UNESCO

  • Unesco draws action plan to safeguard Iraqi heritage 5 days ago

    Paris: Concerned about illicit excavation of archaeological sites and trafficking of artefacts in conflict-torn Iraq, Unesco on Friday said cultural heritage experts have agreed on an "emergency response action plan" to safeguard the country's rich and diverse cultural heritage. The plan, held in consultation with Iraqi and international cultural heritage experts,...
  • Quiz: These 31 World Heritage sites in India are recognised by UNESCO. Can you identify them? June 24, 2014

    There are 31 World Heritage Sites in India recognised by UNESCO. All of these are places of natural and cultural importance in India. The first two sites from India made it to the World Heritage sites list way back in the year 1983! Can you identify all of these...
  • Gujarat's 'Rani Ki Vav' in Unesco heritage site list, Modi hails move June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Rani ki Vav (queen's stepwell), in Gujarat's Patan town, has been added to Unesco's list of World Heritage sites, an official statement said Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the decision, calling it a "matter of great pride" for the state. "Rani Ki Vav in Patan, Gujarat, has been...
  • Bappi Lahiri appointed as UNESCO Nepal's goodwill ambassador February 22, 2014

    Kolkata: Popular music director Bappi Lahiri has been appointed the goodwill ambassador of UNESCO Nepal's 'Education For All' in a unique honour. The Chief Patron of National Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Association of Nepal, Vinod Khetawat, said he appreciated the hit song maker's gesture. "We feel Bappi Lahiri's words will...
  • Three-day Kumbhalgarh festival begins in Rajsamand January 28, 2014

    The three-day Kumbhalgarh festival began on Tuesday in Rajsamand district amid colourful presentations by folk artistes. The festival began with homage to Rajput ruler Maharana Kumbha, who was an ardent patron of arts and music. Featuring various attractions like turban tying competition and application of henna, the festival also boasted of...
  • Nitish Kumar to unveil model of world's largest Hindu temple in West Champaran today November 13, 2013

    The model of the world's largest Hindu temple, with a towering height of 405 feet and a hall with a seating capacity for 20,000 in Bihar's West Champaran district, will be unveiled by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday. The proposed Virat Ramayan Mandir, at Janki Nagar near Kesaria in West...
  • Syria's cultural heritage being looted, destroyed: UNESCO August 30, 2013

    As the world argues over how to prevent more civilian deaths in Syria, UNESCO warned on Thursday that a rich cultural heritage was being devastated by the conflict now in its third year. Clashes have damaged historical sites and buildings throughout the country, from Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque to the Crac des...
  • 30 Minutes: Saving our rhinos August 24, 2013

    Around Two-thirds of the world's famed one-horned rhinoceroses live at Kaziranga National Park. However, the fate of these one-horned beasts hangs by the thread. In 2012, 38 rhinos were killed in the 430 square kilometer park. UNESCO has dubbed the park a world heritage site. Rhino horns sell for up...
  • Assam: 2 rhinos killed in Kaziranga National Park August 21, 2013

    Kaziranga: Two rhinos have been killed in Kaziranga National Park near Burapahar range on Wednesday. At least 20 Rhinos have been killed so far in Kaziranga. Two-thirds of the world's famed one-horned rhinoceroses live at this national park. In 2012, 38 rhinos were killed in the 430 square kilometer park. UNESCO...
  • Indian wins UNESCO's young scientist award May 31, 2013

    London: India's Bilal Habib was on Thursday named as one of the six winners of the UNESCO's Young Scientist Awards for 2013. The announcement was made by the International Co-coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which met at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO)...
  • Pakistan: TV journalist shot dead by unidentified gunmen November 18, 2012

    Islamabad: A reporter of a TV news channel was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in the restive Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan on Sunday, police said. Rehmatullah Abid, a reporter for Dunya News, was sitting at a barber's shop in Washbood area of Panjgur district when two gunmen riding...
  • Lucknow school is world's 'largest' September 23, 2012

    Lucknow: Starting from five students and a Rs 300 loan, a Lucknow school has travelled a long way to become the school with the most number of pupils in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. The 57th and 2013 edition of the book says the City Montessori School...
  • Will Golconda or Charminar ever get UNESCO tag? July 28, 2012

    Hyderabad: Will Golconda or Charminar ever figure in UNESCO’s World Heritage list? Going by the present state of affairs, it can safely be presumed that nothing of the sort will happen in the next few years. Experts from UNESCO’s International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) are set to visit...
  • K'taka Assembly against UNESCO tag for Ghats July 27, 2012

    Bangalore: The state Assembly on Thursday passed an unanimous resolution opposing UNESCO heritage tag for Western Ghats and shot down Centre’s proposal to declare Kudremukh National Park (KNP) as tiger reserve. The state government will now approach the Centre to delist Western Ghats from UNESCO’s world heritage site list. Despite...
  • Hyderabad: Charminar, Golkonda to be heritage sites July 24, 2012

    Hyderabad: The state government through central government has filed nominations for the declaration of Charminar, Golkonda and Qutubshahi Tombs as World Heritage sites by UNESCO, GHMC commissioner, M T Krishna Babu said. He held a review meeting with Rajath Kumar, commissioner, Tourism on the issue of declaration of World Heritage Sites...
  • Karnataka against Western Ghats' world heritage tag July 4, 2012

    Bangalore: Karnataka on Wednesday said the state was against UNESCO declaring 10 spots in Western Ghats as world heritage sites as it would affect development work. Minister for Forest CP Yogeshwar said in Bangalore that though the state had opposed the proposal, the Centre has gone ahead with the notification. Development...
  • Karnataka: UNESCO status cause for concern? July 4, 2012

    Chikmagalur: It is too late now for the Government of Karnataka to regret over UNESCO’s decision to include the Western Ghat in the list of World Heritage Sites. The Centre, particularly the then Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh, had recommended the pristine Western Ghat stretching from Kerala...
  • Titanic's wreckage to come under UNESCO protection April 6, 2012

    United Nations: Titanic's wreckage, which has remained at the bottom of the North Atlantic for 100 years, will now come under the protection of the United Nations' cultural body that seeks to safeguard wrecks, decorated caves and other cultural relics underwater. Till now, remains of the Titanic were not eligible for...
  • Titanic's remains to come under UNESCO protection April 6, 2012

    United Nations: The wreckage of the Titanic, which has remained at the bottom of the North Atlantic for 100 years, will now come under the protection of the United Nations' cultural body that seeks to safeguard wrecks, decorated caves and other cultural relics underwater. Till now, remains of the Titanic...
  • Thrissur temple may be world heritage site March 19, 2012

    Thrissur: Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has recently recommended 14 sites, including temples and palaces, from Kerala to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESO) to include in its list of World Heritage Sites. ASI's superintending Archaeologist in Thrissur, Dr M Nambirajan told PTI on Monday that the ancient...
  • H'bad: UNESCO gets Qutub Shahi dossier February 17, 2012

    HYDERABAD: The comprehensive dossier and management plan for the Qutub Shahi monuments in Hyderabad (Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi tombs and Charminar) has been submitted to UNESCO through the Archaeological Survey of India for their recognition as World Heritage Sites. “The dossier was sent well before the deadline of Feb 1,”...
  • New member Palestine raises flag at UNESCO December 14, 2011

    Paris: Palestinians raised their flag at the headquarters of the UN cultural agency in Paris on Tuesday as the agency's 195th member, a historic move and symbolic boost for their push for an independent state. Cheers rose as the red, black, white and green flag went up in pouring rain under...
  • UNESCO suspends all projects till year-end November 12, 2011

    New York: UNESCO has suspended all its spending programmes until the end of the year after the US withdrew its funding. Addressing UNESCO diplomats, UNESCO director deneral Irina Bokova said that the agency faces a $65 million funding shortfall and would have to halt all of its activities following a row...
  • UNESCO suspends new programs after US cuts fund November 11, 2011

    Paris: The United Nations' cultural agency has suspended new programs in response to the US decision to cut off funding after UNESCO granted the Palestinians membership, the agency said on Thursday. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova told the UNESCO General Conference in Paris the US cut had left a $ 65...
  • Israel refuses Palestine's Unesco membership November 1, 2011

    Tel Aviv: Israel has refused to accept Unesco's decision to grant full membership to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and threatened retaliatory measures. The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Monday called Palestinian accession to the Unesco "a unilateral maneuver" that would threaten Arab-Israeli peace talks. The decision will not turn the Palestinian Authority...
  • US cuts off UNESCO funding after Palestinian vote November 1, 2011

    Washington: The United States said on Monday it had stopped funding UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, following its vote to grant the Palestinians full membership. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the United States had no choice but to halt funding because of US laws passed in the 1990s,...
  • UNESCO grants Palestinians full membership October 31, 2011

    Paris: The United Nations' cultural agency granted the Palestinians full membership on Monday, a step forward in their long-running efforts to achieve recognition before the world as an independent state. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) became the first UN agency to welcome the Palestinians as a full...
  • UNESCO honours Rabindranath Tagore September 13, 2011

    United Nations: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday launched a programme honouring Rabindranath Tagore, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and French poet Aime Cesaire for their work that 'carried high the standard of humanist values'. Coming from varied geographic, social and political backgrounds, Tagore, Neruda and Cesaire...
  • UNESCO adds new sites to world heritage list June 25, 2011

    Moscow: The UNESCO has added many new landmarks on its World Heritage List, the global organisation reported on its website. Among the new sites are lake districts in China and Kenya, a coastline in Australia, a delta in Senegal and a string of Japanese islands. UNESCO identified the Kenya Lake System in...
  • Morocco minaret collapse, toll rises to 41 February 20, 2010

    Meknes: Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Saturday ordered experts to check the safety of the country's historic mosques as the death toll from the collapse of a centuries-old minaret rose to 41 people, the official news agency said. The minaret fell onto a crowded mosque during prayers on Friday in the...