Monuments Current Affairs

Google ties up with ASI for virtual tour of monuments

Technology giant Google has tied up with Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) for 360 degree virtual tour of 280-odd monuments across the country.

ASI has given its permission to Google for creating the virtual tour of the monuments which would be available in the Google maps.

Some of the major monuments are Taj Mahal, Victoria Memorial and the ruins of Hampi. Of the total 280 monuments 30 are in West Bengal and eight are from Kolkata.

About Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

  • The ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the country.
  • The prime objection of ASI is to maintain the archaeological sites, ancient monuments and remains of national importance.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Established: 1861 by Alexander Cunningham.
  • It regulates all archaeological activities as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.
  • It functions under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Culture. It also regulates Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.


18 April: World Heritage Day

Every year World Heritage Day is being observed across the world on April 18. It is also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites.

Objective: To create consciousness to preserve and protect the precious assets and cultural heritage across the world. It marks the need of shielding the historical monuments and sites located in every part of the world by making joint efforts at international level.

2016 Theme: The Heritage of Sport’. It was decided by the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in the backdrop of Rio Olympics 2016 to be hosted in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


  • The first world Heritage Day observed on April 18, 1982 by the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Tunisia. It was approved in 1983 by UNESCO.
  • The aim of this day is to make people aware about several awareness camps are organized across the world to protect the precious assets and cultural heritage across the world.