New Delhi: The Director-General of UNESCO has regretted the decision of the Turkish authorities, made without prior discussion, to change the status of Hagia Sophia. This evening, she shared her serious concerns with the Ambassador of Turkey to UNESCO. Hagia Sophia is part of the Historic Areas of Istanbul, a property inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. “Hagia Sophia is an architectural masterpiece and a unique testimony to interactions between Europe and Asia over the centuries. Its status as a museum reflects the universal nature of its heritage, and makes it a powerful symbol for dialogue,” said Director-General Audrey Azoulay. This decision announced raises the issue of the impact of this change of status on the property’s universal value. States have an obligation to ensure that modifications do not affect the Outstanding Universal Value of inscribed sites on their territories. UNESCO must be given prior notice of any such modifications, which, … [Read more...] about UNESCO contests move to change status of heritage site Hagia Sofia
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By Rajiv SaxenaPolice in Detroit, while investigating, were trying to figure out who stole five watches from a Shinola retail store. Authorities mentioned that the thief took off with an estimated $3,800 worth of merchandise. Investigators pulled a security video that had recorded the incident from cameras installed in the store and neighbourhood, which is very common in the US. Detectives zoomed in on the grainy footage and ran the person who appeared to be primary through ‘facial recognition software’. A hit came back: Robert Julian - Borchak Williams, 42, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, about 25 miles northwest of Detroit.In January, police pulled up to Williams' home and arrested him while he stood on his front lawn in front of his wife and two daughters, ages 2 and 5, who cried as they watched their father being taken away in the patrol car. His wife, Melissa Williams, wanted to know where police were taking her husband. “Google it,” she recalls an officer … [Read more...] about Will facial recognition technology bring ethical ‘sea changes’ in governance?
Disney’s new rules include mandatory masks and social distancing. Visitors will need reservations to enter a park, and they won’t be allowed to hop between parks. Both visitors and employees will receive temperature checks when they enter. Fireworks shows and parades have been suspended to prevent drawing too many people together. … [Read more...] about ‘Masks, social distancing are mandatory’: Disney World to reopen as coronavirus cases surge in Florida
The old normal life isn't back, but you can still hike to Grand Canyon National Park, as long as you follow some restrictions. The park began limited daily access from May 29 and allowed 24-hour access along with lodging from June 5. However, as of now existing backcountry permits will be honoured, but the park won't issue any new permits. … [Read more...] about No fireworks, parades or meet-and-greet sessions with Mickey Mouse as Disney World reopens
Population Research Centre, Department of Statistics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, observed World Population Day in collaboration with the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP) and it was held through Google Meet in the centre. The Vice-Chairperson, Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) & State Nodal Officer, All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE), T. Lakshmamma, was the chief guest. … [Read more...] about World Population Day observed