Sunday, July 31, 2005

 

Backpacker Travel Press India: 31 July 2005

Musharraf Failed to Control Jihadis, as Promised
LAHORE, July 31: While no religious seminary in Pakistan is ready to admit that the three London suicide bombers ever visited them, the Pakistan Government has itself declared that the three came to Pakistan between November 2004 and February 2005.
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New Bombay flood alert as toll nears 1,000
BOMBAY (Reuters) - Police urged millions of Bombay residents to stay at home as heavy rains brought more flooding to India's financial hub on Sunday and relief officials said the death toll in the region could reach 1,000.
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It's early, but Rice tactics gain support
Three weeks after taking office, Condoleezza Rice hosted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and their Japanese counterparts at the State...
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An August CareerBuilder.com survey asked managers for some of the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work
An August CareerBuilder.com survey asked managers for some of the most unusual excuses employees gave for missing work. "I was sprayed by a skunk." "I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious."
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Saturday, July 30, 2005

 

News for Backpackers in India: 30 July 2005

Singapore visitor arrivals jump 8 percent in first half
SINGAPORE (AP): Arrivals to Singapore increased by 8.2 percent on year to reach 4.1 million in the first half of 2005, buoyed by budget airlines, the Singapore Tourism Board said on Saturday.
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The experience of traveling in an Extraterrestrial UFO
So how does it feel inside an Extraterrestrial UFO belonging to a very advanced alien civilization? It is all in higher dimension. We will enter a world of perception, conceptualization and visualization. It is the world of dream that we cannot retract or even remember for long.
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John Kelly's Washington Live
Post columnist John Kelly takes questions on his recent columns, life in the Washington area and more.
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Nepal peaceful for tourists despite Maoist rebellion
Editor's note: This is our latest installment on former Pahrump Valley Times reporter Mark Waite, who this week writes from the troubled but beautiful Nepal.
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Thursday, July 21, 2005

 

News for Backpackers in India: 21 July 2005

Singapore s Raffles Hotel The Grand Old Lady of the East
Did you know that Singapore s landmark Raffles Hotel used to be a 10-room bungalow? Or that a python was once caught in one of the hotel s gardens? Stay tuned to Connections with me, Yvonne Gomez, to find out more. Hello and welcome to the programme.
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Caribbean 2007 schedule announced
In Jamaica on March 13, 2007, West Indies, the hosts of the World Cup, will play the opening game against Pakistan. The match, from Group D, will be staged at Kingston's newly renovated Sabina Park.
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No nocturnal honking please, Indians told
India's supreme court has banned the honking of horns, playing loud music and bursting firecrackers after nightfall in the country's expanding residential areas.
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The Leading Residences of the World offering launched with 20 residences
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. has introduced new luxury destination club: The Leading Residences of the World (LRW). Initially, LRW will offer a portfolio of more than 20 residences, expected to grow to 40 by year's end.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 20 July 2005

Passage through India
Bouncing along the pothole-puckered road, our driver artfully navigated the minibus deep into the dark north Indian wilderness, tackling the country's somewhat vague traffic laws with apparent ease.
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Top 10 US "Travel - Transport" sites for the week ending 16 July, 2005 based on VISITS
The world's fastest expanding market is starting to travel. If you are part of the Chinese travel trade or sell to this huge market then you need to be in Shanghai this August.
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The .travel Registry And WTO Agree On Priority Right To Ensure Each Country's Place Name Rights Are Preserved
The .travel Registry, in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization, has affirmed a priority right to the nations of the world to register their respective country, cities, and place names in the .travel Registry.
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Scenic train travel on the rise
Interest in train travel may be on the rise, according to National Geographic Traveler magazine's July/August issue. Scenic train trips are a good way to experience international destinations such as India, Australia, Switzerland and Peru.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

 

India Backpacker News Stories: 19 July 2005

Top News
Egypt said Tuesday that a detained chemist wanted by Britain for questioning about the London bombings had no links to the July 7 attacks or to al-Qaida, a state-run news agency reported.
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American Supports Allied Pilots Association Position to Maintain the Mandatory Pilot Retirement at Age 60
American Airlines issued a statement to the Senate Aviation Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in support of the Allied Pilots Association's testimony today to maintain the age 60 retirement requirement for commercial airline pilots.
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Waqf Board files caveat in apex court on Taj
NEW DELHI : The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board Tuesday filed a caveat in the Supreme Court to prevent the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from obtaining an ex parte order.
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State stops tsunami fund raising
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state cabinet today decided to stop collection of funds for the rehabilitation of victims affected by the December 26 tsunami tidal terror.After a meeting of the state cabinet, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said various organizations involved in the collection of funds could utilize the money for rehabilitation work, but no fresh fund raising would be allowed.
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Monday, July 18, 2005

 

Backpacker Travel Press in India: 18 July 2005

How long do you want to detain suspects? Asks SC
"How long will you keep them?" asked the Supreme court on Monday pointing out that two Sri Lankans have been detained for over six years for their alleged involvement in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and that the CBI has challenged a Madras High court order releasing them.
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Now, a fairness cream for men
Thought women are the only ones being pampered by cosmetic companies? The new customers of the beauty industry are men.
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Interwoven Expands PartnerNetwork in Second Quarter With Key New Partnerships Spanning the Globe and Vertical Industries
Interwoven, Inc. , provider of Enterprise Content Management solutions for business, today announced that leading technology companies and systems integrators across the globe continue to partner with Interwoven to deliver best-of-breed ECM solutions to their customers.
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Talkin' travel: Your airline questions answered
Today in the Sky reporter Ben Mutzabaugh is on vacation today. In his absence, Today in the Sky will depart from it's usual format and will instead feature previously unanswered questions from Ben's weekly Tuesday chats. Today in the Sky will return to its usual format on Tuesday.
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Saturday, July 16, 2005

 

Backpacking News in India: 16 July 2005

E-visas make easy students' travel to Australia
CHENNAI: In a move that will save students time and money, Australia is encouraging Indians to apply online for their student visa.
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American Airlines, India Carrier Team Up
American Airlines has teamed up with Sahara Airlines Ltd., India's third-largest domestic carrier, to sell seats on each other's flights. Fort Worth-based American said Tuesday it will begin a daily nonstop flight between Chicago and New Delhi on Nov. 15.
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Fine Arts Festival showcases creative talents
The Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Arts Festival returns this weekend with the work of 160 artists for sale, live entertainment, and art projects for children and adults to create at the Town Center shopping plaza.
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Mid-Year Forecast - More See-Saw Fed
Where will Treasury rates go? What about inflation/deflation? The dollar? The stock markets? Gold? We cover all this and more in this week's letter. I normally do an annual forecast at the beginning of each year.
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Friday, July 15, 2005

 

Recent Articles for Backpackers in India: 15 July 2005

School Newsround Pupils learn to scale new heights
TEN PUPILS at Grantown Grammar have started a course in rock climbing at Glenmore Lodge's indoor climbing wall. The course runs for 10 weeks, and at the end six pupils will be chosen to go on a one-day expedition to climb a local rock face.
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Terrorism
The U.S. government has made significant progress in bolstering the political will and ability of governments in the Middle East and South Asia to combat terrorism and the financing of terrorists, but more needs to be done, according to Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs E. Anthony Wayne.
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Search technology to be debated by senior executives from Europes leading travel companies
The world's fastest expanding market is starting to travel. If you are part of the Chinese travel trade or sell to this huge market then you need to be in Shanghai this August.
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No guarantees for Boje, Gibbs: BCCI
New Delhi: The BCCI Thursday made it clear that it was not in a position to provide guarantees to South African cricketers Nicky Boje and Herschelle Gibbs that they would not be interrogated over match-fixing allegations if they tour the country later this year.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

 

Backpacker Travel Press India: 13 July 2005

India-Pak to appoint financial consultants for gas pipeline
India and Pakistan will appoint financial consultants to suggest project structure for the 4.16 billion dollar Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline by September 15.
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Boeing Looks to Asia, Middle East to Sell 777-200LR (Update2)
U.S. July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co., the world's second- biggest maker of commercial planes, is looking to airlines in India, the Middle East and Asia to sell its 777-200LR model, as losses at North American carriers forced them to cut orders.
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Huntsman discusses trade ties with Mexican business official
MEXICO CITY - Sergio Garcia de Alba Zepeda, Mexico's deputy for small and medium enterprises, had never met with a U.S. governor until Tuesday. He and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. talked about trade among small and growing companies in Mexico and Utah. Zepeda, who has met with governors from Italy, Spain and China during his two years in office, said he is very interested in working with Huntsman
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Diverting our attention with sympathy and fear
African poverty and global warming, the twin enthusiasms of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, are quests made for the modern officeholder...
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

 

News for Backpackers in India: 12 July 2005

On Nepal A Thought for the Motherland
It has been more than six months that the event of Feb 01, 2005 have passed, We hear from people within the valley saying that things are very perfect, everything is in peace, but my question is how long will this peace last if the path to democracy moves in a slow pace?
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Malaysia says Rice should attend Laos meeting to prove U.S. commitment to Southeast Asia
Malaysia on Tuesday urged U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to attend a key regional security meeting this month, saying her decision to skip it might imply that the United States is snubbing Southeast Asia.
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Gibbs and Boje under fire again
The United Cricket Board of South Africa has asked the Indian sports ministry for immunity for Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje, and requested that the players not be questioned or arrested when the Proteas travel to India for a one-day international series in November.
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Tuesday July 12, 02:40 PM
BANGALORE (Reuters) - Software services firm Infosys Technologies Ltd. posted a 37 percent jump in quarterly profit and nudged up its forecast on strong outsourcing business, but the results lagged expectations and shares fell 5 percent.
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Monday, July 11, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 11 July 2005

New Zealand struggles with culture change
Intense changes in population and identity in the past 20 years have resulted in a lack of consensus on New Zealand's cultural identity.
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Family Travel Made Easier
When youre young, heading out to see the world is pretty damn easy. Contrary to what many people think, you dont need a lot of money to hiit the road. Staying in hostels in most places is cheap and if you ride the local transportation like buses, trains and rickshaws, getting around wont hurt your pocketbook. But for people who have families, especailly young ones, it can be a good deal more
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Worlds Best: Top cities, hotels and more
Mark Orwoll of Travel + Leisure magazine, shares a sneak peek at this year's best in travel. Learn more about some of the 2005 winners.
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Rice asks Thailand to press Myanmar to free Suu Kyi
By Nopporn Wong-Anan PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Thailand must press Myanmar's military rulers to free democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other political dissidents, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday. "We hear from time to time representations that there will be progress, but there seems never to be progress," Rice told reporters after meeting Thai Prime Minister Thaksin
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Sunday, July 10, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 10 July 2005

E Asian stocks slide for 3rd week on oil
SINGAPORE : East Asian stocks fell for a third week after crude oil reached $62 a barrel in New York, renewing concerns fuel costs will hurt profits. Bridgestone Corp and Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd led declines by manufacturers.
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Asia news in brief
As many as 200 people are feared dead days after a ferry capsized in rough seas off eastern Indonesia, a rescue official said today. The 150-ton KMP Digul sank Thursday night off the coast of Papua province while heading from the port town of Merauke to Tanah Merah, about 124 miles to the north, said Sumpeno Juono of the local search and rescue agency. The ferry was officially reported to be
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Singapore: Know BEFORE You Go...
Singapore: Know BEFORE You Go... Tip One: Budget! Compared to the rest of SE Asia, Singapore is a wallet breaker. It is much more expensive than travel in, say, Malaysia or Thailand. But it is still possible to live on $20 a day in Singapore - if you budget.
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Senior Pakistani officials to travel to India for talks on transnational gas pipeline
Senior Pakistani officials will travel on Monday to India for talks on a proposed trans-regional gas pipeline to take Iranian gas to India through Pakistan, an official said.
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Saturday, July 09, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 09 July 2005

Kajol, Ajay escape London mayhem
When bombs and guns go off for real, there is little that even a real, let alone a reel, hero can do. Recently, the Devgan's were holidaying in London with little Nysa when the bomb blasts hit central London.
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Loading accident leads to Air-India flight delay
BAD luck seems to be plaguing Indian national carrier Air-India. This time an incident with the cargo-loading equipment at the Doha airport resulted in the delay of two flights.
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Tough schedule for SA
DURBAN: South Africa will rely on a steady diet of one-day cricket to prepare for their back-to-back Test series against Australia next season.
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India tightens security after London blasts
NEW DELHI: Security has been tightened around key installations across India in the wake of the London bombings, officials said yesterday, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly condemned the terror strike that left at least 37 people dead.
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Friday, July 08, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 08 July 2005

World leaders pledge united front after London blasts
LONDON - Leaders from around the world angrily condemned deadly blasts in London that killed at least 37 people, while key allies in the US-led war on terror pledged renewed solidarity against evil extremists.
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NUKEWARS US Allays Pakistan's Fears Over Defence Pact With India
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Thursday allayed Pakistan's fears over the signing of a defence pact with its traditional rival India, saying Washington would remain "responsive" to its security concerns, the Pakistani government said.
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Comedies old and new on stage
T hink Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Or Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis in "Moonlighting." "Much Ado About Nothing" was probably the original tug-of-war relationship comedy. As the quirks and foibles of male-female relationships go, who can present them better on stage than William Shakespeare?
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G-8 Agreement on Climate Change Falls Short of Action Plan
U.K. July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Leaders of the Group of Eight richest industrial nations reached an agreement on tackling climate change that environmentalists and European officials said stops short of mandatory steps to curb emissions.
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Thursday, July 07, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 07 July 2005

TOM WALSH: Detroit dream getting closer
When a group of national travel writers visits Detroit for the baseball All-Star Game festivities, one stop on its itinerary is a luncheon Tuesday where the writers will be shown the grand plans for development of Detroit's riverfront.
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INDIA, MYANMAR MULL BYPASSING BANGLADESH FOR GAS PIPELINE
Petroleum With Bangladesh putting roadblocks in the way of a proposed Myanmar-India gas pipeline, New Delhi and Yangoon today decided to explore other options for importing gas from offshore Myanmar.
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India, Myanmar Mull Bypassing Bangladesh For Gas Pipeline
With Bangladesh putting roadblocks in the way of a proposed Myanmar-India gas pipeline, New Delhi and Yangoon today decided to explore other options for importing gas from offshore Myanmar.
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Bird flu could migrate to other continents
The strain of bird flu responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of chickens and 54 people in east Asia over the past two years is...
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 06 July 2005

Martin, world leaders gear up for G-8 summit
Prime Minister Paul Martin says he plans to press the issue of global warming at the G-8 Summit, including speaking "forcefully" to U.S. President George W. Bush, who hasn't signed on to the Kyoto accord.
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Travel talk: have your say
Travel always provides a wealth of experiences. Have you ever had an interesting, crazy, amazing or bizarre incident whilst overseas on business? We want to hear about what you've been upto. Have your say with CNN.
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Dalai Lama tickets are free, but only in Ketchum, Hailey
SUN VALLEY As consul general to Nepal, Sun Valley resident Bill Cassell is used to fielding questions about the royal family of Nepal. This summer, however, he's been fielding requests to set up hot dog booths in Sun Valley.
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SpiceJet to add four more aircraft
Claiming to be on top of all airlines in the country in terms of passenger load factor, infant budget carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday said it would add four more aircraft to its existing fleet of three Boeing airplanes by December to launch services in
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 05 July 2005

05 July 2005
Muscat - Seeb International Airport is expected to handle up to 12 million passengers annually by 2020, according to a top airline official. Sunita C. Gomes, country manager of British Airways, also told Times Business that Seeb International Airport expansion project would be completed by 2008.
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Tuesday July 5, 02:50 PM
New Delhi, July 5 (ANI): The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has called for promoting Monsoon Tourism both in the inbound and the domestic markets, believing that tourism in the rainy season needs an image makeover.
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Air-India announces flights to Bangkok, Seoul
Air-India has unveiled its new plans for East and Southeast Asia by announcing flights to Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from New Delhi Thursday.
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IA cuts fares by 50% for Delhi route
State-run Indian Airlines on Monday announced a new price scheme that will allow passengers to fly on most routes for a fare as low as Rs 4,041. This is about 50 per cent cheaper than the normal fare on the Delhi-Mumbai route.
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Monday, July 04, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 04 July 2005

Sri Lanka tourism sets new records in 2004
Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) said Monday that last year ended with the deadly tsunami was also a year that set new records across the boards for tourism.
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(AFX UK Focus) 2005-07-04 09:35 GMT: AFX NEWS BRIEFING: Mergers and acquisitions highlights to 09:20 BST
2005-07-04 09:18:45 AMEC buys French electrical engineering co PK SAS LONDON (AFX) - Project management and services company AMEC PLC said it bought French electrical engineering company PK SAS which has net assets of 515,000 stg.
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Highlights from the Swiss cultural scene
A permanent exhibition at the Petrol Pump Museum in Gnsbrunnen, near Solothurn, boasts over 250 relicts dating back to 1885. The collection includes some of the very first pumps from America, Germany and Switzerland and presents some rare art-dco examples.
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150 years of the package holiday
The virtuous dream of a teetotal Baptist preacher notches up 150 years of commercial success tomorrow, when thousands of holidaymakers file on to charter flights and ferries and check through their packs of pre-paid vouchers.
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Saturday, July 02, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 02 July 2005

Air passenger traffic shows robust growth: AEP study
The new low-cost Indian carriers have generated burst of activities in the Indian aviation industry on passenger traffic and aircraft acquisition front since the development of no frills airlines made air travel accessible to many middle class Indians and the trend of exponential growth in number of people flying will continue in 2005-06 onwards, an ASSOCHAM Eco Pulse (AEP) Study has revealed.
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Job contract attestation rule is put on hold for two months
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The federal government has put on hold a move that requires job contracts from the Gulf to be compulsorily attested by Indian embassies.
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Brown Bomber
India has finally entered the compound of the G-8 mansion. But is it only to be rapped on the knuckles for the Asian Brown Haze? And who will pay for its clean-up?
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New underground section of Delhi Metro inaugurated
Linking the corridors of power of the national capital with the by-lanes of the historic old city, the new underground section of the Delhi Metro was inaugurated today by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
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Friday, July 01, 2005

 

Backpacking India Traveller News: 01 July 2005

West Indies drop Lara, Sarwan
West Indies named a squad shorn of several leading players for their July tour of Sri Lanka as a result of the contract dispute.
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Indian Quadricycles: the car that will never be?
The Indian car market is highly price driven. Price based attributes like the initial price of a car, cost of spare parts and fuel economy play the crucial part in the purchase decision. Thus the most popular cars in the country are also the cheapest.
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Priceline and Orbitz sign marketing pact for opaque travel services
Priceline.com will be Orbitzs exclusive partner for opaque travel services effective from January 1 next year, a development announced by the two companies following their multi-service travel marketing agreement.
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Lara misses Windies tour after sponsorship row
West Indies have named a squad shorn of several leading players for their July tour of Sri Lanka as a result of the contract dispute dogging the sport in the islands.
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