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Stolen Indian antiquities resurface in foreign countries

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It has been reported that a total of 101 antiquities have been stolen from Centrally Protected Monument since 2000 .These stolen  antiquities have resurfaced in foreign territories. Further 48 objects have been stolen from various temples in the state , which were not under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India. As per records 7 of the total 48 have resurfaced in foreign countries.
According to the Consulate General of India, New York a staggering total of 712 art objects has been seized by US Immigration and Customs Information including objects of Indian origin.A case has been registered by the CBI in connection with all Indian antiquities stolen and sold overseas from 2000 to 2016 .

For the retrieval of the stolen objects surfacing in foreign countries many missions have been undertaken. Consulate General of India, New York has already taken up the matter with US Immigration and Customs Information.
Economic Offences Unit-VI of Central Bureau of Investigation deals with offences related to antiquity. Government of Tamil Nadu has also set up Idol Wing CID for the purpose.
Our ministry of culture has set up a national mission and antiquities for the documentation of antiques . Till 2016 a staggering total of 15 lakh artefacts has been registered.

link:http://wap.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/indian-antiquities-stolen-and-sold-in-foreign-countries-116030900514_1.html

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An Average Indian Spends One-Third Waking Hours on Smartphone: Survey

The survey, conducted online as well as face to face across top eight cities -- found that 75 per cent of the respondents agreed to have owned a smartphone in their teens

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The result of Smartphone addiction is such that 30 per cent fewer people meet family and loved ones multiple times a month. Pixabay

An average Indian is spending one-third of his or her waking hours on phone – nearly 1,800 hours a year — and three out of four respondent said if smartphone usage continues at this rate, it is likely to impact their mental or physical health, a survey revealed on Friday.

More than half of the respondents have never tried to switch off from their social handles and confessed to not being able to live without their phones while almost all respondents prefered having virtual conversations with friends and relatives, said the joint survey by Cybermedia Research (CMR) with Chinese smartphone maker Vivo.

“The results demonstrate that the dependency over smartphones has increased. While smartphone will continue to be the primary go-to device, users have realized that periodically switching-off would help benefit their personal health,” said Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.

The result of smartphone addiction is such that 30 per cent fewer people meet family and loved ones multiple times a month.

One in three people felt that they can’t even have a five-minute conversation with friends and family without checking their phones while three out of five respondents said that it’s important to have a life separate from mobile phone and that could help them lead to happier lives,” the findings showed.

“As the ‘born in the net’ generation grows up as digital natives, there is a fundamental change underway within society — redefining relationships, interactions and the very fabric of human emotions and exchanges,” said Nipun Marya, Director Brand Strategy, Vivo India.

“This transformation is also an opportunity to harness and drive positive change, reinforce balance and responsible proliferation of technology and its usage among consumers,” he added.

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An average Indian is spending one-third of his or her waking hours on phone – nearly 1,800 hours a year — and three out of four respondent said if smartphone usage continues at this rate, it is likely to impact their mental or physical health, a survey revealed on Friday. Pixabay

The survey, conducted online as well as face to face across top eight cities — found that 75 per cent of the respondents agreed to have owned a smartphone in their teens and of them, 41 per cent were hooked to phones even before graduating from high school.

The total number of respondents was 2,000 out of which 36 per cent were women and 64 per cent were men.

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“For results based on a randomly chosen sample of this size, there is 95 per cent confidence that the results have a statistical precision of plus or minus 2.2 per cent of what they would be if the entire population had been surveyed,” said the survey. (IANS)