Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Current Affairs - 2020

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March 8: International Women’s Day

Every year, March 8th is marked as International Women’s Day. It was first proposed by the Socialist Party of America in 1909. However, it was pertained to New York City. The first International Women’s Day was marked first in 1909.

Theme

This year the International Women’s Day (ITW) is marked under the theme

Theme: An Equal World is an Enabled World

The United Nations began celebrating Women’s Day in 1975.

Women’s Day in India

For the first time in Indian history, women visiting monuments under Archaeological Survey of India are to be provided with free pass. This is being done to signify Indian Culture’s respect for women. Women are being worshipped as goddess in Indian Culture.

PM Modi is to provide access to his social media account on IWD to inspiring women. The GoI has also initiated serious of actions including telecasting 14 women-oriented films, commemorating women members of constituent assembly, etc.

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Committee submits report on Clause 6 of Assam Accord

On February 25, 2020, a high-level committee submitted its report to the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord.

Highlights

The committee was headed by Retd Justice B K Sharma. The report is to be submitted by the CM to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

What is Clause 6 of Assam Accord?

The Clause provides constitutional, administrative and legislative safeguards to preserve and promote cultural, linguistic and heritage of Assamese people.

Actions taken under Clause 6

Several actions have been taken under Clause 6 to provide administrative, constitutional and legislative safeguards to the Assamese people. They include

  • The Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra Society was formed with funds from Ministry of HRD
  • Jyoti Chitraban film Studio scheme was launched and in phase II, the studio was modernized.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India took up preservation of 5 monuments namely Singri Temple ruins, Poa-Mecca, Urvashi Archaeological site, Kedar Temple and Hayagriva Madhava Temple.

What is Assam Accord?

Assam Accord was an agreement signed between the government of India and the leaders of Assam Movement in 1985. Under the agreement, the GoI agreed to accept all the migrants that entered before 1966 and GoI agreed to provide social, political, cultural and economic rights to the Assamese people.

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