PLACES IN NEWS - 2019 August

August 19

People in Iceland gathered together to commemorate loss of glacier Okjokull, now a bare rock on barren terrain once covered by Okjökull glacier in western Iceland which was officially declared dead in 2014 at age of 700. Iceland held funeral for Okjokull glacier, country’s 1st glacier lost to climate change. People who attended ceremony walked up volcano northeast of capital Reykjavik to lay a plaque which carries a letter to future and warns action is needed to prevent climate change. This monument acknowledges that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. The commemoration ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir.

August 17

Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav (National Tribal Festival) at Polo Ground, Leh-Ladakh. Aadi Mahotsav is 9 day event (from 17th August till 25th August). It is a joint initiative of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India & Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED). Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs; Renuka Singh, Minister for State for Tribal Affairs and R. C. Meena, Chairman TRIFED attended to this inagural ceremony. The theme of the festival is : “A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce”. For the first time in AadiMahotsav, the Tribal artisans are also going to show case the electronic and digital skills with cashless transactions through major credit and debit cards by using Point of Sale (POS) machines.

August 1

For the first time after Independence (1947), ‘Nagar Kirtan’ carrying Guru Granth Sahib which was taken out from Nankana Sahib District of Punjab province. The Nagar Kirtan crossed over to India from Pakistan to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of the Sikhism founder, Guru Nanak Dev.