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Soon, better catering service on board trains

Lucknow, March 24 -- The next time you board a train, expect good catering service during the journey. The Railways is going to revamp its entire food supply system in order to ensure supply of fresh, hot and hygienic food to passengers. The initiative is part of the Railways' new catering policy, which its subsidiary Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation is going to implement.

"The new policy has special provisions aimed at ensuring ... Read More


Papon, Amitabh Bachchan pay tribute to Brahmaputra river in new song

India, March 24 -- Assamese musician Papon has composed an anthem for the debut edition of Namami Brahmaputra - which is being touted as the largest river festival of India. The song has been sung by several celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Arijit Singh, and Vishal-Shekhar.

Papon, whose real name is Angaraag Mahanta, has invited Big B to visit Assam soon. He tweeted: "Humbled by your gestures my lovely music fraternity and Amitabh ji. Ple... Read More


Entries open for canoe marathon

Midrand, March 24 -- The Orange River will host the first canoe marathon of the year next month. Canoe lovers can now enter for the Orange Descent Canoe Marathon which takes place on April 28 and 29. Tourism spokesperson Tebogo Velembo said canoe enthusiasts would be able to take in a majestic 72km of the scenic Orange river. The winner will get a grand prize of R50000. "Entries to the race are now open. Participants will also enjoy a sundown cru... Read More


Tourism travails

Nepal, March 24 -- Nepal's breathtaking scenery and diverse cultures make it a perfect destination for adventure and religious tourism. These are attractions that neither the shattering earthquakes of 2015 nor the crippling unofficial trade embargo by India has fully dampened. Though tourist arrivals fell to a six-year low in 2015, with only 538,970 foreigners visiting the country, the sector has made a significant rebound, with 753,002 foreign v... Read More


D-Mart debut adds to Damani's aura, wealth

Mumbai, March 24 -- The listing of Avenue Supermarts Ltd, the parent of retailer D-Mart, lived up to its hype, adding to the Midas-like reputation of its founder Radhakishan Damani. Its shares opened 102% higher than the issue price, before closing the day at Rs640.75 apiece, up 114.3%. At the end of trading, D-Mart became India's most valuable listed retailer and helped the Damani family barrel past Anil Ambani, Ajay Piramal and Adi Godrej in th... Read More


India's Gout de France: An event to be savored

U.S., March 24 -- Several leading France-related professionals from culinary and other fields graced various events at India's Gout de France, apart from the top brass of the university.

The School of Tourism and Hotel Management at Ansal University at Gurugram, near Delhi, India, organized a Gout de France - taste of France - festival, which lasted for three days, ending March 23.

During this time, the students of the university prepared the b... Read More


Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath allocates portfolios, keeps Home: Full list here

Lucknow, March 24 -- Three days after takingcharge of the state,newly elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath had on Wednesday allocated portfolios to his two deputies and 44 other ministers.

The CM kept 36 departments, including home, mining, housing and civil supplies, with himself.His predecessor, Akhilesh Yadav, had kept 50 departments, including home, finance, mining and cooperative, with himself in his first portfolio allo... Read More


15 major decisions by Yogi Adityanath so far as CM of Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, March 24 -- Newly elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has pledged to work for all sections of society without discrimination.

On his first day in office after taking oath, the firebrand leader, who now heads a 47-member Cabinet in the country's most populous state, presided over a meeting of top bureaucrats in Lucknow and asked them to prepare a roadmap for good governance. Besides, he asked them to fulfil the promis... Read More


Criminal case against Jaipur's Chokhi Dhani resort over harassment of minor dancer

India, March 24 -- Acting on a complaint of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal, Rajasthan police filed a criminal case against a resort in Jaipur for alleged harassment of a minor girl during a dance performance.

The FIR was lodged on a complaint by the DCW chairperson who, during a personal visit to the Chokhi Dhani resort on Tonk Road earlier this month, had noticed the 13-year-old girl being "harassed" by some visitors d... Read More


70 PERCENT OF INDONESIAN TRAVEL AGENTS JOIN ONLINE ITX MARKETPLACE

Nusa Dua, March 24 -- Some 70 percent of Indonesia's travel agents have joined the Indonesian Travel X-Change Marketplace (ITX Marketplace), an online platform, provided by the government, according to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

"Initially, travel agents using a manual system had protested against the online travel agent (system) and had called on the government to close the online platform. However, I told them that the use of an online syst... Read More