National sports day Aug 29
The National Sports Day (NSD) is celebrated every year in India on the 29th of August to mark the birth anniversary of legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand, who was known as ‘The Wizard’ or ‘The Magician’ of hockey for his superb ball control
Over 60 million Indo-Gangetic plain dwellers exposed to black carbon: Study
More than 60 million inhabitants of the Indo-Gangetic plain (IGP) are exposed to enormous concentrations of atmospheric health hazardous Black carbon (BC), a sooty material emitted by fossil fuels and the burning of agricultural waste among others, a study conducted by an international team, including researchers from IIT Kharagpur. The black carbon leaves the natives of this region which has populous rural areas as well as mega cities vulnerable to various cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), particularly during winter times.
UNESCO to adopt ICH dossiers in regional languages from now
The cultural identity and basic flavour of any community remained intact, UNESCO will accept International Cultural Heritage (ICH) dossiers in the language of the practitioners along with English or French versions for evaluation. This was informed by Tim Curtis, Secretary, Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Culture Heritage, UNESCO at an event here to celebrate the successful inscription of ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of ICH of Humanity in 2021.
13th Indo-US military exercise on fighting terrorism held in Himachal
The 13th Edition of India-US joint exercise between the elite commandos of their respective Special Forces named ‘VAJRA PRAHAR’ 2022 focussing on fighting terrorism culminated at Bakloh (HP). This annual exercise is hosted alternatively between India and the United States. The 12th edition was conducted at Joint Base Lewis Mc Chord, Washington (USA) in October 2021. The exercise VAJRA PRAHAR with the US Special Forces is significant in terms of security challenges faced by both nations in the backdrop of the current global situation.
Modi stresses water conservation
While appreciating the use of mobile technology and localised innovative ways in ‘Anganwadi Kendra’s in the country to fight malnutrition among children, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday also asked people to popularise ” healthy millet-made dishes” on social media ahead of the festivals season and before the commencement of the UN-announced ‘Millet-year’ 2023. Modi said that millets- the coarse grain- of which India is the ” largest producer” in the world have been categorised as “superfood”.
Addressing people in his monthly radio talk ‘man ki Baat, the Prime Minister touched on a range of issues including the countrywide “josh” for the tricolour in the celebrations of ‘Amrit Kal’ and the need for water conservation and resurrecting water bodies all over the country.
Speaking about the need for water conservation Modi cited many successful efforts toward making ‘Amrit Sarovars‘ and recharging water bodies, particularly in rural areas.
NCRB release the suicide list for India
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in its Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India 2021 report, stated that 1,64,033 suicides were reported in India in 2021. The majority of suicides were reported in Maharashtra (22,207) followed by 18,925 suicides in Tamil Nadu, 14,965 suicides in Madhya Pradesh, 13,500 suicides in West Bengal and 13,056 suicides in Karnataka, the report said.
Paytm appoints financial services expert GS Sundararajan
Paytm has appointed financial services veteran GS Sundararajan to its board as an Independent Director, the firm said in a filing with the stock exchanges. Sundararajan is the former CEO and MD of Fullerton India Credit Company and the former MD of asset-based finance business for Citibank India. Paytm’s Independent Director Mark Schwartz will retire after his tenure ends
First state-run water school opens in Hyderabad
Hyderabad’s first state-run water school has been opened in the Durgam Cheruvu area of Madhapur in which water sports such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and stand-up paddling will be taught. The school will be opened initially for underprivileged students and later in the subsequent two weeks, it will be opened to the general public
Jio`s pan India fibre optic network can go around earth 27 times
Jio’s pan-India fibre optic network is over 11 lakh km in length, long enough to go around Earth more than 27 times, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani said during the company’s annual general meeting. The company also unveiled Jio AirFiber during the AGM on Monday. It is a wireless 5G hotspot that doesn’t require fibre cables to reach homes
100 families return to their apartments after the Noida twin tower demolished
Around 100 families from nearby apartments who were asked to vacate their homes ahead of the Supertech twin towers’ demolition in Noida have returned to their places. Apex (32 storeys) and Cyane (29 storeys) were demolished in 12 seconds on Sunday. The area around the collapsed buildings has been barricaded by the police
75 Tribal districts identified for TB interventions
75 high-burden tribal districts have been selected by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Central TB Division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to become TB free in the coming months.
International day against nuclear tests observed on Aug 29
The International Day Against Nuclear Tests is observed every year across the world on 29 August to raise awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions.