What’s in news?
- The number of children being sent to Special Training Centres (STCs) for rehabilitation has reduced by almost one-third.
- As a 55th Italy’s World Heritage site, Prosecco hills north-east of Venice, which have been cultivated for centuries, were added to the World Heritage list by the UN cultural organisation.
- Researchers of Isreal have pinpointed the site of an ancient Philistine town mentioned in the biblical tale of David seeking refuge from the Israelite king Saul.
1. REHABILITATED CHILD LABOUR COUNT DECLINED:
- According to data from the labour ministry, Though the number of children being rescued from child labour has gone up over the past three years, the number of children being sent to Special Training Centres (STCs) for rehabilitation has reduced by almost one-third.
- The number of children in STCs;
- In 2016-17: 43,109
- In 2017-18: 46,370
- But the number was declined to 15,027 in 2018-19.
- Tamil Nadu has the highest number of children in STCs with 2,675, followed by West Bengal (2,620) and Maharashtra (2,577).
- Assam (50), Haryana (86) and Nagaland (325) are the three states with least children in STCs are.
- Jammu and Kashmir and Odisha are the two states which do not have any children in STCs.
- The number of children rescued were led by;
- West Bengal – 22114
- Madhya Pradesh – 21387
- Uttar Pradesh – 7374
- Rajasthan and Bihar are the two states which have not rescued any children in 2018-19.
2. PROSECCO HILLS AS WORLD HERITAGE SITE:
- The Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, where the grapes that produce the famous prosecco sparkling wine are grown, got the green light at a meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Baku.
- The landscape is characterised by ‘hogback’ hills, ciglioni– small plots of vines on narrow grassy terraces forests, small villages and farmland.
3. ANCIENT PHILISTINE TOWN:
- Ancient Philistine town mentioned in the biblical tale of David seeking refuge from the Israelite king Saul
- A biblical tale says the town became the unlikely seat of David before his anointment as king in Hebron following Saul’s death.
- Ziklag’s location has been the subject of scientific debate, with 12 possible locations named in southern Israel.
- The researchers also mentioned that what is today part of central and southern Israel and the Gaza Strip and were a feared enemy of the Israelites.