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Medaram Jathara: World's biggest Tribal Festival

More details Sammakka Saralamma Jatara or Medaram Jatara is a tribal festival of honouring the goddesses celebrated in the state of Telangana, India. The Jatra begins at Medaram in Tadvai Mandal in Mulugu district.[2] It commemorates the fight of a mother and daughter, Sammakka and Saralamma, with the reigning rulers against an unjust law. It is believed that after Kumbha Mela, the Medaram jatara attracts the largest number of devotees in the country. An estimated 10 million people gathered in 2012. It is celebrated in Medaram during the time the goddesses of the tribals is believed to visit them. Medaram is a remote place in the Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary, a part of Dandakaranya, the largest surviving forest belt in the Mulugu. There are many legends about the miraculous powers of sammakka. According to a tribal story, about 6-7 centuries ago,that is in the 13th century, some tribal leaders who went for a hunting found a new born girl (Sam

Pakistan’s debt surges by 40pc in 15 months

Pakistan’s debt surges by 40pc in 15 months Khaleeq Kiani Updated  February 01, 2020 In a statement laid before parliament, finance ministry admits to debt limit violations. — Reuters/File ISLAMABAD: With around 40 per cent increase in Pakistan’s public debt and liabilities in 15 months, the government on Friday conceded major violations of the Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act (FRDLA) for massively exceeding debt acquisition limits. In its debt policy statement laid before the parliament, the ministry of finance noted that total debt and liabilities that stood at Rs29.879 trillion at the end of the fiscal year 2018 crossed Rs41.489tr at the end of Septem­ber 2019, showing an increase of Rs11.6tr or 39pc. At the end of the fiscal year 2019, the total debt and liabilities were reported to have increased by about 35pc or Rs10.344tr to touch Rs40.223tr. Ramsha Jahangir The report said the FRDLA required that the federal government take measures to reduce federal fiscal deficit

A U.S. Plane Crashed in Afghanistan. Why So Many Believed a CIA Chief Was On It. The wreckage of a US Bombardier E-11A jet is seen after it crashed in mountainous territory of Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, on January 27, 2020.   STR/AFP/Getty BY  KIMBERLY DOZIER UPDATED: JANUARY 31, 2020 11:36 PM ET The wreckage of a U.S. military plane that crashed and burned in a snowy mountainous region in Afghanistan on Monday was still fresh when Iranian state TV ran a story claiming a top CIA officer was among the dead. Like all good propaganda, the story was mostly false, but with a scintilla of truth. Two American service members had been killed when the U.S. Air Force jet slammed into the side of the mountain, but U.S. officials insist there was no CIA onboard. A combination of bad weather and Taliban gunfire kept U.S. and Afghan forces from reaching the site for more than a day. By the time the U.S. military put out a brief statement saying that the downed plane carried two U.S. Air Force pilots, the dubious story had spread around the globe. After a couple of fr

Learning and Farming: An Indian View

Clause Alvares Source: IndiaInspire TALK I am happy to speak to you on something more hopeful. We are extremely good at analysis and criticism and I would like to spend some more time in this particular exchange on what people are doing in this country in terms of providing new signs of hope. And that's why I told them I would like to speak on the issue of creativity and what the new signs that are emerging so that when we leave this event many of us at least will have some idea about more hopeful signs that are emerging all over the place. And because of my expertise, I work besides publishing; I also do a lot of work on learning and on organic farming. I have been involved with the Organic Farming Association now since 1974 and its various avatars and now with the Organic Farming Association for the last ten years and that's one of my main loves. I have travelled all over the country looking at organic farms. The second major interest is on learning because the cultivation