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India is close to signing an agreement with the United States under which the process for the return of stolen antiquities will be hugely simplified, The Indian Express has learnt. Instead of India having to prove that the item in question belongs to it, the US will automatically offer it for return once the Cultural Property Agreement (CPA) comes through.
Is street art, such as murals in public spaces, entitled to copyright protection? The Delhi High Court has decided to examine the issue.
The Ministry of Culture had organised an exhibition titled ‘Re(ad)dress: Return of Treasures’, on the sidelines of the Khajuraho meet, showcasing 26 artefacts that have returned to India after being stolen and smuggled abroad.
The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has 3696 monuments under protection, which are spread, throughout the country. These monuments not only exhibit the rich cultural heritage of India but also play a significant role in fostering the economical growth. In order to sustain the rich cultural legacy, the heritage sites require time to time enhancement of the amenities. To this end and to further enhance the experience of visitors, ASI will be launching “Adopt a Heritage 2.0” programme on 4th September 2023 at Samvet Auditorium, IGNCA, New Delhi. Under this programme, ASI invites corporate stakeholders to enhance the amenities at the monuments by utilizing their CSR funds.
Spain holds the Presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2023, and as Spain’s Culture Minister, Miquel Iceta participated in the G-20 meeting of Culture Ministers in Varanasi on August 26. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Iceta described India as a “cultural superpower” and expressed concern about trafficking of cultural artefacts and destruction of heritage in Ukraine.
The cultural ministers of G20 countries on Saturday called for a strengthened and effective global coalition to bolster the fight against their illicit trafficking of cultural property. They also welcomed the progress made at national, regional or international levels towards resolving issues and enabling the return and restitution of cultural property to their countries and communities of origin.