PLACES IN NEWS - 2019 July

July 29

A 1,000-year-old Shawala Teja Singh Temple located in Sialkot city of Pakistan, which was sealed ever since the partition (72 years), has been re-opened. Decision to reopen temple was issued by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Shawala Teja Singh temple is an ancient Hindu temple which was built by Sardar Teja Singh, is dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva, in Sialkot in Punjab province of Pakistan. It was shut down during Partition. In 1992 a mob protesting against demolition of Babri Masjid in India had reportedly damaged temple. 

July 22

The 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup football tournament will take place in Cardiff in Wales from July 27th to August 3rd, 2019. The tournament is organised by the Homeless World Cup Foundation, which uses football as a vehicle to help homeless people learn to trust, share, and build relationships and discipline. Indian men's and women's football squads, led by Amrit Pal Singh and Sujata Rai, would take part in the 2019 football tournament. Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain.

July 8

UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) has added Italy’s hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, which is home to world-famous sparkling wine Prosecco, to World Heritage list. These Prosecco hills are located northeast of Venice, have been cultivated for centuries. It stretches for 30 kilometers (nearly 20 miles).

July 7

The first model village built with Indian assistance under the Model Villages Program was inaugurated at Ranidugama in Gampaha in Sri Lanka. It is a p art of housing project meant for war affected people and estate workers. The fully constructed houses were handed over to beneficiaries. India has partnered with Sri Lankan Ministry of Housing and Construction and Cultural Affairs to build 100 model villages. These 2400 houses are in addition to 60000 accommodations built under Indian Housing Project meant for war affected people in north and east Sri Lanka and estate workers in plantation areas of the country.

July 6

Pink City, Jaipur has made its entry into the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It is known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture. The decision was taken at the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO at Baku in Azerbaijan.

July 5

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has voted to list sprawling Mesopotamian metropolis of Babylon as a World Heritage Site (WHS).  It was the Centre of ancient Babylonian empire more than 4,000 years ago. Built on the banks of the river Euphrates is internationally known for its hanging gardens, the Ishtar Gate and Tower of Babel. The Babylonian civilization is known for writing, administration and science.

Australian Aboriginal site ‘Budj Bim Cultural Landscape’ in south-west Victoria has been added to UNESCOS’s World Heritage List. It has become 1st site in Australia to receive world heritage protection only for its Aboriginal cultural importance.  The site is located within the Country of the Gunditjmara, which was created about 6,600 years ago by the Gunditjmara people. Gunditjmara has one of the largest and oldest aquaculture networks.

July 4

The first and the only Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the Global Lighthouse Network (GLN) of World Economic Forum (WEF) is the Tata Steel Kalinganagar (TSK) . The lighthouses are chosen for their leadership in applying Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to drive financial and operational impact. The factories were selected based on their success in integrating these technologies to increase efficiency and drive innovation.