Jnanpith Award

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: ANI News  Context: Renowned poet and lyricist Gulzar, along with Sanskrit scholar Swami Rambhadracharya, has been honoured with the prestigious Jnanpith Award. The award recognizes their exceptional contributions to literature. Gulzar is celebrated for his impactful poetry and timeless lyrics in Bollywood, while Swami Rambhadracharya is acknowledged for his …

Paruveta Utsavam

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Efforts are underway to secure UNESCO recognition for the annual ‘Paruveta’ (mock hunting festival) held at the Sri Narasimha Swamy temple in Ahobilam as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu, in his incarnation as Narasimha, married a tribal girl named Chenchulakshmi, and the …

Kotravai sculpture

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TNIE     Context: A team of archaeologists discovered an eighth-century Kotravai sculpture near Ulundurpet, in Tamil Nadu dating back to the Pallava period. The sculpture, stands five feet tall and four feet wide, depicting Kotravai with eight hands, characteristic of the eighth century. The sculpture features various elements …

Hori Habba

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Hindustan Times  Context: During the annual Hori Habba bull races in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district, two individuals lost their lives in separate incidents.

Bharat Ratna

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, will be awarded to former Prime Ministers P.V. Narasimha Rao and Choudhary Charan Singh, along with Green Revolution pioneer M.S. Swaminathan, making this year’s list the longest-ever announced in a single year. The Bharat Ratna is India’s highest civilian award, …

Kokborok

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE Context: After protests and dialogue, the Tripura Board of Secondary Education (TBSE) has announced that both Roman and Bengali scripts will be allowed for Kokborok exams

Grammy Awards 2024

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: livemint Context: Shankar Mahadevan and Zakir Hussain’s fusion band Shakti earned recognition at the 66th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, winning the Global Music Album award for their album “This Moment.” Formation: Shakti was formed in 1973 after the disbandment of the first Mahavishnu Orchestra. Album: Shakti reformed in …

Maa Kamakhya Divya Lok Pariyojana

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for Maa Kamakhya Divya Lok Pariyojana, which aims to enhance access and amenities for pilgrims visiting the Kamakhya temple (under the PM-DevINE scheme)    

Subika paintings

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE Context: An Assistant Professor from Manipur University is dedicated to preserving the ancient painting style used in Puyas (archaic Manipuri manuscripts), specifically the Subika paintings, which are on the verge of extinction.  

Gallantry awards

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The President has approved Gallantry awards for 80 Armed Forces personnel, including 12 posthumous honours, on the eve of the 75th Republic Day. These awards comprise six Kirti Chakras (three posthumous), 16 Shaurya Chakras (two posthumous), 53 Sena Medals (seven posthumous), one Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry), and …

Srirangam temple

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Prime Minister visited Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, marking the first visit by a serving Prime Minister to the temple, according to temple priests.  

Madhika Language

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The Chakaliya community in the remote colony of Kookanam, near Karivellur grama panchayat in Kannur, is facing the imminent extinction of its unique language, Madhika. The language, has no script and is a blend of Telugu, Tulu, Kannada, and Malayalam, will be lost soon. Despite its …

Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF) has begun in, Arunachal Pradesh, emphasizing the conservation of hornbills. The festival highlights the decline in hornbill numbers and urges collective efforts to protect these critically endangered birds. The festival declared a ‘state festival’ in 2019, is held near the Pakke …

Chittorgarh Fort

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Deccan Herald  Context: The Supreme Court of India has banned the mining of limestone by blasting or using explosives within a five-kilometre radius of the compound wall of Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. It emphasized the threat to the fort’s existence due to unscientific mineral exploitation and directed a multidisciplinary …