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SOTC Travel taking omni-channel approach for expansion

Travel services provider SOTC Travel Friday said it is focusing on an omni-channel approach for expansion and is taking a slew of initiatives.
For this, the company is taking steps to strengthen both online and offline presence in the country.
Currently its distribution centres operates in over 60 cities and towns across India, it said.”As a part of our strategy to increase our online presence, the bulk of our investments are diverted towards streamlining our processes and investing in technology, in order to ensure omni-channel coherence,” SOTC Travel MD Vishal Suri told PTI.
Currently the company sells about 15-18 per cent of its holidays solely through online sales, he added.Highlighting that the customers also prefer to physically interact with the company for certain services, Suri said: “Be it visa, ticketing, or other information pertaining to documentation; customers are more comfortable visiting a brick and mortar store, which is conveniently and centrally located.

For this reason, the company will continue to invest in an omni-channel strategy, he added.”As a part of our investment cycle in this approach, we already have a physical presence in major cities across the country, and will continue to expand in tier 2 and tier 3 markets,” Suri said.
Given company’s omni-channel approach, it has paid considerable attention to ensuring that while alternating between the online and offline models, the customers enjoy a seamless transition, and that the company is well-aligned with its offerings, he added.On being asked about the business segments of the company, Suri said: “We have a Holiday Business, under which, we offer both domestic and international holidays, distributed online as well as offline.
Being a B2C retail or consumer business, it has both physical and digital channels.”
The company also has a significant presence in the Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) business and has recently pioneered the concept of incentive travel in India, he added.
“We are also a travel management company, and we deliver business travel and corporate travel solutions to large companies, administering the travel policy for them,” Suri said.Recently the company has also ventured into Foreign Exchange business.
At this point in time, it has started foreign exchange activities in Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai, he added.When asked if the company was also looking at expanding its existing portfolio, Suri said SOTC Travel is essentially a travel and holiday business, and that’s who it wants to be.
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Digvijaya Singh quotes foreign agency report, questions airstrike success

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who has asked the Centre to provide evidence of casualties in airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot, on Wednesday cited a foreign agency report which has questioned success of the bombings.
With the headline ‘satellite images show madrasa buildings still standing at scene of Indian bombing’, Digvijaya Singh attached the Reuter’s report on .Basing its report on satellite images, Reuters has claimed that madrasa buildings continue to stand tall at scene of the bombing in Pakistan.”High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group’s training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants,” the report says.
In the report, images produced by a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, are shown at least six buildings on the madrasa site on March 4, six days after the airstrike.According to Reuters, the image is virtually unchanged from an April 2018 satellite photo of the facility.”There are no discernible holes in the roofs of buildings, no signs of scorching, blown-out walls, displaced trees around the madrasa or other signs of an aerial attack,” the report adds.The foreign agency report says the satellite images have cast “further doubt” on statements made over the last eight days by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the raids had hit all the intended targets at the madrasa site near Jaba village and the town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Earlier, Digvijaya Singh had come down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to clear the “doubts” cast by the international media on the terrorists’ deaths in the airstrike carried out by India in Pakistan’s Balakot.”We are proud of the bravery of your forces and have complete faith on them.I have seen many of my friends and close relatives in the Army leaving their families and protecting us. We respect them,” Singh tweeted.”However, the IAF carried out an airstrike after the Pulwama accident, some foreign media have cast doubts, which is putting a question mark on the credibility of our Indian government,” Singh said on .Singh said the way PM Modi and his ministers were treating the airstrike was an “insult” to the forces who carried out the operation.A war of words over the Indian Air Force airstrikes in Balakot has broken out between Congress and the BJP as both the sides traded charges against each other. Both the sides have accused each other for politicising the IAF airstrike.

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Total Dhamaal box office collection Day 6: Ajay Devgn film earns Rs 88.05 crore

Total Dhamaal box office collection Day 6: Total Dhamaal is expected to enter the 100 crore club during its second weekend. In six days, the film earned Rs 88.05 crore.

By Entertainment Desk |New Delhi | Related News Total Dhamaal box office collection Day 5: Ajay Devgn-Anil Kapoor film mints Rs 81 croreTotal Dhamaal box office collection Day 4: Ajay Devgn film earns Rs 72.25 croreAnil Kapoor wants to feature in Sachin Tendulkars biopic Total Dhamaal box office collection Day 6: The film will possibly cross the 100 crore mark in its second weekend.Total Dhamaal might have been panned by critics but the film is winning the hearts of the audience.
In the first week of its release, the Ajay Devgn starrer has done great business at the box office. In six days, the film earned Rs 88.05 crore.AdvertisingAdarsh also estimated that the film will possibly cross Rs 92 crore in the first week and cross the 100 crore mark during its second weekend.Total Dhamaal has already emerged as the most successful film in the Dhamaal franchise.Total Dhamaal stars Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey and Sanjay Mishra among others.
The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta gave one-and-a-half stars to Total Dhamaal and mentioned in her review, Brainless comedies can be a lot of fun (brain, stop smirking), but they need to be written with smarts. Here, the CGI animals (the climactic chunk of the film is set in a zoo) have more effect than the humans.
A rhino’s horn becomes a pointed spear for falling backsides. A chimp and an elephant are used to give us lessons on kindness.
And a roaring tiger becomes the emblem of Gujju pride, with a character saying: a Gandhi chased the Brits away, and the one we have now will conquer all. Clap clap.Pandering to the powers that be? Oh, fully. AdvertisingThis weekend, Total Dhamaal will witness some competition as Luka Chuppi and Sonchiriya release on March 1.0

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Govt uses back-channel to send ‘positive note’ to India

LAHORE: The government has begun backdoor contacts with India and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is currently in India, has met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma.
Vankwani also met Minster of State for External Affairs General VK Singh, the four-star general who has also served as the Indian army chief.“I have communicated a positive note to the Indian leaders and I hope there will now be a change in their behaviour,” Vankwani said on Saturday while talking to The Express Tribune over telephone.The Sindh-based PTI leader, who is a lawmaker on minority seat, is in India on a religious trip amid heightened tensions between the two rival states in the wake of February 14 suicide attack that killed at least 40 India paramilitaries in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Trump alarmed by ‘very dangerous situation’ between Pakistan, IndiaVankwani said he encountered Modi during an event and the Indian PM met him warmly. He said he told Modi that he had come with a positive message and wanted to return with a positive message.He said later on Modi’s directive, Sushma Swaraj also held a 25-minute-long meeting with him.“I told the Indian foreign minister that in Pakistan its captain’s [Prime Minister Imran Khan] government now; he is a Pathan and he does what he says.We assure you that no Pakistani institution is involved in Pulwama attack. If India provides evidence, we will facilitate the investigation,” Vankwani said.
According to the MNA, he told Swaraj that the two countries need to take lessons from past and not to hold on to it.“Enmity can be brought to an end by befriending the enemy,” he said, adding that he himself has returned after Ganga Ashnan (ablution) and never tells lies.FO sets up ‘Crisis Management Cell’ in Pulwama aftermath“I told them that we need to get out of politics of accusations,” he added.According to Vankwani, after the meeting he felts that the atmosphere was beginning to thaw.
“Indian PM during his Rajasthan rally has hinted at holding dialogue with Pakistan,” he added.PTI’s Ramesh Kumar Vankwani meets State Minister for External Affairs Gen VK Singh.EXPRESSHe said he had come to India on invitation from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for participation in Kumbh Mela. “220 people from 125 countries from all over the world have been invited to participate in this event and I am representing Pakistan,” he added.
PHOTO: EXPRESSWar frenzy has been sweeping across India ever since a young man from Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) rammed a vehicle full of explosives into a military convoy in Pulwama, killing nearly four dozen soldiers.India airlifts thousands of paramilitary troops to occupied KashmirJaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which Delhi claims operates from Pakistan, purportedly claimed credit for the deadliest attack on Indian troops in IoK.Delhi put the blame squarely on the state of Pakistan, deployed its troops menacingly close to the border, and started issuing threats.Amid crescendoing war hysteria and relentless threats of military action from India, the Pakistan Army on Friday also issued an unambiguous warning to New Delhi: Dont mess with Pakistan.
We do not wish to go to war. But please be assured, should you initiate any aggression, you shall never be able to surprise us.We shall, for sure, surprise you, the chief military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said during an unusual media briefing

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Vicky Kaushal IN Shah Rukh OUT from Ronnie Screwvala’s biopic on Rakesh Sharma

Shah Rukh Khan failed to cast his magic spell on the box office with his last venture, Zero and now here’ s another disheartening news for his fans.
Film’s producer Siddharth Roy Kapur however, has not many any official announcement regarding the same.
The producers of Saare Jahaan Se Accha, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur zeroed on Vicky after his tremendously appreciated performance in Uri: The Surgical Strike that has already entered the 200 crore club and running successfully at theatres across the country even after a month of its release.A source close to PeepingMoon said, Vicky, obviously couldn’t refuse the offer as Ronnie has given him his career’s biggest commercial hit in Uri.
Vicky has started preparing for his role in the film and the shoot will begin once his team has sorted his dates for the film.Aamir Khan was the first choice of the producers to play the lead role in the space film.
The movie is based on the life of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to land on the moon.The biopic is being directed by Mahesh Mathai, and if reports are to be true, then the sets are already being built in Mumbai’s Film City.
It will indeed be a delight for Vicky’s fans to watch him don a spacesuit and land on the moon.Vicky Kaushal on Pulwama Attack: It should not be forgotten and forgivenVicky Kaushal’s Uri: The Surgical Strike is on a record-smashing spree, achieves yet another milestoneVicky Kaushal’s Uri dethrones Baahubali 2 for THIS record, click to know Saturday, February 23, 2019 11:54 AMRelated Tags: Shah Rukh Khan , Vicky Kaushal , Saare Jahaan Se Accha , For all the latest Entertainment News Download the News Nation App available on Android and iOS.

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