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  • The massive renovation and restoration effort at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, executed through the public-private partnership model, has won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation.
  • Sri RanganThe Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the first temple in TN to receive a Unesco award

Key Highlights:

  • The renowned Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, which is among the 108 divya desams, has been recognised with an Award of Merit, 2017, from Unesco’s Asia Pacific award for cultural heritage conservation. 
  • Of the 43 applications from 10 countries across the Asia Pacific region, the Unesco received, the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is the only
  • religious shrine in south India to bag this award. Mumbai’s Christ Church and Royal Bombay Opera House were the other monuments in India that received the Award of Merit this year.
  • The jury comprising of 9 international experts convened from Aug. 9 - 11 at Unesco, Bangkok, and awarded one award of excellence, two awards of distinction, four awards of merit, six honourable mentions and three award for new design in heritage contexts.
  • According to a communiqué from Unesco sent to the temple, dated November 1, the temple has been selected for the Award of Merit for 2017. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the first temple in TN to receive a Unesco award.
  • The temple got international recognition for the beautification and renovation work for Rs 20 crore taken up prior to a consecration ceremony in 2015, without affecting its centuries-old heritage.
  • Land-locked Nepal relies heavily on India for the transportation of goods and services. Nepal’s access to the sea is through India, and it imports a predominant proportion of its requirements from and through India. The India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 forms the bedrock of the special relations that exist between India and Nepal.
  • Ties between India and Nepal came under severe strain after Nepal published a new political map in 2020 that showed the three Indian territories - Limpiyadhura, Kalapani and Lipulekh - as part of Nepal.




  • The Supreme Court collegium recommended 39 women for appointment as high court judges in the last one year, out of whom 27 were appointed and the remaining 12 cases are under various stages of the process, Lok Sabha was informed  
  • Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said in the present system of appointment of Supreme Court and HC judges through the collegium system, the onus to provide social diversity and representation to all sections of the society .

Key Highlights:

  • government remains committed to social diversity in the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary and has been requesting chief justices of various high courts that while sending proposals for appointment of judges, due consideration be given to suitable candidates belonging to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes, minorities and women to ensure social diversity.
  • "From January 1, 2021 to March 30 this year, Supreme Court Collegium has recommended 39 women for appointment as high court judges, out of which 27 women were appointed and remaining 12 cases are under various stages of processing,"



  • Stalin along with his Delhi counterpart Arind Kejriwal visited a Delhi government school where officials briefed the Tamil Nadu chief minister on the change in the education system in the city under the AAP government.  
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said his government has been creating model schools in the southern state on the lines of Delhi and invited Arvind Kejriwal to visit them.

Key Highlights:

  • An official informed Stalin that the Delhi goernment has been spending around 25 per cent of its budget on education consistently for the last six to seven years.
  • In 2014-15, government schools had a pass percentage of 88 in Class 12, which was less than private schools. It increased to 98 per cent in 2019-20 as compared to 92 per cent in private schools,”
  • Stalin - government has been replicating Delhi’s model schools in the southern state.After coming to power in Tamil Nadu, we have been giving the highest priority to the education and medical sectors.
  •  Just like how model schools are running in Delhi, we are doing in Tamil Nadu also. We will invite Chief Minister Kejriwal after the completion of work there. He should come, I invite him on the behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu,”
  • Kejriwal told Stalin that principals of government schools are sent for training abroad and teachers are trained in Indian Institutes of Management.
  • Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told Stalin that the Delhi government is moving children away from rote learning to mindful learning.
  • When Stalin asked about improvement in terms of English, Kejriwal told him that they have tied up with the British Council and the US Embassy to train teachers in the language.
  • The Delhi chief minister also briefed Stalin about the new education board, happiness curriculum, deshbhakti curriculum and the entrepreneurship programme — Business Blasters.
  • Kejriwal told his Tamil Nadu counterpart that his government focused on improving school infrastructure in the first few years.




  • For the first time in the history of world cricket, 5 women have been nominated for the final of the Women's World Cup Cricket Tournament which will be suspended on Sunday.

Key Highlights:

  • GS is one of the proudest. . G.S. An Indian named Lad is also involved.
  • Verr is the first female umpire on the IC International Match Committee and the first female umpire to officiate at the One Day Cricket Kettle for Men.
  •  The referee will be the main referee for the final between Australia and England.
  • Lauren Agenbach of South Africa and Kim Cotton of New Zealand will officiate (umpires) and Jacqueline Williams of the West Indies will officiate (3rd umpires).
  • Zimbabwe's Langdon Ruser + referee, Pashmi, was the only female referee to officiate the final of the Women's T20 World Cup.
  •  Jacqueline Williams became the first female umpire to become the 3rd umpire in men's cricket.
  • The move is known as one of the ICC's initiatives to bring gender equality in cricket.
  • It is noteworthy that 8 out of the 15 match officials serving in this World Cup are women



  • In Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress leader and Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy yesterday inaugurated the handing over ceremony of 500 vehicles for the free scheme for postpartum women to return home with their infants.

Key Highlights:

  • In Andhra Pradesh, women and infants giving birth in government hospitals
  • To bring children home, 'y. SR, Thai - Say Express' free vehicle service kit has been launched.
  • The project, along with another 500 vehicles, was initiated by Mu Tal Vader Jaganmohan Reddy.
  • An additional 500 vehicles have been added to the Mother-Say Express program for women who have given birth to Jagan to return home with their infants.
  • All the districts of Andhra Pradesh are equipped with medical equipment for Reddy for the use of Vasara period Nmohan.
  • Additional Thai-Sai Express vehicles will now be used to service four-lakh mothers and infants every year.



  • “A" Gender Net Development and Policy Laboratory "has been set up on behalf of the Corporation to formulate policies related to the protection of urban women and to monitor the Nirbhaya program for the protection of women. Its service was initiated by the Mayor of the Corporation, R. Priya.

Key Highlights:

  • Gender Net Development and Policy Laboratory and Training Seminar on behalf of Chennai Corporation was held at Ribbon House premises. The Mayor of the Corporation R. Priya participated and inaugurated the seminar
  • The needs of women should be taken into consideration in decision making on urban planning and design globally.
  •  Women are less used in urban planning. Not only that but the fact of the matter is that they are often ignored in decision making. Public spaces for the planning and other gender needs of Indian cities should be created to promote equal development for women.
  • A Gender and Policy Lab has been set up by the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Corporation of Chennai under the “Chennai Municipal Corporation Project” and “ Nirbhaya” projects implemented with the assistance of the World Bank 3 experienced experts have been selected since last month and work is underway for this.The Gender Net Development and Policy Laboratory will monitor the Nirbhaya project, develop the necessary policies and awareness, and work to make public spaces and public transport safer and more accessible to women.
  • Over the next 3 years it will also act as an organization to implement this initiative in many sectors.








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