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Machu Picchu remains the dream destination of 2018

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 Machu Picchu, our majestic Inca citadel and one of the most visited and photographed destinations in South America does not go out of style. Our impressive world heritage site according to UNESCO has gone through few changes last year, which included new entry times and new rules for optimal care, all in order to standardize the volume of visits to the citadel and thus preserve its legacy in a sustainable way over time.

Thanks to these foresights our historic sanctuary is not currently on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in danger and currently benefits from the standardization of tourist arrivals to the citadel between the morning and afternoon.

If you plan to visit it during the following months – the rainy season in the Andes and the Peruvian Amazon – you will be captivated by its green landscapes.
·         Inca sanctuary can be enjoyed all year round without inconvenience.

·         Local authorities have reinforced measures to preserve it.

Visiting Machu Picchu is a dream come true of many national and foreign visitors. Therefore, it is essential that responsible and sustainable tourism is applied in our most emblematic and important destination.

Machu Picchu has been a star in the lists of best places to visit and must-see destinations in the world in recent years. It has also been considered one of the most frequent places that have appeared on Instagram in 2017 thanks to the users of this network who are impressed with the magnitude and beauty of our historic sanctuary, a feeling that can’t be described with images or words, you have to live it.

We encourage tourists to see our majestic wonder and other impressive destinations that Peru has to offer with the warm kindness that Peruvians embodies.

How to get there:

More than 40 daily flights connect the city of Cusco with Lima, Arequipa and Puno. Seasonally, there are flights to Iquitos, Trujillo and Paracas.

Once in Cusco, you should take the train to the district of Aguas Calientes. From there, take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

For those who love hiking and adventure, you can get there by following the Inca Trail. For this, it is recommended to plan the trip months in advance. For maintenance, the Inca Trail usually closes in the month of February.

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Remembering former Congress President Sitaram Kesri on his death anniversary

Sitaram Kesri passed away on October 24, 2000.

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Sitaram Kesri was an old Congress hand who rose in the ranks of the party. From being the Bihar Congress Committee president to All India Congress Committee (AICC) treasurer and finally the party’s top job, Kesri did it well.

However, Sitaram Kesri is known not for being the Congress president but how shabbily he was stripped off his post to place Sonia Gandhi as the party chief. Gandhi topi firmly on head and comfortable with palace intrigues, Kesri was a Congressman who rose through the ranks in the post-Nehru era. Sadly, his defining legacy as Congress president was when he pulled the plug on the Deve Gowda government in March 1997 in the hope that this was his best chance to bag the country’s top job.

This is how Sonia Gandhi took off Sitaram Kesri’s post as Congress President:

Out of nowhere, in 1997, Sonia Gandhi announced that she would campaign for the Congress party in the Lok Sabha election due for March 1998. Sitaram Kesri was the Congress president at the time. Sonia Gandhi joined the party in December 1997 at its plenary session in then Calcutta. She addressed her first election rally in Tamil Nadu, the state where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated.

In January, Sitaram Kesri welcomed the decision by Sonia Gandhi to join the Congress and campaign for the party in an interview, according to India Today. Demands were being made in the Congress party asking Sitaram Kesri to hand over the reins of the party to Sonia Gandhi.

But Sitaram Kesri, then 82, wanted to hold on for some time as he had some support in the party. However, the majority wanted Sonia Gandhi as the new president of the party. The Congress Working Committee passed a resolution on March 14, 1998, asking Sitaram Kesri to step down as party president.

Sitaram Kesri was reportedly locked in a room in the Congress headquarters on the Akbar Road in New Delhi to prevent him from creating obstacles in Sonia Gandhi entering the office of the Congress president.

The Congress leader passed away on October 24, 2000.

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Remembering Rafi Ahmed Kidwai: Indian freedom fighter who was next to Nehru

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai died on 24 October 1954 aged 60, while he was still holding office as a Minister.

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Rafi Ahmed Kidwai is one of the most prominent figures of Indian political history. During his time as minister, he was widely credited with bringing about worthy initiatives and implementation of laws. To his credit, many statues, streets, and institutes are named after him.

A man of courage, he belonged to an Islamic family hailed from the Barabanki District of Uttar Pradesh. After completing his education from Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College in Aligarh, he entered politics through the Khilafat Movement.

When he was a student at the Aligarh Muslim University, he was tagged as a ‘Dangerous Person’ for his open Anti- British ideas. In response to the call given by Mahatma Gandhi, he left Aligarh to join the National Movement. He led the Khilafat Non-Co-operation Movement in Barabanki district. Since then, he played a vital role in the National Movement both at the State level and National levels.

Though he hailed from a Zamindari family, surprisingly and in keeping with his ideology, he gave a call for the abolition of the Zamindari system. Hopeful of changes in the policies of the Indian National Congress, he agreed to enter the Assembly. He won the elections held in 1935 under the leadership of Motilal Nehru and became a minister.

During his tenure as a minister, Rafi Ahmed proposed several reforms. The Indian National Congress assigned to him the responsibility of organizing the Anti War Satyagraha Movement in October 1940, which he discharged successfully.

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai was arrested during that movement. He spent a total period of ten years in the Jails during the National Movement. When most of the leaders were in Jails after the Quit India Movement, the Muslim League started strengthening itself. At that time, he faced the League with all his capabilities. He started the magazine ‘Quami Awaz’ to foil the divisionary tactics of the League and also wrote several articles in newspapers like the ‘National Herald’ to disseminate the secular thoughts. He had enormous respect for the culture of integrity and civilization of India. Thus he dedicated himself to the protection of Indian culture.

In 1969 to honor him, India Post has issued 20 Paisa commemorative Postal Stamp. The design of the stamp is horizontal and it depicts the portrait of late Shri Rafi Ahmad Kidwai at the right side and the left corner depicts the airplane to indicate Night Air Mail Service.

Kidwai died on 24 October 1954 aged 60, while he was still holding office as a Minister. Continuous strenuous work had destroyed his health and he had developed cardiac asthma. He was buried with full state honours in his hometown.

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MP bypolls: Kamal Nath’s ‘item’ remark raises political heat

Political observers feel that issues which have nothing to do with the general masses are given a political colour to influence voters, in the absence of discussion on real issues affecting them.

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It comes in the wake of “coming from a hungry and ill-clad family” remarks used by another Congress leader Dinesh Gurjar for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

While campaigning in Dabra segment in Gwalior district on Sunday, Kamal Nath had allegedly called Imarti Devi an ‘item’, making the BJP turn aggressive and trying to derive political mileage from the situation even as the Congress accused BJP of trying to misinterpret certain words.

The process of filing of nominations for the Assembly seats, which will go to polls on November 3, has since been completed and both parties are now in full campaigning mode.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Kamal Nath’s remark against the Minister was symptomatic of “petty mentality”.

“Imarti Devi is a daughter of a farmer who began doing labour in her village and has since emerged as a public representative in building the nation. First, the Congress called me ‘hungry and ill-clad’ and now she has been called an ‘item’. This shows the feudal mindset of Kamal Nath,” the Chief Minister said.

BJP MP and former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that “calling a woman coming from a poor labourer family an item and ‘jalebi’ by another Congress leader Ajay Singh was both condemnable and objectionable.

“Kamal Nath’s comments reflect his thinking towards Dalits and women. Similarly, Digvijay Singh had used such remarks against party leader Meenakshi Natarajan.”

BJP state unit President Vishnudatt Sharma too flayed the remarks as “shameful”, particularly against a woman when the country was celebrating Navratras.

“Kamal Nath has insulted the womanhood by calling the Minister an item,” Sharma alleged.

In Lucknow, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati too jumped into the controversy and demanded on Monday that the Congress leadership should issue a public apology for the remark against a Dalit woman.

She said the remark was “objectionable”. “The remarks made by a former Chief Minister against a Dalit woman candidate in Dabra (Reserve) Assembly segment is highly shameful and needs to be condemned. The Congress leadership should take note and issue a public apology,” the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted.

She appealed to the Dalit voters to teach a lesson to the Congress in the by-elections in Madhya Pradesh and vote for her BSP to ensure that such incidents don’t occur in future.

On the other hand, Kamal Nath said the BJP was indulging in a “false propaganda” regarding his remarks.

“I did use the word ‘item’, but it is not an insulting word. I am also an item, you are also an item. In this sense, we all are items. During legislative proceedings, we use words like ‘item numbers’. When the state’s people are in a pathetic condition, the BJP instead of wiping their tears is making an issue out of consumption of a beverage by me. Is it a public issue? Are the people’s lives connected with this?” the Congress leader and former Chief Minister remarked.

Political observers feel that issues which have nothing to do with the general masses are given a political colour to influence voters, in the absence of discussion on real issues affecting them.

The BJP will not let go of the chance to use the ‘hungry and ill-clad’ and ‘item’ remarks to its advantage by making these as ‘rich vs poor’ and ‘Dalit’ and ‘women’ issues ahead of the by-elections.

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