Manas Dwivedi

MOT lines up 5 webinars to commemorate Independence Day

As the nation equips to commend its 74th Independence Day on the 15th of August 2020, Ministry of Tourism as part of its  ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ webinar series has lined up five webinars to commemorate and honour nation’s most significant day. These webinars will collectively touch upon themes encompassing the freedom movement, places significant to it and pioneers who had a notable participation in helping India secure its independence. The webinar details are as follows: On 8thof August 2020 (Saturday) is the ‘Memoirs of 1857: A Prelude to Independence’ by Ms. Nidhi Bansal, CEO, India City Walks & India With Locals and Dr. Soumi Roy, Head of Operations, IWL & IHW On 10thof August 2020 (Monday) is the ‘Cellular Jail: Letters, Memoirs and Memories’ by Ms. Nidhi Bansal, CEO, India City Walks & India With Locals, Dr. Soumi Roy, Head of Operations, IWL & IHW and Ms.Somrita Sengupta, City Explorer, India City Walks. On 12thof August 2020 (Wednesday) is the ‘ Lesser known stories of India’s struggle for Independence’ by Mrs. Akila Raman and Ms. Nayantara Nayar from Storytrails On 14thof August 2020 (Friday) is the ‘Jallianwala Bagh: A turning point in the Freedom struggle’  by Ms. Kishwar Desai, Chairperson, The Partition Museum, Amritsar. On 15thof August 2020 (Saturday) is the ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel- Architect of United India’ by Mr. Sanjay Joshi, Addl. Collector & Chief Manager, Statue of Unity, Government of Gujarat. All sessions will commence from 11:00 AM till 12:00 PM.

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MOT to start discussions with stakeholders on 10th August on future preparedness

Rupinder Brar, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, has said that the tourism minister will be starting series of next round of discussions to further discuss the preparedness to deal with COVID-199 from 10th August. There will be layers of discussions with a common goal for the ministry and the stakeholders to work together, she said.

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Tourismo Jobs supported by 7M Tours inaugurated virtually

7M Tours has launched a global job search portal, Tourism Jobs primarily for companies in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. The portal was launched virtually amidst the presence of travel trade leaders from around the world. From India, Jyoti Mayal, President, TAAI among others took part and lauded the noble initiative. The portal is live at

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PS Patel virtually inaugurates golf resort in Mizoram under Swadesh Darshan Scheme

Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has virtually inaugurated the “Thenzawl Golf Resort” Project implemented under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme in the presence of Tourism Minister of Mizoram, Robert RomawiaRoyte and other officials. The competitive advantage of Thenzawl Golf Course with 30 Eco-log huts is that it will provide quality golfing experience and international facilities at a fair price.

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SpiceJet to operate its first long-haul flight on August 1

Budget carrier SpiceJet will operate its first long-haul flight between Amsterdam and Bengaluru on August 1. The airline was given permission by the DGCA to operate flights to Europe and the US as a scheduled carrier last week. The flight will depart Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport at 2:45 pm on August 1 and reach Bengaluru in the early hours of August 2 before heading to Hyderabad.

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Railways to have contactless ticketing; tickets to be QR code-enabled

The Indian Railways has started introducing contactless ticketing system with QR code-enabled tickets, which will be scanned on handheld devices and mobile phones at the stations and on the trains. VK Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board said while 85 per cent train tickets are currently being booked online, a QR code will also be available for those buying tickets from counters.

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