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  • Tourism deptt organizes seminar, press meet at Chennai
  • Deptt to organize tourism promotion events at Bangalore on Dec 27, Hyderabad on Dec 28

CHENNAI: Inviting people from South India to experience the real Jammu & Kashmir, Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi said the state offers an array of facilities to cater to every type of tourism needs of the visitors - be it business, adventure, religious tourism. The Minister was speaking at seminar and press meet on J&K tourism organized here by the Department of Tourism J&K in collaboration with J&K Tourism Alliance.


The seminar is a part of series of road shows organized by the department to promote J&K as a destination to travelers from South India. “People have apprehensions about visiting Kashmir, but I must tell you that Jammu and Kashmir is one of the safest tourism destinations,” the Minister affirmed. Welcoming the tourism tie-up between the J&K and Tamil Nadu, Priya Sethi said that the national tourism promotional programme ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ has provided both the states a platform to support each other in promoting tourism. She also invited corporate houses to hold their conventions and meetings at J&K, saying the state has finest properties to host such events.


Business houses can host their events, board meetings, annual meets etc at J&K, the Minister said adding that the visitors have options to pick between many famous star brands like Taj, ITC, Radisson, Sarovar, Four Point Sheraton, Fortune. She further said that to J&K has world class properties like Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), Pahalgam Club to hold a variety of business events.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Tourism Sarmad Hafeez gave an overall overview of the J&K tourism products. He highlighted the distinct features of all the three regions of the state. Secretary Tourism also quoted the recently released report of National Crime Records Bureau which has stated that no crime was recorded against tourists whether foreign or local in Jammu and Kashmir.


“J&K is an extremely safe destination for women travelling alone. The feedback from women travelers from all over has been tremendous with respect to how safe they felt there”, he added. Sarmad Hafeez said J&K state is diverse in every aspect – be it culture, handicraft, cuisine, landscape, religion, architecture.


“J&K is a complete package for a traveler to experience a variety in one state,” he said, adding, “the state is home to many famous gardens and heritage sites like Pari Mahal, Hari Parbat fort, over 3000 years old Burzuhama ruins, Mubrak Mandi, Shankar Acharya temple (250 B.C.), one of the biggest sun temples in India Martand Sun temple which was built in the 8th century, the Nara Nag temple ruins, and also famous sufi Shrines like Char-i-Sharief, Mukhdoom Sahaib, Ashmukam, Khankah Mohallah and many more.”

Secretary Tourism who is also the MD Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) said they have already announced 50 percent rebate on all its properties across J&K. “The hoteliers and the hotel associations have also announced rebate on their properties which can be availed on holiday packages to Kashmir,” said Sarmad Hafeez. He said this road show in Chennai will help build a strong relationship between J&K and Tamil Nadu. “People of Tamil Nadu have always had a special place in our hearts as we share the qualities of warmth and hospitality which are so dear to us”, he added.


Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah also spoke on the occasion and informed the gathering that tourist flow to J&K for South India has seen an increase this year and hoped for this trend to continue in future. On the occasion, the department also screened many Tamil movies shot in Kashmir over the past two decades which was appreciated by the audience on the occasion.


Scores of the travel agent, hoteliers and houseboat owners from all the three regions of the J&K visited Chennai to participate in the tourism show which was also attended by over 100 leading tour operators of the Tamil Nadu State. The travel agents on the occasion expressed their willingness to promote JK which, they said, has huge attraction among travelers in South India.


Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir Peerzada Zahoor, GM Operations Delhi Haat C B Koul were also present there along with host of travel trade fraternity from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. The department is also organizing road show and Press Meet at Bangalore on December 27 and another road show and seminar at Hyderabad on December 28, 2017. Commissioner Tourism Tamil Nadu Palni Kumar, President Travel Agents Association of India Sunil Kumar and Chairman Southern Chapter TAAI Shahul were also present on the occasion.

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NEW DELHI:  Law of Sexual Harassment at Workplace: Practice and Procedure authored by Mr. Amish Tandon, Advocate and published by Niyogi Books was officially released at National Sports Club of India, Mathura Road, Opp. Pragati Maidan Gate 3, New Delhi at 7:30 pm onwards. The book is a comprehensive treatise on the Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the Rules thereof. It has forewords from Hon’ble Justice Jayant Nath (Judge, High Court of Delhi); Hon’ble Justice V. Kameswar Rao (Judge, High Court of Delhi); and Hon’ble Justice Manju Goel (Retd.) (Judge, High Court of Delhi). 

The event was presided over by Hon’ble Justice A.K. Pathak (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice Jayant Nath (Judge, High Court of Delhi) and Hon’ble Justice V. Kameswar Rao (Judge, High Court of Delhi). The event was attended by various Judges of the Delhi High Court and Politicians, including Hon’ble Justice Indermeet Kaur (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice Vibhu Bakhru (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice P.S Teji (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice I.S Mehta (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice Rekha Palli (Judge, High Court of Delhi) and Shri Jayant Sinha (Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation). 

Additionally, various distinguished members of the Delhi High Court Bar also attended the event, including Mr. Kirti Uppal, Sr. Advocate (President, Delhi High Court Bar Association); Mr. J.P. Sengh (Vice President, Delhi High Court Bar Association); Mr. Sandeep P Agarwal, Sr. Advocate (Member, Executive Committee, National Company Law Tribunal Bar Association); Mr. Sudhanshu Batra, Sr. Advocate. 

Mr. Bikash De Niyogi, publisher addressed the audience by stating the need of this book given the various cases and statements by various public figures & celebrities, reminding us that the awareness as well as understanding of this law is still at a fledgling stage, especially for those with a non-legal background. Be it any line of work, women and men today work shoulder to shoulder, it is, thus, imperative for us for us to evolve a code of conduct in the workplace so that gender domain is properly respected. He also noted that the law lays down a broad guideline but it depends how we assimilate it and implement it. However, there are several issues which remain unaddressed by the courts, thus this book feels like a book with purpose. 

Justice A. K. Pathak traced the historical background of the law and discussed several key aspects of the Act, including the meaning and scope of the expression ‘sexual harassment’. He further complemented the author for coming out with an exhaustive commentary on the subject at a very young age. While commenting on the authorship, Justice Jayant Nath said “the book attempts to cover all facets of the new legislation. It provides a brief, simplistic and clear enunciation of the law”. He further added “the book contains the comprehensive database of all judgements rendered in the field and is a must for lawyers, corporate houses and all professionals dealing with the Act.” 

Justice V. Kameswar Rao praised various features of the book, especially the draft sexual harassment and conciliation policy which could be easily utilized by corporate while drafting and updating their internal policies. While lauding the author for the book, he called for its periodical updation. Mr. Amish Tandon, the author of the book, gave an outline of the work and how it started shaping as early as in 2014 when he started advising on issues of sexual harassment at workplace. He said “My approach behind crafting and structuring the book has been very simple and straightforward. A holistic and terse analysis of the law in user-friendly language, including the substantive and procedural aspects thereof. The essence of all relevant case laws inserted. The desired objective was to make it useful for all including lawyers, students, HR and Legal Teams of Companies, Members of Complaints Committees and all those interested to know about the area.”

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JAMMU: Jammu artist Jang S. Verman’s art works have been displayed in an International Art Exhibition at Gunsan Art Center in South Korea. The exhibition has been organized by ASROPA, an organization based in South Korea and headed by Prof. (Dr.) Clemens Beungkun SOU to commemorate 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. The organizers have been organizing such other International Art Exhibitions since 1995. One hundred and three artists from forty three countries are participating in this exhibition.

Art works of eight Indian artists, viz. Jang S. Verman (J&K), Prabhinder Lall and Harpreet Kaur (Chandigarh), Sankari Mitra (West Bengal), Rupinder Kaur (MP), Roma Bahl (Jammu artist now based in Lucknow), Late Naveen Dhiman (HP) and Prof. Kashyap Parikh have been included in this International Art Show.  It may be mentioned that Jang S. Verman is working on his innovative technique in creating ‘NoPaint Images’ where no paint is applied but the images are created with the application of techniques of collage, drawing, photocopy, photography, and computer application. The images so created give the pictorial visuals of water colour paintings.

Jang S. Verman has participated in many International Art Exhibitions and Art Workshops/ Camps in Sweden, South Korea and in India at New Delhi (twice), Jammu (thrice), Nagar, Kullu (thrice) and Kolkatta (West Bengal). He has also displayed his art in various International, National and State art exhibitions and art camps at New Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Benglurru, Kolkatta, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Mani Majra, Shimla, Patiala, Ludhiana, Bhamlada (Pathankot- Dalhousie NH), Chamba, Naggar (Kullu), Jammu, Kargil etc.

He has been awarded by many Art Academies in National and Regional Art Exhibitions and his works figure in the prestigious collections of Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), New Delhi, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi, Regional Centre of LKA at Luckmow, Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar, Himachal State Art Museum, Simla, International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, Kullu, Chandigarh LKA, Punjab LKA, Chandigarh, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Jammu and Srinagar, Kala Kendra, Jammu and many art organizations in the country. 


He has been associated with various organizations as executive member and working for the cause of art, literature, music and other forms of culture. He is on the Editors’ Board of Aabru Punjabi magazine with international standardization and as one of the approved journals of UGC. He is also contributing as a columnist on art and culture in various dailies and magazines.