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first_img Aditi Pai Mumbai March 20, 2019 ISSUE DATE: April 1, 2019UPDATED: March 20, 2019 17:55 IST Photo by: Mitali VyasGlobal platter/ BayrouteAfter giving gourmands a taste of European and Asian cuisines, Mumbai’s restaurateurs are now set to explore the flavours of the Middle East and Central Asia that have been untapped in the city until now. With the launch of its third restaurant in Juhu, Bayroute brings delicacies fromGlobal platter/ BayrouteAfter giving gourmands a taste of European and Asian cuisines, Mumbai’s restaurateurs are now set to explore the flavours of the Middle East and Central Asia that have been untapped in the city until now. With the launch of its third restaurant in Juhu, Bayroute brings delicacies from the bustling streets of Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco and Greece with kibbeh, koshari, manakeesh and tagine.While the decor is reminiscent of Arabian Nights, what makes this a must-visit in Mumbai is that the restaurant menu draws from family traditions of the region and a few forgotten recipes, and uses cooking techniques such as .atstone atop burning embers, a spinning rotisserie and open-fire roasted skewers that are believed to have originated in Middle East cooking. Go for Grilled halloumi, shish touk honey manakeesh with cream cheese, falafel and baharatli hummus with pita bread. At 14, Silver Beach Estate, AB Nair Rd, JuhuDown memory lane/Knesset Eliyahoo SynagogueUntil it reopened last month in its original Victorian-era regalia, the Knesset Eliyahoo Synagogue was popularly known to an entire generation of Mumbaikars as the ‘blue synagogue’. But after 10 years of efforts and one year of intense restoration work, the iconic 125-year-old Jewish shrine is back to its former glory with Minton tiles from Stoke-on-Trent in England, stained glass windows and a Victorian colour palette of sage, bottle green, olive and gold. Photo by: Danesh Jassawala”The major problems were leakages and water. With over a century of monsoons faced by the building, there was dampness in the walls and wooden members were structurally weakened,” says Abha Narain Lambah, the principal conservation architect for this project. The restoration was an effort they started 10 years ago, and while they got a seed fund from the Jewsih Heritage Grant Program from the World Monuments Fund, work couldn’t proceed as donations were difficult to get.advertisement”It is a small religious community so it was difficult to raise funds,” says Lambah. Last year, they approached the JSW Foundation and secured funds for the work. Look for Brass coated lights were fed by gas lights, Minton tiles, stenciling on walls that was earlier flattened by coats of blue paint. Grand rebirth The inaugural service and re-consecration saw a rabbi from the Sassoon family come from New York and Jews from across Mumbai gathered. At Kalaghoda, FortSea and sand/ Velas Turtle FestivalTake a break from the city and head out to watch Olive Ridley turtles hatch little eggs. At a distance of 230 km from Mumbai, Velas is a seaside town that is home to the endangered species of turtles for a few months during the hatching season. The eco-tourism festival sees local villagers join hands with environment conservationists to protect these turtles from danger. Photo by: Akshay DabhadeBetween February and March every year, a few hundred turtles come here to rest, lay and hatch eggs and people gather to watch the babies crawl away into the ocean. Until a few years ago, these turtle eggs would be stolen by locals for sale and consumption but with conservationists and NGOs stepping in, they involved the villagers in protecting the turtles. The villagers now scan the beach, transfer eggs into artificial hatcheries to protect them from animals and poachers, and release the babies into the sea.Look around The region has a lot more to offer once you have seen the charming Olive Ridley turtles. Visit the beach and ancient temple at Harihareshwar, the British era Bankot Fort and Dapoli, a town known for its forts, caves and hot water springs. Price Rs 3,000 per person including accommodation, meals and travel At Velas, Ratnagiri, 230 km from Mumbai Details mumbaitravellers.in/velas-turtle-festivalFighting Fit/ Physique 57The new barre workouts at Physique 57 give Mumbai another reason to spend an hour getting fit. The physical exercise routine, which originated in New York a few years ago, combines cardio, strength training and stretching, all together in a 57-minute workout session. “It takes the muscles to the maximum and then stretches them for release and blends isometric and isotonic movements which allows people to see results faster,” says Mallika Parekh, a healthcare professional who brought the exercise routine to Mumbai. Photo by: Mandar DeodharEvery workout is a full body workout and each class is choreographed differently to peppy upbeat music to avoid boredom. “It meets everyone at their fitness levels,” she explains, so be it a beginner, a person suffering from muscle injuries or runners and professional athletes, the workouts allow participants to exercise at their optimum level. In the past few months of operation, Physique 57 has had cancer survivors and people preparing for surgeries as well because the workout increases muscle strength. While working on a healthcare venture in India, Parekh studied health issues specific to Indians are discovered that while there was a growing awareness in fitness, a large number of people suffer from low bone density and injuries.advertisementWork hard The workouts are low impact but high intensity and the carpeted floor offers adequate cushioning for the joints that minimise chances of injury. Price A walk-in class is for Rs 2,000 At Four Seasons Hotel, WorliFor the love of Sport/ Mumbai Cricket WalkScores of youngsters dot Azad Maidan every day for a game of cricket but the sprawling ground in the heart of South Mumbai holds several secrets of the game in the city. It is here that the British first started playing cricket in Mumbai-then Bombay-and introduced the local boys to the sport. It is the ground where Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli scored a record breaking partnership in 1998 while playing for their school in the Harris Shield. For cricket buffs who want to know more about the game they adore, the Cricket Walk by HopOn India is the perfect way to explore cricket hubs and get a peek into the city’s cricketing history. Photo by: Mandar DeodharThe first such cricket heritage walk in the country is scripted and narrated by Devendra Prabhudesai, an author of several books on cricket. With his extensive knowledge of the game, Prabhudesai weaves together an interesting and insightful story about the legendary game. The two-hour long walk takes you through the famous maidans-Oval, Azad and Cross- where generations have played the game, the clubs which nurtured the sport, the Cricket Club of India from where BCCI started running cricket in the country and wraps up with the stadiums-Brabourne which has seen several epic knocks and Wankhede, the home of cricket in the city where India won the 2011 World Cup.DIY Walk Since all you need to do is download the app, the walk doesn’t have designated days or timings and can be done whenever you have a few hours to spare and walk around the city. Early mornings are a good time to beat the heat and the traffic. If you want to explore other facets of the city, they have a Bollywood Walk, Gateway to Fountain and Elephanta Caves trail as well. Price Rs 300 At hoponindia.comYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow BayrouteFollow Knesset Eliyahoo SynagogueFollow Velas Turtle FestivalFollow Physique 57 Out and aboutFrom revisiting the city’s heritage to getting fit with new international workout trends and feasting on world cuisine, Mumbai has a lot to offer this season.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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CID to question Editor over assault on Poddala Jayantha

The former secretary of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) had told reporters then that he was not satisfied with the investigations into the assault in 2009. A newspaper Editor has been summoned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to record a statement related to the assault on journalist Poddala Jayantha.The Editor of the Sinhalese language newspaper has been asked to appear before the CID tomorrow to record the statement. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Poddala Jayantha fled the country in 2010 but returned last year to file a complaint with the CID as he wanted justice.He had said there was suspicion the suspects arrested earlier over the assault on journalist Keith Noyhar may have been involved in the assault on him. (Colombo Gazette) Former media activist Poddala Jayantha appeared before the CID in June last year to file a complaint over the ongoing investigations into an assault on him. read more

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ArcelorMittal and unions sign groundbreaking global agreement on occupational health and safety

first_imgThe world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal, and trade unions representing its employees across the globe yesterday signed a new and groundbreaking agreement to further improve health and standards throughout the company. The agreement, the first of its kind in the steel industry, recognises the vital role played by trade unions in improving health and safety. It sets out minimum standards in every site the company operates in order to achieve world class performance. These standards include the commitment to form joint management/union health and safety committees as well as training and education programs in order to make a meaningful impact on overall health and safety across the company.Also included in the agreement is the creation of a joint management/union global health and safety committee that will target plants in the group in order to help them to further improve their health and safety performance. The agreement was signed on June 3 by ArcelorMittal, the European Metalworkers’ Federation, the United Steelworkers and the International Metalworkers’ Federation.Commenting, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO, Lakshmi N. Mittal said: “This agreement will build on the important work that we have already undertaken to date. Health and safety is our number one priority and in signing this agreement we hope to set a new benchmark for the industry. Innovation and a willingness to make bold decisions have been at the heart of our success. We are pleased to join our union partners and apply that same philosophy to our approach to health and safety”.Peter Scherrer, General Secretary of the European Metalworkers’ Federation, explained “We look forward to turning this agreement into more than just a piece of paper but a reality. Social dialogue and mutual respect are the foundations to any successful initiative and this agreement contains those principles”.Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, added “Signing this agreement should act as a signal to other companies in the industry that unions are the solution to health and safety concerns, not the cause. Health and safety is the single most important issue for workers. It is satisfying that we have delivered this approach in the world’s number 1 steel company”.Marcello Malentacchi, General Secretary of the International Metalworkers’ Federation, concluded “In signing this agreement we are signalling our commitment to make a meaningful impact on current health and safety standards in the company. The success or failure of the agreement will depend on our continuing efforts to achieve our goal of every worker, whatever their position in the company, returning home safely at the end of each day”.last_img read more

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Most LGBT Europeans still afraid and threatened report

first_imgALMOST TWO-THIRDS of Europe’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are still afraid to show their sexuality in public and most feel discriminated against, an EU report said Friday, the International Day Against Homophobia.“Fear, isolation and discrimination are everyday phenomena for the LGBT community in Europe,” the director of the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Morten Kjaerum, wrote in the report.The online survey, described as the largest of its kind, questioned around 93,000 people in the European Union’s 27 member states plus Croatia, which is to join the bloc in July.Just over a quarter (26 percent) of the respondents said that they had been physically or verbally assaulted over the last five years.TransgenderTransgender people suffered particularly, with 28 percent saying they had been attacked or threatened more than three times in the last 12 months because of their sexuality, the report said.Some respondents said that even in countries traditionally considered to be tolerant, attitudes were worsening.“My situations of harassment/discrimination/violence are mainly random acts of verbal aggression,” a 27-year-old gay Belgian wrote.The situation is worse now than it was, for example, four years ago.In The Netherlands, the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage in 2001, almost 20 percent of those taking part said they felt discriminated against when going to sport clubs or hospitals, looking for an apartment, going out at night, or dealing with banks.The average figure across Europe was 32 percent, with the highest figures reported in Lithuania (42 percent); Croatia (41 percent); Bulgaria (40 percent); and Romania (39 percent).Many said they were afraid to go to the police, including in France where the beating of a gay couple in April hit the headlines after pictures of the bloodied face of one of the victims spread across social media.“(I am) reluctant to report anything that might indicate that I am gay, as I know (the police) just dismiss everything,” a 42-year-old Frenchman said.And a 32-year-old Czech lesbian said: “For me, the most alarming discrimination experienced is in health.I feel strong enough to deal with street harassment now, but I feel upset about having to justify my lifestyle to every doctor.PublicTwo-thirds of respondents and three-quarters of gay men said they were afraid to show their sexuality in public.The FRA report noted that discrimination often begins at school, where two-thirds of respondents hid their sexual orientation.“Ten years later, I still consider being bullied at school the worst form of homophobic abuse I’ve ever been subjected to,” said a gay Maltese man, 25.The constant insults for being effeminate (‘and therefore gay’) were unbearable at school, and not much action was taken by the teachers against the bullies! Bullying forced me to remain in the closet until I reached the age of 18.“Member states must take care that LGBT students feel secure at school, given that that is where LGBT people’s negative experiences, social prejudice and exclusion often begins,” the FRA said.The United Nations has launched its own education campaign, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reassuring the world’s LGBT community: “You are not alone.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Horrific murder fuels fears of rising homophobia in Russia>last_img read more

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