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IndiaState Scan: Noteworthy events that took place across the country last week

State Scan: Noteworthy events that took place across the country last week

Published: 21st Nov 2021 10:33 pm


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Pochampally village in Telangana has been selected as one of the best Tourism Villages by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Congratulating the people of the village, G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), said the prestigious award will be given on the occasion of the 24th session of the UNWTO General Assembly on December 2, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Pochampally in Nalgonda district is often referred to as the silk city of India for the exquisite sarees that are woven through a unique style called Ikat. This style, Pochampally Ikat, received a Geographical Indicator (GI Status) in 2004. The Ministry of Tourism recommended three villages for the UNWTO Best Tourism Village entry from India. These were Kongthong in Meghalaya, Ladhpura Khas, Madhya Pradesh and Pochampally in Telangana.

Madhya Pradesh

The efforts taken by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to keep the city clean not only earn it bragging rights as India’s cleanest city, but also some hard cash. Madhya Pradesh’s Indore was adjudged the cleanest city for the fifth year in a row in the Union government’s annual survey. The IMC employs about 8,500 sanitary workers in three shifts from 6 am to 4 am — 22 hours a day — to keep the city clean. The private companies which make bio-CNG, compost and other products by processing wet and dry waste pay about Rs 8 crore to the IMC every year. The cleanliness model of the city is based on 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The IMC disposes of 600 tons each of wet and dry waste every day.

Andhra Pradesh

Tirumala, the abode of Lord Venkateswara in Andhra Pradesh, was caught in a massive flood of unprecedented scale, leaving hundreds of pilgrims stranded as heavy downpour under the influence of a depression in Bay of Bengal battered the temple-town Tirupati and many parts of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The four ‘maada streets’ adjoining the main temple on Tirumala Hills, remained flooded, as was the Vaikuntham queue complex (cellar).

Darshan of the God was virtually stalled as pilgrims could not venture out because of the inundation. The Japali Anjaneya Swamy temple on Tirumala was inundated and idol of the God submerged. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams officials made arrangements for free food and accommodation for the pilgrims stranded on the holy hills. The two ghat roads leading to the Tirumala Hills were closed for traffic following the flood and landslides.

Tamil Nadu

Union Minister for Commerce, Industry, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal on Monday virtually launched India’s first Food Museum in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. It is the first such one in India to depict India’s food security story from ship-to-mouth existence to becoming one of the largest food grain exporters’ nations. Tamil Nadu will now be home to the agricultural history of India. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. Now it will be home to the agricultural history of India. The Food Security Museum showcases India’s agriculture revolution from dependency to self-sufficiency.


It was a different scene in Rajasthan Assembly on Children’s Day when 200 children conducted the session as Speaker, Chief Minister and Ministers. They took up issues and answered questions on varied topics including those regarding the government’s efforts to prevent child marriages, problems of farmers, child labour, lack of nutrition among children, promotion of tourism, Internet suspension during examinations, increasing crimes against girls and women, shortage of electricity due to the power crisis, etc. This was for the first time that a children’s session was organised in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly to mark the occasion of Children’s Day.  Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who was the chief guest of the function, said the ‘children session’ in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly will remain unforgettable. Out of 5,500 children from 15 States who had applied online for the children session, 200 children were selected.

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