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Current affairs:3rd February 2022

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Hoysala Temples in Karnataka finalised as India’s nomination for World Heritage List for 2022-2023

The ‘Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala’ are on UNESCO’s Tentative list since April 15, 2014, and stand testimony to the rich historical and cultural heritage of this country.

The Hoysala Temples of Belur, Halebid and Somnathapura in Karnataka have been finalised as India’s nomination for World Heritage List for the year 2022-2023, the Union Culture Ministry said on Monday.

The ‘Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala’ are on UNESCO’s Tentative list since April 15, 2014, and stand testimony to the rich historical and cultural heritage of this country.

On Monday, Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO Vishal V Sharma formally submitted the nomination of Hoysala Temples to UNESCO Director of World Heritage Lazare Eloundou.

Following the submission of the dossier, technical scrutiny will be carried out.

In a tweet, Sharma said, “India is proud to nominate The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas for UNESCO’s World Heritage List! Art historians recognize the exceptional sculptural artistry of the ensembles to be among the masterpieces of Asian art.”

The site evaluation will happen in September/October this year and the dossier will be taken up for consideration in July/August next year.

G Kishan Reddy, the Union Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of Northeastern Region, said, “This is a great moment for India to see the Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas temples being submitted for inscription in the World Heritage List.”

“The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to both ‘vikas’ and ‘virasat’ (heritage).”

“Our efforts in protecting our heritage is evident from the work the government has been putting in inscribing both our tangible and intangible heritage and also repatriating the cultural heritage that was stolen or taken away from India,” the Minister added.

All the three Hoysala temples are protected monuments of the Archaeological Survey of India and therefore their conservation and maintenance will be done by its, culture ministry said.

The state government will ensure the conservation of state-protected monuments which are around these three monuments since it would add to the visual integrity of the place, it said.

Sri Lanka to buy fuel from Indian Oil to tide over energy crisis

 

Sri Lanka in the recent weeks has been mulling different options to facilitate measures to prevent fuel pumps from going dry, as the island nation was faced with a severe foreign exchange crisis to pay for its imports.

Sri Lanka has decided to purchase petrol and diesel, 40,000 metric tonnes each, from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), according to a Cabinet note on Tuesday, as part of the government’s bid to tide over the current fuel and energy crisis faced by the island nation.

The move came weeks after Power Minister Gamini Lokuge said that Sri Lanka will hold talks with the Indian Oil Corporation’s local entity, amidst a severe foreign exchange crisis.

The Lanka IOC, the Sri Lankan subsidiary of India’s oil major Indian Oil Corporation, has been in operation in Sri Lanka since 2002.

As per the Cabinet statement, the Ministry of Energy has discussed with the IOC to procure 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel and 40,000 metric tonnes of petrol.

Accordingly, the Indian Oil Corporation has agreed to supply a shipment of 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel, it said.

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by the Minister of Energy, to take further measures to buy the Oil consignment.

Sri Lanka in the recent weeks has been mulling different options to facilitate measures to prevent fuel pumps from going dry, as the island nation was faced with a severe foreign exchange crisis to pay for its imports.

Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila had predicted fuel shortages in the country due to the inability to pay for imports.

Sports

ICC Women’s ODI Rankings: Mithali Raj Rises To Second Spot, Alyssa Healy Leads Batting List

ICC Women’s ODI Rankings: Mithali Raj is second in the batting standings with Alyssa Healy in top spot. Meanwhile, Lizelle Lee has dropped to third.

West Indies all-rounder Hayley Matthews has progressed four places to 11th position in the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after a fine show in the first two matches of their four match-series against South Africa. Matthews, who grabbed two wickets each in both matches, is the highest-ranked bowler from the West Indies with other off-spinner Anisa Mohammed in 25th place and Shakera Selman 26th. Seam bowler Shamilia Connell has moved up nine slots to 29th after taking three wickets in the two matches. South Africa captain Sune Luus has advanced seven places to joint-34th among bowlers and is up two places to 44th in the batting list, which is now led by Alyssa Healy with Mithali Raj in second place after Lizelle Lee dropped two places to third. Lee, ICC’s Women’s ODI Player of the Year in 2021, is out of the series due to COVID-19.

The all-rounders’ list also sees changes at the top with Marizanne Kapp slipping to third after missing the matches against the West Indies. Nat Sciver and Elisse Perry are ranked first and second.

Chedean Nation (up five places to 51st) of the West Indies and opener Tazmin Brits (up 25 places to 64th) of South Africa are others to move up the batters’ list in the latest update that sees Sri Lanka’s players drop out of the rankings tables as they have not played ODIs since October 2019 and will make a return once they play an ODI.

 International Affairs

Huge Volumes Of COVID Hospital Waste Threaten Health And Environment: WHO

Some 87,000 tonnes of personal protective equipment (PPE), or the equivalent of the weight of several hundred blue whales, was ordered via a UN portal up until November 2021 – most of which is thought to have ended up as waste

Geneva: Discarded syringes, used test kits and old vaccine bottles from the COVID-19 pandemic have piled up to create tens of thousands of tonnes of medical waste, threatening human health and the environment, a World Health Organization report said on Tuesday (February 1). The material, a portion of which could be infectious since coronavirus can survive on surfaces, potentially exposes health workers to burns, needle-stick injuries and disease-causing germs, the report said. Communities close to poorly-managed landfills can also be affected through contaminated air from burning waste, poor water quality or disease-carrying pests, it added.

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