Odisha Current Affairs - 2020

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39th World Congress of Poets organized in Bhubaneswar

The 39th World Congress of Poets was inaugurated at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology.

Theme: Compassion through Poetry.

The theme aims to promote peace and brotherhood through poetry.

The event was inaugurated by the Odisha Chief Minister. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu attended the event.

Significance of WCP

The congress is essential to achieve SDG 4 – Quality Education.

About World Congress of Poetry (WCP)

The WCP was founded in 1969. It was held at Manila, Philippines the first time. It is being organized by WAAC – World Academy of Arts and Culture. The WAAC conducts poetry workshops, art exhibits, dance, music, cultural exchange programs. The organization maintains a library at Taipei, Taiwan. WAAC serves UIA – Union of International Associations. UIA is a research institute and documentation center headquartered at Brussels. It was founded in 1907. It monitors international organizations, association and their challenges.

Home minister inaugurates North East Handloom and Handicraft exhibition

During his maiden visit to Mizoram, Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition, 2019.

The exhibition is funded by the North Eastern Council. It has participants from the other North Eastern States as well. The Home Minister highlighted on recent developing projects like National Bamboo Mission, rail links between Vairabi and Aizwal, Rs 40 crore hopital projects, Broad Gauge rail projects, the land border agreement with Myanmar. He also announced that the centre is planning to allocate Rs 300 crore more funds to 50 more North East Council projects

National Bamboo Mission

The mission was launched in April 2018. IT aims to increase area under bamboo cultivation and also adopting region based strategies to promote bamboo products.

In India Bamboo covers 13.96 million hectares. The mission has special cover the North Eastern States. They encourage Bamboo cultivation to make sure the grass is available in the manufacturing process of Bamboo handicrafts. Apart from North Eastern Regions, the mission is also spread across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh.

Broad Gauge rail projects

In March 2019, the Railway Minister announced that the North Eastern Capitals would be connected by broad Gauge. The target for completion of the project is set as 2020.

North East Council

The Council is the nodal agency for economic and social development of the North Eastern Region. It was established in 1971 under the North East Council Act 1971. According to the act, the council coordinated development facilitating cooperation with the states. The act was amended in 2002 to function as a regional planning body. In June 2018, the Union Cabinet approved the nomination of Union Home Minister as the ex – offico Chairman of the North Eastern Council. The Governors and the Chief Ministers of all the 8 states are members of the council.