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Tourists flock to hill stations, deserting smoggy Delhi

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New Delhi, November 8: With Delhi turning into a gas chamber post Diwali, many tourists have cancelled their plans to visit the capital and are resorting to near-by hill stations instead.

Also, many Delhites have packed their bags to visit their country homes as India Inc has eased out work-from-home culture to met the air pollution crisis and asked the staff to avoid traveling to risk their health.

A tourist in Himachal pardesh said, “Had plans to go for Delhi darshan, but got to know about #Delhipollution and so came to Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) instead.”

Another foreign tourist shared her tale with Delhi’s air pollution, “I had been to Delhi, last week and the #Smog was noticeable; have soar throat because of that.”

As government shut schools for 3 days, many have also recoursed to nearby hill stations to get a sigh of relief.

Confirming the news, Booking Incharge of Himachal Tourism hotels also said, “Tourists are cancelling plans and coming here instead. We are getting many walk-in guests at Dharamshala due to Delh smog.”

The national capital has witnessed worst air pollution ever with PH levels rising 15-16 times the safer limits. Meanwhile the city administration has banned all types of excavation, backfilling works in the metro sites, schools has been shut for 3 days, use of kerosene is banned, authorities are sprinkling water on roads and several steps have been taken to tackle the situation in the shortest possible time frame.

While the Delhi tourism ministry official has refused to accpet that tourists are not visiting Delhi. He said, “Inbound tourist traffic has not witnessed a dip on account of the continuing smog. The tourism ministry has not issued any advisory (asking tourists not to visit Delhi), as this is a temporary phenomenon that will get blown off after the rains that are expected.”

As bookings are done in advance the dip in arrivals is not seen initially but if the situation curtails for long, it may affect the business, said a worried tourists operator.

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Bihar’s Shahi litchi gets Geographical Indication tag

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Patna, Oct 18: After Katrani rice, Jardalu mango and Magahi paan (betel vine), Bihars Shahi litchi has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag and has become an exclusive brand in the national and international market, an official said on Thursday.

The famous Shahi litchi, which is famous for its sweet, juicy, unique flavour and aroma, is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and neighbouring districts including East Champaran, Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai.

It has officially become an exclusive brand with the GI tag. We were informed about this positive development on Tuesday. It was a much awaited news for Bihar’s Shahi litchi, said Vishal Nath, Director of National Research Centre on Litchi (NRCL).

The GI registration was done in the name of Litchi Growers Association of Bihar, which had applied for the tag, said Bachcha Prasad Singh, President of Litchi Growers Association of Bihar.

Nath told IANS that the GI tag to Shahi litchi will boost up its demand in the market and will minimise the fear of fake and poor quality litchis.

“The GI tag for the fruit will help and benefit thousands of litchi growers who will gain access to more markets and get better price in the country and abroad,” he said.

Bihar produces 40 per cent of the litchi grown in the country on 38 per cent of the area.

A GI is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin such as a town, region, or country. Its use may act as a certification that the product possesses certain qualities due to its geographical origin.

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Pleasant Thursday morning in Delhi

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New Delhi, Oct 18: It was a pleasant morning in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 18 degrees Celsius, at par with the season’s average.

“The sky will get partly cloudy towards the afternoon with the possibility of thunder development,” an India Meteorological Department official said.

The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 78 per cent.

Wednesday’s maximum temperature settled at 34.7 degrees, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 18.5 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average.

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Gaddar ready to contest against KCR

Rao, who is also President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), is seeking re-election from Gajwel in the coming elections to Telangana assembly. Gaddar described Gajwel as his birthplace.

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Hyderabad, Oct 17 : Former Maoist ideologue and revolutionary balladeer Gaddar on Wednesday said he was ready to contest the elections against Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao as the joint candidate of opposition parties.

Gaddar, who met Congress president Rahul Gandhi last week, said if all opposition parties make a request to him to contest from Gajwel and ensure that the opposition votes are not divided, he will contest the December 11 election.

Rao, who is also President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), is seeking re-election from Gajwel in the coming elections to Telangana assembly. Gaddar described Gajwel as his birthplace.

Gaddar said he did not belong to any party but would support any party to end what he calls ‘neo-feudalism’ in Telangana. Stating that Telangana state was created with the sacrifices of martyrs, he said the change has not come in the state.

Gaddar, whose real name is Gummadi Vittal Rao, told reporters at Kamareddy that after 70 years he has enrolled himself as a voter and had now launched people’s movement to end ‘neo-feudalism’.

“My fight is to end autocratic rule and realise the dreams of the martyrs of Telangana,” said Gaddar, who plans to campaign against TRS by singing “people’s songs”.

He appealed to people to make Rahul Gandhi’s public meeting at Kamareddy on October 20 a huge success.

Gaddar’s son G.V. Surya Kiran had joined Congress in April this year. He is said to be keen to contest the Assembly elections.

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