Sikkim Current Affairs - 2019
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S Jaishankar, Union Minister of External Affairs flags off the first batch of pilgrims (yatris) from New Delhi, for this years’ Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
The duration of pilgrimage is 24 days for each batch including 3 days in Delhi for preparatory work. The pilgrimage which started in 1981 now sees participation of thousands of devotees every year.
About Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
- The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is undertaken by two routes, via-
- Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand– This route passes through a very mountainous area.
- Nathu La Pass in Sikkim– This route opened a few years ago in Sikkim is fully motorable. It requires minimum walking and therefore helps senior citizens who are unable to undertake arduous trekking, to participate in yatra.
- Itinerary: The Yatra involves a treacherous route that crosses territorial boundaries of India, Nepal and China. According to Yatra scheduled this year, 18 batches of 60 pilgrims each will trek across the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand and 10 batches consisting of 50 pilgrims each will go via the Nathula route to Sikkim.
- Importance: This pilgrimage plays an important step towards promoting people to people exchanges, strengthening friendship and understanding between India and China.
- Organised by:
- The yatra is organised with support from governments of Delhi, Uttarakhand and Sikkim and also with cooperation of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The Government of China also extended the support in organising the annual yatra.
- The logistical support and facilities for pilgrims in India is providea by Uttarakhands’ Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN), Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) and their associated organisations.
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The 14th edition of the annual Sino-Indian border trade opened at Nathu La, the frontier post at Sino-Indian border in Sikkim. To mark the commencement of border trade, officials and traders of both countries (India and China) were present at the border.
- Every year bilateral border trade between two countries is organised four days a week for period of six months, between May 1 and November 30.
- After a gap of 44 years, cross border trade was resumed on 6th, July 2006. Its reopening not only enhanced benefits of trade, but has also increased tourism in Sikkim and provided a means of livelihood for people of this region.
- India’s trade list comprised of two sections. Export list comprised of 36 items from dairy products to utensils and Import list includes a total of 20 items, namely carpets, quilts and jackets among others from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).
- In 2018 the goods export from India stood at Rs 45.03 crore, while items imported from the TAR were worth Rs 3.23 crore.
The three open trading border posts between India and China are-
- Nathu La in Sikkim
- Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh
- Lipulekh (or Lipulech) in Uttarakhand.