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Indian climate technology benefited GDP by Rs.1.34 lakh crore

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Panaji:  Systems developed by Indian scientists to forecast weather, tsunamis and cyclones benefited the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by nearly Rs.134,000 crore, Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday.

India has provided tsunami and cyclone warning systems to around 24 countries, which were reaping benefits of technology indigenously developed by Indian scientists, the minister said during the inaugural session of the 12th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Science held in Panaji on Sunday.

“The type of information our (science and technology) department gathers, analyses, and then transmits using the most modern communication tools, gives the GDP a benefit of Rs.100,000 crore. For the fishermen, the kind of information we provide through information systems… is something like (Rs.)34,000 crore. This is the impact of science,” said Harsh Vardhan, who is also the minister for Earth Sciences.

He said it was imperative to ensure that cutting-edge science is used to bring aid to humanity.

“We are helping over two dozen countries along the coast, giving them all the data, giving them all the early signals and we have used this science in the best possible manner to help our people,” Harsh Vardhan said. (IANS)

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Nepal Welcomed Almost 1Mn Tourists in 2018

Tourism contributed 7.8 percent to Nepal's GDP in 2017, creating over a million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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This photograph taken from a helicopter shows an aerial view of Mount Everest in Nepal's Solukhumbu district, some 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, on Nov. 22, 2018. VOA

Tourist arrivals in Nepal topped one million for the first time in 2018 — boosted by increased visitors from India, China, the U.S., Sri Lanka and the U.K.

The Himalayan nation saw the number of tourists jump nearly 25 percent as it welcomed a record high of 1,173,072 visitors in 2018, the country’s tourism authorities said Tuesday.

Rabindra Adhikari, Nepal’s tourism minister, called the new total “remarkable.”

Last year also saw a record 807 climbers reach the summit of Mount Everest, including 563 summits from Nepal.

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This photograph taken from a helicopter shows an aerial view of Namche Bazar in Nepal’s Solukhumbu district on Nov. 22, 2018. VOA

Tourism is a major revenue earner for impoverished Nepal, home to eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters (26,000 feet).

Fears for the industry rose after a devastating earthquake in 2015 that killed nearly 9,000 people and destroyed many of the country’s heritage sites.

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The industry’s annual revenues fell by almost a third that year, dealing a devastating blow to the economy, but the sector has since gradually recovered.

Tourism contributed 7.8 percent to Nepal’s GDP in 2017, creating over a million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. (VOA)