National Cinema Day 2022
National Cinema Day is observed on September 23. The day has been scheduled by the Multiplex Association of India (MAI). Over 4,000 screens at multiplexes from across the country, including PVR, INOX, Cinepolis, Carnival, and Delite, have teamed up to offer a “celebratory admission price” of Rs 75 to mark National Cinema Day.
International Day of Sign Language 2022
The International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) is celebrated annually across the world on 23 September. The day is a unique opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all deaf people and other sign language users.
The theme for the 2022 International Day of Sign languages is “Sign Languages Unite Us!”. Deaf communities, governments and civil society organisations maintain their collective efforts in fostering, promoting and recognising national sign languages as part of their countries’ vibrant and diverse linguistic landscapes.
Turkey is embroiled in the confrontation on the divided island of Cyprus between its ethnic compatriots who hold the breakaway northern part of it and the Greek Cypriots. In a tweet after the meeting with Turk Foreign Minister, Jaishankar said they held a “wide-ranging conversation that covered the Ukraine conflict, food security, G20 processes, global order, NAM (Non-aligned Movement) and Cyprus”.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met the Turkish Foreign Minister for a wide-ranging discussion on global affairs, hours after Ankara’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a neutral-sounding reference to Kashmir in his General Assembly address.
India Hypertension Control Initiative wins UN award to control and prevent hypertension
India has won the United Nations (UN) award for its ‘India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI)’, a large-scale hypertension intervention under the National Health Mission (NHM) that saw 3.4 million hypertensive people identified and put on treatment at various government health facilities. The ‘2022 UN Interagency Task Force, and WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care Award’ was announced at the UN General Assembly side event in New York, USA.
- The award is for India’s initiative to control and prevent hypertension under the government’s NHM.
- It has been recognized for India’s exceptional work within India’s existing primary healthcare system.
- IHCI is a collaborative initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), state governments and the World Health Organization(WHO)India.
GoI named Bharat Lal as the new DG of the National Centre for Good Governance
Retired Gujarat cadre officer, Bharat Lal has been appointed as the Director General, National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG).
- The National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) is an autonomous institute under the aegis of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India. Its head office is in New Delhi and the branch office is at Mussoorie.
- The NCGG has been set up to assist in bringing about governance reforms through studies, training, knowledge sharing and promotion of good ideas.
- It seeks to carry out policy-relevant research and prepare case studies; curate training courses for civil servants from India and other developing countries; provide a platform for sharing of existing knowledge and pro-actively seek out and develop ideas for their implementation in the government, both at the National and International Level.
Nation gets its first Dugong Conservation Reserve in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu has notified the country’s first ‘Dugong Conservation Reserve’ in Palk Bay covering the coastal waters of Thanjavur and Pudukottai districts with an area of 448 square kilometres.
In September 2021 Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) initiated the idea of the ‘Dugong Conservation Reserve’ to be established in the Palk Bay region, in order to protect the endangered Dugong species and its marine habitats in Tamil Nadu. At present, there are around 240 Dugongs in India and a majority of them are found in the Tamil Nadu Coast (Palk Bay region).
PM Modi receives a copy of the Assamese Dictionary Hemkosh in braille
In New Delhi, Jayanta Baruah gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi a copy of the Assamese Dictionary Hemkosh in Braille. Jayanta Baruah and his colleagues received praise from Mr Modi for their efforts. Assamese Dictionary Hemkosh was one of the first Assamese dictionaries, published in the nineteenth century. Sarbananda Sonowal, the minister for ports, shipping, and waterways, as well as other officials, were present on this occasion.
India’s first successful full-arm transplant was performed in Kerala hospital
India’s first full arm transplant was performed at the Kerala-based Amrita Hospital. 20 surgeons, 10 anaesthetists, and 5 practice sessions were performed which took 18 hours of surgery. It is the third of its type in the world, such a transplant was only performed previously in Mexico and France.
India’s first plant-based meat shipped to the US
Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has announced that Greenest, which is a leading plant protein food brand, has shipped India’s first plant-based meat export consignment to the USA from Gujarat in India. The plant-based consignment is 5000 kg and consists of mini samosas, hot and spicy strips, momos, spring rolls, nuggets, grilled patty, and other vegan products.
Uttar Pradesh Legislature reserves a women-only day
Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly is all set to have a day reserved for women legislators to speak and raise women-centric issues in the House. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath wrote a letter to all women legislatures and told them about initiatives taken by Government under Mission Shakti Scheme which is a historic moment. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath also informed that the session at the country’s largest legislature would set an example.
- The largest legislature of India has created the decision of making a reserved day for women legislators to speak.
- It will allow putting forward the problems and achievements of the state and other important issues in the House.
- This session will be an example for the country of what women members want to express, adding that any positive suggestions from them regarding the present, future, and self-reliance of the state will help the government take steps in that direction.
- Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly has 403 members and there are 47 women MLAs including 22 first-timers.
Chinese Scientists create world’s first cloned wild Arctic wolf ‘Maya’
A wild Arctic wolf was successfully cloned for the first time in the world by a Beijing-based gene firm. The cloning of the Arctic wolf, also known as the white wolf or polar wolf, which is native to the High Arctic tundra of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Islands, is considered a milestone achievement in conserving rare and endangered species through cloning technology.
India is the third largest market for Lladro
The Indian market has surpassed Spain to emerge as the third largest market for iconic Spanish porcelain brand Lladro after Japan and the US as a comeback in gross sales in 2022. In 2021, the Indian market grew by 33% and in 2022 India has set a target to grow between 35 to 37%.
Year to date compared to last year India is growing at the rate of 15%. The Global Sales Director of Lladro SA, Fernando Gallego Cruz praised the growing and promising Indian market and wishes to invest in the Indian market in the future.
SC appoints former judge Justice L Nageswara Rao for amending the constitution of the IOA
The Supreme court of India appointed retired judge Justice L. Nageswar Rao for amending the constitution of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and preparing the electoral college of the association. Justice Rao will come up with a series of recommendations for the amendment of the constitution and help the body to hold its election by 15 December 2022.
On September 26, NASA’s DART Mission collided with an asteroid
In order to test a crucial technology that might be used to divert asteroids heading towards Earth, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, which is nearing the end of its life, will fall on an asteroid.
The spacecraft has travelled along a celestial path under Jupiter’s supervision, which is the largest planet in the solar system. On September 26, the spacecraft will travel at a speed of 24,000 kilometres per hour as it collides with the Didymos binary asteroid system, softly deflecting and altering its orbit.
NCC and UNEP sign an agreement in presence of the defence minister
Rajnath Singh, the defence minister, saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It aims to coordinate initiatives to involve young people in promoting clean water bodies.
- The Puneet Sagar Abhiyan was introduced by the NCC on December 1st, 2017.
- The campaign’s objectives are to rid seashores of plastic and other trash and raise public awareness of how important cleanliness is.
- More than 12 million NCC cadets, alumni, and volunteers have collected over 100 tonnes of plastic debris from approximately 1,900 places since the start of the Puneet Sagar Abhiyan.
- The Resident Representative of the UN World Food Programme, Bishow Parajuli, and Director General of the NCC, Lieutenant General Gurbirpal Singh, signed the Memorandum of Understanding.