich’s boisterous Oktoberfest, which originated in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, has always been a major tourist draw. Last year’s festival drew more than 6 million merrymakers to the Theresienwiese — Therese’s meadow. You can glimpse the sights and sounds of that revelry via YouTube, from the glittering lights of the Oktoberfest rides to the revelry inside the beer tents, the largest of which seats 10,000 people.

It’s a scene, for sure. But there’s so much more to this part of Germany than the continent’s largest volksfest.

On this mellow Sunday morning at home, we’re sipping coffee with our Bavarian-style breakfast of

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Chinese-Owned Thomas Cook Reborn as Online Travel Agent

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Thomas Cook Group Plc Collapse Leaves More Than 150,000 Stranded As Rescue Fails

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Thomas Cook relaunched Wednesday as an online travel firm that will initially sell holidays to destinations on the U.K. government’s safe travel corridor list.

The company, bought by China’s Fosun Group for 11 million pounds ($14 million) after collapsing last year, has a new website through which customers can design their trips with add-ons including car rental and travel insurance, according to a statement.

“We are launching now clearly aware of the short-term challenges posed by the pandemic,” U.K. Chief Executive Officer Alan French said in the statement. “We and our Fosun backers are taking the long view.”

The collapse of Thomas Cook, a travel brand that dates back to the 1840s, led to 9,000 job losses in the U.K. and left 150,000 tourists stranded overseas. The revamped company has created a trust to protect payments and will only receive customers’ money once they

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Northern Trust Names Senior Appointments for Middle East and Africa Business

Noble Horvath

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 7, 2020–

Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) today announces two strategic appointments to its Middle East and Africa senior management team in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These appointments underscore Northern Trust’s commitment to its clients by recruiting local talent to support the continued growth of its asset servicing and asset management business across the region.

Areej Al-Mokbel has been appointed chief operating officer for the Middle East and Africa, responsible for overseeing business operations for Northern Trust’s offices in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She is tasked with the day-to-day and strategic management of Northern Trust’s administrative and operational capabilities as it supports the evolving requirements of clients across the Middle East and Africa.

Al-Mokbel has more than 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry. She has spent over 12 years working in asset management and asset servicing, holding

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Australia’s state by state coronavirus lockdown rules and restrictions explained

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Australians had been slowly emerging from Covid-19 lockdowns since the federal government announced a three-stage plan in May to ease restrictions across the country, but from 8 July the Melbourne metropolitan area and Mitchell shire immediately to the north returned to a stage three lockdown for six weeks.

After consistently high case numbers despite the lockdown, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, announced further restrictions for the state. From 2 August, metropolitan Melbourne entered a six-week stage four lockdown.From midnight on Wednesday, 15 September, regional Victoria will be subject to step three restrictions.

a group of people on a beach: Swimmers take a selfie at Bondi Beach in Sydney on 15 May. Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules and restrictions are gradually being lifted, but when will they end? Get the latest Covid-19 guidelines explained, and your questions answered, like ‘How many people can I have in my house?’ and ‘Can I travel from NSW to Victoria?’

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Swimmers take a selfie at Bondi Beach in Sydney on 15 May. Australia’s coronavirus lockdown rules and restrictions are gradually being lifted, but when will they end? Get the latest Covid-19 guidelines explained, and your questions answered, like ‘How many people can I have

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Three new tour packages to boost Kelantan’s tourism sector

Noble Horvath

KOTA BHARU, Sept 10 — The ‘Kelantan Sightseeing Tour’, ‘Kelantan Panaromic Tour’ and ‘Kelantan Saturday Fun’ packages that run through three different routes around Kota Bharu, Tumpat and Bachok districts will further boost the tourism sector in the state when launched on Sept 15 (Tuesday).

Malaysia Association Tour Agency (MATA) East Coast zone head Mimi Rodiah Abd Rahman said seven tourist guides were appointed to provide information on all destinations for this purpose. 

She said seven of the 21 licensed tour guides have extensive knowledge of the locations, were proficient in various languages, especially English and are passionate about their line of work. 

“The package which will be launched by Kelantan Unity, Culture, Heritage and Tourism Committee chairman, Datuk Mejar (B) Md Anizam Ab Rahman on Sept 15 is expected to be able to generate income for the residents here.

“At the same time, this package also helps tour guides

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Traveling With Dogs And Cats: 15 Amazon Pet Products For Travel

Noble Horvath

Travel, especially during the holidays, can be incredibly stressful. What do you pack? When do you leave? Will there be an extra-long TSA line? Should you leave early enough so you have time to go through an extra-long TSA line?

To avoid any unnecessary or additional stress, I try to plan ahead. That’s even more important when traveling with pets. Just this Thanksgiving, I traveled with my new 4-month-old terrier mix puppy, Diego, for the very first time. Looking back, I think I was a little more anxious than he was, but due to some research and professional insight, I can say the trip was a success.

There’s a lot to consider pre-travel. First and foremost, if you’re traveling by plane, remember some airlines require all sorts of documentation to be submitted days prior to your travel date, especially if your pet is an emotional support or service pet. Check

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