Odisha Current Affairs - 2020

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GoI: Left Wing Extremism has declined by 38% in last five years

On March 18, 2020, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs replied in Rajya Sabha about the decline in Left Wing Extremism in the last five years. This has been possible mainly due to the implementation of “National Policy and Action Plan-2015”.

Highlights

In 2019, number of Left Wing Extremism has reduced by 38% as compared to 2014. This has been possible with the deployment of large number of mini and micro unmanned serial vehicles to support anti-Left Wing Extremist Operation.

Also, the number of security forces killed in such operation also declined. In 2009, the numbers were around 317 and it reduced to 52 in 2019.

National Policy and Action Plan

The Government primarily erected 2,329 mobile towers in these regions. With the increase in connectivity and construction of road, GoI aims to develop the region. This will decrease the number of youths joining the organizations.

The control of these organizations and the counter measures are governed by the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) act of India, 1967.

Unlawful Activities (Prevention) act of India

The Naxalite and Maoists organizations in the regions were declared as terrorists group under the act.

Red Corridor

The Red Corridor includes the southern, central and eastern parts of India. These are also areas that suffer from poverty and illiteracy. These regions are backward in development as compared to the other regions of India. They are considered to be the poorest in the country.

LWE affected areas

The states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand are LWE affected states. Parts of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are also affected by LWE.

Chaitra Jatra Festival cancelled in Odisha due to Corona Virus

On March 16, 2020, the Odisha Government cancelled the famous Chaitra Jatra festival due to the threat of Corona Virus.

About Chaitra Jatra Festival

The Chaitra Jatra festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra during Tuesdays. The second and third Tuesdays are more crowded. March 17 being second Tuesday, the festival has been cancelled. The festival is celebrated at Tara Tarini hill shrine.

Tara Tarini hill

The shrine is located in the Tara Tarini hill on the banks of Rushikulya river. The Rushikulya river is one of the major rivers of the Odisha state. The river originated from Daringabadi hills that is located in Eastern Ghats.

Indian Navy and Tara Taini hill Shrine

The first all-women Indian Navy crew that circumnavigated the globe sailed on sailboat Tarini. The boat was named after the shrine as it is one of the Shakti Peethas in India. There are 51 Shakti Peethas in India.