Tatra mountains and Puri as WHS
LIGHTNING IN POLAND
What’s in news?
Recently, 5 peoples died in Poland due to heavy lightning.
- A thunderstorm turned deadly in southern Poland after lightning struck a popular hiking destination in the country’s Tatra Mountains.
- The lightning bolt killed at least five people and left more than 100 others injured, some of them seriously injured.
About Tatra mountains:
- The Tatra Mountains is a mountain range that forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland.
- This is the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains.
- The Tatras is different with the Low Tatras, which are located south of the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia.
- Highest peak: Gerlach (2,655 m).
- Length*wide: 57 km/ 35 miles * 19 km.
- The Tatras are protected by law by the establishment of the Tatra National Park, Slovakia and the Tatra National Park, Poland, which are jointly entered in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
- In 1992, UNESCO jointly designated the Polish and Slovak parks a trans-boundary biosphere reserve in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, under its Man and the Biosphere Programme.
PURI AS WORLD HERITAGE CITY
What’s in news?
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a Rs 500 crore mega plan to develop Puri into a World Heritage City.
- The announcement came with recent Justice BP Das Commission’s recommendations, several structures around the temple up to 75 meters from its boundary on all sides were removed to ensure the temple’s safety and security.
- Since the terrorism is being developed, they target the holy places of various religions.
- As part of the project two rivers namely Musa and Mangala would be connected and facilities for riverfront tourism at a cost of Rs 85 crore.
World Heritage Site:
- A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties.
- To be selected as a World Heritage Site, it must be unique in some respect as a geographically and historically identifiable place having special cultural or physical significance.
- The list is maintained by the International World Heritage Program administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
- The program began with the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972.
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