Himachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019
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The 14th edition of the annual Sino-Indian border trade opened at Nathu La, the frontier post at Sino-Indian border in Sikkim. To mark the commencement of border trade, officials and traders of both countries (India and China) were present at the border.
- Every year bilateral border trade between two countries is organised four days a week for period of six months, between May 1 and November 30.
- After a gap of 44 years, cross border trade was resumed on 6th, July 2006. Its reopening not only enhanced benefits of trade, but has also increased tourism in Sikkim and provided a means of livelihood for people of this region.
- India’s trade list comprised of two sections. Export list comprised of 36 items from dairy products to utensils and Import list includes a total of 20 items, namely carpets, quilts and jackets among others from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).
- In 2018 the goods export from India stood at Rs 45.03 crore, while items imported from the TAR were worth Rs 3.23 crore.
The three open trading border posts between India and China are-
- Nathu La in Sikkim
- Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh
- Lipulekh (or Lipulech) in Uttarakhand.
Himachal Pradesh celebrated 72nd Himachal Day on 15th April with gaiety and fervour. Himachal Day is celebrated to commemorate its creation.
Genesis of the Himachal Day
- Before independence, most of the areas of Himachal Pradesh was part of Punjab state and during that time this region was divided into four different regions such as Chamba, Mandi, Shimla etc.
- After the independence, in 1948 the state was declared as a union territory.
- On the 15th April Chief Commission inaugurated this territory and after that this day was celebrated as ‘Himachal Day’ every year.
Later in the 1970 the union territory was declared as a separate state. On 25th January 1971, it became the 18th state of the country.
The tiny hill-state Himachal Pradesh has developed rapidly after coming into existence on April 15, 1948, following the merger of 30 princely states. Difficult geographical conditions, inaccessible areas and other complexities could not affect the courage of the people.