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Chhattisgarh: Ten Facts that will bring you closer to the Paradise of Tribal India

The untainted green woodlands spotted with beautiful waterfalls, grand levels, and winding streams offer a gala to eyes

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Chhattisgarh tribal women. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Sept 04, 2016: There is an assortment of traveller spots in Chhattisgarh, a significant portion of which lie for all intents and purposes unexplored. The untainted green woodlands spotted with beautiful waterfalls, grand levels, and winding streams offer a gala to eyes.

The hollows and posts of an overlooked time change it up as vacation spots in Chhattisgarh. Bunches of wild lives cover up in the backwoods of Chhattisgarh, which possess a colossal 42% of the state’s property surface. However, not the minimum essential to specify the draw of the intriguing tribal existence of Chhattisgarh goes about as a magnet to pull in vacationer to the city of Chhattisgarh.

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The tribal state otherwise called “The Rice Bowl of India” was framed on 1 November 2000, by dividing 16 Chhattisgarhi regions of Madhya Pradesh. Chhattisgarh is the tenth biggest state with a range of 135,190 km, arranged in focal India. Because of good water system framework with massive dams and long trenches on various relentless rivers, hundreds of assortments of rice are developed in the state  and therefore it is named as The Rice Bowl of India.

The state is amazingly gifted with tribal art, Kosa silk, wax workmanship (unfortunately, that is long lost) and brims with old landmarks, magnificent untamed life and stunningly cut sanctuaries. Fundamental attractions of Chhattisgarh are Chitrakoot waterfalls, Kutumsar hollows, Ramgarh and Sita Bengra, Bamleshwari sanctuary at Dongargarh, Danteshwari temple in Dantewada and a unique Buddhist focus in Malhar town. Given copious minerals, Chhattisgarh stands out as one of the essential electrical power and steel delivering condition of India. Today, a major portion of Chhattisgarh is dealing with numerous issues- Naxalism, Witchcraft and Ailing health but it is taking steps to counter the problems as well.

Chhattisgarh is known in old writings, engravings and in travelogues of foreign vacationers as “Dakshin Kosala”. It has a noteworthy tribal populace (32.5%) in contrast to the 7.8% of the total tribal population of India. Enormously blessed with natural beauty and resources, Chhattisgarh brags of having 12% of India’s timberlands. The Vindhyachal mountain ranges administer the state. Further, stunning waterfalls add to the wild grand excellence and alongside mountains feel completely soothing to the eyes.

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Chhattisgarhi cooking styles are heavenly- rice is popular with the locals and cooked in several interesting methods. A significant portion of the conventional and tribal dishes are made of rice and rice flour like Pakhal Bhat, Kosa, Angakar Roti and Rice Flour Chapati. The tribal and urban folk appreciate local delicacy- made from a small, smooth white product of from a tree called Mahuwa. Mahuwa is a mainstream item and over the width and expansiveness of Chhattisgarh; diverse cooking styles are something to drool on- from jalebis to Safari (Barfi) and petha (sweets).

What makes Chattisgarh so interesting is that it has numerous places that have historical significance attached to it. The ten most sought after Tourist Places in Chhattisgarh are listed below:

I. Bastar: Bastar is one of the major districts in India which has the large tribal population and tattoos among the tribals are interest to many. The patterns, shapes and designs will win anyone’s heart.

II. Bilaspur: Bilaspur is better known for it’s Kosa silk and its excellent. It is the 2nd largest city in the state.

III. Sirpur: Sirpur is a small town about 84 km from Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is well known for its archaeological monuments.

IV. Kawardha: The place of Kawardha Palace itself is wonderful. It is situated at 941 meters altitude above sea level on Maikal Ranges. Bhoramdeo Temple or the ‘Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh’, designed on the rocky stones in the Nagar style is a historical Hindu temple focused to Lord Shiva.

V. Bhilai: The zoo cum park provides various attractions, and it is one of the famous picnic spots in the state. The popular Bhilai Steel Plant was founded by Maitri Bagh.

VI. Kanker: Known earlier as Radha Niwas Bagicha, Kanker Palace was developed in the 20th century and reconstructed in the year 1937. The stylish palace shows the impact of the colonial structure.

VII. Champaran: The city of Champaran was the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya.

VIII. Raipur: Raipur is one of the fastest developing cities in the state of Chhattisgarh not only in the context of industry but also tourism as it is attracting tourists from every part of the nation.

IX. Ambikapur: There are some amazing appeals of Ambikapur too that attract a large number of visitors every year. Some of these include Deogarh, Ramgarh hill, Dipadih, Kailash caves, Tattapani, Semarsot and Sita Bengra, among several others. The climatic condition of Ambikapur makes the areas of the spot suitable not only for farming but also for human habitation.

X. Jashpur Waterfalls: The Rivers, Caves, and Waterfalls in Jashpur are ideal for wandering and hiking. There are adequate Tourist Destinations in Jashpur.

– by Yogiraj Mishra of NewsGram. Twitter: @yogirajmishra

 

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India Demands Data on UN Staff Misconduct, Use of Immunity

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India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about misconduct by UN staff. Flickr

United Nations, Oct 7: In an attempt to break the wall of silence around the crimes and UN staff misconduct and those on its assignments, India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about such cases and the immunity invoked against prosecutions.

Yedla Umasankar, the legal advisor in India’s UN Mission, touched a raw nerve here by criticising the UN on Friday for not vigorously following up allegations of serious wrongdoing by its employees who enjoy the equivalent of diplomatic immunity, a prized possession of its staff.

“It appears that the UN system itself may be reluctant to waive immunity even for serious misconduct carried out by its personnel while serving on its missions, so that such cases can be prosecuted by the host governments,” he told the General Assembly’s committee on legal affairs.

“Even a few of such instances or allegations of crimes committed by UN personnel is highly damaging for the image and credibility of the United Nations system and its work around the world,” he added.

His statement also touched on the practice of some countries that protect their wrongdoers at the UN.

Umasankar demanded that secretariat disclose how many cases of serious misconduct by UN personnel were registered and the number of cases where the UN refused to waive immunity to allow their prosecution.

He also wanted to know in how many cases the host country wanted the immunity waived so it can prosecute those accused; the number of times the UN asked the host country or the country that sent them to prosecute them; how many times it consulted countries before waiver of the immunity of their personnel and how many of them refused UN’s request to waive their citizens’ immunity.

The information he wanted does not cover the diplomats sent by member countries to represent them at UN bodies and enjoy diplomatic immunity with the nations hosting the UN facilities.

After scores of serious allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeepers, especially exploitation of children, the UN vowed to uphold a policy of zero tolerance and began publishing data on such cases in peacekeeping operations including how they were dealt with.

Starting with the year 2015, it began identifying the nationalities of those accused.

However, it has not made public a roster detailing all the allegations and proven cases of serious misconduct across the entire UN.

While the focus has been on sexual exploitation and abuse reported on peacekeeping operations, Umasankar said that “at a broader level, the issue of accountability has remained elusive in some cases”.

He attributed it to “the complexities of legal aspects relating to sovereignty and jurisdiction”, the immunity or privileges that may be necessary for UN operations, and the capability or willingness of countries to investigate and prosecute the accused.

He noted that the UN itself cannot make criminal prosecutions.

While Indian laws has provisions for dealing with crimes committed abroad by its citizens, not all countries have them, he said.

Those countries should be encouraged and helped to implement such measures, he added. (IANS)

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Indo-Pak Peace Talks Futile Unless Islamabad Sheds Links with Terrorism, says Study

A Study by a U.S. think tank calls India and Pakistan talks futile, until Pakistan changes its approach.

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A Top United States of America (U.S.) think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace called the relations between India and Pakistan futile, unless Islamabad changes its approach and sheds its links with Jihadi terrorism.

A report “Are India and Pakistan Peace Talks Worth a Damn”, authored by Ashley J Tellis stated that such a move supported by foreign countries would be counterproductive and misguided.

The report suggests that International community’s call for the India and Pakistan talks don’t recognize that the tension between the two countries is not actually due to the sharp differences between them, but due to the long rooted ideological, territorial and power-political hatred. The report states that these antagonisms are fueled by Pakistani army’s desire to subvert India’s powerful global position.

Tellis writes that Pakistan’s hatred is driven by its aim to be considered and treated equal to India, despite the vast differences in their achievements and capabilities.

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New Delhi, however, has kept their stance clear and mentioned that India and Pakistan talks cannot be conducted, until, the latter stops supporting terrorism, and the people conducting destructive activities in India.

The report further suggests that Pakistan sees India as a genuine threat and continuously uses Jihadi terrorism as a source to weaken India. The report extends its support to India’s position and asks other international powers, including the U.S., to extend their support to New Delhi.

Earlier in September, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) slammed Pakistan for its continuous terror activities. She attacked the country by saying that India has produced engineers, doctors, and scholars; Pakistan has produced terrorists.

Sushma Swaraj further said that when India is being recognised in the world for its IT and achievements in the space, Pakistan is producing Terrorist Organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba. She said that Pakistan is the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity.

-by Megha Acharya  of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya. 

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Delhi University Students Win the Enactus World Cup 2017

India wins the Enactus World Cup 2017

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India wins Enactus World Cup 2017. Twitter.

New Delhi, Sep 30: After an extremely tough competition between different students across the world in the Enactus World Cup 2017, Team India, represented by Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), Delhi University emerged as the winner. The winning projects were project UDAAN and Mission RAAHAT.

Supporting the Government of India’s Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan mission, RAAHAT strives to effectively eliminate open defecation and provide safe sanitation in the urban slums; whereas, UDAAN aims at narrowing the digital divide between rural and urban India by setting up computer centres.

The Delhi University college team was led by the college’s faculty advisor, Anuja Mathur and student president of SSCBS Student President Aditya Sharma. The winning projects included 34 more members. The Enactus India and Enactus SSCBS were presented the Ford Better World Award of USD 50,000.

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President and Global CEO, Enactus, Rachael A. Jarosh congratulated the Indian for winning the world cup and called the projects- RAAHAT and UDAAN, inspirational success stories of Enactus students, who are sowing businesses. She said that the projects address the real world challenges efficiently and innovatively. Enactus India President Farhan Pettiwala said that the two projects created by Delhi University students contribute to the country’s betterment, as they support the Government’s civil and social agenda.

Enactus is an international nonprofit organisation, with 72,000 students from 1,700 universities in 36 countries, which held its annual global event in London from September 26 to 28. A selected group of 3,500 students, business, government leaders and academicians across the globe were present at the event. Participants for the final competition round are qualified from over 72,000 university students. Each team has about 17 minutes to present their projects of entrepreneurial action.

Enactus works to nurture the entrepreneurial skills of students, and to address fundamental, social and economic challenges by developing innovative and experiential learning opportunities for students.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram. Megha can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya.