Odisha Current Affairs - 2020

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Naval Tata Hockey Academy inaugurated in Bhubaneswar

Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik inaugurated Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA), a high-performance centre for hockey at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha for grooming best hockey talent in State. Academy is named in honour of Naval H. Tata to commemorate his contribution to hockey in India as well as his achievements as a sports administrator.

The academy was opened as part of three-pronged Tata Odisha Hockey Programme, a joint initiative of Tata Steel, Tata Trusts and Government of Odisha to nurture sports talent in State. As per Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), State Government of Odhisha will facilitate infrastructural support and Tata Trust will provide coaching and technical support.

Key Highlights

Currently, 24 junior girls including 18 from Odisha have been identified to join High-Performance Centre (HPC). HPC will accommodate another 6 girls to complete 1st batch and will also add 30 boys in coming years.

Initially Tata Trust conducted a talent scouting program in Bhubaneswar, Sundargarh, Deogarh and Dhenkanal in Odisha and Simdega district in Jharkhand. Around 350 talents were shortlisted, out of whom 24 have been enrolled in HPC.

State government sports hostels in Bhubaneshwar, Rourkela and Sundargarh will become Regional Development Centres (RDCs) and experts engaged by Tata Trusts and Tata Steel will work with these RDCs to further enhance their efficiency and excellence.

Initially 10 to 12 grassroots centres will also be established in Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts and then talents explored from these grassroots centres will be recommended for admission into sports hostels.

The Grassroots centres and RDCs will ensure a continuous flow of talent into NTHA and government will help develop infrastructure in these regions to improve quality of hockey players being fed into RDCs and NTHA.

Why Bhubaneswar? Bhubaneswar is fast emerging as sports capital of India. Therefore with establishment of NTHA, youth from State will get best-in-class training on artificial turf from an early age which will enable players to compete on par with their international counterparts.

Dual benefit of promoting sports: It raises standard of Indian sports as well as promoting livelihood opportunities among those living in underdeveloped regions of country.

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7 August: National Handloom Day

Every year National Handloom Day is celebrated across India on 7 August 2019. The year 2019 marks 5th National Handloom Day. To mark the occasion, Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, will preside over a function at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi

National Handloom Day


To honour handloom weavers in India.

To highlight India’s handloom industry.

Focuses on: The contribution of handloom to socio economic development of India and to increase income of weavers.

National Handloom Day 2019

Main Event: of National Handloom Day will be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha with prime objective behind holding is to empower women and girls. Bhubaneswar has been chosen as venue for main event due to its rich tradition of Handlooms and as more than 50% of total weavers population of India resides in Eastern and North Eastern Regions and most of them are women.

Activities Undertake across country will include-

Distribution of Pehchan Cards and Yarn Passbooks

Distribution of MUDRA loan which is a flagship scheme of Union Government extend affordable credit to micro and small enterprises (MSME).

Distribution of lighting units and certificates for construction of work sheds.

The day would be observed at Weavers’ Service Centres in different States.

At 16 NIFT Campuses and Handloom Mela and exhibition, workshops, panel discussions, special stalls for handloom products at Gandhinagar and Kolkata NIFT campuses.

Live broadcast of discussion on Twitter from digital studio of IMG Reliance which will involve young designers and prominent personalities from handloom sector.

Symposium at Crafts Museum in New Delhi by Fashion Design Council of India with participants from Union Ministry of Textiles, master weavers, textile designers, fashion designers and textile experts.

Workshop through IGNOU or NIOS to impart information about educational opportunities to weave and their wards.


In July 2015 Government of India declared 7 August as National Handloom Day with objective of generating awareness about importance of handloom industry to socio economic development of country.

Why 7 August? To commemorate Swadeshi Movement which was launched on 7 August 1905 in Calcutta Town Hall to protest against Bengal partition by British Government. Swadeshi Movement aimed at reviving domestic products and production processes.

1st National Handloom Day: It was inaugurated on 7 August 2015 by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, at centenary of Madras University in Chennai.

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