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Garhwal Forts

Recently, a study has identified 193 sites having either intact or ruins of Garhwal forts and fortalices spread along the north, east and southern regions of the Garhwal Himalayas. This is the first of its kind database. A total of 36 major forts and 12 prominent fort clusters have been …

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‘Move Health to Concurrent List’

Health should be shifted to the Concurrent list under the Constitution, and a developmental finance institution (DFI) dedicated to healthcare investments set up, Fifteenth Finance Commission Chairman N.K. Singh said recently. Enhancing spending: Making a case for enhancing government spending on health to 2.5% of GDP by 2025, Mr. Singh …

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Gandhi Peace Prize

The father of the nation of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the late Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said Al Said are to be awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for 2020 and 2019 respectively. About the Gandhi Peace Prize: Institution of Award: The annual award was instituted by the Government of India in 1995 during the commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma …

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Haridwar Kumbh Mela

The Centre has written to the Uttarakhand government about the need for stringent measures to control the spread of Covid-19 during the ongoing KumbhMela in the state (at Haridwar). Important points: KumbhMela comes under UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity KumbhMela is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, …

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General Lachit Borphukan of Ahom Kingdom

Recently, the Prime Minister called 17th century Ahom general LachitBorphukan a symbol of India’s “AtmaNirbhar military might”.  LachitBorphukan: Born on 24th November, 1622, Borphukan was known for his leadership in the Battle of Saraighat, 1671 in which an attempt by Mughal forces to capture Assam was thwarted. He was the inspiration behind strengthening India’s naval force and revitalising inland water …

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Anangpal II

The government has recently formed a Maharaja Anangpal II Memorial Committee to popularise the legacy of 11th-century Tomar king, Anangpal II. Crediting him with giving Delhi its present name and also repopulating it, the National Monument Authority — which functions under the Ministry of Culture — has embarked on a mission …

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Anangpal II: Tomar Dynasty

Recently, a seminar highlighted the legacy of the long-forgotten Tomar king – Anangpal II. Anangpal II: Anangpal II, popularly known as AnangpalTomar, belonged to the Tomar dynasty. He was the founder of DhillikaPuri, which eventually became Delhi. Evidence about the early history of Delhi is inscribed on the iron pillar of Masjid Quwaatul Islam, adjacent to QutubMinar. Multiple inscriptions and coins …

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KATHAKALI MAESTRO GURU CHEMANCHERI KUNHIRAMAN NAIR

Recently, the Kathakali actor Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair died at the age of 105 in Kozhikode, Kerala. He played a significant role in making Indian classical dances popular in Kerala. Important  Points: Guru Chemancheri Kunhiraman Nair was born on 16th June, 1916. He studied at Kalladikkodan school of Kathakali and was specialised in “Kalladikodan” style. The …

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PANEL ON MYTHICAL SARASVATI RIVER

The Centre has reconstituted an advisory committee to chalk out a plan for studying the mythical Sarasvati river for the next two years, after the earlier panel’s term ended in 2019. About: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on March 10 issued a notification for “reconstitution of the Advisory Committee …

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SAHITYA AKADEMI AWARD 2020

The National Academy of Letters have announced the names for the “Sahitya Akademi Award 2020 on March 12, 2021. The names were announced during the opening of annual “Festival of Letters” event. Highlights The award will be bestowed upon the politician-writer M Veerappa Moily, poet Arundhathi Subramaniam along with other …

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