After Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman Khan returns to Kashmir after three years; this time for Race 3

Salman Khan‘s Race 3 is one of the most anticipated films of the year and while it is set to release this Eid (June 15), the team is still shooting for the movie. The makers were going to fly down to South Africa for the final schedule, but with a restriction on Salman flying out of the country after his conviction in the blackbuck poaching case, the makers decided to shift the last shoot to Leh, Ladakh. However, we can exclusively tell you that Salman Khan will also shoot for…

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It’s nostalgic to shoot in Kashmir: Abhishek Bachchan

Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan, who is here for the filmming of director Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Manmarziyaan’, said he has a special bond with Kashmir as he often accompanied father Amitabh Bachchan as a child during film shootings. “It is nostalgic for me because I have come here when my father used to shoot his films here. It is truly a heaven on earth and I am very happy to be back. It is still as beautiful as it used to be,” the actor said. Kashmir was once the favourite shooting location…

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Uncertainity, Continuous bloodshed take toll on Kashmir businesses to dire straits

Surrounded by huge contingency of forces in a narrow lane, Bashir Ahmad Hakim sips tea outside his grocery shop at Malaratta neighbourhood of Nowhatta in the downtown, which is shut due to curfew like restriction imposed by the government. He is worried as in last two weeks his shop has remained closed for six days causing him business losses of over Rs 20,000. Underneath the signboard of ‘Enn Provisional Store’ Hakim is holding a casual talk with passersby and sometimes with the personnel deployed in the area. The worry of…

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#FakeNews – Tourism stakeholders lodge FIR against TOI

Taking cognizance of news report in Times of India (GoI) about attacks on tourists, local travel and hotel associations Tuesday jointly filed an FIR with the Police Station Kothibagh against the newspaper’s Srinagar correspondent Saleem Pandit. In the FIR number 26/2018 U/S 502 (2) RPC, the tourism stakeholders said no tourist was hurt by any incident of stone pelting. Talking to Kashmir Post, President Travel Agents Association of Kashmir Ashfaq Siddiq Dug said they filed the FIR against Pandit for false and factually incorrect reports. He said due to fake…

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Tourist sector gets a jolt due to sudden spike in violence

A sudden spike in the level of violence in Kashmir on Sunday has cast a shadow on the tourism industry, which was hoping for increased footfall of holidaymakers. As the region witnessed a sudden bout of protests and a record high death toll on Sunday, it has caused scare among tourists who came face to face with the turbulent situation. Several tourists, who had planned to holiday for several days, cancelled their stay in the region and rushed home. The deterioration of the law and order situation after Sunday’s multiple…

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J&K Govt temporarily suspends anti-militancy ops in bid to give tourism a fresh start in Valley

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government has asked security forces to temporarily suspend all anti-militancy operation in the Valley till the 64th Annual Convention Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), which is being held in Srinagar after 30 years, concludes. The forces were also asked to suspend anti-militancy operations till Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was in the Valley. Gauba is in the state for two days. Amid simmering tensions in the Valley, around five hundred delegates from across India are camping in Srinagar for the TAAI convention…

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TAAI dwells on high Airfares, Tourist Security

Delegates address impediments to tourism sector Even as the ongoing Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) convention has brought fresh ideas and insights to the local stakeholders, the delegates also took up contentious issues facing the Valley’s tourism sector. Besides its routine business, the convention, which is being held here after a gap of three decades, also talked of measures to address the stumbling blocks to the growth of local tourism, especially security concerns of tourists and soaring airfares in the peak season. Universal Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA)…

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Aditya Ghosh, IndiGo President calls for 24×7 Srinagar airport

Asks Govt to lower sales tax on aviation industry Calling for having a fully functional Srinagar airport, President of the InterGlobe Aviation Limited, DBA IndiGo, Aditya Ghosh Tuesday said there was need to have a 24-hour operational Srinagar airport despite security issues. Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural event of the 64th Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) convention at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar, Ghosh called for the need to reimagine the aviation industry and the travel and tourism market. The TAAI convention is being held…

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Convention aimed at bringing Kashmir on global tourist map: TAAI President Sunil Kumar

Buoyed by the support of Jammu and Kashmir government, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) on Saturday said that the current convention being held in valley will promote “visibility” of the region on global tourism map. In a press conference, TAAI President Sunil Kumar who was flanked by tourism minister Tasaduq Mufti expressed confidence that the conference will boost tourism in Kashmir. “…We are very confident on behalf of TAAI that once you see this convention concludes successfully the visibility of Kashmir as tourism destination will multiply many times and…

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GST one of the most complex, has second highest tax rate: World Bank report

GST is one of the most complex with the second highest tax rate in the world among a sample of 115 countries which have a similar indirect tax system, says the World Bank The goods and services tax (GST) implemented by the Narendra Modi government from 1 July last year is one of the most complex with the second highest tax rate in the world among a sample of 115 countries which have a similar indirect tax system, the World Bank said in a report. India’s GST structure has five…

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