States Current Affairs – 2017

Kerala Tourism’s Muziris Heritage Project wins 2015 PATA Award

Kerala Tourism has won 2015 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) award in the ‘Heritage & Culture’ category for its Muziris Heritage Project.

The award bestowed in recognition project efforts which aim at restoring and conservation of historical and cultural significance of the ancient town and its uniqueness and impact on local community located in stretches from Ernakulam to Kodungalloor in Thrissur district of Kerala.

Ancient Muziris

  • Muziris was an ancient seaport and urban centre which dates from at least the 1st century BC and located at the mouth of the Periyar River in present south Indian state of Kerala.
  • It was a key centre for trade in ancient times between southern India on one side and Egyptians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Roman Empire on the other side.
  • Its historic importance has been mentioned in the bardic Sangam literature and a number of classical European historical sources.

Muziris Heritage Project: It is an ambitious tourism venture of Tourism Department of Kerala in order to reinstate the historical and cultural significance Muziris. It was started in 2006 and also covers various other historically significant sites and monuments in central Kerala.

About Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) award

The awards are given by Pacific Asia Travel Association and sponsored by Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO). Presented every year in recognition of the achievements of 25 separate organisations and individuals.

It should be noted that PATA is a membership association working to promote the responsible development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.

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Union Home Ministry approves 17 new police battalions for J&K, Naxal-hit states

Union Home Ministry has approved to raise seventeen new police battalions in Jammu and Kashmir and the Naxal-hit states.

Of these 17 police battalions, 5 battalions will be for Jammu and Kashmir and 12 for the Maoist-affected states. In this regard central government will provide financial assistance which is around 61 crore rupees. 75 per cent of the required will be provided by the central government.

In case of Naxal-hit states, 75 per cent vacancies in these battalions will be filled up by youths from the 27 worst-affected districts. While in case of Jammu and Kashmir, the recruitment process will concentrate on insurgency prone areas.

Presently, there are 144 India Reserve Battalions in various states. In addition, Union Government recently has approved raising 8 additional India Reserve (IR) Battalions, four each for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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