Songstress KnowlessSongstress Knowless put on one of the best album launches this year at the Kigali Serena Hotel.The Kigali Serena auditorium was full to capacity. The diva had a fully packed auditorium by 7pm that saw late-comers stand all through the show.

Dressed in a long white dress, Knowless came on stage at 9pm with backup dancers who were equally dressed in white and evoked emotions with a splendid theatrical performance of her gospel hit Mbese urukundo rw’Imana.

Knowless was joined on stage by twelve little girls who sung with her. Hit after hit, the show intensified with performances of Follow you, Reka Ngukunde, Ninkureka ukagenda and Tulia climaxing with her latest hit Wowe featuring Christopher.

Inganzo Ngali entertains the crowd. As she had promised earlier, all the performances were live and there was no single play back.

Together, with backup singers, she also performed renditions of legendary folk singer Rugamba Cyprian’s songs which brought back memories of his popular band Amasimbi n’Amakombe. She had a superb performance with Inganzo Ngari that exuded a lot of energy; the crowd could be seen dancing the traditional Rwandan dance from their seats. She did a series of traditional songs on her new album such as Nyaruka, Baramushaka and Nzaba Mpari amidst applause from the audience.

The highly billed show hosted by Sandrine Isheja and Ally Soudy kicked off with an electric performance from legendary musician Makanyaga and his band. He was flanked by two old men as his backup dancers and they proved that age is just a number as they gyrated away to Nshatse inshuti which charmed the audience.

Kesho band gave acoustic backup to Christopher for Habona and Ndabyemeye performances among others. Tom Close had a good performance with Ibintu byarahindutse and his new song Isi. Dream Boys intensified the show with great performances of Urare Aharyana and Uzahahe Uronke.

The concert ended with Knowless expressing gratitude to her loyal fans that have supported her throughout her musical journey.

The concert ended with Knowless expressing gratitude to her loyal fans that have supported her throughout her musical journey. The concert attracted several musicians that included Intore Massamba, Mani Martin, Senderi International Hit, Khizz Kizito, Aline Gahongayire, Tonzi and Faycal.

India Begins Here at:PUNJAB

sikhism_holy_golden_templePunjab, a home to five rivers is bordered by the Indian states; Himachal Pradesh to the east, Haryana to the south and southeast, Rajasthan to the southwest as well as Pakistani province of Punjab to the west. Punjab is certainly a primarily agricultural state and enjoys the natural benefits of fertile soils and abundant waters.

Embroidered with a distinct blend of rural and urban flavours, the land of heritage, architecture and nature has a lot to offer to a tourist eye. The Government of Punjab, to enhance rural tourism, has identified a cluster of four villages on the banks of river Sutlej.

Punjab is widely famous for its spicy, enriched with love food and no other food can out-do cuisines of Punjab. It has an enormous variety of mouth-watering vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies. The spice content ranges from minimal to pleasant to high, depending on the persons taste. Punjabi dishes like Palak Paneer, Rajma Chawal, Chhole Bhature are all relished by people of all communities.

Aqsa Mosque, located in Qadian, is a huge attraction in terms Islamic community. It was built in 1876 and is the first ever Ahmadiyya mosque. It has only three walls with houses starting right next to it. Qadian is a blooming city full of shopping destinations even Bahishti Maqbarah also witnesses’ high tourist attractions.

It has a unique legacy with a host of Gurudwaras, forts, history of Sikhism. Also, the Government of Punjab has identified a cluster of four villages on the banks of river Sutlej, to enhance rural tourism and has come up with a plan to connect six historical cities by road; Mega Darbar Circuit. Even though, Punjabis account for less than 2.5% of the Indian population, they are one of the most prosperous races in India. Their per capita income is twice the national average. Amritsar, the capital is among the most cherished sites in the world. Amidst it stands variety of tourist destinations without which your trip cannot be over.


Sri Harminder Sahib, delineated as “Golden Temple” is the major pilgrimage destination around the world. The most sacred Sikh shrine is covered with real gold and is surrounded by a ‘holy tank’ consisting of ‘immortal nectar’. Midnight provides a stunning view of the temple with its reflection in the “Amrit Sarovar”. The four gates for entrance symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions. The main entrance has verses from the Guru Granth Sahib inscribed on the doorway; also the north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower known as the Darshani Deori.

The Gurudwara is a two storey marble structure reached by a causeway known as Guru’s Bridge. The architecture of the Gurudwara is a blend of Hindu and Muslim art. Adjacent to the Gurudwara the Jallianwala Bagh came into being as a historic spot when a horrific shootout by a British General took place killing hundreds of innocent people and number of people jumped into a well to escape the firing. The place reminds one of the terror and insanity of East India Company and Punjab’s sacrifice to the struggle for freedom of India.

Philips Lights Up Black Star Monument

phillips LightingPhilips, the global leader in lighting, has spectacularly illuminated Ghana’s iconic Black Star Monument with its latest LED lighting technology. The new lighting technology from Philips has enhanced the beauty of Ghana’s Black Star Monument.

The showcasing of the LED lighting solutions in Ghana formed part of Philips’ 5th pan-African Cairo to Cape Town road show , the third to be held in Ghana.The new LED lighting solution is also expected to cut energy consumption by 80 per cent, as the digital LED lighting technology creates more light.

‘The spectacular lighting of the Black Star Monument in Accra demonstrates the incredible advances that are being made in efficiency and beauty in lighting,’ said Abdallah Hussein, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Philips West Africa.

‘Philips is very proud to have placed its know-how and technology at the service of this iconic monument and contributing towards the preservation of Ghanaian heritage.

The CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center, Mawuena Trebarh said the intervention would help support the energy sector and upgrade efficient use of energy resources.

Felix Darko, General Manager Philips Lighting West Africa, said the installed capacity of the lighting system is only 3.00 kW compared to approximately 11.00 kW previously.

He said there was no need for lamp replacement and called on the public to use energy efficiently by choosing the Philips LED lighting.

Indian Ocean airline receives high 4-star rating

air moritiousAn Indian Ocean region airline received a high rating from a United Kingdom-based consultancy, which runs an airline and airport review and ranking site. Air Mauritius, the leading airline in the Indian Ocean, was awarded the prestigious 4-Star professional quality rating by SKYTRAX. Receiving the award were Air Mauritius Chairman, Appalsamy (Dass) Thomas and the CEO, Andre Viljoen by Edward Plaisted, Chairman of Skytrax, at a ceremony held at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre.

Mr. Edward Plaisted said “This 4-Star Airline rating recognizes the improvement in service quality that has been achieved by Air Mauritius across both airport and cabin service operations. Associated with these changes, service concepts in Business Class have recently been upgraded, and complement the many product standard improvements that have been introduced in the past year to enhance customer comfort for both Business and Economy class customers. This 4-Star Airline rating also reflects the fact that Air Mauritius is shortly to confirm replacement of its A340 fleet, and new aircraft entering their fleet will offer full flat seats in business class, and latest inflight entertainment systems and Audio Video On Demand (AVOD).”

Receiving the highly coveted Award jointly with Mr. Viljoen, Mr. Thomas said “I am delighted to be receiving this Award together with the CEO and on behalf of all of us at Air Mauritius. The 4-Star Status places Air Mauritius in another league – among the World’s best 40 Airlines. It is also testimony to the great work accomplished over the past years by the Board, Management and all Team Members to take the airline to further heights. We now need to continue our efforts in order to sustain the improvements made and continue to deliver value to our Customers. This is the only way to remain in the game in this highly competitive industry.”

Andre Viljoen, who spearheaded the airline’s recovery and sustainability program known as the 7-Step Plan, stated that he was equally delighted with the Award of the 4-Star Status to the airline. “We have come a long way from where we were three years ago. We took some tough decisions and revised our business model with the assistance of Seabury APG. Once approved by the Board, we all embraced the 7-Step Plan as OUR PLAN and have kept focusing on it.”

He further added “Step 6 was about Customer Experience and we set up a Customer Experience function. We enlisted the support of Ron Kaufman to assist us with an education program for the entire organization. We also set up many project teams to work on the improvement projects. These were rolled out in record time showing in fact the commitment of the whole company to make change happen.”

Andre Viljoen stated that the improvements made have now enabled Air Mauritius to reach the 4-Star status. “I am grateful to Skytrax for this recognition and our challenge will now be to constantly deliver 4-Star standards across the whole airline. This is a challenge and a commitment our team is prepared to take.”

Emirates A380 Says “Namaste Mumbai” …Airline Marks First A380 Service Connecting Dubai and India

Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has commenced its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between Dubai and Mumbai. EK500 took off from Dubai International airport at 21:55 hours on 21st July, arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai at 02:30, covering the approximate 2,222kms at an average cruising speed of 822kms per hour.

The return flight EK501 took off from Terminal 2 in Mumbai at 04:30hrs and arrived back at Emirates Terminal 3 in Dubai, the airline’s home and hub for its specially designed A380 terminal – Concourse A, at 06.00 hours.

Emirates’ Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean said: ‘Mumbai was one of the first destinations on our route network when we launched in 1985. Dubai and Mumbai share a rich tapestry of partnerships, business and culture. In the past 29 years, we have flown over 42 million passengers between India and the UAE and so it is quite fitting that the city becomes our 29th A380 destination. Now our customers on the route can experience the luxury, the quietness and the outstanding service onboard an Emirates A380, in addition to the other four daily services we will continue to operate to the city.’

Mr Naveen Chawla, Vice President – Aero marketing, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited said, ‘We are delighted to welcome the arrival of Emirates’ first A380 to India in Mumbai. We are glad that passengers flying from Mumbai’s Terminal 2 to Dubai will now be able to enjoy the premium services of Emirates’ state-of-theart Airbus A380.

This is a momentous occasion for us as Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport (CSIA) Mumbai is now the only airport in India to handle A380 aircraft operations for more than one international airline. This is yet another milestone event to our continuous endeavour to enhance the comfort and convenience of passengers travelling through CSIA and justifies our operational capabilities to handle bigger aircraft at T2.’

To mark these first flights passengers on board EK500 and EK501 from Dubai and Mumbai were given a special commemorative certificate and gift. A specially commissioned piece of artwork, a traditional Indian ‘Rangoli’ was created by local Mumbai artists.

Emirates now has 50 A380s in its fleet of 224 wide-bodied aircraft and is the largest operator in the world of the double-decker with 90 more on order. Mumbai is the newest destination on its A380 network, and follows closely on the heels of Kuwait, which started on 16th July. The A380 offers passengers travelling to and from Mumbai a choice of 14 First Class Suites, 76 lie-flat Business Class seats on the upper deck and 399 comfortable Economy Class seats in four sections on the main deck.

Every seat on board is connected to ice, which has just been voted the world’s best inflight entertainment system for the 10th year in a row by Skytrax, the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey of over 18 million passengers worldwide. ice Digital widescreen offers passengers up to 1,800 channels of multi-lingual entertainment including the latest movies, television programmes and podcasts, international music collections including the ability for passengers to build their own playlists for the journey, and in seat wi-fi to allow for a connected as well as entertaining flight.

Passengers in all cabins can enjoy Emirates’ recently launched Indian menu which features regionally themed dishes from across India, served by multilingual cabin crew.

A unique feature on the Emirates A380 is the onboard Shower Spas which allow First Class passengers to arrive revitalised and refreshed. Another is the onboard lounge where First Class and Business Class passengers can relax and connect over a range of specially selected beverages and hot and cold canapés, creating an exclusive social experience at 40,000 feet.


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