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While the Central and state governments were struggling to combat the unprecedented Covid outbreak, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath not only tackled the situation well but also took decisions that kept the ball rolling for the state.
From the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya to establishing the world’s biggest film city in Noida, Yogi came in for praise from a large section of people. Let’s take a look at the 20 important decisions taken by Yogi in 2020.
With the laying of the foundation stone of the Ram temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Yogi government outlined the biggest blueprint for the development of Ayodhya and its adjoining areas. With this, the UP CM is aiming to make the state one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world.
By enacting the UP Love Jihad Law, a stringent law against those who marry girls from other religions by hiding their identities, the Yogi government set an example for the other states.
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In order to teach a lesson to the people who harass women, the Yogi government took the decision to put up the posters of molesters and sexual offenders.
With the aim of making women self-reliant and to ensure their safety, Yogi started Mission Shakti on the first day of Navratri. For this, several schemes were introduced, including women help desks in police stations, tehsils, and blocks across the state.
The Yogi government launched the biggest campaign against the mafia and criminals of Uttar Pradesh. He ordered the seizure of the properties of the criminals and bulldozing of the illegal properties.
The state government also passed an Ordinance under which damage to government property by miscreants and rioters will be made up through the sale of their properties. It was also decided that posters of the rioters will be put up across the state.
Apart from this, by enacting a law against cow slaughter under which 10 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5 lakh was imposed, the Yogi government has tried to ban cow slaughter in the state.
The UP government strengthened the security environment by setting up the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) on the lines of the CISF.
The compensation to the families of the martyred soldiers of the army and paramilitary forces was an increase from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.
In order to revamp the police system, the state government implemented the Police Commissionerate system in Lucknow and Noida.
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A unique initiative was taken by the UP government to provide employment to around 80,000 rural women under the Bank Sakhi scheme.
Decisions were also taken by the government in order to help the migrant laborers reach their homes during the Covid pandemic and lockdown. The government not only brought the UP laborers back from other states by trains or buses but also helped the laborers of other states in reaching their states.
Around 40 lakh laborers were given an allowance of Rs 1,000 during the lockdown along with food and medicines.
It also took the decision to develop the world’s largest film city in Noida and allocated the land for it.
In 2020, the Yogi government also decided on the logo and the design for the Noida International Airport. Another infrastructure development work like the Poorvanchal Expressway, Bundelkhand Expressway, Ganga Expressway, Kushinagar International Airport was also taken up.
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The government initiated land acquisition for the construction of the Ganga Expressway in 2020 and cleared the way for its construction.
In order to provide better healthcare facilities, the Yogi government passed a law making it compulsory for doctors to serve in government hospitals for 10 years. Under this, every doctor must compulsorily work for 10 years in government hospitals after obtaining a degree. In order to upgrade the health facilities, Yogi started Chief Minister Arogya Mela.
The Yogi government also provided employment to more than four lakh youth. So far, over 20 lakh people have become self-employed under Mission Employment. The target for the financial year is 50 lakh.
A major decision to make ODOP and MSME the backbone of the state’s economic development was also taken in 2020.
A record plantation drive was taken up during the Ganga Yatra from Bijnor to Ballia and awareness was spread among the people about the rivers and the environment.
For the first time, a Defence Expo was organized in Lucknow with the focus on a Defence Corridor. The ‘Har Ghar Nal Yojana’ was also started to provide tap water to every household in the Bundelkhand and Vindhya regions. (IANS)
Every child who grew up in the 90s and the early 00s has certainly grown up around Tom and Jerry, the adorable, infamous cat-chases-mouse cartoon. The idea of naughtiness and playing mischief had the standards that this particular series set for children and defined how much wreckage was funny enough.
The show's creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera initially named their characters Jasper and Jinx. They did not plan for the fame that Tom and Jerry brought them when they released a movie by the name of "Puss Gets the Boot". This movie featured a certain cat and mouse who were a notorious pair, named Jasper and Jinx. When the movie became a hit, the names of the characters were changed and the show shot to fame.
Tom and Jerry became a go-to cartoon for children in the early 00s, and it was one of those shows with a firm foundation, that had already been in the running for decades. The original template had been planned nearly 80 years ago, and the makers did not change it. The music that was played in the many episodes, made a breakthrough in its own way. It is the most easily recognizable melody with utterly nostalgic associations.
Today, Tom and Jerry is still a household name in homes where children love cartoons Image credit: wikimedia commons
A set of supporting characters were defined for the show, to occasionally take the focus off the original pair. There was a large, black woman named Mammy Two Shoes and a bulldog who took Jerry's side. Mammy Two Shoes was discontinued because her character portrayed racist tendencies. A tall white woman replaced her, who was kinder and loved mice. Either of the women's faces was never revealed.
Today, Tom and Jerry is still a household name in homes where children love cartoons. There are a host of other shows besides this that aim to replicate the same aspects of the cartoon but do not come close at all. Despite the immense amount of violence in the show, it is a beloved pastime of parents and children alike.
Keywords: Tom and Jerry, Cartoon, Hanna and Barbera, Television
One of India's leading private museums, the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP) Bengaluru, has released new primary research conducted by the ReReeti Foundation, on audience behaviour in India's cultural sector. While more than half of the respondents thought the arts and culture are essential, they rarely manage to make time for it. The majority (60.6 per cent), mostly young people under 30, felt Indian museums could present more engaging content, and most perceived culture as anthropological/ sociological. Of the diverse categories included, music emerged as the most popular cultural activity.
The report is based on a survey of 500 people, which included school and college students, professionals across sectors, homemakers and senior citizens. The first initiative of its kind in the cultural space, the report shares valuable insights into the behaviour and expectations of Indian audiences engaging with a broad range of cultural activities. As part of MAP's mission to foster meaningful connections between communities and the cultural sector globally, which includes its innovative digital programme Museums Without Borders, the report shares a wealth of insights that can help museums across the country understand their audiences better. As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.
As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities. | Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Speaking on the recent report, Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), said, "MAP is focused on changing the notion of a museum in India, by enabling more relevant and inclusive programming, both online and in our space in Bengaluru. The audience research commissioned by MAP, and conducted by the ReReeti Foundation, provides valuable, and actionable insights which we hope will help museums across the country better understand their consumer base, improve decision making and deepen social impact." As much as 62.3 per cent college students and 47.6 per cent professionals/homemakers perceive culture as anthropological and sociological. Music was the most popular cultural event likely to be attended, followed by heritage tours and plays/comedy shows for Indian audiences.
Over 70 per cent of college students visit museums with family and friends; working professionals, homemakers and senior citizens also predominantly visit with groups/ spouses (indicating a need to focus on increased group programming/facilitation). As much as 68 per cent of people were optimistic about going outdoors for activities and events in 2021. As much as 60.6 per cent said Indian museums are not experimental enough, and can do more to create engaging content that is also relevant to surrounding communities.(IANS/MBI)
Keywords: Art, Culture, India, Museum, Music
What is the best way to save Goa from deforestation?
Drinking feni, may well be the answer, says the secretary of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association Hansel Vaz, who on Thursday said, that sipping the state's unique alcoholic drink and making it popular would directly aid the greening of Goa's hills and other barren landscapes.
"To get more cashews, we need to plant more trees. I always say, by drinking feni you will save Goa, because we will be planting more cashew trees and we will have greener hills. The beauty of cashew is you do not need fertile land. You can grow it on a hill which can provide no nutrition. We will be able to grow more trees, if we can sell feni properly," Vaz said. Vaz's comments come at a time when the hillsides of the coastal state have witnessed significant deforestation for real estate development and for infrastructure projects. Feni is manufactured by fermenting and double distilling juice from the cashew apple.
Best way to keep Goa green is to grab yourself a glass of feni. | IANS
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Vaz also said that the promotion of feni was also in sync with the Prime Minister's vision for India to go "vocal for local". "There is no conglomerate, multinational company owning the drink. So every time we sell feni, it is a direct cash injection into Goa. If you sell a feni cocktail in Calangute (a popular beach village), it makes a direct impact in Valpoi and Bicholim, because this money is going down there," the Association official said at a press conference in Panaji.
The Association held the media briefing to announce a road map ahead for the feni industry, especially vis a vis streamlining aspects related to production, standardisation and marketing of the brew to make it popular in other Indian states and abroad.
The efforts to streamline the state "heritage drink" comes a month after the Goa government notified a formal policy, 'Goa Feni Policy 2021', which covers 26 different varieties of feni distilled in the state. "There were many barriers related to feni, which the policy has now addressed," treasurer of the Association Tukaram Haldankar said. One such hurdle was the previous government classification, which described feni as "country liquor", which would deter tourists from purchasing the drink. The reclassification of feni as a state "heritage drink" has lent dignity to the brew which has been manufactured locally in Goa since the 16th century.
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. | Photo by Ishvani Hans on Unsplash
But there is more the government can do, along with the state's traditional distillers and manufacturers to promote feni, Haldankar said. "We request the government to allow the sale of feni in duty free stores in airports and cruise liner terminals. The government should also support us through the department of Tourism, so that feni can be promoted in its programmes. iIf you go to Scotland, they promote Scotch. Goa should promote its feni to Goa," Haldankar said, adding that traditional distillers should also be given subsidies and other measures should be taken to standardise feni, which he said, "would require further subsidies and financial assistance from the government".
"It should be a standard product like scotch, champagne," Haldankar said. "Like Mexico's tequila, Russian vodka and Japan's sake, we need to export our feni across the country and the world and the local distillers should also benefit economically," president of the Association Gurudutt Bhakta also said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: deforestation,cashew,distillers,association,government, goa, feni, India