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  • Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates Bodhi Parva BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage

    Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi. India is hosting the “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” from 8 to 10 December as part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.

    Kathakar an International Storytellers Festival held in New Delhi

    Seventh edition Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival was held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. The partners for this edition of three-day festival are IGNCA of Union Ministry of Culture in Delhi, Heritage Transport Museum, Gurugram and National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai. It is special initiative, to promote the oral storytelling tradition which has existed across the world. It is only oral storytelling festival in India.

    Nagaland celebrates 54th Statehood Day, 18th Hornbill festival

    Nagaland is all set to celebrate the 54th Statehood Day and the 18th Hornbill festival 2017 today at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. President Ram Nath Kovind who is on a maiden visit to the state will grace the occasion and inaugurated the 10 day State Hornbill festival 2017. The route leading to Kisama, which is 12Km away from the capital city has been all decked up with decoration to give a festive ride. Tight security arrangement has been made in view of the festival.

    President Ram Nath Kovind reaches Imphal to inaugurate Manipur Sangai Festival

    Current Affairs President Ram Nath Kovind reached Imphal to inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 this afternoon. He was accorded a warm welcome at the Imphal Airport by State Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues. The 10-day state festival will be opened today at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre at Palace Compound in Imphal. He will open a two-day North-East Development Summit at the City Convention Centre in Imphal.  Around 20 memorandums of understanding(MoU) will be signed with investor companies during the Summit to attract investment in the State to generate employment avenues for the unemployed educated youths of the State.

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav in New Delhi

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav, a fortnight-long Tribal Festival in New Delhi. The theme of the festival is A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’. The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through about 200 stalls. Over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States participated in the festival. The Tribal India cuisine, recreated and presented in delectable for recreated and presented in delectable forms to suit urban tastes by special tribal chefs is a special feature of the festival. ‎In line with the national aspiration to go cashless, all stalls will prefer and promote payments through cards.

    Andhra Pradesh hosting its first ever hot-air balloon festival

    The Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival. The Hot Air Balloon Festival is organized by SkyWaltz and supported by Andhra Pradesh tourism. The festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries. The participating countries are India, Australia, USA, Brazil and South Korea. The Extraordinary shaped balloons like the Seahorse, the Kiwi, the Bee and much more are lined up in the festival. This festival is being organized to promote tourism. A large team of over 100 photographers, nature lovers and students from across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arrived at Araku to capture the scenes of the festival. Araku is known for its coffee plantations, rich cultural heritage, and stunning waterfalls.

    First Ever Nordic-Baltic Youth Film Festival in India

    The Nordic-Baltic embassies will host the first ever youth film festival of the European nations in Delhi showcasing movies from the region. The 6-Day long festival will run in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre. The Nordic-Baltic countries Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden or NB8 are tied together geographically and historically through trade, culture, and many common value systems.

    Nagaland aims to promote ‘plastic free’ motive through ‘Hornbill Festival’

    Nagaland is set to host ‘Hornbill Festival’ with the main motive to promote the ‘plastic-free’ mission all around. ‘Hornbill Festival’ will go on for 10 days from December 1 to 10 at the Naga Heritage village Kisama. He also urged the Hohos to give their best effort towards making the festival a grand success. Phom further informed that picturesque Kisama has been declared as a ‘Plastic Free Zone’ during the festival and asked the Hohos to propagate and ensure that no plastic is used throughout ten days festival.

    Balijatra Festival Begins In Cuttack

    The annual ‘Balijatra’ festival was inaugurated by Health and Law Minister Pratap Jena at Gadagadia ghat in Odisha on the banks of river Mahanadi. The week-long famous fair on an area of 30 acres on the river bank will continue till November 10. It got the nod from east zone bench of National Green Tribunal for the second time this year.

    HC restricts bursting of Firecrackers to Three Hrs in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh on Diwali Day

    Four days after Supreme Court banned the sale of crackers in the national capital region, the Punjab and Haryana high court fixed the time slot of 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm for bursting crackers on Diwali in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. No one will be permitted to burst crackers before 6.30 pm or after 9.30 pm.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets nation on Dussehra to attend celebrations at Red Fort in Delhi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in Dussehra celebrations at Red Fort Ground in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu are also expected to take part in the celebrations. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also take part in Dussehra celebrations with the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border police at Joshimath in Uttarakhand.

    International Yoga Festival Starts in Kashmir

    Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra inaugurated the second International Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Championship 2017 in which about 300 people from across the world are participating. The festival is being organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre that about 300 participants from various parts of India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA, and Nepal are participating in the festival. The Yoga is enormously beneficial for the growth of a healthy mind and body and Vohra emphasized that learning to practice yoga, especially from a young age helps in developing the required mental and physical discipline which enables the practitioner to lead a wholesome, stress-free and balanced life.

    Birthday of Sri Guru Granth Sahib is celebrated today

    The 413th Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is being celebrated all over Punjab, Chandigarh, and Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has extended warm greetings to Punjabis living across the globe on the occasion. His teachings are even more relevant today and should be emulated by one and all for the creation of an egalitarian society, rising above the considerations of caste, color, creed, and religion.

    Parsi New Year and Navroz celebrated across the world

    Parsi New Year, Navroz is being celebrated across the world. The festival is celebrated by follows of Zoroastrianism in Middle-East, USA and South Asian countries such as India and Pakistan. The vibrant festival began 3,000 years back by the mighty emperor Jamshed, who introduced the new calendar in Persia. The day is celebrated to gain health, wealth, prosperity, and productivity. Four ‘Fs’ - Fire, Fragrance, Food, and Friendship play an important role in the celebration.

    ‘Fete de Puducherry’ Festival celebrated in Pondicherry

    A three-day annual cultural festival named ‘Fete de Puducherry’ organized by the Government of India begins in Puducherry. The festival is held in association with the South Zone Cultural Centre (Tamil Nadu) every year to bring to focus the multi-faceted cultural features of various states. The festival holding started since 1985 as part of celebrating Independence Day and also Liberation Day of Puducherry (August 16).

    Pakistan hoists ‘largest’ national flag to mark 70th Independence Day

    Pakistan hoisted a 400-feet high national flag the largest in its history at the Attari-Wagah border with India to mark the country’s 70th Independence Day.  It is made in Pakistan with 400-feet high and 120 feet by 80 feet in size. The flag is the highest in South Asia and the 8th highest in the world. Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the flag.

    Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurates Inclusive Independence Day Celebrations

    Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated Inclusive Independence Day celebrations organized by the National Trust.  Around 2500 people from all walks of life participated in the event along with 500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It aims to provide equal access to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by means of Inclusive Education, Inclusive Employment and Inclusive Community Life.

    Kerala to host literary festival with ‘Tolerance’ as theme

    Kerala will be hosting the fifth edition of South India Writers Ensemble (SIWE) at Chengannur, a town in Kerala’s coastal Alappuzha district. The core theme of the festival this year is ‘tolerance’. The creative writers, journalists, theatre and film personalities from across the industry will be seen deliberating on the theme.

    Jammu and Kashmir Government launches weekly festival at Dal Lake

    Dal Lake hosted first ever 'Culture of Cruise', a weekly cultural programme organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Government aimed to bring artists from various fields on one stage.  The innovative programme series brings writers, performance artists, musicians, poets and academics together and offers a program of performances, workshops, talks, forums and debates. Dachigam, Salim Ali and Hemis are the National Park in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Arunachal Pradesh celebrates Dree festival with traditional ethics

    The Dree Festival of Arunachal Pradesh is an agricultural festival celebrated with the traditional pomp & gaiety. It is the biggest festival of the Apatanis and celebrated with zest marked by sacrificial offerings and prayers. The festival is marked by grand ritual and community feasts served with delicious rice/millet beer.

    Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurates 3 day MODI Fest in Panaji

    Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the three-day MODI (Making of Developed India Festival) Fest at Kala Academy in Panaji. The MODI Fest showcases the progress of various policies and programs of the Central Government and its developments in lasts three stages. The main focus depends on economic and infrastructure development, budget reforms, women empowerment, skill development for youth, Digital India, financial inclusion and incentives for the farming sector.

    135th Jagannath Puri chariot festival begins in Odisha

    The 135 JagannathYatra starts from June 25 and ends on July 3 is celebrated every year on AshadhShuklaDwitiya in Odisha. This yatra includes three majestic chariots Nandighosa (Lord Jagannath), Taladwaja (Balabhadra) and Darpadalan (Subhadra). Sudarsan Pattnaik has carved beautiful art on RathYatra of Lord Jagannath at the Puri beach in Odisha with message “Let us all immerse in the spirit of unity & brotherhood".

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