सामयिक विषय: International

8th edition of the Theatre Olympics

8th International Theater Olympics

Question-At which of the following places the 8th International Theater Olympics concluded?
(a) Red Fort, Delhi
(b) Gateway of India, Mumbai
(c) India Gate, Delhi
(d) Indira Gandhi Stadium, Delhi
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On February 17th, 2018 the Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the 8th international Theatre Olympics 2018 at the majestic Red Fort in New Delhi.
  • It is being held in India for the first time.
  • The Vice President also released the festival logo.
  • The 51-day-long event will be theatrical extravaganza is being hosted in India by the National School of Drama under the aegis of Ministry of Culture.
  • The theme of the 8th Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship”.
  • It aims to bridge borders and bring people of different cultures, beliefs and ideologies together through the medium of theatrical art.
  • This Olympics will be held in 17 Indian cities.
  • There are 25000 artists participating from around the world.
  • During this time, 450 shows, 600 Ambience exhibitions and 250 Power Packet Youth Forum will be held.
  • It will end on April 8th, 2018 at the historic Gateway of India in Mumbai.
  • National School of Drama was established in the year 1959.
  • 30 countries are participating in this.
  • It is known that the theater Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=176624
http://www.ddinews.gov.in/people/8th-edition-theatre-olympics-inaugurated

Democracy Index 2017

Global Democracy Index-2017

Question- What place has India got in the ‘Global Democracy Index 2017’ issued by the Economist Intelligence Unit of the UK’s Media Institute ‘The Economist’ Group?
(a) 32nd
(b) 42nd
(c) 30th
(d) 53rd
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On January 31st, 2018, the ‘Global Democracy Index’ was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit of the UK’s Media Institute ‘The Economist Group’.
  • This index, has been prepared on with groups of 60 signals in 165 independent countries and 2 regions (Territories), is based on the five scales – ‘Election Process and Pluralism’, ‘Freedom of citizens’, ‘System of Government’, ‘Political Participation’ and ‘Political Culture’.
  • Norway topped the index.
  • Iceland and Sweden remained second and third respectively.
  • After this, New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Finland and Switzerland are among the top ten countries in the index.
  • In the Global Democracy Index, India is ranked 42nd with 7.23 score.
  • While last year, India was ranked 32nd with a score of 7.81 in this index.
  • In the report, India has been included in the category of countries with defective democracies.
  • In this year’s report, the freedom of the media has also been studied in different countries.
  • According to the report the media in India is partly free.
  • Accordingly, India has become, especially Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir, dangerous for the journalists.
  • The administration has reduced the freedom of the media.
  • Many newspapers have been closed and mobile internet services have been banned at a great deal.
  • Many journalists have also been murdered in the year 2017.
  • America, Japan, Italy, France, Israel Singapore and Hong Kong are also listed on the list of defective democracies.
  • In the category of complete democracy, only 19 countries have been ranked.
  • Pakistan 110th, Bangladesh 92th, Nepal 94th and Bhutan remained at the 99th place with the mixed arrangements.
  • Countries like China, Myanmar, Russia and Vietnam are in the category of dictatorship system.
  • North Korea is at the bottom 167th place and Syria is ranked 166th.
  • The global index of democracy has dropped from 5.52 points in the year 2016 to 5.48 in 2017.

Reference:
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/SBf9tTUhoG29zuJ3rKrqoO/India-slips-to-42nd-place-on-EIU-Democracy-Index-US-at-21st.html
https://www.oneindia.com/international/democracy-index-2017-indias-rank-slips-to-42nd-place-2631869.html
https://scroll.in/latest/867091/india-slips-10-places-to-42-in-economist-intelligence-units-democracy-index
https://www.businessinsider.in/these-are-the-best-democracies-in-the-world-and-the-us-barely-makes-the-list/articleshow/62717130.cms

JANADRIYAH FESTIVAL 2018

Janadriyah Festival

Question- India was accorded the ‘Guest of Honour’ status by which of the following countries at the Janadriyah Festival organizing from February 7th-24th 2018?
(a) United Arab Emirates
(b) Saudi Arabia
(c) Oman
(d) Israel
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • Janadriyah Festival, the prestigious annual ‘National Heritage and Cultural Festival’ of Saudi Arabia is being organizing from February 7th-24th, 2018.
  • India has been accorded the ‘Guest of Honour’ status in this Festival.
  • On February 7th, 2018 was inaugurated by King Salman in the presence of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj.
  • Giving due recognition to the strategic partnership, close ties and historical linkages between the two countries Saudi Arabia has given the said status to India.
  • The India Pavilion mounted on the occasion is based on the theme “Saudi ka Dost Bharat”.
  • The Pavilion showcases the core values and traditions of India and presents a kaleidoscope of India’s vibrant culture through a colourful dance and music extravaganza.
  • The section on ‘Tradition’ has on display, traditional strengths like Yoga, Ayurveda, textiles and tourism.
  • While ‘Modern Section’ coined as ‘Opportunities in India’ showcases the digital revolution, achievements in Space and defence technologies as well as Flagship programmes like ‘Digital India’, Make in India’ etc.

Reference:  
http://mea.gov.in/press-releases.htm?dtl/29442/India+Guest+of+Honour+country+at+the+Janadriyah+Festival+in+Saudi+Arabia
http://www.indiaatjanadriyah2018.com/

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