New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew by 2.1 percent in the first two months of this year despite the Delhi gang rape, Minister for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi said Wednesday. "There has been some speculation in the media about the state of Indian tourism because of some extremely unfortunate events," Chiranjeevi said at a tourism related function
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said Wednesday the government is considering raising the foreign direct investment limit in defence sector at least to 49 percent from the existing 26 percent. "I am in favour of raising FDI limit in the defence sector to at least 49 percent, if not 74 percent," Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here. Sharma said the commerce and industry ministry has recommended raising the overseas investment limit in defence
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Double up the fun of this Indian Premier League (IPL) season with a string of pubs and restaurants across the country offering tempting deals on delectable food items, funky mocktails and cocktails - all topped with the advantage of watching the cricket extravaganza on big projector screens.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Indian racing driver Karun Chandhok has confirmed his return to the Le Mans 24 Hours with LMP2 Team Murphy Prototypes. Last year, Chandhok became the first Indian to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and will now join Brendon Hartley and Mark Patterson to race for the Irish team at the marquee event in June this year
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) An Internet-based public service delivery system that promises to bring transparency in granting approvals for hotel projects to existing hotels was launched here Wednesday by Minister for Tourism K.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Amid a row over financing of an American delegation's visit to meet Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a US lawmaker Wednesday claimed it was sponsored by "an educational foundation". US House of Representative member Cynthia Lummis, who was in the delegation that met Modi on March 28, said the visit was mainly sponsored by National Indian American Public Policy Institute (NIAPPI) and was cleared by the house ethics committee of the US Congress. Hi India, an ethnic Indian newspaper in Chicago, reported that organisers of the US delegation to India that met Modi had canvassed for participants in the trip at prices ranging from $3,000 to $16,000.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University Wednesday held a demonstration here to protest the death of a student activist in Kolkata. The protesters gathered at Banga Bhawan on Hailey Road in central Delhi and shouted slogans against the death of Sudipto Gupta of the Students Federation of India. Some of the students also tried to scale the perimeter wall of the building
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) "Tum hi ho", the title track from Mohit Suri's forthcoming romance-action drama "Aashiqui 2", is a hit on YouTube and it has crossed over 1,852,947 hits within 10 days of its launch. The promo of the song was released March 23 under the label T-Series. A remake of Mahesh Bhatt's 1990 blockbuster "Aashiqui", the coming film is also produced by his banner Vishesh Films.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) England's Oliver Wilson is looking forward to testing himself against the best golfers from the Asian Tour when the third edition of the $300,000 Panasonic Open India begins at the Delhi Golf Club Thursday. The 32-year-old Englishman has not won a title in his professional career but has finished second nine times on the European Tour and represented Europe at the 2008 Ryder Cup. Wilson also came close to winning in Asia when he finished second behind Spain's Sergio Garcia at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in 2009.
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Micro, small and medium enterprises are vital for India's economic growth and they need to get more institutional credit, President Pranab Mukherjee said Wednesday. These enterprises are "perhaps the most crucial link between India's economic growth and socio-economic transformation", the president said in an address here. He spoke after presenting National Awards to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and banks.