Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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AirAsia named Asia & World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 7th consecutive year

PARIS, 16 JUNE 2015 - AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline and Asia's Best Low Cost Airline forthe seventh consecutive year at the Skytrax World’s Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.

Skytrax is the global benchmark of airline excellence and one of the most prestigious accolades for the airline industry with 19 million customer surveys completed worldwide by over 160 nationalities, measuring standards across 41 key performance indicators of an airline’s front-line products and services.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia was present to receive the awards at the Paris Air Show 2015 along with CEOs from the AirAsia Group.

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “We faced many challenges this past year but I am proud to say that our staff banded together for our guests and we have emerged stronger than ever. To be named the ‘World’s Best’ for the seventh consecutive year is an incredible honour, and I dedicate it to the 17,000 AirAsia Allstars who are the force behind it all.”

“We would also like to thank our guests and stakeholders for continuing to believe in us. We are committed to continue innovating on all fronts to provide our guests with not only the best value but also a superior travel experience and convenience using technology,” added Tony Fernandes.

Also commenting on the recognition by Skytrax to AirAsia Group, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Executive Chairman of AirAsia Berhad said, “This recognition as Asia’s and the World’s Best reinforces the efforts that the Group is taking to strengthen our services and our network, and we will take every effort to live up to this recognition.”

The AirAsia Group consists of short-haul low-cost airlines AirAsia Berhad (airline code AK), Indonesia AirAsia (airline code QZ), Thai AirAsia (airline code FD), Philippines’ AirAsia (airline codes PQ & Z2) and AirAsia India (airline code I5).

Throughout its existence, AirAsia Group have established themselves as market leaders and innovators in travel and technology, offering not just flights but a wholesome travel experience with the introduction of the mobile app, interactive travel guides, full scale self-service options, WiFi on-board, premium coffee via Barista-In-The-Sky and much more lined up, such as online Duty Free shopping before schedule departure flights.

All airline affiliates in the AirAsia Group operate one of the youngest fleet of Airbus A320 in the world, with an average age of only 3 years group wide; with firm orders of 475 Airbus A320 aircraft and deliveries up till 2028.

In addition to the modern fleet, AirAsia offers consumer-friendly products and services complemented with everyday low fares, extensive route network, including over 60 unique routes in the Asean region and unmatched flight frequencies; along with convenient booking and payment channels; and value added services such as Fly-Thru, Premium Flex and much more.
Navigating India: one Rickshaw ride at a time !

In conversation with Julia Regul Singh  

Julia Regul Singh is the author of Leap of Faith, a novel about an interracial marriage between a German woman and an Indian man, closely resembling the story of her own marriage. Julia’s first encounter with India was as a tourist 15 years ago, where she first met her future in-laws as well as a typically large, extended Punjabi family. She had travelled extensively as a teenager with her parents, as well as in college, on her own. This was her first time in India and was struck by the cultural differences, “I was fascinated how different India was to my own experience growing up in Germany.”
Speaking about the ancient tradition of storytelling in India, Julia remarks, “ Germans have long been fascinated with Indian mythology, spiritualism, philosophies and religions. Since the 19th Century, German writers like Herman Hesse, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht and Feuchtwanger – just to name a few - have found inspiration in India’s stories.” Like many authors, her cultural and social experiences have formed the basis of her writing, “bringing it back to the Indian wedding that I described in my novel “Leap of Faith,” each of these traditions harbor great stories for me to write about. For example, the insane amounts of money spent on Indian weddings astonished  her, she appropriated many of those bonding experiences for the writing of her novel.
This has not been her first foray into writing however, she had earlier written a children’s book, titled Boris the Bench,which is about a bench in a park, which could be anywhere in the world. She believes writing for children is very important and an early interest in reading is what makes children turn towards reading as a lifelong habit. It was after her first book was published that she was introduced to her future editor from Rupa, Kausalya.
She talks about being a foreign writer in India, “When I share my experiences as a German living in India with people, the response is great and people always encourage me to share my thoughts in columns or even in a book format. I started collecting my own experiences and stories, I heard from friends and people around me and ideas for new stories emerged. Often I took these stories a little further, asking myself “What if I was in these situations? What if I ended up living in a village in India? What if I took the rickshaw to work every morning? ” without really losing my ‘foreign eye’ on the story.” She is currently working on a children’s novel in rhyme, titled My cousin Max, inspired by the interaction between her children and nephews/nieces. The story tells is about a small boy who eagerly waits to meet his ‘foreign’ cousin. She is also working on a collection of short stories and would like to translate Leap of Faith into German.

Mogens Lykketoft to head General Assembly

Jun 16,
The UN General Assembly elected Denmark’s Mogens Lykketoft as its President for a one-year term. He said he would take into consideration member states’ interest in Security Council reform. Lykketoft, presently speaker of the Danish Parliament, will preside over the 193-member UN body’s upcoming 70th session and succeeds Uganda’s Sam Kutesa. He will begin his Presidency in September at the commencement of the 70th General Assembly session.
Lalit Modi visa row. Aggressive opposition attacks Sushma Swaraj —

Lalit Modi visa row. Aggressive opposition attacks Sushma Swaraj

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Lalit Modi visa row.  Aggressive  opposition attacks Sushma Swaraj
How the national channels received the private data of the Minister there are many murmur in the corridors of media and tale of  the insider still in perception mode or Is BCCI rivalry which has nefarious design to  fractures national mandate OR Is there is more between the line. Cricketing scam which exists between the carpet and the low key action with person at high places makes the nationa fiscal gross irregularity  or alleged money laundering case a laughing stock.
Congress today demanded immediate sacking of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the Lalit Modi travel document issue. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, party
Congress today demanded immediate sacking of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the Lalit Modi travel document issue. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, party spkesperson Ajoy Kumar said it is strange that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not aware of Mrs Swaraj helping Lalit Modi. Saying that NDA government is protecting suit-boot people, Mr Kumar said the Prime Minister should immediately sack the External Affairs Minister.
The Opposition has sharpened attack against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for helping Lalit Modi acquire travel documents. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi yesterday demanded that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj be sacked from the Union Cabinet in the wake of revelations related to former IPL Chief Lalit Modi.
Talking to reporters in Chhattisgarh, he said External Affairs Minister is just a member of the cabinet and she should be dropped from the ministry instead of waiting for her resignation. Rahul Gandhi said, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is yet to make his stand clear on black money.
Demanding resignation of Mrs Swaraj, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas said, a decision to help Lalit Modi could not have been taken without the knowledge of the Prime Minister’s Office. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said charges raised against Mrs Swaraj are serious and asked why Prime Minister who talks about accountability and corruption free governance is silent on the issue.
BJP ally Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, Sushma Swaraj is being targeted to weaken the Modi government and his party has complete faith in her.
Reacting sharply to the allegations, Union Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar targeted the Congress for what it called playing cheap politics on the issue.
Mr Javadekar said, the Congress has no issue and making mountain out of a mole. He alleged that there is a total bankruptcy of ideas in the Congress. He said, when Lalit Modi left the country why Congress which was in power at that time did not act.
Mr Javadekar also ruled out the resignation of the External Affairs Minister saying that she has already explained her position and BJP president endorsed her clarification.
Terming the Lalit Modi row as the biggest conspiracy to weaken the Narendra Modi Government Shiv Sena has backed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and said that the party has full faith in her. In today’s editorial of Party mouthpiece Saamna Shiv Sena slammed the opposition parties, especially Congress , for vitiating the atmosphere over the issue of helping Lalit Modi in aquiring travel documents.
The party has given a clean cheat to the External affairs minister saying that her 35-40 year old career in politics is totally clean and it is the biggest conspiracy fabricated by some of the leaders in the opposition to ruin her career in politics. The party has also said that in future these same people may also create a conspiracy against the Prime Minister and it should be probed.
Shiv Sena has alleged that Congress had helped Warren Anderson the main accused in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and Ottavio Quattrocchi the main accused of Bofors scam to flee the country.
Therefore they have no right to raise questions about the issue as nothing wrong has happened in Lalit Modi row. Shiv Sena has also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter and probe the biggest political conspiracy to destabilise the government.
International Sneak peek —

International Sneak peek

International Sneak peek

Syrian Kurds seize most of ISIS-controlled Tel Abyad – reports

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Monday it had seized most of the militants’ stronghold town of Tel Abyad. They said earlier that they had captured the major road used to bring reinforcements from Islamic State’s defacto capital of Raqqa, Reuters reported. The militia had surrounded the strategic town near the Turkish border, pushing ahead with an offensive backed by US-led airstrikes, according to YPG spokesman Redur Xelil. The loss of Tel Abyad would leave the jihadists with only the Jarablus border crossing with Turkey in their hands.

US never planned to train Ukrainian ultra-right Azov battalion

The US never had plans to train members of the Ukrainian volunteer “Azov,” battalion which has been accused of neo-nazism, State Department representative Jeff Rathke told the media. He said Washington has been working with Kiev to find the best candidates to train. Last week, the US congress approved the military budget for 2016,adding a specific amendment banning any spending on aid to “Azov.” Russia welcomed the move, but remained sceptical, foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. He went on to point out that “other units of Ukraine’s National Guard are no better than ‘Azov’,” calling the nationalist combatants “a gathering of blatant neo-Nazis parading Hitler’s SS forces insignia.”

Lavrov and Kerry discuss Ukraine over the phone

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been talking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone, with both discussing the need to fully implement the Minsk agreements in regards to the crisis in Ukraine. The accords state that Kiev should engage in talks with the rebel leadership in Lugansk and Donetsk. They also stated that it was key to stop targeting civilian areas. The current conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen were also discussed by the two diplomats, as was the need to find a solution to the Iran nuclear progam.

Over 400 people from Chechnya joined ISIS in Syria since 2011 – ministry

More than 400 Chechen volunteers have joined the ranks of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants since the start of a civil war in Syria, the Russian Interior Ministry said on Monday. “A total of 405 people… have left Chechnya to join the fighting in Syria,”RIA Novosti quoted a ministry spokesman as saying. Among those people, “104 have been killed and 44 came back, while the fate of the rest is unknown.” Authorities have opened 88 criminal cases against Chechen residents who fought in Syria, Sputnik reported.

US-led forces conduct 16 airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq

US and coalition forces launched 16 airstrikes targeting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in nine Iraqi cities on Sunday, Reuters reported. The strikes destroyed IS vehicles, buildings, tunnel systems and bunkers near Makhmur, Mosul, Ramadi, Sinjar and Tal Afar, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Monday. Three airstrikes in the Syrian cities of Kobani and al Hasaka destroyed militants’ tunnel systems, fighting positions and a communication tower, according to the military.

US Supreme Court rejects Iraq bid to revive ‘oil-for-food’ lawsuit

The US Supreme Court has rejected an effort by Iraq to revive a lawsuit against dozens of firms for allegedly conspiring with Saddam Hussein’s government to subvert the UN oil-for-food program, Reuters said. More than 80 companies, subsidiaries and affiliates were named as defendants in the 2008 lawsuit over the $64.2 billion oil-for-food program. It ran from 1996 to 2003 and was designed to help ordinary Iraqis hurt by international economic sanctions against Hussein’s government. The high court on Monday left intact a September 2014 ruling by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals. It said Iraq’s current government could not recoup damages under a US anti-racketeering law over Hussein’s effort to defraud the UN program.

Swedish prosecutors submit request to question Assange in London

Swedish prosecutors said on Monday they had submitted a request to British and Ecuadorian authorities to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London over rape allegations. Sweden’s director of public prosecution Marianne Ny is seeking permission to interview Julian Assange in the Ecuador embassy in June and July, AFP reported. The Australian has denied the 2010 allegations and insisted the two sexual encounters were consensual. He has been sheltering in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Vatican indicts ex-ambassador to Dominican Republic

The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been indicted on charges he sexually abused young boys in the Caribbean country and used child porn, AP said. Jozef Wesolowski will have his first hearing in a Vatican court on July 11, the Holy See said on Monday. This is the first time such a high-ranking Vatican official will stand trial for sex abuse. Wesolowski was recalled in 2013, defrocked and placed under modified house arrest inside the Vatican City pending a decision by the Vatican criminal court.

Blasts in Chad capital kill at least 20

At least 20 people were killed on Monday in series of blasts at several Chad police establishments in the capital, N’Djamena, Reuters reported, citing security sources. One source said seven people were killed in an initial suicide attack and another 35 people died when explosives planted at the police training school went off. According to the second source, at least 20 people have been killed. The interior minister earlier confirmed at least one suicide attack.

Russian soldier stabbed to death near military base in Armenia

A Russian soldier has been found stabbed to death near the Russian military base where he served in Armenia, AP reported. The soldier was found dead on Monday morning near the Mother of Armenia World War II memorial. The Russian military was reported as saying that he is believed to have been killed by a fellow Russian soldier, who has been taken into custody. Another Russian soldier is awaiting trial for the killing of seven members of an Armenian family in January.

Sudan President Bashir leaves S. Africa

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has left Johannesburg, according to the state minister for information. Bashir’s plane was expected to land in the Sudanese capital Khartoum at about 6:30pm local time (1530 GMT), Yasser Youssef told Reuters on Monday. Bashir was attending an African Union summit in South Africa. The president has been indicted by the International Criminal Court over war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Yemen to discuss ceasefire if Houthis withdraw

Yemeni Foreign Minister Reyad Yassin Abdulla said on Monday his government could discuss a limited ceasefire with Houthis if the militia withdraw from cities, released more than 6,000 prisoners and complied with a UN resolution, Reuters said. “If they withdraw from Aden and Taiz and other cities and stop killing innocent people, then you can discuss,” said Abdulla, who is part of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government in exile in Riyadh. Peace talks between the parties in the conflict began earlier in the day in Geneva.

38 police, customs officers arrested in Serbia

Serbian police have busted more than three dozen police and customs officers, charging them with corruption and abuse of office, Reuters reported. The biggest arrests in decades were made in cooperation with Hungarian authorities, according to the Interior Ministry. The 29 unidentified police and nine customs officers were all operating in the northern town of Backi Breg and the nearby border crossing with Hungary.

Suicide bomber attacks police, intelligence offices in Chad capital

At least one suicide bomber attacked police and intelligence offices in Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Monday, Reuters quoted the interior minister as saying. Abderahim Bireme Hamid said it was too early to give any details of deaths or injuries.

UN’s Ban Ki-moon calls for Ramadan truce in Yemen

The UN chief on Monday called for an immediate two-week humanitarian pause in Yemen to mark Ramadan, AFP said. Ban Ki-moon made the statement after talks got underway in Geneva to try and resolve the conflict.“I have emphasized the importance of another humanitarian pause for two weeks,” Ban said. The UN chief added that Ramadan which begins in two days should be a period for “harmony, peace and reconciliation.”

Kenyan police ignored al-Shabaab killing

Kenyan police ignored besieged villagers’ pleas for help and allowed Islamist jihadists to go on a killing spree that claimed 87 lives last summer, the Independent reported, citing rights groups. An investigation by Human Rights Watch and the Kenyan Human Rights Commission (KHRC) says the police arrived some 12 hours after the first shots were fired, and killers linked to Somali terror group al-Shabaab were allowed to escape after attacks on eight villages and a passenger bus. An earlier report by the UK-funded Independent Police Oversight Authority accused Kenya’s police force of calling off pursuit of the jihadists to greet a police delegation from Nairobi.

Hong Kong police ‘discover explosives,’ 9 arrested

Hong Kong police said on Monday they had made nine arrests after discovering explosives in the east-coast district of Sai Kung. “The Organized Crime and Triad Bureau has conducted an operation and discovered a certain amount of suspected explosives,”AFP quoted a spokesman as saying. The explosives were reportedly found in an operation at an abandoned television studio, and those arrested were described as activists from pro-democracy “localist” groups. Police suspect the explosives were intended “to be detonated before the Legislative Council debates the government’s political reform package this week,” according to local media.
 3 Tunisia police killed in clashes with jihadists
Three Tunisian police officers and a suspected jihadist were killed on Monday in clashes in the center of the country, AFP reported. “The national guard attempted to ambush at dawn two terrorists on a motorcycle in Sidi Ali Ben Aoun after obtaining information that [they] were about to launch an operation,” according to Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui. Three officers were killed in the ensuing shoot-out and the militants fled. Tunisia has seen a surge in radical Islam since President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in the 2011 revolution.

UN chief meets Yemeni govt delegation in Geneva, peace talks begin

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with a Yemeni government delegation in Geneva on Monday, as peace talks started, Al Arabiya said. The negotiations had been scheduled to start on Sunday, but the UN postponed them till Monday. Representatives of the exiled yet internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi were in Geneva on Saturday. The next day, militia representatives left the capital Sanaa for Geneva. Their delegation includes two Houthis and two members of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party.

Support for Japan PM falls to lowest level since 2012

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet is at its lowest level since he took office in 2012, according to a survey by the Nippon Television Network. Support has fallen to just over 40 percent, and nearly two-thirds of voters are opposed to the defense policy that would end a self-imposed ban on the country’s military fighting overseas. The survey coincided with weekend rallies by thousands protesting legislation that would allow Japan to give military aid to allies under attack, Reuters said.
AAP supports FTII students protest against nominated chairman, Educational Institutions are beyond narrow ideologies,should be kept that way
AAP today extended it';s support to FTII students protesting against their nominated Chairman, BJP supporter Gajendra Chauhan on grounds of sheer ineptitude and lack of relevant experience and skill sets.Chatra-Yuva Sangharsh Samiti(CYSS)-AAP';s student and youth wing has openly come out in support of agitating FTII students and will participate in protests.
The Information and Broadcasting ministry,Govt of India had recently nominated Mr Chauhan despite being no dearth of luminary film makers of international repute in the industry.Any autonomous professional educational institution needs meritocracy in it';s faculty and administration to ensure standards of global quality and must be essentially bereft of petty politics and narrow minded worldviews.
The FTII Chairperson';s position was formerly held by legends like Girish Karnad,Shyam Benegal and Ananthamurthy, naturally giving rise to expectations. Moreover, individuals like Anagha Ghaisaas,Rahul Solapurkar have been nominated to the institute';s apex governing body. These individuals  have openly endorsed ‘;Sangh Ideology'; and their latest statements run contrary to  freedom of expression and it';s related freedom of unhindered and unconstrained  creativity which is essential for an institute like FTII.
Since the Modi Govt';s ascent to power,RSS affiliated organizations and individuals have begun pursuing their agenda through tacit support from the Govt.AAP will not tolerate the interference of forces emanating from narrow ideologies in the country';s education system.
NAPM denounces the Land Acquisition Bill 2015 as anti-farmer-labourer and anti – democratic
Joint Committee of Parliamentarians on Land Bill hears NAPM delegation
New Delhi : On June 15, National Alliance of people’s movements (NAPM) delegation led by Medha Patkar and comprising of comprising  Advocate  Sanjay Parikh, Sowmya Datta, Vimalbhai, Madhuresh kumar, Kailash Meena, Hasraj Ghevra, Shabnam Shaikh deposed before the 20 member Joint Committee on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill, 2015.
The delegation presented the overall perspective on development, Land and other resources as well as acquisition, displacement and rehabilitation, along with analyzing each section in the amendment Bill. Medha Patkar beginning the presentation, declared NAPM’s rejection of the bill since it’s regressively taking land acquisition enactment backward towards the British Days, Act of 1894, rejecting the role and space granted to the farmers for the first time in the Indian history of land acquisition.
Clause by clause presentation was also made before the committee, explaining the detailed written submission.
The exemption granted to most of the projects in the name of development, is unacceptable since after years long people’s struggles, social impact assessment and consent process was brought in effectively to provide due participation and rights to the farmers to opine on any development plan. Exempting almost all projects would exclude Gram sabhas and Basti Sabhs who have been Constitutionally mandated a role in development planning. Infact, the consent clause should also be extended to the Government projects too. Infact, it was demanded that rather than limiting the scope of the SIA, it should be expanded to include the irrigation projects, big dams and so on, since they cause large scale displacement and social costs are huge, as has been witnessed in the case of Sardar sarovar dam.
The deletion of clause limiting multiple crop lands diversification, with no sensitivity to its impact on food security, amending the clause recommending return of the unused land to the owners after 5 years are illegal, these clauses could have been used to fulfill the agenda of land reforms directly or indirectly.
The constitutional framework of values, principles, fundamental rights and three tier panchayat raj is to be respected and no changes to this can be tolerated by the people. Hence gram sabhas (rural) and basti / ward sabhas (urban) are bound to be the basic units of planning as is recognized in the Article 243 of the  constitution as well.
Adv. Sanjay Parikh presented the case for food security demanding a white paper on the agriculture land diversion over last few decades. At least 150 lakh hectares of agricultural land diverted to non-agricultural purposes within 10 years. Soumya Datta raised a serious question about the land for projects like DMIC and other industrial corridors that have target as large scale of land like 39000 hectares each. Vimal bhai, Kailash bhai and Hansraj Bhai narrated in brief the scenario created with massive land acquisition that is to follow.
Ms. Medha Patkar with others concluded that the committee or subgroup of the MP’s may visit the areas where serious conflict or struggle over years is going on, that will enrich the proceedings of the Committee. This would give them the firsthand knowledge about how the projects getting delayed.
Committee gave a patient hearing and NAPM extends its gratitude to them and hopes that they would take its presentations earnestly and include them in its recommendations.
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Surf Snowdonia announces launch date
World-first surf lagoon to open on Saturday 1 August 2015

Mumbai, 16th June, 2015 – Surf Snowdonia, the world’s first ever publicly accessible Wavegardenurfing lagoon has announced it will open its doors to the public on Saturday 1st August, 2015. The one-of-a-kind inland surf facility is being constructed at the village of Dolgarrog, in the Conwy Valley, North Wales.
The announcement of the summer 2015 launch follows an ambitious 13-month construction schedule which saw the first spade go in to the ground in June 2014. Construction will be complete in the next few weeks, with a testing period to follow in July ahead of the public launch.
The globally anticipated inland surf facility will use revolutionary technology to deliver the longest man-made surfable waves on the planet. The consistent and perfectly formed barrelling waves will be variously 2m, 1.2m and 70cm high, and will peel for up to 150 metres. The waves will be generated – at the push of a button – at a rate of one every minute. Up to 52 surfers will be able to use the 300m lagoon simultaneously.
Andy Ainscough, operations director of Conwy Adventure Leisure, the company who are building Surf Snowdonia, said: “This is a huge day for all of us who have worked so hard on the construction scheme over the last thirteen months. We’re absolutely delighted that we’ve managed to stay on schedule for our summer launch.
“This is a world-first engineering project which has required the close collaboration of multi agencies and contractors. It’s testament to the skill and dedication of all our partners and consultants that we’ve managed to deliver such a successful project.”
Surf Snowdonia has been built on the site of a former aluminium factory which went into liquidation in 2007. It was acquired by Ainscough Strategic Land in 2012, with a view to develop it for leisure use. The vision to develop it as the world’s first Wavegarden surf facility started to take shape in October 2012, when the company Conwy Adventure Leisure Limited was formed.
Since then, the site has undergone a major transformation. Over 100 years’ of heavy industrial waste has been removed, and 400 tonnes of steel, cast iron and copper have been recycled. Around 25,000 cubic metres of hardcore has also been recycled, with 85% of the stone used in the new construction sourced from the original site. The surf facility will be filled with rainwater taken from neighbouring mountain reservoirs.
Surf Snowdonia will also feature retail, restaurant and café ˇreas as well as a 50 metre glass-fronted viewing gallery. Entrance to the ‘dry’ facilities in the park will be free.
The £12 million facility will create over 60 direct jobs, additionally sustaining around 100 jobs in the supply chain. It is conservatively expecting in excess of 75,000 visitors per year.
About Surf Snowdonia:
Surf Snowdonia is a genuinely revolutionary outdoor adventure destination which will open in July 2015 in the Conwy Valley in North Wales.
From: shabnam hashmi gmail.com
> Tue, 16 Jun ’15 9:15a
To: Mohd Aamir <aamir.anhad@gmail.com>
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Dear Sir/Madam,
We are releasing a report on Thursday June 18th at 12 noon at IWPC, 5 Windsor Place, New Delhi.
The report: ‘365 DAYS – DEMOCRACY AND SECULARISM UNDER THE MODI REGIME’ is an attempt to document the multi layered attack since the advent of the present regime on the constitutionally granted democratic and secular values in India.
The report documents attacks on minorities both Muslims and Christians from across India, cases of hate speech, developments in the field of education, culture, media and legal justice system.
The following who have contributed to the report will be present at the release: Harsh Mander, John Dayal, Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Dhruv Sangari, Karen Gabriel and Shabnam Hashmi.
Kindly depute a reporter and a photographer/ camera team to cover the press conference.
Yours sincerely
Shabnam Hashmi
Mohd Aamir

Hillary: Naresh, thank you for joining the campaign

Hillary for America
Naresh, thank you for joining the campaign.
Since we kicked off, I’ve been on the road in Iowa and New Hampshire, having honest conversations with people about their hopes for the future of our country.
I met a young woman in Marshalltown, Iowa who’s learning to run her father’s farm. I talked to students at the New Hampshire Technical Institute who are creating tomorrow’s technology. I’ve talked with mothers and fathers, nurses and teachers — people who are looking for solutions to the challenges they face every day.
In each of these conversations, I’m reminded why I am running for president: Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.
This campaign won’t be easy. I’ll work hard to earn every vote.
And I’m proud to have you by my side along the way. Help strengthen this campaign by chipping in whatever you can right now:
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