XII South Asian Games begins in Guwahati
The 2016 South Asian Games, officially the XII South Asian Games, has begun in Guwahati, Assam after a formal inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.
The event will go on from 5 February to 16 February 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong. Over 2,500 athletes from 8 SAARC nations viz. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives will compete in 228 events in 23 sports disciplines.
Theme Song of 12th South Asian Games : The theme song for 12th edition of SAG is 'Ei Prithibi Ek Krirangan' which literally means 'The world is a playground'. It was written by Bhupen Hazarika (1926-2011), a notable Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam.
Motto : ‘Play for Peace, Progress and Prosperity’
Official mascot : Tikhor, a one-horned rhino that represents endangered fauna of Assam found in Kaziranga National Park.
South Asian Games
- South Asian Games are a biennial multi-sport event held among the athletes from 8 South Asian (SAARC) countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
- It is regarded as the South Asian version of Olympic Games. It was established as South Asian Federation Games, but in 2004 was renamed as South Asian Games. The governing body of these games is South Asian Sports Council (SASC), formed in 1983.
- The first edition of South Asian Games were hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984 and have since been held every two years except for some occasions. India has hosted SAG for two time, first in 1987 in Kolkata (West Bengal) and second time in 1995 in Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
Leading countries Since the beginning of South Asian Games, India has ruled over this multi-sport event as it has bagged the most number of medals – 1,728 which includes 900 Gold, 542 silver and 286 bronze followed by Pakistan which has bagged (311-375-336) and than Sri Lanka (185-245-455).>Login To Save for Revision
- PM Narendra Modi inaugurates petrochemical plant in Dibrugarh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a petrochemical project in Dibrugarh, Assam which is the first such project of North-East. The project has been named as Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd (BCPL). Prime Minister also dedicated wax producing unit in Numaligarh Refinery Limited to the nation. It is India’s highest wax producing unit and shall be using indigenous technology.
The petrochemical project spread across 3,000 bighas, has been built at cost of 10000-crore rupees and shall be producing raw material for manufacturing plastic. It will produce High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Linear Low Density polyethylene (LLDPE) totaling 2, 20,000 Tonnes per Annum (TPA) and 60,000 TPA of Polypropylene (PP).
Brahamputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd BCPL project is a joint venture which was incorporated in 2007 as Central Public Sector Enterprise under Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals. The project was conceived as part of the Assam peace accord signed in 1985 during the tenure of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and its foundation stone was laid in 2007 by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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- Motive of the project Overall socio-economic development of the North-east region by generating various employment opportunities for the youths of the state.
- Stakeholders GAIL (India) Limited is it's major stakeholder as it holds 70% of equity participation while remaining 30% is equally shared by Oil India Ltd (OIL), Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and Government of Assam.
- Sarangi maestro Ram Narayan gets Bhimsen Joshi Award
Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan (88) has been selected for the prestigious Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award for 2015-2016.
Announcement in this regard was made by Maharashtra's Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde in Mumbai. Pandit Ram Narayan popularised the bowed instrument as a solo concert instrument in Indian classical music and is considered the first sarangi player who became successful in the international arena.
About Pandit Ram Narayan : Pandit Ram Narayan, born on 25 December 1927 in Udaipur, Mewar, he shifted to New Delhi after Partition where he gave performances on All India Radio in the national capital.He has been playing the sarangi since his childhood, and over the years acquired global acclaim for his music for which he was conferred India's second higest civilian honour, Padma Vibhushan, in 2005.
About Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Classical Music Award: The annual award, instituted by the Maharashtra government, is given to individuals who have excelled in classical vocal or instrumental music. These individuals are selected by a committee of top music artistes and exponents. The award comprises 5 lakh rupees in cash, a trophy and a citation.
What is Sarangi ?
It is a bowed, short-necked string instrument from India which is used in Hindustani classical music. . It is said to most resemble the sound of the human voice – able to imitate vocal ornaments such as gamaks (shakes) and meends (sliding movements).>Login To Save for Revision
- February 6 : International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
February 6 is observed as International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation which is a UN-sponsored awareness day toward female genital mutilation (also called FGM) and to promote its eradication.
Theme for the year 2016 :- “Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030”
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia.Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser using a blade, with or without anaesthesia, FGM is concentrated in 27 African countries. It is conducted from days after birth to puberty and beyond, most girls are cut before the age of five.
The practice is rooted in gender inequality, attempts to control women's sexuality, and ideas about purity, modesty and aesthetics. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls.
The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death. At least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, with half of them living in Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia.>Login To Save for Revision
- India Beats USA to Become 2nd Largest Smartphone Market in the World
India has surpassed the US to become the world's second largest smartphone market, crossing 220 million in active unique smartphone users in 2015 for the first time ever. Smartphone shipments in India grew a healthy 15 percent annually in the December quarter of 2015 versus the previous quarter and 23 percent on the year-earlier quarter. In all, India crossed the 100 Million smartphones-sold-in-year milestone at the end of 2015.
Top three smartphone sellers
Samsung retained top slot for the entire calendar year with market shares of 25.7 per cent in smartphone market.
Micromax maintained the second position in both overall mobile phone market (13.7 per cent) as well as the smartphone segment (14.3 per cent)
Apple was the third largest brand during the year with 11 per cent, improving on its 2014 revenue share of 7 per cent
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