Sikkim Current Affairs - 2019
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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.
Various Parts of India welcomed the New Year on 6th April. Ugadi, Gudi Padava etc were observed in different parts of the Country.
New Year in different Parts of the Country
Ugadi in Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh falls in the Chaitra month and is celebrated by distributing jaggery and neem flowers which is symbolic to sharing both sweet and bitter experiences of life.
Gudi Padwa which falls in the Chaitra month of Hindu calendar is celebrated in the state of Maharashtra by hanging Gudi on the right side of the entrance of their house. Gudi is a bright yellow cloth tied to the tip of a long bamboo and copper pot placed in inverted on it along with a sugar garland.
Baisakhi is the Punjabi New Year celebrated in the month of April by performing their folk dance, Bhangra and Gidda and feasting.
Puthandu is the Tamil New Year celebrated in the month of April by preparing Manga Pachadi a traditional food to ring in their new year.
Bohag Bihu is the Assamese New year celebrated by performing the folk dance Bihu and a grand buffet.
Pohela Boishakh is the Bengali New Year celebrated with making many sweetmeats.
Bestu Varas is celebrated in Gujarat on the day after Deepavali. Marwaris in Rajasthan also celebrate their new year during Deepavali.
Vishu is the Malayali New Year celebrated in the state of Kerala in the month of April.
Losoong is the Sikkimese New Year and falls in December at the end of harvesting. It is celebrated by performing Chham dance.
Navreh is the Kashmiri New Year celebrated in the Hindu month of Chaitra.
Cheti Chand is the Sindhi new year celebrated on the second day of Chaitra month is to honour of the birth of Jhulelal.
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