President Droupadi Murmu inaugurate Gaj Utsav at Kaziranga in Assam

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President Droupadi Murmu inaugurate Gaj Utsav at Kaziranga in Assam

President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated a two-day 'Gaj Utsav-2023' on April 7 at the Kaziranga National Park High School’s playground field in Assam. 

An overview of the news

  • Meanwhile, President Murmu also enjoyed cultural performances including Bhortal, Jhumur and Bihu dance forms by Assamese artistes at Kohora.

  • The President also flag off the ‘Mount Kanchenjunga Expedition-2023’.

  • President Murmu attended the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Gauhati High Court as the chief guest and also launched a mobile app "Bhoroxa" designed for the safety of women and the elderly.

  • President Murmu is on a three-day visit to the northeastern state.

  • The Gauhati High Court was established on 5th April, 1948 for the seven North Eastern States.

  • However, after the establishment of separate High Courts for the 3 states, the Gauhati High Court now exercises jurisdiction over the remaining four states.

About Gaj Utsav

  • Kaziranga Gaja Utsav is an annual festival held in the national park to promote the conservation and protection of elephants.

  • It is jointly organized by the Forest and Tourism Departments to draw attention and find a solution to the growing human-elephant conflict in the state.

  • This is being organized to mark the completion of 30 years of Project Elephant.

  • The Government of India started Project Elephant in the year 1992 to protect elephants, their migration routes and natural habitats.

  • Assam has the second largest population of elephants in the country after Karnataka.

  • Kaziranga National Park being a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ideal place for Gaja Utsav.

About Assam State 

  • Chief Minister - Himanta Biswa Sarma

  • Governor - Gulab Chand Kataria

  • Number of Districts - 33

  • Lok Sabha seats - 14

  • Rajya Sabha seats - 7

  • State Animal - Indian Rhinoceros

  • State Bird - White Winged Duck

  • National Parks – Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Nameri National Park, Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park

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