J&K ad­judged 'Best Adventure Des­ti­na­tion'

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In Pak­istan, the re­port said in 2016, the to­tal num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks re­ported in Pak­istan de­creased by 27 per cent, and the to­tal num­ber of deaths de­creased by 12 per cent.

How­ever, the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple in­jured in­creased 29 per cent in com­par­i­son to 2015.

The num­ber of per­pe­tra­tors killed in at­tacks in Pak­istan in 2016 de­creased 25 per cent be­tween 2015 and 2016. Per­pe­tra­tor deaths com­prised nine of all deaths in Pak­istan in 2016, com­pared to 26 per­cent world­wide, the re­port said. The State De­part­ment said for 70 per cent of all at­tacks in Pak­istan, source ma­te­ri­als did not iden­tify a per­pe­tra­tor group.

Of the re­main­ing at­tacks, 30 per cent were car­ried out by Tehrik-e Taliban Pak­istan (TTP), the most ac­tive and deadly per­pe­tra­tor group in Pak­istan in 2016.

The num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks car­ried out by TTP con­tin­ued to de­cline, to 67 in 2016, down from 136 in 2013. How­ever, fol­low­ing sharp de­clines in pre­vi­ous years, the lethal­ity of at­tacks car­ried out by TTP in­creased in 2016 to 283 to­tal deaths, up from 240 in 2015, it said.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment, sev­eral coun­tries that have rou­tinely ex­pe­ri­enced large numbers of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in re­cent years ob­served con­sid­er­able de­creases in to­tal at­tacks in 2016.

should re­mem­ber that Kash­mir is an in­te­gral part of In­dia and not an inch of even POK will be al­lowed to be taken by any­body," the Union Min­is­ter said.

He also squarely blamed Pak­istan for fund­ing ter­ror­ism and in­flu­enc­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir.

"Ours is a peace-lov­ing coun­try. We never want war. But when this highly cov­eted peace is de­nied to us, our brave sol­diers re­spond in a be­fit­ting manner….we are too strong to lose our fo­cus to coun­try's de­vel­op­ment and bet­ter­ment of the coun­try," he said.

The NDA nom­i­nee said that on this day we should re­call the valor of our brave sol­diers and their sac­ri­fices which got us back the Kargil heights.

The Indo-pak­istani War of 1971 was a mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan that oc­curred dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion war in East Pak­istan, from 3 De­cem­ber 1971 to the fall of Dacca (Dhaka) on 16 De­cem­ber 1971. The war be­gan with pre­emp­tive ae­rial strikes on 11 Indian air sta­tions that led to the com­mence­ment of hos­til­i­ties with Pak­istan and Indian en­try into the war of in­de­pen­dence in East Pak­istan on the side of Ben­gali na­tion­al­ist forces. Last­ing just 13 days, it is one of the short­est wars in his­tory. ANI Jammu and Kash­mir Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Sa­jid Naqash were also present on the oc­ca­sion. Iitm-ban­ga­lore is a 3 day event be­ing held every year from 21st July to the 23rd July 2017.

Twelve coun­tries and 24 states par­tic­i­pated in the event this year which show­cased their tourism prod­ucts. Be­sides tourism boards, travel and tourism in­dus­try in­clud­ing hote­liers, on­line travel por­tals, ho­tel reser­va­tion net­works, wildlife and eco-tourism re­sorts, golf re­sorts, etc., par­tic­i­pated in the event mak­ing it one of the largest plat­form for tourism pro­mo­tion.

Dur­ing the three day event, the vis­i­tors were given brochures and other pub­lic­ity ma­te­ri­als hav­ing ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion of tourism des­ti­na­tions and other prod­ucts. Di­rec­tor Tourism Kash­mir said the award is in the recog­ni­tion of the J&K state's and tourism de­part­ment's ef­forts to pro­mote J&K as the adventure tourism des­ti­na­tion.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion Di­rec­tor Tourism Kash­mir said the state of J&K has every tourism prod­uct to of­fer for every taste of trav­eler be­sides hav­ing im­mense potential in adventure, leisure and pil­grim­age tourism.

"There is no limit in adventure tourism in J&K es­pe­cially in Kash­mir and Ladakh re­gion," said Shah.

He said his de­part­ment is con­duct­ing adventure re­lated activities to pro­mote adventure among lo­cals who can earn liveli­hood from this seg­ment of the tourism.

The de­part­ment had dec­o­rated its space beau­ti­fully dur­ing the 3-day show at­tract­ing the vis­i­tors and exhibitors who showed keen in­ter­est to visit J&K.

Di­rec­tor Tourism Kash­mir said the de­part­ment is try­ing to tap the south Indian mar­ket in view of the less ar­rivals from Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra.

"This year J&K state re­ceived less tourist in­flux from tra­di­tional mar­kets like Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra. How­ever, the ar­rivals from South In­dia picked up which is en­cour­ag­ing. There is a good scope of tap­ping south In­dia mar­ket and IITM Ban­ga­lore is one such plat­form. Lot of bik­ers, adventure en­thu­si­ast, and leisure and pil­grim tourists from Kar­nataka visit J&K."

Ear­lier also J&K re­ceived two awards in IITM Chen­nai in­clud­ing the Best Adventure Tourism Des­ti­na­tion award. The par­tic­i­pa­tion in the travel trade shows is in con­tin­u­a­tion of the ef­forts of the tourism de­part­ment to re­move neg­a­tive per­cep­tion among trav­eler to visit Kash­mir.

Tourism de­part­ment also par­tic­i­pated in TTF Kolkata, TTF Hy­der­abad and IITM Chen­nai to di­lute and counter neg­a­tive per­cep­tion. (KNS)

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