Srirangam temple wins UNESCO award
The massive renovation and restoration effort at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam has won the UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit 2017 for cultural heritage conservation.
The temple bagged one of the four Awards of Merit from a jury comprising nine international conservation experts, which considered conservation projects from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
The renovation of the temple began in June 2014 at the behest of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who was elected from the Srirangam constituency back in 2011.
The temple, considered the foremost of the 108 divyadesams, is situated on an islet between the Cauvery and the Coleroon rivers. It has seven prakaras and 21 towers, including the majestic 236-feet-high rajagopuram.
Air New Zealand named airline of the year
Air New Zealand has been named Airline of the Year for 2018 by AirlineRatings.com.
AirlineRatings.com has honoured the airline with its most prestigious award for the fifth consecutive year. The Airline Excellence Awards judge airlines on 12 key criteria, including fleet age, passenger reviews, profitability, investment rating, product offerings and staff relations.
AirlineRatings.com’s Top 5 Airlines for 2018:
- Air New Zealand
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin Australia
- Virgin Atlantic
India’s forex reserves fall to $398.8 billion
Reserve Bank of India data showed that India’s foreign exchange reserves fell for the second straight week to $398.761 billion.
The reserves, which act as a cushion against dollar outflows, fell $1.560 billion in the last two weeks amid concerns over tightening of global monetary easing.
While RBI does not provide reasons behind fall in reserves, forex traders said the fall indicates that RBI must have sold more dollars than what it had purchased over the last fortnight.
The fall was also due to changes in valuation of reserves held in other global currencies such as euro and pound sterling.
International Conference on “Ramayan Circuit and Mithila-Awadh Relations” begins in Janakpur
An international Conference on “Ramayan Circuit and Mithila-Awadh Relations” started at Janakpur in Nepal. Eminent experts from India and Nepal participating in the two day event. Culture Minister of Nepal Jitendra Naryan Dev inaugurated this conference.
The basic objective of the conference is to give thrust on all aspects of social, cultural and religious ties between Mithila and Awadh besides developing connectivity between Janakpur and Ayodhya.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal Visit in 2014 an agreement was signed between India and Nepal to develop Ayodhya and Janakpur as twin cities.