Culture Current Affairs - 2020

“Dekho Apna Desh”: A Webinar launched by Tourism Ministry

On April 14, 2020, the Ministry of Tourism launched “Dekho Apna Desh”. It is a webinar that caters in-depth information about tourist destinations in the country. It also provides details about culture and heritage of India.

Highlights

The first webinar series is to explain long history of Delhi. It has been titled as “City of cities-Delhi’s Personal Diary”. The first session was a huge success with more than 5,546 people attending it.

The second series

The second webinar series is to start on April 16, 2020. The second series has been named “Calcutta-A Confluences of Culture”. The series is to discuss how the melting pot of diversity is to be kept alive.

Tourism

The tourism sector is greatly affected by COVID-19. The tourism sector currently accounts to 10% of global GDP. With the world affected by severe lock down, the tourism sector has cut down 50 million jobs. It might take 10 months for the tourism sector to recover.

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.