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This Kannur hotel owns a Maradona museum- The New Indian Express

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KANNUR:  On entering suite number 309 of Hotel Blue Nile, you feel an invisible presence of the ‘God of Football’ enveloping you. For the hotel, where Diego Maradona — who passed away in Buenos Aires on Wednesday — spent a couple of days eight years ago, has been turned into a museum. V Raveendran, the managing director of the hotel and an ardent Maradona fan, said that nothing has been changed or rearranged ever since the Argentine legend left the hotel.

He considers himself fortunate to have received a chance to host the football genius when he visited Kannur to attend a private function in October, 2012. “He was warm, friendly and down to earth. As he couldn’t speak English, his secretary, a lady, had acted as the translator for his Spanish.

But we could easily make out that he was delighted and excited to be in the midst of hardcore football fans,” Raveendran said. Maradona had stayed at the hotel on October 23 and 24. After he had left, the room was renamed Maradona Suite. The plates and towels he had used, the cigar stubs in the ashtray and even the soap tray have been left untouched. 

‘We cherish precious memories

“After we renamed the room, many people from within India and abroad have visited the hotel, asking for this particular suite,” Raveendran said.“Many people believe it’s a privilege to be in a room used by the football legend.”

As the news of Maradona’s death trickled in, the room was occupied by a football fan from Syria. “All of us here cherish the precious memories associated with him,” the managing director said. The hotel staff had celebrated the eighth anniversary of Maradona’s visit by cutting a cake last month, he added. Raveendran is also planning to install a four-feet high statue of Maradona in front of the hotel.
“We will also provide opportunities to the people of Kannur to visit the suite,” he said.

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Soft quarantine over, Indian team checks into new hotel on eve of first ODI

The visiting Indian cricket team on Thursday checked into a new hotel here, entering a bio-secure bubble after completing a 14-day “soft quarantine” on the outskirts of the city.

India’s much-anticipated tour of Australia begins on Friday with the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front of limited crowd amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The visiting players and support staff were staying at Pullman in Sydney Olympic Park during their “soft quarantine” where they only met at the ground during training.

Also no player was allowed to sit beside each other and multiple buses were used for travelling to and fro.

After the completion of the two-week quarantine, the Indian team moved into the Inter Continental Hotel, which had been its traditional hub during previous tours to this part of the country.

Having entered the bio-bubble, players will now have a bit more freedom where they can at least meet each other within a controlled environment and have meals together.

Needless to say, the 14-day quarantine has been challenging for the players who landed here straight from the UAE after spending nearly three months in a bio-bubble for the Indian Premier League.

India’s white-ball vice-captain KL Rahul admitted that he felt a lot better when he got together with his teammates for training.

“Challenge has been being in the room alone. The time you practice, meet teammates, is the best time in the day. You have fun together. Challenge is mostly when you are back in the room and all alone,” Rahul said.

The Indian team is in Australia for a full-fledged tour comprising three ODIs, as many T20 Internationals and four Tests.

The tour begins on Friday with the first ODI here while the Test series starts on December 17 in Adelaide.

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Install LHMS App while going out on vacation, Vijayawada police urge denizens- The New Indian Express

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VIJAYAWADA: With the number of crimes, particularly house burglaries, on the rise, the Vijayawada city police are advising the denizens to use the Locked House Monitoring System (LHMS) mobile application to secure their houses while going out on vacation.

The city police launched the LHMS App in 2017 to prevent burglaries when the owners are out of town, particularly during the vacation. The LHMS App has been used by only 184 people this year, compared to 1,772 people in 2019, and 28,505 in 2018.

“The year it was launched, we received just 451 applications from the public through the app, but later we started  getting a good response. However, due to lack of awareness, people are not utilising the service,” said Police Commissioner Bathini Sreenivasulu. The LHMS App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, and one can use it to tell the police on which dates the house will be unoccupied. Users will have to register 24 hours before they leave the house, so the police can install surveillance cameras.

After receiving a request, personnel from the police station concerned visit the house and install a wireless motion camera, UPS and wi-fi modem. “Suspicious movements in the locked houses are communicated to the control room and the information is passed on to the ground-level personnel, who will rush to the house in less than 10 minutes. The same  will be sent to the owner’s phone,” Sreenivasulu explained. 

He also advised the public to keep their valuables in bank lockers before going on vacation. “We are going to start awareness campaigns and conduct seminars in all police station limits to raise awareness among the public on the LHMS App,” Sreenivasulu said.

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Tiger Shroff chills in pool during Maldives vacation, shares stunning shirtless picture- The New Indian Express


MUMBAI: Giving fans a glimpse of his vacay in the Maldives, actor Tiger Shroff on Thursday dropped a gorgeous shirtless picture showcasing his chiselled physique on social media.

The ‘War’ actor posted an appealing picture on Instagram in which he has seen sporting yellow hot pants in the swimming pool. The actor looked handsome as he showcased his six-pack abs and perfectly toned body. Enjoying his vacay at the exotic location, the ‘Baaghi’ star sported chunky sunglasses.

The backdrop in the picture features the actor’s holiday stay, which is surrounded by palm trees under clear blue sky.

The ‘Heropanti’ star added a witty caption to the post, “Pls excuse the yellow hot pants. Either I’ve grown or my shorts have shrunk this lockdown. @intercontinental_maldives #islandlife #intercontinentalmaldives #intercontinentallife.”

More than 810,000 fans liked the post on the photo-sharing platform with many leaving lovable comments on the post.

Of late, the actor has been updating fans about his activities by posting pictures pictures and vidoes.

Earlier this week, Tiger Shroff unveiled a power-packed poster of his forthcoming action-thriller ‘Ganapath’.

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Hotel industry stares at Rs 90,000 crore revenue loss- The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, occupancy levels for hotels in India continue to remain at rock bottom. According to JLL’s Hotel Momentum India (HMI) report, the Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) across 11 markets crashed by a whopping 70-90 per cent in the April-June 2020 period compared to the previous year.

This RevPAR value has falled 52.8 per cent year-on-year in the January to September 2020 period.

In terms of individual markets, Mumbai continues to be the RevPAR leader despite a decline of 71.7 per cent year-on-year in April-June 2020, whereas Bengaluru saw the sharpest decline in RevPAR at 88.1 per cent decline compared to the same period of the previous year. Other markets such as Pune (86.2 per cent), Kolkata (82.6 per cent) and Goa (78.8 per cent) also witnessed sharp declines in RevPAR, according to  the report. 

Consultancy firm ANAROCK estimates that the sector is likely to face a revenue loss of Rs 90,000 crore in 2020. Hotel occupancy, it noted, has only improved from approximately 10 per cent in April 2020 to 26 per cent in September 2020. 

“Saying that COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the hotels sector in India is putting it mildly… Occupancy and average daily rate (ADR) are expected to reach pre-COVID levels by 2022 and 2023 respectively – assuming that a vaccine is in place by early 2021 and becomes widely available before the end of the year,” said Mandeep Lamba, President (South Asia) HVS Anarock. 

The consultant also added that while over 11,500 rooms were expected to be added to supplies over 2020 and 2021, only 15-20 per cent of the anticipated 2020 supply is likely to come into the market, with the rest being postponed to 2021 and beyond.

It said that some properties are likely to be repurposed to other asset classes such as hospitals, student housing and co-living.

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Ayushmann Khurrana stays in hotel despite shooting in hometown Chandigarh due to COVID threat- The New Indian Express


NEW DELHI: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana who is shooting for his next ‘Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’ in his hometown Chandigarh on Tuesday said he is not living with his family despite being in his hometown due to the threat of the coronavirus.

Khurrana who is shooting for the Abhishek Kapoor directorial with actor Vaani Kapoor has checked-in to a hotel to eliminate any chances of exposing his family to the virus.

“I have been extremely cautious through the pandemic and taken every possible step to not catch the virus and protect my family. My wife and my two young kids can never come in harm’s way because of me,” he said.

“With me starting to work, our parents in Chandigarh too should be safe at all times. Though I want to contribute to restart the industry, I also want to safeguard my family from the virus,” he added.

The ‘Vicky Donor’ actor went on to reveal that along with him the entire production team of the film is also staying in the hotel.

“Following this, I have checked into a hotel along with the entire production team. We are all staying there till the end of the shoot. Whenever I go to meet my family now, we are maintaining social distance and also wearing our masks. It feels odd but it is an important security step,” the 36-year-old actor said. 

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In recreation of chipko movement, thousands gather to oppose felling of over 10,000 trees in Uttarak- The New Indian Express

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DEHRADUN: In recreation of famous ‘Chipko Movement’ dating back to 1973, thousands gathered in Thano of Dehradun on Sunday opposing felling of over 10,000 trees for expansion of Dehradun airport. 

A 12-year-old ‘Global Climate Activist’ Ridhima Pandey termed as Greta Thunberg of India, who was also there to support ‘Save Thano Forest’ movement said, “We are hell-bent on destroying our ecosystem mercilessly. This is a threat to whole mankind. These forests are source of life. We will be protesting against the felling of trees until the decision is reversed.”

Thousands of locals of Thano, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Bhaniyawala gathered and tied ‘Raksha Sutras’ to the trees pledging to protect those trees.

Slogans were raised and Raksha Sutras were tied around trees which represent that ‘we the people’ are the protectors of the forest.

A man hugs a tree after tying the Raksha Sutra.

Ayush Joshi, an environmental engineer and one of the protestors said, “At this age, where we as a country pledge to plant more trees, we are cutting more than ever. Thano forest works as the carbon and pollution sink of Dehradun, keeping it free of pollution issues. We must find a way to develop plans to allow our future generations to a be able to feel and benefit from the natural resources.”

Activists, environmentalists are apprehensive that the move to cut the trees in the Thano range of the Dehradun forest division could affect wildlife movement in the elephant corridors and change course of a river in the vicinity of the forest. 

Aanchal Sharma (28), a resident of Dehradun has started campaign on change.org urging the government to roll back its decision. It has got more than 20,000 signatures within three days. 

“As I have said earlier too that this planet belongs to all species and not only to humans. We should be more considerate if we want our next generations to live and thrive in sync with nature,” said Sharma. 

Many experts pointing out the problems stated that Uttarakhand is already ‘bleeding’ from the ‘devastation’ due to parachuted development ideas.

“Projects like this will destroy our sources of existence and our sources of life. Every single time, the entire model of development adopted by the current government for the sensitive Himalayan region of Uttarakhand is dangerous.

“It should have been taken up with immense care. The government wants to copy paste the development models of the plains and don’t want to invest time and energy even to understand what sustainability means.

“This is a clear evidence that the state has no intentions to conserve and are wearing blind fold to even analyse the needs of the future,” said Vishal Singh, one of the protestors and and expert on environmental issues who has been working on projects for more than a decade now. 

The Uttarakhand government has sought the National Wildlife Board (NWB)’s approval to transfer 243 acres of forest land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for expanding the airport. 

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