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An apologysome positive PR and two years laterHaagen-Dazs has opened its first outlet in Mumbai at Goregaons Oberoi Mall And unlike their only rival herethe Swiss brand Movenpick (which has expanded to Kalaghoda and Peddar Road recently)the internationally renowned ice-cream brand has launched a plush 1600 sq ft cafe Haagen-Dazs is the first ice-cream chain in Mumbai that will offer much more than just scoops of the frozen dessert Even Baskin-Robbinswhich has become as home-grown as Naturalsmostly operates kiosks across the city The cafes counter showcases close to 25 ice-cream flavourssuch as cookies and creamcoffee and sorbets But an elaborate menu awaits a guest at the table The options range from classics like Banana Split and Cookie Crunch to Chocolate Fondue and platters such as fresh waffles with ice-cream We begin with their signature vanilla (Rs 180/ scoop)which they claim has been made from the choicest beans grown in Madagascar And the proof is in the scoop The flavour and aroma say that unlike the synthetic flavour that most ice-cream companies usethis is the real thing Next is the Flower Blossom (Rs 680)a waffle basket that contains scoops of vanillastrawberrycoffee and chocolate ice-cream and mango and raspberry sorbetwith smatterings of fresh cream The strawberry ice-cream is natural and blends well with coffee and chocolate The raspberry sorbethoweveris too sharp and tangy Our next selectionParadise (Rs 680)with scoops of ice-cream sandwiched between waffle wafersunfortunatelyends up too similar to the Flower Blossomalthough the Belgian Waffle Dream (Rs 490)proves worthy of the name With scoops of vanilla and coffee ice-creammaple syrup and fresh cream sit alongside two pieces of goldencrispy-sweet waffles; this is the clear winner The company has played safe by keeping out their trademark experimental flavourslike Chai Latte and Gingerwhich are available internationally Even their desserts mostly use basic flavourssuch as vanillacoffeechocolate and strawberry Yetthe menu has ample options that will tempt an ice-cream lover to return And for those who dont fancy frozen delightsthere are muffinscheesecakespies and a variety of coffees to pick from The pricing can indeed be considered premiumespecially for a single scoop of ice-creambut the brand remains unapologetic on that front After alleven Movenpick sells in the same price range With the sheer size of the propertythe pricing and the options availableHaagen-Dazs is sending out a clear message its the experience they are offeringnot just ice-cream There are some who may consider the location a hindrance But thenthe burgeoning mall culture is proof that thats where the money is For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Seoul | Published: August 8 2016 5:27 am North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (AP Photo| Wong Maye-E File) Top News Food and fuel prices in North Korea have remained largely stable under leader Kim Jong Un despite tightening international sanctions to punish the North for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests rare data from inside the isolated country shows The relative stability of both prices and the currency – in contrast to the volatility seen under his father Kim Jong Il – is partly attributable to the younger Kim’s hands-off approach to an increasingly market-based economy and also experts say suggests some policy learning in Pyongyang Once reliant on a Soviet-style centrally-planned economy North Korea is now home to a thriving system of semi-legal but policed markets known as “jangmadang” where individuals and wholesalers can buy and sell privately-produced or imported goods “Since Kim Jong Un came to power there has been no control or crackdown on the jangmadang” said Kang Mi-jin a North Korean defector who works at the Seoul-based Daily NK website and regularly speaks to market sources in the North “Kim Jong Un is doing a lot of bad things but keeping the markets open has had a positive effect on the people He has no other option He can’t feed the people and he can’t completely shut the markets down” The data compiled by Reuters based on information from the Daily NK an organisation staffed by defectors showed the price of rice corn pork petrol and diesel remained relatively stable over the last year demonstrating resilience to domestic and outside events While that might alleviate some concerns of critics who argue sanctions aimed at starving Pyongyang of funds for its atomic weapons programme might hurt ordinary people it may also help strengthen Kim’s grip on power Information about what is really going on inside North Korea is difficult to verify but analysts say reports of past discontent or unrest have usually been tied to economic disputes such as earlier disastrous crackdowns on private markets North Korea came under the latest round of United Nations Security Council sanctions in March following its fourth nuclear test and the launch of a long-range rocket Further short and medium-range missile launches have raised tensions STABLE STAPLES The Daily NK obtains prices from its contacts in the capital Pyongyang and the northern cities of Sinuiju and Hyesan which both border China A calculated average of these prices shows the market cost of goods has not markedly increased as more North Koreans are allowed to buy and sell in the unofficial economy The number of stalls in the jangmadang has grown by hundreds defectors said Watch Video: What’s making news North Korea’s centrally-planned rationing system never recovered from a devastating famine in the 1990s From April to June this year the state handed out just 360 grammes of rations per person per day the lowest amount for five years according to a recent World Food Programme (WFP) report The market however has been able to make up the shortfall Rice an important staple in North Korea cost on average 5240 won per kg over the last year or around 63 cents at unofficial market rates according to the data Corn a cheaper and often more-readily available staple sold for an average of 2022 won or just 24 cents per kg Pork prices were most volatile dropping off sharply in the hot summer months “They can’t freeze pork North Korea lacks refrigeration facilities Pork meat turns bad quickly so merchants can’t raise prices” Kang the defector said The only notable spike over the last year was a sudden rise in the price of petrol and diesel in early March just before the latest UN sanctions were imposed A fear of shortages under sanctions pushed the average market price of petrol up by 451 percent in the space of a few days according to the data Diesel increased by 174 percent in the same period Prices returned to normal after fears about sanctions calmed CURRENCY MYSTERY The Korean People’s Won the official currency is valued by the state at around 100 won to the dollar Its real worth however is around 8300 won to the dollar a value largely determined by the markets That unofficial exchange rate has remained stable for the last few years in contrast to its extreme volatility under Kim Jong Il following a botched currency reform in 2009 “The effective stabilisation of the won which occurred over the last two years is a bit of a mystery to everyone” said Stephan Haggard an expert on the North Korean economy at the University of California San Diego “It almost certainly involves some monetary policy learning after the currency conversion debacle” Under Kim Jong Un North Korea has started to produce more domestically-made consumer items from toothpaste to perfume which could also have helped stabilise local prices Some showcase shops in Pyongyang now sell almost exclusively locally-made products and price goods according to the market value of the won “North Korean knock-offs of Chinese products are more popular and cheaper than the original” said Seo Jae-pyoung a defector who left North Korea in 2001 but regularly speaks to sources inside the country For now ordinary North Koreans are coping comparatively well despite their country’s deepening isolation “Despite the sanctions this year ordinary people are doing fine” said Seo “But the effects may slowly start to hit from next year” For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Hemlata Verma | Shimla | Published: October 19 2010 12:36 am Related News The case of fake marksheet of a student of BA second year that surfaced in Himachal Pradesh University on Saturday has been referred to the states Crime Investigation Department (CID) for further inquiry A preliminary inquiry conducted by Controller of Examination A N Gupta has confirmed that the detailed marksheet of Parvati Devi of Rampur in Shimla district is fake and had not been issued by the university After the COE submitted the preliminary report on MondayVice-Chancellor Professor Sunil Kumar Gupta referred the case to the CID Additional Director General of PoliceCIDI D Bhandari said they were yet to receive the suspicious document from the universityafter which action would follow The V-C has also constituted a three-member committee to be headed by Dean of Studies C L Chandan and comprising Professor Suresh Kumar and Professor O P Chauhanwho will give a report within 15 days about printingpreparation and delivery of certificatesdegrees and detailed marksheets by the examination branch The preliminary inquiry by the COE says Parvati Devis official records (in the computer and manual log books) with the university show that she failed in BA second year (2008) as a regular student of Rampur College She had secured just 3225 per cent marks She filled her examination form again as a private candidate in March 2009 for BA-IIwith which she also attached the original marksheet issued by the university where she had failed Howevershe did not appear for the exams conducted in 2009 Parallel to thisshe filled a form in March 2009 as private candidate for BA-III and with that she attached the attested photocopy of alleged fake marksheet in which she had secured 385 per cent marks As there is no process of scrutinising the authenticity of a marksheet when examination forms are acceptedHPU sent her roll number and she appeared for the BA-III examination For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Dhaka | Updated: September 23 2017 3:28 pm The anti-crime and anti-terrorism Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) made the arrests from different parts of the capital on Friday (Representational Image/ Reuters) Top News Eleven people have been arrested for their suspected links in terror financing during separate raids in the Bangladeshi capital police said on Saturday The anti-crime and anti-terrorism Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) made the arrests from different parts of the capital on Friday The arrestees were identified as Tony Nath Md Faysal alias Tuhin Amzad Hossain Moin Khan Md Nahid Md Jahed Ullah Md Helal Uddin Helal Uddin Al Amin Al Mamun and Al Amin the Daily Star reported The elite force in separate drives arrested them from different parts as they were involved in terror financing the report said quoting a message from RAB office Bangladesh has been witnessing a spate of attacks on secular activists foreigners and religious minorities since 2013 The country launched a massive crackdown on militants specially after the July 1 terror attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed 22 people including 17 foreigners ISIS has claimed several attacks in Bangladesh but the government rejects the presence of foreign terrorist groups in the moderate Muslim-majority country blaming home-grown groups such as the Islamic-State inclined Neo-Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (Neo-JMB) for terrorist attacks For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Dipti Nagpaul D’souza | Published: July 2

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