AspirantWorld One liners : 15th November

• The 44th edition of ‘Wangala,’ the festival of 100 Drums, began in the state of Meghalaya. It is a Garos tribal post-harvest festival that takes place every year to honour ‘Saljong,’ the Garos Sun God, and to celebrate the conclusion of the harvest season. It is the most important celebration of the Garo tribe, and it attracts a large number of tourists. It has been celebrated since 1976. Tribes give sacrifices to their deity Saljong, the Sun God, during the Wangala. The first day of the celebration is marked by a ceremony known as Ragula, which is held in the village chief’s home. On the second day of the celebration, Kakkat, people dress up in colourful costumes with feathered headdresses and dance to the sounds of long oval-shaped drums.

• In partnership with the Sattvik Council of India, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) plans to promote “Vegetarian Trains.” These trains will be linked to religious sites in particular. The Sattvik Council of India will issue a “Sattvik certificate” (SCI). IRCTC currently operates the ‘Vande Bharata train’ between New Delhi and Katra. The “Sattvik Certificate” will be granted to this train. The Sattvik Council of India will certify 18 more trains in addition to Vande Bharat. On November 15, 2021, this plan will be launched alongside IRCTC. In partnership with IRCTC, the Sattvik council will also release a vegetarian-friendly diet manual.

• Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today presented a plaque honouring late Manohar Parrikar, renaming the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Mr Singh paid tribute to the former Defence Minister in New Delhi, recalling his intelligent leadership during the 2016 counter-terror strikes and the execution of the One Rank One Pension scheme. He described Parrikar ji as a tremendous asset because of his insistence on indigenisation and efforts to create politico-military synergy. The Defence Minister, who also serves as the Institute’s President, has renamed it the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), following a majority decision by the Institute’s general body earlier this year. On the same day, he also unveiled a 100-kilowatt rooftop solar power plant that is connected to the grid.

• The Petroleum Minister is leading a three-day official and commercial delegation to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) begins On 15 November. Mr. Puri will attend the ADIPEC inauguration ceremony as well as a Ministerial Round Table titled Charting the Climate Action Path from COP-26 to COP-27 during his visit. The Minister will open the India Pavilion, which was created in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industries, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

• Every year on November 14th, World Diabetes Day is commemorated. The campaign’s goal is to promote awareness about the critical role that nurses play in the care of diabetic patients. “Access to Diabetes Care” is the topic for World Diabetes Day 2021-23. In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 61/225 declaring November 14 as World Diabetes Day.

• Every year on November 14th, Children’s Day commemorates the birth anniversary of India’s first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. In India, Children’s Day is referred to as ‘Baal Diwas.’ The goal of the day is to raise awareness of children’s rights, care, and education. Many educational and motivational programmes are held by and for children across the country on this day. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, was affectionately known as ‘Chacha Nehru’ by children.

• On November 13, 2021, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State for Law and Justice SP Baghel unveiled the “Citizens’ Tele-Law smartphone app. “They also honoured the frontline employees of the Department of Justice’s Tele-Law on the occasion. Around 124 Frontline functionaries from India were honoured, including paralegal volunteers, panel attorneys, village level entrepreneurs, and state coordinators. The Citizens’ Tele-Law mobile app was created to provide more people with access to legal information. The app aims to empower the general public by allowing them to identify their problem and choose a suitable forum for dispute resolution in order to collect their entitlements.

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