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UP polls: Campaigning for fourth phase ends; Rahul-Akhilesh, Shah hold road shows on last day

New Delhi, Feb. 21 -- High voltage campaigning in elections for 53 assembly seats from 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh, which will go to polls in the fourth phase on February 23, ended on Tuesday evening.

With electioneering nearing to an end in seven-phased UP polls, the campaign in fourth phase was marked by offensive personal jibes.

Districts in Bundelkhand region -- Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Banda, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot and Fatehpur --... Read More


Sri Lanka rated 'Mostly Unfree' in new report: Heritage Foundation

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 -- Sri Lanka slipped to be rated as a 'Mostly Unfree' country this year in the Index of Economic Freedom, with the lack of government integrity and judicial freedom contributing towards the slip, a new report showed.

The US-based Heritage Foundation, in their annual Index of Economic Freedom, said that economic reforms undertaken to improve Sri Lanka's macroeconomic stability and potential for growth include strengthening the ... Read More


Sri Lanka rated 'Mostly Unfree' in new ranking: Heritage Foundation

Sri Lanka, Feb. 21 -- Sri Lanka slipped to be rated as a 'Mostly Unfree' country this year in the Index of Economic Freedom, with the lack of government integrity and judicial freedom contributing towards the slip, a new report showed.

The US-based Heritage Foundation, in their annual Index of Economic Freedom, said that economic reforms undertaken to improve Sri Lanka's macroeconomic stability and potential for growth include strengthening the ... Read More


Sharks play in township

Midrand, Feb. 21 -- Durban's township tourism business and economy will get a shot in the arm this year when Durban-based rugby franchise the Sharks return to the townships to play some of their games. Playing first in Umlazi's King Zwelithini Stadium on Friday, the Sharks easily beat the Free State's Toyota Cheetahs. In a move to boost the township economy further, both sides visited Eyadini Lounge, a popular shisanyama where they were welcomed ... Read More


J&K showcases its film shooting, tourism potential in OTM, Mumbai

Jammu, Feb. 21 -- Mumbai, Feb 21 (KNS): The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has showcased the state's scenic beauty and film tourism potential in one of the country's largest travel show OTM that begun at Bombay Exhibition Centre from today.

The State's Tourism Department, which is also one of the participants, has decorated its space beautifully highlighting the pristine glory and scenic beauty of Kashmir and its world famous tourist resor... Read More


Altaf Bukhari reviews functioning, performance of School Edu Deptt

Jammu, Feb. 21 -- Jammu, Feb 21 (KNS): Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today reviewed the functioning and performance of school education department here at a high level meeting with special focus on issues of teachers and implementation of far reaching reforms to improve the quality of education.

The meeting that went on for about two hours discussed in detail the challenges faced by the department and measures and reforms br... Read More


Jamaica Tourism Minister stresses need to transform Montego Bay Hip Strip

U.S., Feb. 21 -- The need for a transformation was highlighted by Jamaica Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, at the official opening of the 146 room Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach Resort in Montego Bay recently.

Minister Bartlett revealed that the Ministry of Tourism has allocated some $46 million to aid in transforming Montego Bay's Hip Strip, in the center of the historical tourist city. ... Read More


7th year for India tourism and hospitality conference

U.S., Feb. 21 -- The Banarsidas Chandiwala Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology (BCIHMCT) has been conducting a conference over the past few seven years involving India's tourism and hospitality industry.

The 7th India International Hotel Travel and Tourism Research Conference (IIHTTRC) was held in Delhi, India, on February 17 and 18. The IIHTTRC series has become a prominent international conference in the field of hotel, travel ... Read More


India Tourism gets its motor running

U.S., Feb. 21 -- The 7th edition of the 21 Gun Salute car rally attracted nearly a hundred cars from India and abroad. They are on display at the India Gate complex in Delhi.

India's Tourism Secretary, Vinod Zutshi, opened a 3-day event in Delhi to attract auto enthusiasts and continue to make the country a motoring tourism destination.

Madan Mohan, founder of the event, said the country has many heritage sites and vintage cars as well.

The 3-... Read More


New Seychelles Diary blog enhancing tourism

U.S., Feb. 21 -- A new blog designed by Seychelles Tourism was created to engage with readers and drive tourism business to the destination.

As part of its ongoing drive to raise its profile across social media platforms and fill the all-important knowledge gap about the islands, the Seychelles Tourism Board has launched a new blog.

"We are always looking for new ways to create interest about our islands," explains the manager of the digital ma... Read More