An Indian medical student, Manuchi Chhillar, was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort on Saturday, making her the 67th to be crowned in the history of the pageant.
Chhillar, 20, is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai.
Her win brings India level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant, now in its 67th edition.
Chhillar, 20, is a trained Indian classical dancer who also enjoys painting and hopes to open a chain of non-profit hospitals in rural areas, according to the Miss World website.
“Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support,” and prayers she wrote on Twitter. “This one’s for India.”
Chhillar’s victory rapidly became a top trending topic on the social media platform in India after the announcement, with Manohar Lal Khattar — the minister of her home state of Haryana — among the first to offer congratulations.
Chhillar was handed the crown by last year’s winner, Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico, at the ceremony in the Chinese coastal city of Sanya on Saturday night.
Stephanie Hill of England and Andrea Meza of Mexico finished as runners-up.
Saturday marked the Miss World pageant’s return to Sanya, on southern China’s Hainan Island, for a seventh time, where the event was last held in 2015.
At the previous occasion two years ago, controversy erupted as officials in Hong Kong stopped Miss Canada, Anastasia Lin, from boarding a plane bound for Sanya, telling her she would not receive a visa.
The 25-year old actress claimed the decision was due to her stance on China’s human rights record, including its persecution of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual group of which she is a practitioner.
At last year’s event in the United States, Lin was again embroiled in controversy when pageant officials reportedly warned her against speaking to the press for three weeks about human rights abuses in China.
Miss Lin did not participate in this year’s event, with Canada represented instead by Cynthia Menard, a high school student.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan would visit Nigeria on Nov. 19 and 20, where he would lead the U.S. interagency delegation to the Bi-National Commission (BNC) meetings in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the high-level bilateral meeting between Nigeria and the U.S. would be hosted by the Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama.
The BNC is a collaborative forum founded during the first term of the former U.S. President Barack Obama’s presidency.
Its stated mission is “to build partnerships for tangible and measurable progress on issues critical to United States’ and Nigeria’s shared future”.
Working groups at the BNC would focus on security cooperation, governance and democracy, as well as economic growth and development.
The Deputy Secretary is the highest ranking member of the President Donald Trump’s administration to visit Nigeria.
He would convey the U.S. Government’s commitment to a strong partnership with the Government and people of Nigeria.
The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission last met on March 30 to April 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
The meeting was co-chaired by Onyeama and Antony Blinken, former United States Deputy Secretary of State, while former U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice provided opening remarks, and former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met the group and hosted a working lunch.
During President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Washington, DC from July 20 to 22, 2015, Buhari and Kerry underscored the need to strengthen and revitalise the BNC to advance our overall relationship and spur joint action on key issues.
At a meeting on Nov. 13, 2015, between an inter-ministerial group led by the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, the two sides underscored the need to reinvigorate the BNC as a forum for focused and high-level discussions.
They identified three areas of focus namely: Security Cooperation, Economic Growth and Development, and Governance and Democracy.
The two sides subsequently developed a detailed agenda and added a working bilateral lunch on Multilateral Cooperation.
Marriott International and Landmark Africa Group have announced the signing of Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments.
Slated to open in 2020, the hotels will be located within the Landmark Village precinct, a premier mixed-use, business, leisure and lifestyle development along the Atlantic Ocean waterfront in Victoria Island, the central business district of Lagos.
“We are excited to partner with the Landmark Africa Group on this project.
“With the rapid pace of urbanisation more and more guests are looking for the value, the convenience and the vitality that mixed-use provides.
“The Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments will be a significant addition to our strong Nigeria portfolio.
“There is a growing need for high calibre short and extended stay lodging in Nigeria and we believe the two hotels together will help bridge this gap,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.
The 25-floor hotel will feature the 216 room full service Renaissance Lagos Hotel and 44 room Marriott Executive Apartment offering extended stay apartments with space, ambience and the privacy of residential living.
The hotels will offer a wide range of amenities, including local and international restaurants, spa facilities, a fitness centre, and an infinity pool with access to a 100-meter-long boardwalk overlooking a vibrant beach club offering exciting water sports.
“Marriott International is synonymous with quality and unique lifestyle experiences globally, which we, at the Landmark Africa Group continuously strive to align ourselves with.
“We look forward to bringing Marriott’s hospitality and passion for excellence to the Landmark Village setting a new benchmark for mixed-use developments in the region,” said Paul Onwuanibe, chief executive, Landmark.
Designed to be the first Lagos equivalent of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, Canary Wharf in London, Rosebank in Johannesburg and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the Landmark Village features office spaces, luxury apartments, high end retail as well as international restaurants.
It is rapidly emerging as a leading mixed-use development on the West African Coastline.
Emirates and Thales have signed a new agreement to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with the next generation broadband inflight connectivity using Inmarsat GX global network.
The partnership will give Emirates customers best in class connectivity on its Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in 2020.
Emirates and Thales already have an existing multi-million dollar deal to fit its Boeing 777X fleet with a next generation Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system.
The new agreement is part of the Emirates and Thales’ plans to develop and enhance the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity on the 777X fleet.
Over the years, Emirates has invested over US $200 million to equip its aircraft with connectivity.
Demand for Wi-Fi on board has been steadily increasing and today over 800,000 passengers per month connect while in-flight.
Emirates, Thales and Inmarsat have invested heavily in the new generation Wi-Fi solution and will work together to meet increasing demand for Wi-Fi on board.
Broadband connectivity speeds coupled with Thales’ AVANT innovative and highly customisable IFE system will provide a further boost to Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice.
Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft, one of the most popular and advanced wide-bodied aircraft in commercial operation today.
The airline has 165 Boeing 777s in its fleet, and a further 164 on firm order, including 150 of the next generation Boeing 777x aircraft.