Yelagiri hut shelters 200 years of hill tribe history

Syllabus: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Whyin NEWS In the hamlet for about 200 years, this last old-fashioned hut of the tribe is owned and maintained by Govinthasamy, a tribesman and former member of the Yelagiri panchayat. …

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Tribals in non-ST villages feel left out

Syllabus: Salient features of Indian Society Context Rights activists decry delay in bringing them under Fifth Schedule protection What is the Problem Tribals who have been cultivating small portions of land for a sustainable living in some of the non-Scheduled Tribe villages and hamlets predominantly inhabited by PVTGs (Particularly Vulnerable …

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Context:  Shaligrams, the sacred fossils that have been worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists for over 2,000 years, are becoming rarer because of climate change Key details: For more than 2,000 years, Hinduism, Buddhism and the shamanic Himalayan religion of Bon have venerated Shaligrams. What are Shaligrams? These are ancient fossils of ammonites, a class of extinct sea …

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Context:  Artists from Rajasthan perform ‘Kalbelia’ dance during the National Folk and Tribal Art Festival in Bhopal. Key details: Kalbelia dance is a folk dance of Rajasthan. It is well known by other names like ‘Sapera Dance’ or ‘Snake Charmer Dance’. Kalbelia dance is particularly performed by a Rajasthani tribe called ‘Kalbelia’. Rajasthan’s Kalbelia dance and songs are …

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Context:  In northern Italy, palm manuscripts from the 18th Century, titled Gnanamuyarchi, have been discovered in an Armenian monastery. About Findings: This significant finding sheds light on the rich history and cultural exchange between different regions during that time. This translation is most likely by Michele Bertoldi, known in Tamil as Gnanaprakasasamy. This is a prose text from …

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GI tags given to crafts from Rajasthan, mangoes grown in Goa

Context Seven products from across India, including four from Rajasthan, were given the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry in Chennai. GI tags to The Jalesar Dhatu Shilp (metal craft), Goa Mankurad mango, Goan Bebinca, Udaipur Koftgari metal craft, Bikaner Kashidakari craft, Jodhpur Bandhej craft and Bikaner …

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Context:  The water levels of Yamuna hit a 60-year-high and waters advanced towards the Taj Mahal for the first time in half a century. What is a floodplain? About the River and its significance: The Yamuna is the second-largest tributary of the Ganges by discharge and the longest tributary in India. It originates in the Yamunotri …

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House panel expresses concern over slow documentation of antiquities

A Parliamentary Standing Committee has expressed dismay at the slow pace of documentation of antiquities noting that this was critical in proving ownership and reclaiming stolen heritage items. The government has been intent on securing the repatriation of stolen Indian artefacts from abroad. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism …

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India’s data protection law needs refinement

Changes can help make the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 ‘future-proof’ and ensure a better complaints mechanism. India is no Europe, and this seems especially true in the face of a task such as drafting and conceptualising a data protection law for over 1.4 billion Indians. The European Union’s …

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