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Rajasthan celebrates Statehood Day

Every year, Rajasthan celebrates its Statehood Day on March 30. Popularly known as “Land of the Kings”, it is the largest Indian state in area. The day is also called “Rajasthan Day”.

Highlights

This year, the state is silent due to the lock down in the country. Usually there are radiant and invigorating events held all over the state. The state was earlier called ‘Rajputana’. It got its recognition and its name as Rajasthan when it was formed on March 30, 1949.

How was Rajasthan formed?

Rajasthan was formed with the unification of states namely Kota, Tonk, Shahpura, Pratagarh, Kishangarh, Jhalawar, Dungarpur, Bundi and Banswara. The Maharana of Udaipur joined Rajasthan after three days of its formation.

The State was formally inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru on March 25, 1948. Later states like Jaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur merged to form Greater Rajasthan on March 30, 1949 with the efforts of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. He inaugurated Greater Rajasthan on March 30, 1949 which is till date celebrated as the Statehood Day of Rajasthan.

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International Table Tennis Federation suspends events, freezes World Rankings

On March 30, 2020 the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced that it is suspending all the planned events till June 30, 2020. The decision was taken during the ITTF meeting that was held to discuss the effects of Novel Corona Virus.

Highlights

The ITTF is suspending all the events that were planned due to the postponement of Tokyo Olympics, 2020 and Paralympic Games. The Committee has also decided to freeze the rankings.

ITTF

The ITTF is the governing body of all the national table tennis associations spread all over the world. The Headquarters of the Federation is located in Switzerland. It was founded in 1926. There are six continental federations operating under ITTF. They are Table Tennis Federation of India located in India, Asian Table Tennis Union of Asia, European Table Tennis Union of Europe, Latin American Table Tennis Union, Oceania Table Tennis Federation and North American Table Tennis Union.

Hence out of the 5 continental association, India has a separate place in the Federation. This is because India has the highest members in the federation out of the other continents.

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