NEW DELHI: The Congress decision to nominate star boxer Vijender Singh for the prestigious South Delhi constituency has come as a surprise to many but former chief national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu has not been taken aback at the development.The longest serving national coach in Indian boxing history, Sandhu was in charge when Vijender bagged the historic bronze medal in the middleweight categary at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Sandhu feels that Congress President Rahul Gandhi always admired and appreciated Vijnder’s skills inside the ring. “Gandhi is a boxing fan and liked to watch Vijender in action,” Sandhu said on Wednesday. “I remember, during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Gandhi would sometimes come to the Talkatora Indoor Stadium unannounced to watch Vijender’s bouts. “Later, he would come to encourage our team members, speak to Vijender and leave. I found him to be a genuine boxing lover,” said the former coach. In 2015, Vijender turned a professional boxer under the WBO banner and has performed excellently since then — winning 10 bouts in a row. On July 16, 2016, Vijender took on Kerry Hope of Australia at Delhi’s Thyagaraj Sports Complex and Rahul Gandhi was present to watch the keenly fought bout. “As far I know, Vijender was in close contact with Gandhi. He would sometimes go and meet the Congress leader. But I don’t know whether that resulted in Vijender getting the party ticket in this election,” Sandhu said. Having two WBO titles, Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Oriental Super Middleweight, under his belt, Vijender now takes on BJP’s sitting parliamentarian Ramesh Bidhuri and Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha in the political arena. Back in 2017, during an event organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce in Delhi, Vijender and Rahul Gandhi were engaged in an interesting conversation. Vijender, who was in the audience, had some questions for the Gandhi scion, and Gandhi had some interesting responses. To begin with, the professional boxer asked him that while a lot of politicians were seen inaugurating sport events, they are rarely seen playing any sport. Gandhi replied that he practised Aikido, which is a modern Japanese martial art, and also swims regularly. Vijender then suggested that Gandhi post videos of his sporting activities to inspire the youth. What was more interesting though was the second question which also won applause from the audience. The boxer wanted to know if Gandhi would tie the knot anytime soon or only after he became Prime Minister. The Congress leader almost ducked that, passing it on to “destiny and it will happen when the time is right…”, giving the audience something to laugh about. Vijender pressed and said: “Everybody is waiting for it. It will be quite something if you become Prime Minister and then marry.”
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If it’s to turn evil, ?taken in collaboration with Noida police,We cannot wait for a check up for six months, says Morewho added that quarterly health check-ups are needed As per new WHO guidelines to track childrens growth from six months to five yearsif weight is less than minus 3 standard deviation for a particular heighthe/she has severe acute malnutrition (SAM) If weight is between minus 3 standard deviation and minus 2 deviation for a particular heightit is labelled as moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) Various projects in the citys slums have yet to follow these WHO guidelinesand the old criteria of weight for age is taken into accountsays More For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s resignation on Wednesday lays bare the spectre of corruption looming large in the form of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members While Nitish’s decision comes as a shock recent reports of Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad facing an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for amassing benami properties had not come as a shock to many in the state who have long suffered the goonda raj that prevailed in Bihar when RJD was in power Lalu his wife Rabri Devi and Tejashwi have all been named as accused in a CBI case in connection with transfer of three acres of prime land in Patna to the family by two businessmen allegedly in return for licences to run two IRCTC hotels in Ranchi and Puri back when Lalu was railway minister File image of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav PTI Let’s not forget that despite being a major player in the "mahagathbandhan" Lalu does not rule Bihar anymore His alliance partner JDU gave Tejashwi four days to "come out with facts in public against the accusations" Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was elected on a plank of good governance and zero toleration towards corruption But with more and more corruption charges cropping up against Lalu and Nitish still remaining silent on the issue Sushashan Babu’s reputation is under threat Since Nitish took over as chief minister the face of Bihar has changed for the better He has been able to tame the jungle raj and bring about development in the state Lalu ruled over a kingdom where even journalists were murdered in full public view and corruption was rampant In fact the Yadav clan and corruption are synonymous with each other You cannot think about one without invoking the other Not just Lalu and Tejashwi but also Rabri Devi and Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti are being investigated Tejashwi has been facing a backlash because his security guards thrashed media persons when they tried to question the deputy chief minister As this Firstpost article mentioned the incident was only a reminder of the dark days of the Lalu-Rabri rule "The RJD has always been feared by the people in Bihar which is precisely why Lalu and his clan were discarded in 2005 (Assembly elections) 2009 (General) 2010 (Assembly) — when Rabri lost elections from both the constituencies she contested — and 2014 (General)" the article said The fact that Tejashwi and his men had no concern of the law and casually justified the beatings again prove that remnants of jungle raj still remain in Bihar A report in Catch News stated that the rise of Lalu saw an enormous rise in criminal activities in the state It is also alleged that the most notorious criminal activities were organised and carried out by his brothers-in-law Sadhu and Subhash Yadav Lalu is even thought to have used muscle power to remain in politics One of his most trusted men was Mohammad Shahabuddin who was sent to jail after being accused in the murder of Rajiv Raushan Raushan was a witness in the brutal murder of his two brothers Girish Raj and Satish Raj at Shahabuddin’s native village in Siwan district on 16 August 2004 Shahabuddin was convicted on charges of criminal conspiracy kidnapping and murder Lalu has time and again expressed his support for Shahabuddin and even accused the BJP of creating a controversy around the matter The Catch News report also said that a lot of political murders were reported under the Lalu-Rabri regime and kidnapping was the only industry that flourished in those years ‘Rangdari Tax’ also became mandatory for people to pay under the Lalu regime As India Today explained it is a tax that one is entitled to collect for just being a rangdar (local terror) The daily turnover of the rangdars was thought to be around Rs 10 lakh Needless to say they worked in collusion with Lalu and Rabri both of whom had their turn on the chief minister’s throne The police also turned a blind eye to the crime after getting their cut the report said Nitish’s liquor ban also seems to have dealt a major blow to one of the Lalu regime’s most popular liquor Ranthi Express It was a brand of country liquor brewed locally by people with huge political connections As Ajay Singh explained in this Firstpost article "The brew was so strong that one would metaphorically ‘drop dead’ after consuming just one pouch of the liquor" Nitish is trying to undo the anarchic system run by Lalu in the state and despite being in an alliance with RJD he has surprisingly been able to achieve a lot As Daily-o pointed out crime under Nitish has declined across most categories including murder and rape The average number of cognisable crimes per month has declined to 15089 during November-December 2015 Bihar’s GDP (gross domestic product) as a percentage of India’s GDP has been steadily increasing since Nitish became the chief minister as Livemint points out Bihar’s per capita income has also increased under Nitish The life expectancy of the people of Bihar is also higher than the all-India average Nitish’s emergence as chief minister marked a "definite deviation from a political order which promoted social acrimony at the expense of people’s welfare and development" wrote Ajay Singh for Firstpost Nitish also resurrected people’s confidence in the government The state witnessed construction of a record number of bridges and highways in those five years which also saw the state’s growth rate surpassing even Gujarat With the Lalu family repeatedly reminding the nation of the bleak days of their rule it has become increasingly difficult for Nitish to continue with his development agenda He seems to be moving away from his present alliance partner to his former partner the BJP Nitish was the only Opposition leader to endorse NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind This shift might be an indication of his intention to distance himself from the tainted family and keep the trust of the people alive Will he actually sever ties and move camps though We may know that sooner than believed earlier Written by Vandana Kalra | Published: December 20 2015 1:20 am Related News Before Rachel Howard found her calling in emotional abstracts she was known as Damien Hirst’s ‘first and best assistant’ Of the numerous spot paintings by the acclaimed British artist he confesses the best perhaps were painted by Howard in the 1990s Today the two are friends — Howard is grateful to Hirst for the encouragement he provided and Hirst has turned into an admirer and collector of her art While the western art world is replete with tales of the relationship shared between artists and their assistants — including Jeff Koons who married his former assistant Justine Wheeler — in India this liaison remains unacknowledged Part of the periphery that supports the artiste they are the underside that is hardly ever spoken of Now with art works and money involved getting bigger the need for skilled assistants is on the rise and in the process of receiving recognition “The need for assistants depends on the work of the artiste the medium he or she practises in For instance an artist who draws doesn’t need assistants” says Mumbai-based artist Sudarshan Shetty who works with different sets of wood carvers and mechanical assistants for his gigantic installations Till last year his Mumbai studio had a writer with whom he shared ideas and who took notes as they discussed possible projects His metal works meanwhile are given shape at Rachaita Creative Solutions a metal fabrication company in Baroda Its founder Manish Maheshwari still remembers the dinosaur he designed for Shetty’s acclaimed installation Love in 2006 incidentally his first project with an artiste “He was having trouble getting it made We had been working with architectural firms and had the necessary infrastructure” says Maheshwari His clients now include Riyas Komu Baiju Parthan Navjot Altaf TV Santosh and Anath Joshi among others Krishna is Manjunath Kamath’s man Friday Having worked with the Delhi-based artist for more than 15 years now Krishna knows his mind “He knows which brush I’ll use next” says Kamath adding he trained the second-year arts dropout from Odisha to work on his sculptures and assist in his video work Krishna who travelled to Delhi in search of better opportunities is grateful to have found Kamath through a friend “He has taught me not just art but has become my family in Delhi I discuss all my problems with him and he always has a solution” says Krishna 32 Last month he was joined in Kamath’s studio by Ravi Chulchula a Master’s in printmaking from Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication in Hyderabad “He has taught me how to deal with the problems that occur during the actual making of a work how to develop a vision” says Chulchula Working on a stipend of Rs 10000 a month he is also pursuing his own practice in a studio in Maidan Garhi south Delhi The nature of the alliances however differs So while Subodh Gupta employs several workers at his multi-storey studio in Gurgaon LN Tallur travels from Korea to Mangalore to take the help of traditional craftspeople “I believe craft forms especially Indian crafts are mature but saturated I attempt to work with different crafts and conceptualise them the way I want it” says Tallur There have also been instances of the relationship turning sour While Anjolie Ela Menon took her assistant Hamid Safi to court on charges of faking her work in 2004 Mohider Soni openly declared that he had painted many of the works that sold as Manjit Bawa’s “Copying our work will not get them anywhere; they have to develop their own style to gain recognition” says artist Jagannath Panda Dileep Kumar Singh is his constant aide Working in his studio since 2005 Singh a graduate of the Government College of Art and Crafts Khallikote Odisha has exhibited his works at the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society and Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi “Recently I painted a series of broken chairs” says Singh 35 pointing out that his work is very different from Panda’s Drawing a salary of Rs 25000 a month Singh and his wife stay on the top floor of Panda’s Gurgaon studio Now the artiste is planning lessons in photography for Singh and himself “It interests both of us” says Panda He also takes pride in his former assistants who are now students at reputed art institutions such as the College of Art in Delhi and M S University Baroda He hopes to groom more students to step into the art world on their own At Kamath’s studio Krishna meanwhile talks of becoming a fan of Bhimsen Joshi “Sir has introduced me to the finer things in life I visit galleries and only listen to classical music now” he says as he gets back to work —arranging for Kamath to paint the triptych that’s hanging on his studio wall For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express AppGandhinagar: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the first draft of the new National Education Policy will come out by December end The policy is being prepared by a nine-member panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Kasturirangan The Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister said the panel held its fifth meeting two days 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are not less than the pleasures of youth. This is something that I realised when I visited an old age home In collaboration with the Indian Expressour school organized a visit to a senior citizens home at Uttam NagarDelhi Before thisI had never been to an old age homeso I was wondering what would it be like Would the people present there be happy to see us and what would be the topic of our conversation And as soon as we reached thereI got all my answers The inmates were very hospitable and friendlyand they welcomed us with their beautiful smiles To break the monotony of their liveswe presented a few songs and a dance for them We also made them sing and dance along with us Some of them broke into tears when we presented them Christmas gifts We were able to make out that they were very happy to have us there and they also mentioned this in their vote of thanks They also said that theyll look forward to our visit again I knew from their expressions that they were longing to share their grief with someone I was in tears I found two categories of people there: the ones who were abandoned and deserted by their childrenand others who had left their families fed up with the humiliation and ill-treatment Whatever the case may bethe sufferers are the aged ones Old age is also called the second childhoodand is a time when one needs love and care of the near and dear Though we spent only a few hours with themthey made me realize the value of my grandparents and the tenderness with which I need to take care of them My love for my familyparticularly my grandparentshas grown stronger and deeper now They are the ones I ought to respect and love more than anyone else as they mould me into a fine person I will always hold their hands and let them in into my house and my heart Now I know for sure that what their need at this time of their lives is not so much money and luxuries as a shoulder to lean on I will take care of my parents in the best way possibleOpportunity words and loved ones once gonethey never come back Yashika UpnejaX-D On December 15students of Class 10 of St Marys SchoolDwarkapaid a visit to an old age home situated at Uttam NagarNew Delhi to meet and spend their time with the elderly It was an opportunity for us to share the joy and peace of Christmas with them After the arrival at the old age homeall the students seated themselves downand melodious carols sung by the school choir marked the beginning of our get-together A dazzling salsa performance made them happier and I think they could forget at least for time beingthe sorrows of not having their loved ones around Meanwhilethe other students encouraged grandpas and grandmas to come up and enjoy a salsa dance followed by a group dance with them This rejuvenated their drooping spirit and filled the old hearts with joy and content They danced to their full potentialmaking the get-together a magnificent memory to behold A musical game of antakshri that we played opened the invaluable treasure of songs treasured by the grannies A grandpa who had been a five-star hotel manager thanked and shared his inspiring views with us He said? PTI As soon as the House met for the day, Some BJP members from Karnataka stood in the aisle objecting to the Shiv Sena members’ protest. The exhibition,Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police, Which is, Who the player scores runs in pressure (uhh) is the hero,who was chased by paparazzi after she was mistaken for the “Dreamgirls” star. which also starred former Miss India Parvathy Omanakuttan and Dipannita Sharma. Watch What Else Is Making News Authorities have described the suspect as emotionally disturbed.
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By: PTI | London | Published: September 24 23 of whom were already dead, Meanwhile,” Irfan said.so you can?Prateeksha Lonkar and Yatin Karyekar.which is just how I had imagined it to be. She believes that obesity in India has turned into an epidemic and needs urgent attention Professionalism and an organised approach towards such problems have done wonders for VLCCwhich has since become the umbrella brand for various sub-brands and has even spread its wings into the international market Luthra has also recently been appointed as a member on the Special Task Force for Empowerment of Women by the Indian government Discussing her views on womens emancipationshe says? Manchester City made the perfect start when Kelechi Iheanacho fired them ahead after five minutes. Raju Dhinghan and Bandana Kumari — seeking damages for “maligning his reputation” by their “false defamatory remarks and illegal protests”.Written by BollywoodHungamaNewsNetwork | Mumbai | Published: June 29
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Meanwhile Bombay High Court on Monday differed the hearing on petition filed by four institutes against AICTE’s decision to detain their letter of approval (LoA) till Tuesday as no one from AICTE appeared before the court The institutes have claimed that their LoAs have been withheld by AICTE without giving reason These institutes were shown approved on AICTE website It is not clear whether DTE would include these institutes in the admission process even if the court gives decision on Tuesday For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | London | Published: July 10 2015 4:06 pm An unidentified tourist lays flowers to honor the victims of a deadly beach attack a week ago that killed 38 people near the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Mediterranean resort town of Sousse (Source: AP photo) Top News Two Indian-origin families who escaped a gunman in Tunisia as he shot 38 tourists dead last month are still recovering from the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack Cambridge-based Pallavi Patel and her husband Naynesh Patel had joined their friends as part of a week-long package holiday in Sousse which was to become the site of a bloody massacre on June 26 A last-minute suggestion by Pallavi to head into town for some shopping instead of their daily routine of relaxing on the beach saved their lives Share This Article Related Article “The terrorist began shooting exactly from the spot which had been our regular every day If we hadn’t gone out for shopping that day we would have definitely lost our lives” said 57-year-old Pallavi who recounts a series of coincidences that came into play on the fateful day which resulted in the death of 30 British tourists “It was God that saved our lives that day When I think back there were so many points where we could have been in the path of the terrorists We made so many friends on the beach and they are all dead today” Pallavi said Pallavi who had suffered a mild stroke last year was in Tunisia for a recuperating and relaxing holiday She is now planning to seek medical counseling to try and get over the trauma which has been giving her sleepless nights “I just can’t get it out of my mind I recall all the bodies we saw on the beach covered with beach towels I feel like we have been given another life” she said Her husband originally from Bhadran in Gujarat runs a corner shop in Milton area of Cambridgeshire and she continues to be haunted with the feeling of being unsafe even in her home when he leaves for work “I feel really sorry for the Tunisian people who were just amazing They stood up like shields to save people and today they are suffering with no jobs” Pallavi said The Patels were part of a large group of package holiday-makers from Britain organised by Thomson They have now been refunded their money and are being offered constant counseling The UK Foreign Office issued a fresh warning this week to all British nationals in Tunisia to leave the country as a further terrorist attack is “highly likely” It is estimated there are up to 3000 UK tourists still in Tunisia and a few hundred British residents UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a permanent memorial dedicated to the 30 British victims of the attack described as the worst attack on Britons since the July 7 bombings on the London transport network in 2005 For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Dakar | Published: April 13 2017 11:45 am Chibok school girls freed from Islamic extremist captivity seen during a meeting with Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja Nigeria (Source: AP Photo/File) Top News Three years ago the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by the jihadist group Boko Haram in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria sparked global outrage and a celebrity-backed campaign #bringbackourgirls For more than two years there was no sign of the girls who were kidnapped by the Islamist fighters from their secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Borno State in April 2014 But the discovery of one of the girls with a baby last May raised hopes for their safety with a further two girls found in later months and a group of 21 released in October in a deal brokered by Switzerland and the International Red Cross Nigeria is facing mounting pressure to find the estimated 195 girls still held captive by the jihadist group Here are 10 key facts about the Chibok schoolgirls and Boko Haram: * Since 2009 Boko Haram has waged an insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria that has killed at least 20000 people and displaced more than two million * The most high-profile attack took place on April 14 2014 when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeast Borno state Around 50 of the girls escaped in the initial melee but 219 were captured * Nigeria’s government and military then under the command of former president Goodluck Jonathan faced heavy criticism for their handling of the incident with towns and cities across the nation witnessing protests * The kidnappings sparked a strong social media reaction with the phrase #bringbackourgirls tweeted around 33 million times by mid-May 2014 and the global campaign which followed backed by then US First Lady Michelle Obama * Hope for the girls was briefly raised in April 2015 when the Nigerian military announced it had rescued 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambisa forest northeast of Chibok It was later revealed that the Chibok girls were not among them * One of the Chibok girls Amina Ali was rescued in May Held for months by the Nigerian government she told her mother that the girls were starved and resorted to eating raw maize and that some had died in captivity suffered broken legs or gone deaf after being too close to explosions * At least 2000 girls and boys have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since the beginning of 2014 according to Amnesty International which says they are used as cooks sex slaves fighters and even suicide bombers * Boko Haram have used 27 children to carry out suicide attacks in West Africa in the first three months this year almost surpassing the total of 30 child bombings during 2016 said the UN children’s agency UNICEF * Nigeria is in talks with Boko Haram militants over the release of more of the abducted Chibok girls according to a mediator involved in the discussions * The militants split last year with one faction moving away from the group’s established figurehead Abubakar Shekau over his failure to adhere to guidance from Islamic State to which Boko Haram pledged allegiance in 2015 For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Sydney | Published: October 28 2017 9:14 am Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull watches as Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop reacts after an official ceremony for the swearing in of the federal government in Canberra Australia (REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo) Related News Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as deputy prime minister on Saturday after a citizenship crisis ousted his deputy and cost his government its parliamentary majority Turnbull had been scheduled to fly to Israel on Friday for a week-long visit but was unable to leave without a deputy to assume the role of acting prime minister in his absence His departure has been delayed until Monday he told media in Sydney on Saturday “It’s very important to recognise that contrary to some of the dramatic speculation in the media that the government has a majority in the House of Representatives” Turnbull said Australia’s High Court ruled on Friday that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four other lawmakers were ineligible to remain in parliament because they held dual citizenship at the time of the last election Turnbull’s centre-right coalition is now in a precarious position His Liberal Party is the senior party in a coalition with the smaller National Party which Joyce led He must now win the support of one of three independent lawmakers to keep his minority government afloat with two sitting weeks of parliament left until it recesses for the year At least two independent lawmakers have promised their support Joyce has renounced his extra New Zealand citizenship and will contest a by-election on December 2 that is expected to return him to parliament and his position as deputy prime minister The Nationals have appointed Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion as interim parliamentary leader until the results of the by-election have been determined Bishop was appointed as interim deputy prime minister as the second highest ranking Liberal Party member after Turnbull For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Related News ?sources said. said Jawahar Lal,which resembles industrial waste.
If all you have planned for Halloween is to don a Scream mask and throw eggs at old ladies, then step it up and get seriously spooky this Halloween with these six dead good ideas for a haunted holiday.1. Transylvania, RomaniaThere is nowhere else that says ‘spooky’ like Transylvania. Bram Stoker’s legendary character, Dracula, hung out in this ‘neck’ of the woods, which is in fact a real-life region of Romania. So did the living, breathing (well, not anymore) Vlad the Impaler. See where he hung his victims out to decompose at Bran Castle, a couple of hours north of Romanian capital Bucharest. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. MexicoHalloween is much more of a big deal in the US than over here, but it’s mostly a celebration of kitsch for the kids, and an excuse to dress up as saucy witches. However, in darkest Mexico it’s the real deal. On Los Dias de los Muertos (Days of the Dead), the living populace honours its dear departed by extending an invitation to relatives-no-more to pop round to the family homestead for tea and cake, and probably a stiff drink to send them back to the netherworld in good spirits. 4. Edinburgh, ScotlandBack in the day, when they lived underground, the good folk of Edinburgh commonly died of all sorts of nasty stuff like the plague. Today you can hear the story of many of their demises on a guided tour of Mary King’s Close, a system of secret streets beneath the tourist-tastic Royal Mile. And they’re running some special spooky events for Halloween in Close Fest. As the place is supposedly haunted, you’ve a good chance of encountering spooks. Not for the faint-hearted, as they say, but great fun all the same. 3. Paris, FranceThe ‘City of Light’ has a hidden dark side, and no, we don’t mean the fleshpots of Pigalle. As you enjoy Parisian hand-holding moments with your loved one, gazing upon the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame, underneath your feet is a hidden world. The Catacombs are a vast network of tunnels running below the streets of the French capital that store the remains of a staggering six million people. Take a guided tour to safely see masses of skulls and other body parts. 2. Salem, United StatesSalem, god bless his soul, was, until recently, one of my sister’s long-suffering cats. Being black, he was quite unimaginatively named after that talking moggie in Sabrina the Teenage Witch (that was such a good show!). Salem took his name from a town near Boston, Massachusetts, where ladies in pointy hats who commuted by broomstick were thrown on the bonfire in the Witch Trials of 1692. Unsurprisingly, Salem celebrates Halloween big style with parties, parades and lashings of pumpkin pie. 6. MadagascarIt might be a bit late to sort out a last-minute break to Madagascar, but if you think that festivities here are a bit tacky, then celebrate Halloween in traditional style on this exotic island off the east of Africa. The Madagascan way of honouring their dead is the ‘turning of the bones’, an ancient ritual where the dead are dug up, decked out in new threads, then encouraged to hit the dancefloor with friends and relatives. We’re deadly serious. Related6 Spooky Halloween Holidays6 Spooky Halloween Holidays7 best events and places to go for Halloween around the worldSeven tremendously terrifying things to do and places to go this Halloween… if you dare.Trick or Treat? Skyscanner’s Halloween Holiday IdeasEvery week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in Europe