Maritime disputes

Maritime disputes across the vast South China Sea have ratcheted up in recent years as an increasingly assertive China militarises disputed islands and confronts its regional rivals over their competing claims in the strategically important and resource-rich waterway.

Odisha’s maritime traditions reinforced at Bali Jatra

The eastern state of Odisha celebrated Bali Jatra from 8 to 16 November 2022. It is a major Boita Bandana festival held on Kartik Purnima, at Cuttack on the bank of Mahanadi to mark the day when ancient Sadhabas (ancient Odia mariners) would set sail to distant lands of Bali, Java, Sumatra, and Borneo in Indonesia and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) for trade and cultural relations.