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Puri’s Nabakalebar Rath Yatra goes global; to be promoted as international tourism event

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Tourism Ministry in association with the Petroleum Ministry is taking steps to brand and promote Nabakalebar Rath Yatra as an international event.

To promote the event, the Ministry of Culture will bring out Coffee Table Book and also make special documentary on the Rath Yatra. Coins and stamps will also be issued to commemorate the yatra

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, said that the Tourism Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 50 crore and Central Government will also supplement budgetary support as per the requirements of the event.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma will visit Odisha for two days 20th and 21st March to review the preparations for the event.

A large number of people are supposed to attend the event and the Government has decided to leave no stone unturned for the smooth completion of it.

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India Looks at Strategic Partnership with Oil Producers

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his three-hour long meeting here with chief executives of top global and Indian companies. ians

New Delhi, Oct 9: India is looking to upgrade its relationship with producing countries to a strategic one, instead of mere buyer-seller, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday.

This was the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his three-hour long meeting here with chief executives of top global and Indian companies, including British major BP, Russia’s Rosneft, Saudi Aramco and Reliance Industries, on ways to revive investment in oil and gas exploration and production.

“The Prime Minister laid out to leading companies like BP, Shell, Rosneft, Exxon Mobil as to what should be the energy economy of India,” Pradhan told reporters here on the sidelines of the CERAWEEK India Energy Forum organised by IHS Markit.

“The Prime Minister emphasised the need to move the engagement to a strategic partnership, going beyond the buyer-seller relationship,” he said, adding that “all major producers, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the US, all have recognised the massive scale of India’s energy engagement”.

According to a statement, from the Prime Minister’s Office, Modi said there is a need to develop energy infrastructure and provide access to energy in eastern India as the status of the energy sector in India was highly uneven.

CEOs and top officials from Rosneft, BP, Reliance, Saudi Aramco, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Vedanta, Wood MacKenzie, IHS Markit, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Xcoal, ONGC, IndianOil, GAIL, Petronet LNG, Oil India, HPCL, Delonex Energy, NIPFP, International Gas Union, World Bank, and International Energy Agency were present at the meeting.

Pradhan, Power Minister R.K. Singh, and senior officials from NITI Aayog and Prime Minister’s Office, as well as the Petroleum and Finance Ministries were also present in the meeting.

Addressing the conference, Pradhan said that with India now being well integrated into the global oil economy, she was naturally impacted by geopolitical developments.

“Recently, when retail fuel prices went up in India, there was a hue and cry in the street,” he said of the time last month when petrol prices in Mumbai went over Rs 79 a litre due to a rise in international rates.

“We therefore need to know and keep abreast of what is happening in the industry worldwide… about OPEC and output cuts, about Russia, shale in the US, trends in LNG market,” he added.

As proof of the upgraded energy relationship with Saudi Arabia, Pradhan noted the opening of Saudi state-run oil giant Aramco’s India office in Gurugram on Sunday that was jointly inaugurated by him and Aramco CEO Amin Nasser.

“Aramco investment in India will increase..they are in talks with possible partners here,” Pradhan said.

Saudi Aramco, which established its business presence in India last year, has formed an Indian subsidiry that will engage in crude oil and LPG marketing, engineering and technical services, and other business development activities.

“Aramco India intends to partner with Indian companies and set up integrated business ventures in the hydrocarbon value chain in India,” the Petroleum Ministry said.

According to the PMO, Modi thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Rosneft, for their commitments and support to the energy sector in India. He also appreciated the 2030 vision document of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.(IANS)

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Rath Yatra 2017: The Grand Chariot Festival will be observed on June 25 across India

The Rath Yatra at Puri is a huge occasion in the whole composition that is seen by various travelers

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June 22, 2017: One of the four divine abode where legends still live on, the city of Puri in Eastern India arranges once in every year for the glorious voyage of the God in Chariot. The grand celebration of Rath Yatra will initiate on the June 25, Sunday while the return journey or Bahuda Jatra’ will fall on July 3rd, Monday.

Situated across the four corners of the India, Puri alongside Rameshwaram, Dwarka and Badrinath makes the four Holy dwellings Hinduism.

A Rath Yatra is an excursion in a chariot joined by the general public. Otherwise called Chariot Festival, this is a standout amongst the most anticipated Hindu celebrations of the nation. It ordinarily alludes to a parade (travel) of gods, individuals dressed like gods, or basically religious holy people.

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Preparing for car festival of Jagannath, Puri. Wikimedia

The festival and perception of the Puri Rath Yatra Festival go back to the time of the Puranas and the depictions of the same can be found in Brahma Purana, Padma Purana, and Skanda Purana and Kapila Samhita.

The acclaimed celebration in the time of June or July begins when the chariots of Lord Jagannath joined by his senior sibling Balabhadra and sister Devi Subhadra is conveyed out onto the Main Street of Puri known as Bada Danda. The Chariots are then taken to the Shri Gundicha Temple to their aunt’s home where the divinities are honoured nine days stay and are presented with sweet pancakes. On their way back to the Temple, the gods are offered Poda Pitha when their chariots stop at the Mausi Maa Temple. This sweet is a sort of prepared cake that is intended to be devoured by the poor people.

The Rath Yatra at Puri is a huge occasion in the whole composition that is seen by various travellers both outsiders and Indians. Amid the Rath Yatra, Puri is hued in the clearest shades of sheer satisfaction and pleasure and is rushed with aficionados who wish to pay their respect to the gods and look for their endowments.

HAPPY RATH YATRA TO ALL!

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

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On World Tourism Day, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma flags off Delhi sightseeing tour for challenged kids

Thirty-five Divyang students from Class 2nd to 6th of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya School for Divyang Children, Minto Road, New Delhi participated in the tour

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September 27, 2016: Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma flagged off a sightseeing tour of monuments and heritage places of Delhi for Divyang (challenged) children on the occasion of World Tourism Day here today.
Thirty-five Divyang students from Class 2nd to 6th of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya School for Divyang Children, Minto Road, New Delhi participated in the tour.

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The theme for 2016 World Tourism Day is: Tourism for All !! – “Promoting Universal Accessibility”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sharma said, “Accessible tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater for the needs of all of us, whether we are traveling or staying at home. May that be due to a disability, even temporary, families with small children, or the ageing population, at some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit of universal accessibility in tourism.” NewsGram brings to you latest new stories in India. 
World Tourism Day, Flickr
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Go to NewsGram for news related to political current issues. Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said, “On this year’s World Tourism Day, help us spread the word of both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility has and can bring to society at large.”

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Arun Srivastava, Regional Director (Northern India), Ministry of Tourism, said, “This unique opportunity will provide an opportunity to these Divyang students to take a glimpse of important monuments and heritage of Delhi. This effort is also to create awareness among all involved in the tourism industry in the country to remove all the barriers and provide accessible tourism opportunities to all. This is one of the latest news from India. (IANS)