Tourists throng Manali with arrival of summer

Manali, Apr 17 : With the arrival of summer, the hill town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh witnesses a rush of foreign and domestic tourists.

Manali is Himachal Pradesh''s main summer destination for backpackers, trekkers and partygoers escaping the summer heat.

During winters, tourists here enjoy snow, winter sports like skiing, mountain biking, snow scooter riding, paragliding and other adventure sports along with the picturesque beauty of Himalayan region and snow clad mountains.

The rising temperature in April has revived Manali as tourist destination.

Although the tourism industry across the world is experiencing losses due to the current recessionary trends, the hoteliers here claim that they have faced no problems.

Philippine shares rise more than 2 per cent

Philippine shares rise more than 2 per centManila  - Philippine shares rose 2.3 per cent Friday after world leaders vowed to pump in more money into the International Monetary Fund to help troubled countries.

The Philippine Stock Exchange 30-share composite index gained 45.71 points to finish at 2,028.59, from Thursday's close of 1,982.88.

A total of 1.33 billion shares valued at 2.87 billion pesos (59.79 million dollars) were traded.

Gainers outpaced losers 82 to 20, with 30 issues unchanged.

Thousands march against illegal drugs in Philippines

Thousands march against illegal drugs in PhilippinesManila  - Thousands of people marched on Saturday in the Philippine capital to denounce illegal drugs which afflict millions in the country.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and senior government officials led the march along the length of Roxas Boulevard in downtown Manila, which was attended by schoolchildren and government employees.

Organizers of the march hoped to make it to the Guinness World Records bookas the world's first and largest march against illegal drugs.

BRO begins snow clearance on Leh-Manali Highway

BRO begins snow clearance on Leh-Manali HighwayManali, Mar 2 : The Border Road Organization (BRO) on Monday has begun to clear the snow on the Leh-Manali Highway.

The 475-kilometer highway connecting Manali to Leh, was closed during the winter due to snowfall at the Rohtang Pass and Baralacha Pass in Lahaul-Spiti.

Three teams, armed with the latest snow-clearing machinery and bulldozers, have started clearing the snow at three different places.

Philippine military says troops killed 16 Muslim rebels

Philippine military says troops killed 16 Muslim rebels Manila  - Sixteen Muslim separatist rebels were killed in clashes with government troops in the southern Philippines, the military said Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Benedict Arevalo, an army commander, said the military did not suffer any casualties during the two clashes with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels on Monday.

But MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said the rebel group recorded 23 soldiers dead in the fighting in Wao town in Lanao del Sur province, 810 kilometres south of Manila.

Manali hosts Hercules Mountain Biking Himachal 2008

Himachal PradeshManali, Oct. 8 : The tourist resort of Manali recently played host to the concluding part of the Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) sponsored Hercules Mountain Biking Himachal 2008.

The 10-day event, saw the participation of cyclists from 13 countries.

"The objective was to promote tourism, in Himachal Pradesh. This was a very big initiative to promote tourism in this area," said Mohit Sood, Director, Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association.

The main objective of event was to promote adventure sports and tourism in Himachal Pradesh.