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Tourists add to moolah rouge

With New Year around the corner, hotels and sightseeing destinations are reporting a big boom in the Pink City. According to sources, tourist arrivals are so high that finding a room in a hotel in the city is difficult at present.Hotels are booked, discounts have vanished and crowd can be seen flocking at the historical monuments of the city. There is no stopping of rupees rolling into Amber fort which has already been visited by 1,91,205 visitors in December till now.All this is also resulting in heavy influx of vehicles on the city roads making the traffic move at snail’s speed. There is a big rush seen in the walled city and places like Amber fort, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar and all such places.The world famous Amber fort is getting its coffers filled since last few days in a big way with both foreigner and domestic tourists making a bee line to this fort which comes first on the itinerary of any tourist coming to Jaipur.Officials informed that on Wednesday, Amber received Rs 15,91,830 from 12,328 tourists. Of these 1,590 were foreign tourists.Similarly, on December 26, 1,761 foreign tourists, 11,732 domestic tourists visited this fort. This made the fort get revenue of Rs 17,85,400 in a single day.A day earlier, on Christmas day, Amber earned whopping revenue of Rs 19,16,030 with 15,720 tourists coming to the fort.Meanwhile, Hawa Mahal too is receiving a large share of tourists. These days on an average tourists between 3,000-4,000 are visiting Hawa Mahal every day. The number was more on Saturday, Sunday and on Christmas on Monday. Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar are also on the “to visit” list of the tourists.However, heavy inflow of tourists has turned the narrow roads of Walled City overcrowded. Additionally, the ongoing smart city work at Ajmeri gate is causing problems for the traffic and tourists. With renovation work going on at Ajmeri Gate, the traffic has been made to run one-way.Meanwhile, hotels are all booked till January 2-3. There are no discounts being given even at budget hotels.Traffic influxHotels are booked, discounts have vanished and crowd can be seen flocking at the historical monuments of the city. There is no stopping of rupees rolling into Amber fort which has already been visited by 1,91,205 visitors in December till now. All this is resulting in heavy influx of vehicles on city roads.

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Restoration work at historic Raigad Fort to begin on December 15

The Historic fort of Raigad will soon have a new look as the actual work for the proposed restoration of the fort commences from December 15. The divisional commissioner Jagdish Patil visited Raigad Fort last week and reviewed the progress of the conservation plans for the fort. He directed the officials to complete the time bound action plan for the four sanctioned works out of total 19 works on the fort.Fort Raigad is around 160 kms from Mumbai and falls in Raigad district located off Mumbai-Goa highway near Mahad. It is considered as Gibralter of the East and built in 1030 AD by Chandrarao More. It was made Capital of Maratha empire by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who had his coronation at this Fort in 1674.After coming to power in October 2014, the present Devendra Fadnavis government ad prepared a detailed plan for the conservation of Raigad Fort. The state government has sanctioned a plan of Rs 600 crore for conservation and beautification of the fort.The review meeting chaired by Patil was attended by district collector Vijay Suryavansi, district planning officer Sunil Jadhav and other officials. The circumambulation or Parikrama Marg of 13 Kilometers made of stones would be prepared under the sanctioned four works which would be completed by March 2018. In addition to Parikrama Marg, desilting of 13 lakes on the fort would also be undertaken. Displaying the boards providing information in detail on the fort at various places along with history of the places is also included in first four works to be undertaken. The district administration already has received Rs. 59 crores for the first phase of work. Jadhav informed that the first phase of work would be completed by March 2018.
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In backdrop of Indo-French Festival, Amber Fort to remain shut on Nov 18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amber Fort will remain closed for tourists on November 18 and they will not be able to see this historical beauty of Rajasthan. Not only the fort, but activities like elephant ride during the day time and the night tourism will also remain shut.This is being done because the fort is one of the key venues of the Indo-French Festival, part of which will be held in Amber Fort on November 18. A main function will be held at Ganesh Pol in the fort.Due to the fort being shut, a lot of changes are being made by the guides who are otherwise flooded with demand of tourists, helping them see the fort. As it is Saturday on November 18, which is usually an off day for many people, the fort sees a lot of visitors, both domestic and foreign.There are serpentine queues at the ticket counters on weekends. However, now the tourists will have to skip the trip there and look for another options to spend there time off work. A tourists guide while speaking to DNA said that now since Amber Fort will remain closed on Saturday, they will be showing places like Nahargarh, Jaigarh which are in the vicinity of Amber while other attractions like Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar will also see large influx of the tourists.Moreover, the Indo-French Festival is being organised by the department of tourism in the state and this festival is being held in 33 cities across the country.The preparations of this function are being done since last few months by the Amber Fort administration.There’s more to exploreHowever, now the tourists will have to skip the trip there and look for another options to spend there time off work. A tourist guide speaking to DNA said that now since the fort will remain closed, they will be showing places like Nahargarh, Jaigarh which are in the vicinity of Amber while other attractions like Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar will also see large influx of the tourists. The preparations of this function are being done since last few months by the Amber Fort administration.

Fort residents ask for aerial ladder truck

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Residents of Fort have asked for an aerial ladder or a turntable fire engine at the Fort fire station after the one that existed has been non-functional for nearly six months.An aerial ladder is required to reach buildings of a certain height. The fire brigade has aerial ladders between 32 m to 90 m, the tallest of which can reach the 25th floor of a building.“But we need an aerial ladder fire engine because there are high rise buildings and prominent places like the RBI office and stock exchange. Besides that, we also need a water tanker,” said Jagdish Kulur, who is writing a letter to the municipal commissioner.“I had written a letter to the municipal commissioner that one be put before Diwali. I had also taken up the issue last week in the standing committee meeting,” said Sujata Sanap, the local corporator from Shiv Sena.A fire brigade official said that aerial ladders are available in Nariman Point, Colaba and other fire stations from where they can reach easily if need be.

Gunman kills five, wounds eight at Ft. Lauderdale airport | Reuters

By Zachary Fagenson
| FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A gunman believed to be an Iraq war veteran opened fire at a baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale’s international airport on Friday, killing five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.Five people died and eight were wounded, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters at the airport, where air traffic was shut down.The gunman had arrived on a flight with a checked gun in his bag, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said on Twitter. The shooter claimed his bag and went to the bathroom to load the gun before coming out and firing, LaMarca said.Cellphone video posted on social media showed victims on the floor next to a carousel, with people on their knees attempting to provide aid. At least two victims had pools of blood from apparent head wounds.The shooter was unharmed as law enforcement officers never fired a shot, Israel said, adding it was too early to assign a motive.”At this point, it looks like he acted alone,” Israel said.Nonetheless, he said “this scene is considered fluid and active” as police searched the airport.The shooter was identified as Esteban Santiago, 26, and had a U.S. military identification, according to a spokesman for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, who spoke with officials at the Transportation Security Administration.A 26-year-old by the name of Esteban Santiago was honourably discharged from the Army National Guard last year and served in Iraq, a U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The shooter, who wore a “Star Wars” T-shirt, said nothing as he fired, witnesses told MSNBC. He appeared to use a 9 mm handgun, which he tossed aside upon running out of ammunition, surrendering to police, MSNBC reported.The attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years, some inspired by militants with an extreme view of Islam, others carried out by loners or the mentally disturbed who have easy access to weapons under U.S. gun laws.About 90 minutes after the attack, panic broke out anew with passengers and police running frantically about at a separate terminal, but Israel said there were no other reports of shots being fired.John Schlicher, who told MSNBC he saw the attack, described the shooter as a slender man who was “directly firing at us” while passengers waited for their bags.”I put my head down and prayed,” Schlicher said, adding that his wife gave first aid to someone who had been shot in the head. His mother-in-law used her sweater to tend to another victim but it turned out that person was already dead, he said.

Mark Lea, another eyewitness, told MSNBC “there was no rhyme or reason to it.””He didn’t say anything, he was quiet the whole time, he didn’t yell anything,” Lea said.Security officials corralled dozens of passengers in several groups.Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the second largest in South Florida, serving as an intercontinental gateway, with Miami International Airport known as the primary airport for international flights in the area.

HISTORY OF SHOOTINGS
Nearly two months ago a former Southwest Airlines worker killed an employee of the company at Oklahoma City’s airport in what police called a premeditated act.The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place last June, when a gunman apparently inspired by Islamic State killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.One of the most shocking was in 2012, when a man entered an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, and shot dead 20 first-graders and six adults.Attackers have exploited security officials’ focus on preventing attacks on airplanes rather than inside airports. In Western Europe and the United States, terminals are easily accessible public spaces. But at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, widely seen as a model for security, private companies trained by the national security agency use bomb-detectors, profile passengers and question travellers under the watch of police at the airport’s entrance. (Reporting by Colleen Jenkins, Letitia Stein, Jeffrey Dastin, Joseph Ax, Jonathan Allen, Gina Cherelus and Laila Kearney; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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First Published On : Jan 7, 2017 03:52 IST

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