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Daily Current Affairs – 2020

Topic: For Prelims and Mains

UNESCO Intangible cultural Heritages from India

Why in news?

The Ministry of Culture has launched the draft National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of India.

Key Points:

  • The National ICH List is an attempt to recognize the diversity of Indian culture embedded in its intangible heritage.
  • It aims to raise awarenessabout the various intangible cultural heritage elements from different states of India at national and international level and ensure their protection.
  • This initiative is also a part of the Vision 2024 of the Ministry of Culture.
  • The list has more than 100 elements which also include 13 elements recognized by theUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The 2003 Convention is a part of the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972 in order to promote the identification, protection and safeguarding of natural cultural heritage.

  • Kerala’smartial art form, Kalaripayuttu, and the practice of making designs at the entrance of homes and temples called kolam in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are included in the draft list.
  • The present items in the list have been collated from the projects sanctioned under the scheme for ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India’formulated by the Ministry of Culture in 2013.

Facts for Prelims:

Bangalore Blue:

  • Bangalore Blue is a variety of fox grapes grown in districts around Bangalore.
  • It is one of the three major varieties of grape in the state of Karnataka (the other two being Thomson seedless and Anab-E-Shahi Dilkush).
  • In 2013, the variety was given the Geographical Indication(GI) status.

Maze ransomware:

  • Cognizant, an IT services provider, has said that it has faced a Mazeransomware attack that has caused disruptions to its clients.
  • Ransomware is a type of malicious program used by hackers to take control of files in an infected system and then demand hefty payments to recover them.
  • The Maze ransomware was discovered in 2019 and has since increased its presence.

 

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