Madhya Pradesh Current Affairs

2016 BRICS Convention on Tourism begins in Madhya Pradesh

The 2016 BRICS Convention on Tourism has begun at UNESCO World heritage site Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh to promote intra-regional tourism.

The two day convention was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism and Culture. The convention has been organised as a precursor to the BRICS Summit to be held in Goa in October 2016.

Key Facts

  • In this two day convention, delegates from the BRICS countries viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are participating.
  • It will consists of inter- Governmental exchange of views and ideas, panel discussions on technology, innovation in Tourism.
  • Besides, it will primarily focus on cooperation between the BRICS countries for promoting intra-regional tourism.
  • Besides, Business to Business (B2B) meetings between the India Travel Trade and their counterparts from the BRICS countries will also be organised.
  • During the convention, elements of culture, handicrafts and cuisine from different regions of India will be showcased.

Khajuraho Temple: It is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh build by Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. It is an UNESCO World heritage Site.

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Madhya Pradesh becomes first state to have Happiness Department

Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to have ‘Happiness Department’ that will work as knowledge resource centre on the subject of happiness on the lines of Bhutan.

Decision to set up Happiness Department was taken by the state cabinet meeting presided by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Key Facts

  • The Happiness Department will will work under a working committee headed by a chairman. The committee will evaluate the state’s gross happiness.
  • The department will prepare guidelines for coordination between different departments like women and child development, health, and sports for propagating happiness in the state.
  • It will prescribe action plan and activities for experiencing happiness by identifying and defining the parameters of happiness and efficiency.
  • It will also undertake constant researches and surveys for expanding means happiness and improve norms to assess them. It will publish reports pertaining to status of happiness.

Bhutan is the first country in the world to come up with the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It has fixed standards of living, education, good governance, health and psychological happiness among the various parameters that make its citizens happy.

The World Happiness Report 2016 published by the United Nations ranks India at 118th position among 156 countries.

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MP Tourism wins Lonely Planet’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award

The Madhya Pradesh Tourism (MPT) won the Lonely Planet Group’s Best Indian Destination for Wildlife Award.

The award was handed over to MPT at a function in Mumbai by actress Amy Jackson. On behalf of MPT Chairman, the award was received by his Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vinod Kumar Amar.

Madhya Pradesh located in Central India has 25 wild life sanctuaries including 9 National Parks. Among them Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench are ideal habitat for tigers.

State Government has launched numerous programmes for the conservation of flora and fauna because of which Pench and Kanha were regarded as the most beautiful national parks in Asia. While Pench  and Bandhavgarh also are known all  over the world because of tiger reserves.

It should be noted that Lonely Planet is world’s largest travel guide book publisher owned by the American billionaire Brad Kelley’s NC2 Media since 2013.

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