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Painter AP Shreethar, Museum man of India was honoured with Economic Times Inspiring Leaders Award – 2022

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Painter AP Shreethar, Museum man of India was honoured with

Museum maker AP. Shreethar was honoured with Economic Times Inspiring Leaders Award – 2022 in Delhi.

Important facts

  • The award was presented to Srithar by actress Mrunal Thakur in the capital Delhi.

  • He is known to have conducted more than 72 shows and exhibitions around the world during his 35 years of travel.

  • AP Shreethar is credited as the creator of the world's first Live Art Museum - Chennai's Vintage Camera Museum, Singapore's Vintage Camera Museum (Asia's largest camera museum) and The House of Kalam - a special click art museum in the premises of the late Dr A P J Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

  • As a recipient of the renowned Lenin Muzeum Award, AP Shrithar specialises in capturing the essence of his subjects with photo realistic renderings.

Europe announces name of world's first disabled astronauts

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Europe announces name of world's

The European Space Agency announced the name of the first "parastronaut" on 23 November in a major step towards allowing people with physical disabilities to work and live in space.

Important facts

  • The 22-nation European Space Agency said it selected former British Paralympic runner John McFall as part of a new generation of 17 recruits selected for astronaut training.

  • He will participate in a feasibility study designed to allow ESA to assess the conditions needed for people with disabilities to participate in future missions.

  • Five new astronauts have been roped in to take part in the training after ESA replenished its astronaut ranks for the first time since 2009.

  • The EAS received 257 applications for the role of an astronaut with a disability, designated a "parastronaut".

  • McFall, who lost his right leg due to a motorcycle accident at the age of 19, won a bronze medal in the 100 metres at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Silver Jubilee FoundationDay of Prasar Bharati

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Silver Jubilee FoundationDay

Prasar Bharati celebrated the silver jubilee of its establishment on 23 November, 2022. 

Important facts

  • It came into existence on this day in 1997 as a statutory autonomous body established by an Act of Parliament.

  • This includes Doordarshan and All India Radio.

  • Prasar Bharati CEO Gaurav Dwivedi said, Prasar Bharati has stood firmly with the people during the challenges faced by the country and the world.

About Prasar Bharati

  • It is the largest statutory autonomous public broadcasting agency in India which was established in 1997.

  • It was established under an Act of Parliament and consists of Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio.

  • In September 1990, the Parliament passed the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act. 

  • This act made provision for the establishment of a Broadcasting Corporation of India named Prasar Bharati.

  • Head quarters - New Delhi

  • CEO - Gaurav Dwivedi 

Lieutenant Governor inaugurates Annual Youth Festival ‘Sonzal-2022’at University of Kashmir in Srinagar

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Lieutenant Governor inaugurates Annual Youth Festival

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on 23 November inaugurated the Annual Youth Festival ‘Sonzal-2022’ at the University of Kashmir.

Important facts

  • The 'Sonzal' annual festival is a great opportunity for young artistes to showcase their talent and provide them the necessary platform to realise the dream of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat'.

  • Sonzal means rainbow, which is a symbol of hope, inspiration and good fortune. 

  • He said that a rainbow comes for the students when they have the opportunity to discover their own hidden treasure for personal growth, independent thinking and contribution to nation building.

  • He said that educational institutions must discharge their responsibility to ensure freedom, creativity and engagement to the students to become "multi-achievers".

  • Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said that educational institutions should ensure that the new teaching framework and key concepts recommended by the National Education Policy are included in the curriculum.

  • The University of Kashmir has transformed into a center of excellence and has been promoting scientific research, new ideas and knowledge, and adapting to rapid changes in fundamental aspects of the educational landscape across the globe.

India’s Purnima Devi Barman honoured with U.N.’s highest environmental award

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Assam's wildlife biologist Purnima Devi Barman has been awarded the United Nation's highest environmental honour, 'Champions of the Earth', for 2022.

Important facts

  • Barman has been given this honour for his transformative action to prevent degradation of ecosystems.

  • Barman has been honoured in the Entrepreneurial Vision category of this year's Champions of the Earth award by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

  • She is the founder of the Hargila Army and senior project manager of the Avifauna Research and Conservation Division, Aaranyak.

  • She is an Indian wildlife biologist working in Assam to protect the stork.

  • She leads the Hargila Army, a movement dedicated to saving the stork from extinction, consisting only of women.

  • As part of this movement, women make and sell stork-like masks, helping to raise awareness about endangered species as well as their financial independence.

  • Her love for birds was born when she was sent to live with his grandparents on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Assam at the age of five.

  • There she saw storks and many other species which made her fall in love with birds.

Greater Adjutant Stork

  • The greater adjutant stork is the second-rarest stork species in the world.

  • Due to the destruction of natural habitat, their population is currently reduced to 1,200, which is less than 1 percent of the number a century ago.

  • Rural areas are becoming increasingly urbanised, and the wetlands where storks thrive have dried up and become polluted, replaced by buildings, roads and mobile phone towers.

Pre-launch celebration of International Year of Millets held in New Delhi

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Pre-launch celebration of International Year

A pre-launch celebration of the International Year of Millets  held on 24 November in New Delhi.

Important facts

  • The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (DA&FW) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) are hosting this special event.

  • External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended the event.

  • During the event, both the ministers shared the government's vision for the successful conduct of the International Year of Millets 2023.

  • High Commissioners and Ambassadors of over 60 countries attended the pre-launch ceremony.

  • Its main objective is to spread awareness about Indian Millets and associate with other countries for the successful global celebration of the International Year of Millets in 2023.

  • Recently at the G20 summit in Bali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the benefits of millet saying that millet can solve the problem of global malnutrition and hunger.

  • He also highlighted that India is promoting natural farming and re-popularizing nutritious and traditional food grains like millets for sustainable food security.

Telangana's Nishanth Bhukya and Odisha’s Tanvi Patri win National U-13 badminton titles

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Telangana's Nishanth Bhukya and Odisha’s

Telangana's Nishanth Bhukya and Odisha’s Tanvi Patri emerged champions in the boys and girls singles respectively at the 34th Under-13 National Badminton Championships, notching contrasting wins at the UP Badminton Academy, Lucknow on 23 November.

Important facts

  • Fourth seeded Bhukya came from behind to beat Andhra Pradesh’s Akhil Reddy Boba 19-21, 21-12, 22-20 in 44 minutes whereas Patri took just 22 minutes to brush aside local challenger and 15th seeded Divyanshi Gautam 21-7, 21-10.

  • Earlier this month, Petrie won his maiden National U-13 ranking tournament in Maharashtra with a dominant performance against Agra's Gautam.

  • In the boys' final, Bhukya found it difficult to handle Boba in the first game as the Andhra shuttler raced to a 15-11 lead before winning the game 21-19.

  • But after the change of ends, fourth seed Bhukya bounced back to beat Boba. In the decisive match, Bhukya won in a close fight.

ISRO successfully launches 200th 'RH-200' Rohini sounding rocket

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ISRO successfully launches 200th

ISRO's versatile sounding rocket RH200 carried out its 200th consecutive successful launch from the coast of Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram on 23 November.

Important facts

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) termed it a "historic moment". It was witnessed by former President Ram Nath Kovind and ISRO Chairman S Somnath, among others.

  • The successful flight of RH200 took off from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS).

  • Indian sounding rockets are used as privileged instruments for the scientific community to conduct experiments on meteorology, astronomy and similar branches of space physics.

  • Indian sounding rockets are used as privileged instruments for the scientific community to conduct experiments on meteorology, astronomy and similar branches of space physics.

  • The national space agency headquarters said the Rohini sounding rocket series has been the forerunner to ISRO's heavier and more complex launch vehicles.

  • The 200th consecutive successful flight is a testimony to the commitment of Indian rocket scientists towards the unmatched reliability demonstrated over the years.

India-Indonesia Joint Special Forces Exercise Garud Shakti 2022 commenced at Cilodong, Indonesia

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Exercise Garuda Shakti

A contingent of Indian Special Forces soldiers is currently participating in Exercise Garuda Shakti, a bilateral joint training exercise with Indonesian Special Forces at Sanga Buana Training Area, Karawang, Indonesia.

Important facts

  • Garuda Shakti, the eighth edition of the series of bilateral exercises, is being conducted at Sangga Buana Training Area, Karawang.

  • The exercise, which began on November 21, aims to enhance understanding, cooperation and interoperability between the special forces of both the armies.

  • The scope of the joint exercise includes orientation, sharing of information on weapons, equipment, innovations, tactics, techniques and procedures to upgrade the skills of the Special Forces.

  • The joint training will also focus on a high level of physical fitness, tactical drills, techniques and procedures, for which a comprehensive 13-day training program has been drawn up.

AYUSH market grows from US$ 3 billion to US$ 18 billion

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Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal addressing the 6th Confederation of Indian Industry-CII, AYUSH Conclave 2022 in New Delhi on November 23, 2022 said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi AYUSH market will grow from USD 3 billion to USD 18 billion level.

Important facts

  • He was addressing the gathering at the 6th Confederation of Indian Industry, CII, AYUSH Conclave 2022 in New Delhi.

  • He emphasised on how AYUSH can play a vital role in realising the dream of 'New India' by providing holistic health care and medical care to its citizens.

  • Sonowal pointed out that several reforms are underway in research strategies, nature of practice and education, which will lead to growth in this field.

  • He urged the new generation to study AYUSH systems in depth.

  • The Ministry of AYUSH, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), has established a number of standards for the AYUSH system.

  • These benchmarks will be beneficial for all the stakeholders, especially the industry related to AYUSH systems.

6th CII Ayush Conclave 2022

  • The 6th CII Ayush Conclave 2022 was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the support of the Ministry of Ayush in New Delhi.

  • Key stakeholders of the AYUSH system discussed topics such as regulatory roadmap, research and development in the AYUSH sector, branding, promotion and marketing of AYUSH products.

Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) 

  • It is a business lobby group of top business houses in India.

  • It was set up in 1895.

  • It works to create and sustain an environment conducive to the growth of industry in India, partnering industry and government alike through advisory and consultative processes.

  • Headquarters: New Delhi

  • President: Sanjiv Bajaj

Nainital High Court bans beautification works of Sukhatal lake

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The Nainital High Court has banned the beautification of Sukhatal lake and other construction works. The court has issued notice by making the State Environment Impact Authority and the State Wetland Management Authority as parties.

About Sukhtal lake

  • It is a freshwater lake having a length of 150m and 10m deep.

  • It is surrounded by the dense pine and oak forests.

  • Sukhatal is a major source of water recharge for Nainital lake. 

  • It was earlier known as Khudaiyatal.

  • Renamed as Sukhatal because the entire water from this lake was drained in the extreme region of the Nainital lake.

  • These verdant forests are the home to a number of migratory birds who visit this place from all over the globe. 

  • Sukhatal is the main recharging center of Naini Lake and unscientific constructions are being done at the same place.

  • The water sources of the lake have dried up, which is affecting the Naini lake.

Youngest entrepreneur Ravi Kumar Sagar conferred with the prestigious Dr. Kalam Seva Puraskar

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Ravi Kumar Sagar, 22, one of the youngest founders and CEO of RK'S INNO group was conferred with the most prestigious Dr Abdul Kalam Seva Puraskar.

Important facts

  • This award was presented to him for his continuous service to the society and he is one of the youngest entrepreneurs of India.

  • The Dr. Kalam Seva Puraskar is hosted every year by Vande Bharat Foundation and LeadIndia Foundation to mark the birth anniversary of late former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

  • The award is given to deserving candidates on Dr. Kalam's birth anniversary to recognize people who have done extraordinary work for the society.

  • A young entrepreneur from the Telangana states, Ravi Kumar Sagar also known as RK'S nailed it as a budding entrepreneur during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

  • When other businesses suffered huge losses due to the lockdown and the spread of the pandemic, Ravi Kumar Sagar started his entrepreneurial journey by selling PPE kits, sanitizers and face masks to medical stores and hospitals.

  • With the initial investment of Rs 50,000, Ravi Kumar Sagar was a success in generating his business turnover to a whooping Rs 2 crore.

  • When he turned 22, Ravi Kumar Sagar founded the INNO Group with INNO Technology Pvt Ltd, INNO Business Pvt Ltd and Aachie Entrepreneur Academy Pvt Ltd.

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected for consecutive 7th time from Dadeldhura district

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Sher Bahadur Deuba elected for consecutive 7th

Prime Minister and President of the Nepali Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba on 23 November was elected for the consecutive 7th time from the home district of Dhankuta.

Important facts

  • The counting of votes continues for parliamentary and provincial elections in the country. 

  • Senior Nepali Congress leader Deuba defeated an independent candidate Sagar Dhakal by a margin of over 12 thousand votes.

  • The parliamentary and provincial elections were held on 20th of November in Nepal. 

  • It was the second general election since the promulgation of the constitution in 2015.

  • The first round of elections held in 2017 did not live up to the expectations of Nepalese voters as the government did not last long.

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