Tourism Committee to come up in all districts

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department is coming up with a District Tourism Committee (DTC) in all 23 districts across the state, to ensure a hassle-free travel experience for domestic as well as international tourists. “The DTC will have five members with the District Magistrate (DM) as the chairman, the District Information and Cultural Officer (DICO) as member secretary, another senior government official and two eminent persons from the district. The committee will ensure that tourists in their respective districts face no hassle during their visit and stay,” said state Tourism minister Goutam Deb, while delivering his Budget speech for 2019-20 at the state Assembly on Tuesday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe total budget in the Tourism sector for the ongoing fiscal is Rs 413.8 crore. The minister announced that the state government has taken up development of Nabadwip and Cooch Behar, which has been declared as a heritage site. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assigned IIT Kharagpur the task to prepare a project report on the development of these sites, with special emphasis on its heritage,” said Deb. The minister also announced his department’s plan of projecting Gajoldoba in the Hills as one of the biggest tourism hubs in the country. “We have 208 acres of land at Gajoldoba, which will be developed into an integrated tourism hub,” he added. Among other tourism initiatives, Deb said that the government is planning to introduce cruise services till Mayapur connecting Belur Math, where the evening puja (popularly known as Sandhya Arati) is a huge draw for the people of the state.last_img read more

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HBC to shutter Home Outfitters brand with all Saks Off Fifth locations

Hudson’s Bay Co. says it will close its Home Outfitters business and estimates it will shutter 20 of its U.S. Saks Off Fifth locations.The Toronto-based retailer says the moves are part of plans to reduce costs, simplify the business and improve overall profitability. ‘They have a pulse now’: Investors like Hudson’s Bay CEO Helena Foulkes’ ‘drastic moves’ New Hudson’s Bay CEO Helena Foulkes says ‘no sacred cows’ as retailer seeks elusive turnaround HBC to close some Lord & Taylor stores and sell Gilt.com amid disappointing results HBC says the shutdown of all 37 Home Outfitters locations will occur this year and most of the markets the brand is in will still be served by HBC.HBC does not know which Saks Off Fifth locations will be closed yet but says the entire roster of 133 stores is part of a review.The company says the review will allow them to focus on its “best locations” and on its e-commerce offerings.HBC’s chief executive officer Helena Foulkes says if possible, the company will work to find opportunities within HBC for those employees impacted by the closures. read more

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Beer tasting robot in Spain drinks lager and pilsner

first_imgSPANISH RESEARCHERS HAVE created an electronic “tongue” capable of distinguishing between beer varieties and their alcohol content.The artificial organ was accurate nearly 82 per cent of the time, said its creators and could be the first step towards developing robots with a sense of taste.The taster was made using 21 electrodes, each responsive to different chemical compounds such as ammonium, sodium, nitrate or chloride, according to researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.Exposed to beer, the electrode bundle yielded chemical data that could be analysed for patterns with which to identify the different brews.It could tell the difference between Schwarzbier, lager, double malt, Pilsen, Alsatian and low-alcohol beer all the types it was “trained” to recognise.The “tongue” did not recognise drinks for which it had not been programmed.“These tools could one day give robots a sense of taste,” said a statement on the study published in the journal Food Chemistry.They could also “supplant panels of tasters in the food industry to improve the quality and reliability of products for consumption.”© – AFP 2014Read: Japanese robot chats with astronaut on space station >Read: This robot cat is TERRIFYING >last_img read more

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