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Exercise :: Festivity - Latest Current Affairs

  • Festivity - Latest Current Affairs
1. 

Which festival has been recognized by UNESCO as India's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2017?

A. Onam
B. Kumbh Mela
C. Varalakshmi Vratham
D. Navratri

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

The Kumbh Mela has been inscribed on the UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' at its 12th session in Jeju, South Korea on December 7, 2017. This inscription is the third in two years for India following the inscriptions of yoga and Nouroz. The inscription of elements on the list helps countries which are a part of UNESCO's convention for safeguarding cultural heritage to mobilize international cooperation and assistance for ensuring that communities continue to practice and transmit such aspects of their heritage. According to UNESCO, Kumbh Mela (the festival of the sacred Pitcher) is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, during which participants bathe or take a dip in a sacred river. The festival is held at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik every four years by rotation and is attended by millions of people irrespective of caste, creed or gender.

2. 

Who Confers National Awards for Divyangjan 2017?

A. Shri Ram Nath Govind
B. Shri Suresh Prabhu
C. Shri Prakash Javadekar
D. Shri Arun Jaitley

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

President Ramnath Kovind confers 'National Awards for Divyangjan 2017' on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, in New Delhi. The award distribution stresses on the generation of employment for Divyangjans. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu launched Deen Dayal Divyangjan Sahajya Yojana in Guwahati, Assam. The National Awards were presented in 14 main categories.