Cultural heritage Current Affairs - 2020

GoI: More firearms for Indian Shooters and others should surrender excess guns

On February 24, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued notification under the Arms Act, 1959 and Arms Rules, 2016. The main aim of the notice is to facilitate the shooting practices of Indian Shooters.

Highlights

According to the new rules, the renowned shooters and international medalists shall hold 12 additional weapons. Earlier the number was seven. Also, if a shooter is renowned in one event, he shall hold 8 and if he is an expert in more than 2 events, he shall hold 10 and for more than 2 events, he shall hold 12.

Though the motive of the move is to boost shooting sportsmen, the younger shooters and aspiring shooters are not allowed to hold any of the weapons.

For other civilians, the number of weapons to be possessed has been reduced from three to two.

Issues of Arms (Amendment) Act

As the act was passed, the people of Punjab protested widely. This included businessmen, farmers and even retired army men. This is because, according to them, 50% of the villagers in Punjab stay in remote places. They have to protect themselves. Also, the villagers close to Pakistan border were insecure.

Cultural Issues

The step is being opposed by the Rajputs as well. They possess antique guns that are worshipped as family heirlooms.

February 21: International Mother Language Day

On February 21, UNESCO is celebrating International Mother Language Day. It is important to celebrate the day as globalization process has put languages under threat and they are disappearing altogether. When languages fade away, the cultural diversity of the world fades away as well.

Highlights

Every year, UNESCO has been celebrating International Mother Language Day since 2000. The main purpose of celebrating the day is to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity. This year the International Mother Language Day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Languages without Borders

Need

Today, more than 6,000 languages are spoken in the world according to UNESCO. However, out of these 43% are estimated to be endangered.

United Nations

In 2007, the United Nations called upon its members to promote, preserve and protect their languages. It also proclaimed the year 2008 as the “International Year of Languages”.

In India the Day is being celebrated as “Matribhasha Diwas”

Matribhasha Diwas

In India, the day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Celebrating our Multilingual Heritage

The day is being celebrated to reflect upon “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat”.