1. India assumes monthly presidency of UNSC
– India assumed the monthly rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on December 1, the second time in its two-year tenure as an elected member of the Council in 2021-22.
– India had earlier assumed UNSC presidency in August 2021.
– Under India’s December presidency of UNSC, there are two signature events at the ministerial level, scheduled for December 14 (Reformed Multilateralism) and 15 (Counter-Terrorism).
2. How do personality rights protect celebrities?
– The Delhi High Court recently passed an interim order to prevent the unlawful use of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan’s name, image and voice.
– The court restrained people from infringing the personality rights of the actor.
Personality rights Definition:
– sometimes referred to as the right of publicity, are rights for an individual to control the commercial use of their identity, such as name, image, likeness, or other unequivocal identifiers.
Personality rights consist of two types of rights —
1.The right of publicity, or the right to keep one’s image and likeness from being commercially exploited without permission or contractual compensation and
2. The right to privacy or the right to not have one’s personality represented publicly without permission.
– Statutes like the Trademarks Act 1999 and the Copyright Act 1957 govern publicity rights.
3. Hornbill Festival
– 23rd Hornbill Festival 2022 begins in Nagaland
– 23rd Hornbill Festival 2022 begins at Naga Heritage Village Kisama in Nagaland. Nagaland’s famous Hornbill Festival is scheduled from 1st December to 10th December 2022.
– Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar graced the inaugural function of the festival as the Chief Guest. – Now it has been more than 20 years that the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland has welcomed visitors from around the world. In 10 days festival, a visitor gets the opportunity to view all the Naga tribes, their culture and distinctiveness in one place.
Hornbill Festival of Nagaland:
– Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is also popularly known as the ‘Festival of Festivals’ and showcases Nagaland’s rich culture.
– Hornbill is an Indian bird also known as the concave-casqued hornbill. It is one of the larger members of the hornbill family and is found in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The bird is an important part of tribal culture and is known for its size and colour. Indian Hornbill is a cultural icon of the Naga people and is part of the folklore of most tribes.
4. Baguette makes it to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage
– Baguette — the staple French bread — was inscribed into the UN’s list of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) on November 30.
What is intangible cultural heritage according to UNESCO?
UNESCO defines “intangible” as “expressions that have been passed from one generation to another, have evolved in response to their environments and contribute to giving us a sense of identity and continuity…”
According to an official document by UNESCO, ‘intangible cultural heritage’ includes “oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.
5. Facial recognition technology introduced at 3 airports in India under Digi Yatra initiative
– DigiYatra will be launched at four more airports — Hyderabad, Pune, Vijayawada and Kolkata — by March next year.
– The government on Thursday launched DigiYatra which will provide a seamless entry and embarkation process for air passengers at the airports in the national capital, Bangalore and Varanasi.
– DigiYatra is conceived to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports based on Facial Recognition Technology (FRT)