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By admin: Sept. 11, 2023

1. 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

By admin: Sept. 9, 2023

2. World's tallest Nataraja statue unveiled at G20 Summit Venue

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The world's tallest Nataraja statue crafted by skilled artisans was unveiled at the G20 summit venue.

An Overview of the News

  • The G20 summit venue is now adorned with a stunning 27-foot tall statue of Nataraja, which depicts Lord Shiva in his cosmic dance.

  • This magnificent statue is carved from Ashtadhatu, an eight-metal alloy, and weighs a remarkable 18 tonnes. A trailer with 36 tires was required for transportation to Delhi.

  • The skilled artisans of Swamimalai, Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu are responsible for creating this masterpiece, which beautifully blends tradition with modernity, taking inspiration from the ancient Nataraja sculptures.

Master Sculptor of Swamimalai

  • The primary sculptors of this statue are Srikanda Sthapati (61 years old) and his brothers Radhakrishna Sthapati and Swaminath Sthapati. His family boasts an impressive lineage in sculpture, spanning 34 generations, with origins dating back to the Chola era.

  • The Sthapathi family received their training through the ancient Gurukul system passed down for generations. She was selected for the Nataraja Project based on stringent criteria outlined by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, Ministry of Culture.

  • The project draws inspiration from three iconic Nataraja sculptures: the Thillai Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram, the Uma Maheswara Temple in Konerirajapuram, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur.

Traditional 'lost-wax' casting method

  • The crafting process adopted for this statue was the traditional 'lost-wax' casting method, an indigenous technique of the Chola era.

  • The process began with the creation of a highly detailed wax model adorned with intricate ornaments.

  • A unique alluvial clay paste, found exclusively in Swamimalai, was used to cover the entire mold, with Kaveri clay from a specific part of the river at Swamimalai playing a key role.

Investing in Artistry:

  • The construction of this remarkable Nataraja statue cost Rs 10 crore including GST.

By admin: Aug. 31, 2023

3. NITI Aayog and UNDP come together to accelerate SDGs

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In an important step towards accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), NITI Aayog and UNDP India strengthened their commitment by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

An Overview of the News

  • This MoU serves as a formal agreement, outlining the collaborative framework between the two entities.

The MoU symbolizes cooperation in several key areas:

  • Localizing the SDGs: The partnership underlines the importance of bringing the SDGs to the grassroots level, ensuring their effective implementation and impact.

  • Data-driven monitoring: Using data as a powerful tool, the Coalition aims to enhance Monitoring and evaluation of SDG progress.

  • Empowering Aspirational Districts and Blocks: Cooperative efforts extend to empowering and uplifting specific areas designated as Aspirational Districts and Blocks.

  • Diverse Collaborative Initiatives: The partnership includes a wide range of collaborative projects and initiatives contributing to overall development.

Signatories to the MoU

  • NITI Aayog CEO B. V. R. Subrahmanyam 

  • Dr. Yogesh Suri, Senior Advisor (SDG), NITI Aayog

  • Shoko Noda, UNDP India Local Representative

UNDP's Pledge of Progress

  • Shoko Noda, UNDP India's local representative, emphasized the organization's dedication. He acknowledged India's important role in making the SDGs a reality, citing significant reduction in multidimensional poverty.

  • The scope of the partnership includes SDG localisation, data-driven decision making and promotion of various programs like Aspirational Districts and Block Initiative, SDG financing, women's livelihoods, innovation and Mission LiFE.

Period of Cooperation

  • The MoU establishes a five-year cooperation period.

  • During this period, joint efforts between NITI Aayog and UNDP India will be engaged in various developmental initiatives and projects.

Roles of NITI Aayog and UNDP

  • NITI Aayog plays the role of the key coordination body for SDG implementation and monitoring at both national and sub-national levels.

  • Conversely, UNDP takes on the important responsibility of integrating and harmonizing actions within the UN system to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

By admin: Aug. 23, 2023

4. Raja Anirudh Sriram won silver medal in Singapore Math Olympiad

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Raja Anirudh Sriram, a Class IV student from Tirupati, won a silver medal in the prestigious Singapore Maths Olympiad.

An Overview of the News

  • This achievement made his family, school, and the state of Andhra Pradesh proud.

  • Among the 23 Indian participants in the Singapore International Math Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC), Raja Anirudh was the only representative from Andhra Pradesh.

  • The SIMOC program hosted over 2000 students from 32 countries, providing a global platform for young math talents.

  • At only four years old, he set a record by identifying 100 cars in 160 seconds, demonstrating an extraordinary memory.

  • At the age of six, he became the youngest Indian to earn the 'Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate', highlighting his technical prowess.

  • He achieved recognition at international forums such as the International Mathematics Olympiad and ABACUS Mental Mathematics competitions.

  • Successive victories in the Singapore and Asian School Mathematics Olympiads at the age of seven and eight demonstrated his dedication.

  • Minister of Education of Singapore - Chan Chun Sing

By admin: Aug. 23, 2023

5. CM MK Stalin launches construction of South East Asia's largest desalination plant at Perur, Chennai

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Chief Minister MK Stalin inaugurated the Rs 4,276.44 crore desalination plant at Perur on 21 August 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • Development of Southeast Asia's largest desalination plant begins.

  • Funding is provided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

  • The project covers 85.51 acres of land, which is targeted to be completed by 2026.

Innovative Water Treatment Technologies:

  • Advanced Methods: Dissolved Air Flotation and Dual Media Filtration.

  • High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipelines extend up to 1,150 meters into the sea.

  • 59 km long drinking water pipeline up to Porur area.

Augmentation of water supply and distribution:

  • Enhanced supply: 400 MLD additional water after completion of the plant.

  • To meet the water needs of: 22.67 lakh people in Chennai and surrounding areas.

  • Beneficiary Areas: Chennai, Tambaram, Kovilanchery, Perumbakkam, Kolappakkam, Vandalur.

Desalination Plant Network of Chennai:

  • Fourth desalination facility for the water demands of Chennai.

  • Inaugurated Plant: 100 MLD Capacity, Minjur, July 31, 2010.

  • Nemmeli Desalination Plant: 100 MLD, foundation stone laid on 23 February 2010.

  • Ongoing construction: 150 MLD desalination plant at Nemmeli.

Publicity and Communication:

  • CMWSSB made a video to highlight the characteristics of plants.

  • Video shared with a wide consumer base for information dissemination.

By admin: Aug. 23, 2023

6. Assam's International Airport Becomes 1st Airport In Northeast India To Launch 'Digi Yatra' Facility

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Guwahati's popular Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LBBI) has become the first airport in Northeast India to launch a 'Digi Yatra' facility.

An Overview of the News

  • The innovative service aims to enhance the air travel experience in the region by streamlining airport processes.

Cooperation and Objectives:

  • The 'Digi Yatra' initiative is a collaboration with the Ministry of Civil Aviation with the goal of modernizing and improving air travel.

  • It aims to revolutionize passenger navigation through airports, making it more intuitive and convenient.

Major Areas of Implementation:

  • The 'Digi Yatra' service has been implemented in three main areas of the airport: entry points, check-in counters, and boarding zones.

  • Traditional long queues and delays during check-in and security procedures are expected to come down significantly.

Facial Recognition Technology:

  • The core of the 'Digi Yatra initiative is the use of facial recognition technology for seamless airport travel.

  • This eliminates the need for traditional methods of ticket verification and ID checking.

Security and Privacy Measures:

  • Passenger data is encrypted and stored in the passenger's smartphone wallet, ensuring privacy.

  • No personally identifiable information (PII) is stored during the process.

  • Industries and Commerce Minister of Assam - Chandra Mohan Patowary

About Assam:

  • It is a state located in the northeastern region of India. It is bounded by Bhutan in the north, Arunachal Pradesh in the east, Nagaland in the northeast, Manipur in the southeast, Mizoram in the south, and West Bengal in the west.

  • Formation (as a state) - 26 January 1950

  • Capital - Dispur

  • Chief Minister - Himanta Biswa Sarma

  • Governor - Gulab Chand Kataria

By admin: Aug. 21, 2023

7. Srinagar's Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden enters the record books with 1.5 million flowers

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Srinagar's-Indira-Gandhi-Memorial-Tulip-Garden-enters-the-record-books-with-1.5-million-flowersThe Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, located at the foothills of the beautiful Zabarwan Range, earned recognition in the World Book of Records as the largest and most stunning park of its kind in Asia.

An Overview of the News

  • The garden features an impressive array of 1.5 million flowers in bloom, a remarkable testament to the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

  • Recognition by World Book: Santosh Shukla, President & CEO, of World Book officially certified the achievement and presented the recognition to Fayaz Shaikh, Secretary, of Floriculture, Gardens, and Parks.

  • Diverse Tulip Collection: With a collection of 68 distinct varieties of tulips, the Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is a spectacle of colors and shapes. Each tulip variety brings its own unique character, with shades ranging from delicate pastels to vibrant, eye-catching colors.

  • Efforts of the Gardeners and Botanists: The careful selection of flowers in the garden highlights the dedicated work of the gardeners and botanists who have worked tirelessly to develop this breathtaking display of nature's wonders.

  • Inspired by Ghulam Nabi Azad: The origin of the garden is linked to the visionary thoughts of Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. He conceived the idea of a natural haven that would showcase the region's diverse flora. The garden was carefully developed in less than two years, involving many laborers and gardeners.

  • A Spectrum of Colours: A walk across the vast landscape of the garden offers visitors a stunning display of colors that engages the senses and evokes emotion. The color of the garden ranges from serene white and soft pink to fiery red and passionate purple, providing an intense experience beyond the ordinary.

By admin: Aug. 1, 2023

8. Parliament passed the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023

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Parliament-passed-the-Cinematograph-(Amendment)-Bill,-2023The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023 was recently passed by the Parliament after approval from the Lok Sabha. It is a historic moment as the Cinematograph Act is being amended after a gap of 40 years, with the last significant changes being made in 1984.

An Overview of the News

  • The primary objective of the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill is to combat film piracy in a big way, as it is causing an estimated loss of Rs 20,000 crore to the film industry.

  • The government wants to protect and promote the growth of the film industry, in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who sees India as a global content hub.

Measures to Curb Piracy

  • The bill introduces strict penalties for piracy-related offences to deter unauthorized recording, exhibition, and transmission of films, including online piracy.

  • Offenders will face a minimum imprisonment of 3 months and a fine of Rs. 3 lakhs, with the possibility of extended imprisonment up to 3 years and a fine of up to 5% of the audited gross production cost.

Empowerment of Film Industry

  • The bill eliminates the need to renew a film's licence every 10 years, making the licence valid for a lifetime.

  • This move streamlines the licensing process and reduces bureaucratic hurdles for filmmakers.

Improved Film Certification Process

  • Age-Based Certification: The bill introduces age-based categories for film certification, dividing the existing UA category into three age groups: seven years (UA 7+), thirteen years (UA 13+), and sixteen years (UA 16+).

  • These age markers are meant for parental guidance to help determine suitable content for children.

Alignment with Supreme Court Judgements

  • The bill aligns the law with relevant Supreme Court judgments and other legislations, providing a consistent legal framework for the film industry.

Perpetual Validity of Certificates

  • Certificates issued by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) will now be valid perpetually, removing the previous 10-year restriction.

TV Broadcast and Recertification

  • Only films under the Unrestricted Public Exhibition category can be shown on television.

  • Films intended for television broadcast will require recertification of edited versions.

By admin: July 30, 2023

9. UNESCO urges global ban on smartphones in schools to promote human-centred education approach

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published its 2023 Global Education Monitoring Report titled "Technology in Education: A Tool on Whose Terms", which supports a worldwide ban on smartphones in schools where technology integration Does not improve learning outcomes.

An Overview of the News

  • UNESCO advocates a more "human-centred approach" to education and highlights the need to reduce reliance on digital technology.

  • Excessive use of smartphones has negative effects on children's academic performance and emotional competence.

  • UNESCO's Manos Antoninis raised concerns about data leaks in educational technology, revealing that only 16 percent of countries have laws guaranteeing data privacy in the classroom.

  • The shift to online-only learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of approximately 500 million students worldwide.

  • The report emphasises that the right to education is increasingly linked to meaningful connectivity. One in four primary schools do not have access to electricity, making it important to set standards for connecting schools to the Internet.

  • The survey conducted by UNESCO reveals that only 11 out of 51 governments have implemented a curriculum for artificial intelligence (AI) in schools.


  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN)

  • It is also a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UN SDG), a coalition of United Nations agencies and organisations that aims to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Headquarters:- Paris, France

  • Director General: -Audrey Azoulay

  • Founded:- 16 November 1945 in London, United Kingdom

  • The organisation has -193 members and 11 associate members

By admin: July 29, 2023

10. Kerala to set up India's first fisheries Atal Incubation Centre

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Kerala-to-set-up-India's-first-fisheries-Atal-Incubation-CentreAfter receiving a grant of ₹10 crore from NITI Aayog, the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) will set up India's first Atal Incubation Center (AIC) in fisheries.

An Overview of the News 

  • NITI Aayog, as the premier policy think tank of the Government of India, provided a grant to KUFOS to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the fisheries sector.

  • The AIC initiative is part of the Atal Innovation Mission, which aims to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across various industries in the country.

Fisheries Atal Incubation Centre:

  • Fisheries Atal Incubation Centre will act as a focal point to foster innovation and inspire young individuals to create advanced technologies and solutions that will address challenges faced by our marine ecosystem and fishing communities .

  • Its primary objective is to promote progress in the fisheries industry by providing a supportive and encouraging environment for startups and innovative initiatives within the sector.

  • The centre will play a key role in creating employment opportunities, creating a conducive environment for startups and entrepreneurs to flourish and succeed.

Vice Chancellor of KUFOS - T. Pradeepkumar

About Kerala

Capital - Thiruvananthapuram

Official Bird - Great Hornbill

Governor - Arif Mohammad Khan

Chief Minister - Pinarayi Vijayan

Origin of rivers in Kerala

  • Periyar River

  • Bharathapuzha River

  • Pamba River

  • Chaliyar River

  • Chalakudy River

India's longest lake - Vembanad, Kerala