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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

Hunar Haat

Why in News?

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  has recently announced that the next “HunarHaat” will be organised at Numaish Ground, Rampur(UP) from 18th to 27th December, 2020 and Shilp Gram, Lucknow (UP) from 23rd to 31st January 2021.

The theme is “Vocal for Local”. 

What is Hunar Haat ?

It is Organised by ministry of minority affairs under “USTTAD” scheme at different parts of the country. Hunar means mastery in any art or genre. Haat means market.

  • In this way, Hunar Haat means the market of such artisans where their things are sold.
  • Through Hunar Haat, the government is encouraging traditional artisans, craftsmen and cooks across the country.
  • It was first started in 2016 at the India International Trade Fair Pragati Maidan in Delhi.

Importance of Hunar Haat:

  1. It will promote indigenous products
  2. It will encourage the self employment
  3. It is an effective platform to strengthen mission of “AatmaNirbhar Bharat” and commitment to “Vocal for Local” by promoting and encouraging indigenous products of master artisans and craftsmen.
  4. It has provided employment and employment opportunities to more than 5 lakh Indian artisans, craftsmen, culinary experts and other people associated with them in the last 6 years.
  5. It provides market and opportunity to master artisans and craftsmen from remote areas of the country.


USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills and Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) scheme aims to preserve heritage of traditional arts and crafts of minority communities and build capacity of traditional crafts persons and artisans and establish linkages of traditional skills with the global market.

Fact for Prelims

Sumdorong Chu:

In 1986–87, there was a military standoff in the Sumdorong Chu Valley, located on the border of Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh and Kona County, Tibet, between India and China.

This was the first military confrontation to take place on the disputed McMahon Line since the war in 1962, and fears of it intensifying were expressed.


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