Uttar Pradesh [UPPSC] Current Affairs - 2020

U.P Chief Minister Inaugurates ‘Mission Vriksharopan-2020’

On 5th July 2020, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated a programme under which the State Government of Uttar Pradesh has set a target to plant more than 25 crore sapling across the state.

The name of the mega plantation programme is ‘Mission Vriksharopan-2020’. Yogi Adityanath planted 3 saplings at the Kukrail Reserve Forest’s Harishankari Vatika in Lucknow to inaugurate the Mission Vriksharopan-2020. He planted saplings of a Banyan tree, Ficus Virens and Ficus Religiosa.

Under the Programme, in plantation sites, geo-tagging will be done. Apart from environmental plants (those reduce environmental pollution), saplings of medicinal, shady, fodder and fruit yielding plants have been disturbed across the 75 districts of the state. Saplings include the likes of Pipal, Neem, Sahjan, Jamun, Mulvari etc. A total species of 201 variety of saplings will be planted under the programme.

The mega plantation programme will also focus on biodiversity conservation for which saplings will be planted across the banks of river Ganga and its tributaries.

President Inaugurates Dhamma Chakra Day 2020 Celebrations

In partnership with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), the Union Ministry of Culture will be organizing the celebrations for the Dhamma Chakra Day on Asadha Poornima on the 4th of July 2020. The celebrations for the day were inaugurated from the Rashtrapati Bhawan at New Delhi by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

Every year on the first full moon day in the month of July is celebrated as Dhamma Chakra Day. The first full moon day of July is called Asadha Poornima in India, Esala Poya in Sri Lanka and Asanha Bucha in Thailand.

After Buddha Poornima or Vesak, Dhamma Chakra Day is the second most sacred day in Buddhism.

Dhamma Chakra Day

The day is celebrated all over the world to commemorate the first sermon that Gautama Buddha gave to his five ascetic disciples (five monks). Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon on the day on the full moon in the month of Asadha (Asadha means the month of July). The first sermon by Gautama Buddha is recorded in Buddhist text- Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.

Gautama Buddha gave the first sermon at the Deer Park in Rsipatana (present-day Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh).

Celebrations for the Day

This year the celebrations will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the day’s celebration virtually at 9 am from Rashtrapati Bhawan.

In association with the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee and Mahabodhi Society of India, the events from Mulagandha Kuti Vihara in Sarnath and Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya can be live-streamed at the Youtube Channel named- IBC World.