Indian prime minister Narendra Modi pays his respects in front of the body of former chief minister of Goa and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar during his funeral in Panaji on 19 March 2019. Photo: AFPIndian prime minister Narendra Modi will fight to retain his Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (UP) seat while BJP president Amit Shah will make his debut in Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar, Gujarat, BJP leader JP Nadda announced on Thursday.The Gandhinagar seat is currently held by veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani, who has been winning the seat consecutively from 1998.Among the prominent leaders announced in BJP’s first list, which had 184 names across 20 states, were union ministers Rajnath Singh, who will contest again from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur, Maharshtra, V K Singh from Ghaziabad, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Jaipur Rural), Satyapal Singh from Baghpat, UP, and DV Sadananda Gowda from Bengaluru North.All are sitting MPs from these seats.Textiles minister Smriti Irani will again face Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, while film actress-turned politician Hema Malini will contest from her Mathura seat.Union minister Babul Supriyo will fight to retain his Asanol seat of West Bengal, where he will face Trinamool Congress’s Moon Moon Sen. The BJP has also fielded Bengali film actress Locket Chatterjee from Hooghly, West Bengal.BJP’s Kerala strongman Kummanam Rajasekharan, who recently quit as Mizoram governor, will fight against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvanthapuram, while Union minister KJ Alphons will contest from Ernakulam.The BJP also fielded its Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan from Thoothukudi from where DMK’s K Kanimozhi is contesting.Nadda, who had announced that India’s state minister for home affairs Kiren Rijiju will contest from Arunanchal East, later corrected himself, saying he would be contesting from Arunachal West.The BJP also fielded Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, who had quit Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal to join it, from Kendrapara.Nadda also announced that candidates for all the 17 seats it will contest in Bihar have been cleared by the party’s Central Election Committee and sent to the state election panel.
Alison TheodoreTORONTO — Development Counsellors International (DCI) has named Alison Theodore as Travel Trade Manager for Visit California in Canada.From DCI’s new office in the Exchange Tower in Toronto, Theodore will leverage her established relationships with airlines, tour operators and travel agencies, to expand distribution of California product, launch cooperative marketing campaigns that drive consumer conversion and advance the STAR travel agent education program.She joins DCI with 20 years in the travel industry, including 12 years as the Saint Lucia Tourist Board’s Canadian representative. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group [PEOPLE] From Saint Lucia to California: Alison Theodore lands at DCI Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Tags: California, People Share