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11th edition of ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav’ to be inaugurated tomorrow

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New Delhi [India], February 13 (ANI): The Governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar in the presence of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel will inaugurate the 11th Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav on February 14 at Cooch Behar Palace at Cooch Behar in West Bengal.
The Ministry of Culture is mandated with the task of preservation, promotion, and propagation of Indian culture, both tangible and intangible which inter-alia includes traditional folk dances and art forms, performing arts, and rich tribal heritage.
“It organizes cultural programs, festivals, and theatrical performances to fulfill this mandate,” read the press release by the Ministry of Culture on Saturday.
Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, the flagship festival of this Ministry organized since 2015 with the active participation of seven zonal culture centres has been playing a pivotal role to take the vibrant culture of India out to the masses instead of confining to auditoria and galleries.
It has been instrumental in showcasing, folk and tribal art, dance, music, cuisines, and culture of one state in other states reinforcing the cherished goal of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” and at the same time providing an effective platform to the artists and artisans to support their livelihood. Ten editions of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav have been held till date since November 2015 in various states and cities such as Delhi, Varanasi, Bengaluru, Tawang, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tehri, and Madhya Pradesh.
The eleventh edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is being held between February 14-28 in West Bengal at Cooch Behar (February 14-16), Darjeeling (February 22-24), and Murshidabad (February 27-28, 2021).
This Mahotsav assumes more significance as it is taking place as we are emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic which has severely impacted the cultural sector. Through this event, the ministry endeavours to provide the much-needed support and assistance to the artists as well as the confidence that cultural functions can be now organized taking into account all necessary precautions.
Renowned artists including local artists will be a part of this major festival. The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-2021 will cover a profusion of folk art forms and it would offer the chance to experience the best in established and emerging virtuosity. The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav will reconnect the people, especially the youth, with their indigenous culture, its multi-faceted nature, magnificence, opulence and historical importance in the context of India as a Nation over the millennia.
This Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav which is being organized in West Bengal will enhance mutual understanding and bonding between people of diverse cultures, thereby securing stronger unity and integrity of India. (ANI)

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Mayurbhanj (Odisha) [India], February 27 (ANI): Two persons were arrested in Mayurbhanj for possessing elephant tusks, according to the police official on Friday.
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“Further investigations are underway,” he said. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Temperatures in various parts of northwest India have increased by 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal, according to the World Meteorological Organization on Saturday.
“Parts of northwest India have seen daytime temperatures 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi,” informed WMO.
Odisha also witnessed a rise in temperature. The state broke the record of last 10 years.
“Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Odisha recorded temp of 40.4 degree Celsius today, second-highest temperature for February in the past 10 years,” stated WMO.
Similarly, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday tweeted, “The temperatures are above normal by 4-6 degrees Celsius over most parts of Northwest India and adjoining parts of Central and East India. It is likely to continue during the next 3 days and then fall by 2-4 degrees subsequently.” (ANI)

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], February 27 (ANI): Metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line will be curtailed on February 28, according to the official on Friday.
“There will be curtailment of metro services on Bengaluru’s purple line on Feb 28 due to civil maintenance work,” informed the Chief Public Relation Officer of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
“The services will be effected between Baiyappanahalli and MG Road metro stations from 7 am to 9 am,” the statement added.
Trains on Bengaluru’s Namma Metro resumed operations from September 7, 2020, between 8-11 am and 4:30-7:30 pm with a frequency of five minutes.
According to a release by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, while trains on the purple line resumed from September 7, those on the green line ran from September 9 onwards. (ANI)

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], February 27 (ANI): Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma took over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi) from Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, VSM on Friday.
“Before assuming charge, Rear Admiral Sharma paid floral tributes at the memorial of ‘The Unknown Worker’,” read the press release by the Ministry of Defence.
Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma was commissioned in the Indian Navy on August 1, 1986. Prior to this appointment, the flag Officer has held various important appointments at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, Advanced Technology Vessel Program and Headquarters Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.
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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): An FIR has been lodged against five MLAs after several opposition leaders on Friday protested outside Himachal Pradesh Governor’s Bandaru Dattatraya office. Following this incident.
As per the visuals, Opposition leaders protested and tried to stop the Governor outside Himachal Pradesh Assembly.
An FIR has been registered against five suspended MLAs in Boileauganj Police Station of Shimla in the matter.
Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Friday morning suspended 5 MLAs – LoP Mukesh Agnihotri, Harshwardhan Chauhan, Satpal Raizada, Sunder Singh Thakur and Vinay Kumar till March 20.
This comes after Opposition leaders protested and tried to stop Governor outside Assembly.
In a bid to remain politically alive, the Congress leaders are desperately trying to find issues against the Himachal Pradesh government, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on February 19 in a statement.
The Chief Minister had addressed the concluding session of the state BJP Executive Committee meeting at Dharamshala in Kangra district yesterday and said that opposition is directionless, leaderless and issueless in the state. (ANI)

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Panaji (Goa) [India], February 27 (ANI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday took cognizance of the rising number of COVID-19 cases and assured that he is monitoring the situation closely.
“The rising COVID-19 cases is a cause of concern. Our government is monitoring the situation closely. I request the citizens to not fall prey to rumours of lockdown,” said Goa CM.
On February 24, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted COVID response and management.
According to the official release, the three-member multidisciplinary teams will work closely with the states and UT administration and ascertain the reasons for the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. They will also coordinate with health authorities of the states and UT for requisite COVID19 control measures to break the chain of transmission.
The health ministry has advised states and UTs for regular critical review of the emerging situation with concerned district officials to ensure that gains made so far in COVID management are not lost. (ANI)

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