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    29th Dec, 2022

Art & Culture

‘Dhanu Yatra’ begins in Odisha’s Bargarh

The ‘Dhanu Yatra’ festival, considered to be the world’s largest open-air theatre, began in the Western Odisha town of Bargarh.

  • Dhanu Yatra is the 11-day festival of the masses.
  • The ‘Dhanu Yatra’, which marks the victory of good over evil, came into existence in Bargarh in 1947-48 as part of the celebration of the country’s Independence and is held annually.
  • “The vibrant Dhanu Yatra is associated with the culture of Odisha.
  • The plays in the festival start with the dethroning of Emperor Ugrasen of Mathura by angry Kansa over the marriage of his sister Devaki with Vasudev.
  • The festival concludes with the death of demon king Kansa and restoration of the throne to Ugrasen.

Polity & Governance

Government gives official recognition to Esports

The Government of India gave Esports a major boost by integrating it with mainline sports disciplines in the country.

  • E-Sports is now part of multi-sports events.
    • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) is the nodal ministry for esports in multi-sports events.
    • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is the nodal ministry to oversee the online gaming industry. 
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) too is going big on popularising e-Sport with Singapore being confirmed to host the inaugural Olympic Esports Week in June next year.

The President of India, in exercise of the powers "conferred by clause (3) of Article 77 of the Constitution" amended the rules governing Esports.


Payment system operators to report fraud on RBI's DAKSH from Jan 1

In order to automate the payments fraud management process, the fraud reporting module will be migrated to DAKSH --- the Reserve Bank's advanced supervisory monitoring system -- from January 1.

  • DAKSH is a web-based end-to-end workflow application through which RBI will monitor compliance requirements in a more focused manner to further improve the compliance culture in supervised entities like banks, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), etc.
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