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India’s Cultural and Religious Heritage provides Unique opportunity for Tourism, says Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma

"The architecture of India's temples, palaces, forts, the grandeur of its sculptures, and the beauty of its paintings, all offer an unparalleled experience,"Mahesh Sharma said in the 'World Travel Market (WTM) 2016', in London

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Tourism Minister, Mahesh Sharma. Wikimedia

London, November 8, 2016: Tourism Minister, Mahesh Sharma, on Monday said, India is a tourist destination as it has got a rich and diverse religious and cultural heritage which a provides an opportunity for tourism.

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According to PTI, while addressing the ‘World Travel Market (WTM) 2016’, which is one of the largest international events of the travel and tourism industry in London, he said, “the architecture of India’s temples, palaces, forts, the grandeur of its sculptures, and the beauty of its paintings, all offer an unparalleled experience.”

India is the official Premier Partner at WTM 2016 with the theme – ‘India – The Land of Eternal Heritage’.

He also added, “The desert circuit in Rajasthan, snow-bound Himalayas, backwaters of Kerala, and the beaches of Goa are very popular with international tourists”.

India has got 35 World Heritage Sites including the cultural properties and bio-geographical zones.

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“India has a rich and diverse natural, cultural, and religious heritage which provides a unique opportunity for tourism,” the minister said.

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The minister said that the Indian tourism outlook is very promising with an upswing in the growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in the recent years, in India.

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The minister informed that India has set a target to achieve one per cent of international tourists through a multi-pronged approach which includes proactive marketing plans in partnership with the tourism stakeholders.

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Exclusive: Photo Exhibition Documents Japan’s Sacred places and Pilgrimages in New Delhi

India & Japan Celebrate 50 Years of Cultural Relationship With The Exhibition

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A woman looking at the photographs at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi
  • It showcases natural and cultural heritages in Japan which were added to world heritage list of the UNESCO 
  • The photo display of heritage sites are from Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Shimane, and Tokyo
  • The photographs are of the spiritual sites such as temples and shrines of Japan

June 26, 2017:

Little Adya is very much interested in learning about art and culture of Japan and wants to know a whole lot about it. So she forced her parents to take her to visit the Photo Exhibition which is being held at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi. Upon entering the photo gallery, Not just her, but her parents too were happy to give in to the wishes of the little one and find it informative and insightful.

The ongoing exhibition at the Japan Foundation in New Delhi includes the photographic collection of a famous Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi and showcases natural and cultural heritages in Japan which were added to world heritage list of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

The photo display of heritage sites is from Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa, Shimane, and Tokyo. The photographs are of the spiritual sites such as temples of Japan such as the Horyo-ji Temple in Nara which was built in 607 AD by Shotoku Taishi (Politician from the Asuka period), Saiho-ji Temple in Kyoto which was built by Emperor Shomu and Gyoki (a Buddhist of Nara period) and Ryoan-Ji Temple in Kyoto which was built in 1450 by Katsumoto Hosokawa and Shrines such as Kauga-taisha shrine in Nara which was built in 768 and Ujigami-jinja Shrine in Kyoto.

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The program coordinator at Japan Foundation, Ms Shalini Bisht said to NewsGram, “We have already hosted an exhibition on world heritage sites two years ago and this time we have taken only the sacred places and pilgrimages which are temples and shrines of Japan which are famous and categorized by UNESCO.”

Photo Exhibition at Japan Foundation in New Delhi

“This year is special for the celebration of 50 years of cultural relationship between India and Japan and there is a correlation between the culture of Japan and India. There are a lot of common elements in the way the Japanese and the Indian people worship and there are lot of deities from India but they have a different way of worshipping them in Japan and to bring that correlation of religion and worship, we thought we would bring this world heritage site exhibition in Japan foundation focusing on sacred places” said Ms Shalini.

She also added, “through this exhibition, I understood a lot about the ways of worship, how and when the shrines were built. I got to learn more about the comparative aspect of Indian religion and Japanese religion.”

– reported by Sumit Balodi of NewsGram. Twitter: @sumit_balodi

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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