The Ashok, New Delhi, a flagship property of India Tourism Development Corporation, has been awarded the National Tourism Award 2016 that was held at the city’s Vigyan Bhawan.The National Tourism Award is held as one of the highest honours in the tourism industry that felicitates the Indian tourism and travel fraternity for their outstanding contribution in the field.The Ashok bagged the award under the ‘Best Hotel Base Meeting Venue’ category. The Executive chef at the Ashok, Chef M U Kasture, also won the coveted National Tourism Award under the category of ‘Best Chef- 4to 5 Star Deluxe, Heritage Grand and classic Hotels’. Chef Kasture is a member of the culinary brigade at The Ashok. His outstanding career spanning three decades with many culinary achievements and professional accomplishments includes eight years as the Executive Chef to the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. As a member of the exclusive Club des Chefs des Chefs he has met and prepared Indian delicacies for world leaders like the U.S. President Barack Obama, UN General Secretary, Ban-ki-moon and Queen Elizabeth.
… The dynamic Quetzal Guerrero / Cacabel. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa] June 21, 2005 A super line-up of Jazz and Blues talent graced Arcosanti during the 6th annual JUNETEENTH Festival at the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. A few highlights of the 2-day event: Event organizer Milt Cannon and Malik Alkabir in a saxophone duo with the PJazz band … [Photo & text: sa] … A second year appearance of the talented flutist Dr. Jill Allen. [Photo & text: sa] … Reggae Dance in the Vaults. For more information on the event you can also check the PJAZZ web-site. More to come. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: sa]
Sky Deutschland has launched a new interactive and customisable landing page for its set-top boxes, designed to give an overview of the day and week’s best programmes across linear and on-demand TV.Sky Home launched this week on selected DTH Sky boxes and is due to roll out more widely in the coming weeks.The interface will appear when a viewer switches on their Sky box and they will be able to use the screen to bookmark, recorded or directly watch shows across live TV and on the Sky Anytime and Sky Select on-demand services.Sky Deutschland said that through its editorial recommendations and a user’s customisable ‘My Favourite Channels’ list, viewers will be able to “find what’s most relevant and appealing to them with even greater ease.”“Sky Home is the perfect tool to enhance our customers’ entertainment experience, by combining easy one-button access to the best programs with the editorial recommendations from the Sky team, all directly through the Sky boxes,” said Sky Deutschland CEO, Brian Sullivan.At the same time, Sky Deutschland has also added a ‘personalised watchlist’ function to its Sky Anytime service on Sky+ boxes.
Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children will be the next high profile literary series adapted by Netflix.Midnight’s Children, which tells the story of India’s birth as a nation through the eyes of a boy born on the stroke of midnight on independence day in 1947, will form the basis for a series set to appear towards the end of 2018.“Midnight’s Children is one of the great novels of the world, and its themes are still relevant to the India of today,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international originals for Netflix.The novel won the Booker Prize in the 1981, and was subsequently twice named the greatest winner of that prize, in 1993 and 2008.“The narrative continues to fascinate audiences decades after it was first published,” said Barmack. “We are incredibly excited to translate this pioneering work of fiction that parallels the birth of modern India, for a global audience. The rich experience and talent of Indian creators combined with the global reach of Netflix, have the potential for millions of more people around the world to rediscover this story.”The new series will mark the second time the book has been adapted. In 2012 a feature was produced from Rushdie’s screenplay, directed by Deepa Mehta.