ATDC organizes golf tournament near Jorhat

Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) organizes golf tournament  to bring Assam on tourist map  in the state with a tourney near Jorhat. The corporation is organizing the Assam Tourism Invitational Golf Meet at the scenic Kaziranga Golf Resort in Jorhat district. The day long tournament will feature 80 golfers with eight from abroad teeing off at the 18-hole course. The idea of the meet is to promote the hotspots in the state among domestic and foreign tourists through golf.

The golf meet is expected to give boost to the Assam International Trade and Industrial Fair in Jorhat that is underway from today. Over 10 countries are taking part in the fair organized by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Assam, in association with the Federation of Federation of Industry & Commerce of North Eastern Region. Assam Tourism Development Corporation is also one of the partners in the fair. The scheduling of the two events, that is golf and trade fair has been done in a manner that more and more people may come to the venue.

Centrally located and being close the oil fields and the tea estates, Jorhat serves as the base for tourism to places like Kaziranga National Park and the world’s largest river island Majuli.

Tourism Toronto hosts networking dinner for IndiaⳠleading companies

Mumbai, 12th February, 2015- Tourism Toronto recently hosted some of IndiaⳠleading companies to an exciting evening of cocktails and dinner. Gracing the occasion was Mr. Mark Crawford- Director, International Business Development, Tourism Toronto who was participating in a sales mission to India for the first time. The event provided an excellent opportunity for Mr. Mark Crawford to not only greet the Indian MICE market but also provide indepth insights on product offering.

 

Tourism Toronto collaborated with Jet Airways and Starwood Hotels and Resorts who in turn invited some of their prestigious corporate clients to meet Mr. Mark Crawford. The evening witnessed presence of over 70 corporates that included guests from TATA Communications, HDFC Bank, Aditya Birla Group, Glenmark and many more of IndiaⳠtop notch companies.

 

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mark Crawford, Director, International Business Development, Tourism Toronto, said, 䠉 had been eagerly waiting to visit India especially after the splendid response we have received from the market within our first year of business. As is known, the Indian outbound market is witnessing a rapid growth which includes large movement on the MICE front. We are keen to capitalize on this boom by illuminating the amazing resources that Toronto possesses to host large numbers.伯:p>

 

The event ended on a high note due to attractive surprises that were given away by the partners. Jet Airways and Starwood Hotels and Resorts showered two lucky guests with prizes such as a 3 night  stay for a couple at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, a 3 night stay for a couple at the Sheraton City Centre, Toronto and 2 Business class tickets on Jet Airways to Toronto and back. Winners were picked through a lucky draw.

 

About Tourism Toronto: Tourism Toronto, TorontoⳠConvention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,100 members established to sell and market the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for tourists, convention delegates and business travelers around the globe. Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

“Launching of Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization(ETA)”

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PRESS  INVITATION

You are cordially invited to cover the following Event:-

 Event  : Shri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister to be the Chief Guest at “Launching of Tourist Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization(ETA)”

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State(IC) for Tourism & Culture and MoS for Civil Aviation to be the Guest of Honour.

 

Date :  November 27,  2014 ( Thursday)
Time : 1100 Hours
Venue : Convention Hall, the Ashok Hotel, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

 

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FIFA WORLD CUP @The Italian Cultural Institue! Schedule of matches- 23- 27 June 2014

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Students swept away in dam release at Manali

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 The 25 students from the southern IT-city of Hyderabad had been taking photographs Sunday evening at the banks of the Beas River when they were hit by the rush of water from the Larji hyropower station near the mountain resort town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh.

They had been part of a larger field trip of some 48 students spending 10 days near the mountain resort town of Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Some students at the river banks managed to scramble to safety.

“We saw a wall of water hit those who were on the banks. They fell flat and disappeared under the waves,” one student, identified only as Sumiran, told The Indian Express newspaper.

A Manali police officer, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said four bodies had been recovered Monday morning after a search resumed with the dawn. But police said the search operation was challenged by a shortage of boats and divers.

“Officials there are fearing the chances of finding survivors were slim,” said Anurag Sharma, police director general in the state of Telangana where Hyderabad is located.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded the dam´s engineer be suspended while the incident is investigated.

Telangana´s government on Monday sent police officials and parents of the missing to the search site, 530 kilometers (330 miles) north of New Delhi.

Anxious friends and relatives gathered at Hyderabad´s Vigyan Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology waiting for news of the missing.

Bodies of five engineering students from Hyderabad, who were washed away in the turbulent Beas River in Mandi district along with 20 others, were recovered on Monday as Chief minister Virbhadra Singh ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and suspension of the Resident Engineer of the Larji hydropower project.

Twenty-five students, who were taking photographs on the bank of Beas, were washed away last evening when the discharge of water in the river suddenly increased due to release of water from the reservoir of 126 MW Larji hydropower project.

The rescue teams of SSB, assisted by police, Homeguard and local divers and rafters started search operations in the wee hours from Thalout to Pandoh dam. Five bodies including that of three boys and two girls have been recovered, SSB officials at Control Room at Mandi said.

“The high discharge of water and shortage of boats is causing some problem but we have list of missing persons and hope to recover the bodies. Our jawans are moving in boats and strict vigil is being maintained along the banks of Beas and NDRF teams and divers from BBMB have also reached the spot,” the officials said.

The Home Ministry has sought a report from the state on the incident. Taking serious note of the matter, the Chief minister has ordered a magisterial inquiry by Divisional commissioner, Mandi, to fix responsibility for the tragedy and suggest measure to stop recurrence of such incidents.

The Chief Minister has also ordered suspension of the Resident Engineer and a case has been registered against the staff for negligence and not forewarning the people before releasing water from the dam. The Chief Minister has left for the spot along with Power minister Sujan Singh Pathania to supervise rescue operations.

Union HRD minister Smriti Irani visited the site and Telangana Home Minister is expected to arrive in Kullu .

The discharge of water increased suddenly yesterday and caught everyone unawares as the Project authorities released the water apparently without any warning. Enraged people blocked the national highway after the incident on Sunday.

Bodies of five engineering students from Hyderabad, who were washed away in the turbulent Beas River in Mandi district along with 20 others, were recovered on Monday as Chief minister Virbhadra Singh ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and suspension of the Resident Engineer of the Larji hydropower project.





Nadal beats Djokovic to win record 9th French Open title

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Nadal beats Djokovic to win record 9th French Open title
Rafael Nadal clinched his ninth French Open and 14th career Grand Slam title on Sunday with a brutal 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 victory over a battling Novak Djokovic.

The world number one also became the first man to win five Roland Garros crowns in succession as the 28-year-old took his record at the tournament to 66 wins against just one defeat.

His tally of 14 majors equals the mark of Pete Sampras and puts him just three behind the all-time record of Roger Federer who is almost five years older.

Defeat was cruel for world number two Djokovic, the 2012 runner-up, who still needs a French Open title to become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam.

The Serb dominated the early stages of Sunday’s final, the pair’s 42nd meeting, seemingly immune to the sweltering 30-degree heat on Philippe Chatrier court.

But Nadal, playing in his 20th Grand Slam final to Djokovic’s 13th, grew stronger as the final wore on as he ended a four-match losing streak against his old rival.

The 3hr 31min duel ended on a sour note when Djokovic double-faulted on match point, shaken by a shout from the crowd.

In a tense opening to their seventh Grand Slam final meeting, the steadier Djokovic, sporting a white cap against the fierce sun, pounced to break for 5-3, after Nadal put too much zip on a forehand.

The Spaniard had two points to break back in the ninth game but two more ballooned forehands kept Djokovic, who had even served and volleyed at 0-30, in the picture.

He took the opening set when Nadal, off balance and stranded behind the baseline, went long with a slapped backhand.

It was only the second time the champion had dropped the opening set of a final in Paris — in 2005 against Mariano Puerta and in 2006 against Roger Federer.

However, he regained the advantage with a break to lead 4-2 in the second set with an inside-out forehand stretching the Serb who could only net a desperate return.

But back came Djokovic for 3-4 after a sloppy Nadal service game punctuated by an untimely second double fault.

The world number two saved a break point to go to 4-4, Nadal then held before Djokovic suffered his first serious lapse which was as sudden as it was surprising.

A wild forehand gifted Nadal two set points and the top seed converted with a merciless, crunching forehand.

Djokovic was rapidly wilting in the Paris heat as a 22-shot rally laid the foundation for a Nadal break for 2-0 in the third set, courtesy of a weary backhand volley into the net.





कैंपेन इंडिया प्रेस कांफ्रेंस 

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नई डेल्ही ७थ जून २०१४  अर्पिता बंसल फाउंडर मुस्कान के के मेमोरियल ट्रस्ट नें एक कैंपेन शुरू किया है जिसका आधार देश में सफाई रखना हैं जिसके लियेह अर्पिता बंसल रीसाइक्लिंग बैग्स डिस्ट्रीब्यूट कर रही हैं
अर्पिता बंसल एक कहना हैं हम हर सोसाइटी में जाके यह बैग्स डिस्ट्रीब्यूट करेंगे ताकि लोगो थोड़ा सफाई पे ध्यान दें, यह इतना आसान नहीं है, पर हमने एक कदम उठाया है लोगो को अवेयर करने के लियेह में यशसा करती हूँ मेरे साथ आप सब भी एक एक कदम बढ़ाएंगे हमरे देश को साफ़ सूत्रा रखने में

 

 

मुस्कान केके मेमोरियल ट्रस्ट के बारे में

मुस्कान केके मेमोरियल ट्रस्ट ने अल्प अवधि में ही रक्तदान शिविर और स्कूलों में जीवन के बारे में बताने वाली निशुल्क कक्षाओं का आयोजन किया है ताकि युवाओं का बेहतर विकास हो। अर्पिता बंसल भी जरूरतमंद गरीब परिवारों की सहायता कर रही हैं। उन्होंने कई गरीब लड़कियों और जरूरतमंद परिवारों को गोद लिया है   और उन्हें अपनी बेटी की तरह शिक्षा और प्यार देती हैं तथा उनकी देखभाल करती हैं। वे सक्रियता से बेघरों और विकलांग लोगों की भी सहायता करती हैं। सुश्री बंसल देश की सभी दूरदराज और मुश्किल वाली जगहों पर निशुल्क स्वास्थ्य और जागरूकता शिविर का आयोजन करती हैं। शिविर में निशुल्क जांच के साथसाथ महंगी दवाइयां भी गरीबों और जरूरतमंदों को मुफ्त दी जाती हैं। वे देश भर में मीलों यात्रा करती हैं और दूरदराज के क्षेत्रों में भिन्न स्कूलों में लड़कियों को और पॉलीटेकनिक में महिलाओं को पढ़ाती हैं। वे कैंसर जैसी घातक बीमारियों के बारे में जानकारी देती हैं और समाज के झुग्गी झोपड़ी क्षेत्र में निशुल्क टीकाकरण के लिए शिविरों का आयोजन करती रहती हैं। यही नहींवे पुरुषों  महिलाओं की बराबरी के लिए भी जागरूकता फैला रही हैं और कन्या भ्रूण हत्या और दहेज प्रथा को खत्म करने के लिए भी काम कर रही हैं।

 

अर्पिता बंसल – सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और उद्यमीअर्पिता जो कुछ भी हैं, खुद बनी हैं। वे एक सफल उद्यमी, डिजाइनर, लेखक, मॉडल, प्रकाशक और एक हीलिंग टच देने वाली सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता हैं। उन्हें कई उपलब्धियां हासिल करने का श्रेय हैं। अर्पिता का मानना है, हमेशा वही रहिए जो आप हैं। खुद को व्यक्त कीजिए, अपने आप में विश्वास रखिए, बाहर जाकर किसी सफल व्यक्तित्व की तलाश करने और फिर उसकी नकल करने की जरूरत नहीं है। यह दिलचस्प है कि एक ट्रस्ट और डिजाइन केंद्र चलाने की अर्पिता की यात्रा की अलग शुरुआत थी। परिस्थितियों ने उन्हें कारोबार की दुनिया में कदम रखने के लिए मजबूर किया था। 12 साल की अल्प आयु में अर्पिता ने एक परिपक्व, लक्ष्य उन्मुख पेशेवर की बनने का जोखिम लिया।

एमडी यूनिवर्सिटी से स्नातक की पढ़ाई पूरी करने के बाद, वर्षों के अपने अनुभव के साथ अर्पिता अब एक प्रसंसनीय पद पर पहुंच गई हैं और क्रिएटिव नेस्ट मीडिया प्राइवेट लिमिटेड में प्रबंध निदेशक हैं। यही नहीं, फिक्की लेडीज ऑर्गनाइजेश की सदस्य अर्पिता एक जानी-मानी कारोबारी महिला हैं, एक बेटी की मां, सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और कइयों के लिए फैशन आईकॉन भी। अब 24 साल से ज्यादा के पुरस्कार प्राप्त कैरियर के साथ अर्पिता बंसल मुस्कान केके मेमोरियल ट्रस्ट की संस्थापक और क्रिएटिव नेस्ट मीडिया प्राइवेट लिमिटेड में प्रबंध निदेशक हैं (जो लक्जरी पत्रिकाओं एटलियर क्रिएटिंग फैशन, एटलियर आर्केड और एटलियर दिवा की स्वामी है)।

सही अर्थों में दूरदर्शी, अर्पिता अपनी शर्तों पर जीने वाली महिला हैं। सिर्फ उद्यमिता की भावना उन्हें नहीं पारिभाषित करती है। बल्कि समानुभूति और समाज की सेवा करने की उनकी भावना भी उनकी विशेषताओं में है। वे भिन्न गैर सरकारी संगठनों और समाज कल्याण संस्थाओं जैसी मैत्री छाया, क्राई केयर और यूनिसेफ से जुड़ी रही हैं।        

कारोबार, लक्जरी और जीवनशैली के क्षेत्र में उनकी सभी उपलब्धियों के लिए अर्पिता को आधी आबादी वीमेन अचीवर्स अवार्ड्स 2011 के बिजनेस श्रेणी में अचीवर्स अवार्ड, विस्व महिला परिवार द्वारा पत्रकारिता और महिला उद्यमिता के लिए महिला रत्न का सम्मान मिल चुका है। इंडियन फेडरेशन फॉर फैशन डिजाइन (आईएफएफडी) की ओर से इंडिया फैशन समिट अवार्ड 12 में फैशन के क्षेत्र में उनका आईडिया – एटलियर बेस्ट फैशन कवरेज का खिताब जीत चुका है। दिल्ली में उन्हें भारत के शिखर के लोगों के साथ सम्मानित किया जा चुका है। लास वेगास में उन्हें पावर ब्रांड्स अचीवर्स अवार्ड से भी सम्मानित किया जा चुका है। हाल में, गैर सरकारी संगठन भारत निर्माण ने उन्हें समाज सेवा के लिए महत्त्वपूर्ण पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया है। सामाजिक कार्यों के क्षेत्र में उनकी एक और बड़ी उपलब्धि यह है कि उन्हें रोटरी वोकेशनल क्लब ऑफ मेरठ ने भी सम्मानित किया है। 





Militants attacked Karachi airport

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TTP claims Karachi airport attack, 20 killed
Twnety three persons, including 10 terrorists, were killed when heavily armed militants attacked the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan’s commercial hub Karachi even as fresh firing was heard early Monday, hours after security forces declared an end to the assault.

At least 23 persons, including 10 terrorists, were killed when heavily armed militants attacked the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan’s commercial hub Karachi even as fresh firing was heard early Monday, hours after security forces declared an end to the assault.Around 10 to 12 men armed with explosives and ammunition dressed in airport security personnel uniforms entered the Fokker building at the old airport terminal late last night, police said.

 Pakistan’s military on Monday declared an end to an all-night offensive to quell a Taliban siege of Karachi airport that left 20 people including security personnel dead.

10 terrorists were killed in the joint operation by law enforcement agencies.

“The attack is over and we have cleared the area of all militants and we will hand over the airport to the Civil Aviation Authority at 12:00 pm (0700 GMT),” a spokesman for the paramilitary Rangers Sibtain Rizvi, told reporters after nearly 12 hours of fighting.

The attack at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi began just before midnight Sunday and raged until dawn, when the military said that all 10 attackers had been killed after they had stormed two areas equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers.

But after authorities initially declared the area cleared, a reporter witnessed fresh gunfire break out inside the airport — where explosions and fires had erupted during the night — prompting security forces to relaunch the operation.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group said the attack was in revenge for its late leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November.

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid also dismissed the Pakistani government´s recent offer of a new round of peace talks as a ruse, and promised more attacks to come.

“Pakistan used peace talks as a tool of war,” he told. “We have yet to take revenge for the deaths of hundreds of innocent tribal women and children in Pakistani air strikes.

“It´s just the beginning, we have taken revenge for one (Mehsud), we have to take revenge for hundreds.” Talks to end the TTP´s bloody seven-year insurgency in Pakistan have been underway since February, with little clear progress made so far.

The gun battle was over inside the old airport near the hangers and workshop as military and other security personnel tried to clear up the runaway and surrounding area from the terrorists.

Plumes of smoke and fire could be seen inside the old airport and a few loud explosions were also heard near the workshop and hanger area. A spokesman of the Inter Services Pubic Relations confirmed that army units had been called from the nearby Malir cantonment base and said so far three terrorists had been killed in the gun battle while one blew himself up.

Security forces had cleared up one side of the old airport after killing the terrorists but there was still resistance and heavy gunfire coming from another direction near a workshop, Sindh police spokesman said.

“They are 11 dead bodies inside right now including one police official and some ASF jawans but three terrorists have been killed while one blew himself up as we corned him,” the spokesman, Imran Shaukat told reporters.

He denied that the terrorists had succeeded in blowing up or damaging the aircraft on the runaway. “No aircraft has been hit or damaged although the terrorists are carrying RPG rockets. The explosion and fire is because some oil tankers caught fire on the runaway,” he said.

A spokesman for the paramilitary rangers also confirmed that four terrorists had been killed and said seven more were suspected to be hiding inside a hanger building. He said all passengers and airport staff had been moved to safe places and the aircrafts secured with security personnel securing them from terrorist attacks.

But a source in the Civil Aviation Authority said that the number of casualties could be high as several civilians had been killed or injured when the terrorists entered the airport terminal building.

All flight operations at Jinnah Terminal have been suspended and all routes to the airport have been sealed.

The attack came days after a peace process between the Tehreek-e-Taliban broke down and a ceasefire announced by the TTP was called off.

Since then than there has also been a major break in the TTP with the powerful Mehsud group announcing their separation from the militant outfit led by Maulana Fazlullah. The Mehsud group commanders had warned of resuming attacks against the government and security personnel and installations.

Immediately after the daring attack all flight operations were suspended from the Jinnah international airport with flights not taking off and those scheduled to land in Karachi were diverted to Nawabshah and Quetta or turned back to their original destinations.

Police sources said that the heavily armed terrorists dressed in ASF uniforms forced their way into the old terminal building from two gates and caught the security personnel on duty unaware.

Security forces including Military troops, ASF and police commandos surrounded a hanger and workshop near the old terminal where the terrorists took control after entering the runaway from the old terminal building.





President addresses Joint Sitting of Parliament;

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President addresses Joint Sitting of Parliament; promises policies to push growth, create jobs

President addresses Joint Sitting of Parliament; promises policies to push growth, create jobs<br />
Addressing the first joint sitting of Parliament after the recent Lok Sabha elections, President Pranab Mukherjee said the Narendra Modi government will initiate a series of social, healthcare and infrastructure programmes while asserting that there will be ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism and extremism, besides violence against women.

He said the government will revive ‘Brand India’, riding on its strengths of five ‘T’s — tradition, talent, tourism, trade and technology — and will pursue foreign policy on the basis of “enlightened nationalism” and mutually beneficial relationships.”The people of India have given a clear mandate. They want to see a vibrant, dynamic and prosperous India. They want to see a resurgent India regaining the admiration and respect of the international community,” Mukherjee said in his 55-minute address.

“Brimming with hope and expectation, they want quick results. With three ‘D’s of democracy, demography and demand on our side, … we must rise to the occasion to fulfill these great expectations. In 60 months from now, we should be able to say with confidence and pride that we have done it,” he said.

Noting that the country is passing through an “extremely difficult phase” on the economic front, the President said that GDP growth has been less than five per cent, tax collection has declined and inflation continues to be at an “unacceptable” level.

“Thus, putting the Indian economy back on track is paramount for my government. We will work together to usher our economy into high growth path, rein in inflation, reignite the investment cycle, accelerate job creation and restore the confidence of the domestic as well as international community in our economy,” he said.

In this context, he said the government will create a policy environment which is “predictable, transparent and fair”.

The government will embark on rationalization and simplification of the tax regime to make it “non-adversarial and conducive to investment, enterprise and growth,” the President said.

Observing that the government will make every effort to introduce GST while addressing the concerns of the states, he said “reforms will be undertaken to enhance the ease of doing business.”

“My government will follow a policy of encouraging investments, including through FDI, which will be allowed in sectors that help create jobs and assets,” Mukherjee said.

Government will also strategically promote labour- intensive manufacturing and expand job opportunities by promoting tourism and agro-based industries, he said, adding that employment exchanges would be transformed into Career Centres connecting youth with job opportunities through the use of technology, counselling and training.

Government will set up world class investment and industrial regions, particularly along the Dedicated Freight Corridors and Industrial Corridors spanning the country while encouraging domestic industry to innovate and collaborate internationally, he said.

“It will strive to move towards a single-window system of clearances both at the Centre and at the states through a hub-and-spoke model,” the President said.

To strengthen India’s global trade share, procedures will be simplified and trade infrastructure strengthened to reduce transaction time and costs. Besides, export potential of small-scale and handicraft sectors will be encouraged, he said.

Terming the “lack of robust infrastructure” as a major impediment, he said government will chalk out an ambitious infrastructure development programme over the next 10 years.

“A fast-track, investment friendly and predictable PPP (public private partnership) mechanism will be put up in place,” Mukherjee said, adding that a Diamond Quadrilateral project of high-speed trains will be launched and a network of freight corridors with specialised ‘agri-rail networks’ for perishable agricultural projects created.





India prime minister releases book on how to return the country to success

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June 8, 2014 / NEW DELHI

Two weeks after becoming India’s prime minister, Shri Narendra Modi today launched the book Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform at 7 Race Course Road.

 

Edited by Bibek Debroy, Ashley J. Tellis, and Reece Trevor, Getting India Back on Track (published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Random House India) contains analyses and prescriptions from some of India’s most accomplished scholars on how to return the country to a path of high, sustained growth and international success.

Speaking to reporters and a small number of invited guests, the prime minister welcomed what he called “the input of intellectual think tanks” like Carnegie and said that policymaking should incorporate input from think tanks to help generate better policy frameworks.

Arun Jaitley, minister for finance, corporate affairs, and defense, said: “I am going to read every part of this book. It will help us to do our job better. The book is well-timed and the title is apt.”

The book’s foreword is written by Ratan N. Tata, chairman of Tata Trusts, who is a member of Carnegie’s board of trustees. Many of the book’s contributors attended today’s event, including Carnegie Board Member Sunil Mittal, chairman and group CEO of Bharti Enterprises.

“The election of Narendra Modi shows the importance of getting India back to the high growth levels we enjoyed at the beginning of this century,” Mittal said. “This book is a unique collection of ideas for how to do that from some of India’s foremost experts.”

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a 100-year-old, nonpartisan think tank with research centers in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, Moscow, and Washington. Its mission is to advance the cause of peace through analysis, development of fresh policy ideas, and direct engagement with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. It plans to open a New Delhi center in the near future.

“India is a very important power in the world and an increasingly influential player on the global stage,” said Carnegie President Jessica T. Mathews, who attended today’s event. “I am delighted and honored that Prime Minister Modi agreed to launch this book. We are looking forward to opening a Carnegie center in New Delhi soon so that we can contribute our scholars’ ideas and analysis to India’s rich intellectual landscape.”

To learn more about the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, click here. To see a photo from today’s event, click here.

Press Contact: Clara Hogan | +1 202 939 2233 | chogan@ceip.org





RBI allows foreign investors to invest on repatriation basis

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Dear All,

 

 

 

 

The Reserve Bank of India has decided to allow foreign investors such as registered Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs), Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs) deemed as registered Foreign Portfolio investors, registered Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs), long term investors registered with SEBI – Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), Multilateral Agencies, Pension/ Insurance/ Endowment Funds, foreign Central Banks to invest on repatriation basis, in non-convertible/redeemable preference shares or debentures issued by an Indian company and listed on recognized stock exchanges in India. The investment will be within the overall limit of USD 51 billion earmarked for corporate debt. Further, non-resident Indians (NRIs) may also invest, both on repatriation and non-repatriation basis, in non-convertible/redeemable preference shares or debentures.

Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma

Chief Economist





Rockstar Weds Girl Next Door

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Can Abhi & Pragya cast aside their differences
and live happily ever after …?

 

 

On Zee TV’s primetime show Kumkum Bhagya, viewers are all set for some intense drama that will lead up to the rather unlikely marriage of a rockstar and a shy, serious girl-next door! The flamboyant Rockstar Abhi (Shabir Ahluwalia) and the simple, down-to-earth Pragya (Sriti Jha) have crossed paths a number of times and the exchanges have been far from pleasant or cordial …The two have clearly taken an intense dislike towards each other. At every juncture, they’ve vowed never to see each other’s face again, but little do they realize that destiny has other plans in store for them!

 

Abhi’s sister Aaliya (Shikha Singh) mistakes Pragya as the girlfriend of her crush Purab (Arjit Taneja) and forces Abhi to marry Pragya so she can have Purab to herself. Add to that, the fact that Abhi’s daadi (Daljit Kaur) is impressed with Pragya’s loving and warm persona and wants Abhi to marry her –  For the sake of his daadi and his sister, Abhi will send a marriage proposal for Pragya. On the other hand,  Pragya will be disillusioned after realizing that Suresh (Faisal Rashid), with whom she was about to tie the knot, is still in love with her younger sister Bulbul (Mrunal Thakur). Seeing her mother all tensed for her marriage, Pragya will feel pressurized into accepting Rockstar Abhi’s proposal. Little does she know that Abhi wants to marry her with an agenda of his own! In a bid to make their loved ones happy, both Abhi & Pragya are all set to marry someone starkly different from themselves in terms of personality! The much awaited Abhi-Pragya wedding will take place in a special shaadi episode on 18th June.

 

Talking about the upcoming wedding sequence, Sriti says “The upcoming wedding sequence will highlight the complexities of human emotions. Unaware of Abhi’s plan, Pragya will enter a marriage in which there is no love and affection but only indifference. How she survives this marriage, what will transpire between her and Abhi will be interesting for the viewers to look out for”.

 

On his on screen wedding, Shabbir says “Looks like it’s going to be a wedding where everyone is in a celebratory mood apart from the bride & groom, who are marrying just for the sake of their families.  Amidst lots of misgivings, hidden agendas & heartbreak, it will be interesting to see how two people with distinctly different mindsets & approach towards life will learn to live together!”

 

What will become of a wedding based on anything but love? Will two starkly opposite people with several misgivings about each other be able to even co-exist peacefully as man and wife? The much awaited Abhi Pragya shaadi will take place in a special shaadi episode on 18th June … For the drama that follows, stay tuned to Kumkum Bhagya at 9 PM, every Monday to Friday, only on Zee TV

 





24 Engineers Students +1 Drown in Beas Big Tragedy Excl

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Ravinder Singh

To Ajit Jhaamitabhth@yahoo.comAnand Ganesh and 355 More…

Today at 6:23 PM

24 Engineers Students +1 Drown in Beas Big Tragedy Excl
June09, 2014 

It is unfortunate no one Blames Final Year Engineering students for
going in the Beas River and Engineers of Larji Hydro Projects are
suspended. Instead of visiting Bhakra Dam or Nathpa Jakhari Dams
Engineers from Hyderabad proffered to go in to Beas River.

All rivers in Himalayas carry a lot of water from around May End till
End of Monsoon. This the best time for Hydro Power generation as snow
melt is Clean Water and generators run at full power.

1. They were travelling 3000 Km already passed through scores of
forests and rivers and it is not advisable to stop and go into Fast
Flowing Rivers and Forests.

2. It is unbelievable none of the Engineering Student – 26 who didn’t
went in to the river was recording the Mishap.

At this time all rivers are getting just enough water to run Hydro
Power Stations at nearly full available power – particularly the run
of the river type Hydro Projects.

This WIPO inventor had found that all Run Of River projects around
project site are operating at full power on 8-06-2014, examples – 540
MW, 300 MW, 231 MW Chamera I, II and III HEPs average generation was
537 MW, 307 MW, 231 MW respectively, Salal HEP 690 MW operated at 663
MW, Dulhasti 390 MW HEP operated at 392 MW, Baglihar HEP 450 MW
operated at 438 MW, 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri HEP on Sutlej Basin operated
at 1572 MW and 206 MW Rampur HEP operated at 213 MW. Dehar 990 MW HEP
diverting Beas Waters to Satluj Basin also produced 590 MW average
power when one unit of 165 MW was taken out for Annual Maintenance.

3. From the evidence above it clear Hydro Power Generators Operated at
full power in Himachal Pradesh, it is unbelievable Largi Project
consisting of three units was not generating any power and suddenly
Switched to full power.

Going by the Video Coverage of many channels it is clear ‘There Was No
Picnic Spot’ where students went in to Beas River.

Scores of Dams are REAL PICNIC CUM EDUCATION Spots which probably they
didn’t go.

Sorry for this AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY.

Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435
Sabkabharatmission2019@gmail.com





Didi’s Singing Lessons to Sanju Baba on Gangs of Hasseepur

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Viewers are in for a rollercaster ride of comedy as the upcoming episode of  Zee TV’s Gangs of Hasseepur features Lata Didi (played by former Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contestant Sugandha) and Sanju Baba (played by Sanket Bhosale) in a hilarious parody wherein the legendary singer attempts to teach everybody’s favorite Munnabhai how to sing.

This comedy of errors will have Sanju baba challenging Lata didi to sing something hep and contemporary and she breaks into a rap version of some of her timeless classics, grooving away like a hip hopper in her typical starched white saree avatar … Sanju baba then makes the strangest request for her to sing a ‘maa bete ka ek romantic item song’ and lata didi actually humors his request. The highlight of the act is the moment where lata didi closes her eyes for riyaaz and sanju baba, taking her instructions for singing  “thoda neeche se” literally, goes flat against the carpet and sings… he even climbs on top the couch when she says “thoda aur upar se”

For all this madness and more, stay tuned to Gangs of Hasseepur every Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM only on Zee TV.





Hindu Rashtra Sena has 4000 members in Pune alone. Ex – top cops ignore warnings against it

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Hindu Rashtra Sena has 4000 members in Pune alone. Ex – top cops ignore warnings against it

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Hindu Rashtra Sena has 4,000 members in Pune district 

Pune, June 07, 2014: Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) chief Dhananjay Desai has a following of nearly 4,000 youths across Pune district, police sources say.

“Desai has managed to attract these youths, most of whom are aged between 19 and 24, through his provocative speeches,” an officer from the crime branch said. “He is accompanied by these youths wherever he goes. Nowadays, he has started moving around in a convoy of vehicles with his supporters.”

The officer said the number of Desai’s supporters is far bigger than that of any criminal gang in the city. “Most of his supporters are jobless and come from a financially weak background,” he said.

Desai has a support base in different parts of the city, including Kothrud, Warje Malwadi, Hinjewadi, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Yerawada and Hadapsar. Several of his followers are from district areas such as Loni Kalbhor and Urali Kanchan.

Police sources say Desai shifted from Mumbai to the outskirts of Pune a few years ago. “To tend to his supporters, many of whom are from economically weaker backgrounds, Desai brokers settlements in disputes mainly related to land and other properties,” a senior police officer from the Pune crime branch said.

Desai has 22 cases registered against him in Mumbai and Pune. While three of the cases are related to dacoity and possession of arms, nearly all the rest pertain to hate speeches made by him.

The HRS chief is in the custody of the Loni Kalbhor police till Saturday for distributing pamphlets carrying objectionable content. “Once he gets bail, we plan to take preventive action against him. We will also question him in the Hadapsar murder case,” the crime branch officer said.

Meanwhile, senior crime branch officials on Friday were busy collecting information about the HRS and Desai. Officials from various police stations in the city were summoned to the crime branch to provide details about the HRS. “We are collecting evidence so that we can at least begin the proceedings to impose a ban on the HRS,” the officer said.

 

Former top cops ignored warnings

Pune, June 07, 2014: The Pune police ignored warnings against radical Hindu outfits taking root in the city, said former inspector general of police S M Mushrif on Friday.

Mushrif told TOI that in letters to two successive city police commissioners, Meeran Borwankar and Gulabrao Pol, he had cautioned them about activities of these outfits, which included training camps for their cadre. He had said these outfits would pose a serious problem if they were left unchecked.

“Fundamentalist elements in the city have eventually grown stronger and are powerful enough to brazenly conduct violent activities,” Mushrif said on Friday.

“Some fundamentalist organizations and their heads, who are masterminds in various blast cases, are in Pune. I had reported to the city’s police commissioners that training camps are being conducted in the city to train people to carry out violent activities. This is happening since 2000 and late Hemant Karkare, who was detecting the Malegaon blast case, had corroborated my claims with facts,” he said.

Mushrif said the state government and the police have turned a blind eye to terror activities of right wing groups in Pune. In his letters, he had listed these outfits to the top cops. “They (the state and police) are showing ignorance (about the existence of these elements) or they are incapable of handling these elements,” he said, adding that the city’s social fabric was being destroyed.

When contacted, former city police commissioner Gulabrao Pol said he did not wish to comment on the matter. Meeran Borwankar said, “I don’t recollect any specific element he had pointed at. But whenever there were communal incidents, we had taken strict action. There are various sources of intelligence information and we have taken strict action.”

Mushrif said those who claim Pune is peaceful and there is no place for anti-social activities are actually trying to cover-up right wing activities.

This failure to act against them has only emboldened these groups, said national secretary of Rashtra Seva Dal, Ashwini Satav-Doke. She said, “These acts of violence were pre-planned. Without planning it is not possible to conduct attacks on specific spots and community members. Police have failed to nab Narendra Dabholkar’s killers and now Mohsin’s killing shows failure of the state to control anti-social elements.”

Writer scholar Anvar Rajan said, “With recent political developments these groups in Pune and Maharashtra are feeling empowered and feel that they will be protected.”

S M alias Raja Dixit who heads Interdisciplinary School (Humanities and Social Sciences) in University of Pune said, “We are becoming insensitive to the extent that killing of an innocent youth does not create any rage. We have amalgamation of feudal and fascist elements in our society. These elements have blocked process of democratization. Intolerance in this city and society stands as a major challenge before us,” he said.

– toi





ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA DI NEW DELHI – INCONTRI IN BIBLIOTECA

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ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA DI NEW DELHI  – INCONTRI IN BIBLIOTECA

Nuovo cinema Italiano/ New Italian Cinema: Opere Prime/Debut Films: 2008-2013

7 maggio/May – 30 luglio/July 2014

Tutti i mercoledì / Every Wednesday @ 18.30

THIS WEDNESDAY 11TH JUNE 2014 AT 6.30 P.M.

 

Mercoledì / Wednesday 11 Giugno / June

La Kryptonite nella borsa / Kryptonite! 

Commedia / Comedy 

2011, 98 min.

Regista / Director: Ivan Cotroneo

 

Cast: Valeria Golino, Cristiana Capotondi, Luca Zingaretti

Napoli, anni 70. Peppino è un bambino di 9 anni che, a causa di una grave crisi coniugale dei suoi genitori, si troverà a passare il suo tempo libero in compagnia degli zii ventenni Titina e Salvatore. Infatti, mentre sua madre è chiusa in un silenzio incomprensibile e suo padre cerca di distrarlo regalandogli pulcini da trattare come animali da compagnia, Titina e Salvatore non esitano a far entrare Peppino nel loro folle e colorato mondo fatto di balli di piazza, feste negli scantinati e collettivi femminili. / Peppino is 9 years old, comes from a large and fairly chaotic family where his mum has shut herself away in an incomprehensible silence and his father tries to distract him by giving him little chicks as pets. Peppino divides his days between the crazy and colorful world of his young aunt and uncle Titina and Salvatore.

 

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For more information about the activities of Italian Cultural Centre, please visit  www.iicnewdelhi.esteri.it

 

Regards,

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(Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi -110 021
Phone: 0091- 11- 26871901/03/04 Ext. 209
Fax: 0091- 11- 26871902

www.iicnewdelhi.esteri.it





‘Nagrik Abhinandan’ of Acharya Shree Mahashraman at Talkatora

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‘Nagrik Abhinandan’ of Acharya Shree Mahashraman at Talkatora (8th june 2014) & Press Conference PR which are held on Pusa Road, Karol Bagh (7th June 2014) and this Press Conference organized by Mass Media Entertainment. 

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Mass Media Entertainment
0120-4260570





Boletín de Noticias de Nueva Tribuna

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Boletín de Noticias de Nueva Tribuna [09/06/2014]

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Boletín informativo. Lunes 9 de Junio 2014.
Economía
CONTESTA CARLOS CRUZADO | PRESIDENTE DE GESTHA
¿Quiénes son los actores principales que operan en los paraísos fiscales?Los Técnicos del Ministerio de Hacienda instan al Ejecutivo a promover un acuerdo en el seno de la OCDE para la obtención automática de información de carácter mercantil o tributario de las personas y empresas que operan o son titulares de bienes o derechos en estos territorios off-shore.
Laboral
Creación de empleo y modernización de la negociación colectivaPor Bruno Estrada López | Los países con mayor productividad son aquellos en los cuales los derechos de participación de los trabajadores en la gestión de las empresas capitalistas son mayores.
SEIS MILLONES DE DESEMPLEADOS
CCOO denuncia que el plan de crecimiento aprobado por el Gobierno ignora el desempleoEl sindicato considera que estamos ante un plan sin recursos nuevos, que no contempla medidas para combatir el desempleo de larga duración.
INDEPENDIENTEMENTE DE DONDE SE OPERE
IU-ICV reclama un plan nacional sobre empresas y derechos humanosEl plan debería ser vinculante para todas las compañías españolas independientemente del país donde operen, de modo que todas ellas “cumplan el mismo estándar de derechos humanos que es aplicable” en España.
· Manuel Zaguirre: Datos muy positivos de precariedad y explotación laboral en España 
Están locos de contentos. La única cosa que le faltaba a la “recuperación de la economía” y a la “salida de la crisis”…
Unión Europea
EUROPA 3.0, 90 MIRADAS DESDE ESPAÑA A LA UE
Inmigración y asilo en la Unión EuropeaPor Juan Fernando López Aguilar | El gran desafío europeo es darle una oportunidad verdadera a la inmigración legal…
Política
ENTRE DURANGO Y PAMPLONA
Decenas de miles de personas se unen en una cadena humana a favor del derecho a decidirMiembros del PNV a título personal, junto con representantes de EH Bildu, Podemos, EB y de sindicatos como ELA, LAB se han sumado a la marcha.
AÚN NO HA TOMADO LA DECISIÓN
Duran medita no repetir como candidato de CiU en las generalesLa dirigente de UDC y vicepresidenta de la Generalitat, Joana Ortega, asegura que Durán Llieda medita medita dejar todos sus cargos de cara a la próxima legislatura española.
· Antón Saracibar: El PSOE en la encrucijada 
Las elecciones europeas del 25 de mayo han confirmado el hartazgo de la mayoría de los ciudadanos…
· Eduardo Sotillos: La delgada línea roja 
Los políticos no son una “casta”, pero tienen que hacer un esfuerzo constante para no favorecer demagogias…
· Juan Antonio Molina: Las abdicaciones 
La abdicación del monarca es un intento de que sigan vigentes todas las anteriores abdicaciones…
Medio Ambiente
EN ESPAÑA, BRUSELAS Y CIADI
Los recortes a las renovables, pendientes de varios frentes judiciales Los recortes a la retribución de las energías renovables aplicados por el Gobierno obligarán a los abogados del Estado a batallar en varios frentes jurídicos.
Al grano | Rafa Maltés
Los hermosos árboles de MadridPor Eduardo Mangada | Esta primavera nos ha llenado de gozo al contemplar cómo los árboles de nuestra ciudad…
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Adobe appoints Paul Robson to lead Asia Pacific

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Adobe has appointed Paul Robson as President of the company’s Asia Pacific operations, replacing Craig Tegel, who is leaving the company July 1after a stellar career spanning seventeen years in Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and Japan. Robson will report to Matt Thompson, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations.

“Adobe’s business has transformed over the last four years and our Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud businesses are now world-leading,” said Thompson. “Our customers have responded with enthusiasm to our vision, and Craig has led extensive growth for Adobe in Asia Pacific.  I thank him for his incredible contribution.

“Paul Robson has commenced in his new role leading Asia Pacific effective immediately. Craig will work to ensure a smooth transition for Paul, a dynamic leader with a strong track record of leading business transformation at both an operational and executive level. I’m confident our business in Asia Pacific will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

“I’m excited to lead Adobe’s business in Asia Pacific,” said Robson. “This is a vibrant, diverse and rewarding region and I’m looking forward to working with our customers as they embark on their own journeys of digital transformation with Adobe.”

Robson will continue to be based in Adobe’s Sydney headquarters, but will travel frequently to oversee Adobe’s operations in Australasia, Southeast Asia, Korea, India and Greater China.

Robson joined Adobe in November 2012 as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. Since May 2013 Robson has led Adobe’s enterprise sales function across Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Korea.

Before joining Adobe, Robson was the Vice President and General Manager for HP’s Networking Division across Asia Pacific and Japan. At a non-executive level, Robson is a board member of Tresillian, the Royal Society for the Welfare of Mothers and Babies, which is involved in the delivery of child and family healthcare.

 

About Adobe Systems Incorporated: Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com/au.For updates and news about Adobe Australia, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook at AdobeANZ and AdobeStudentsANZ

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Regards,

Bhawana Suri

John D. Rockfeller vs Ambani

John D. Rockfeller vs Ambani D. Lootfeller

The Men Who Built America – The Men Who Loot India

June13, 2013

 

USA was British Colony like India but Inventing Entrepreneurs Built America at astonishing pace faster than the ruling Britain. Tatas and Birlas of India proposed ‘Bombay Plan to Seek Protection from Foreign Competition & Limited India Progress & Development through controlled economy.’

 

It was amazing to see high school pass John D. Rockefeller had created world’s best INVENTING Company something not fully emphasized by the History channel.

 

ThoughJohn D. Rockfellerhimself was not a scientist or Inventor/Engineer but he partnered with a chemist Samuel Andrews and Discovered 300 products developed from crude oil. Starting with $4000 capital in 10 years established over 4000 miles of petroleum pipelines, refineries and controlled 90% of business and through Technological improvements to the processes reduced cost of production and distribution and cut Kerosene prices by 80% and yet earned huge profits. He also introduced Standardization to the industry – some estimated his personal wealth at 1% to 1.5% of US GDP – it was astonishing even after split of Standard Oil in to 30 companies his earnings jumped 5 fold even though he was not managing them or in other words all 30 Standard Oil Baby Companies – all Standard Oil employees were well trained & Skilled by 1980. Gross present market value of Standard Oil baby companies exceed $2000b – since founding had sold Petroleum Products worth $200 trillion including Petro-chemicals.

 

Indian version is Ambani D. Lootfeller as detailed in ‘Polyester Price’ unofficial biography thrived on Cheating, Frauds, Bribes to secure most of Natural Resources cheaply and licenses and government funds and to sabotage rival companies. Cheaply acquired ONGC discoveries but failed to develop the Oil & Gas discoveries, couldn’t market petroleum products in India – RIL bought cheapest most polluting Crude Oil yet on refining and distribution was 10% costlier and draws GOI subsidy to export refined products. He began by extracting Silver from old coins, hoarding goods and cartelization and claiming INCENTIVES for fake exports, secured loans against Duplicate Shares, Imported second hand plants of double capacity. Post Polyester Price acquired 30 Offshore Oil & Gas block produced not even 10% of the promise in 14 years. Petrobras P-52/56 cost $800m to $900m but similar KG D6 capitalization was $9.5b yet RIL platform is underperforming. 80 years old BSES it acquired in 2002, is worst in quality of service, rig meters to run fast, fake Theft Cases by not considering Load Factor in energy calculations – hires staff at a fifth of claimed wages on short contracts to avoid Provident Funds and Bonuses etc. There are regular power cuts even at 30% to 50% of design system load. Each minor fault takes 30 minutes to 6 hours. RIL was caught ‘Re-routing International Calls as Locals.’ Optical Fiber network was laid through out India in 2002 but RIL subsidiary didn’t connect residents with Ethernet connections – 11 years down the line RIL has laid another set of Underground Optic Fiber cables to serve 4G wireless broadband. Telecom Density in Delhi is 250% means every resident on average own 2.5 mobile phones mostly of 2G outdated technology just to avoid Inflated billing. Instead of Convergence Technologies – RIL Offer Divergent Technologies each charged separately, DTH, 2G, 3G, 4G, Broadband, Internet, WLL, Land Lines, IPTV, ISD, STD etc. There is one RIL Annual Report for Telecom, DTH, Power, Textiles, Petro-Chemicals, Refining, Oil & Gas, Retail, Films, Infrastructure and more.

RIL currently holds nearly $20b in cash more in black money but not investing in projects not refunding it to banks so that it lend $20b to say a million MSMEs.

 

They also claim that all the million engineers passing out of colleges are Unemployable.

 

Picture – BSES Men At Work

 

‘John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937), founder of the Standard Oil Company, became one of the world’s wealthiest men and a major philanthropist. Born into modest circumstances in upstate New York, he entered the then-fledgling oil business in 1863 by investing in a Cleveland, Ohio, refinery. In 1870, he established Standard Oil, which by the early 1880s controlled some 90 percent of U.S. refineries and pipelines. Critics accused Rockefeller of engaging in unethical practices, such as predatory pricing and colluding with railroads to eliminate his competitors, in order to gain a monopoly in the industry. In 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court found Standard Oil in violation of anti-trust laws and ordered it to dissolve. During his life Rockefeller donated more than $500 million to various philanthropic causes.’

 

Ravinder Singh

Inventor & Consultant

Progressindia008@yahoo.com

Another Record Year for Florida Tourism

Gov Rick Scott:
Another Record Year for Florida Tourism

Nearly 95 million tourists came to Florida in 2013

 

Governor Rick Scott announced that according to preliminary estimates* released today by VISIT FLORIDA – the state’s official tourism marketing corporation – 94.7 million visitors came to Florida in 2013, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2012.  This represents a record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 91.5 million in 2012.  The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2013 was also a record high, with 1,088,200 Floridians employed in the tourism industry – up 2.9 percent from 2012.

 

Governor Rick Scott said, “With nearly 95 million visitors traveling to the Sunshine State, today’s news that Florida broke another record year for tourism is a victory for Florida families.  Every 85 visitors to Florida equals one job in our state – and it is clear that more visitors to the Sunshine State means more jobs for Florida families. That is why my ‘It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget,’ commits $100 million to VISIT FLORIDA so we can grow more job opportunities for Florida families.”

 

“We are excited for our future in Florida and we are glad to be able to bring new jobs and economic growth to our community and to the state,” said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando Resort.  “We are also grateful for the strong public-private partnership that continues to help our industry grow.”

 

Governor Scott made today’s announcement at the Universal Orlando Resort where they will be creating nearly 3,500 new jobs this year across their destination.  Universal Orlando is currently constructing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, adding a new on-site hotel and expanding their CityWalk Entertainment complex.

 

VISIT FLORIDA estimates that 11.5 million overseas visitors and 3.7 million Canadians came to Florida in 2013, both of which are record highs and represent 11.1 percent and 4.1 percent increases over 2012 respectively.  Estimates reflect a 2.5 percent increase in domestic visitors to Florida in 2013 and show that Floridians took a record total of 20.1 million in-state pleasure trips. 

 

“Three years of record-breaking visitation and a record number of tourism-related jobs proves that tourism continues to be a vital force in Florida,” said Tammy Gustafson, Chair of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors.  “It also proves that our industry is directly tied to Florida’s economic growth.  This means we cannot let go of our effort to continuously advance Florida tourism.”

 

Tourism and recreation taxable sales for Florida increased every month year-over-year from January through November 2013 (last reported month), representing a 5.9 percent increase over the same period in 2012.  For 2013, the average daily room (ADR) rate rose 4.6 percent and the occupancy rate for Florida hotels increased 3.5 percent compared to 2012.  Both ADR and occupancy increased every month year-over-year in 2013.

 

Preliminary data from Smith Travel Research indicates Florida tourism has been steadily regaining market share since January 2013, outpacing the rest of the U.S. by 1.3 percentage points.  According to the same study, room revenue in Florida for 2013 was up 8.2 percent compared to 2012, while the U.S. is only up 6.2 percent.

 

“We are incredibly encouraged to see domestic, Canadian and overseas visitor numbers all peaking together in 2013, and look forward to continuing to build on this momentum in 2014 to make Florida the No. 1 travel destination in the world,” said Will Seccombe, President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. 

 

For fourth quarter 2013, preliminary estimates show a record 21.9 million people visited the Sunshine State. This represents the largest fourth quarter visitation number Florida has ever seen and reflects an increase of 2.2 percent over the same period in 2012.  VISIT FLORIDA also reports that an estimated 3.2 million overseas visitors traveled to Florida in the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 12.1 percent, and 724,000 Canadians traveled to Florida, reflecting an increase of 4.2 percent over the same period in 2012. 

 

To view additional Florida visitor data, go the Research page on VISIT FLORIDA’s media website.

 

*Preliminary estimates are issued 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter. Final estimates are released when final data are received for all estimates in the report.

Zagreb Croatia Newsletter

Having trouble viewing this email? click hereZagreb Tourist Board – Newsletter – February 2014    

February 2014  

Dear citizens and guests of Zagreb!
February, the month of love, carnivals, coffee and chocolate, brings new sporting, entertainment and cultural events to our city.
Dear friends and business partners!
Being nominated as the best European destination in 2014 is a great recognition for Zagreb, as well as confirmation of the quality of its tourist offer, which is enjoyed by an ever-increasing number of foreign visitors.
 
The Zagreb Tourist Board
Record breaking 2013!
Last year was record-breaking for Zagreb’s tourism, surpassing even the goals an independent agency had set up for 2015!
 
The sweetest festival in town
Zagreb Coffee & Chocofest
Between February 6th and 9th, the exhibition space of the Croatian Association of Artists will be the venue for the Zagreb Coffee & Chocofest. Once again, visitors are in for a treat at the sweetest event in town!
our pick
: The Botanical Garden – Marking the 125th birthday
: Air France Magazine – Ten Reasons to Visit Artistic Zagreb
: Zagreb City Museum – Milka Trnina – World-famous Opera Diva
: Typhlological Museum – We are not invisible
: Glory 14 – The world’s most prestigious kickboxing promotion in Zagreb
: Camp Zagreb – May Opening
: Health tourism – Zagreb is up to 70% cheaper!
: The Croatian Association of Artists – Examining art and its reach
: TripAdvisor – B&B Studio Kairos – winner of the Travellers’ Choice Award 2014
: A New Tour… – Rufus Wainwright at Lisinski
MORE INFORMATION AT:

ZAGREB TOURIST BOARD Tel: +385 1 48-14-052 / 053 e-mail: info@zagreb-touristinfo.hr www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr

An exquisite music event
Top class violinist Leonidas Kavakos in Zagreb
Among the numerous concerts scheduled for early 2014 at the Croatian Music Institute, one of the most renowned contemporary violinists, Leonidas Kavakos, will hold an exclusive recital on February 7th.
European Best Destinations
Zagreb in the running for the Best European Destination 2014
Every year the European Best Destinations organizes the election of the best destination in Europe and in 2014 the winner could be the amazing Zagreb. So vote, vote, vote!
The 10th ZagrebDox
An International Festival of Documentary Film
Between February 23rd and March 2nd, the Cineplexx Cinema at Centar Kaptol will be the venue for the 10th ZagrebDox International Festival of Documentary Film, featuring more than 150 of the best documentary films from all over the world.
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Anirban Lahiri cruises to six-stroke win

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Anirban Lahiri cruises to six-stroke win, makes it four wins in four starts on PGTI, earns 900 Super Series points

Rahil Gangjee posts day’s joint best score to finish runner-up

 

Ahmedabad, February 1, 2014: Anirban Lahiri cruised to a six-stroke win at the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters presented by Kalhaar Blues & Greens on Saturday to make it four wins out of four starts on the PGTI. The Bangalore-based professional signed off with a three-under-69 in the final round to end up with a tournament total of 14-under-274 at the Rs. 50 lakh PGTI Super Series event. Kolkata’s Rahil Gangjee claimed the runner-up position at eight-under-280 after submitting a card of five-under-67 in round four.

 

Anirban Lahiri (64-70-71-69), the overnight leader by four shots, faced stiff resistance from SSP Chowrasia early on who birdied the first two holes to reduce Lahiri’s lead to two shots. Anirban however, sank a 15-feet birdie putt on the third to regain a four-shot lead as Chowrasia dropped bogey. There was no looking back for Lahiri from there on. He maintained his four-shot lead till the 11th despite two bogeys and another birdie. The three-time winner on the Asian Tour then drove home the advantage by finding the green in two shots on the par-5 12th and 14th holes to earn birdies. He closed the tournament with another 15-feet birdie conversion on the 18th to take home the winner’s cheque worth Rs. 8,08,250.

“I played a solid round today. Hit it well and missed just two greens. I also played the par-5s much better as I found the green in two shots on three of the four par-5s. The birdie on the third was very crucial as it helped me wrest the momentum from SSP who had started well. I was four ahead after 11 holes and knew just had to play level-par over the last seven holes to ensure victory. My putting wasn’t up to the mark today. I made 33 putts in a round of three-under. That just goes to show how well I struck it,” said Lahiri, winner of the season-opener.

He added, “I feel I won it on the first day itself with a course record score of 64. It’s great to win four on the trot on the PGTI. It was fun playing with SSP today after a gap of six years. He complimented me for the way I’ve been playing.”

Anirban, the highest-ranked Indian in the world at No. 105, has now won the last four events he has played on the PGTI. Jyoti Randhawa and Gaganjeet Bhullar currently share the record of winning five events in five consecutive appearances on the PGTI.

Rahil Gangjee (71-69-73-67) posted the day’s joint best of 67. He was even-par for the day after 10 holes but then picked up pace with three birdies and an eagle over the next four holes. His tee shot stopped within a foot of the flag to set up a birdie on the 11th. He converted a 12-footer for eagle on the 12th and a 15-feet putt for birdie on the 14th.

“I made more putts today. I had a good run on the back-nine where the eagle made all the difference. I’ve played better on the back-nine through the week. It was easier to focus since I wasn’t playing in the leader group today and there was less pressure,” said Gangjee.

Abhinav Lohan of Faridabad secured third place at six-under-282 after his final round of 72 that included seven birdies besides three bogeys and two double-bogeys. SSP Chowrasia’s last round of 74 placed him fourth at five-under-283. The Kolkata golfer made four birdies against six bogeys on Saturday.

Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta fired the day’s joint best of 67 to claim tied 10th place at two-over-290 along with reigning Rolex Rankings champion Rashid Khan of Delhi and Himmat Singh Rai of the DLF Golf & Country Club. Feroz Singh Garewal of Chandigarh won the trophy for the best performance by an amateur. Garewal ended tied 23rd at 10-over-298. Kunaal Bhatia of Gurgaon made a hole-in-one on the 11th during his round of 73. Bhatia secured tied 46th place at 20-over-308.

Fifteen-year-old Ahmedabad-based amateur Varun Parikh was placed 54th after finishing with a total of 22-over-310. He returned an 81 in round four.

Anirban Lahiri earned 900 points for his win in the first event of the PGTI Super Series. He now leads the points table of the seven-event Super Series. Rahil Gangjee is placed second with 600 points while Abhinav Lohan is in third with 400 points. The player who earns the maximum points at the end of the seven-event series will earn a bonus of Rs. 30 lakh.

Achievements of Ministry of Tourism during the year 2013

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs)

Despite negative signals from the global economy, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in the country in 2013 showed an increase of about 4.1 % over 2012. During the period January- December 2013, 68.48 lakh (Provisional) tourists visited India against 65.78 lakh in 2012.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism

Foreign exchange earnings from tourism in rupee terms during 2013 were Rs.1,05,836 crore (Provisional) with a growth of 12.0% over the same period in 2012.The foreign exchange earnings during  2012 was to the tune of Rs.94,487 crore.

FEE from tourism in terms of US$ during January to December 2013 were US$ 18.133 billion with a growth of 2.2%, as compared to US$ 17.737 billion with a growth of 7.1% during January-December 2012 over the corresponding period of 2011.

Domestic Tourism  

Domestic tourism continues to be the main contributor to the sector providing much needed resilience. The domestic tourist visits during the year 2012 are estimated to be 1036 million (Provisional), showing a growth of 19.9% over 2011

2.         Infrastructure Development:

Infrastructure development holds the key to India’s sustained growth in the tourism sector. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism has been making efforts to develop quality tourism infrastructure at tourist destinations and circuits. Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 4090.31 crore for a total number of 1226 tourism projects, which includes projects relating to Product/ Infrastructure Development for Destination and Circuits (PIDDC), Human Resource Development (HRD), Fairs and Festivals and Adventure & Rural Tourism for infrastructure augmentation.

The Ministry has launched a scheme for development of nationally and internationally important destinations and circuits through Mega Projects. So far, 71 mega projects have already been identified out of which 53 projects have already been sanctioned till 30.09.2013.  The mega projects are a judicious mix of culture, heritage, spiritual and ecotourism in order to give tourists a holistic perspective.

3.         Human Resource Development 

Broad Basing Of Hospitality Education

In order to meet the huge skill gap in the hospitality industry, the Ministry has adopted a multipronged strategy which includes strengthening and expanding the institutional infrastructure for training and education. For this purpose, Ministry of Tourism supports creation of new Institutes of Hotel Management (IHM) and Food Craft Institutes (FCI) in States besides providing financial assistance for modernization and capacity enhancement of existing IHMs and FCIs.

The National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT), the administrative body for the Institutes of Hotel Management (IHMs) is poised to tie up with Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland for the upgradation of curriculum and teaching methods at all IHMs in the country.

As a policy of broad basing of hospitality education, grants were provided to 24 ITIs, 7 degree colleges, 4 Polytechnics, 26 Schools and 14 Universities to start new hospitality courses.

The Ministry of Tourism has so far established 21 Central IHMs.  15 State IHMs have become operational with the financial assistance of the Ministry.  Besides 15 State IHMs are various stages of completion.  22 FCIs have been sanctioned so far of which 7 are operational. Besides, a proposal for grant of CFA to 24 Schools located in States of Delhi, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh is also under process.

Capacity building and employment generation:

MoT pursues its skill development effort for skilling over 2.8 lakh person during the 12th Plan Period in terms of its Plan Scheme namely the “Scheme for Capacity Building for Service Providers”. The major initiatives of MoT under its skill development effort are :

Skill Testing and Certification programme for existing service providers.

Hunar Se Rozgar Tak programme aimed primarily at increasing the net benefits to the poor and ensuring that tourism growth contributes to poverty reduction.

Skill Testing and Certification of the Existing Service Providers

A programme for certification of skills of service providers employed in the hospitality sector has been instituted by the Ministry under which the service providers would undergo a 5-day orientation, followed by practical test and viva voce. So far the facilities have been instituted in 21 Central IHMs, 15 SIHMs, 6 FCIs and NITHM. For the year 2013-14, against the target of 16950, skills of 12430 service providers have been certified up to 30/11/2013.

Hunar Se Rozgar Tak (HSRT) programme

A special initiative was launched in 2009 -10 for creation of employable skills amongst youth belonging to economically weaker strata of society in the age group of 18 to 25 years (upper age limit raised to 28 years in November, 2010) with the basic objective to reduce the skill gap affecting the hospitality and tourism sector and to ensure the spread of economic benefit of tourism to the poor. The programme offers short duration courses of 6 to 8 weeks which are fully funded by MoT.

New Initiatives of Human Resource Development

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<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Heritage Walk Escorts (Proposed)

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Tourist Facilitators Programme

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Earn While You Learn Programme

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Training of Jail inmates at Tihar Jail

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Skin Care & Spa Therapy, Basic Fitness Training, Flower Arrangements in Hotels & Events

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Tour Assistants, Transfer Assistance and Office Assistants in Tourism Sector.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>·         <!–[endif]–>Skill Certification programme for drivers of tourist vehicles

4.         Travel Trade

Liberalisation of visa regime:-

<!–[if !supportLists]–>a)      <!–[endif]–>Collective landing permits for groups of four and more for all countries except PR countries notified on 01st April, 2013 to be operational in 2014;

<!–[if !supportLists]–>b)      <!–[endif]–>The provisions relating to two months gap between two visits of a foreign national to India on a Tourist Visa and Tourist Visa on Arrival has been reviewed by the Government. It has been decided to lift the restriction of two-month gap on re-entry of foreign nationals coming to India on Tourist Visa and Tourist Visa on Arrival.  However, this relaxation does not include nationals of  Afghanistan, Maldives, China,  Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistan origins and Stateless persons.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>c)      <!–[endif]–>Conference Visa made as simple as Tourist Visa.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>d)     <!–[endif]–>Four new international airports now grant Visa on Arrival (Hyderabad, Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi and Bengaluru).  Goa notified, but not yet operational.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>e)      <!–[endif]–>Tourist Visa on Arrival payment can now be made by credit cards.  Earlier it was only to be paid in rupees.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>f)       <!–[endif]–>Earlier visa application form was only in English.  Even in Germany a cottage industry developer who wishes to fill up the form in English have to pay a typical 50 Euros per form.  At least Germans can read the Roman script.  Japanese and Koreans cannot.  Now the visa application is available in English and several other languages including those in the Roman script.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>g)      <!–[endif]–>Standardization of visa form:  Now roughly 55 per cent of the Indian Missions around the world have a standard visa form.  We are trying to move towards 100 per cent standardization.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>h)      <!–[endif]–>Bank and employment statement is no longer required by the Indian Mission in Paris.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>i)        <!–[endif]–>Even though India has not yet introduced an electronic visa, at least the application form is now available electronically on the Incredibleindia.org website.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>j)        <!–[endif]–>Earlier every passenger had to fill an Embarkation/ Disembarkation card.  Now it will be only one card either Embarkation or Disembarkation.

More Port of Entries added for Tourist Visa on Arrival

The Tourist Visa on Arrival facility as extended to four more airports viz. Thiruvananthapuram,  Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi w.e.f. 15.08.2013.

VOA Scheme becomes popular

The “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme of the government has become popular with the tourists. During the period January to November 2013, a total number of 17,594 VoAs were issued as compared to 13,903 VoAs during the corresponding period of 2012 registering a growth of 26.5%. The number of VoAs issued under the Scheme during January to November 2013 was Japan (5,704), New Zealand (3,349), the Philippines (2,615), Indonesia (2,400), Singapore (2,070), Finland (889), Vietnam (181), Myanmar (143), Luxembourg (126),Cambodia (100) and Laos (17)

The total number of approval issued to service providers of Travel Trade etc., is given below:-

 

Category        Till 31st December   2012
Inbound Tour Operators 435
Travel Agents 282
Tourist Transport Operators 131
Domestic Tour Operators 071
Adventure Tour Operators 030
Total 949

(v)       Tourist Police

The Ministry of Tourism in consultation with State Governments/UT Administrations had proposed to set up Tourist Police at prominent tourist spots. The State Governments / UT Administrations of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have deployed Tourist Police, in one form or the other.

5.          Publicity& Events

I respect women campaign:

The Ministry of Tourism organized a National Conference of State Tourism Ministers on 18th July, 2013 in New Delhi.

The meeting passed the unanimous Resolution that the Departments of Tourism of all States and Union Territories will work for ensuring safety and security of the tourists especially of women tourists.  Ministry of Tourism has also launched a new campaign for the safety of women titled ‘I respect women’.

International focus on the North-East:

The 1st International Tourism Mart (ITM) was held at Guwahati in January, 2013 to promote the tourism potential of North-Eastern States of India. The 2nd International Tourism Mart (ITM) was held in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh in the month of October, 2013.  The North-East which was termed as a “Paradise Unexplored” has a huge tourism potential that is yet to be tapped of its true potential. Ministry of Tourism gives top priority to promote the tourism sector for having potential to generate massive self employment avenues. Ministry invited almost 100 international delegates to the International Tourism Mart held in Guwahati in January, 2013 and in Tawang in October, 2013.

Focus on Bodhgaya:

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Departments of Tourism of the Governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) have entered into an agreement to cooperate in upgrading the quality of services and goods provided for tourists along the “Buddhist Circuit” in UP & Bihar.

Additional Central Financial Assistance for the State of Uttarakhand:

Ministry of Tourism was the first to announce a additional central financial assistance of Rs. 50 core within two days of the Uttarakhand disaster.  The amount of was raise to Rs 100 crore later on.  Overall all Uttarakhand will get roughly Rs. 195 crore from the Ministry of Tourism this year.

Two new campaigns launched.

India Tourism launched two new campaigns: an International Campaign called ‘Find What You Seek’ and a Domestic Campaign called ‘Go Beyond’.  These campaigns were launched at the recently concluded “World Travel Market 2012” which was held at London. The launch of these campaigns reflects a very important paradigm shift in our strategy to promote India within the country and abroad. The ‘Go Beyond’ campaign focuses on promoting lesser known destinations to domestic as well as international tourists.

Campaign Clean India:

Clean India Campaign has been initiated by the Ministry of Tourism with the objective to increase tourist arrivals to the country and to improve quality of services and provide a hygienic environment in and around tourist destinations across the country.

On the request from the Tourism Minister, the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) has agreed to adopt and upkeep the environs of Taj Mahal Complex including up gradation of tourist facilities in the monument. The ONGC will directly fund the aforesaid works covered under the Clean India Campaign to Archaeological Survey of India.

777 days of the Indian Himalayan Campaign

The idea is to remind the world that 73% of the Himalayas are in India.  The main motive is to attract tourists during the Indian summer traditionally considered an off-season for India.  This is being done to boost hotel occupancy not only in the Himalayas but also in the towns where the air and rail heads for the Himalayas are located.

50% concession has been announced on the climbing fee for climbing these mountains.

Virtual Walking Tours:

India has become the first country in the world to give free walking tours.  At present they are available for six towns.  Software for another three cities is ready.  Within two years every Indian state will have one walking tour.

360° Tours:  These have been created for almost 100 Indian cities already.  The target is 1,000 cities mainly visited by foreign and domestic tourists.

Revamping of Incredibleindia.org website to help the tourism sector:

From under 4,500 hits a day, now the website on some days gets more than 50,000 hits on peak days and on all days more than 18,000 hits.

Travel Planner:

Google has created a Travel Planner for 200 odd Indian destinations.  India is the only country in the world right now to have a Travel Planner.  It has been made by Google.  In the past, Google made a planner for Brazil also.  However, that planner is no longer functioning. By clicking a few important details of what you are looking for India, you could get a video, several pictures, 360° views and all the relevant information about that particular place.

Creation of photo bank:

In partnership with M/s. Google, Ministry of Tourism has created a photo bank of more than 2,000 photos about India.

Creation of bank of videos:

Through a collaboration with Pixel, the Ministry of Tourism has created a small bank of videos about India; within few months we should have at least three videos about three every important destinations/monuments in India.

Sound and Light Shows:

India is the only country to put its sound and light shows on Youtube in Dolby and stereophonic sound.

6.         Overseas Marketing:-

Participation in travel shows

India tourism offices overseas have participated in the major international Travel Fairs and Exhibitions in important tourist generating markets the world over as well as in emerging and potential markets to showcase and promote the tourism products of the country. For 2013 these include:

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai,

ITB – Asia in Singapore,

World Travel Market (WTM) in London,

WTM-(Latin America)

PATA Travel Mart,

CITM, (China),

Top Resa (France),

Virtuoso (USA),

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The Ministry of Tourism, through the overseas offices participated in major MICE related travel fairs and exhibitions including IMEX-America 2013 in Las Vegas; and IT & CMA (Thailand).

Road Shows

As part of the promotional initiatives undertaken, Road Shows were organized in important tourist generating markets overseas with participation of different segments of the travel industry. The Road Shows comprised presentations on India followed by one-to-one business meetings between the trade delegation from India and the travel trade in the respective countries. Road Shows organized in 2013:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Riyadh and Damman),

Nordic Europe (i.e Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki)

Australia (Sydney & Melbourne)

USA (East Coast)

South East Asia ( Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Manila)

USA- (West Coast)/ Canada and China (Shanghai, Beijing & Gungzhou)

Germany  (Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart & Munich)

Besides, India Tourism Offices in Overseas also participated in Road Shows organized by Tour Operators/ Travel Agents in their respective jurisdiction.

Food Festival

For promotion of Indian Cuisine, which is an integral component of the Indian Tourism product, support has been extended to Indian Food Festivals by sponsoring Indian Chefs through ITDC for the food festivals organized in 2013:

Paraguay

Seoul

Taipei

Cambodia

Hamburg,

Brussels

Malta,

Santo Domigo,

Havana,

Peru,

Cuba,

Chichen,

Mexico

Guadalajara

Buenos Aires

7.         THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION DURING 2013

4th INDIA-ASEAN TOURISM MINISTER MEETING

India Joined Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign

25th Joint Meeting of UNWTO Commissions for South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific and UNWTO Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development

1st Joint Working Group Meeting on Tourism Cooperation between India and Ukraine

20th session of the UNWTO General Assembly

1st Tourism Working Group Meeting of the BIMSTEC