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  • Vaid's ICS, Lucknow
  • 16, Dec 2021
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The 16th Committee of UNESCO for safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in its meeting held in Paris has inscribed DURGA PUJA in KOLKATA on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

  • This is the 1st festival in Asia to achieve recognition as UNESCO ICH of Humanity.
  • UNESCO’s list of intangible culture is an annual list which focuses on those forms of performing art which are of outstanding value but are vulnerable due to lack of support.
  • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2003. India ratified it in 2007.
  • In total, 14 Intangible Cultural Heritage elements from India have now been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List.



An internet-based platform called ‘VIHANGAM’ integrated with a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) at Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) was inaugurated on 1st September 2021.

The salient features of the said system are as under:

  • The system consists of a Ground Control Station (GCS), an RPAS, internet lease line of 40 Mbps and VIHANGAM portal.
  • It has been deployed at two opencast mines of MCL namely Bhubaneswari and Lingaraj initially on trial basis.
  • The system enables real-time transmission of aerial video of mining activities from mines to internet platform which can be accessed through VIHANGAM portal by authorized personnel only having ID and password.