02 World Friday, April 13, 2018 | www.goantimes.titosgoa.com | 12 Pages PM Modi flags off Indian Railways' first high speed electric locomotive in Bihar Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Indian Railways' first high-speed electric locomotive developed at the Electric Locomotive Factory, a collaboration between India and France, in Madhepura. The 12,000 horsepower high-speed train is the first Make-in-India project of this magnitude completed along with French rolling stock giant Alstom. With this India will join the countries like Russia, China, Germany and Sweden, which have 12,000 horsepower and above electric locomotives. The most powerful electric engine in the Indian Railways was of 6,000 horsepower. The Indian Railways had signed an Rs 20,000-crore agreement with Alstom for 800 highspeed locomotives in 2015. Under the contract over a period of 11 years, first five engines will be imported from France, while the rest 795 will be produced here in India. Passengers stranded as strike grounds flights in Germany Apr 11 : Hundreds of flights were cancelled at four German airports, including the biggest hub Frankfurt, on April 10 as ground staff and other public sector workers staged walkouts across the country to increase the pressure in a pay dispute. Lufthansa cancelled more than 800 flights out of its 1,600 planned for April 10. The strike also affected nurseries, rubbish collection and swimming pools. The leading union is demanding a 6% pay rise for 2.3 million public sector employees. But the federal government has rejected that call saying a big increase would force them to outsource jobs. Now, Lucknow University to produce certified ‘purohits’ The University of Lucknow will now produce trained ‘purohits’. From the academic session beginning July, students can pursue a six-month ‘purohit course’ having components of ‘karmakand’ (ritual services), computer knowledge and English, an official said on Tuesday. University officials said the course is aimed at addressing the shortage of purohits who are well versed in ‘karmkand’. “There is a dearth of trained ‘purohits’ both in India and abroad,” an official said. “There will be no age bar for admissions to this course. Anyone having passed Class 12 is eligible. The course will have two papers; each paper will have 30 hours of teaching,” said NK Pandey, spokesperson, LU. Besides, three courses related to cultural aspects of Jainism, Buddhism and Bramhinism are also proposed by the university. There will be separate boards to govern these courses that will be run under the umbrella of Abhinav Gupt Sansthan of LU, said Pandey. Shop for your Home needs at Valanka! / 90752 06544 Calangute - Anjuna Rd, Naika Vaddo, Bardez, Calangute, Goa Phone: 0832 228 2662
03 Touristic Friday, April 13, 2018 | www.goantimes.titosgoa.com | 12 Pages Colva beach selected under Centre’s tourism project PANAJI: Colva beach has been selected by the Union ministry of tourism under the 'Iconic Tourist Sites Development Project' to boost tourism, community development and infrastructure. Colva will be India's only beach which will be covered under this project along with 11 other tourist locations across the country which have been identified by the Union tourism ministry, the state tourism department said in a statement issued on Friday. Employment generation, development of the local culture, occupations, beautification, infrastructure, provision of facilities and public amenities are some of the key objectives of the initiative. Rashmi Verma, secretary, Union ministry of tourism chaired a meeting on Friday with key officials attached to Goa’s tourism department. Mumbai-Goa cruise may sail only in September Your wait for sailing to Goa from Mumbai on a cruise may get longer. The services, which were to commence in a few weeks, may now start in September. The cruise was originally slated to start in December 2017, but has been delayed since. While the Mumbai Port Trust maintains that services will start this month itself, the silence and lack of marketing of tickets tells another story. "Looking at the progress made, the sailings should start sometime during the second half of April," said Sanjay Bhatia, chairman of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). However, Siddharth Newalkar, Director of Sea Eagle Cruises, which would ferry around 400 passengers on board the ship Angriya on each sailing, is reluctant to talk about anything related to Mumbai-Goa sailings. Officially, a last few clearances from authorities are left, after which a trip will be made to Goa as part of 'trial' before the actual operations begin. If these procedures are through this India is working to attract Japanese travellers, developing Buddhist circuit As India is reaching new heights in tourism, the country is also looking to work on Buddhist tourism. This means attracting Buddhist countries, including Japan, in order to boost foreign tourist arrivals. Apart from organising International Buddhist conclave, India is also looking to develop Buddhist circuit that would connect important Buddhist sites in the country. Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of Tourism said, "We are receiving a minuscule number of Buddhist tourists, just 0.005 percent of the total Buddhist population in the world, despite being a key pilgrimage destination for millions of practicing Buddhists around the world. The idea is, even if we are able to remove one zero and make it 0.05 percent, that'll still bring in billions of dollars into our tourism economy." According to reports furnished by tourism ministry officials, five projects have been sanctioned by India, worth INR 3.61 billion. Both India and Japan are looking to triple the number of Indian and Japanese tourists in the next five years, and have been pushing bilateral travel and tourism. Promoting Buddhist tourism is one of the many initiatives to tap into the Japanese travel industry. In fact, Japanese tourism office in Tokyo had sponsored visits of 10 Japanese tour operators, opinion leaders and even journalists. They had attended the International Buddhist Conclave in 2014. In 2016, the Japanese tourist arrivals was at a total of 208,847, while the number stood at only 29,032 back in 1981. The popular Buddhist sites in the country where Japanese tourists go are Nalanda, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Rajgir, Sanchi, Ajanta Caves, Dharamshala and Dhauli. month, it is likely that cruise will sail, said an MbPT official. "From mid-May, the sea becomes choppy due to monsoon. It will not be possible to commence the services, and will have to wait for the season to get over, which is only from September," he said. As per the plans, the ship will sail out from Mumbai at 6 pm to reach Panaji at 8 am and vice-versa on alternate days. The intermediate halts are likely to be at Dighi (Raigad district), Dhabol and Jaigad (Ratnagiri district), Vijaydurg and Malvan (Sindhudurg district). The initial plan involves sailings up to Goa, thereafter, depending upon the demand the voyage may be extended to Cochin. Sailings will happen only during fair weather, and the vessel will be berthed at Domestic Cruise Terminal for its entertainment-cumrestaurant facilities. The fare structure is yet to be made public. However, sources said, it would be 'affordable' so that even the middle class people come on board. [ dnaindia.com ] To promote heritage tourism, Indian Railways to work on metre-gauge lines In a move to promote heritage tourism, Indian Railways is planning to preserve its five metre gauge tracks, which were built during the early British era. Reportedly, Railway Ministry has asked the zonal railways to check the operational accessibility of these tracks. A senior official from the Railway Ministry said regarding this development, “As part of the strategy to preserve the metre-gauge lines, Indian Railways is planning to preserve few metre-gauge lines, which have the potential to attract more tourists.” Five railway lines have been identified for the purpose of heritage tourism and they are — the Visavadar-Talala line in Gujarat, 42.27 km; Mhow-Patalpani- Kalakand line in Madhya Pradesh, 16 km; Mavli Junction-Marwar Junction line in Rajasthan, 162 km; Mahur- Harangjao line in Assam; 47 km; and Nanpur-Mailani metre-gauge line in Uttar Pradesh, 171 km. As per the recent reports, all four metre-gauge lines are operational, except the one in Assam.