New Delhi: Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday said the central government will assist in the development of a tribal circuit in Chhattisgarh under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme to promote tourism.
Sharma gave the assurance at a meeting with Chhattisgarh’s Tourism and Culture Minister Dayal Das Baghel here, an official release said.
Baghel has asked Sharma to include an Eco Circuit connecting the Achanakmer Tiger Reserve, Kanger Valley National Park, Kodar Dam and Gangrel Dam among others, to which Sharma said the government would consider the proposal.
Besides, Baghel asked the minister to include the historical site of Sirpur in the Buddhist circuit.
Rajkummar Rao starrer-Newton draws attention to the clan of Indians who do not vote during elections
The film strikes a balance between humor and the urge to tell the real story of the group of Indians who choose not to participate in the decision-making process
Newton will have a theatrical release on September 22
New Delhi, August 30, 2017: In the beginning, the name “Newton” may stir thoughts about the great Scientist and his philosophies, but one you get a glimpse of the trailer, you will understand that Rajkummar Rao starrer “Newton” is a dark political comedy going by the simple rule “If you don’t change nothing, nothing will change.”
From the very first glimpse, Rajkummar Rao in and as Newton makes the trailer appear extremely promising.
Imagine sitting in a remote village somewhere in Chhattisgarh, far beyond the reach of technology and any worldly interference.
Imagine being surrounded by impassive villagers on one end and Maoists and police forces on the other, with both competing for cooperation and power among local people.
Now, what if you were to conduct election voting in such a scenario?
The Maoists would want the villagers to boycott the elections.
As per the trailer, this film is about the people living in villages, who hardly have any idea about exercising their right to vote, and showcases various shades of human emotions blended with humor.
Newton, a political satire starring Rajkummar Rao in a titular role, tells the story of an oddball named Nutan Kumar who is a stickler for rules and principles- this is revealed from the very first frame of the trailer when he refuses to marry an underage girl.
ALSO WATCH:“Newton” Trailer Starring “Rajkummar Rao”
The film is an intimate portrait of a government clerk with the single-minded agenda to conduct free and fair elections in a village riddled with conflict in Chhattisgarh. However, amidst violent clashes between Maoist guerrilla armies and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans, Newton is exposed to a bigger problem- villagers who are not aware of their “right to vote”.
The film reflects an underlying social problem of the contemporary Indian society- the unrelenting saga of ignorant citizens who do not exercise their voting rights; of people who cannot make sense out of elections and those who deem it unnecessary and treat it like a joke.
What Inspired ‘Newton’ ?
In an interview with LiveMint in January, writer-director Amit Masurkar had said “the only day people feel powerful and really a part of the democratic process is Election Day: regardless of caste, gender, religion” which prompted him to make Newton.
The young director drew inspiration from the Indian Constitution and its Preamble. According to him, these are great documents but there exists an inherent gap between the virtues upheld in the Constitution and the reality of India that could make for quality cinema.
In another interview, Masurkar said, “the humor is incidental and the subject is serious. Some may find elements of a thriller. I would call it a ‘dramedy’.”
Newton Gives Hope To Bollywood
Newton comes at a time when Bollywood is slowly transitioning towards impactful cinema. With films like Nil Battey Sannata and Toilet : Ek Prem Katha, that lend support to adult literacy, and Clean India campaign respectively, ‘Newton’ also aims to impart awareness, however of a different kind. It belongs to the selective category of cinema that entertains yet provokes a viewer to reflect on what he saw, even long after the film has ended.
The film very conveniently aims to give a wake-up call to everybody who considers voting as an insignificant activity. The trailer exposes how people in villages fail to exercise this right due to deep-embedded fear and hence, continue to stay defenseless.
With Rajkummar Rao’s words echoing in your ears “If you don’t change nothing, nothing will change”, the trailer comes as a gentle reminder that the power lies right in our hands.
The trailer looks quite promising and the film is all set to release on September 22.
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Singapore has become a popular overseas destination among Indians not for its food or casinos but for its cruise.
Fly cruise tourism has become the new trend
The cruise operators offer Indian cuisine, Bollywood songs, cultural events, in order to provide a local touch and please the Indian guests
New Delhi, July 30, 2017: The rank of the hawker food or the city-state’s casinos has dropped in the list of the reasons to visit Singapore, as traveling on a cruise is becoming the current favorite activity among Indians.
Singapore is a destination that most Indians have been choosing for their trip abroad, but the case now is that most people wish to go to Singapore, not for all the exciting things they can do there, but to get on a ship.
Rahul Maini, an Indian architect, and his parents embarked on their first trip abroad in May, and with the similar purpose.
Around 100,000 Indians sailed from Singapore last year, making India the biggest market for cruises departing from the Southeast Asian nation, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. Singapore has become a dynamic entry point for Indian cruise ship passengers.
“We chose to go on a cruise because we could visit three countries in one short trip,” said Maini. The family spent about $7,700, which Maini described as expensive but worth the cost, mentioned the NDTV report.
The expenditure is part of the 777.3 billion rupees ($12 billion) that Euromonitor International has predicted to be the amount that the middle-class Indians will shell out on overseas leisure travel this year. The research company further said that the market is expanding about 10 percent annually and is expected to eclipse 1 trillion rupees by 2020.
The Changi Airport Group, which manages Singapore’s international airport have stated that India is growing the fastest among the city-state’s top 10 inbound passenger markets. Even though the Middle East and France are the most preferred overseas destinations for Indians, Singapore is on the verge of registering a 59 percent jump in arrivals from India from 2015 to 2020, according to Euromonitor.
India has even outperformed china by 3 percentage points this year, as the number of arrivals from the country increased 15 percent in the first five months of this year in comparison with the year earlier. A lot of tourists come particularly to join a cruise.
Fly cruise tourism has also become a trend among Indian tourists.
The number of Indian passengers on Royal Caribbean ships jumped 149 percent so far this year, compared with the same period last year. This includes the peak summer school holiday period that runs in India from May to June, said Sean Treacy, the company’s Asia Pacific managing director.
“Singapore is a regional-hub port which is near many attractive Southeast Asian cruise destinations in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam,” Treacy said. “Voyages from Singapore offer Indian tourists the convenience of visiting multiple destinations across different countries on a single trip while unpacking only once,” he said.
The number of cruise passengers from India leaving via Singapore has been increasing by least 10 percent a year annually, said Michael Goh, senior vice president of international sales for Genting Cruise Lines.
“Perceptions of cruising among Indian travelers are fast-changing,” Goh said.
Royal Caribbean is adding more cruises for India’s summer school holidays, Treacy said.
The cruise operators offer vegetarian meals, local cuisine and special events reflecting the culture and local traditions that appeal to South Asian guests.
“More Bollywood music may be played at the pool or disco parties, and more jewelry gift sets, which are popular with Indians, may be procured for sailings that host a higher number of them on board,” Royal Caribbean’s Treacy said.
Mani’s overseas holiday has given him a travel bug. “Singapore was good, but the cruise was better,” Maini said, who’s now saving for a cruise from Barcelona.
-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter: goel_samiksha
Cambodia, July 10, 2017: Prasat Preah Vihear is an ancient Hindu temple that stands in its full glory on the top of a cliff in the Dangrek mountain range in the northern part of the Kingdom of Cambodia in South-east Asia. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara.
Situated on the top of a plateau that dominates Cambodia, the temple provides a spectacular view of the lowlands of Cambodia for several kilometers. The place is filled with serenity and provides a peace of mind to the visitors.
The name Preah Vihear is apt for this location as it seems like an “abode” (Vihear) to any devotees who come to this temple (Preah).
Why visit this temple?
The temple, also known as the “Lord of Summit” and holds a magic of its own. Declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2008, the temple is an outstanding example of the Khmer architecture.
Here are a few reasons why the temple has been attracting a large number of tourists from countries like Japan-
The temple provides a panoramic view of the rich nature in Cambodia. Looking out over the expanse and grandeur of Gopura (ornate monumental towers at the entrance of any temple) One, tourists can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the jungles of Cambodia. Tourists can either climb to the top of the mountain or take a bike ride at a minimal fee.
It is an exceptional site for the quality of its architecture and carved stone ornaments. This place is literally an abode for the ones who study architecture. The temple is “pure” both in plan and in detail of its decoration.
How to reach?
The temple can be reached by crossing the Cambodia- Thai gateway border from the Ubon Ratchantani Province of Thailand. It can also be accessed via the Tbeng Meanchey in Preah Vihear province. The temple is open from 8:00 till 16:00 hours.
A visit to this temple is truly a memorable experience for the tourists who like adventure. The climb of the temple over a kilometer and the wealth of a decorated deity residing in the ornate temple truly staggers one’s imagination.
– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6
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