Bengaluru, Nov 13 (PTI) Karnataka Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge today said the state tourism department has registered a 40 per cent increase in sales at jungle lodges and resorts after tying up with RCB, led by Virat Kohli. Karnataka Tourism is one of the sponsors of Royal Challengers Bangalore. The association with RCB, led by Kohli has been a great move to promote Brand Bengaluru and Karnataka as a tourist destination, Kharge told PTI. “We are making a video with RCB players, shooting for which is in progress. Players, including Virat Kohli are seen promoting sports tourism in Karnataka, especially Bengaluru,” he said. Kharge said that serious efforts are being made to drive the economy of the state not only with cricket, but also other sports. For the first time the 100,000 U.S. Dollars Bengaluru Open is being hosted in an attempt to put the city back on tennis world map, Kharge said. The Bengaluru Open would become a feature in the annual calendar for the city and Tourism department will sponsor the event for next three years, the minister said. He said a three-day kayaking festival was held at Kali river in Dandeli recently,in which over 167 kayakers took part from across the country and from countries like New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, the United States, Italy and Nepal. “This increased footfalls considerably in the region,” heï¿½said. Nature walks, rock climbing, marathon and cyclothon,bird watching,heritage trails, and cultural events at the foothills are being planned as part of Nandi Hills Utsav, Kharge said. “The department will tap this festival to showcase the hills as an eco-tourism destination,” he said. The department also launched sky diving and other aero sports in Mysuru, Kharge said. “We have also drawn up a plan to make Mysuru an adventure sports hub. Chamundi Hills is set to become a launch pad for paragliding activities,” he said. Five adventure sports activities ? skydiving,parasailing, paragliding, hot air balloon riding, and helicopter riding ? have been finalised as part of tourism promotion in the district, Kharge said. The department also announced Bengaluru Open 2017 Golfï¿½ Championship, in association with the Professional Golf Tourï¿½ of India and Karnataka Golf Association thisï¿½month, he said. “In recent years, Karnataka has emerged as a major powerhouse in golf and the state is determined to offer the best of infrastructure and support to the golfing fraternity. Some of the biggest names in Indian golf would come together for the maiden tournament, he said. PTI BDN RA APR APR MVVadvertisement
QUEBEC – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard insists there is nothing shocking about his recent comments about Muslims having a responsibility in the fight against terrorism.Following the arrest of a Muslim Montrealer in the stabbing of a police officer at the Flint airport in Michigan last week, Couillard said terrorist events like it can’t be disconnected “from Islam in general.”Amor Ftouhi is charged in the attack on airport police Lt. Jeff Neville after someone yelled “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”The premier reiterated his comments following a news conference in Quebec City on Wednesday.“No religion can disassociate itself from acts of violence perpetrated in its name and it’s up to the members of that confession — not only the rest of society — to denounce it in very strong terms,” Couillard said.“When I say this, I believe that the vast majority of Quebecers — including the vast majority of Quebecers who practise Islam — will agree with me because they say this publicly and privately.”His initial remarks drew the ire of Quebec’s main women’s group, which said Couillard’s tone had shifted since January’s attack on a mosque in Quebec City that claimed six lives.Couillard, who met with members of the Muslim community in Quebec City on Tuesday night, brushed aside that criticism, saying his political approach has long been one of inclusion and tolerance.“It’s not religion, it has nothing to do with religion, it’s a perverted view of religion, a perverted utilization of religion,” he said, referring to attacks carried out in the name of religion.“And it’s up to the members of these confessions to intervene in a very, very strong way and say this has nothing to do with our religion, no one can invoke the name of God in the name of any religion to kill another human being, particularly an innocent human being, or attempt to kill another being.“I believe the vast majority of Quebecers agree with this.”Ftouhi was denied bond during a court appearance Wednesday.