Ministry Of Culture Current Affairs - 2019

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ASI & Google jointly launched the 360 Degree Online View of Indian Heritage Sites

The Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) and Google jointly launched 360-degree panoramic imagery of 30 out of 100 “nationally-important monuments”.

Objective: To create a dynamic, immersive online experience by which people within India and around the world can understand and engage more of India’s diverse cultural heritage.

  • In pursuance of the signed agreement with ASI and Union Culture Ministry, Google created a virtual walkthrough application using its Street View Trekker technology for the first time in India.

The images of sites that can be accessed on Google Maps through Street View are the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jantar Mantar, Fatehpuri Sikri, Itimad-ud-Daula, Agra Fort, Krishnagiri Fort, Rajagiri Fort, Chandragiri Fort, Agha Khan Palace, Fort St George, Nagarjuna Hill, Raigad Fort, etc. 

Note: Street View Trekker Technology is a Street View camera platform, with 15 cameras on board that capture a 360-degree view of the area around. It is mounted on a wearable backpack and the total unit weighs around 20 kg. The operator walks through pedestrian routes and is designed to reach places that can be accessed by foot.

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Sitaram Yechury committee report: Revisit Aircraft Act 1934 and bring out comprehensive bill

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has rejected the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Bill in the present form. The committee stated that the proposal for setting up a new aviation regulator lacks teeth in empowering the authority. 

  • The panel, headed by Sitaram Yechury suggested the Civil Aviation Ministry to come out with a comprehensive Bill after revisiting the Aircraft Act, 1934  because it felt that the Act is too old to tackle the emerging problems in the aviation sector.
Excerpts of the Sitaram Yechury committee report on Transport, Tourism and Culture
  • The Chairperson of Civil Aviation Authority of India should be part-time only as there exists possibility of deadlock between a full time Chairperson and the Director General would be imminent.
  • Increase the number of experts in the selection committee for the appointment of Chairperson, DG and full-time members of the Authority.
  • Found fault with the qualifications needed to become the chairman of the CAA in the Bill, saying it would seem that only a former civil aviation secretary would fulfill the requirements to head the CAA.
  • Allow professionals and heads of public sector undertakings viz. Airports Authority of India, who have the relevant experience and knowledge but were lower in rank than secretary, to head CAA.
  • CAA members’ term of office should be reduced to three years from the proposed five years as it would block those persons having latest training and knowledge from becoming members, particularly when the sector was growing and changing fast.

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