Niagara on the Lake, a quaint compact town located in Southern Ontario, Canada, lies not too far from the Niagara Falls. The essence of the place is its focal point, a serene meeting of Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. This small community of approximately 17500 permanent residents is admired by all and they call it, the prettiest town in Ontario. Furthermore, the town embraces a variety of park trails and art galleries that amuse the tourists with their appeal. The countryside is home to a selection of vineyards contributing to the unique facilities of the town.

December 13, 2017 12:26 UTC

It has a small glass bottle with dandelions hanging from one end. I have incorporated preserved moss, flowers, dandelions, pieces of twigs and stones into bookmarks and jewellery”. The flowers and moss are de-hydrated and dyed with organic food colour before they are filled inside the glass bottles. The dandelions need no preservation.” She says that the biggest challenge is to maintain the natural colour of flowers. It can be customised with flowers or sand from your own garden, or even semi-precious stones.” She also wishes to add more local flowers in this collection.

December 13, 2017 12:25 UTC

more-inWith the Palakkad municipality deciding to enforce green protocol for all marriages taking place within its boundary from January next year, auspicious occasions will turn to be more nature-friendly in the town. With the implementation of the protocol, plastic and other non-biodegradable articles, including disposable glasses and plates and thermocol decorations, will be kept at bay. There would be a special squad of municipal officials to enforce the green protocol. A booklet featuring dos and don’ts of the green protocol would be provided while booking halls and auditoriums. With the effective implementation of green protocol, the amount of plastic could be reduced in the long run.

December 13, 2017 12:07 UTC

more-inPakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri today dismissed as “a strange story with no basis” the claim made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Islamabad was interfering in the Gujarat Assembly polls. He claimed some Pakistani officials and Manmohan Singh met at then Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house over dinner on December 6. “The people who attended the private dinner were talking on India and Pakistan ties...,” Mr. Kasuri asserted. Mr. Kasuri also claimed that he even met sitting president of India during his last visit to the country. Mr. Kasuri said that he is invited to such seminars and events because of his association with the India-Pakistan peace process and work on Kashmir.

December 13, 2017 11:37 UTC

I hope to make a nice pot all by myself at the newly-opened Simply Arts Studio. It is a space in the city where you can learn pottery, sculpting, making Tanjore art and more. “ It keeps you focussed and you have the satisfaction of creating something new.” The studio will offer classes in Tanjore art, pencil sketching, and colouring using water colours, and oil. We have a long legacy and our art studio is an attempt to foster that sense of art and promote it.” He invited Jesen, an MFA graduate who specialises in sculptures on pottery like Ayyanar horses, human body forms, peacocks, and realistic art. Pottery classes from 5 pm to 7 pmFor more details, call 82201-99995/ 82200-00524 or e-mail: ptdhina@gmail.com

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more-inChennai-based industrialist C.V. Karthik Narayanan died on Wednesday morning in Chennai. Narayanan, was Chairman of Ucal Auto Pvt Ltd and an independent director at Sundram Fasteners Ltd (SFL). Narayanan also served as President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (earlier called of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and Automotive Research Association of India) in 1980. “A true friend for many years, an industrialist par excellence, a very exalted person with many and varied skills. We will miss his guidance at SFL,” Suresh Krishna, Chairman and Managing Director of Sundram Fasteners Ltd. said.

December 13, 2017 10:30 UTC

The Supreme Court also directed the Union government to consult all stakeholders on the issue of import of petcoke. Photo: MintNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday eased its ban on use of petcoke for cement manufacturing, lime industries and on furnace oil for power generation. It was submitted that the use of petcoke in cement manufacturing plants was minuscule and it was used for non-fuel purposes. Similarly, the use of furnace oil in electricity generation plants was low in cement manufacturing units. The use of petcoke and furnace oil is already prohibited in Delhi.

December 13, 2017 09:22 UTC

Bitfinex has had its platform restored after hackers sought for the second time this month to prevent users from accessing it via a so-called denial-of-service attack. Photo: ReutersDubai: Bitfinex, one of the world’s biggest bitcoin exchanges, has had its platform restored after hackers sought for the second time this month to prevent users from accessing it via a so-called denial-of-service attack. The hackers created “hundreds of thousands of new accounts,” causing stress on the Bitfinex’s infrastructure, the exchange said in a status update on its website. On 2 December, Bitfinex said it would no longer serve US customers because it’s too expensive to do business with them. Bitfinex and Tether filed suit against Wells Fargo, but later withdrew the case.

December 13, 2017 08:37 UTC

On 7 December, the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar was extended by three months to 31 March 2018. A new rule modifying the Prevention of Money Laundering Act of 2002 has been notified to replace the requirement of submitting “the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by 31 December, 2017” with “submit the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form No. On 7 December, the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar was extended by three months to 31 March 2018. Under the PMLA, Aadhaar, PAN and other official documents are required to be obtained by banks and financial institutions from anyone opening a bank account as well as for any financial transaction of Rs50,000 and above. If the account holder “fails to submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by such date as may be notified by the central government, the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number is submitted by the client”, it said.

December 13, 2017 08:26 UTC

Bitcoin has soared about 17-fold this year as people rushed to buy the digital currency in the hope it will become an alternative to gold or traditional money. Photo: AFPNew Delhi: India’s income tax officials are investigating transactions at various illegal bitcoin exchanges, a week after the country’s central bank cautioned users of the virtual currency about potential risks. The surveys are being conducted by the Income Tax Department on virtual currency exchanges across the country, including cities of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Delhi, Surabhi Ahluwalia, spokeswoman for the department, said by phone. Bitcoin has soared about 17-fold this year as people rushed to buy the digital currency in the hope it will become an alternative to gold or traditional money. It said in a 5 December statement that it had not permitted cryptocurrency exchanges from operating in Asia’s third-largest economy.

December 13, 2017 08:26 UTC

more-inBitcoin transactions, an emerging instrument of investment unregulated by any law, have come under the Income Tax Department scanner. On Wednesday, I-T officials started a survey of nine bitcoin traders/agencies in a nationwide operation. Sources in the I-T Department said the survey was being conducted on multiple locations of bitcoin traders in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, and Hyderabad, where most of these traders are located. “Bitcoins are an emerging area of investment unregulated by any law. According to sources, investment in bitcoins has emerged as a “safe haven” since there is hardly any regulation.

December 13, 2017 07:17 UTC

Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi and EAM Sushma Swaraj pay tribute to people who lost lives in 200... https://t.co/Ef7uzqB4Cx — ANI (@ANI) 1513143748000Delhi: Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and EAM Sushma Swaraj at the Parli... https://t.co/5mM0W1ieFz — ANI (@ANI) 1513143568000#Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets former PM Manmohan Singh at the Parliament. https://t.co/PZeiDmoE69 — ANI (@ANI) 1513143425000We pay homage to those who laid down their lives protecting the temple of our democracy on 13th December 2001. Thei... https://t.co/B4rd1ZpRFK — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1513146620000Tributes to the martyrs of the 2001 Parliament attack. Violence in any form is condemnable. Let us all strive for peace — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1513103965000On 13/12/2001 our brave soldiers dispelled a terror attack on the Parliament house and displayed exemplary courage.... https://t.co/jPXB58WTNv — Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) 1513135413000The nation salutes the exemplary valour and courage of those martyrs who sacrificed their lives protecting the Temp... https://t.co/fMJYrk4gMA — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1513130717000Homage to martyrs whose supreme sacrifice to protect our temple of democracy will never be forgotten by a grateful... https://t.co/TOOkydaaPQ — Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) 1513142766000We will never forget the #ParliamentAttack of 2001 that shook the nucleus of our democracy.

December 13, 2017 07:12 UTC

Now they are alleging I met Robert Vadra. All false.Tomorrow they can even claim I met Nawaz Sharif, then they will... https://t.co/SPOm8Ak2s6 — ANI (@ANI) 1513151299000. @vaishnavi_1001 reports on Patidar leader Hardik Patel's meeting with Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi and br... https://t.co/aHRlzbfCpA — TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) 1513140003000NEW DELHI: Hardik Patel 's former aide Dinesh Bambhani has alleged the Patidar quota agitation leader had secret meetings with Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra , reported Times Now. Patel has rejected the claims. He shot back saying that tomorrow he could even face accusations of meeting Nawaz Sharif and Dawood Ibrahim, reported ANI.Earlier today, as per Bambhani, Patel had admitted to Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leaders that he had four secret meetings with Gandhi scion, in one of which, Vadra was also present.

December 13, 2017 07:07 UTC

Facebook said the move was in response to pressure from governments and policy makers for greater visibility into sales made in their countries. Photo: BloombergNew York: Facebook, in a bow to transparency, has announced it plans to declare certain ad revenues in the country where they are made and not in Ireland, where it has a greater tax advantage. The social networking giant said the move was in response to pressure from governments and policy makers for greater visibility into sales made in their countries. He said the changes in tax reporting would be made by mid-2019 in countries where Facebook has an office supporting advertisers. Facebook’s taxes on ad revenues in 2015 were minimal in France and Germany, but amounted to nearly 7.9 billion euros in Ireland, where there are fewer Facebook accounts.

December 13, 2017 06:56 UTC

(Left) Available on both Android and iOS, Selfissimo is a unique camera app which can make life easy for selfie enthusiasts. These apps are created to take advantage of the improved camera hardware in ways the default camera app cannot. Now, Google for Research has released three free and experimental apps called Storyboard, Selfissimo and Scrubbies, on similar lines. SelfissimoAvailable on both Android and iOS, Selfissimo is a unique camera app which can make life easy for selfie enthusiasts. What makes it different from regular selfie apps is the ease with which it removes the shutter button out of the equation.

December 13, 2017 06:56 UTC