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Gyan Correa bagged the Gollapudi Srinivas National Award 2013

The debutant director of Gujarati movie “The Good Road”, Mr. Gyan Correa has been selected for the 17th Gollapudi Srinivas National Award 2013. The award would be presented to the winners on August 12, 2014 in Chennai.

Gollapudi Srinivas National Award

  • Instituted in memory of late Gollapudi Srinivasa, who died while directing his first film Prema Pustakam (Book of Love) on August 12, 1992.
  • Cash Prize: Rs.1.50 lakh and a memento.

Note: Gujarati movie “The Good Road”is the first ever Gujarati film selected to represent India at the Oscars and also won the Best Gujarati film award at the 60th National Film Award.

“Rani-ki-Vav and GHNP” nominated by India for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Status 2014

India nominated Rani-ki-Vav and the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Status for 2014. The World Heritage Committee will convene in Doha, Qatar, in June 2014 to review the nomination and take a final decision.

Process to confirm World Heritage status

Only countries that have signed the World Heritage Convention and pledged to protect their natural and cultural heritage, can submit nomination proposals for properties on their territory to be considered for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The nomination process for selecting World Heritage site:

  • Tentative List: Countries create an inventory of potential monuments and natural sites and include them in the Tentative List.
  • The Nomination File: The concern department in particular country selects a few sites and nominates them for final inscription, every year to the World Heritage centre. The centre sends it to the Advisory bodies, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) for evaluation mandate by the World Heritage Convention.
  • Advisory Bodies: UNESCO appoints advisory committees to evaluate the nominations.
  • World Heritage Committee: Once a site has been nominated and evaluated, the intergovernmental World Heritage Committee meets to decide which sites will be inscribed on the World Heritage list.

About Rani-ki-Vav

  • Location: Patan, Gujarat.
  • Constructed by Queen Udayamati of the Solanki dynasty.
  • The 11th century stepwell and is one of the finest examples of stepwells in Gujarat.
  • The well is subterranean structure with a series of steps, board landings, pavilions and sculpted walls which provides access to water in deep water.  It is of seven storeys with five exist and there are more than 800 elaborate sculptures which are survived. This is a protected monument under the Archeological Survey of India. 

About Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)

  • Location: Kullu region in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Established: 1984 and declared as National Park in 1999.
  • Area: 452 sq mi.
  • Known for its biodiversity and has more than 25 forest types, 800 kinds of plants and is home to more than 180 bird species.
  • Habitat to numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species that comprises nearly around 31 mammals, 181 birds, 3 reptiles, 9 amphibians, 11 annelids, 17 mollusks and 127 insects.

Punjab Cabinet approved the Backward Class quota for Jat community

The Punjab Cabinet approved the Backward Class (BC) status for the Jat and Jat Sikhs of the State.  Now, Jats and Jat Sikhs are the 69th and 70th community to be included in the category.

As per the Punjab Cabinet decision

  • Quota benefit will also be extended to economically weaker persons from the general category.
  • These reservations would be in addition to the quota already in place and would not affect the existing quota sections.
  • A commission will be set up to work out modalities for the implementation of the Cabinet decision.
  • The grant of BC status to the Jats and Jat Sikhs will enable them to get reservation in government jobs. 

Note: Recently, the Union Cabinet decided to extend OBC status to Jats of Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Delhi. Though, Jats and Jat Sikhs of Punjab had been left out of the Union Cabinet’s decision because the Punjab government had failed to bring the community in the State BC list.

‘M-Pesa’ launched in Odisha

Telecom major, Vodafone India and ICICI Bank announced the launch of mobile commerce initiative called ‘M-Pesa’ service in Odisha.

About M-Pesa service

  • A mobile money transfer and payment service that allows customers to transfer money to any mobile phone, remit money to any bank account, make utility payments, recharge of mobile, DTH payment and earn interest on deposits.
  • Empowers the un-banked and under-banked sections of the population gain access to financial services through the mobile phone.
  • This service will now be available across 202 Tehsils, 24 Districts through 1350 specially trained authorized agents including 73 Vodafone exclusive stores in Odisha.

Apart from Odisha, ‘M-Pesa’ has been rolled out in Delhi, Mumbai, West Bengal, Punjab, UP East, UP West, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Assam & North East and Haryana. It will be made available across the country in a phased manner.

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