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National Khadi Festival 2018 held in Mumbai

Oct 3, 2018
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission has organised a National Khadi festival with an aim to further popularise khadi products in the country and generate employment in the sector.

Saudi Arabia opens first movie theatre after 35 years

Apr 19, 2018
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened its first public movie theatre, after over 35 years of prohibition for religious reasons. A special screening of Marvel superhero film ‘Black Panther’ was held in Riyadh, which was attended by Saudi Culture and Information Minister Awwad Alawwad along with Saudi royalty.

8th Theatre Olympics concludes in Mumbai

Apr 10, 2018
The 8th Theatre Olympics was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on February 17, 2018 at Red Fort in New Delhi.

Walmiki and Malhar: Two endangered languages discovered

Apr 9, 2018
Prof Panchanan Mohanty, former dean of the School of Humanities at University of Hyderabad (UoH) has discovered two languages Walmiki and Malhar, which have been lying hidden from linguists. They are spoken in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

7th edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav begins in Karnataka

Jan 15, 2018
The seventh edition of the Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav, under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme, has begun in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme was launched in 2017 to promote engagement among the people of different states to enhance mutual understanding and bonding.

Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival inaugurated in New Delhi

Dec 2, 2017
The 7th edition of the three-day ‘Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival’ was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

Five Indian films nominated for ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Medal

Nov 24, 2017
The International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has nominated nine movies for this year’s International Council for Film, Television and Audio-visual Communication (ICFT) UNESCO Gandhi Medal.

WCD Ministry to host ‘Hausala 2017’ to celebrate Child Rights Week

Nov 13, 2017
The Ministry of Women and Child Development would be celebrating the Child Rights Week by hosting ‘Hausala 2017’ festival from 16-20 November 2017. The festival will be hosted by the Ministry as an Inter CCI Festival for the children who reside in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).

The 20th International Children's Film Festival begins in India

Nov 8, 2017
International Children's Film Festival India (ICFFI), popularly titled as the Golden Elephant began in Hyderabad, Telangana on 8 November 2017. The festival would conclude on the occasion of Children’s Day on 14 November.

The Paik Rebellion to be named ‘First War of Independence’ in history books

Oct 30, 2017
The Paik Rebellion of 1817, also called the Paika Bidroha, will be known as the ‘First War of Independence’ in the history books of students from the next academic session onwards. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier in a letter to the Centre, urged that it should recognise the rebellion as the 1st war of independence, as it took place four decades before 1857 revolt.

Deoband fatwa bans Muslims from posting photos on social media sites

Oct 23, 2017
The Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district has issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslim men and women from posting their or their families' pictures on social media platforms such as facebook and whatsapp.

President Ram Nath Kovind to inaugurate International Gita Mahotsav in November 2017

Oct 19, 2017
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on 17 October 2017 announced to organise International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra, Haryana on 25 November 2017. The inauguration of the Mahotsav will be done by President Ram Nath Kovind.

First ASEAN-India Music Festival begins in New Delhi

Oct 6, 2017
The first ever ASEAN-India music festival began at Purana Quila in New Delhi. The 3-day festival is being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with Culture Ministry to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations. It will conclude on 8 October 2017.

Canada to allow gender-neutral passports to promote equality

Aug 26, 2017
Citizens of Canada would soon be able to mark "X" in space of gender on their passports and other identity documents.

I & B Ministry constituted 40-member preview panel for IFFI

Aug 22, 2017
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has constituted a 40-member 'preview committee’ for the International Film Festival of India 2017 with filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri as the convenor.

WCD Ministry launches contest for logo design for 'Women of India Festival'

Aug 3, 2017
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has invited designers to get the chance to win national recognition by designing a logo for the 'Women of India Festival' that will be held in October 2017.

World’s oldest emoji discovered on 3700-year-old pot in Turkey

Jul 25, 2017
The site depicts the era of the Hittites, an ancient civilisation and empire that is believed to have existed in the north-central Anatolian region.

India to host 8th edition of Theatre Olympics

Jul 13, 2017
The announcement was made by Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Culture and Tourism, on 12 July 2017.

UNESCO adds German Caves with world's oldest known art to heritage list

Jul 12, 2017
These archaeological sites feature some of the oldest figurative art worldwide and help shed light on the origins of human artistic development.

Ahmedabad becomes first Indian city to get UNESCO Heritage tag

Jul 10, 2017
Ahmedabad’s nomination received huge support from around 20 countries, who lauded the peaceful co-existence of dominant Hindu, Islamic and Jain communities in the Walled City area. In 2011, the city had figured in UNESCO’s tentative list.

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