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India slams travel advisory by 5 countries

CNN-IBN
Oct 25, 2011 at 09:17am IST

New Delhi: The Government has decided to protest after five countries - The US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - have issued advisories against travel to India during the festive season for security reasons.

The Government has protested saying such advisories are done to defame India. Minister of State for Tourism Subodh Kant Sahay said the matter will be taken up with appropriate authorities.

The ostensible reason for the caution is terror threat at this time, but the Indian government isn't impressed. It fears the advisories will hit tourism and says terror shouldn't be used to create a scare about visiting India.

"Issuing of advisory from different countries is not new. In the past also they did this only to defame our country. This is a matter affecting Ministry of External Affair (MOEA) and Home Ministry also. We will take it up with MOEA and Home Ministry and we will issue protest on this," said MoS (Tourism) Sultan Ahmed.

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