Finally! Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone Announce Their Wedding Date, Seek Everyone’s Blessings

It has been long since we all have been hearing the grapevine on Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s wedding, but now we know the rumours were all true after all. Finally, the most adorable couple of the Bollywood, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are getting married. The day that all their fans were waiting has officially been announced now.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have revealed on social media that they are getting married on Nov 14-15. Take a look!

Dussehra festival celebrated in Bangkok, Thailand

Hindus perform a ritual during a Dussehra celebration in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, October 19, 2018. Hindus in Bangkok joined a series of festivities on Saturday evening to observe Dussehra, a major Hindu festival marking Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the ten-headed demon king.

Sri MahaMariAmman Temple located at Silom road in Bangkok

Badhaai Ho Movie Review: It Breaks A Taboo Making You Laugh The Whole Time!

Badhaai Ho is a clean family entertainer which also is a tight slap at the mentality of certain people which unfortunately still exists.

Badhaai ho movie review rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)

Star Cast: Surekha Sikri, Ayushmann Khurrana, Gajraj Rao, Neena Gupta, Sanya Malhotra, Rahul Tewari, Sheeba Chaddha

Director:

Amit Ravindernath Sharma

What’s Good: Following a similar pattern as Stree, the movie relies on its refreshingly hilarious one-liners (By Akshat Ghildial), nailing the expressions more than the full-body-act each character speaks even when they aren’t saying anything!

What’s Bad: Despite everything going its way, the one line story drags at places because of its monotonous attempt at saying a thing that everyone already knows!

This madcap family will not let you go anywhere while they’re on screen.

 

Watch or Not?: A BIG FAT YES! Anyway my review will provoke you for the same but in in case if you’re not reading it ahead, book your tickets NOW!

 

Gone are the days when you had Barjatya-esque families full with shuddh desi sanskaars for whom the word ‘sex’ was equal to a cuss word. Now we’ve families like Kapoor & Sons, Mehras (Dil Dhadakne Do), Banerjees (Piku) & joining this latest trend is our cute Kaushiks. Priyamvada is the mother of the family, a kind who emotionally blackmails her son to play Housie with her kitty party friends. Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) as every other son, is annoyed by his mother but loves her to the core.

 

Nakul has a sweet girlfriend in Renne (Sanya Malhotra) and a pretty ordinary brother in Gullar. Father-cum-Gulzar Jitendra aka Jeetu (Gajraj Rao) impregnates his wife Priyamvada and that’s where our story starts. This initiates the entire phase of ‘Log kya kahenge?’ and Nakul starts ignoring his colleagues, friends as well as Renne. The story revolves around the 9 months of pregnancy and how the family faces issues from the so-called developing society.

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‘Badhaai Ho’ releasing on 19 October, 2018 at Major Ekamai, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Badhaai Ho is an upcoming Indian comedy drama film directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Sanya Malhotra in the lead roles. Badhaai Ho is tipped to be a coming-of-age story with a tinge of romance. The Film is produced by Vineet Jain, Hemant Bhandari and Aleya Sen under the banner of Junglee Pictures and Chrome Pictures. It is written by Shantanu Srivastava.

Watch the official trailer of ‘Badhaai Ho’ starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanya Malhotra, Gajraj Rao and Neena Gupta.

Badhaai Ho is a coming-of-age family entertainer that celebrates love, family and everything in between.

Release Date: 18th Oct 2018

Directed by: Amit Ravindernath Sharma
Produced by: Vineet Jain, Aleya Sen, Hemant Bhandari, Amit Ravindernath Sharma
Co-Producer: Priti Shahani
Story: Shantanu Srivastava & Akshat Ghildial Story: (Junglee Pictures) Jyoti Kapoor
Screenplay: Akshat Ghildial
Director of Photography: Sanu John Verughese
Production Designer: Ratheesh UK
Lyrics: Vayu, MellowD, Kumaar
Music: Tanishk Bagchi, Rochak Kohli, Kaushik-Akash-Guddu (Jam8), Sunny Bawra-Inder Bawra
Music on: T-Series

#MeToo | Chetan Bhagat Gives ‘Proof’ Against Accuser Ira Trivedi And Asks “So Who Wanted To Kiss Whom”

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  • Author Ira Trivedi recently called out renowned author Chetan Bhagat and accused him of sexual misconduct.
  • Retaliating on Ira Trivedi’s allegations, Chetan Bhagat posted a screenshot on social media that shows Dubey initiating a conversation with him in a flirtatious manner

Earlier, she had also mentioned that she met Chetan Bhagat a decade ago at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Recalling that Bhagat asked her what she would do if a man made a pass at her at a book launch. To this, a 22-year-old Ira said that she would kiss him if he bought 100 of her books and would marry if he bought all of them. She wrote that a few weeks later, he invited her to tea at the India International Centre and asked him to come to his room, but she suggested they meet in the tea-room. Further, she wrote that after tea he asked her to come up to his room on the pretext of giving her a signed copy of his book, after which he tried kissing her, but she resisted.

Source: #MeToo | Chetan Bhagat Gives ‘Proof’ Against Accuser Ira Trivedi And Asks “So Who Wanted To Kiss Whom”

Travelers Spend More Money in Thailand Than Anywhere Else in Asia

It’s the fourth-most-profitable tourism destination in the world.

Just more than a year ago, I ate at Nahm, in Bangkok—and walked out after paying barely $60 for a tasting menu that currently ranks 49th on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. My grand, five-star hotel, the Anantara Siam, with its gilded murals and landscaped courtyards, cost $150 a night, including a breakfast buffet that was truly fit for royalty. Even the most expensive souvenir I bought in town, an elephant figurine with inlaid mother of pearl, cost less than a typical outing to McDonald’s back home in New York.

Yet, according to a visualization of recent UN World Tourism Organization data by HowMuch, a financial literacy and infographics agency, Thailand outranks every other nation in Asia when it comes to tourism spend.

Last year, it collected $57 billion in international tourism receipts, nearly doubling Macao ($36 billion), Japan ($34 billion), Hong Kong ($33 billion), and China ($33 billion). Globally, the only countries that out-earn Thailand in terms of tourism dollars are France ($61 billion), Spain ($68 billion), and the United States—which handily takes the gold medal, at $211 billion.

It all comes down to volume. Foreign arrivals could hit 40 million next year, which is more than half the country’s population.

“In Thailand, you’ve got something for everybody,” says Rebecca Mazzaro, a specialist for bespoke outfitter ATJ. “From the private island with the private villa to amazing street food meals that only cost a couple bucks, it has a diversity and variety that exists in few other markets. It’s no surprise lots of people are going—and spending,” she says.

A Coming Luxury Boom

Though gaps in the WTO’s data make it difficult to ascertain the per-visitor spend in each of these countries, given recent and forthcoming developments, that number is likely to be rising.

“There’s no question that historically Bangkok—and Thailand in general—has always been perceived as a value destination,” says John Blanco, general manager of the forthcoming five-star Capella Bangkok, opening next spring with 101 suites facing the Chao Phraya River. “But there has been a real effort to shift that perception.”

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Tuk tuks are a key local transport mode in Bangkok. Source: http://photo.marketingbyraj.com

Bangkok’s iconic Tuk-Tuk Taxi

Mastercard’s annual Global Destination Cities Index recently ranked Bangkok as the most-visited city in 2017 for the third year in a row. The study, based on undisclosed public data sources, rather than cardholder transactions, indicates that travelers shell out $173 for a day in the Thai capital, compared to $537 in Dubai or $286 in Singapore. This year, it forecasts travelers will spend an additional 14 percent more.

By next year, the city will have gained even more opportunities to spend, such as superlative new resorts from Four Seasons, Rosewood, Mandarin Oriental, and Waldorf Astoria, plus a $1.6 billion Bal Harbour-esque mixed-use retail development called Icon Siam. When it opens in November, the latter will claim restaurants from top-tier chefs, including Alain Ducasse and an outpost of Tokyo department store Takashimaya. The Capella hotel will house Mauro Colagreco restaurant, whose Mirazur in Menton, France, has two Michelin stars. “There’s a lot more meat on the bone now,” Blanco says of luxury offerings in the capital.

Overlooking the scenic ‘Land of Smiles’ – Bangkok Source: http://photo.marketingbyraj.com

Dino Michael, global head of Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts, agrees. “We’ve been noticing the upscaling of Bangkok for a few years,” he tells Bloomberg. “The consumer has become more sophisticated; the dining scene has become more sophisticated.” And yet the timeless appeal is what led him to open the brand’s first southeast Asia property here in August—a glassy tower with dramatic skyline views from nearly every angle. Among Bangkok’s selling points, he says, are strong infrastructure and airlift, a “depth and breadth of tourists,” and an ingrained culture of hospitality. For tourists and brands thinking about charting the region, Michael adds, “It’s world renown—and an obvious starting point.”

The Pitfalls of Popularity

There may be a price to pay for popularity, particularly on Thailand’s beaches and islands. Already, throngs of partygoers on commercial yachts have done so much damage to the pristine marine ecosystem of Maya Bay—the picturesque backdrop to Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2000 film The Beach—that the area closed for four months earlier this year to recover. Unable to bounce back fast enough, it’s now being closed indefinitely. That follows similar measures in nearby Koh Khai and Koh Tachai islands, where coral was being destroyed at devastating rates.

n Phuket, Mastercard’s 12th-most-visited destination in the world, there’s been a sharp decline in the local turtle population, correlated with the rise in beachside pollution. It’s led 70 hoteliers to band together to promote sustainability and encourage better etiquette among travelers. And in Thailand’s north, the dramatic growth of tourism has led to a sobering spike in unethical wildlife tourism, often centering around elephants and tigers.

The capital, meanwhile, has stayed largely out of the way of these visitor-related troubles—perhaps because it’s hard(er) to justify bad behavior in a city with 40,000 Buddhist temples. “Of course, red light tourism is alive and well—like it or not,” says Catherine Heald, founder and chief executive of Asia outfitter Remote Lands. “But ultimately, tourism has really lifted the local economy.” At $57 billion a year, there’s no denying that.

A birds-eye view of the second-hand market in Bangkok Source: Asia Transpacific Journeys
Phi Phi Island, in Thailand.
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PM Prayut instructs officials to boost tourists’ confidence

The Prime Minister has instructed related agencies to step up efforts to boost tourist confidence.

Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha meanwhile, denied claims that Thailand had limited the number of visas for Chinese travelers, an allegation that went viral via YouTube, while the Thai consulate generals and Embassy in China also confirmed the reports were groundless.

Gen. Prayut has accordingly instructed related agencies to keep a close eye on all news and reports, to preempt false news, while clarifying the issue with the public, as there are groups that have been trying to hurt Thailand’s reputation, particularly among the people of China.

The PM confirmed that the Thai government has reacted to the false claims in social media, and various units have already been asked to reinvigorate Thailand’s tourism and to prevent any repeat of such attacks.

He added that the Royal Thai Embassy and Thai consulate generals in China, have already addressed the problem of a shortage of visa stamps and confirmed that there has never been any policy to limit the number of visa applicants while working with Chinese authorities to take action against those, who have spread false reports.

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Thailand remains most visited destination among Chinese

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reported that Ctrip.com, China’s largest and most influential online travel agent, has ranked Thailand the number one global destination among Chinese tourists during this year’s National Day vacation, or the Chinese Golden Week 2018.

Thailand comes out on top of Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea, among more than 1,000 destinations in nearly 100 countries. Favorite Thai destinations among Chinese tourists include Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiang Mai.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said China is Thailand’s largest tourist market, and this latest Ctrip’s study shows that the kingdom continues to win the hearts of Chinese tourists with a wide range of attractions, ranging from local experiences, abundant natural beauty and a remarkable variety of activities, including soft adventure, health and wellness, weddings and honeymoons, and sports tourism.

This year, TAT is maintaining its target of 10.5-11 million arrivals from China, up from last year’s 9.8 million. Already this year, from January to August, Thailand has welcomed 7.7 million Chinese tourists, generating 423 billion baht.

Thai Health Promotion Foundation warns of salty vegetarian meals

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation has warned people participating in the Vegetarian Festival to beware of high salt content.

The foundation and the Less Salt Project conducted a random sampling of vegetarian meals in Yaowarat, Aor Tor Kor Market, and Ying Charoen Market, and found the average sodium content of popular dishes to be above 1,000 milligrams, compared to the recommended amount of no more than 600 milligrams per meal.

People are therefore advised to opt for fresh fruit, soy milk, and grains, while avoiding ready-made meals, soup, fried food, and meals that are high in carbohydrates.

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Reporter : Benjamin Rujopakarn Rewriter : Rodney McNeil National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

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