World Liver Day 2023 Observed globally on 19 April

World Liver Day is observed on April 19 in order to raise awareness about liver-related diseases. The liver is one of the most complex organs in the human body. It plays a pivotal role in our body’s immunity, digestion and metabolism. Plus, it also carries out the filtration of toxins, stores vitamins and minerals, and produces bile, among other functions. It is likely that there will be various awareness campaigns, educational programs, and health initiatives organized around the world on this day to promote liver health and prevention of liver diseases.

World Liver Day 2023: Theme

The theme for this year’s World Liver Day is “Be vigilant, do a regular liver check-up, fatty liver can affect anyone.”

Harmanpreet Kaur & Suryakumar Yadav named Wisden T20I player of 2022

The Indian duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur has added another feather to their outstanding crown after bagging the Wisden Almanack’s leading cricketer in the World awards. Suryakumar won the honour of Wisden Almanack’s leading T20I cricketer while Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to win the Cricketer of the Year award.

Tata Electronics appoints Randhir Thakur as CEO & MD

Tata Group, appointed Dr. Randhir Thakur, as the CEO and managing director of Tata Electronics Pvt Ltd (TEPL), as the group has drawn a strategy to strengthen its semiconductor manufacturing capabilities in an attempt to gain an edge over rivals in the country’s thriving precision machining business. Till recently, Thakur was associated with global electronic chip and circuits manufacturing giant Intel. Thakur, a veteran in the manufacturing space, was serving as the president of Intel Foundry Services before taking charge at the helm of TEPL.

India surpasses China to become world’s most populous nation: UN

India has surpassed China to become the world’s most populous nation with 142.86 crore people, according to the latest United Nations data. With the latest statistics, China now has a population of 142.57 crores, becoming the second most populous country.

Mangrove Pitta bird found in Odisha

In a first-ever census of its kind in the country, forest officials in Odisha’s Bhitarkanika have sighted 179 mangrove pitta birds, which are known for their exotic and vibrant colours. These beautiful birds are found exclusively in the mangrove forest areas of Bhitarkanika in Odisha and Sundarban in West Bengal. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the species has been assessed and classified as “Near Threatened”

Angela Merkel receives Germany’s highest honor

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel received Germany’s highest Order of Merit. The Grand Cross award was handed to her by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The award has only been given twice before, to former chancellors Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. All three former leaders belong to the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Utsa Patnaik selected for Malcolm Adiseshiah Award 2023

Utsa Patnaik, a well-known economist of both national and international acclaim, has been chosen for the prestigious Malcolm Adiseshiah Award 2023. The award is presented annually by the Malcolm & Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust, with outstanding social scientists being recognized by a national-level jury from the nominations received. The recipient of the award will receive a citation and a cash prize of 2 lakh at a ceremony to be held in Chennai, the date of which will be announced by the Trust soon. In 2022, the award was presented to the Indian economist, Prabhat Patnaik.

Kenya double as Chebet, Obiri dominate Boston Marathon

Evans Chebet of Kenya crosses the finish line and takes first place in the professional Men’s Division during the 127th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts. Evans Chebet and Hellen Obiri stormed to victory in the men’s and women’s races at the Boston Marathon to complete a third straight Kenyan double in the 127th edition of the long distance-running showpiece. Chebet finished in a time of 2hr 5min 54sec, with Tanzania’s Gabriel Geay second in 2:06:04, and Chebet’s training partner and fellow Kenyan Benson Kipruto third in 2:06:04.

NASA’s Lucy mission captures first views of Jupiter Trojan asteroids

NASA’s Lucy mission is on a 12-year journey to observe nine Jupiter Trojans and two main belt asteroids, making it the first-ever mission to visit them. Despite being more than 330 million miles (530 million kilometers) away from the spacecraft, Lucy was able to capture views of four Jupiter Trojan asteroids recently. The asteroids are relatively small in size, but Lucy used its highest resolution imager, L’LORRI, to take the images, which will help the team choose exposure times for close-up observations of the targets.

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