1)Year End Review of Ministry of Culture:
i) National Virtual Library of India
·Under the aegis of the National Mission on Libraries, the National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) has been envisaged as the platform which would bring together all information generated in India and about India and make such information accessible to the citizens through user friendly search interfaces.
ii) Excavation at the site near Saser La Pass in Ladakh at an altitude of about 13500-14000 feet.
9245 BC Camping Site.
·Project ‘Mausam’ is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture to be implemented by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as the nodal agency with research support of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and National Museum as associate bodies. This project aims to explore the multi-faceted Indian Ocean ‘world’ – collating archaeological and historical research in order to document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean
iv)Swachh Bharat – Swachh Smarak
·All ASI Protected Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites Declared Polythene Free Zones
v) Sanskriti App: Sanskriti is a Mobile App to view cultural events of India.
vi)The 2nd Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav(RSM)-2016 was organized by Ministry of Culture from 15th to 24th October, 2016 at IGNCA, New Delhi.
vii)Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) in Sikkim and The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh were also announced as World Heritage Sites during the 40th session of the WHC held at Istanbul in Turkey in 2016.
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2)Insertion of LEAP SECOND in the Indian Standard Time.
What is Leap Second:- A leap second is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to keep its time of day close to the mean solar time, or UT1.
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) -National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) is the custodian of Indian Standard Time (IST) and has the responsibility for realization, establishment, maintenance and dissemination of IST through an act of Parliament.
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