Maharashtra Current Affairs

Mumbai’s Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Buildings declared World Heritage site by UNESCO

Two building clusters of Victorian Gothic and Art Deco architectural styles in Mumbai, Maharashtra were jointly inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List. The decision was taken during 42nd session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Manama, Bahrain. This recognition will push country’s financial capital high on global cultural map.

Recognised Structures are

This is first world heritage site that flaunts combination of 19th Century Victorian Gothic structures and 20th Century Art Deco buildings. The ensemble of two building clusters recognized from Mumbai consists of 94 buildings primarily of 19th century Victorian Gothic revival and early 20th century Art Deco style of architecture.

Victorian buildings of Mumbai that have earned recognition, forms part of larger Fort precinct and are situated to east of Oval Maidan. These public buildings, include Old Secretariat (1857-74), University Library and Convention Hall (1874-78), Bombay High Court (1878), Public Works Department Office (1872), Watson’s Hotel (1869), David Sasoon Library (1870),  Elphinstone College (1888), Prince of Wales Museum (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya), Maharashtra Police Headquarters, and NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art). The buildings of Art Deco structures that have earned recognition includes building of first row of Marine Drive, Regal and Eros Cinemas, Ram Mahal along Dinshaw Wacha Road, Cricket Club of India and Buildings of Backbay Reclamation scheme.

Key Facts

This is third such honour for Mumbai after Elephanta Caves and majestic Victoria Terminus (rechristened Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station) which had earned coveted tag in 1987 and 2004 respectively. With this, Mumbai has equal number of World Heritage sites as Delhi, which has three — Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.

With this, the count of World Heritage Sites in India has now risen to 37, of which 29 are cultural, seven natural and one mixed site. It makes India sixth ranked country in the list of world heritage properties. With five sites, Maharashtra has maximum number of world heritage sites in India, including Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad and Mumbai has three.

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Cotton Mission: Maharashtra Government signs MoU with MCX to empower cotton farmers

Maharashtra Government has singed MoU with India’s largest commodities exchange platform, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) to launched Cotton Mission to empower cotton farmers in the state. The mission aims to create value chain with final market linkages for thousands of cotton farmers in Vidarbha region of the state.

Cotton Mission

Under this mission,  MCX will partner with state agriculture department and other agencies to work closely with Farmer Producer Organisations and help them connect to its organised market network for building their capabilities. It will work with State Government to identify and create farmer groups and work towards equipping these groups to access regulated markets. This will enable farmer to participate in transparent price discovery mechanism and sell their produce in national market for better price realization. This in long term will support the farmers’ in their upliftment and contribute to doubling their incomes by 2022, as envisaged by the centre.

Background

MCX already has accredited warehouses in Yavatmal and Jalna in Vidharba region and it is planning to provide delivery facilities in three or more new locations under mission. Its cotton futures market provides efficient platform for farmers to move up value chain and increase their price realisations. It also allows farmers to use its mechanism to deliver or hedge to get remunerative prices.

Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX)

MCX is country’s first listed commodity futures exchange that facilitates online trading, and clearing and settlement of commodity futures transactions, thereby providing platform for risk management. It was launched in November 2003 and operates within regulatory framework of Forward Contracts Regulation Act, 1952 (FCRA, 1952) under SEBI. MCX offers futures trading in bullion, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, energy, and a number of agricultural commodities (mentha oil, cardamom, potatoes, palm oil and others). Globally, MCX ranks no. 1 in silver, no. 2 in natural gas, no. 3 in crude oil and gold in futures trading.

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