Meghalaya Current Affairs - 2019

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India International Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated in Shillong

The 4th edition of India International Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019 was celebrated in Shillong, Meghalaya from 13 to 16 November 2019. It was inaugurated by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma. The festival is a great example of how natural resources and sustainable tourism can be utilised in an effective manner and create value of something which already exists.

Why is it held? The festival celebrates the unique autumn flowering of Himalayan Cherry Blossoms with several cultural events. With the annual festival the state government seeks to focus on Meghalaya’s natural strength such environment and beautiful landscape to enhance the experience of tourists.

About India International Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019

It was organized to celebrate the mass flowering of autumn Himalayan Cherry Blossoms with several cultural events in Shillong. This year the festival was held amid concern as blooming/flowering of Cherry Blossom trees has not been consistent due to climate change. In 2018 the tress bloomed by late October, but this year in November.

Dinabandhu Sahoo, the brain behind Cherry Blossom Festival however highlighted that with every edition of the festival, the footfall of tourists visiting it has increased.

This year the Republic of Korea was the partner country in the festival. The festival was thus visited by ambassador of South Korea and also showcased stalls with state’s food, wine and crafts alongside several Korean Cultural events, including K-Pop concert and stalls featuring Korean Cuisine and Educational Opportunities at South Korea.

Justice Muhammad Raffiq sworn in as Chief Justice of Meghalaya HC

Justice Muhammad Raffiq was sworn in as 8th Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court. His oath for office and secrecy was administered by Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong. He has succeeded Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal who is presently the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.

About Justice Muhammad Raffiq

He started his law practice in 1984 and practiced exclusively in Rajasthan High Court in almost all branches of law. He served as an advocate from 1999 to 2006 and in 2008, he was appointed as a Judge at the Rajasthan High Court. He has also served as acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court twice.

Justice Raffiq (59) has been recognized as an expert on Indian Constitution, land acquisition, tax, service and company law cases.