Foreign tourism earnings double
Reflective of Indias growing popularity as a tourist destination, the countrys earnings from foreign tourists has almost doubled between 2002 and 2005.The foreign exchange earnings, estimated showing a 96% growth in three years, tourism and culture minister Ambika Soni said.
Hudco proposes to develop area around Taj Mahal
Aimed at improving the ambience around the Taj Mahal to enhance the visitors experience, a Rs 40 crore proposal to develop facilities and infrastructure around the monument has been prepared by Hudco.
Giving this information in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday in reply to a question, tourism minister Ambika Soni said the centre has sanctioned Rs 767 lakh under the plan for development of the East entry gate.
India, Pak, Iran talks on gas pipeline on Aug 3-4
Officials of India, Pakistan and Iran will meet on August 3-4 to discuss pricing of natural gas that Tehran wants to sell to the energy-hungry South Asian countries through a tri-nation pipeline. As of now, various issues relating to the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project are being discussed between the three countries at tripartite secretary-level working group meetings.
So far two such meetings have been held. The third meeting is scheduled to be held during August 3-4 at New Delhi, minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dinsha Patel said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
Inflation in 2006-07 Q1 lower than in last 3 years
The average rate of inflation in the country during the first quarter of current fiscal has been lower than that in the corresponding period in each of the last three years, finance minister P Chidambaram said on Tuesday. The average inflation for all commodities at 4.5% in April-June this year was lower than 5.3% in the same quarter in 2005-06, 5.4% in 2004-05 and 6.2% in first quarter of 2003-04, he said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.