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MALE, Oct 13 (HNS) ? Hollywood megastar couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are headed to Maldives to spend the New Year holidays, a British tabloid reported.

Pitt and Aniston have hired the entire Kanuhura resort island for ₤175,000 (Rf3.5 million) to throw an exclusive -- and secluded -- New Year party, according to the tabloid Daily Express.

However, the resort management has declined to comment or confirm the report, the Daily Express said.

The Hollywood glamour couple is also to invite international pop star Madonna and her British film director husband Guy Ritchie (?Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,? ?Snatch?) along with Aniston?s ?Friends? co-star Courtney Cox and her actor husband David Arquette (?Scream,? ?Eight Legged Freaks?).

The exclusive Kanuhura resort island has been a favorite among such international celebrities as Australian songstress Kylie Minogue, ex-Spice Girl Mel B, ?Titanic? star Kate Winslet and her boyfriend, British director Sam Mendes of ?Road to Perdition? and ?American Beauty? fame.

Pitt (?Legends of the Fall,? ?Seven,? ?Fight Club?) and Aniston (?The Good Girl?) who got married in 2000, however, face stiff competition when it comes to extravagant celebrity parties. In 1998, British pop singer Elton John spent ₤150,000 (Rf3 million) for his birthday party; he wore a ₤50,000 (Rf1 million) Louis XIV-style outfit to the party.

The same year, Microsoft co-founder billionaire Paul Allen spent ₤6 million (Rf120.6 million) on a holiday cruise in Alaska; his guests included model Jerry Hall and Carrie Fisher.

Aniston reportedly earns a million US dollars (Rf12.85 million) per episode for Season 9 of the 24-episode ?Friends? television sitcom series.

MALE, Oct 12 (HNS) – Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has thanked President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom for the friendly and warm hospitality extended to the PM and his delegation during his recent state visit to Maldives.

In a letter of appreciation to Gayoom, Vajpayee said that he was very satisfied with the outcome of the visit and that India remained committed to the speedy implementation of the various bilateral cooperation projects discussed between Maldives and India.

 

He expressed his confidence that the bilateral relations between the two countries will continue to intensify and diversify as a model of good neighborly relations.

 

Vajpayee also said that he was deeply impressed by the achievements of Maldives, especially in the area of developing environmentally friendly tourist resorts.

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom today appointed Dr. Mohamed Latheef, who had been serving as the Minister of Education, to the post of the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the UN. At a ceremony held at the President’s Office at mid-day today, the letter of appointment was handed over to the new Permanent Representative by the President.

The ceremony was also attended by the Minister at the Presidents Office, Mr. Abdulla Jameel.

 

Dr. Mohamed Latheef was appointed as the new Permanent Representative at the UN at ministerial rank. In a letter sent by the President to Dr. Mohamed Latheef today, the President thanked him for his valuable services he had rendered as Minister of Education since 11 November 1993. The President also thanked him for his important contribution as a member of the cabinet over the last nine years.

Emirates' Economy Class has been voted the best by readers of the UK's Business Traveller magazine.

The airline scooped the number one spot in the Economy Class category for the first time and the Best Medium Haul Airline title for the third year running at this year's Business Traveller Awards.

 

Emirates, the Dubai based international airline, has scooped two awards in Business Traveller magazine's 2002 reader poll. The carrier won Best Economy Class, the first time it has won an award in this category from Business Traveller magazine, and Best Medium Haul Airline, an award it has won for three years running.

 

The awards were presented to Don Foster, Emirates' Director Service Delivery, by the magazine's editor Nick Perryand guest speaker Lord Attenborough, the veteran British actor/director, famed for films such as Ghandi, at a lunch attended by senior figures from the world’s leading travel companies.

 

Emirates jumped from third place in last year's poll to become the clear winner in the Economy Class category, ahead of Singapore Airlines and last year’s winner Virgin Atlantic. In the Medium Haul category, which covers business flights between five and 10 hours, British Airways came second with Singapore Airlines third.

 

Maurice Flanagan, Emirates, Group Managing Director, said; "We are delighted to be recognised in this way and to have won these two extremely prestigious awards. We are particularly pleased to have won the Best Economy Class award for the first time, which demonstrates that Emirates’ customers endorse our efforts to continually enhance and redefine the quality of the service we offer."

 

Emirates operates the most frequent service from the UK to Dubai, with seven daily flights - three from Heathrow, two from Gatwick and one each from Manchester and Birmingham.

Students from the Thusumeikan Keiso High School of Japan have conducted a tree-planting program in Hulhumale’ yesterday.

The students visited Maldives under a Japanese environmental program, and they planted more than 70 trees in Hulhumale’ after obtaining information regarding the Hulhumale project. They planted palm trees and “Dhigga” Trees.

 

During their visit to Hulhumale’ yesterday they also gathered information about future plans for Hulhumale’ in addition to the current status of the project. The information was given to them by concerned Government Officials.

 

Traditional Maldivian household items and dresses were also demonstrated to the Japanese students.

 

The cultural items were demonstrated by the students of EPSS. The Maldivian company in charge of the students, InnerMaldives, said they would be concluding their visit and leaving for Japan today.

Crown Tours Maldives will be participating at the coming World Travel Market to be held at ExCeL, London, from 11 - 14th November 2002.

We will be participating together with the Maldives Promtion Board at the stand AS-4430.

 

If you would like to meet any of our representatives please notify us by email to sales@crowntoursmaldives.com

 

Thank you, see you soon at WTM!

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