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Aatmanirbharta named Oxford Hindi Word of the Year 2020

Aatmanirbharta named Oxford Hindi Word of the Year 2020 Aatmanirbharta has been named by Oxford Languages as its Hindi word of the year 2020. The Oxford Hindi word of the year is a word or expression that is chosen to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year, which have lasting potential as a term of cultural significance. Aatmanirbharta, which means self-reliance, came into the limelight when Indian Prime

First-ever Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sports Festival begins in Ladakh

First-ever Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sports Festival begins in Ladakh Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the first-ever Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sports Festival on January 21, 2021, at Padum in Zanskar of Kargil district.  The 13-day festival has been organised by the Ladakh UT Administration to promote Zanskar as a winter tourist destination. The Union Sports Minister said that Zanskar used to remain cut off from the rest of the world for 5-6 months d

Union Cabinet permits the merger of four government films media units with NFDC

Union Cabinet permits the merger of four government films media units with NFDC The Union Cabinet on December 23, 2020, approved the merger of four of its media units- Directorate of Film Festivals, Films Division, Children’s Film Society, and National Film Archives of India with the National Film Development Corporation- NFDC. The vision of the new entity will be to ensure the focused and balanced development of Indian Cinema in all genres- children’s content, feature films, f

India-Japan Samvad conference 2020: PM Narendra Modi proposes library of traditional Buddhist literature

India-Japan Samvad conference 2020: PM Narendra Modi proposes a library of traditional Buddhist literature Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 6th India-Japan Samvad conference on December 21, 2020, through video conferencing. PM Modi began by thanking the Japanese government for its constant support of the India-Japan Samvad. He stated that the forum has done great work to ensure promote the ideas and ideals of Lord Buddha, especially among the youth. He said that historically, the

Subramanya Bharati: Greatest Tamil literary figure and Social Activist

Subramanya Bharati: Greatest Tamil literary figure and Social Activist Prime Minister Modi on December 11, 2020, virtually addressed the International Bharat Festival, 2020. The event was organized by the Vanavil Culture Centre in Chennai and saw the participation of several international and national poets and artists. International Bharati Festival was held to honour the national poet, Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati on his 138th birth anniversary. PM Modi also conferred Bharati Award 2020 vir

International Emmy Awards 2020: Delhi Crime from India wins best drama series

International Emmy Awards 2020: Delhi Crime from India wins best drama series Indian web series Delhi Crime on Netflix has won the best drama series award at the 48th International Emmy Awards 2020. The event was held virtually for the first time in the history of the International Emmy Awards due to the pandemic. The series which is directed by Richie Mehta is based on the horrific 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder. Another Indian show on prime ‘Four More Shots Please’ and acto

51st IFFI to be postponed amid the pandemic

51st IFFI to be postponed amid the pandemic The 51st annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which was earlier scheduled to start on November 20, 2020, in Goa has now been postponed to 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 51st edition of the annual film festival will not be conducted in a virtual and physical format. About the International Film Festival in India (IFFI): IFFI was founded in 1952 and since then it has been one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. T

All 9 tribal freedom fighters museums to be ready by end of 2022

All 9 tribal freedom fighters' museums to be ready by end of 2022 As per the statement released by the ministry, two of the nine museums sanctioned for the tribal freedom fighters are already nearing completion and the rest of them are at the different stages of progress. The largest of these museums have been built in Rajpipla in Gujarat at a cost of Rs. 102.55 crores. The government has been planning permanent museums in the states where Tribals had lived, struggled against the Brit

President confers Dada Saheb Phalke Award to Amitabh Bachchan

President confers Dada Saheb Phalke Award to Amitabh Bachchan President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Dada Saheb Phalke Award to  Amitabh Bachchan at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on December  29, 2019. Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest film honour.  Dadasaheb Phalke Award The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest film honour in India. It is conferred annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, under the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasti

Panipat Movie controversy: The Panipat trailer depicts Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali as a ruthless and brutal ruler

Panipat Movie controversy: The Panipat trailer depicts Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali as a ruthless and brutal ruler Panipat Movie controversy: Panipat trailer has created a controversy in Afghanistan over Sanjay Dutt’s portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the movie. The Panipat trailer has stirred fears of impacting Indo-Afghan ties after its brutal depiction of Afghan king Ahmad Shah Abdali, who is considered the founder of modern Afghanistan. Third Battle of Panipat: Everything

UNESCO added Mumbai and Hyderabad cities in UCCN (UNESCO Creative City Network) list

UNESCO added Mumbai and Hyderabad cities in UCCN (UNESCO Creative City Network) list The UCCN or UNESCO Create City Network has declared Mumbai as a member of the creative city of films. Hyderabad has been named a creative city for biryani and other delicious cuisines. UNESCO added both cities to UCCN (UNESCO Creative City Network) list along with 64 other cities from across the globe. Both cities will now be part of the 246-member UNESCO’s creative city network. This network brings to

Usha Ganguly, veteran theatre actor passes away

Usha Ganguly, a veteran theatre actor passes away Ganguly was an eminent theatre personality who is most known for her work in Hindi theatre in Kolkata in the period between the 1970s and 1980s. She founded the theatre group, Rangakarmee, in 1976. The theatre group produced many plans such as Rudali, Mahabhoj, Himmat Mai, Antaryatra and Court Martial. Ganguly started acting in the same year with Sangit Kala Mandir and started work on her first play Mitti Ki Gadi, where she essayed the role o

Statue of Unity, Mumbai’s Soho House feature in Time’s list of 100 greatest places in world

Statue of Unity, Mumbai’s Soho House feature in Time’s list of 100 greatest places in the world India’s 'Statue of Unity and 'Soho House' in Mumbai has been featured in Time’s list of 100 greatest places in the world. The 597-ft tall 'Statue of Unity is located in Gujarat and the Soho House is located in Mumbai. Besides the two Indian entries, the Time’s list includes Zakouma National Park in Chad, International Dark Sky San

Aadi Mahotsav begins in Ladakh

Aadi Mahotsav begins in Ladakh Aadi Mahotsav (National Tribal Festival) kicks off on August 17, 2019, at Polo Ground, Leh-Ladakh. It is a nine-day festival and the theme of the festival is - A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce.   The product range will comprise Tribal Textiles from Madhya Pradesh and North East, Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Maharashtra. Tribal Jewellery from Himachal Pradesh, Black pottery from Manipur. Tribal Paintings like

Walmiki and Malhar: Two endangered languages discovered

Walmiki and Malhar: Two endangered languages discovered A linguist Prof Mohanty from the University of Hyderabad has discovered two languages recently called Walmiki and Malhar, which were “lying hidden from linguists”. The languages are categorised as `endangered’ as it is spoken by a very small number of people. The Malhar is spoken by just 75 including children from a particular community. These people live in a remote and isolated hamlet about 165 km from Bhubaneswar

National Khadi Festival 2018 held in Mumbai

National Khadi Festival 2018 held in Mumbai The National Khadi Festival 2018 is being organised by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to promote Khadi products. The main objective of the festival is to promote the products of the cottage industry and create awareness regarding the art of states.  It is also aimed at providing employment to weavers and workers who are involved in the cottage industry. About Khadi and Village Industries Commission  It is a stat

Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu  Kalaripayattu is a martial art based on the ancient knowledge of the human body. It originated in Kerala from 3nd century BC to the 2nd century AD.  It is now practised in Kerala and in some parts of Tamil Nadu. The place where this martial art is practised is called a 'Kalari'. It is a Malayalam word that signifies a kind of gymnasium. Kalari literally means 'thr

Sri Nankana Sahib Massacre

Sri Nankana Sahib Massacre Nankana Sahib is the birthplace of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev. The centenary of the Sri Nankana Sahib Massacre (Saka Nankana Sahib) is being marked in an event in Nankana Sahib on February 21, 2021. It was also the site of the first big agitation by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to take back control of gurdwaras from priests (mahants) backed by the British. Sikh leaders made attempts to bring mahant to the negotiation table but

Maharaja Suheldev

Maharaja Suheldev Suheldev was a legendary medieval-era warrior-king. He is mentioned in Mirat-i-Masudi. According to the legend, Suhaldev was the eldest son of King Mordhwaj of Shravasti, during the 11th century. Though his historical existence is shrouded in mystery, he is today popular as a caste icon among the Rajbhars (OBC) and the Pasis (second largest Dalit caste in U.P.), both of whom have been competing for his legacy. According to critiques, BJP over the year

Harvest Festivals in India

Harvest Festivals in India Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti denotes the entry of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) as it travels on its celestial path. The day marks the onset of summer and the six months auspicious period for Hindus known as Uttarayan, the northward movement of the sun. As a part of the official celebration of 'Uttarayan', the Gujarat government has been hosting the International Kite Festival since 1989. The festivities associated


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