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Railway conducts successful tourism conference with Japan, UK, Germany, Australia and Taiwan

Heritage Rail Tourism Conference was organized by Indian Railways at National Rail Museum at New Delhi jointly with Asia Pacific Heritage & Rail Tourism Organization (APHRTO), from 19-21 October. Participants from many countries including Japan, UK, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, senior officers of Indian Railways and other stakeholders of Heritage Rail Tourism were present in the Conference...

Media has immensely helped in building awareness about human rights says NHRC chairperson

The National Human Rights Commission Chairperson, Justice H.L. Dattu while appreciating media on the Foundation Day of the NHRC said, “The NHRC has always considered media as its equal partner in the promotion and protection of human rights, as media has immensely helped in building awareness about human rights and the role of the NHRC.” The Commission was set up to look into the issues of human rights violations of all and not just of those whom some people might choose as vulnerable. Since the 12th ..

Govt launches Implementation of Sustainable Tourism Criteria for sustainable tourism

Recalling the MOU signed in March 2016 between ESOI and Government of India, Vinod Zutshi, Secretary Ministry of Tourism, launched the Implementation of the Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) in association with Ecotourism Society of India (ESOI) Thursday. Zutshi indicated the importance given to sustainable tourism in the National Tourism Policy that is to be released soon...

Consumer grievances get prominence: 2000 people register on 'Consumer Mela'

Consumer Mela receives overwhelming response as more than 2000 visitors thronged the Mela to register their grievances for counseling. Consumer Mela was inaugurated by Union Consumer Affairs Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan. The Consumer Mela was organized by Department of Consumer Affairs yesterday at Central Park, Connaught Place in New Delhi. The main objective of the mela was to bring the consumers and company face to face so as to resolve the grievances to the extent possible. This was also an opportunity..

CBI finds NRI defence consultant Vipin Khanna as main accused in Embraer aircraft deal

Central Bureau of Investigation registered an FIR against a UK-based arms dealer, Vipin Khanna for allegedly taking kickbacks worth over USD 5.70 million from Brazilian company Embraer in the 2008 three-aircraft deal. Reports have cited that case has been registered against Khanna whose named is also involved in another defense deal probed by the agency. The kickbacks were allegedly paid in 2009 through subsidiaries of Embraer via a Singapore based company which is owned by the middleman...

Kirkuk in Iraq gets hit by gunfire, explosions; ISIS claims responsibility

Militants wearing suicide vests attacked government and security buildings in Kirkuk, Iraq on early Friday. A curfew has been imposed in the area until further notice is being issued. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack. The attacks come after the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces have initiated a major push to drive ISIL from Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city...

Typhoon Haima in Philippines kills at least 12 people; high alert issued

At least 12 people killed as the strongest storm, Typhoon Haima hits Manila, Philippines on Friday. Almost all services in the global financial hub were ordered to be shut by Hong Kong due to the storm. Rice and corn fields were devastated at large. Philippine authorities who assessed and analyzed the damage to infrastructure and crops confirmed that thousands of hectares of farmland were destructed in Northern provinces...

With Kane Williamson’s ton; New Zealand seals victory over India by six runs

Ending 6 runs shorts to pull the ball in their court, India lost against New Zealand in the 2nd ODI at the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. Winning the match by 6 runs by diminishing all Indian batsmen, New Zealand leveled the five match ODI series by 1-1. Kiwis captain Kane Williamson made 118 runs to push his team to victory at the away place.India took over the crease to reach target of 243 with openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Losing early wickets, India reached 73-4 to attain a slow start. ..

India sees highest tourist arrival from Bangladesh, USA & UK in Sept with Rs. 11,781 cr profit

Bangladesh accounted for highest share of tourists arrival in the month of September followed by USA and UK and the month also saw Rs.11,781 crore foreign exchange which was earned through tourism. The growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) was 13.4% more than the same period during last year.Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) ..

Centre announces opening Krishi Vigyan Kendra; aims for constructive agriculture techniques

At least one Krishi Vigyan Kendra in all districts of the country will be launched announced Central Government on Thursday. Advanced Agriculture technical assistance to the farmers will be provided. Also, Central Agriculture and farmer’s welfare minister, Radha Mohan Singh announced opening of Apiary Development Centers in ten states. Singh reciprocated via video conference with all the Krishi Vigyan Kendra experts, District level officers associated with agriculture Development and progressive farmers ..

CAG institution is one of the oldest in country with a history of more than 150 years says Prez

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 28th Accountants General Conference in New Delhi on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the institution of CAG is one of the oldest in the country with a history of more than one and a half centuries.He stated that Albert Einstein had once observed, “It is important not to stop questioning.” And he was happy to be present in the precincts of an institution whose job is to question. The founding fathers of our Constitution had envisaged ..

First six months of 2016 sees cargo traffic growth at major ports by 5.2%

The Major Ports in India handled 315.4 MT (Million Tonnes) of cargo during the first six months of FY 2016-17 (April-September) and showed a positive growth of 5.1 percent as compared to the same period last year. The cargo traffic handled by the Major Ports during the same period last year was 299.5 MT.This improvement of performance is the result of many measures initiated by the Ministry of Shipping to improve the performance of the ports. These include mechanization of the terminals, improving the ..

Celebrities should keep consumer interests in mind while endorsing misleading ads says Paswan

Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs while inaugurating consumer mela said that consumer awareness is of utmost importance to scrutinize unfair practices in food industry. Paswan appealed celebrities to keep in mind consumer interests before taking up advertisement of day to day products. Government is making provisions in new Consumer Protection Bill to take strict action against misleading advertisements. Government is also contemplating action against those who charge over MRP, he added ..