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  • 23-Oct-2016
    • The fifth tawang festival started at Tawang town,Arunachal Pradesh.
    • US Ambassador Richard Verma was the state guest for the three day event
    • This is probably the first time a US ambassador to India has visited Arunachal Pradesh. 
    • MAMI(Mumbai Academy of moving image) began in the iconic and recently renovated Opera House in Mumbai on Oct 20,2016
    • Prominent persons from the film industry are Amitabh Bachchan,Jaya Bachchan,Aamir Khan among others.
    • Nita M. Ambani, founder and chairperson, Reliance Foundation, was announced as Co-chair, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI).
  • 09-Oct-2016
  • Five-day long Durga Puja festival began in Nagaland
    i. The five-day long Durga Puja was celebrated by the Hindu community throughout the state of Nagaland
    ii. The Puja celebration began with Sasthi Puja, followed byMahasaptami,MahaashtamiMahanavami, and the Bijaya Dashami, when the celebration would culminate.

  • 03-Oct-2016
  • Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the 5th International Buddhist Conclave in Varanasi-Sarnath

    i. Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the 5th International Buddhist Conclave in Varanasi-Sarnath.

    ii. With a view to showcase and project the Buddhist heritage and pilgrim sites of India, the Ministry of Tourism is organising the ”5th International Buddhist Conclave” (from October 2 to 6) in collaboration with the State Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

  • 01-Oct-2016
  • Syed Shamsul Haq, one of Bangladesh’s best known writers, passed away on 27 September 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh following a brief illness. He was 81.

    About Syed Shamsul Haq 
    • He was Born on 27 December 1935 in Kurigram in then Bengal Presidency of British India. 
    • His notable works include Boishakhey Rochito Ponktimala, Ekoda Ek Rajjey, Birotihin Utsab, Protidhwonigon and Opor Purush. 
    • He also wrote innumerable patriotic songs of immense beauty which inspired the 1971 Liberation War fighters. 
    • He was also awarded with various awards including- Bangla Academy Literary Award (1966), Ekushey Padak (1984) and Swadhinata Padak (2000), the highest civilian award of Bangladesh.

  • Abhaneri’ Festival Began In Dausa 
    i.Abhaneri’ festival would be held at the Abhaneri village in Dausa district, Rajsthan to promote rural tourism in the area for two days.

    ii.The Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with the Dausa District Administration organized the annual event.

  • 20-Sep-2016
  • A once-in-12-years festival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition began on 16 September 2016 at the Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage in Ladakh region of India. The festival will conclude on 22 September 2016.Hundreds of thousands of monks, devotees and tourists have reached Ladakh for the Naropa Festival, which is also called as the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas.

  • 19-Sep-2016
  • Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passed away on 16 September 2016  in Montauk, New York. He authored many of the masterpieces such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Considered one of the most important American playwrights of his time, Albee wrote a variety of intense, controversial plays diving into anxieties, disillusionments and death. In 2005, he was awarded the special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

  • 07-Sep-2016
  • Western Odisha on 6 September 2016 celebrated the festival of Nuakhai, the agrarian festival of the region, with religious fervour.The celebrations began with the Nabanna in which the newly harvested rice was offered to Goddess Samaleswari as per the stipulated Lagna, the auspicious moment. The deity was adorned with new saree and ornaments on the occasion.

  • 05-Sep-2016
  • Noted Assamese poet, literary critic and author Nalinidhar Bhattacharyya passed away on 2 September 2016.He was a former principal of Arya Vidyapeeth College, Guwahati.

    He was honoured by Asam Sahitya Sabha with the Sahityacharya title in 2010.His best-known collections of poems include Ei Kunwolite, Cherashalir Malita, Bidai Phular Din, Ahata Sapon and Noni Asane Gharat.

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