ข่าวเศรษฐกิจประจำวันที่ 2 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554
NEW DELHI, February 2 – NEWS TRACK INDIA – The much-awaited Surajkund Crafts Mela representing the handloom and handicraft traditions of rich Indian cultural heritage is to begin today with Assam as the theme state for this year. Surajkund mela was first started in 1987 and is celebrated every year during the spring season, from February 1 to 15, at Surajkund located in Haryana, India. The fair is aimed to give an exposure to the traditional art of handloom and handicraft of the country. Traditional craftsman (artists, painters, weavers and sculptors) from all parts of the country participate in this annual celebration and the creations of 50 best designers and craftsmen in wood, metal, bamboo, iron, glass, textiles and stone can be seen at the same place in this mega event. This event has been a great success year after year and helps to promote the traditional art at an International level. With Assam as the theme state for this year, the major highlights for this year will be Northeastern state's culture and way of life through dance forms and cuisine. In addition to that a special Assamese fireworks display has also been organized. This year, with 11 international stalls, Thailand is also participating as a partner nation along with Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka and Congo and ones from SAARC will also showcase their crafts for the first time in the mela. – INDIAN EXPRESS – Rich colors reflecting the heritage and culture of India marked the beginning of the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela on Tuesday. With 11 international stalls and Thailand participating as a partner nation, as many as 11 countries — including ones from SAARC — will showcase their culture for the first time. Apart from craftsmen displaying their region’s handlooms, customs and decor in more than 600 huts, Haryana Tourism has come up with a host of new things to attract tourists and visitors to the mela this year. – NEWS TRACK INDIA – Citing Tourism as a pollution free industry, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar today stressed on the need of boosting this industry multi-fold. Meira Kumar, who inaugurated the famous national handicraft fair today morning, appreciated the performance of the artists, event organizers, and ministry of tourism for organizing this fascinating fair that is gaining popularity year by year. Giving the USP of 26th Surajkund Fair, Tourism Secretary Ram Kishan Fouji said that till now only SAARC nations and neighbouring countries were participating in the fair but this year, an African nation Congo was participating for the first time. – BUSINESS STANDARD – Exports from India stood at $25 billion in December, a dismal 6.7 per cent rise over the year-ago period’s exports of $23.4 billion, owing to the crisis in the euro zone. Imports rose 19.8 per cent to $37.7 billion, compared with $31.5 billion in December 2010, raising the trade deficit to $12.8 billion. The trade deficit during first nine months of this financial year ballooned to a worrisome $133.3 billion. According to commerce secretary Rahul Khullar, it is expected to reach $155-160 billion by the end of this financial year.