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2 days ago
Poland faces fines for unlawful logging in ancient forest

Warsaw, April 18 (IANS) The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that increased logging in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest has violated EU environmental laws and the country was facing massive fines. At least 10,000 trees have been felled in the ancient forest, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site nourishing plenty of animals and plants, including Europe's largest herd of bison,...

3 days ago
FAO to name 14 new agricultural heritage sites

Rome, April 16 (IANS/AKI) The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)will on Thursday unveil 14 new heritage sites in eight countries in Asia, the Middle East and Central America at an award ceremony here. FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva, Italy's Deputy Agriculture Minister Andrea Olivero and his Chinese counterpart Zhang Taolin are among senior officials attending the c...

5 days ago
UAE chairs Unesco national committees' meeting

Paris, April 14 (IANS/WAM) The UAE has chaired a session held on the sidelines of the 204th edition of the Unesco Executive Council to strengthen cooperation and scale up joint operations between the international organisation's national committees in areas of mutual interest. The session brought together a number of members at Unesco's offices here, the report said on Saturday. The meet...

8 days ago
Commonwealth bodies propose code to protect media

New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London next week, several bodies on Wednesday raised the issue of journalists being killed and the threat to the media's rights. Six Commonwealth organisations unveiled proposals for a 12-point code of conduct aimed at reducing the heavy toll of journalists' killings and other threats to the media...

9 days ago
Unesco deplores Palestinian lensman's killing in Gaza

Paris, April 11 (IANS/AKI) Unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay on Tuesday condemned the killing of Palestinian photographer Yaser Murtaja and welcomed an Israeli probe into the incident. I condemn the killing of Yaser Murtaja and welcome the decision of the Israeli authorities to investigate this killing, she said. Murtaja was allegedly shot by Israeli soldiers while he was co...

18 days ago
Interpretation centre inaugurated at Konark temple in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday inaugurated a state-of-the-art interpretation and tourist facilitation centre at the Sun Temple at Konark to coincide with the Utkal Divas celebrations in Odisha. The centre at the Unesco World Heritage site costing Rs 45 crore showcases the unique architectural features of the temple, around 65 km from sta...

22 days ago
World-class tourist facilities at Konark temple in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, March 28 (IANS) Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will inaugurate a world-class tourist facilitation centre and an interpretation centre at Konark Sun Temple in Odisha on Utkal Divas on April 1, an official said on Wednesday. The Indian Oil Foundation has developed the interpretation centre and the tourist facilitation centre at the Unesco World Heritage Site at a ...

23 days ago
Theatre should be available for children in primary education: Ram Gopal Bajaj

Paris, March 27 (IANS) Veteran theatre actor-director Ram Gopal Bajaj, former Director of the National School of Drama, wants live performatives to be made available to children from the grassroot level. Bajaj, on World Theatre Day on Tuesday, is here to attend the International Theatre Institute ITI, which was founded in 1948 by theatre and dance experts and Unesco. Live perform...

24 days ago
Scientists develop sun shield to prevent coral bleaching

Sydney, March 27 (IANS) A group of scientists developed a sun shield that they hope can help prevent coral bleaching, which spread across the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 2016 and 2017, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) reported on Tuesday. The sun shield is made from an ultra-thin biodegradable film that is 50,000 times thinner than a human hair and contains calcium carbona...

25 days ago
Ex-NCERT director nominated as India's representative to Unesco

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) India on Sunday nominated former Director of NCERT, Prof. J.S. Rajput as India's representative to the Executive Board of Unesco, said an official statement. An eminent educationist with rich experience in various fields, he is also known for his contributions in reforms in school education and teacher education. Rajput has recently completed the projec...

26 days ago
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway gets new indigenously developed AC coach

Maligaon/Kolkata, March 24 (IANS) The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has successfully conceived, developed and tested two air-conditioned narrow gauge coaches for running in the UNESCO World Heritage railway soon, a railway official said on Saturday. These air-conditioned coaches will make travelling in the hill railway more comfortable for travellers from the plains of New Jalpaiguri to t...

1 month ago
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to have second class coach service too

Maligaon/Kolkata, March 20 (IANS) The railways would start a second class coach service and look into the possibility of reducing fares in the internationally famed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Railway Board Chairman Ashwini Lohani announced on Tuesday. Talking to mediapersons after a day-long visit of the DHR - adjudged UNESCO World Heritage Railway, he said that all restoration work w...

1 month ago
GST established India among major global economic markets: Modi

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) has established India as one of the major economic markets in the world by removing uncertainties in the countrys tax system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Friday. Before 2014, India's tax system was seen as unfriendly, unpredictable and non-transparent for the investors. But the situation is changing...

1 month ago
Sangay asks Xi to resolve Tibet issue peacefully

Dharamsala, March 10 (IANS) Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Saturday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue. He also demanded a Unesco fact-finding mission to visit the holiest Jokhang shrine in Lhasa in Tibet and investigate a fire incident there that destroyed hundreds of Tibetan artefactd a few weeks back. As Preside...

1 month ago
India, Vietnam to work for open, prosperous Indo-Pacific region

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) In what can be seen as a strong signal to China, India and Vietnam on Saturday agreed to work for an independent, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region as the two sides signed three agreements, including one on enhancing bilateral economy and trade. We will work together for an independent, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region where sovereignty and internat...

1 month ago
Unesco 'bridging' gender gap in digital space

Paris, March 3 (IANS/WAM) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) aims to increase the visibility of women in the digital space by organising a global call for contributions, the Edit-a-thon, on International Womens Day on March 8. The objective is clear -- everywhere in the world, people will be invited to create, edit or translate new Wikipedia pag...

1 month ago
India, Vietnam to work for open, prosperous Indo-Pacific

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) In what can be seen as a strong signal to China, India and Vietnam on Saturday agreed to work for an independent, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region as the two sides signed three agreements, including one on enhancing bilateral economy and trade. We will work together for an independent, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region where sovereignty and internat...

1 month ago
History, culture, nature. A day is full of possibilities in Israel

Tel Aviv, March 1 (IANS) How about visiting a beautiful beach along the Mediterranean Sea, walking on layers of history stretching back to over 2,000 years, and dropping in on one of the most diverse organic farms in the world? All in a day? It is possible to pack one's day with vast possibilities in Israel, a country rich in culture and history -- and one that is geographically compact ...

1 month ago
Modi talks about daily safety, women empowerment in 'Mann Ki Baat'

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Touching upon the issues of daily safety, women empowerment and technology for welfare in his monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his dream of New India was the one where women were strong and empowered and equally contributed to the country's development. He also urged the people to become conscious and aware of their ...

1 month ago
'Elephanta Island's electricity supply beginning development period'

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described the electricity supply to Gharapuri Isle, which houses the Unesco World Heritage site Elephanta Caves, as a new beginning of a period of development. I was just watching the TV news two days ago that electricity has reached three villages of the Elephanta Island after 70 years of independence, and this has led to m...

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