No more Western Union in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jul 2015 – Western Union, once the most popular money transfer company in the Turks and Caicos is now closed. A notice is posted by Fidelity Bank & Trust International Ltd that the franchise will no longer be carried by their company in The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Cayman Islands as of Friday (July 17) past. The board of Directors said they have enjoyed the relationship with Western Union but was pressed to close the doors with the change in economic times and risks. Global reports reveal that cheaper digital money services like Paypal pose too much of a threat on the $9.6 billion dollar company which has seen stocks decrease significantly this month. It was reported in the TC Weekly News in May that the company might be pulling out; again, as of Friday Western Union has closed up shop in the TCI. Related Items:Fidelity Bank & Trust International Ltd, western union Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Ankiya Nat at its best

first_imgIn order to keep the rich traditions alive and to honour the religious beliefs of the Assamese, Sattriya Kendra, Guwahati-a part of Sangeet Natak Akademi will be organising ‘Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh’-a festival of ritual plays of Assam from March 21-24 at Rabindra Bhawan lawns in the national Capital. ‘Ankiya nat, which is a form of religious theatre which traces back its origin from the state of Assam, honours Vishnu’s manifestation as Krishna. ‘Ankiya Bhaona Samaroh’, which falls in its eighth year this year, is held in order to promote the rich culture and heritage of Assam, specifically the concept of ritual plays. The event will have various programmes being held on different days of the event. Theatre performances will start from March 21 whereas seminar cum lecture demonstrations will commence on March 22 and the sessions will be held at 11 am in the morning daily at Meghdoot Theatre- III. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the event will see Dulal Roy’s directorial venture ‘Shri Ram Bijay’ being staged at the venue. The play is a presentation of Sattriya Kendar from Guwahati. The second day will have Uttar Kamlabari Sattra from Majuli staging their presentation- ‘Keli Gopal’ directed by Bhaben Barbayan at Rabindra Bahawan; followed by a keynote address by Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and a lecture series titled ‘Ankiya Nat: Dimensions in performance’ at Meghdoot Theatre. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere will be other plays staged on the last two days of the event namely ‘Parijat Haran’ directed by Pabitra Pran Bora and performed by Kola Krishti Bikash Kendra from Darrang; Rukmini Haran directed by Haricharan Bhuyan Barbayn and Pabitra Chetia and performed by Pathar from Duliajan. Apart from this, two seminar cum lecture demonstrations- ‘Ankiya Nat: Text and Structure’ by Pona Mahanta from Guwahati and ‘An Analytical Study of Ankiya Nat’s music’ by Babul Das from Barpeta will be held on March 23 whereas ‘Aharya of Ankiya Nat’ by Sanjib Barkakoty from Nagaon and ‘Bhakti Rasa as depicted in Ankiya Nataka’ by Malini Goswami from Guwahati will be held on the last day of the event.last_img read more

JapanIndia bilateral ties take a step forward

first_imgThe inauguration ceremony of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University on July 23.The event was attended by Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador (Japan); Tomoyuki Sakurai, Executive Vice President of Japan Foundation(Japan) along with the Indian dignitaries like General V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and Professor M Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of JNU among others.Looking back at the Japan-India summit meeting held in September 2017, Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Modi decided to train 1,000 teachers and launch Japanese language certificate courses at 100 higher educational institutions in India, in the next five years. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe establishment of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre is the first major outcome of our bilateral collaboration to achieve the target set by the two Prime Ministers.Activities at the Japanese Language Teachers’ Training Centre will be steered jointly by MEA and Embassy of Japan with the support of the Japan Foundation.The Centre started its first training course on the same day. The first batch of students also attended the inauguration. They will be taking a three- month course till October. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the ceremony, Ambassador Hiramatsu expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by all the authorities concerned, both in India and Japan and mentioned the importance of Japanese language promotion for Japan towards supporting India’s “Make in India” initiative.”This wonderful project is the first concrete result of the great collaboration between Japan and India, initiated by our two prime ministers to expand Japanese language education in India,” he said. He further added stating, “The number of Japanese companies is increasing every year, and is now about four times the number as 10 years ago. These companies require Indians who can speak Japanese, in order to act as bridges between their Indian subsidiaries and headquarters in Japan.””The number of Indians who are interested in Japan and want to learn the Japanese language is steadily increasing. But the number of Japanese language teachers is still too small vis-à-vis the number of potential learners. The centre will certainly contribute to addressing this reality.”Sakurai said, “I am expecting excellent Japanese language teachers are trained through this project, and many Japanese language courses will start at higher institutes in India.”V K Singh said, “Japan is an important partner of India. Development of Japanese in India enhances people to people contacts and helps many ventures that will come in India.”last_img read more

BD Delhi mission observes Armed Forces Day

first_imgBangladesh High Commission in New Delhi has observed the Armed Forces Day paying homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the martyrs of the War of Liberation in 1971.The day was observed on November 21, when in 1971 the Army, Navy and Air Forces of Bangladesh became fully operational and launched a coordinated offensive against the Pakistani occupation forces. The mission’s defence wing hosted a largely attended reception with Lieutenant General Amarjeet Singh Bedi, Director General Defence Intelligence Agency and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff of India, as the chief guest. It was attended by 1971 war veterans, foreign diplomats, military attaches, journalists, academics and city elites. Defence Adviser of Bangladesh High Commission Brig. Gen. A K M Ziaur Rahman, ndc, psc welcomed the guests. Chief Guest General Bedi spoke highly of the excellent relations existing between Bangladesh and India, the foundation of which was laid during Bangladesh Liberation War fully supported by India. He also highlighted the growing defence cooperation between the two friendly neighbours. High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had led and inspired the Bengalis to fight for freedom and independence in 1971. He also also paid tributes to the valiant war veterans of India who had fought side by side with the freedom fighters of Bangladesh. The mission also brought out a special supplement to mark the Armed Forces Day in cooperation with New Delhi’s prestigious magazine, India Empire.last_img read more