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This section shares developments in tourism across the country as highlighted in the media. On clicking a Title, you can read the article online or where possible redirected to the respective website.

Forest Haunts Fight Sibchu Arson Taint 
June 17, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
The eco-tourism centres in Kalimpong forest division that had suffered damages from arson following the Sibchu firing in February have undergone temporary repairs and have hosted hundreds of visitors in the last one month.

Tag Will Turn Sites Into Tourism Hotspots 
June 16, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
On an average, roughly 10 lakh tourists and trekkers annually visit prime spots in the Western Ghats range in Karnataka, starting from Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district to the distant Bhagamandala in Kodagu, bordering Kerala.

ICZMP To Support Eco-Tourism Through Heritage Conservation In Coastal Orissa 
June 16, 2011 - Orissa Diary - www.orissadiary.com
Orissa is known for its rich and diverse cultural heritage that includes cherished built heritage, intangible heritage like universally acclaimed music and dance forms, and unique intricate traditional skills and crafts. As, over the decades the identity of the State of Orissa and her people had intertwined with the heritage, the Government of Orissa is actively promoting conservation of this rich and diverse cultural heritage.

DoNER Ministry To Launch ‘Youth On The Edge’ Adventure Programme 
June 15, 2011 - The Morung Express - www.morungexpress.com
Union Minister of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri Bijoy Krishna Handique here today announced the launch of a programme called ‘Youth on the Edge’ by Ministry of DoNER through the North Eastern Council for encouraging adventure activities in the North Eastern Region.

DoNER Project To Promote Adventure Tourism In NE 
June 15, 2011 - The Sentinel - www.sentinelassam.com
Adventure tourism has been chosen as a tool by the DoNER Ministry to attract youths from across the country to visit the Northeast and know its culture and heritage, a move aimed at addressing the sense of alienation among people of the region.

Srinagar Eco-Park Open To Public 
June 15, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
An eco-park, developed by Department of Environment and Remote Sensing as a potential tourist attraction, was thrown open to visitors in Ganderbal district, an official spokesman said on Wednesday.

Hurdle To Heritage Tag For Western Ghats Sites 
June 14, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
A group of ministers (GoM) on Tuesday met here and decided to oppose the heritage tag to 10 select sites in the Western Ghats.

NEC Tourism Roadmap 
June 14, 2011 - The Sentinel - www.sentinelassam.com
The NEC has prepared a master plan for the development of tourism in the region, an official said here on Monday. “The draft master plan will be discussed in the NEC meeting in New Delhi later this week,” NEC director (human resource development) Sherry Lalthangzo said in a statement. IANS.

CSR: Govt Not Keen On Mandatory Investment By Companies 
June 14, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Government is not keen to make it mandatory for a company to invest two per cent of its net profit in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, said Mr D.K. Mittal, Secretary, Department of Corporate Affairs, at a meeting on Monday.

Maharashtra Tourism Council 
June 14, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
In a bid to further develop and upgrade tourism facilities, the Maharashtra government has planned to set up a Tourism Promotion Council. The council will act as an apex body to guide, supervise and monitor activities in tourism sector.

Eco-Tourism: After MoEF Prod, Time For Punjab To End Its Slumber 
June 12, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
With the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) issuing fresh draft guidelines for eco-tourism in and around protected areas, Punjab, which has 14 such areas, will have to get its act together sooner than later, as none of the much-hyped projects in the state have taken off.

Efforts To Establish Handloom Village In Kannur Gather Pace 
June 12, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The textiles industry community in Kannur, known as the ‘land of looms and lores,' has renewed efforts to get the long-pending proposal for establishing a Handloom Village in the district implemented without further delay.

‘Sensitive Zone-Tag To Kodagu Harmful’ 
June 11, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Addressing a press meet, Federation Secretary Madhu Bopanna said the decision to include Kodagu in Western Ghats protection zone was decided at a meeting in Mysore. However, none of the elected representatives from the district were invited for the meeting. Taking a decision without considering the opinion of the public should be condemned.

Fine For Plastic Dump On Sikkim Slopes 
June 11, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Tourists who leave behind empty food packets and plastic water bottles while visiting high-altitude areas of North Sikkim would be fined by the local governing body of Lachung village from now on.

Casinos To Lure Tourists To Sikkim 
June 10, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
For those who want to try their luck in gambling while on a holiday have a good news. A five star hotel here has set up a casino, the second in the hill state, to attract visitors.

Hotels Around Tiger Reserves To Cough Up Cess 
June 08, 2011 - The Pioneer - www.dailypioneer.com
The Rajasthan Government has started consultations with operators of private hotels around Ranthambhore National Park in Sawai Madhopur and Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar to finalise the quantum of cess to be imposed by the end of the year, as directed by the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment.

Queen Of The Hills Regains Summer Crown - Promise Of Calm Sees Darjeeling Back As Beat-The-Heat Destination For City Tourists 
June 08, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Darjeeling has reclaimed its rightful place as Calcutta’s favourite summer destination following the promise of a calm that has eluded it for the past few years.

Brakes On Himachal’s Eco-Tourism Projects 
June 07, 2011 - Indian Express - www.indianexpress.com
An inquiry ordered by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal into eco-tourism projects, which are facing charges relating to violations of the Forest Conservation Act, has confirmed glaring lapses in privatisation of the prime forest properties and sites but the government doesn’t find these lapses a ground to scrap projects.

Levy Cess On Tourism Activities To Develop Protected Areas: MoEF 
June 07, 2011 - O Herald - oheraldo.in
Union Ministry for Environment and Forest (MoEF) has recommended imposing ‘Local Conservation Cess’ (LCC) on all private tourism activities near protected areas with a condition that revenue earned would be spent on development and management of that areas.

Eco-Tourism Park To Come Up In Mayurbhanj 
June 06, 2011 - Pragativadi - www.pragativadi.com
The Odisha government is considering setting up an eco-tourism park in the Manchabandha Reserve in Baripada territorial forest division.

Environment Ministry May Undertake EIAs For Projects In Eco-Sensitive Zones 
June 06, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The Ministry of Environment and Forests is mulling a proposal to undertake Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) on its own for projects coming up in eco-sensitive areas, as well as those having multiple units, instead of merely going by the assessment carried out by the project promoters.

Panambur Beach Has A Warrior 
June 05, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
"If you don't respect the environment, you don't deserve to be respected" - the maxim that Yathish Bykampady, 46-year-old chief executive officer of Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project, swears and lives by. It is this no-nonsense attitude towards environmental degradation which has ensured that visitors coming to Panambur beach, around 10 km away from here, gets to enjoy this gift of nature in its most pristine, unadulterated form.

Plan To Develop Pong Dam For Tourism Opposed 
June 05, 2011 - The Tribune - www.tribuneindia.com
The first phase of the plan to develop the area near Pong Dam structure as a tourist destination, using the funds sourced from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has drawn criticism from oustees living in the vicinity of the Pong Dam lake. They are sore at not being taken into confidence while chalking out the plan.

‘No Forcible Relocation At BRT' 
June 04, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Union Minister for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, has said that no family will be forcibly relocated from the Biligiriranga Swamy Temple (BRT) wildlife sanctuary.

Eco-Tourism Guidelines Empower Local Communities 
June 04, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
All tourist facilities within five km of any protected area will be monitored by local communities to guard its environment and wildlife.

Will It Work Wonders? 
June 04, 2011 - The Times Of India Crest Edition - www.timescrest.com
Experts say there is a need to strictly regulate opening up of more natural reserves to tourism

Limit On Number Of Tourists In National Park 
June 03, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
According to new Ecotourism guidelines proposed by the Union Environment Ministry, state governments will now limit the number of tourists allowed inside national parks and sanctuaries in India, each day. Tourism will also be banned in the core areas of tiger reserves. The ministry has asked that tourism inside the wildlife zones be restricted to predetermined tourism zones. A site-specific Ecotourism plan for all wildlife parks would have to be prepared and finalized by the state governments by the end of the year and put in public domain.

Arunachal Pradesh To Implement Village Tourism Soon 
June 02, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Arunachal Pradesh Government will soon implement the concept of Village Tourism in the state, Prema Khandu, State Tourism Minister, Arunachal Pradesh said recently. According to a PTI report, Khandu, who was sworn in as a cabinet minister in the Jarbom Gamlin Ministry on May 20, 2011 after the April 30, 2011 chopper crash in which his father Dorjee Khandu died, said he would work to fulfill his father's vision and mission to make Arunachal a developed state.

Medical Tourism A Good Option For NRIs To Save Costs 
June 01, 2011 - Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
South super star Rajnikanth flying to Singapore for treatment is the talking point these days. The reason to fly to a foreign country could have been better medical facilities, a friend's advice or just the comfort factor. The southern star's case was a classic case of emergency.

Sibal Emphasises The Role Of State Government For The Growth Of Tourism 
May 31, 2011 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India - pib.nic.in
The Fourth conference of All India Council of Teachers Education (AICTE) on National Vocational Education Qualification Framework was held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, to discuss the important aspects of Vocational education, qualification and the framework with emphasis on hospitality and tourism sector of the country. Addressing to the participants on the occasion the Minister said that State Governments should take active participation and frame legislation to make the tourism and hospitality sector more vibrant and growth oriented.

Villagers Stage Stir Against Resort Construction 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The villagers staged a protest against the proposed construction of a resort at peroor. Hundreds of acres of land has been allegedly purchased at Peroor to construct resorts.

Forest Ministry To Launch Special Scheme 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Forest Minister C H Vijayashankar said that with the objective of maintaining the ecosystem and increasing the forest area, the Forest Ministry will be launching a special scheme—Krishi Aranya Protsaha Yojane (Agriculture Forest Encouragement Scheme) wherein saplings will be distributed for the farmers and financial assistance will be given for the maintenance of the saplings for three years.

Draft Forest Policy Ambiguous On Mining 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Proposes to restrict activity in sensitive areas. The draft forest policy adopts an ambiguous stand on allowing mining in ecologically sensitive areas.

Sunderbans Absorbs 4 Cr Tonnes Carbon Dioxide 
May 31, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Sunderbans forests play a vital role in protecting the world from the adverse affects of climate change, acting as a carbon sink and absorbing more than four crore tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a recent study has found.

Village Tourism To Be Popularised In Arunachal 
May 31, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The concept of village tourism as advocated by late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu would be implemented soon to make Arunachal Pradesh a favourite tourist destination of the country, the State Tourism Minister and Dorjee Khandu’s son Mr Pema Khandu said today.

Rampant Violation Of CRZ Norms Along Backwaters 
May 30, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
The Kerala State Biodiversity Board and the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority have expressed shock over the rapid expansion in construction activities along the Kochi backwaters in violation of the Environment Protection Act and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

The Paradise Unexplored In India 
May 30, 2011 - The Morung Express - www.morungexpress.com
In the extreme corner of India lies a land of eight sister states, inhabited by Mongolian stock. The region linked to the mainland by a narrow strip of land is bounded by five countries in the east. It is popularly referred to as the 'paradise unexplored' because of its pristine beauty, remoteness and inaccessibility. The inaccessible region nevertheless has airways of national courier and private jets, railways and road linkages including waterways. The local cuisines, hospitality and the cleanliness set the region far apart from the rest of the country particularly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

Tribals Losing Livelihood Due To Land Acquisition Tirath 
May 30, 2011 - Economic Times - articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com
As India prepares to host the biennial meeting of the Convention on Biodiversity, the Environment Ministry has prepared a set of guidelines to regulate tourism in ecologically fragile areas. The draft guidelines on eco-tourism is an attempt by the ministry to stem the tide of "eco-tourism" which has been to the detriment of the ecosystem and results in further alienation of the local people and communities.

Kochi Calling For Business Travellers 
May 30, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Investments in the hospitality sector in Kochi have risen as the city has transformed from a hub for commodity business to a tourist destination to, now, a centre for business conventions.

Ministry Of Tourism Undertakes Initiatives To Promote Adventure Tourism  
May 30, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The India government has stepped up efforts to position itself as an adventure tourism destination and is offering travellers a bouquet of experiences - from mountaineering to camping, rock climbing and river rafting. In a release, the Ministry of Tourism said recently that as mountaineering attracts a large number of foreign travellers, the Ministry is working with the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) to promote the sector.

Uttarakhand Government Begins Promoting Eco-Tourism 
May 30, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The Uttarakhand government has started promoting eco-tourism as part of the ten-year 'Green India' plan. The eco-tourism wing of the Uttarakhand government has been created to promote eco-tourism activities especially in the forest areas of the state. The eco-tourism wing seeks to draft policies and provide funds for various eco-tourism projects and provide a framework for the promotion and development of eco-tourism in the state. The plan is divided into six to seven phases, according to an ANI report.

Scheme For Basistha Temple Facelift 
May 29, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
A prominent destination in the religious tourism circuit, the Basistha temple and its surrounding area will receive a facelift due to the initiative of Abhijatri, an all-Guwahati women’s organisation. The body has adopted a scheme for development and beautification of the southern part of the capital city covering the Basistha temple, the Basistha river and the surrounding hill areas of the temple.

27 SC ST Youth Get Tourist Taxis 
May 29, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
State government has allotted Rs 250 crore for tourism programmes in the budget for the year 2011-12 including Rs 10 crore for Udupi district as against the less budgetary allocation ranging from Rs 15 to Rs 20 crore during previous years, said Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya.

ASI Told To Involve People In Protecting Monuments 
May 28, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Culture minister Kumari Selja has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to launch a massive public awareness campaign and sensitize the citizens to the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains, Amendment and Validation (AMASRA) Act.

Goa Lifeguards Seek Legal Protection From Unruly Beach Crowd 
May 28, 2011 - Daijiworld - www.daijiworld.com
The lifeguards on Goa beaches have said that the assault by domestic tourists is on rise due to low protection provided to them under the law.

Goa Received 273 More Charter Flights This Tourism Season 
May 28, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
For the current tourist season which is drawing to a close, Goa received 273 charter flights more than the previous season, totalling nearly 900 flights with more than 50 % of the total charter tourists coming from Eastern Europe - Khazakistan and Russia. Announcing the statistics of charter tourism for the current season, the government on Friday said that a total of 899 charter flights carrying 1,71,178 travellers from 12 international destinations have landed into Goa since the start of the tourist season in October 2010.

Tourism Pressure On Kaziranga Park To Be Shifted From Core Area 
May 28, 2011 - Travel Biz Monitor.Com - www.travelbizmonitor.com
The unimpeded growth of tourism around Kaziranga National Park would soon be shifted from the core area of this national park, according to a Times of India report. Sunit Banerji, Chairperson of the Committee on Forests, Environment and Eco-tourism under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests said recently.

Compulsory Social Responsibility 
May 28, 2011 - Business world - www.businessworld.in
Mocha should be spelt Moca, which is also the acronym for Ministry of Corporate Affairs. And India Inc. is discovering that both can keep you wide awake. Murli Deora’s ministry wants to propitiate a three-lettered divinity, CSR or corporate social responsibility.

Dutch Paedophile Given 10 years RI 
May 27, 2011 - Times of India - www.epaper.timesofindia.com
Wilhelmus Weijdeveld,a 58-year old Dutch national arrested on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography in November 2009,was on Thursday convicted and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment by a fast-track court here.This is probably the first case of arrest and conviction in the country under the amended Information Technology Act,2008.

Initiatives To Promote Adventure Tourism-2010 
May 27, 2011 - Press Information Bureau, Government of India - pib.nic.in
As per the policy for the diversification of tourism product of India, special attention is being given for the development of Adventure Tourism in the country. The Ministry of Tourism has issued Guidelines for Approval of Adventure Tour Operators, which is a voluntary scheme, open to all bona fide adventure tour operators. The Ministry of Tourism has also formulated a set guideline on Safety and Quality Norms on Adventure Tourism as basic minimum standards for adventure tourism activities. These guidelines cover Land, Air and Water based activities which include mountaineering, trekking, hand gliding, paragliding, bungee jumping and river rafting.

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