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Goa Tourism to Ban Single-Use Plastic Items

This has been vetted by the Law Department and elected to the place before legislative assembly in this session

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The Department of Environment has proposed an amendment to Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic. Pixabay

The state government is looking to amend the Goa Non Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic in the coastal state, Goa Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral told the legislative Assembly on Thursday.

“The Department of Environment has proposed an amendment to Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic. This has been vetted by the Law Department and elected to the place before legislative assembly in this session,” Cabral said, in his written reply tabled during the ongoing monsoon session of the House.

Cabral was responding to a question from BJP MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar.

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The state government is looking to amend the Goa Non Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, for banning single use of plastic in the coastal state. Pixabay

Goa has been battling the issue of garbage strewn in public areas, including its beaches, due to the paucity of garbage management mechanisms. Travel and tourism industry stakeholders have complained to the Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, claiming the burgeoning garbage menace was discouraging tourists from visiting Goa.

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Goa is one of the most popular beach tourism destinations in the country. (IANS)

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Incredible India Website Boosts Wildlife Tourism

Government website features wildlife pictures in tune with 'Man vs Wild' show

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will appear in an episode of "Man Vs Wild" on Discovery Channel, on August 12. IANS

The Tourism Ministry on Sunday updated the Incredible India website to boost wildlife tourism. The website that earlier featured pictures and videos of mostly monuments and tourist spots now showcases landscapes, waterfalls and tiger reserves. Pictures from Jim Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park and other national parks now feature on the home page of Incredible India.

These pictures and videos would stay on the website for about two months, said an official. The new theme is said to be based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appearance in Discovery channel’s wildlife adventure show ‘Man vs Wild’. In the episode, slated to be aired on Monday, celebrity host Bear Grylls shares screen space with Modi.

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Pictures from Jim Corbett National Park, Ranthambore National Park and other national parks featured on Incredible India website. Pixabay

The episode is intended to create awareness about animal conservation and environmental change.

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As the Prime Minister was the biggest ambassador for tourism, we decided to back his initiative by adopting the wildlife theme on the website, said Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel. (IANS)