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The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday told the apex court that it would be difficult to declare Agra a 'heritage city', as proposed by the Centre last month.

What will happen if UNESCO withdraws world heritage tag for Taj: SC

Supreme Court, which has been monitoring efforts to restore the Taj, noted that the draft vision document on protection of the monument, submitted by the UP government was prepared without consulting the Archeological Survey of India

In Mumbai, heritage buildings are living, breathing structures: Abha Lambah

UNESCO has declared South Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco ensembles as a World Heritage Site. Conservation expert Abha Narain Lambah talks to The Indian Express on what it means for Mumbai and the challenges ahead.

Mumbai’s Victorian Gothic, Art Deco buildings get UNESCO World Heritage tag

Mumbai now has equal number of UNESCO sites as Delhi, which has three- Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Maharashtra now has a total of five such sites, including the Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad.

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Jammu and Kashmir sites await UNESCO heritage tag as state sits on nominations

According to UNESCO’s procedure for inscription, once a site has been named in a country’s “tentative list” for consideration by the World Heritage Committee, “a State Party can plan when to present a nomination file”.

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India witnessed highest number of Internet shutdowns in 2017-18: UNESCO report

India saw 82 instances of internet shutdowns between May 2017 and April 2018, as per a UNESCO report.

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Unesco chief regrets Israel’s withdrawal

On October 12, the US formally notified the Unesco that it would withdraw from the organization on December 31, 2018. On the same day, Israel welcomed this decision and announced it was considering a similar move due to the body’s “anti-Israel” bias

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UNESCO declares Kumbh Mela as India’s ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’

The list describes Kumbh Mela as “the festival of the sacred Pitcher” where pilgrims bathe or take a dip in a sacred river.

Lack of accountability is hindering progress in education sector: UNESCO report

The UNESCO report highlighted that providing universal quality education should be the responsibility of the government and all education stakeholders.

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Asian education systems conceived on narrow, ‘nationalistic’ terms, says UNESCO

Contrary to common perception, South Asian countries were seen to accord the highest weightage to gender equality.

World seeing rise of exclusive politics: UNESCO chief Audrey Azoulay

“We see today the rise of exclusive politics and discourses of division. We see diversity being rejected as a source of weakness. “We see myths of ‘pure’ cultures of lore being gloried, fuelled by ignorance and sometimes hatred. We see others being scapegoated and repressed.”

After withdrawal from UNESCO, US warns other UN agencies

US taxpayers should “no longer be on the hook to pay for policies that are hostile to our values and make a mockery of justice and common sense,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement.

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Israel says Donald Trump’s UNESCO pullout means ‘new era’ at UN

Washington opposes any move by UN bodies to recognise the Palestinians as a state, believing that this must await a negotiated Middle East peace deal.

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US withdraws from UNESCO, accuses the organisation of anti-Israel bias

Washington would establish an “observer mission” to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

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No girls allowed: Japan’s men-only island gets UNESCO nod

The tiny landmass of Okinoshima is permanently manned by a Shinto priest who prays to the island’s goddess, in a tradition that has been kept up for centuries.

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Ahmedabad becomes India’s first World Heritage city

In June, members of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO had visited Ahmedabad and had informed the Central govt that it has deferred Ahmedabad’s world heritage city nomination. The WHC had stated that it was not satisfied with the documentation related to the “outstanding universal values” for Ahmedabad’s walled city.