Current Affairs - January, 2019

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Indians can visit Nepal and Bhutan producing Aadhaar as Id Proof

The Union Home Ministry has tweaked the travel document norms for visiting Nepal and Bhutan. As per new norms, Indian can travel to Nepal and Bhutan by producing Aadhaar as Identity proof but this is only for those Indians aged under 15 and over 65 years.

Indians other than in those age brackets will not be able to use Aadhaar to travel for Nepal and Bhutan.

Open Door Policy

India has an open door policy with Nepal and Bhutan. Indians don’t require a passport to travel to either of these countries. Indians can enter these countries by showing any of the acceptable photo identity documents like Passport, Voter Id etc.

Why the Open Door Policy?

India’s open door policy with Nepal and Bhutan is in recognition with the shared history, culture and deep-rooted interpersonal ties of Indians with the citizens of these countries.

Article 7 the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship allows free movement of people between the two nations on a reciprocal basis.

The 1949 Treaty of Friendship between India and Bhutan allows for free movement of people between the two nations on a reciprocal basis.

Hence as a result of these two treaties mentioned above Indians doesn’t need a visa to enter Nepal or Bhutan.

Rio de Janeiro recognised as World Capital of Architecture 2020

Rio de Janeiro has been recognised as ‘World Capital of Architecture’ for 2020 by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the World Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) in July 2020. The theme of the 2020 World Congress of the International Union of Architects is “All the worlds. Just one world,”

UNESCO in the release said that “Through the range and quality of its activities, the World Capital of Architecture in Rio de Janeiro will demonstrate the crucial role of architecture and culture in sustainable urban development.”

World Capital of Architecture

The World Capital of Architecture initiative underscores the common commitment of UNESCO and the UIA to preserve architectural heritage in the urban context.

UNESCO designates the World Capital of Architecture as per the partnership agreement with the UIA. The World Capital of Architecture also hosts the UIA’s World Congress, an event that takes place every three years.

The World Capital of Architecture aims to become an international forum for debates about pressing global challenges from the perspectives of culture, cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture.

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