PM Narendra Modi Launches ‘Bhartiya Vastra evam Shilp Kosh’ E-Portal at 9th National Handloom Day Celebration

Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the 9th National Handloom Day celebration on Monday (7th August 2023) at Bharat Mandapam, Pragati Maidan, Delhi. During the programme, Mr. Modi also launched the e-portal of ‘Bhartiya Vastra evam Shilp Kosh’ – a Repository of Textiles and Crafts developed by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). The programme was attended by over 3000 handloom and khadi weavers, artisans, and stakeholders from the textile and MSME sectors. It brought together handloom clusters across India, NIFT campuses, Weaver Service Centres, Indian Institute of Handloom Technology campuses, National Handloom Development Corporation, Handloom Export Promotion Council, KVIC institutions, and various State Handloom Departments.

The Government started celebrating National Handloom Day in 2015, with the first celebration held on the 7th of August that year. The date was specifically chosen as an ode to the Swadeshi Movement, which was launched on 7th August 1905 and encouraged indigenous industries and, in particular, handloom weavers.

Question: Why was the date 7th August specifically chosen to celebrate National Handloom Day?

A) It marks the birth anniversary of a renowned handloom weaver.
B) It commemorates the launch of the Swadeshi Movement.
C) It is the Independence Day of India.
D) It is the day when the National Institute of Fashion Technology was established.

Answer: B) It commemorates the launch of the Swadeshi Movement.

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