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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.

National Green Tribunal Starts Functioning 
July 04, 2011 - Deccan Herald - deccanherald.com
"The first hearing of the NGT began at 11 a.m. today. The tribunal, which will deal with environmental cases, is an independent unit which has been launched with an initial support of the environment ministry," the official told IANS.

Flesh Trade Racket Busted, Two Touts Held In Haryana 
July 03, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
The crime branch of Delhi Police, along with Rohtak police, arrested two persons who allegedly brought three girls to the capital and sold them to touts in Haryana. They accused are part of a gang involved in sex tourism.

Reckless Tourists Junk Food In Forests 
July 03, 2011 - Deccan Herald - deccanherald.com
The junk food culture has been spreading alarmingly in the forest on the National Highway 67 that connects two tiger reserves –– Bandipur and Madhumalai, with the Forest Department turning a blind eye, says Shankar, a member of Himagiri Conservation Society, Gundlupet.

Plans Plenty For Tourism Boost 
July 02, 2011 - The Telegraph - www.telegraphindia.com
Better accommodation, river cruise, sea sports and safaris into the Sunderbans core area — state tourism minister Rachhpal Singh promised these and more while inaugurating Tourist Spot at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Friday.

Hotel In Sunderbans Flouting Court Order 
June 30, 2011 - The Times of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
"If a tiger comes out on the edge of the island, it will see on the opposite island a grotesque white structure. This will be nothing short of trauma for it," said a senior forest officer, pointing to a white row of hotel on the Dayapur island embankment in the Sundarbans.

State Tourism Will Soon Be Getting A New Boost 
June 29, 2011 - E-PAO - e-pao
Tourism in the state will be getting a new boost with the North Eastern Council (NEC) planning to chalk out a tourism master plan for the state to develop tourism infrastructure in major tourist destinations of the state like, Kangla, Loktak Lake and Moreh.

Hidden Agenda Tag On Govt's 5 Star Dream 
June 28, 2011 - The Sangai Express - www.thesangaiexpress.com
At a time when the residents of Naga River Colony are raising a strong and vocal protest against the Government’s decision to set up a 5-Star hotel at the locality, a fact finding team of National level civil society organi-sations has expressed apprehension that the State Government may have a ‘hidden agenda’ in acqui-ring land at the locality.

Association Of Tour Operators Supports The Campaign By Survival International And SEARCH 
June 28, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
The Association of Tour Operators in Andaman has given its willingness to support the cause of the endangered Jarawa tribe who number just around 365. Talking to the Director of SEARCH, the President of the Association, Shri M. Vinod said, “I was not aware of the campaign until I was told about it by the members of SEARCH. We are strongly against Jarawa Tourism and have been demanding the Andaman Administration to close the Andaman Trunk Road that passes through the Jarawa Reserve forest”.

Cruise Tourism Policy To Focus On Infrastructure 
June 27, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
The India Cruise Tourism Policy is likely to be cleared during the year and is expected to provide the much needed boost with a slew of initiatives to this untapped business opportunity, according to Mr Nikhil Thakurdas, Director of CruiseBay.

Munnar Encroachers Get Two Weeks To Move Out 
June 24, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
An all-party meeting convened here by the Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, on Friday has decided to restore to the State Government all encroached land in the hill resort town of Munnar through peaceful and non-confrontational means.

Child Labour, Abuse Prevalent In State: CRG 
June 23, 2011 - The Times Of India - articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
There is prevalence of child labour and child abuse in Goa and also a serious lacuna in addressing both problems.

Kumble Bats For Inclusion Of Western Ghats In Heritage List 
June 23, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
He was on a visit to the forest range coming under Bandipur National Park limits in the taluk on Thursday. Speaking to mediapersons, he said by including Western Ghats to the list of heritage sites would help in conserving flora and fauna of the region. The State government should immediately take steps as Bandipur forest range comes under the Western Ghats and it is everybody’s duty to protect the wildlife, he added.

Survival Launches Tourist Boycott Of Human Safari Park; Local Organisation SEARCH Joins Campaign 
June 22, 2011 - Andaman Chronicle - andamanchronicle.com
Survival International today called for tourists to boycott the main highway in India’s Andaman Islands – an illegal road which cuts through the land of the endangered Jarawa tribe.

National Policy On Environmental Impact Assessment Soon: Ramesh 
June 21, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
Ramesh told reporters here that under the new system, the ministry would take the lead in commissioning environmental impact assessments of projects in designated ecologically fragile areas like wetlands or close to forest areas or of integrated projects like mining-cum-power-cum-port projects.

Arunachal Tourism Mulls Home Stays' 
June 20, 2011 - The Hindu Business Line - www.thehindubusinessline.com
Arunachal Pradesh is all set to launch an ambitious rural tourism project at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district by involving local people.

Mamata Woos Investors To Jangal Mahal Region 
June 19, 2011 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
Highlighting the untapped tourism potential of vast stretches of forest area in the three south-western districts of West Bengal, commonly known as Jangal Mahal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urged investors to shed fear of adverse law and order situation in the region and set up tourism infrastructure.

Demystifying JK's Tourism Industry 
June 19, 2011 - Kashmir Dispatch - www.kashmirdispatch.com
'Peace is imperative for tourism', the state officials, 'mainstream politicians' have been yelling since long and now with separatist camp too has started making the similar noises by mentioning 'tourism contributes heavily to state's economy'; is it so? Tourism, could prove to be a backbone of any region’s economy in normal situation but not the one prevalent in the Valley. And it has never been the case in Kashmir as peace and tourism don't go hand in hand in the state.

ASI Forms Task Force To Save Hampi Ruins 
June 18, 2011 - Bangalore Mirror - www.bangaloremirror.com
The world-famous temples of Hampi are in danger of collapsing. Waking up to this threat, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to take all necessary steps to safeguard the world heritage temples. Following the sudden collapse of Varaha Temple and the subsequent report by Bangalore Mirror in its edition dated June 15, 2010, the ASI has ordered the constitution of a task force to assess the damage and suggest remedial measures.

Ramesh Raps State For Opposing Unesco Tag 
June 18, 2011 - Deccan Herald - www.deccanherald.com
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) now suspects that the state government is succumbing to pressure from vested interests.

World Heritage Tag Will Not Affect Life In Western Ghats 
June 18, 2011 - The Hindu - www.hindu.com
As the country is all set to vie for the prestigious nomination of the Unesco, apprehensions were raised that the status would affect the life of people, including tribals. There were also reports that the Karnataka government would oppose the nomination on these grounds.

Manipur Govts Plan To Build 5-Star Hotel Opposed 
June 18, 2011 - The Assam Tribune - www.assamtribune.com
Manipur Government’s move to evict residents of Naga river village (colony) for construction of a 5-star hotel has been opposed by the residents as well as All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO).

ASI Begins Work On Re-Building Collapsed Temple Wall In Hampi 
June 18, 2011 - The Hindu - www.thehindu.com
A team of experts from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Saturday commenced the work of rebuilding one of the walls of the Varaha temple, which recently collapsed, at the Hampi heritage site.

Govt Wakes Up To Plight Of Hampi Temples 
June 17, 2011 - Bangalore Mirror - www.bangaloremirror.com
Minister for Religious Endowment and Higher Education Dr V S Acharya on Thursday said that the state government would take necessary action to safeguard the temples in Hampi. He said this while reacting to a Bangalore Mirror report on how illegal quarrying in nearby villages is affecting the ancient structures.

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 Himachals 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.

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