The state cabinet at its meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here today endorsed the New State Tourism Policy-2010. The policy has important provisions with regard to private capital investment, PPP projects, preservation of cultural heritages, participation of different departments and institutions, eco tourism etc.

Professor R C Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of the Panjab University, has called for taking urgent steps for the conservation and protection of environment and bio-diversity.Speaking on the occasion of

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NEW DELHI: The upcoming Commonwealth Games will not boost the country's tourism industry but will instead have an adverse impact on the sector, claims a report released in the Capital on Tuesday.

Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR), the state-owned eco-tourism company, is expanding its operations in the state to promote eco-tourism. It plans to open five more resorts in select locations, JLR managing director N D Tiwari said.

The Narendra Modi government will pro- mote religious tourism in a novel manner and special allocations have been made in the state budget for the same.

The Union Ministry of Tourism is providing financial assistance to the State Governments in the Northeastern region for development of tourism projects based on the proposals received from the States.

The most important purpose of tourism development is economic and social development of the tourism areas. Although a minor part of tourism includes of rural tourism and plays an important role in economic of rural areas of developed countries, but other advantages and even received harms through these activities in rural areas should not be neglected.

EQUATIONS was invited by the Member Planning Commission Mr Arun Maira in November 2009 to write about our vision for tourism for India. This came about after a series of discussions with him about our concerns related to tourism development in India and how the Planning Process of the Five Year plans should take these into account.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr DD Lapang said that his government is making aggressive efforts in projecting the tourism potentials of the State.

Lapang stated this while inaugurating the Mairang Festival at Khatsawphra Sports Association Stadium, Mairang, West Khasi Hills district. The 1st Mairang Festival which began on December 17 concluded yesterday.