Recently, Odisha’s Governor backed the entry of foreign nationals inside the Jagannath Temple in Puri, which converted into a debate and has triggered controversy.
About Jagannath Temple:
About Annual Rath Yatra:
The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra, or chariot festival.
Provisions for Temple Entry:
When Non-Hindus can visit Lord Jagannath?
In 2011, a proposal by Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, then adviser to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, supported the entry of non-Hindus into the Temple to boost Odisha’s tourism potential, triggering a major controversy. Mohapatra had to withdraw his statement.
Arguments in favour of Non-Hindus and Foreigners entering Temple:
Article 25(2) grants power to the State to enact the law on two distinct aspects.
Legal provisions related to entry at religious places:
The Centre has decided to nominate Assam’s Charaideo Maidams, the Ahom equivalent of the ancient Egyptian pyramids for the UNESCO World Heritage list.
About Assam’s Charaideo Maidams:
Features of the site:
The Ahom Dynasty:
The famous battles of Ahoms:
Battle of Alaboi (1669):
Battle of Saraighat (1671):
|UNESCO Heritage Site:
Recent excavations at Bharatpur in West Bengal’s Paschim Bardhaman district have revealed the presence of a Buddhist monastery.
About the site:
A Buddhist stupa is a commemorative monument usually housing sacred relics associated with the Buddha or other saints or priests, whereas votive stupas have similar significance but are smaller structures originating in eight cylindrical structures.
Importance of stupas
The Central Government has planned to launch a digital crop survey across 10 states from the Kharif-2023 season.
About the survey:
In the patwari agency, a complete enumeration of all fields (survey numbers) called ‘girdawari’ is made of a village during each crop season to compile land use, irrigation and crop area statistics.
Initiatives for farmers:
India had set a target to eliminate measles and rubella (MR) by 2023, having missed the earlier deadline of 2020, seeing disruptions due to the pandemic.
About the Disease:
There are two types of measles:
|Spread of Measles and Rubella in India:
Need for emergency action:
India’s plan to eradicate MR diseases:
Parakram Diwas 2023
The Parakram Diwas is celebrated on January 23, to commemorate the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose.
Role in India’s freedom struggle:
First anti-deforestation raids in Amazon
Brazil's government has launched its first Anti-Deforestation raids to protect Amazon.
Findings from raid:
Science and Technology (GS-III)
The India International Science Festival in Bhopal
The 8th edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF) was inaugurated at the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal, on January 21, 2023.
About the event:
The scenario in India:
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