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36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) kicks off on Monday in Delhi

Over 280 companies from 24 countries and 7,000 firms from India and overseas are participating in the fair

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New Delhi, November 13, 2016: President Pranab Mukherjee will on Monday inaugurate the 36th India International Trade Fair (IITF) to be held here between November 14-27, at which South Korea will be the “partner country” and Belarus the “focus country”, an official statement said.

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Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will preside over the inaugural function in which as many as 7,000 participants are taking part this year, a Commerce Ministry statement said.

“The “partner states” are Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, while Haryana is participating as the “focus state”. Over 280 companies from 24 countries are taking part in the fair,” it said.

“This year, IITF and its ‘Digital India’ theme assumes special significance for highlighting country’s persistent efforts to alleviate poverty through meaningful convergence of digital technologies and e-governance,” it added.

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According to the organisers, over 7,000 firms from India and overseas are participating in the fair. The overseas participation is from Australia, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Britain, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, South Africa, South Korea, Tibet, Turkey, Thailand, and the UAE.

The first five days of the exposition have been reserved exclusively for business visitors. The public will be allowed to visit the fair from November 19 until its conclusion on November 27.

The fair will be open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. The public visitors will have to pay Rs 60 on week days and Rs 120 on weekends or holidays for admission. Senior citizens and the differently abled will be given free entry. Tickets can be purchased online for business days.

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Last year’s event saw a footfall of over 1.7 million including about 37,000 business visitors, an increase over the 1.4 million attendance in 2014. About 283 overseas exhibitors from 26 countries displayed their exhibits in the fair, according to state-run India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). (IANS)

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10 easy steps to book a ticket via IRCTC app

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IRCTC going 'next generation'. Pexels
IRCTC going 'next generation'. Pexels

We all book e-tickets through IRCTC, however sometimes the slow performance of the website can be frustrating for us. But there may be a solution to our problem.

IRCTC has recently launched the IRCTC app, taking it to the ‘next generation’. Here are 10 easy steps to book a ticket on IRCTC app.

1. Download the IRCTC app from google store or IRCTC’s website

Here’s the link http://contents.irctc.co.in/en/IRCTC_andriod_App.html

2. Choose the ‘Train Ticket’ option

After launching the app, your mobile screen will show you four options.

  • Train Ticket
  • Book Meal
  • Air Ticket
  • IRCTC Tourism

You need to choose the book ticket option.

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IRCTC is a subsidiary of Indian Railways. WIkimedia commons

3. Login

Type your username and password to log in. If you do not have an IRCTC account, click on Register.

4. Generate pin

Once you are registered and logged in, you will need to create a 4 digit pin for all future logins into the app from a specific mobile.

5. New Booking

  • Select ‘From’ station
  • Select ‘To’ station
  • Select ‘Date of Journey

Click on the ‘Flexible with date’ checkbox to include trains that run on other days as well (except the day of your date of journey).

Note: Tap the button located on the upper-left side of the screen to view all available options.

Click on Search Train

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With India, Indian Railway is also digitizing, Pixels

6. Click on the train of your choice

  • Select your quota
  • Select the train of your choice
  • Tap on class to view seat availability
  • Click on ‘Book Now’

You can click on ‘Route Map’ to know the itinerary of the train, whereas ‘Fare Breakup’ to see the selected class’s fare details.

Add passenger page will follow once you click on book now. There will a special option to add child passengers below 5 years of age.

Click on ‘Book Ticket’ once you are done.

7. Select your preferences

  • Change the boarding point if you wish to (it cannot be changed after this).
  • Select conditions if you want them to be applied to your booking.
  • Enter your preferred coach number.

Click on done.

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IRCTC bring you a variety of preferences to select from. Pexels

8. Enter passenger details

  • Enter your name, age, gender, and country (foreign nationals need to add passport number).
  • Select birth preference.
  • Select food choice.

Note: Female passengers aged above 58 and male passengers aged above 60 need to check senior citizens options to avail discount.

Click on done.

9. Review your payment details

Review train details, source/destination & boarding station, class, departure/arrival time, availability and quota are displayed.

Enter captcha and click on ‘Proceed’.

10. Make Payment

Choose your payment method and proceed to confirm the booking.

Your booking details will follow post payment.