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Day three of the north-east festival at the Dilli Haat, kickstarted with the celebration of the harvest season. As the students of Meghalaya Union took to the stage, the drum beats announced the beginning of the harvesting festival. With the chorus singing the traditional harvest songs, the programme was inaugurated by Union Minister of DoNER Pawan Singh Ghatowar. The songs went on for the next ten minutes and was followed by a fashion show.The show was a collection of 34 garments done by designer Vianey B Nongram. This collection was a mix of both traditional and contemporary wear. On the runway one could see tribal attires from Garo, Hajong, Khasi, Jaintia, Pnar and Tiwa tribes. ‘The textiles are an important highlight of the show,’ said Nongram. She added: ‘The collections are from local textiles and fabrics like Ryndia, Ghara and Khyrwang to name a few.’‘What I have brought from Meghalaya is an unique mix of traditional and contemporary, giving a whole new meaning to the concept of the unity in diversity,’ said Nongram.
A symbol of the advent of Buddhism from India to China, the renovated Stupa and Ashoka pillar along with a huge golden statue of Buddha was consecrated by Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual head of Drukpa lineage of Buddhism based in Ladakh, on Tuesday in China’s Qinghai province, located adjacent to Tibet Autonomous Region.Legend has it that over 2,500 years ago, Buddha’s disciples retrieved one skull bone, two scapulas, four teeth and 84,000 pearl-like
Anders NilssonSwedish cable operator Com Hem has introduced a free upgrade to 50Mbps for broadband customers who currently can only access a lower speed. The move has enable the operator to claim that its minimum speed is five times that offered by competitors. Com Hem said that all customers would be able to take advantage of the upgrade, with no additional charge to their monthly fee.Additionally, process for new subscribers have been reduced by up to 15% across the board to encourage new sign-ups.Com Hem says that over half of new customers already opt for speeds above 100Mbps. The new prices and speeds will be effective from tomorrow.“New habits and consumer behaviour patterns demand faster broadband speeds. We think every household and business should be entitled to a fast and stable broadband service, and we have the network to realize this vision,” said Com Hem CEO Anders Nilsson.“Within Sweden, we are not only ahead of all other operators in delivering the fastest broadband service to most households, but now, even our lowest speed is five times faster than those of our competitors.”
BY Adam Jacot de BoinodUNSPOILT and understated Lisbon is adorned with tiles on the buildings and cobbles on the streets. She isn’t so much neglected as preserved and worthy of many a setting for films, especially those in black and white. The sea breeze wipes away what little pollution there is from any ‘escape’, as a car exhaust is interestingly called.I spent my first evening at Sr Vinho www.srvinho.com on Rua do Meio à Lapa. This wonderfully authentic venue is almost a museum to the art form of fado with walls lined with guitars and grape tapestries, goblets, clocks and antique artefacts. The raw sincerity of fado, the music and the singing and the words were all for me deep, personal and invigorating.I went the next morning to the neighbourhood of Belém to see Lisbon’s main attraction, the Jerónimos Monastery. Said to have been ‘built by pepper,’ it’s an architectural masterpiece, created from the first flush of cash from the Indian spice trade. The monastery is right next to the pink Presidential Palace whose guards strut from their sentries with impressive pomp. And it’s right next to the Pastéis de Belém, a large, airy bakery-cum-café and a huge hit with the tourists. It makes those lovely egg tart pastries dusted with cinnamon (pastel de nata) the city is famous for.From here I had arranged in advance to board a nearby sailing boat www.lisbonbyboat.com. It made me imagine coming up the Tagus in the city’s famous years now immortalised by the concrete Monument to the Discoveries and the Belém tower whose ‘fire wall’ was complemented with guns from across the estuary. I marvelled at the main bridge as I went beneath it. It spans the estuary and resembles San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and was designed by the same company. It was very life-affirming looking up at the traffic high above that sounded like a long buzzing swarm of bees and across at the enormous statue of Christ protecting the city within his embracing arms but with his back turned seemingly to neglect those living in the south. Credit Emma BallI stayed at the Lapa Palace www.lapapalace.com. The spacious bedrooms have balconies that overlook the outdoor swimming pool, the cascading tiled fountains and the lovely gardens comprising of exotic shrubs and tropical banyan, palm and banana trees. An abundance of green, it’s a healthy oasis with the estuary sparking beyond. Inside a sense of the old time is rounded off by the evening pianist while the breakfast is served in a beautiful basement room with exotic fruits on offer such as mango, papaya and passion fruit.I enjoyed on my last day the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in the north of the city. It houses a collection of fine art and has an impressive array of both Corot and Guardi while the eponymous Turkish founder has bequeathed many amazing Ottoman treasures including Iznik tiles offering an interesting cultural comparison with the local variety.Getting a Lisbon Tourist Card www.lisboacard.org to cover many of the museums, shops and modes of transport is a great idea. With mine I jumped on the trams, surely the best way to experience the city and used as much by locals as tourists, and decked with leather seats, wooden panels with the driver presiding over old-fashion controls.For a different way to explore the city I also took an electric ‘tuk-tuk’ with Hills on Wheels www.hills-on-wheels.com with its high-pitched shrill from its three wheels as it ferried me back to my hotel.Fifteen years ago Portugal wasn’t known for her food. Yes, there was seafood, and ‘casas do frangos’ (houses of chicken) serving grilled chicken with rice, fries and salad. But that was probably about it. Now it’s all changed. I went one evening locally to Tasco da Esquina www.tascadaesquina.com on Rue Domingos Sequeira. It’s part of a new successful chain of three restaurants and it’s highly popular with the locals. Here I chose an assortment of dishes and my sautéed vegetables, mixed salad and fried mushroom blended perfectly.There’s even a progressive vegan movement with new outlets popping up all over the place. I loved Ohlinda www.ohlinda.pt on Calçada da Estrela, with its gluten-free traditional ‘crepe’ tapiocas and exotic fruit juices, all to be savoured from the option of sitting on an indoor swing. And downtown there’s Organi in Chiado www.organi.pt with its logo of ‘vital food, vital energy’ up the steep staircase that is Calçada Nova de São Francisco. The restaurant, with its sugar free menu respecting the environment and chiming with the seasons, prides itself on being a ‘place of harmony not so much restrictive as embracing’. Like the whole of Lisbon in my experience.Classic Collection Holidays (0800 047 1064; classic-collection.co.uk offers 3 nights at Lapa Palace, Lisbon from £959 per person. Price based on 2 adults sharing on a bed & breakfast basis and includes return flights from London Heathrow to Lisbon and private transfers.Adam had further support from www.heathrowexpress.com and www.holidayextras.co.uk who offer airport lounges at all major UK airports and many international destinations).DD Travel Feature….Perfect Portugal was last modified: January 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: BY ADAM JACOT DE BOINODDD Travel Feature….Perfect Portugal ShareTweet