States Current Affairs – 2017

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Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival began in the Naga Heritage village of Kisama. The festival coincides with the Statehood Day of Nagaland which is observed on December 1.

It is tourism promotional extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage. It is also called as the ‘Festival of Festivals‘.

Key Facts
  • Hornbill Festival is celebrated in Nagaland every year in the first week of December. It is one of the biggest indigenous festivals of the country.
  • The festival is a tribute to Hornbill, the most admired and revered bird for the Nagas for its qualities of alertness and grandeur.
  • The majestic bird is closely identified with the social and cultural life of the Nagas as reflected in tribal folklore, dances and songs.
  • It is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments. It is also supported by the Union Government.
  • The Hornbill Festival provides a colourful mixture of dances, performances, crafts, parades, games, sports, food fairs and religious ceremonies.
  • It exposes both the culture and tradition of tribal peoples, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union.
  • It was established on 1st December 1963 and was inaugurated by the then President Dr. S Radhakrishnan.
  • Over the years festival has become a unique platform for tourists to witness cultural diversity not only of the Nagas and other seven sister states of the northeastern region.

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Asia’s first cycle highway inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh

Asia’s first and longest cycle highway was inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh. It is also India’s first cycle highway.

The 207-km-long cycle highway runs between Etawah and Agra. It was inaugurated by state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Key facts

  • The cycle highway has been constructed by the UP public works department. It runs parallel to the main highway.
  • It is about 7-feet-wide and is separated by a divider from main highway which ensures the safety of cyclists.
  • The track begins from the lion safari in Etawah. Along its path it dots 92 villages across the two districts. It criss-crosses the natural beauty of the Chambal and Yamuna rivers
  • On its way it has tourist destinations like Naugava ka Quila, Raja Bhoj ki Haveli, and Bateshwarnath Temple.

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Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passes away

Noted Marathi author Anand Yadav passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 80.

His autobiography novel ‘Zombi’ had won him prestigious Sahitya Akadmi award in 1991. It is based story of a young boy, his loving mother, his life of utter poverty, and his eagerness to receive education.

About Anand Yadav

  • He was born on November 30, 1935 in Kagal village near Kolhapur district.
  • During his illustrious literally career, he has penned around 40 books which comprise collection of essays, criticism, poems among others.
  • He had written book ‘Santsurya Tukaram’ based on Sant Tukaram, a 17th century saint poet from Maharashtra.
  • He was elected president of the 82nd Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan, the prestigious literary meet held in March 2009.
  • Recently, famous Marathi movie Natrang (2010) was based on his novel with the same name.

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