Digital India Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Minister of State (M/s) for Culture and Tourism (IC) Prahlad Singh Patel, launched the Indian Culture web portal, http://www.indian culture.gov.in, which brings together all the cultural resources of the country on one platform. The Indian Culture portal was envisioned by Union Ministry of Culture and was developed by a team from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), over a course of three years.
This project is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative to showcase information about the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India both at home and abroad. The larger aim of portal is to create awareness among the citizens about the diverse heritage of our country.
About Indian Culture Web Portal
It is the first government authorized portal where knowledge and cultural resources of various organizations of Ministry of Culture such as the National Archives of India, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Smriti, Archaeological Survey of India and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, are now available in public domain on a single platform.
This portal is a digital resource of documents, artefacts, paintings and other items available in the archive. It hosts images, audio-video files and other data from archives, museums, academies and libraries across the nation. Information about more than 90 lakhs items are currently available on this portal.
One of the unique features of portal is the stories, based on original archival documents narrated in an interesting, easy to read and understand format. Portal also contains write-ups and beautiful pictures on festivals, folk art and classical art, cuisines, paintings, from different states of India, along with rich information about rare books, manuscripts and research papers on India’s cultural heritage.
Content on portal is available in both English and Hindi language in an interactive, user-friendly interface. The portal also will soon be available in other regional languages.
Tags: ASI • Digital India • IGNOU • IIT Bombay • Indian Culture web portal
On the occasion of Children’s Day on 14 November 2019, the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) launched a mobile app called ‘Sishu Suraksha’, an e-complaint box for child right violations. The ASCPCR decided to develop an e-complaint box, keeping in mind the mission of a Digital India.
About Sishu Suraksha App
Objective of App: To empower citizens to take moral responsibility of protecting future generations.
The name Sishu Suraksha means child protection in English. It will enable users from all over Assam to lodge complaints about violation of child rights, in swipe of their fingers.
The e-complaint box will run on android and iOS devices. The app can be used by anyone in the state to lodge a complaint which will be directly registered at Commission.
The app will ease the people as one of the major challenges is that most people are not aware of where to go and report a case of child rights violation.
Need: In monitoring visits to various districts in state, the Assam State Commision for Protection of Child Rights excercising the powers and functions mandated under the Commission for protection of Child Rights Act 2005 (CPCR Act, 2005) observed that the message of protection of rights of children is yet to reach the masses. ASPCR also reported that there has been a 55% increase in number of child trafficking cases in the state in 2019.