Uttarkhand Current Affairs - 2020

World Guinness Record for lighting 4 lakh diyas

On October 26, 2019, in the city of Ayodhya 4 lakh earthen lamps were lit along the banks of Sarayu river. The event was organized by the Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. It was the third and largest Deepotsav in Ayodhya after he came to power.

Last year around 3 lakh lamps were lit. The lamp lighting festival comes ahead of SC judgement on Ram Jan Bhoomi.

Guinness Record

The Guinness World Record begun in 1955. It is a book of World Records that is published annually listing human achievements and extremes of natural world. It is published in 100 countries in 23 languages.

Sarayu river

The river flows through the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand. It is formed at the confluence of rivers karnali and mahakali. It is a tributary of River Ganges. At Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Ram devotees take dip in the Sarayu river. The river has spiritual significance and is well related to epic Ramayan.

Rudrashila-The White-Water Rafting Expedition

On 25 October, 2019, at the Jodhpur Military station, the white-water rafting expedition called the “Rudrashila” was flagged in by Lt General VS Sreenivas. It was undertaken by the Kalidhar Battalion. The aim of the expedition is to prepare the soldiers to overcome adversities with grit and determination. The team will also spread awareness on social issues of “Swachh Bharat” campaign and “Preservation of river eco-system”

The expedition will be led by Major Ravi Kant Gaurav. Two officers, four junior officers and 18 soldiers will raft a total distance of 140 km. The expedition will start from Rudhraprayag and end in Rishikesh. It is considered to be the most difficult and dangerous rapids in the mighty Ganges river.


The name Rudrashila is framed from the Rudraprayag tributary of the Ganges river. It originates in the mountains of Uttarkhand

Kalidhar Battalion

The force was formed in November 1943. It has participated in many of major army operations. Also, it was assigned two overseas assignments namely Korea assignment in 1953 and UN peace keeping mission in Congo in 2005.