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Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Tourism is one of the largest service industries promising vast employment opportunities and bringing in substantial foreign exchange to the country. During 2001-02, direct employment in tourism sector was estimated to be 18.52m. India's share in world tourist market during 2001 was 0.37%. 

Foreign tourist arrivals recorded a decline of 6.9 per cent during the year 2002 and foreign exchange earnings from tourism were estimated at Rs.141,950 million. During the year 2002, about 272 m domestic tourists visited places. Of the total households surveyed, about 44% are tourist households where at least one member of the household was a tourist during the reference period.


Of the total tourist households, about 75% are in rural areas, and balance 25% in urban areas.  Total estimated domestic tourists in 2002 at the national level are about 550 million, of which about 29% were urban inhabitants and balance 71% rural.  Top 5 States ranked according to their relative shares in total tourists are Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Travel for social purposes accounted for the largest percentage of tourists in both urban and rural areas accounting for about 59% of total estimated tourists, followed by 'Religion & Pilgrimage' tourists accounting for about 14%. The average expenditure per trip made by Domestic Tourists at the All India level is Rs.1389. It is Rs.2044 for urban areas and Rs.1170 for rural areas. Expenditure on transport accounts for the major share of the trip expenditure. Average expenditure per trip is the highest for travel related to 'leisure and holiday' and lowest for 'social purposes'. Total expenditure incurred by domestic tourists in the country during 2002 is estimated to the time tune of Rs.319 billion.

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Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food, all thanks to political expediency. Using food to produce biofuels might strain supplies of arable land: IMF The cost of rice has risen by 20% over the past year, maiz (North Biofuel Appetite Causing South Starvation, Hindu, George Monbiot, Nov 07, 2007)

Democracy without the liberty to choose the form of participation in public affairs - even if it be a bandh, hartal, dharmaghat or strike by the people - is meaningless. (Not What People Want, Times of India, SHIKHA MUKERJEE, Nov 07, 2007)

THE 25 accused in the Tokyo War Crimes Trial were charged with crimes against peace: the planning, preparation, initiation, or waging of a declared or undeclared war of aggression, or a war in violation of international law, treaties. (A Dishonest Judgment, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 07, 2007)

The world's leading Internet company said it would start next week by allowing independent designers to tinker with its software, known as "Android." (Google Now Enters Mobile Phone Market With Android , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Obesity, a person’s stature, hormone replacement therapy and inherited blood clotting disorders increase risk. (Clots Are A Hazard Of Long Business Flights, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Nov 07, 2007)

At least 45 African migrants have died of cold and thirst after their boat ran aground in the Atlantic Ocean trying to reach Europe, a Mauritanian security official said on Tuesday. (At Least 45 Africans Die Trying To Reach Spain, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

By and large people do not count their blessings and have a litany of complaints about what life has dealt them. (Repose Faith In God , Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

The corporate bond market, or the private debt market as it is sometimes called, continues to languish in India. (An Alternative Source Of Funds, Hindu, Editorial, The Hindu, Nov 07, 2007)

The best-known networking sites in the industry connect computer-savvy elites to one another. Babajob, by contrast, connects Indias elites to the poor at their doorsteps, people who need jobs but lack the connections to find them. (It Boom Fuels Altruism , Deccan Herald, Anand Giridharadas, Nov 07, 2007)

President-General Pervez Musharraf’s “second coup” amounted to a serious personal blow for Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. Secretary of State, and American counterterrorism and nation-building policies in the Pakistan-Afghanistan badlands. (Gloomy Days For American Influence, Hindu, Simon Tisdall, Nov 07, 2007)

When India blasted its way out of nuclear ambiguity on May 11-13, 1998, and caused a major setback to the US non-proliferation policies, the US reaction was immediate and severe. (Strategic Aspect Of N-Deal, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 07, 2007)

A suicide bomber killed some 90 people and wounded 50 on Tuesday in an attack on a group of visiting Afghan parliamentarians in northern Afghanistan, the director of the local hospital said. (90 Killed In Afghanistan Bombing, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

A suicide attack on a parliamentary delegation killed at least 50 people in northern Afghanistan today, a provincial official said, in the worst such blast in the country's history. (50 Killed In Worst Afghan Bombing, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Conventions have been given the go-by in convening the Winter Session of Parliament with the period of notification, the number of days to MPs for submitting questions and Ministries to prepare their answers, and the procedures for taking up . . . (Conventions Given Go-By For Winter Session , Pioneer, Akhilesh Suman, Nov 07, 2007)

Britain’s human rights groups have demanded investigation into allegations of “war crimes” against the rebel LTTE leader, “Col.” Karuna Amman, who was arrested here last week for allegedly travelling on a false passport. (Karuna’S Trial For “War Crimes” Urged, Hindu, Hasan Suroor, Nov 07, 2007)

The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dissuaded General Musharraf from imposing an Emergency a few weeks ago. (Constrained Hegemon, Tribune, K. Subrahmanyam, Nov 07, 2007)

Tamil Nadu enacts a law granting separate reservation for Muslims and Christians in the Backward Classes quota. (Reservation For Minorities, Frontline, S. Viswanathan, Nov 07, 2007)

Controversy is not new to Blue Lady. The 76,049-tonne luxury liner, formerly known as SS Norway and before that SS France, was once the largest passenger ship in the world and has a colourful history. (Shipload Of Trouble, Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 07, 2007)

When the securities scam ran riot during his stewardship of the finance ministry, Dr Manmohan Singh diagnosed the malaise as “systemic failure”. (Edits, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 07, 2007)

Is Pakistan’s sickness terminal? To determine this one needs to diagnose. And what does a diagnosis reveal? Consider, first, the Pakistan army. (Special Article, Statesman, Rajinder Puri, Nov 07, 2007)


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