North East Current Affairs

Bangladesh to provide India access to key ports

Bangladesh Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has approved draft agreement allowing India to use its Chittagong and Mongla ports to transport cargo to and from its northeastern states. The draft was prepared after both neighboring countries had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the use of two ports during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June, 2015.

Agreement on sea ports for transporting goods

Under this agreement, India can transport goods as per capacity of two sea ports. Only Bangladeshi vehicles will be used for transportation of goods within its territory. Indian goods can be transported through four entry points viz. Akhaura (Bangladesh) and Agartala (India’s Tripura), Tamabil (Sylhet, Bangladesh) and Dauki (Meghalaya), Sheola (Sylhet) and Sutarkandi (Assam) and Bibirbazar (Cumilla, Bangladesh) and Srimantapur (Tripura).

Under it, India will have to follow General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT) and Bangladeshi regulations, pay customs duties and buy tax equivalent bonds to transport freight. India will also pay fees for using infrastructure of Bangladeshi land ports. To keep  track of cargo new modern tracking system will be used.

The agreement will be effective for five years, but it can be extended for another five years automatically. However, any side can cancel the agreement after giving six months’ notice and suspend deal. Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) will be prepared for implementing this agreement. The SOP will be prepared after consulting with various stakeholders.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018

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Ministry of Culture organises Madhavpur Mela in Gujarat

The Union Ministry of Culture for the first time had organised Madhavpur Mela in Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar District of Gujarat under the banner of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. Its purpose is to bring various parts of country especially the North-East, close to each other.

Key Facts

The four day cultural extravaganza saw vibrant cultural trail of art, dance, music, poetry, story-telling and folk drama from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other north-eastern states with an aim to integrate the rich cultures of two regions. It also witnessed for first time the magnificent performances from north-east, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

Troupes from Assam performed Rukmini-Haran, a popular folk theatre of the region. Musical troupe from Manipur sang songs related to Rukmini in Khullong Ishei and Nat genŕe.  Dance-dramas based on Rukmini-Krishna legends from Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur and folk dance of Idu Mishmi tribe from Arunachal were also displayed.

Background

Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connect to Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The tribe traces its ancestry to legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna.  

Madhavpur Ghed is small but culturally significant village. According to folklore, it is place where, Lord Krishna married Rukmini, the daughter of King Bhishmaka. Madhavpur lies on the seashore, close to Porbandar. 15th century Madhavrai temple marks the site. Madhavpur Mela is commemorated b cultural fair held every year, commencing on Ram Navami. As part of the celebrations, a colorful chariot carrying idol of Krishna circumnavigates village and festivities usually continue for five days.

Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat

It was announced by Government 31st October, 2015 on the occasion of the 140th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Its objective is to strengthen cultural relations of various parts of country and to embolden mutual connection between people dwelling in different in different states

It also aims to celebrate unity in diversity culture of nation and to bolster sentimental bonds between people of different states. It aims to strengthen sentiments for National Unity between citizens of states and states governed by union government by conducting various activities throughout year under this campaign.

All States and UTs will be covered under programme. Under it, there will be pairing of states/UTs at national level mainly for one year or till the next round of pairings. The pairings are being utilized for state level activities. There are district level pairings also that are independent of state level pairings.

Month: Categories: Art & Culture Current Affairs 2018

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