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Fire in Kolkata’s 138-year old historic New Market

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Kolkata: A fire broke out in the 138-year-old historic New Market in the heart of Kolkata on Thursday night, police said. There were no reports of any casualty.

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Ten fire tenders rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control after fighting the flames for over an hour, police said.

The flower section inside the market’s old complex caught fire around 9 p.m., said an officer manning the city police control room.

This was the third fire incident in four months in the municipal market, the oldest in the city.

The Gothic architecture market complex was built by the then British rulers in 1873 to cater to their needs. Till some time back, the New Market – also called Hogg Market after then Calcutta Municipal Corporation chairman Sir Stewart Hogg – was the haunt of all fashionable Kolkatans. It is a heritage structure.

(IANS)

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Kolkata Showcases in Top 100 Global Travel Destinations

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Oct 2, 2017: Kolkata is featured in the top 100 travel destinations globally alongside other Indian cities namely, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bengaluru, as indicated by Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Chennai stands out in India, other than emerging among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.

Travel and tourism in India is on the rise, an authority of a main travel house in the city told PTI.

Durga Puja festival in Kolkata is a major attraction for foreigners with at least two- to three-day stay, he said.

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According to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, there are no indications of the slowdown in travel and tourism in Asia Pacific with the region dominating visitor arrivals.

This is additionally affirmed with the main 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the most noteworthy amount of global overnight visitor spending. Bringing USD 91.16 billion in travel use in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion USD) and North America (USD55.02 billion), MasterCard said in an announcement.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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