Formed in June 2014, the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) has achieved one of the highest growth rates in the country’s tourism sector. The state has attracted double the number of pilgrims from all parts of the country and the world in 2015, as compared to that of 2014.As many as 1.2 crore tourists visited the state last year, which includes 36 lakh tourists who visited the popular Buddhist, Jain and other religious sites spread across the state’s 10 districts.A major chunk of the tourist footfall last year owes credit to the Godavari Maha Pushkaram, which is observed once in 12 years and thus observed plenty of pilgrims and travellers alike. About 10 lakh domestic and international tourists had taken a dip in the Godavari during the Pushkaram.Right from the green belt to the lakes to the pilgrimages, Telangana has it all. Besides promoting the famous attractions, the state’s tourism board has been promoting some of the most lesser-known places also.The other religious sites that contributed to the boost in Religious Tourism include Nagarjunakonda, Nagarjuna Sagar, Bijgir Sharif Dargah in Karimnagar, Kazipet Dargah, the three-foot idol cut out of a single jade stone in Kolanupaka and a few other popular Buddhist and Jain destinations spread across the state.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates his touchdown catch with teammates Larry Fitzgerald (11) and D.J. Humphries during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Michael Bidwill on Pregame Huddle Comments Share The New England Patriots listed Floyd as inactive for the team’s Week 15 showdown with the Denver Broncos.New England picked him up off waivers on Thursday.Floyd had 33 receptions for 446 yards and four touchdowns with the Cardinals this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill said Michael Floyd had a chance to remain with the team following his Monday morning arrest for a DUI.Visiting with the Sunday pregame show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Bidwill said Floyd showed no remorse and did not inform the team of his arrest before the Cardinals found out through their own sources and then the media.“Their story changed, there was no remorse, we ask him to be proactive in terms of his approach to this — (he was) unapologetic,” Bidwill said of the two days before Arizona cut Floyd on Wednesday. “I was not satisfied with how he handled it. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “He certainly could’ve played it a lot differently,” Bidwill added. “We wanted to give him an opportunity to address his issues. How this whole set of circumstances (unfolded), I was just disappointed about how it played out.”Bidwill said that the Cardinals asked Floyd to address some of the issues but the response was not what they were looking for.“We asked him to proactively address this, we had multiple conversations with him, with his agent, they just didn’t want to do that,” Bidwill said. “We decided, you know what, we’re moving on.“I hope he gets healthy. I like him personally. He’s a great kid. I was really disappointed with how he handled this and you know, how he was handling his approach to the game, his approach to conditioning and approach to things, and I think it was affecting him, some of his issues were affecting him on the field.”Asked if the cutting of Floyd has a larger message that the current Cardinals should look at, Bidwill said, “Make smarter decisions and when you’re in the National Football League, pay attention to your profession seven days a week.”Floyd will have to wait at least another week before he makes his former team regret cutting him. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact