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IRCTC adds two new servers to ease Tatkal bookings

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first_imgThe Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) announced that it has upgraded its website by introducing two high capacity servers that have doubled peak time efficiency.According to the IRCTC, its portal installed two Linux-enabled servers raising the booking capacity to over 14,000 tickets per minute from the existing 7,200. The capacity augmentation has been done as an ‘immediate step’ to cater to the summer time demand for Tatkal tickets and a forenoon flurry in their online reservations, according to IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director, A K Manocha. “The measure is vital, considering that 54% train tickets in the country are booked through IRCTC website,” Manocha stated.On an average, the daily sale of train tickets through the portal, which is the world’s second busiest with three crore registered users, is around 5.5 to 6 lakh.“Even that was later found insufficient, given the summer time rush for Tatkal tickets – especially in premium trains plying between the most sought after destinations,” pointed out Manocha.The Tatkal reservations on all Indian Railways trains total roughly around 400,000 tickets. Of these, 50,000 tickets are slotted ‘critical’, given their high demand owing to various reasons during a given season.last_img read more

The perfect antidote to dark mornings and frosty w

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first_imgThe perfect antidote to dark mornings and frosty weather, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has created the Warming Winter Glow Body Therapy – an indulgent treatment designed to restore the skin’s natural glow during the cold winter months.Detoxifying and moisturising the skin while easing the mind and relieving stress during what is often a busy social season, the body therapy incorporates fragrant, seasonal spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, alongside a range of antioxidant ingredients such as orange and dark chocolate, which stimulate circulation and hydrate skin.Ideal for banishing the winter blues, the warming 90-minute spa ritual begins with gentle brushing of the body, softening and reviving dull, dry skin. A 20-minute body exfoliation follows, combining apple, brown sugar, coconut oil and a variety of spices, encouraging removal of dead skin cells and impurities, aiding new skin growth and providing a healthy, vibrant glow. A 10-minute steam session then preps the pores, cleanses and detoxifies the skin, improving circulation and alleviating congestion. Guests can then choose from a 60-minute decadent chocolate and orange zest body wrap or a relaxing vanilla candle massage to follow.For those choosing the heated wrap, expect to be enveloped in a cocoon of warmth filled with dark chocolate mud, orange zest, champagne and honey. The cosy wrap will detoxify and lift the skin, achieving a firmer feel, and leaving skin silky and smooth. The therapy concludes with a warm shower and gentle application of body butter.The relaxing candle massage moisturises the skin and stimulates the senses, easing tension and calming the mind. The candle wax melts into a sumptuous, warm massage oil that is drizzled over the skin and massaged in with gentle, soothing massage strokes, leaving skin lightly scented.Guests are welcome to enjoy a glass of non-alcoholic mulled wine after their treatment. The Warming Winter Glow Body Therapy is also available to enjoy as a couples’ experience.The Warming Winter Glow is available until 28 February 2017, from Monday to Thursday at GBP 200 per person, and Friday to Sunday at GBP 210 per person.last_img read more