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UNESCO chief decries 'cultural cleansing' in IS video

The leader of the UN cultural agency is denouncing the Islamic State group's destruction of ancient statues and artifacts as "cultural cleansing" and a war crime that the world must punish.

UN cultural body appeals to ICC over Iraq heritage destruction

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova called Friday on the International Criminal Court to look into the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Iraq that has caused outrage globally.

Islamic State ransacks Mosul library, burns thousands of rare books

Continuing to display its barbaric act to the world, Islamic State militants ransacked the public library of Mosul in Iraq and burned down thousands of rare books and manuscripts, reports claimed on Thursday.

Environmental loss in Sundarbans worth Rs 1290 cr: World Bank
Environmental loss in Sundarbans worth Rs 1290 cr: World Bank

 Environmental damage in the climate change-hit islands of Sundarbans is costing India Rs 1,290 crore each year, estimates a latest World Bank report.

More and more Indians now head to Vienna
More and more Indians now head to Vienna

There has been a marked increase in Indians visiting Vienna and a senior Austrian official hoped to "increase it to 100,000 overnights by 2017".

Unesco condemns Japanese journalist's killing

Unesco director general Irina Bokova Tuesday condemned the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State militants, urging mediapersons in Syria and neighbouring Iraq to take precautions for their personal safety.

Assam to set up wildlife museum in Kaziranga

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday announced that the state government would set up a state-of-the-art interpretation centre and wildlife museum with modern 3D shows at Kaziranga.

SMART: India's first theatre management programme
SMART: India's first theatre management programme

India's very first theatre management programme, Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre (SMART) has been launched jointly by Indian Theatre Forum ( ITF), Indian Foundation for the Arts and Junoon recently. The programme aims to make any theatre group/ organization more sustainable, effective, financially viable and capable of giving shape to creative ideas.

Unesco releases commemorative coins on 70th anniversary

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Unesco Monday released a new collection of commemorative coins which are themed on scenic sites such as the Great Barrier Reef (Australia), the Rocky Mountains (Canada) and Mount Fuji (Japan), among others.

KCR seeks inclusion of Hyderabad as UNESCO world heritage site

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has urged the Centre to name Hyderabad as India's official entry for inclusion in UNESCO's world heritage sites.

War ravages Syria heritage sites

Nearly 300 sites of incalculable value for Syria and human history have been destroyed, damaged or looted in almost four years of war, the UN said yesterday, citing "alarming" satellite evidence.

Nearly 300 heritage sites hit by Syria war: UN

Nearly 300 cultural heritage sites have been destroyed, damaged and looted in Syria since its conflict broke out in 2011, the UN said today in a report citing satellite evidence.

Militants attack bus on Kenyan coast, no injuries

Islamist gunmen on Saturday opened fire on a passenger bus along the Kenyan coast but fled without injuring anyone, witnesses and officials said, nearly a month after Shebab militants executed 28 non-Muslim bus passengers in the country.

India to host special event in Paris to mark WW I centenary today

India will on Thursday organise a special event to commemorate the centenary of World War I at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

India to host special event in Paris to mark WW I centenary

India will organise a special event tomorrow to commemorate the centenary of World War I at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Unesco wants protected cultural zones in Syria, Iraq

 Unesco chief Irina Bokova Thursday called for creation of protected cultural zones around heritage sites in conflict-hit Syria and Iraq.

UNESCO calls for 'protected cultural zones' in Syria, Iraq

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova has called for the creation of "protected cultural zones" to save heritage sites in conflict-torn Iraq and Syria that were at risk of "cultural cleansing".

Separate training for teachers to educate differentially-abled kids: Irani

A separate academy would be set up to train teachers to impart education to differentially-abled children and address their challenges, HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said.

India, UNESCO ink letter of intent to cooperate in reducing disaster risks

India and the UNSECO signed a letter of intent for better cooperation in the field of reducing disaster risks and capacity-building In Earth Sciences.

UNESCO supports Iraq against destruction of cultural heritage

Baghdad: UNESCO chief Irina Bokova Sunday voiced support for the Iraqi government against "barbaric" destruction of the Iraqi cultural heritage, as the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) destroyed several ancient sites in the country.