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One of the most honorable awards have been granted to the founder of the Atmosphere Resorts chains run in Maldives

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Salil Panigrahi, the founder of Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts has been awarded one of the highest privileges for an Indian citizen living abroad.

‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award’ was handed to Salil Panigrahi by the current UN General Assembly President, Maldives Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid. In this ceremony which was also attended by the Tourism Minister Abdullah Mausoom, Salil had received the award in the tourism service industry. Salil started business in the Maldives in 2003 by establishing Eon Resorts by partnering with other businessmen in the Maldives. Eon Maldives has been a part of developing multiple brand-name resorts in the Maldives.

In connection with Maldivian partners, Salil established Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives in 2012. 4 resorts have been opened until now under the Atmosphere brand name. Last year, the Atmosphere Group has established a new brand called the ‘Ozone Collection’ to run the most prestigious of resorts. 2 resorts have been opened in the Maldives under the new brand name as well.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samann award is an award bestowed by the President of India. The awards are granted to businesses run by an Indian citizen or Indian based company running a business abroad. The purpose of this award is to celebrate the services provided by Indian citizens to another country.

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Visit Maldives Kicks off Campaign to Maximize Brand Presence in the Balkan Region

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Visit Maldives kicks off marketing campaigns to maximize the Maldives’ brand presence in the Balkan region. The activities for this region will be held for a period of 6 months, starting from November 2021 until the end of March 2022.

The focus markets of the campaigns, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia & Romania, have the potential to contribute greatly to the overall tourist arrivals into the Maldives. These markets have shown substantial growth over the years, have great connectivity and accessibility along with the spending power to travel to the Maldives. These campaigns coincided with re-opening of borders for international travels in these markets, and would assist in creating better brand presence and awareness in these markets for the Maldives.

Activities to be held in this region include outdoor advertising and physical activities in Hungary, as well as virtual events and familiarization trips for the markets. Through the campaigns, we aim to promote the Maldives as a safe haven for travelers from the Balkan region. The campaigns will assist us to increase arrivals from these markets and educate the travel trade about services & amenities available in the Maldives. The campaigns will help us create better knowledge and buzz around the destination and generate media coverage, create B2C awareness through direct contact with the potential travelers and update them with the destination information and latest travel guidelines.

The campaigns will not only focus on B2B components but also B2C components which are equally important when it comes to generating interest in the destination and to prompt travel from these markets to the Maldives. The campaigns are held as part of the Visit Maldives’ marketing strategy for Balkan region, which focuses on marketing our products (resorts, hotels, guesthouses, liveaboards) and experiences unique to the Maldives.

Our global efforts are targeted to maintain destination presence and increase arrivals from top, emerging and new markets. It is also focused on promoting diverse segments of tourism that Maldives caters to, including luxury, family, MICE and budget tourists.

 

Source: http://www.visitmaldives.com

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‘Afghan girl’ from famous National Geographic cover finds asylum in Italy

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Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed Afghan woman immortalised decades ago on National Geographic cover, has been evacuated to Italy, Rome says.

Italy has given safe haven to Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country’s wars, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office said.

The government intervened after Gula asked for help to leave Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in August, a statement said on Thursday, adding that her arrival was part of a broader programme to evacuate and integrate Afghan citizens.

US photographer Steve McCurry took the picture of Gula when she was a youngster, living in a refugee camp on the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Her startling green eyes, peering out from a headscarf with a mixture of ferocity and pain, made her know internationally but her identity was only discovered in 2002 when McCurry returned to the region and tracked her down.

An FBI analyst, forensic sculptor, and the inventor of iris recognition all verified her identity, National Geographic said at the time.

READ MORE: Pakistan deports “Afghan Girl” of National Geographic fame

Refugee most of her life

In 2016, Pakistan arrested Gula for forging a national identity card in an effort to live in the country.

Gula said she first arrived in Pakistan as an orphan, some four or five years after the Soviet invasion of 1979, one of the millions of Afghans who have sought refuge over the border since.

The then Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, welcomed her back and promised to give her an apartment to ensure she “lives with dignity and security in her homeland”.

In early September, Rome said it had evacuated almost 5,000 Afghans from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in August.

Italy earlier this month said it had granted citizenship to Afghanistan’s first woman chief prosecutor, Maria Bashir, after she had landed in the European country on September 9.

READ MORE: Taliban’s first 100 days: Five main issues that grip Afghanistan

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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High Court denies appeal for a stay of execution of the judgment in the Rihiveli case.

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The High Court has determined that it cannot issue a stay order preventing the sentence from being carried out until the High Court rules on the Civil Court’s decision that the sublease agreement issued to Save the Dream to operate Rihiveli Resort was legally annulled.

On August 31, the Civil Court ruled that Mahal Tours had properly cancelled the sublease agreement. Save the Dream filed an appeal with the High Court, and the High Court requested that the civil court’s ruling be stayed pending the result of the lawsuit.

The High Court made its decision on the temporary injunction yesterday, stating that filing an appeal will not prevent the lower court’s ruling from being carried out. The High Court stated that it was the burden of the person seeking to postpone the execution of the sentence to demonstrate to the court that the loss of the sentence would be greater than the harm caused by the postponement.

The High Court, on the other hand, stated that Save the Dream had not adequately described the situation to the court.

Despite the fact that Save the Dream is in the interest of the Rihiveli Resort sublease, the High Court recognized that the resort’s headlease was with Mahal Tours Private Limited. While the resort was subleased by the headlease of the resort, the court noted that questions have been raised about whether the rent had been paid to Mahal Tours.

Due to non-payment of rent, the island could be lost to the state, according to Mahal tours. So, even if the case was decided in either party’s favor, there would be no island to sublet. The Supreme Court considers the statement made by the Mahal Tours to be significant.

The statement of the High Court – “since there is a possibility that the rent has not been paid If an order is issued to delay the execution of the sentence as desired by the appellant, even if each party wins the case, the purpose of the sentence is likely to be not achieved.”

The conclusion, as a result, the High Court decided that it was not in the best interests of both parties to grant a stay order on the sentence’s execution. Save the Dream had requested the three judges presiding over the case at the High Court to grant an interim injunction delaying the execution of the sentence, but they unanimously decided not to do so.

The case was presided over by Judge Hassan Shafeeu, Judge Abdulla Hameed and Judge Ali Sameer. Mahal Tours has given over control of the resort to another party while the case is being reviewed in the High Court.

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