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TNI Bureau: American City Cupertino in California, has agreed to work for the development and promotion of Odisha culture and tourism. It was decided at a high level meeting between Cupertino Mayor Savita Vaidyanathan and Odisha Minister Ashok Panda at the Secretariat yesterday.

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TNI Bureau: American City Cupertino in California, has agreed to work for the development and promotion of Odisha culture and tourism. It was decided at a high level meeting between Cupertino Mayor Savita Vaidyanathan and Odisha Minister Ashok Panda at the Secretariat yesterday.

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Swachh Paryatan Mobile App lists 25 ASI Protected Monuments https://enewsinsight.com/swachh-paryatan-mobile-app-lists-25-asi-protected-monuments/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:49:49 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=21021 The “Swachh Parayatan Mobile App” was launched by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation. It includes 25 Adarsh Smarak Monuments Protected by ASI and to be expanded later. From Odisha, Konark has been included in the App. This project is being implemented […]

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Swachh-ParyatanThe “Swachh Parayatan Mobile App” was launched by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation. It includes 25 Adarsh Smarak Monuments Protected by ASI and to be expanded later. From Odisha, Konark has been included in the App.

This project is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India through Swachh-Paryatan1DeGS and NIC. This Mobile App is available on Google Search Engine as ‘Swachh Paryatan’ and initially it is available on Android Phones and very soon it will be available on Apple and Microsoft also. This mobile app shall be monitored by the Project Monitoring Unit of Swachh Bharat Mission in Ministry of Tourism.

Addressing on the occasion, Dr. Sharma said that since the general public and the tourists are the largest stakeholders in keeping the monuments clean, the Ministry of Tourism has decided to facilitate the general public to communicate their complaints about any unclean area/garbage piles in and around tourist destinations. Hence as a part thereof, the Ministry of Tourism is launching this Mobile App. He opined that till all stakeholders don’t contribute, such project will not succeed.

The Minister informed that the recently launched Tourist Infoline is getting 18000 responses daily and is very successful. He dwelt upon many initiatives launched by his Ministry for the benefits of Tourists. He said that the Domestic Tourism has also immense opportunities like International Tourism. That is why the suggestions from public and tourists are solicited on this Mobile App.

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Odisha to invest Rs.100 crore on developing Eco-Tourism Spots https://enewsinsight.com/odisha-to-invest-rs-100-crore-on-developing-eco-tourism-spots/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:14:48 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=20739 In a bid to boost the eco-tourism sector, the Odisha government is to invest Rs.100 crore to develop eco-tourism spots in the state. The government also decided to put in place a centralised online system for advance booking of accommodations at eco-tourist spots. The decisions were taken in a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship […]

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In a bid to boost the eco-tourism sector, the Odisha government is to invest Rs.100 crore to develop eco-tourism spots in the state.

The government also decided to put in place a centralised online system for advance booking of accommodations at eco-tourist spots.

The decisions were taken in a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Aditya Parsad Padhi here on Wednesday.

Forest and Environment secretary Suresh Mohapatra said as of now 20 eco-tourism sites have been taken up and 40 new destinations have been identified for development.

The target has been set to develop all these spots within a period of five years, with investment of around Rs.100 crore from state government funding. The accommodation facilities for 15 to 20 families will be developed at each major spot, he added.

It was also decided that a centralised online system for booking of accommodation at eco-tourist places would be developed and put in place within two months.

Padhi directed the Forest and Environment department to develop suitable facilities in the existing eco-tourism spots before taking up new spots for development.

He also focused on development of basic amenities and apposite waste disposal system at the spots.

The chief secretary also directed to ensure active involvement of local committees in preservation and promotional activities so that people get alternative means of livelihood from the tourism activities.

Available data shows, there has been a constant increase in tourist footfall in eco-tourism spots over last three years.

In 2012-13, the total footfall in eco-tourism spots was 2,76,206 which increased to 3,12,980 in 2013-14 and further to 3,47,965 in 2014-15.

This year, there is an increasing trend in the rate of footfall and it is expected to cross the last year’s statistics, said sources.

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Govt launches Comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India https://enewsinsight.com/govt-launches-comprehensive-sustainable-tourism-criteria-for-india/ Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:46:07 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=20117 The Ministry of Tourism has launched a Comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) for three major segments of tourism industry, namely Tour Operators, Accommodation and Beaches, Backwaters, Lakes & Rivers sectors during the sensitization Workshop on Sustainable Tourism for Stakeholders organized in August 2014. The criterion has been adopted by the stakeholders. Further, the […]

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The Ministry of Tourism has launched a Comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) for three major segments of tourism industry, namely Tour Operators, Accommodation and Beaches, Backwaters, Lakes & Rivers sectors during the sensitization Workshop on Sustainable Tourism for Stakeholders organized in August 2014. The criterion has been adopted by the stakeholders.

Further, the Ministry has guidelines for approval of Hotel Projects at the implementation stage and also guidelines for classification/re-classification of operational hotels under various categories. As per these guidelines, hotels at the project stage itself are required to incorporate various eco-friendly measures like Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Rain Water Harvesting System, waste management system, pollution control, introduction of non-Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) equipment for refrigeration and air conditioning, measures for energy and water conservation etc.

Under the guidelines for project level & classification/re-classification of operational hotels, it has been prescribed that the architecture of the hotel buildings in hilly and ecologically fragile areas should be sustainable and energy efficient and as far as possible be in conformity with the local ethos and make use of local designs and material.

The tour operators approved by Ministry of Tourism have to sign a pledge for commitment towards Safe & Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism to fully implement Sustainable Tourism practices, consistent with the best environment and heritage protection standards, such that the present tourism resource requirements optimize both local community benefit and future sustainable uses.

The Ministry of Tourism holds a constant dialogue with State Governments/U.T. Administrations, various tourism related institutions and stakeholders for drawing up strategies for development and promotion of tourism in the country including Sustainable Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism supports from time to time various seminars and events that deliberate or focus on tourism in the country including Sustainable Tourism in rural areas.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Monday.

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India register high growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals https://enewsinsight.com/india-register-high-growth-in-foreign-tourist-arrivals/ Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:46:28 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=19826 * 6.5% Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in November 2015 over the same Period in 2014. * USA Accounts for Highest Share of Tourist Arrivals in November 2015. * Rs. 11,610 Crores Foreign Exchange Earned through Tourism in November 2015.

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* 6.5% Growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in November 2015 over the same Period in 2014.

* USA Accounts for Highest Share of Tourist Arrivals in November 2015.

* Rs. 11,610 Crores Foreign Exchange Earned through Tourism in November 2015.

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Inflow of Tourists has been on rise @ 5 Years https://enewsinsight.com/inflow-of-tourists-has-been-on-rise-5-years/ Mon, 07 Dec 2015 11:34:19 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=19718 The number of Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) and the Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to various States/ Union Territories (UTs) during each of the last five years are as below: (DTVs/FTVs in lakhs): The DTVs and FTVs reveal an increasing trend during the last five years except a decline in FTVs during 2012. The Ministry of […]

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The number of Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) and the Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to various States/ Union Territories (UTs) during each of the last five years are as below:

(DTVs/FTVs in lakhs):

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The DTVs and FTVs reveal an increasing trend during the last five years except a decline in FTVs during 2012.

The Ministry of Tourism has formulated a draft National Tourism Policy 2015 with the aim of positioning India as a “Must Experience” and “Must Revisit” destination for global travellers, whilst encouraging Indians to explore their own country and realise the potential of tourism as a major engine for economic growth, employment generation and poverty alleviation in a sustainable, responsible and inclusive framework, to the betterment of the community.

The Ministry of Tourism held rounds of consultations to obtain inputs for the Policy from overseas tour operators, stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industries, State Governments and UT Administrations, experts, veterans and eminent personalities in the field of tourism. The draft Policy was also hosted on the official websites of the Ministry of Tourism for seeking public comments.  In addition, as part of the inter-ministerial consultations, the draft Policy has been circulated among 33 Central Ministries/Departments inviting their comments.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Kerala – an Embodiment of Tolerance and Progress https://enewsinsight.com/kerala-an-embodiment-of-tolerance-and-progress/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:49:58 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=19459 By Pavitar Singh: Kerala has a cosmopolitan and composite culture.  It is an integral part of Indian culture.  The rich cultural heritage of Kerala is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures developed over millennia under the influence from other parts of India and abroad.   Kerala’s culture is a practical example and an embodiment of tolerance being practiced throughout the […]

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KeralaBy Pavitar Singh: Kerala has a cosmopolitan and composite culture.  It is an integral part of Indian culture.  The rich cultural heritage of Kerala is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures developed over millennia under the influence from other parts of India and abroad.   Kerala’s culture is a practical example and an embodiment of tolerance being practiced throughout the state.

Different communities and religious groups live in complete harmony and proper mutual understanding for centuries, assimilating the good things of one another in an eclectic approach as a part of their continuous socialization process   and ever evolving rich culture.  This unifying phenomenon of blend of tradition and modernity is a living example of tolerating and respecting each other, proving the fact of unity in diversity of highest order.

Hinduism is practised by more than half of the population followed by Islam and Christianity. In comparison with rest of India, Kerala experiences relatively little sectarianism and communalism. Kerala is one of the few places in India where there is no communal disharmony between the different food types.  People of all religions share similar culinary habits. Rice is the dominant staple that is eaten at all times of day, being supplemented by various vegetarian and non -vegetarian dishes. The name Kerala (Keralam) is thought to have been derived from Kera (Coconut palm tree) + alam (land or location).

Unlike in many other states the urban-rural divide is not visible in Kerala. People in Kerala are in tune not only with one another  but also with Mother Nature helping maintaining  the  ecological  balance, improving and strengthening environment protection implementing the slogan “Pollute and Perish, Conserve and Flourish” in letter and spirit.  People in Kerala have a big civic sense.  They are highly hygienic in their personal and social life.  They are not only highly educated, well cultured but also very well  alert and vigilant to the highest level politically, socially, culturally and economically, fully conscious of their rights and duties as citizens of the country. Generally people are avid readers and highly exposed to media specially newspapers.

Democracy is at its best in Kerala so far as the devolution of powers, well knit infrastructure and its functioning is concerned at grassroots level.  Forty percent of the budget is directly provided to the Gram Panchayats by the state government for development activities to be taken up as per their decision and choice.  MPs and MLAs have no role to play in this direct funding for development activities decided locally by the Gram Panchayats. Others states in India regard Kerala’s decentralization in high esteem. Local Self Government Institutions (LSGIs)  have a big and significant role to play in the overall development of the region not only ensuring direct public participation in  a transparent manner but also making the people’s representatives more responsible, accountable and objective to the core, observing utmost care and caution in their public dealings. Massive capacity building activities were started under the leadership of Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Thrissur – the nodal institution in this regard. Kerala has a three- tier structure of  Panchayats. There are 1209 LSGs in Kerala spread over 14 Districts having 14 District Panchayats, 152 Block Panchayats and 978 Gram Panchayats for rural areas and 60 Municipal councils and 05 Municipal corporations for urban areas.

Production of pepper and natural rubber in Kerala contributes significantly to the total national output. In the agricultural sector, coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices are important. Spices grown in Kerala include pepper, clove, cardamom (small), nutmeg, mace, cinnamon, cassia and vanilla. Kerala’s coastline extends for 595 kilometres. It experiences the humid equatorial tropic climate and is still referred as ‘Garden of Spices’ or ‘Spice Garden of India’. Kochi based Coconut Development Board is playing a significant role in making India a global leader in coconut production and Spices Board India in spice trade.

In 1986, the Government of Kerala declared tourism an important industry and it was the first state in India to do so.  Kerala became the first state to implement various e-governance initiatives.  In 1991, Kerala became the first state in India to be recognized as a completely literate state, though the effective literacy rate at that time was only 90%.  According to 2011 Census, Kerala has 93.91% literacy compared to national literacy rate of 74.04%.

Kerala has made phenomenal progress in the Information Technology sector having 100% mobile density, 75% e- literacy, maximum digital banking, broadband connections,  e- district project in all 14 Districts linking Aadhar card and bank account have laid a strong foundation for digital Kerala. Based on these indicators, Kerala has been declared to be  a completely digital state. Kerala is known to be the land of India’s largest software infrastructure parks.

Kerala is poised to become a total Ayurveda state with the start of Ayurvedic Treatment Centres in all Panchayats.  Seventy Seven new permanent centres were started and 68 Ayurveda hospitals were renovated.  110 Homeopathic dispensaries have been started.  Quality standard of food items is high in Kerala and “Save Food for Good Health” project is a model for the country.  Information is power.  In Kerala, people are well informed and updated on almost everything.  Kerala really shows the way, it is a light house of development having strong avenues of development and a socially and economically empowered society.

Kerala, best known as “God’s Own Country”, may be termed as a land of loving daughters.  Daughters outnumber the sons and it has the highest sex ratio in India being the only state to have the ratio in favour of women at 1084 women per 1000 men as per the 2011 Census.   Birth of a girl child is considered to be auspicious and God’s gift in Kerala.  In fact, Kerala is the real example of realization of dreams and the embodiment of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) campaign launched by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on January 22, 2015 at the historical place of Panipat in Haryana.

 As a leading state of India, Kerala has achieved remarkable progress, especially in protecting and strengthening of the democratic system and its foundations based on the principles of secularism, gender equality, empowerment of  women and children.  The state has the highest literacy rate of 93.91% and highest life expectancy of 74 years.  The state also has the highest media exposure in India with newspapers being published in nine different languages, mainly in English and Malyalam.

 Owing to the former matrilineal system, women in Kerala enjoy a high social status.  Birth of a girl is not considered to be a burden in Kerala compared to the general preference for male child prevalent in other parts of the country, leading to skewed sex ratio all over the country.  Birth and survival rate, as well as education of girls are at the highest pedestal in Kerala in almost all the communities in the state irrespective of caste, creed, religion or region.

Kerala is the number one state so far as “Save Daughter, Educate Daughter” (Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao) campaign is concerned.  Kerala has really progressed and this is visible in all the fields of socio-economic and cultural development.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have designated Kerala the World’s first ‘baby friendly state’ because of its effective promotion of breast feeding over formula milk preparations.   Over 95% of births are hospital delivered and the state also has lowest infant mortality rate in the country.  Kerala has been ranked first in ‘institutional deliveries’ with 100% births under medical facilities.

The ‘Kerala phenomenon’ or Kerala Model of Development needs to be emulated and replicated by other states in India.  It is assured that with public participation Kerala will be in the forefront of the nation in each and every sector.  Kerala is a model state of India in many respects for others to be emulated specially in the fields of women empowerment, high literacy rate and strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) at grassroots level through direct funding of 40% from state’s budget.  People of Kerala have already been practicing recently introduced government development schemes in routine, which are being propagated elsewhere with big effort for balanced and total development of all the sections and regions of different states throughout the country.

*Pavitar Singh is Deputy Director (Media & Communication), Press Information Bureau, Chandigarh who  conducted a Kerala Press Tour from Chandigarh.

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Odisha News At 10 PM @ July 7 https://enewsinsight.com/odisha-news-at-10-pm-july-7/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:52:17 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=17226 1) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the new campus of Xavier University at Nijigarh Kurki on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. Apart from MBA, MHRM and MBA-RM courses, XUB is also offering undergraduate courses such as B.Com Accounting, B.Com Finance, B.M.S. HR and B.M.S. Marketing. It has the provision for Ph.D and research activities […]

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1) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the new campus of Xavier University at Nijigarh Kurki on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. Apart from MBA, MHRM and MBA-RM courses, XUB is also offering undergraduate courses such as B.Com Accounting, B.Com Finance, B.M.S. HR and B.M.S. Marketing. It has the provision for Ph.D and research activities for 100 students. Currently, 27 students are pursuing Ph. D here.

2) Odisha Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda met Union MoS for Tourism and Culture, Sri Shripad Naik and sought adequate central assistance to hold the Nabakalebara 2015 in a proper manner.

3) Odisha’s IT Minister Pranab Prakash Das met Union IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad and demanded setting up of six more Software Technology Parks of India (STPIs) in the state. The new STPIs have been proposed at Jajpur, Sambalpur, Jeypore, Angul, Rayagada and Kalahandi. Currently, Odisha has STPIs at Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Brahmapur and Balasore.

4) Lord Jagannath’s ‘Bahuda Yatra’ or ‘Return Journey’ was held successfully with all deities reaching Sri Mandir by evening.

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Picturesque Tulip Garden in Srinagar https://enewsinsight.com/picturesque-tulip-garden-in-srinagar/ Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:22:26 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=17064 http://i.ytimg.com/vi/RGTS9aLpnKI/1.jpg

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Konark Festival 2013 to kick off on December 1 https://enewsinsight.com/konark-festival-2013-to-kick-off-on-december-1/ Sat, 30 Nov 2013 04:48:21 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=16377 The Department of Tourism, in association with Odisha Tourism Development Corporation & Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy, is organising the Konark Festival and the International Sand Art Festival at the open air auditorium and Chandrabhaga beach respectively from 1st to 5th December,2013. Each year the majestic Sun Temple of Konark serves as a backdrop to the […]

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The Department of Tourism, in association with Odisha Tourism Development Corporation & Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy, is organising the Konark Festival and the International Sand Art Festival at the open air auditorium and Chandrabhaga beach respectively from 1st to 5th December,2013.

Konark Festival 2013Each year the majestic Sun Temple of Konark serves as a backdrop to the scintillating Konark Dance Festival, which is a platform for different classical dance styles coming together to exhibit the beauty of those art forms.

An annual fête of Indian classical dance and music, the Konark Festival is one of the biggest dance festivals in the country, bringing champions of different classical and traditional dance forms together to display their skill and mastery over age-old dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Odissi, Mohiniyattam and Kathak dance styles, amongst others.

Since 1989, the Konark Dance Festival has been drawing tourists and dance and music lovers alike to the sandy shores of Konark every year. This year 10 national and international acclaimed artistes / groups have confirmed their participation at the ensuing festival. The list includes well known performers such as Sadanam Balakrishnan, Aloka Kanungo, Singhjit Singh, Dr. Alekhya Punjala, Anitha Guha, Rani Karnaa and Ileana Citaristi etc.

The five-day festival will showcase performances in Odissi, Kathak, Manipuri,
Bharatnatyam, Kathakali & Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. A number of artists from
different parts of the country such as Raipur, Chennai, Keral, Manipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata will be performing at the festival this year along with noted artistes from Odisha.

OTDC Chairman narendra Swain, Director, Tourism Nihar Ranjan Pattanaik, General Manager OTDC, Bishnu Prasad Mishra, Information Officer Barada Prasanna Das were present in the press meet.

CULTURAL PROGRAMME AT KONARK FESTIVAL:

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1. Purnashree Raut & Group, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
2. Anitha Guha & Group, Chennai.

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3. Sadanam Balakrishnan & Group, Kerala
4. Rudrakshya Foundation, Bhubaneswar.

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5. Aloka Kanungo & Group, Kolkata
6. Singhjit Singh & Group, Imphal, Manipur.

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7. Alekhya Punjala & Group, Hyderabad
8. Ileana Citaristi & Group, Bhubaneswar.

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9. Rani Karnaa & Group, Kolkata
10. GKCM Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar.

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