MUMBAI GETS FIRST SEA HARRIER MONUMENT, LOCATED IN BANDRA
Mumbai got its first Sea Harrier Monument at a prominent junction of Bandra Bandstand in Bandra west, facing the Arabian Sea in December 2020.
The striking monument was inaugurated by Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, along with Rear Admiral V Srinivas, Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra area.
The aircraft on display -built by British Aerospace -once flew from the deck of the former aircraft carrier INS Viraat which was decommissioned and later broken down as scrap.
The aircraft was a Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing/Vertical Takeoff and Landing jet fighter, reconnaissance and attacker. It was part of the Indian Navy Air Squadron 300 popularly known as ’White Tigers’ whose legacy is being continued by the latest MiG-29K fighters on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
The Indian Navy became only the second country to fly the Sea Harriers when it was inducted in 1983 and served in various operations.
The monument now stands tall and proud, in a take-off position pointing to the skies, next to the Arabian Sea, serving as a reminder of its heydays when it served the nation with distinction by safeguarding its maritime frontiers from the air.
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NORTH EAST FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN GUWAHATI
The North East Festival, a popular event held in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts ever since its inception seven years ago, will be held in Guwahati, Assam this year of 2020.
Starting on December 19, 2020 the two-day event is open for public to attend virtually.
Well-known personalities of the region like Indian athlete Hima Das, Bollywood singer Zubeen Garg, mountaineer Anshu Jemsepa and Indian cricketer Riyan Parag Das will hold a series of discussion sessions under NEF Ideation Conclave and share their success stories. The focus of the annual event this year is on ’Growth Agenda for North East Post Covid19’. A session Market linkage on Agriculture will have farmers, producing companies of the NER interacting with buyers from outside. A B2B Meet on Tourism will also be organized wherein tourism stakeholders of the North East will interact with tour operators of the country.
The festival will also witness a session on Make in North East, which will have investors in the NER such as NRL, Patanjali, ITC etc will share their experience of investment in the region.
A virtual walk through the North East Festival will be taking place on both the days at 4 pm, highlighting North East tourism destinations, festivals such as Hornbill, Sangai, Tawang Festival etc, cuisines of the region, dance forms and crafts.
The festival will also feature various cultural programmes, fashion show and musical concerts in which Zubeen, band Soulmate and other artistes will be performing. Shyamkanu Mahanta, Organiser- in- Chief, North East Festival, said in a statement, ”North East Festival over the years have been able to create a positive perception about the region. This time focus is to highlight the strength of North East as investment destination and focus on the region as an ideal tourism destination post Covid. The Virtual North East Festival will aim at creating a market linkage for North Eastern products and will try to motivate youngsters of the region for entrepreneurship, sports and other activities.” (IANSLife)
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NAGALAND’S FAMOUS HORNBILL FEST GOES VIRTUAL
The Naga Heritage Village, the epicentre of the world famous Hornbill Festival is virtually buzzing this year in 2020 with the celebrations turned online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Located about 12 km away from Nagaland capital Kohima the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, has witnessed thousands of footfalls of tourists every year to witness the rich and diverse culture of most tribes of Nagas, vividly and colourfully displayed in the form of folk music and traditional dance besides exposition and availability of exotic food, crafts and art and numerous life and customs.
Dubbed as the ’Festival of Festivals’, the 10-day Hornbill Festival is celebrated every year from December 1 to 10. In the past, thousands of tourists across the country and from abroad every year have witnessed the colourful festival.
According to a Tourism Department official, in 2019, the festival generated business worth Rs 100 crore over 10 days and attracted footfall of over 2.70 lakh tourists, including 3,015 foreign visitors and guests, signifying the magnitude the authority and the people of the state attach to the festival, the biggest in the northeast region, comprising eight states.
“All 18 tribes of the state every year have been taking part in the mega festival and displaying their cultural and traditional extravaganza. Though we are pained for not being able to organise the carnival but we also cannot ignore the safety of our people. By turning the celebration in virtual mode, the government has kept the event lively even during the pandemic,” the official said.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted: I wish the citizens of Nagaland, well-wishers and friends all around the world, a happy virtual Hornbill Festival 2020.When the world reopens, Nagaland will be ready with a tourism narrative in tune with a post Covid-19 scenario and to welcome you to our beautiful land.
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UP EXTENDS AMBULANCE SERVICE UNDER 112 HELPLINE TO TOURISTS
To boost tourism, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to extend ambulance service under the emergency helpline number 112 to tourists, including foreigners, visiting the state. A senior official said the 112 facility is now available in 18 languages and the state government has roped in volunteers proficient in foreign languages to cater to foreign tourists.
“In case a tourist falls ill, ambulance assistance will be provided to them by 112 personnel,” said Asim Arun, the Additional Director General of 112 facility. ”Many citizens are serving as volunteers to speak in foreign languages. Considering the number of foreign tourists, volunteers are offering their services for languages, such as English, French, Spanish, Urdu, Malaysian, Korean and more,” he said.
Tourist police facility is available in Lucknow, Agra, Mathura, Kushinagar and other districts of the state. He said, “112-UP coordinates with the tourist police in these cities to provide assistance to tourists. Police Response Vehicles act as a bridge between tourists and administration/district police.” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said that 112 personnel are being trained on the kind of help tourists may need in an emergency and how to help them.