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UNESO has proposed to create Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN), a programme to recover the heritage value of cities.
There was a report recently about existence of manual scavenging in Vidisha. Scavenging is not just about money or some short-term relief measures. It is a deep-rooted problem with social and attitudinal aspects. It can be effectively addressed only by a comprehensive package plan, which includes education, job training, rehabilitation and social mainstreaming.
Stalling of the Parliament
The winter (2010) session of the Parliament was stalled over a demand of JPC to probe the 2G spectrum scam. The LS worked for only 7 hrs 37 mins and RS for 2 hrs 44 mins. Only 13 bills were tabled (of the 36 planned) and only 4 were passed (of the 35 planned)
Issues this has raised
- Denigration of the Parliament
- Important issues could not be discussed
Important Points Of Tourism In India
- Except for a very brief lull last year, the arrival of foreign tourists has maintained a steady upward trend, and foreign exchange earnings from the sector were an impressive 7 billion US dollars in 2008. A sector that is perhaps the fastest growing tourism sector in the world sector that accounts for 5.92 % of India’s GDP, provides employment to 49.8 million of her people and has the potential to bring prosperity to rural and backward areas.
- India has over 150000 medical tourists each year and this figure is rising at a high pace. Currently, the medical tourism market in India is estimated to be worth over US$ 300 million with approximately. 170,000 foreign patients coming in every year. The reports estimating that medical tourist to India are growing by 30 per cent a year. This industry is enjoy such a massive vacation with elective or plastic growth that it is moving into a new area of “medical outsourcing”.
- In a developing country like India, alternative medications like Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy have an important role to play in alleviating diseases both chronic and acute
Tourism in India
- 9 million tourist arrivals in India in 2010
- 4 mn in 2009
- 10 states account for more than 90 pc of total foreign tourists
- Maharashtra, TN, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, WB, Kerala, Bihar, HP and Goa
- Foreign exchange earnings was USD 14 bn (Rs 63000 cr) during 2010-11
- USD 10 bn in 2007-08
- Hotel infrastructure in small tourist locations
- Harrassment of tourists
- Some steps
- Visa on arrival facility has been extended to Singapore, Finland, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia
- Article 105 of the Constitution required the Parliament to codify its privileges, but the Parliament has not done so in the past 61 years
- Prashant Bhushan said
- Parliamentary privileges were not grounds on which restrictions could be imposed on the fundamental right to free speech
- MPs should reflect on why the public perception about them had come to be what it was and explore ways and means to improve the functioning of our democracy
- Pravasi Bhartiya Divas
- Annual gathering of people of Indian origin