World Thyroid Awareness Day 2023 observed on 25th May
World Thyroid Awareness Day is observed on May 25 every year. The day is dedicated to spreading awareness about thyroid-related disorders, their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. On this day, all the stakeholders aim to educate people about the importance of maintaining a healthy thyroid gland and the impact of thyroid disorders on overall well-being. While the early symptoms of thyroid diseases may not seem dangerous, if ignored, they can result in more serious issues. The purpose of World Thyroid Day is to raise awareness of common thyroid symptoms and to monitor the progression of thyroid problems.
Kerala Becomes India’s First Fully E-Governed State, Achieving Total E-Governance
Kerala, the southern state of India, is set to make history by declaring itself as the country’s first “total e-governed state.” Building upon its reputation as the first fully-literate state in India, Kerala has achieved this milestone through a series of policy initiatives aimed at transforming the state into a digitally-empowered society. With a focus on a knowledge-based economy and 100% digital literacy, the government has digitized the delivery of vital services across various domains, ensuring transparency, inclusivity, and accessibility for all citizens.
Neeraj Chopra becomes World No 1 in men’s javelin throw
Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has achieved the number one ranking in men’s javelin throw for the first time. He is the new World No.1 in the rankings issued by the World Athletics. Chopra was leading the ranking with 1455 points, 22 ahead of Grena’a’s Anderson Peters. Chopra had been at the No.2 position since August 30, 2022, but overtook Peters, the reigning world champion, this week.
Khelo India University Games begins in Gautam Budh Nagar
The third Khelo India University Games begins with a Kabaddi event in the Gautam Budh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. 15 teams of different universities are taking part in this event, for which the matches will be held at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik stadium in Gautam Buddha Nagar district. The official opening ceremony of the Khelo India University Games will take place on May 25 in Lucknow and will continue till June 3. The Khelo India University Games will be held in four cities: Gautam Buddha Nagar, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and Varanasi and the closing ceremony of the Games will be held in Varanasi.
About Uttar Pradesh
Capital – Lucknow
Chief Minister – Yogi Adityanath
Governor – Anandiben Patel
Bangladesh-US Joint Naval Exercise held in Chattogram
The ‘Tiger Shark 40’ Joint Bangladesh-US Naval drill Exercise commenced at BNS Nirvik in Chattogram. The main aim of the exercise is to enhance the strategic capabilities of both countries and promote mutual exchange of technical and procedural knowledge.
RN Jayaprakash re-elected as President of Swimming Federation of India
R.N. Jayaprakash and Monal D Chokshi were re-elected President and Secretary of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) at its annual general body. The target activities of SFI for the next four years will be to develop grassroots’ participation by holding camps and coaches’ clinics at the State-level. Jayaprakash was elected unanimously as the president of SFI in an Annual General Body Meeting and Election held on Sunday in Chennai. The event was held with the aim to facilitate the election of new office-bearers who will steer the future of swimming in India.
AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’ puts India among top supercomputing league
The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2023) in Germany, the AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’, situated at C-DAC, Pune, achieved an impressive global ranking of 75th on the esteemed Top 500 Global Supercomputing List. This accomplishment establishes India as a leading nation in the field of AI supercomputing. ‘AIRAWAT’ is part of the Government of India’s National Program on AI and represents a significant stride forward in the country’s AI capabilities. The AIRAWAT PoC of 200 AI Petaflops integrated with PARAM Siddhi – AI of 210 AI Petaflops gives a total peak compute of 410 AI Petaflops Mixed Precision and sustained compute capacity of 8.5 Petaflops (Rmax) Double Precision. The peak compute capacity (Double Precision, Rpeak) is 13 Petaflops.”
Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov wins International Booker Prize for ‘Time Shelter
Georgi Gospodinov’s captivating novel, “Time Shelter,” translated by Angela Rodel, has secured the prestigious 2023 International Booker Prize. This remarkable achievement marks the first time a Bulgarian novel has been awarded this renowned literary honor.
Microsoft launches Jugalbandi, a multilingual AI-chat bot for rural India
Microsoft has launched Jugalbandi, a generative AI-driven multilingual chatbot accessible via popular messaging platform, WhatsApp. The bot has been especially made to cover areas of rural India which aren’t easily penetrated through media and lack access to government’s welfare activities. The chatbot has been developed by AI4Bharat in collaboration with IIT Madras. It is aimed at providing personalised assistance by understanding user queries in multiple languages, whether spoken or typed. The chatbot was launched in April and has been tested in Biwan, a village near India’s capital city of New Delhi.
Historic Scepter ‘Sengol’ Finds Home in New Parliament Building
The upcoming inauguration of the new parliament building will feature an important addition, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will place a significant golden sceptre near the Speaker’s seat, announced Union Home Minister Amit Shah. According to Mr. Shah, this sceptre holds historical significance as it was originally presented to India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, symbolizing the transfer of power from the British to the Indian people. The Home Minister explained that the sceptre, known as “sengol,” derives from the Tamil word “semmai,” meaning “righteousness.”
Triumph of Resilience: Hari Buddha Magar Climbs Mt Everest with Artificial Legs
Hari Budha Magar, a former Gurkha soldier from Nepal who lost both his legs, made history by successfully climbing Mount Everest using prosthetic legs. Upon his return to Kathmandu, he was warmly welcomed by his relatives and family members. Speaking to the crowd gathered at the airport, the ex-Nepalese soldier expressed his gratitude and acknowledged that this accomplishment was the result of a collective effort.
International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories
The United Nations has designated May 25 to 31 as the “International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.” This observance was established by the UN General Assembly on December 6, 1999. According to the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory refers to a territory where its people have not yet achieved complete self-government.