- SHILLONG: Nongkrem dance festival
- Nongkrem dance festival, an annual event during which prayers are offered for good harvest, peace, and prosperity of the community was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm by the inhabitants of the Khasi Hills.
- The unique dance is performed by the members of Hima Khyrim, a sub-tribe of the indigenous Khasi tribe.
- The silver or gold crowns worn by the tribes on their heads signify the glory and dignity of the Khasi society.
- The dance performed by the men is known as “Ka Shad Mastieh”.
- Recently in Meghalaya, India International Cherry Blossom Festival was organized.
- The festival was organised by the Forest and Environment Department, Govt of Meghalaya, Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural.
- It celebrates the unique autumn flowering of the Himalayan Cherry Blossoms with several cultural events.
- The festival is elevated to international status with the participation of the Government of Japan through its delegates.
Topic- GS Paper 1 –Art and Culture
- Traffic Separation Scheme for the south-west coast
- The Directorate General of Shipping has proposed the establishment of a Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS).
- This proposal has been drawn taking into consideration past collision incidents off the Indian coast, traffic patterns of merchant’s vessels for past years, and optimum sea routes, in consonance with the current traffic flow, including simplification of traffic in converging areas off the coast of Kerala.
- The proposal has also considered aspects pertaining to the safety of navigation, maritime security and the separation of opposing streams of traffic to reduce incidents of collision in Indian waters.
- The proposed TSS lanes are currently under consideration and will be located at a distance of about 90 nautical miles west of Mangalore in Karnataka.
- It lanes leading in a south-easterly direction to the southernmost tip of India and ending about 40 nautical miles off south of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu.
- The average distance from the coast is about 50 nautical miles.
- This scheme will provide in more sea room for fishing vessels to operate safely and will, therefore, be beneficial to the fishing industry.
Topic- GS Paper 2 –Government Scheme
- Andhra govt reveals Amaravati art-inspired state emblem
- Andhra Pradesh government has finalised its new emblem for official use.
- The state emblem, inspired by the Amaravati School of Art, consists of “Dhamma Chakka” – “the Wheel of Law” embellished with a ring of Triratnas alternating with pinnate leaves and precious stones.
- The vase of Plenty” is at the hub of the Dhamma Chakka.
- The National Emblem is placed at the bottom of the emblem, which should never be reduced to a size of less than 24 mm in height.
- Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated in 2014 into Telangana and the residuary Andhra Pradesh state as per provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, popularly known as the Telangana Act.
- The Act defined the boundaries of the two states and laid out the status of Hyderabad as the permanent capital of new Telangana state and temporary capital of Andhra Pradesh
Topic- GS Paper 2 –Governance
- Two NE Circuits under Swadesh Darshan Scheme inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh
- Two important projects under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India were inaugurated at PTSO Lake in Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh.
- These projects are Development of North East Circuits: Bhalukpong- Bomdila – Tawang Project and Nafra- Seppa- Pappu, Pasa, Pakke Valleys- Sangdupota- New Sagalee- Ziro- Yomcha Project.
Swadesh Darshan Scheme
- It was launched in 2014 -15 by the Ministry of tourism.
- The objective of the scheme to develop theme-based tourist circuits in the country.
- Tourist circuits will be developed on the principles of high tourist value, competitiveness and sustainability in an integrated manner
- Under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, thirteen thematic circuits have been identified, for development namely: North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.
- The scheme is 100% centrally funded for the project components undertaken for public funding
- It also leverages Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Central Public Sector Undertakings and corporate sector
PRASAD V/S Swadesh Darshan scheme
- Under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme, the focus is on the development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations.
- Whereas, in the ‘Spiritual Circuit’ identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, the thrust is on the development of particular thematic circuit consisting of various religious/spiritual destination in a State and Union Territory.
- Under the PRASAD scheme, thirteen sites have been identified for development, namely: Amritsar, Ajmer, Dwaraka, Mathura, Varanasi, Gaya, Puri, Amaravati, Kanchipuram, Vellankanni, Kedarnath, Kamakhya and Patna.
Topic- GS Paper 2 –Government Scheme
- World Customs Organisation’s regional meet takes off in Jaipur
- The regional meeting of the World Customs Organisation regional takes off in Jaipur Rajasthan.
- The meeting is being jointly chaired by WCO Deputy Secretary and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs Chairman.
- The meeting is slated to deliberate upon various issues including the steps required for the capacity building and reforms in customs.
- The participants would also discuss and deliberate upon the amended Kyoto protocol, digital customs, e-commerce among other issues.
World Customs Organization
- The World Customs Organization is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
- It was established in 1952 as Customs Co-operation Council.
- It is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters and is considered as the voice of the international Customs community.
- WCO members are responsible for customs controls in 182 countries representing more than 98 per cent of all international trade.
- The WCO’s primary objective is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of member customs administrations, thereby assisting them to contribute successfully to national development goals, particularly revenue collection, national security, trade facilitation, community protection, and collection of trade statistics.
- It is responsive to the needs of its members and its strategic environment, and its instruments and best-practice approaches are recognized as the basis for sound customs administration throughout the world.
Topic- GS Paper 2 –International Organization
Source- Business Standard
- Kerala Govt launches Gau Samridhi scheme for dairy farmers
- Kerala govt launched the “Gau Samridhi Scheme” for dairy farmers.
- The government subsidized scheme will give insurance coverage to dairy farmers at low premium rates.
- The farmers belonging to the general category will be getting 50% subsidy on premiums while those belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) category would get 70% subsidy on the premium.
Topic- GS Paper 2 –Scheme for Vulnerable Society
Source- Business standard
- 13th East Asia Summit
- 13th East Asia Summit was inaugurated in Singapore, during which the leaders of the grouping discussed global and regional issues, including maritime cooperation.
- India has been participating in the East Asia Summit since its inception in 2005.
East Asia Summit
- The East Asia Summit is a unique Leaders-led forum of 18 countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
- The East Asia Summit was formed to further the objectives of regional peace, security and prosperity.
- Established in 2005, EAS allows the principal players in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss issues of common interest and concern, in an open and transparent manner, at the highest level.
- The membership of EAS consists of ten ASEAN Member States (i.e. Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam), Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and the USA.
- EAS is an initiative of ASEAN and is based on the premise of the centrality of ASEAN.
- The concept of an East Asia Grouping was first promoted in 1991 by the then Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad.
- There are six priority areas of regional cooperation within the framework of the EAS.
- These are – Environment and Energy, Education, Finance, Global Health Issues and Pandemic Diseases, Natural Disaster Management, and ASEAN Connectivity.
Topic- GS Paper 2 –Important summit
- GoI and ADB Sign agreement to Provide Water and Sanitation Services in Tamil Nadu
- Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the GOI signed $169 million loans as the First Tranche of a $500 million multi-tranche financing to develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in the State of Tamil Nadu.
- The ADB program forms part of its support to the state’s Vision Tamil Nadu 2023 to provide universal access to water and sanitation and to develop world-class cities in high-performing industrial corridors.
- ADB’s support will help address complex urban challenges through innovative and climate-resilient investment and deeper institutional support.
- India’s first solar-powered sewage treatment plant also installed in this project.
- Introduction of smart water management systems will help reduce non-revenue water and strengthen operational efficiency.
- Tamil Nadu is the most urbanized of India’s large States, urban service levels remain low, with less than half of households served by piped water.
- It has, only 42% of households are covered by a sewerage network, with 43% of sewage disposed directly into waterways untreated.
- The program will boost institutional capacity, public awareness, and urban governance as part of a comprehensive approach for developing livable cities.
Topic- GS Paper 2 –Governance