FIRST-EVER ‘NORTH EAST INDIA FESTIVAL’ IN THAILAND

Dazzling range of activities, on 9-10 February, at Central World

The first-ever ‘North-East Festival of India’ will be held in Bangkok, on 9th and 10th of February, at Central World (Zones A and B).The North-East region of India consists of seven exotic and culturally rich states- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura. Some of the ethnic tribes in the region speak the ‘Tai’ language (which closely resembles the Thai language), and infact, it was none other than HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn, who visited this region some years back.

These North-Eastern states which have close geographical proximity to Thailand, have become a great gateway to SE Asia, and infact, have come to the forefront of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.

To quote the newly-arrived Indian Ambassador to Thailand, HE Ms Suchitra Durai- ” I am delighted that the first-ever North East India Festival outside of India is being held at Bangkok on 9-10 February, 2019 at the Central World. North East India has much to offer – breathtaking landscapes, top class human resources, a rich and diverse cultural heritage. We invite Thais to savour this distinct region of Incredible India.

“In order to introduce the riches of this region to the Land of Smiles, the Embassy of India, in collaboration with various partners , has organised a mega ‘North-East India Festival’, on the coming week-end, which covers a large and exciting range of activities.They include seminars and discussions on bilateral trade and investment, education, tourism, with important participants from both countries.

They include academics, historians, entrepreneurs, tour operators, and hi-level officials from the Govt of India, State Govts of North-East India, and Govt of Thailand.

These ‘Business’ meetings will be held at the Lotus Suite, Centara Grand Hotel, on the mornings of 9 and 10 February.

The afternoons will be studded with Exhibitions, and a scintillating range of music and dance performances, in Zone A and Zone B, of Central World.

The seven North-East states or ‘Seven Sisters’ as they are called, have a rich and varied range of folk traditions, and these will be in full display at the Festival, through their colourful and charismatic folk-dance forms, like the Naga, Manipuri,Bodo, Bihu, Bagrumba, Assamese and other dances.

What’s unique about the North-East region of India, is that apart from ethnic tribes,they have a diverse range of communities, religions, thanks to which they boast of diverse and rapidly developing music forms. Thus, they have brilliant pop, rock, rap bands, and also some famed individual singers.

Many top rock bands of North-East India, like The Chronicles, The Featherheads, and others will be performing at the North East Indian Festival, as also well-knownindividual singers like Rahul Rajkhowa, Zubeen Garg, and international DJ Teri Miko.

What’s exciting to note is that there will be many Thai musical artistes also performing in conjunction with the North-East Indian performers.

The Fashion-scene is big in the North East Indian states, thanks to their rich textiles, ethnic traditions and individual styles. There have been some excellent fashion-shows from the region earlier, in Bangkok, and another scintillating one is coming up, at this Festival, by well-known designers Atsu Sekhose, Arita Kashyap and others.

There will also be many Exhibitions at Central World, with numerous stalls displaying the rich and varied textiles, arts and crafts of the region (handlooms, cane, bamboo), not to forget their horticultural products (fresh fruits, organic vegetables), as also the famed teas of Assam.

Last but not the least, will be the varied and vibrant cuisines of the seven North- East Indian states, which will be available on both evenings, at Central World – a rare opportunity to get a taste of the unique food of this region.

So, watch out for a dazzling blitzkrieg of activities, this weekend, at the North- East India Festival – everything, from culture and cuisine, to economics and academics, trade and tourism. And most important, people-to-people contacts and exchanges.

Infact, a special program of the Festival, involves a unique ‘People to People Exchange Programme’ on 10th February, among students, academicians, historiansfrom North East India and their South East Asian counterparts, in order to discuss their shared heritage.

It’s easily one of the largest and most holistic Indian Festivals to be held in the Land of Smiles, and not to be missed.

All the events at Central World, are Free and open to the public

All the events at Centara Grand Hotel, are on Invitation.For more details of the ‘North East India Festival’, please check:

http://northeastfestival.com/#schedule

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Financial Resolutions That Make A Difference

A New Year is another opportunity to make a difference. It’s a time to start over again or do things differently. As we think of resolutions, it’s a time to evaluate how we did the past year; the rights and the wrongs and come up with fresh strategies on getting the most out the ensuing year.

The New Year’s resolutions are personal and customized because they come from an individual’s past experience, so are the financial resolutions.  As one is trying to save up more and acquire a new asset, the next person wants to pay all their debts and be free. Every person’s circumstances are different and so is the approach on resolutions. As much as our financial positions differ, the goals have something in common. We want to manage our finances better and thrive where we failed.

It is always challenging to keep up with New Year’s resolutions. In fact, statistics have shown that more than 80% of the resolutions Americans come up with for a new year fail by February. This does not mean that they give up. Here are some ideas and tips of the common objectives that can help you achieve your goals:

Start by Getting Organized

Financially, getting organized entails taking some time to examine your income and spending. How much money are you making and where or how are you spending it? This the perfect starting point. It also means figuring out what you really need to achieve financially and how long you suppose it would take you. For goals to be attained, you must recognize your current financial situation and the pathway to getting where you want to be by the end of the year.

Getting started is never easy but it’s possible. Begin by going through your statements, credits cards, and tax forms if you need to. If you think financial training will help you do better, take a bold step and get the training you need to get your finances in order. Know your liabilities and assets. Get a clear picture of your expenses and income; this will shape up the starting point.

Look for opportunities to save more money

No doubt that 48% of the American population put saving money as one of their top resolutions as they ushered in this year. Be it through retirement, emergency funds or stashing away money to buy an asset, most people wanted to save more. Saving is however easier said than done.

There are proven ways that can help you out such as an automatic deduction from your paycheck or systemized transfers to your savings account from your checking account. Once you form this habit, you can achieve your savings goal.

Paying off Debts

Reducing debts by paying them at the right time can sometimes be overwhelming, but it’s important, especially with high-interest loans. Different approaches are required for different types of debts you may have accrued. Strive to ensure that your installment debts are paid on time to put you on a good credit rating. This could be your mortgage or your student loan.

Set your priority on revolving debts. An example of this is your credit card debt. This is because the interests may spin out of control if it’s left unpaid for long.

Take Control of your spending Habits

Overspending is not only tempting but also very easy, especially when you are using credit cards. If you bought some of the things you buy on your credit card using cash you’d be surprised how much you tend to lose. Discipline is essential in an attempt to curb your spending. There are software applications that can keep a track of your spending.

To reduce your overall spending, start by knowing how much you are spending and cultivate a habit that puts your spending under control.

We are already a month into the year, but it is not late to rethink and upgrade your strategy. Do not accept to fall behind due to lack of clear ways to achieve your goals. If you feel swamped, it is time to get back to the drawing board, either through modification of your resolution or by drawing up fresh strategies. Your plans may not run smoothly all through but significant improvements and progress will have been made at the close of the year.

 

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Greetings from Thailand for ‘Davos of the East’

Participating at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 as a Partner Country for the first time, Thailand is looking forward to further explore the existing natural synergy between the two countries to realise the potential opportunities arising from India’s economic rise. H.E. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to India, expressses his thoughts on the current business and investment climate in India with special emphasis on contributions made by Gujarat.

H.E. Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi , Ambassador of Thailand to India

As representative of the Royal Thai Government, I eagerly look forward to being a part of the success of the 9th Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019. Indeed, the initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to initiate the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is farsighted and its continued success has turned Gujarat into the “Davos of the East”.

All of us in Team Thailand are overjoyed that after persistent efforts, including those of our predecessors and Indian counterparts, Thailand is participating at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 as a Partner Country for the first time. Her Excellency Miss Chutima Bunyapraphasara, Deputy Minister of Commerce of Thailand, also known as “Miss India” for her advocacy of closer economic relations between our two countries, is most appropriately leading the Thai delegation. Indeed, this marks a milestone in the economic relations between us.

 

Gujarat and India on one hand, and Thailand and the ASEAN Community on the other hand, both recognize well each other’s potential and the shared stake in each other’s immediate, mid-term & long-term futures. As Ambassador, I have the distinct pleasure of seeing our economic relations grow-with Thailand currently having 29 businesses registered in India, 3 of which are successfully investing in Gujarat. Vee Rubber India Pvt. Ltd. and Srithai Superware Manufacturing Pvt. Ltd. started their businesses in Gujarat in 2015, while Tong Garden Food Marketing (I) Pvt. Ltd. expanded from Maharashtra to Gujarat only last year.

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foremost investment in IndiaFrom the Indian side, Indorama, Aditya Birla, Tata, Ranbaxy, Dabur, Lupin and NIIT are among the major Indian companies already doing business in Thailand, reflecting diverse sectors of interest. Though growth in bilateral investment values is satisfactory, there is much more potential to come from India’s economic rise, the ASEAN Economic Community’s further consolidation, and the closer integration of India and the ASEAN Community. In this context, I need to mention the Eastern Economic Corridor initiative (www.eeco.or.th) in Thailand.

I must single out the unmatched progress of India in Ease of Doing Business. This is a key turning point that makes India that much friendlier for foreign investors. In this context, the State of Gujarat has also become one of the foremost investment destinations in India. The excellent advocacy and support provided by iNDEXTb has played a key role in support of the investment relationship between Gujarat and Thailand.

Vibrant Gujarat Global SummitIn concluding, may I congratulate the Government of Gujarat on organizing the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. The Royal Thai Government stands ready to support all Thai businesses, ranging from multinationals to MSMEs, to make the right decision to come to India, and to support all Thai businesses in India towards their successful business ventures. The Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi has always stressed to all Thai stakeholders the nature and reality of the “New India”, that is, political stability, continuity of reforms and economic growth, as well as the rise in standards of living and purchasing power in India. My staff and I will continue to work to ensure growth of Thai Investment in Gujarat and India year-on-year. Of course, we warmly welcome Indian investors to Thailand and the ASEAN Community.

Indeed, a prosperous and inclusive future is within all our reaches. Thank you and it has been a real privilege to serve in India. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat.

 

 

 

Source: https://egov.eletsonline.com/2019/01/france-indias-trusted-partner-in-development/

Chiang Mai Zoo celebrates Chinese New Year

CHIANG MAI, 4th February 2019 (NNT) – Chiang Mai Zoo in the northern province of Chiang Mai has organized activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The Director of Chiang Mai Zoo, Wuthichai Muangman, said many areas of the zoo are now decorated with red lanterns on this occasion.

Mr. Wuthichai said visitors can observe tea-making demonstrations, write Chinese characters with traditional brush, and cut papers into auspicious animals in front of the Panda Zone.

He said Chinese pandas, Lin Hui and Chuang Chuang, have also been given traditional Chinese red packages. They were sent from China as goodwill ambassadors.

 

 

 

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Ways to budget for students

Budgeting is simply aligning the available funds with your expenses. This can be further be broken down to an allocation of the money earned to the different needs and wants that you have. For a student, you probably have no income and budgeting would save you from additional money issues.

If you are a student, you are likely to have a pretty tight budget. In most cases, students only spend while hardly making any money. For this reason, they ought to know how to plan for their money prudently to sustain their expenses throughout the semester. Students expenses mainly consist of accommodation costs, food expenses, stationery expenses, transport, and entertainment costs. Here are a few ways that students can budget their money:

Track your expenses with the use of an application

As a college student, there are many activities that encompass your life. With such a busy schedule, it may not be easy to keep track of your expenses. However, you can use a software application to monitor your daily expenses. Some of these applications will notify you when your bills are due, what you actually owe and how much you can actually pay.

Make use of your student ID

There are always student discounts on a number of stores and restaurants. To take full advantage of these promotions, you need to have your student ID with you.

A student email address can also get you free shipping on selected items. You can do this by signing up for the prime student account on Amazon. The main point here is that you should always strive to ask for a student discount.

Dollar stores are another great place to save cash on necessities. Although they are not always the coolest places for most people they are still worth shopping from, especially for the basic stuff. Think of things like trash bags and paper towels. Nevertheless, these things could cost more at a  grocery store.

Do not buy excess groceries

An average person living in the United States wastes a pound of food every day. If we narrow this down to the money used to purchase excess groceries, it is a significant amount. For a student, this money is worth saving. Besides that, wasting food is a bad habit. When you go to the grocery store, make sure you stick to your shopping list. This is a form of cultivating good habits that will save you from wasting money and food. Also, it’s smart to target the food items with a longer shelf life where applicable.

Do not live beyond your means

We all want financial freedom at some point in life. Living beyond your means will certainly not get you there. Always try living frugally. While it’s not that fun, it can help you achieve financial freedom. If you spend more than you have, you will end up attracting debts which may leave you in a precarious position. There are a lot of activities in college that can make it easy for you to overspend, including dates and regular concerts every other week. You need to resist these kinds of temptations and strike a balance between your money and entertainment.

Keep an emergency fund

This is probably one of the best budget moves that you can ever make. Unexpected expenses come up all the time. If, for example, your car breaks down while driving to school, and you don’t have any money on you, you will undoubtedly get stranded. If you also choose to spend money set aside for food, you will struggle to put food on the table, and that’s why it’s always wise to have some money set aside for unforeseen circumstances.

Apart from these tips, try to score some good grades as they can open up great financial opportunities for you. Merit scholarships are awarded to students who excel, and this can lighten the overall financial burden on your budget. They can also garner you some good student discounts on stuff like car insurance. The bottom line is to keep your finances within the right balance.

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The 70th Republic Day of India was celebrated at the Embassy of India, Bangkok

ภาพบรรยากาศงาน Republic Day ที่แสดงถึงความสามัคคีของคนภายในชาติ

The 70th Republic Day of India was celebrated at the Embassy of India, Bangkok on 26 January 2019.

H.E. Mrs. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Thailand unfurled the national tricolour and read out the President’s message to the nation.

This was followed by a cultural programme where school children and other groups sang patriotic songs. Members of the Indian community, officials of the Embassy and friends of India attended the ceremony.

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