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Tourism dept looks to develop Hooghly as weekend hotspot

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department is all set to develop Hooghly district as a preferred weekend destination. A slew of development projects have been undertaken by the department, as well as a number of government agencies, to woo more and more tourists to Hooghly.”The popular picnic spot Sabujdwip (the green island) is getting a major infrastructure upgrade, with the Public Works Department (PWD) constructing cottages for tourists. The state Irrigation department is spending Rs 15 crore for constructing an embankment, which will ensure sustainability for the island,” state Tourism minister Goutam Deb said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior official of the state Tourism department, another part of Sabujdwip will also be developed in future. “There is a litigation pending and once it gets over, we will begin work on the other part of the island,” the official added. The state Tourism department has already commenced work for restoration of the Imambara and the local civic body has planned a ropeway in PPP mode that will connect Imambara with Bandel Church. “The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority is spending Rs 14 crore for creating cottage facilities at Wonderland Park in Chandannagar- a popular picnic destination. The New Digha Paryatan Kendra at Chandannagar is also getting a major facelift and beautification by KMDA,” Deb Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedsaid. It may be mentioned that the 232-year-old heritage structure known as Denmark Tavern (or Danish Tavern) at Serampore on the banks of river Hooghly, has already witnessed an exquisite restoration. The tavern now has a bright cafe area and six private luxurious rooms for lodging. The balcony of the tavern has a great view of river Hooghly that constantly ferries people and cargo up and downstream. The furniture is traditional, with a series of handpicked paintings on Old Calcutta on the walls, giving it a vintage look. The tavern is now gearing up to welcome overnight guests. The Serampore Court, Olav Church and the land registry building have also been refurbished. “We have allocated funds to Ramkrishna Math for constructing a guest house at Antpur, work for which has already started. The Hanseswari Temple at Bansberia is also undergoing restoration,” said Deb.last_img read more

Facebook faces multiple dataprotection investigations in Ireland

first_imgFacebook is facing seven separate data protection investigations in Ireland, as reported by Bloomberg. Facebook’s investigations are a part of 16 cases which major tech companies like Twitter, Apple, LinkedIn, and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram, are facing. The main aim of these probes is to scale up the level of fines that regulator’s issue under GDPR. Currently, GDPR allows penalties as large as 4 percent of a company’s annual revenue. According to Ireland’s data protection commissioner, Helen Dixon, “These data protection probes are centered on the activities of very big internet companies with tens and hundreds of millions of users.” The first EU probe against Facebook was opened by Ireland following a security breach that compromised 50M accounts in October last year. This security breach has not only affected user’s Facebook accounts but also impacted other accounts linked to Facebook. This means that a hacker could have accessed any account of yours that you log into using Facebook. That second probe was initiated by Dixon’s office in December when a photo API bug affected people who used Facebook Login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos. This bug gave outside developers broader access to users’ photos affecting up to 6.8 million users and up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers. Per Dixon, “Other breach notifications received in my office since May 25 are related to coding errors, which leads to posts being made public that should have been private, or in a major breach. No company seems to be immune from this.” Dixon mentions that the deciding cases are not trivial “We’re at various concrete stages in all of them, but they’re all substantially advanced,” she said. “The soonest I am going to see an investigation report on my desk, which is when my role kicks in” The final decisions on these sanctions are likely to be made in June or July. Last week, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria overruled Facebook’s argument that it cannot be sued for letting third parties access users’ private data because no “real world” harm has resulted from the conduct. Last month, Russia’s popular watchdog, Roskomnadzor said that it opened a civil case against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws. At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials also planned to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook post a year of data breaches and revelations of illegal data sharing.  A U.S. Senator also introduced a bill titled ‘American Data Dissemination (ADD) Act’ for creating federal standards of privacy protection for big companies like Facebook. “Companies are lawyering up and we’re typically dealing with more litigators and lawyers on the side of any inquiry that we conduct,” Dixon said. “It does show the power that they have in terms of the size. But we have all the cards in terms of the powers to investigate, to compel and ultimately to conclude and make findings.” Read Next Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program. Stanford experiment results on how deactivating Facebook affects social welfare measures Facebook has blocked 3rd party ad monitoring plugin tools from the likes of ProPublica and Mozilla that let users see how they’re being targeted by advertiserslast_img read more

Flair takes off from Vancouver Kelowna and Pearson

center_img Travelweek Group KELOWNA — Today marks the first day Flair Airlines will fly from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), and Kelowna International airport (YLW), making it the first ULCC carrier in Canada to fly from the three gateways.The addition of YVR, YYZ and YLW to Flair’s route network was announced back in September. Service will include direct flights between Toronto to Edmonton, and Vancouver to Kelowna and Edmonton, with one-stop flights to Toronto (and returns).“Flair is making significant strides, operating as the only ULCC in Canada. Over the last six months we have expanded our route network, we have increased our aircraft fleet by purchasing two more Boeing 737-400s, we have entered into the Global Distribution System, making it easier for customers to purchase air tickets, and so we are now excited to bring our low fares to these new markets,” said Chris Lapointe, Vice President Commercial Operations, Flair Airlines.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJFlair plans to operate 12 aircraft by the spring of 2019.Schedule highlights include:Toronto to: Edmonton (direct 7x weekly); Vancouver (one-stop 4x weekly); and Kelowna (one-stop 3x weekly).Vancouver to: Kelowna (direct 4x weekly); Edmonton (direct 4x weekly); and Toronto (one-stop 4x weekly).Kelowna to: Edmonton (direct 3x weekly); Toronto (one-stop 3x weekly); and Vancouver (4x weekly).Flair’s route network also includes Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Abbotsford.Earlier this month Flair Airlines announced it was starting to distribute its content via Amadeus. Smajic said a Travelport connection is expected to be live by the end of January and talks are ongoing with Sabre.The airline is also “planning to grow and start international flights” towards the end of March 2018, said Smajic. Flair is adding two new aircraft to its fleet at the beginning of the next year. Friday, December 15, 2017 last_img read more