By admin: Sept. 11, 2023

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir inaugurates 'Bangus Adventure Festival'

Tags: Festivals

On September 10, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the 'Bangus Adventure Festival' in North Kashmir's Kupwara district.

An Overview of the News

  • The 'Bangus Adventure Festival' aims to promote tribal culture and act as a platform for local artisans to display their traditional arts and crafts.

  • Bangus is famous for its captivating natural beauty and has immense potential for eco-tourism.

  • The main valley is known as Boud-Bangus, while a smaller valley is known as Lakut-Bangus.

About Jammu and Kashmir

  • Jammu and Kashmir was a state of India until August 2019, when it was bifurcated as two union territories named Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on 31 August 2019.

  • Capital- Srinagar (May-October), Jammu (November-April)

  • Lieutenant Governor - Manoj Sinha

  • Legislative Council - 36 seats

  • Legislative Assembly - 89 seats

Indian archer Prathamesh Jawkar wins silver medal in 2023 Archery World Cup debut

Tags: Sports

Indian compound archer Prathamesh Jawkar won a silver medal in his first appearance at the 2023 Archery World Cup Final in Hermosillo, Mexico.

An Overview of the News

  • Jawkar defeated world number one Mike Schloesser for the second time in four months.

  • In the final, Javkar faced Denmark's Mathias Fullerton, resulting in a 148–148 tie. Fullerton won the gold medal by the slimmest of margins.

  • Another Indian archer Abhishek Verma lost to Mike Schloesser in the match (150-149).

About Archery World Cup

  • It is an event organized by the World Archery Federation.

  • It started in 2006 and has a unique competition format.

  • Archers compete in four stages held in different countries.

  • The top eight archers in each category (increased from four archers between 2006 and 2009) advance to the Archery World Cup Final.

  • The World Cup has been broadcast live on Eurosport since 2013 and The event is sponsored by Kia and Longines.

12 scientists selected for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for 2022

Tags: Awards

The country's top annual science award, the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, was announced after a gap of two years. This year, 12 scientists were selected for the award in seven different scientific categories.

An Overview of the News

  • Director General of CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) Dr. N. Kalaiselvi officially announced the awards for the year 2022.

  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award are awarded in seven scientific disciplines, including physics, biology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, chemistry, and earth sciences. They are named after Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the first director of CSIR.

One Week One Lab Program:

  • Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Jitendra Singh launched the 'One Week One Lab' program at CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (NISCPR).

  • The event aims to share unique ideas and technological breakthroughs from various CSIR laboratories with the public and will run till 16 September.

'One Month One Theme' Campaign: 

  • Dr. Jitendra Singh mentioned that in the future, CSIR plans to expand its outreach efforts by running a 'One Month One Theme' campaign to inform the public about the contribution of its units. 

Book Released:

  • Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh also released two books titled 'Collection of 80 Articles of Vigyan Pragati Patrika' and 'CSIR@80: A Photo Journey' on the occasion.

India begins construction of world's highest combat airfield at Nyoma in Ladakh

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The Border Roads Organization (BRO) is building the world's highest combat airfield at Nyoma in Ladakh.

An Overview of the News

  • Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will lay the foundation stone of this project at Devak Bridge in Jammu on September 12, 2023.

  • Nyoma, a major village in southern Ladakh, already hosts an Indian Air Force base and an Advanced Landing Ground (ALG), established in 1962.

  • The altitude of Nyoma reaches an impressive 4,180 meters (13,710 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest altitudes in the region.

Budget Allocation:

  • The Central Government has consistently increased its budget allocation for the development of border infrastructure.

  • Last year, around ₹12,340 crore was allocated, underscoring the government's commitment to strengthening India's border infrastructure.

Goals of India's infrastructure development:

  • Lieutenant General Rajiv Chaudhary, who heads the BRO, is optimistic about India's rapid progress in developing border infrastructure.

  • India aims to surpass China in this regard on the 3,488 km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) within the next two to three years.

About Ladakh

  • Union Territory - 31 October 2019

  • Capitals - Leh, Kargil

  • Lieutenant Governor - B. D. Mishra

  • Member of Parliament - Jamyang Tsering Namgyal

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September

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World Suicide Prevention Day is observed every year on 10 September.

An Overview of the News

  • Suicide is a significant public health concern with wide-ranging social, emotional, and economic impacts.

  • Globally, there are more than 700,000 suicides each year, and the impact of each suicide spreads to many others.

Triennial Theme of World Suicide Prevention Day:

  • The triennial theme of World Suicide Prevention Day, running from 2021 to 2023, is "Creating Hope Through Action".

  • The theme serves as a compelling call to action and emphasizes that alternatives to suicide exist.

  • Through our actions, we can create hope and strengthen suicide prevention efforts.

  • Creating hope through action communicates our care and support to individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts.

History of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD):

  • It was founded in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • This annual festival is celebrated on 10 September each year and its primary objectives include reducing the stigma associated with suicide and raising awareness in various sectors such as organizations, governments, and the general public.

  • The overarching message of WSPD is that suicides are preventable while emphasizing the importance of proactive measures and support.

Praggnanandhaa secures third place in Tata Steel Chess India 2023 Open Blitz

Tags: Sports

World Cup runner-up R Praggnanandhaa finished third at the Tata Steel Chess India 2023 Open Blitz tournament, as world champion Alexander Grischuk clinched the title.

An Overview of the News

  • World Champion Alexander Grischuk clinched the Open Blitz title of Tata Steel Chess India 2023 in Kolkata on 9 September 2023.

  • Praggnanandha initially led the competition by remaining unbeaten in four games.

  • He suffered significant defeats against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (13th round), Alexander Grishuk (15th round), and Vidit Gujrathi (16th round).

Notable Indian players

  • Arjun Erigaysi was the second-best Indian participant, finishing fourth overall with 10.5 points.

  • India's No. 1 chess player D Gukesh finished eighth.

Winners in Different Categories

  • Women's Rapid Winners: 1. Divya Deshmukh, 2. Ju Wenjun

  • Women's Blitz Winners: 1. Ju Wenjun, 2. Koneru Humpy

  • Open Rapid Winners: 1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 2. Teimour Radjabov

  • Open Blitz Winners: 1. Alexander Grischuk, 2. Nodirbek Abdusattorov

Novak Djokovic wins 24th Grand Slam title at US Open 2023

Tags: Sports

Novak Djokovic achieved a historic feat in tennis by winning his 24th Grand Slam title at the 2023 US Open.

An Overview of the News

  • Serbian tennis star Djokovic defeated Russia's Daniil Medvedev by 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the men's singles final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

  • With this win, 36-year-old Novak Djokovic is now tied with Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam tennis titles in history, with 24 titles to her name.

  • Djokovic's achievement also marked him as the oldest singles champion in the pro era of the US Open, adding to his status as the oldest French Open singles champion.

Women's Doubles Final

  • In the women's doubles event, the 16th-seeded pair of Erin Routliff of New Zealand and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada won the title.

  • They defeated the 12th-seeded pair of Germany's Laura Siegemund and Russia's Vera Zvonareva with a score of 7-6, 6-3.

Women's Singles Final

  • In the women's singles final, American teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff secured her first women's singles title.

  • She achieved this feat by defeating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus with the score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

African Union becomes permanent member of G20

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African leaders expressed unanimous support for the G20's decision to admit the African Union as a permanent member of the grouping.

An Overview of the News

  • During the 18th G20 meeting in New Delhi, India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially announced the induction of the African Union (AU) as the 21st permanent member.

  • AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat accepted Africa's full membership in the G20.

  • South African President and former AU Chair Cyril Ramaphosa was among the first to support the decision.

  • Prior to this decision, the G20 had only granted observer status to the African Union since its establishment in 1999 in response to global economic crises.

African Union (AU):-

  • The African Union (AU) is a continental union of 55 member states in Africa.

  • The AU was officially launched on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa.

  • Its main purpose was to replace the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which began on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa and was dissolved on 9 July 2002.

  • The Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of heads of state and government of member states, makes the most important decisions within the AU.

  • Chairman - Azali Assoumani

  • Chairman of the Commission - Moussa Faki

  • Parliamentary Speaker - Fortune Jade Charumbira

About G20

  • It is an international forum of the world's leading economies established in 1999.

  • Its primary objective is to promote international financial stability and sustainable economic growth.

  • The G20 serves as a forum to discuss and coordinate policies related to a wide range of economic and financial issues such as trade, investment, employment, energy and climate change.

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