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Turkish tourism attracts great attention on fair

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VIENNA: Nearly 850 firms from 80 countries attended the 2019 International Tourism Fair in the capital of Austria.

Vienna Culture and Publicity Consultancy opened a 150-square-meter wide stand on behalf of Turkey.

Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkish Airlines, as well as various hotels, tourism agencies and tour operators from Turkey attended the fair.

Asip Kaya, the Turkish Consul General in Vienna, told Anadolu Agency that the Vienna Tourism Fair is among the most important fairs in the world and almost 500,000 visitors attended the fair.

Kaya said: “300 thousand tourists from Austria visited our country last year. Actually this number was close to 500 thousand in 2015, however, due to political problems there was a decrease. Last year, there was a 23 percent increase. Hopefully this year the increase rate will rise even more.”

He called on the Turkish community living in Austria to visit the Turkish stand and added that the fair started very vividly, and he got the impression that far more people will attend the fair compared to last year.

Kaya stated that the attention to the Turkish stand can have a positive influence on the political relations between the two countries.

The fair would remain open for four days.

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Rio to test facial-recognition cameras during Carnival

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro plans to test a facial-recognition system during its famed Carnival as part of the city’s campaign to fight crime, the head of the regional police force said.

Rogerio Figueiredo, the new head of Rio de Janeiro’s state police, said in an interview published Monday by the O Globo newspaper that cameras deployed with the technology will scan both faces and car license plates.

It will be operational in Rio’s tourist hotspot of Copacabana in the beginning of March, when this year’s Carnival takes place.

“If (the cameras) identify an individual under an arrest warrant, or if a stolen vehicle drives through the area, an alert will be sent to the closest police car,” Figueiredo explained.

“It’s a fantastic tool. It’s time that the police modernize.”

Rio, which hosted the 2016 Olympic Games, has long suffered from street crime, with exchanges of gunfire common between drug-dealing gangs and police.

Last year’s Carnival was marred by numerous crimes in tourist areas, especially close to the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Television images showed groups of youths carrying out mass robberies by running into crowds and taking possessions by force.

Shortly after that Carnival, former president Michel Temer signed a decree controversially putting Rio’s security forces under military control until the end of the year.

With new anti-crime president Jair Bolsonaro installed January 1 and ally Wilson Witzel taking over as Rio’s governor, local authorities are poised to take a hard line on crime.

Witzel, for instance, has evoked using police snipers to kill armed suspects, even if they are not directly threatening anyone with their weapon.

Reports say the governor is also looking to acquire Israeli surveillance drones that are capable of firing on suspected drug gang members.

 

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CIA agent Tony Mendez, hero of film “Argo,” dead at 78

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WASHINGTON: Former CIA agent Tony Mendez, who engineered a creative way to smuggle US hostages out of Iran in 1980 and was immortalized in the Hollywood film “Argo,” died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease, his family said. He was 78.

Mendez, who will have a private burial in Nevada, died on Saturday, his literary agent Christy Fletcher said via Twitter, relaying a family statement.

“The last thing he and his wife Jonna Mendez did was get their new book to the publisher and he died feeling he had completed writing the stories that he wanted to be told,” the family statement read.

It added that Mendez had been suffering from Parkinson’s for the past 10 years.

 

 

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Vocalist Mehnaz remembered

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ISLAMABAD: Sixth death anniversary of the renowned and legendary singer was observed today. 
Mehnaz Begum, the distinguished singer of Pakistan, had died on 19th January 2013 at the age of 55. She was on way to the United States when her condition deteriorated in Bahrain where she breathed her last at a hospital.
The master of classical genres like ‘ghazal’, ‘thumri’ and ‘dadra’ was born in 1958. Mehnaz began her career as a playback singer in the early ’70s. Her mellifluous voice and control over the sur instantly made her popular among music composers and film audiences. She sang for a number of films a majority of which became popular.
The talented singer sang many hit and evergreen chartbusters like Mujhe Dil Se Na Bhulana from film ‘Aina’, Kyun Roi Shehnai from ‘Haider Ali’ and Do Piyase Dil Ek Huay from ‘Bandish’.
Surrayya Bhopali was among the first films that Mehnaz sang for and Zeba Bakhtiar’s Babu was her last film as a playback singer.

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