Coal Miners Day 2023 observed on May 4th

Every year on May 4th, Coal Miners Day is celebrated to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and noteworthy contributions of coal miners in the extraction of coal. Coal is a crucial fossil fuel that is extensively used for a variety of purposes, such as power generation and industrial production, particularly in the manufacturing of steel and cement. Coal mining is a laborious industry that provides employment to millions of people across the globe. As a carbon-rich primary fossil fuel, coal is instrumental in the production of electricity, steel, and cement.

Coal Miners Day Theme

Each year, Coal Miners’ Day is celebrated with a specific theme. The primary objective of this day is to create awareness about the significance of coal mining, although the Coal Miners Day 2023 Theme has not been announced yet.

Indian origin Ajay Banga confirmed as the next President of World Bank

Ajay Banga, who is of Indian origin, has been officially selected as the new President of the World Bank. The 25-member executive board of the World Bank elected Ajay Banga, who previously served as the CEO of Mastercard, to hold the position for a period of five years, starting from June 2. The World Bank’s Board expressed their eagerness to work with Mr. Ajay Banga on the organization’s evolution process. The nomination of Ajay Banga for this post was made by US President Joe Biden in February. Joe Biden congratulated Mr. Banga and praised him as a leader who would bring transformation, expertise, experience, and innovation to the World Bank’s presidency. Ajay Banga was selected as the only candidate to take over from David Malpass, who was the outgoing World Bank chief and a former US Treasury official in the Donald Trump administration.

Indo-Canadian Rupi Kaur book among most banned in US schools.

Rupi Kaur, a Canadian-Sikh poet, has made it to the list of 11 most banned books in US classrooms for the first half of the 2022-23 school year. Kaur’s debut work, ‘Milk and Honey’, which was released in 2014, has been banned due to its exploration of issues related to sexual assault and violence, according to non-profit organisation PEN America, which provided the data.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue unveiled by Devendra Fadnavis in Mauritius.

Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis revealed a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mauritius. He highlighted Maharashtra’s potential as a leading industrial and investment destination in India at the Indo-Mauritius Business Forum and signed an MoU to promote trade between Mauritius and Maharashtra.

South Africa fast bowler Shabnim Ismail quits international cricket

Shabnim Ismail, the fastest bowler in women’s cricket, has announced her retirement from international cricket. This is a significant blow to South Africa, who heavily relied on Ismail’s pace and skill in their recent Twenty20 World Cup campaign, where they finished as runners-up. Ismail, who is 34 years old, played in 241 international matches across all formats, including one-day Internationals, Twenty20s, and tests.

Michael Douglas to Receive Honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival will honor Michael Douglas with an honorary Palme d’Or for his outstanding career and contributions to cinema. The 78-year-old actor will be celebrated during the festival’s opening ceremony on May 16. Douglas has had a diverse career, starring in numerous acclaimed films like The China Syndrome, Basic Instinct, Falling Down, and Behind the Candelabra, all of which have previously been shown at Cannes.

The World’s 10 Highest-Paid Athletes 2023 by Forbes.

International soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo ($136 million), Lionel Messi ($130 million) and Kylian Mbappe ($120 million) are the top three highest-paid athletes. Ronaldo leads the way with an estimated haul of $136 million, including $46 million from his playing salary and bonuses and $90 million from endorsements, appearances, licensing income and other business endeavors. Mbappé, who at age 24 comes in at No. 3 with $120 million, and Johnson, who lands at No. 6 with $107 million, make eye-popping debuts in the top ten.

Vantika becomes 11th women to achieve International Master title

Vantika Agrawal is the new India Women No.3 in Chess and the 11th Indian women to achieve the International Master title. Agrawal has played 4 International tournaments previously where she has increased her FIDE rating by 61 points. She has also won a bronze medal in the National Women’s Championship held in Kohlapur in January 2023 and a gold medal for the Airport Authority of India in February 2023.

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