Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Searching for the soul of Florence – the travel secrets of a local

Sarah Marshall takes an expert-led tour of Florence and finds its artistic spirit still aflame CREDIT:TIMARBAEV/TIMARBAEV Exploding in shades of magenta, mauve and violet, unfurling iris blooms dance on the breezy slopes of Viale dei Colli, one of the few green areas in this stone-built Tuscan city. Each spring, locals meander along stone paths shaded by olive trees, admiring entrants to the Concorso Internazionale dell’Iris, a competition celebrating the city’s emblematic giaggiolo flower. “This is one of my favourite places,” enthuses author Kamin Mohammadi. “It’s only open for two weeks of…

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Mi Stores in India: Xiaomi Seeks Exemption From Local Sourcing Norms

Mi Stores in India: Xiaomi Seeks Exemption From Local Sourcing Norms

Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi has sought complete exemption from the mandatory 30 percent local sourcing norms for opening single brand retail stores in India. “The company has sought permission from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)for opening single brand retail trading (SBRT) in India. They also want exemption from the mandatory local sourcing norms,” sources said. When contacted about the matter, the company said: “We have filed an application for SBRT but would be unable to share more details as it is still at a nascent stage.”…

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