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Prelims Prominence - March 26, 2018

Ministry of Culture

MADHAVPUR MELA Cultural integration with the North-East under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

  • The famous Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat will see its first-ever cultural integration with the North-East
  • The Ministry of Culture is organizing the Madhavpur Mela from 25th to 28th March, 2018 in Madhavpur Ghed, District Porbandar in Gujarat
  • The 4 day ‘utsav will see a vibrant cultural trail of art, dance, music, poetry, story-telling and folk drama from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other North-Eastern States with the aim to integrate the rich cultures of the two regions.

Enlighten about The Madhavpur Mela

  • The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connect to the Mishmi Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The Mishmi Tribe traces its ancestry to the legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna.
  • For the first time ever, the festival will celebrate the immortal journey which Rukmini undertook from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat with Lord Krishna
  • Bhismaknagar, located near Roing in the lower Dibang Valley district, also finds mention in Kalika Purana.

Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’

  • The entire concept of celebration this year is in the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ campaign of the Prime Minister and symbolizes unity in diversity of the country and establishes the East to West connect
  • All States & Union Territories except West Bengal are participating in the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat campaign and have been paired for the purpose of exchanges at the level of students, sports and through culture.

The first International Exhibition of Graphic Prints Print Biennale India 2018

  • National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi is hosting the first-ever International Print Biennale in the country with a record number of 17 countries taking part in it.
  • The first-ever International Exhibition of Graphic Prints ‘Print Biennale India 2018’


  • Rabindra Bhavan Galleries of the Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi.

Enlighten aboit it -

  • The 1st Print Biennale India, 2018 is an endeavor that is a quest for discovering new artistic trends in printmaking Nationally & Internationally.
  • Printmaking is a means of fine expression.
  • The direct consequence of this was the definition of the role Printmaking was to play in society and the broader and more indirect consequence were the ideological reaction this imposed.”
  • The event comprising a total of 200 original prints are created by Indian and international artists of impeccable competence and is a window view into the giant strides in printmaking that is taking place in India and the world.
  • The participants are from countries such as USA, UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Argentina, Greece, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius.

Rural Development

SARAS Aajeevika Mela 2018

Implementing Ministry –

  • Ministry of Rural Development
  • The SARAS AajeevikaMela 2018 in New Delhi is an endeavour of DAY-NRLM to provide to the rural women producers a national platform and an opportunity to showcase their products, and seek buyers, either individuals or bulk buyers for sale nationally / internationally.
  • On this occasion, the Ministry will also be bringing out a directory of the products of all the women who will be showcasing their products in the AajeevikaMela 2018.
  • Cultural programmes are also being organized as a part of the Mela.
  • Some workshops for the women participants for honing their soft skills as well as skills in packaging, managing consumers etc. will be organized during the Mela.

Enlighten about DAY-NRLM

  • DeendayalAntyodayaYojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to alleviate rural poverty.
  • The programme aims to organize the rural poor women into their own institutions like Self Help Groups and their federations, Producers’ Collectives etc.
  • A major component under DAY-NRLM relates to skilling of rural poor youth for self-employment and wage employment.


Earth Hour – 2018

  • Observed on March 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Earth Hour is also a “part and parcel” of the “Green Good Deeds” movement in which every individual ought to take small, voluntary green actions to protect and conserve the environment and the earth.
  • The World Wide Fund India has made a strong pitch for “Give Up to Give Back

Enlighten about Earth Hour

  • Initiated in 2007, Earth Hour is an annual event organized by the World Wildlife Fund that promotes conservation and sustainable energy.
  • During this time, civilians are encouraged to switch off their lights for one hour to help reduce the effect of global warming and raise awareness for climate change and wildlife conservation.

State Specific


Enlighten about the proposed framework

  • NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels is a multi-utility vehicle which aims to bring technology to remote corners the.
  • It was launched recently in Andhra Pradesh.
  • As part of the Smart village Smart Ward Programme, the Naipunya Rathaams will facilitate and look to improve digital literacy, digital skills and create an awareness on various government schemes that are underway in the new state of Andhra Pradesh.

Sources – PIB,THE Hindu, IE,LiveMint