Uttar Pradesh Current Affairs - 2019

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UP Divas: 24th January

The government of Uttar Pradesh celebrated UP Divas for the first time on 24th January 2019. The proposal was floated by Governor Ram Naik to celebrate the UP Divas on the lines of Maharashtra Day so that people know the history and culture of the state.

History of Uttar Pradesh: Biggest State of India

The state of Uttar Pradesh was called the Brahmrishi Desh or the Madhya Desh during the Vedic period. During the Mughal period, its territory was divided under governors.

The state was under the Bengal Presidency till 1834. After the Agra Presidency was created under a Governor, the state was brought under its control. In 1858, the North Western Province was created and the seat of power was transferred from Agra to Allahabad.

In 1877 the Awadh was merged with North Western Province. In 1902 the entire province was named as ‘United Provinces of Agra and Oudh’.

The legislative council was constituted in Lucknow in 1921 and the seat of power again was transferred from Allahabad to Lucknow. In 1935 Lucknow was designated as the capital of the United Province.

On January 24, 1950, the governor-general of India passed the United Provinces (Alteration of Name) Order 1950, renaming United Provinces as Uttar Pradesh.

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IPS officer Aparna Kumar completes South Pole expedition

Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Aparna Kumar who is on deputation to Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) become the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) and ITBP officer to successfully conquer the South Pole.

South Pole

The South Pole is the southernmost point on the surface of the Earth and is at the centre of the Southern Hemisphere. It is situated on the continent of Antarctica.

The South Pole is the coldest and driest place on Earth. The temperature there ranges from minus 37 degrees to minus 48 degrees. As a result of this harsh climate, there are no native resident plants or animals at the South Pole.  South polar skuas and snow petrels are occasionally seen there.

About the Expedition

The expedition began from Chile. IPS officer Aparna Kumar began her journey with a team of seven members and two guides. The team walked for 111 miles.

Aparna Kumar

Aparna Kumar is an IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre and hails from Karnataka. The officer is serving ITBP on deputation as Deputy Inspector General (DIG).

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