World Tuberculosis Day 2023
World Tuberculosis Day is observed every year on March 24 to raise awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and the efforts made to eliminate it. It provides recognition to health professionals, researchers, policymakers, and advocates in the fight against TB. In this article, we will discuss the history and significance of World Tuberculosis Day, the theme for 2023, and India’s contribution to the global fight against TB.
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
On the 24th of March every year, the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims is commemorated in honor of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated on this day in 1980. Monsignor Romero was passionately involved in speaking out against the infringement of human rights suffered by the most marginalized people in El Salvador.
NASA and ISRO have jointly manufactured an earth science satellite named, NISAR
Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology, announced in the Rajya Sabha that NASA and ISRO have collaboratively built an earth science satellite called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar). The satellite’s primary objectives are to design, develop, and launch a dual-frequency (L and S band) radar imaging satellite, and to explore new application areas using L & S Band microwave data, particularly in surface deformation studies, terrestrial biomass structure, natural resource mapping and monitoring, and research on the dynamics of ice-sheets, glaciers, forests, oil slicks, etc.
Annual Bilateral Maritime Exercise Konkan 2023
The annual bilateral maritime exercise called Konkan 2023 was conducted between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy from 20th to 22nd March 2023 off the Konkan coast in the Arabian Sea. The Royal Navy is the United Kingdom’s naval warfare force. The exercise involved INS Trishul, a guided missile frigate, and HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 guided missile frigate, and aimed to improve cooperation and learn best practices through various maritime drills. These drills covered air, surface, and sub-surface operations, such as gunnery shoots on an inflatable surface target called ‘Killer Tomato,’ helicopter operations, anti-aircraft, and anti-submarine warfare exercises, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS).
Anurag Behar authors the New Book “A Matter of the Heart: Education in India”
Anurag Behar, the CEO of Azim Premji Foundation and founding vice-chancellor of Azim Premji University, has authored a new travel book titled “A Matter of the Heart: Education in India”. The book is a collection of 110 stories, based on Behar’s experiences working at the foundation, and sheds light on the state of education in India beyond the major cities. Through his writing, Behar pays tribute to the educators who are shaping the future of the country.
Argentine-American Mathematician Luis Caffarelli Wins 2023 Abel Prize
The Abel Prize, named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel, is considered one of the highest honors in mathematics. The prize is conferred every year by the King of Norway and is awarded to one or more outstanding mathematicians. This year, the Abel Prize was awarded to Argentine-American mathematician Luis Caffarelli for his groundbreaking contributions to several areas of mathematics.
QS World University Rankings: IIT Bombay ranked first in country
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has been ranked 1st in India and 47th globally in engineering and technology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2023. The institute scored 80.4 out of 100. sThe institute is ranked in 4 out of 5 broad subject areas, which include Engineering & Technology, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences & Management and Arts & Humanities.
Laxman Narasimhan assumed charge as new CEO of Starbucks
Indian-origin Laxman Narasimhan has assumed role of the CEO of Starbucks taking over from founder Howard Schultz. Prior to his appointment, Narasimhan served as the chief executive of Reckitt, a company that owns brands such as Lysol, Durex, and Mucinex Before this, Narasimhan held various leadership roles at PepsiCo.
Sarabjot Singh won gold in 10m air pistol at ISSF World Cup
India’s pistol shooter, Sarabjot Singh has clinched the gold medal in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event at the ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup 2023 held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. While Varun Tomar secured bronze in the same event. In the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, Li Xue from China won the gold and Germany’s Doreen Vennekamp settled for silver. China’s Qian Wei completed the podium with a bronze medal finish.