first_imgCongress member Bhalchandra Mungekar, while hailing the Congress member Bhalchandra Mungekar, while hailing the vibrant democracy of India, compared it to Pakistan where people regret that they lacked such democratic vigour as they did not have a leader like BR Ambedkar. M S Gill said though he had served as Chief Election Commissioner as well as Secretary in Government of India, membership of Rajya Sabha has been the highest achievement for him. He said the youth watches the proceedings of Parliament and if MPs did not perform, the message would not be good. Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar said he was legally nominated to the House which startled many who tried hard to find lacunae in his induction. Aiyar said during his first visit to Parliament as a student in 1960 he had witnessed communist leader SA Dange lashing out at PM for dismissing EMS Namboodiripad government in Kerala, which he faced with silence and dignity. “Likewise, 36-year-old Atal Behari Vajpayee could call on PM in India in the middle of India-China war demanding debate… PM granted it and on November 8, 1962 listened to young Vajpayee,” he said. He regretted that such trdition was vanishing and that past six years had been disillusioning. Seeking restoration of such traditions, Aiyar said the talent in Rajya Sabha matches anywhere in the world. Aiyar said when he was bestowed with outstanding MP distinction in Lok Sabha despite being known for “notoreity”, he promised himself to abstain from sloganeering and going into the well. In lighter vein, he said he rarely made a speech when Chair was not obliged to expunge at least half-a-dozen words and added that he admired Chairman for his ability to cool down tempers running high in the House. MP from Karnataka and Punjab B Jayshree and Balwinder Singh said it was rich experience for them. Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP) apologised to members for any hurt he may have caused to them knowingly or unknowingly. Sharing the experiences she gained as a member, Bimla Kashyap Sood (BJP) suggested her colleagues to be present in the House all the time. She also urged members to “rise above party lines and caste-based politics” and support the Prime Minister to ensure the country progresses. K Balagopalan (CPM) recalled important passage of important bills including Lokpal and impeachement of former judget of Calcutta High Court Soumitra Sen among others The CPM leader also expressed concern over money bill route taken to pass certain important policies. “If money bill route comes often, existence of council of states will be in question. Both Opposition and government should discuss this issue,” he added. He also shared that the issues related to rubber farmers was raised many times in the House but remained unsolved. T N Seema (CPM) suggested the Upper House should be treated more importantly and called for more women participation in both Houses for which she sought passage of the bill for 50 per cent reservation. PTI LUX AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img read more

Costa Rica tourism minister calls cruise ship industry a cornerstone for economic

first_imgRelated posts:Upbeat outlook for Costa Rica tourism, as visitors, revenue up in 2014 Tourism entrepreneurs to present President Solís with a plan to further develop sector Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays Limón sees 60 percent jump in cruise ships The cruise ship season began on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast last Sunday with the arrival of the Carnival Legend in Puntarenas. At the same time, Tourism Minister Wilhelm von Breymann said his ministry would increase efforts to promote more cruise ship tourism in the country as a way to boost the economy.“The arrival of this prestigious ship coincides with the start of efforts to guarantee the country’s position as a quality cruise destination,” the minister said.Among the actions Von Breymann cited the creation of a commission that would work to boost cruise ship tourism so that “it becomes a cornerstone for the country’s economic recovery.” He said officials would work to improve training for tour operators, transportation businesses and artisans, as well as improving infrastructure in Puntarenas.The Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) announced it would promote an increase in the number of exhibitions and fairs to display crafts, food, folk dancing and other cultural activities to attract cruise tourists and help them spend more time in the province.The Pacific province currently receives little benefit from cruise ship tourists because most are transported by local tour operators to destinations in other provinces to visit volcanoes and rain forests and to take part in outdoor adventure trips and city tours.Government officials hope to reverse a trend highlighted by the ICT’s Statistical Yearbook that shows cruise ship arrivals from 2008-2013 have dropped by 30 percent. Officials from the past administration said changes in cruise line routes to reduce costs were to blame for the decrease in arrivals to the country.Cruise ship tourists are an attractive market for local businesses. A survey conducted by ICT during the 2012-2013 high season indicates that nearly 80 percent of cruise tourists arriving in Puntarenas spent an average of $63 per person, per day. They visit mainly from the United States and Canada, and say they most enjoy local tours, the country’s nature and the attention they received from Ticos. Facebook Commentslast_img read more