Heritage Sites Current Affairs - 2020

India-Portugal sign 7 agreements

The Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is on a 4-day visit to India. During his visit, he held talks with PM Modi. After their meeting 4 agreements were signed between the countries

Highlights

The countries signed agreements on culture, transport, investment, industrial and intellectual property rights. Agreements were also signed on developing a world class national maritime heritage complex at Lothal.

The GoI also allocated funds for this joint venture in the Budget 2020-21

Budget 2020-21

The Fund allocated in Budget 2020-21 for the Ministry of Culture was 3,150 crores and for that of Ministry of Tourism was 2,500 crores.

The Fund is partly to be used for construction of a maritime museum at Lothal with the help of Portugal Government.

The funds will also be used in developing 5 archaeological sites.  They are Adichanallur in Tamil Nadu, Sivasagar in Assam, Hastinapur in Uttar Pradesh, Dholavira in Gujarat and Rakhigarhi in Haryana

Also, a tribal museum is to be set up at Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Disaster Management Exercise of BIMSTEC NDRF begins in Bhubaneswar

The National Disaster Response Force of Government of India is to host the second BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 (BIMSTEC DMEx-2020). The exercise is to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha between February 11, 2020 and February 13, 2020.

The main objective of the exercise is to test the existing emergency procedures, disaster problems, during flood, earthquake and storms. The exercise will also stress upon restoring heritage sites damaged due to disasters.

Highlights

The BIMSTEC countries namely Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal are to participate in the exercise. The other two BIMSTEC countries namely Thailand and Bhutan are not participating in the exercise this time. The exercise includes Table Top Exercise on Hotel Myfair. The Hotel is a collapsed structure. On the second day, field training exercise is to be held on aquatic disaster response that will focus on Ramachndi beach in Puri. The beach is a cultural heritage site.

Theme

The exercise is held under the theme

Theme: A Cultural Heritage Site that suffers severe damage in the Earthquake and Flooding or Storm