Russian Language Day 2023

Every year on June 6, the United Nations celebrates UN Russian Language Day, which was established by UNESCO in 2010. This day aligns with the birthday of Alexander Pushkin, a renowned Russian poet known as the founder of modern Russian language. The purpose of this initiative is to promote equal recognition and appreciation for all six official languages of the UN: English, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and French.

The Theme for Russian Language Day 2023:

is “Exploring Russian Literature: Unlocking the Nation’s Soul.” This theme aims to highlight the significant contributions of Russian literature to world literature and recognize the literary giants who have shaped the Russian language’s cultural heritage. It encourages enthusiasts to delve into the works of renowned Russian authors, such as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Anton Chekhov, and explore the profound emotions and philosophical ideas conveyed through their writings.

Janardan Prasad appointed as DG of Geological Survey of India

Janardan Prasad has been appointed as the new Director General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI). Prasad succeeds Dr. S. Raju, who has held the post since April 2022. Prasad is an MSc in Geology from Patna University and joined GSI, Gandhinagar, as a geologist in 1988. He was also posted in Shillong, Patna, Faridabad, Ranchi and Hyderabad in various capacities.

About Geological Survey of India (GSI)

Founded – 4 March 1851

Founder – Thomas Oldham

Headquarters – Kolkata, West Bengal

Director General – Janardan Prasad

Parent Government agency – Ministry of Mines

Hrithik Roshan appointed brand ambassador for Zebronics TV

An IT peripheral, audio systems, and lifestyle accessories company, Zebronics has signed actor Hrithik Roshan as the face of its range of Smart LED TVs. This is the sixth year of its collaboration with Roshan and it has been extended to its new range. According to a report by Kroll, Hrithik Roshan had a value of $71.6 million and was the tenth most-valued celebrity in the country in 2022 as part of its Celebrity Brand Valuation Report. Co-founder and director of Zebronics – Rajesh Doshi.

South Korea’s An Se-young wins Thailand Open final

World No. 2 Ann Se-young of South Korea claimed her fourth title in 2023 by defeating China’s He Bingjiao in the women’s singles final of the Thailand Open badminton tournament in Bangkok. 21-year-old Ann Si-young won 21-10, 21-19. This was Young’s seventh final berth in a row. In Men’s singles, the Thai shuttler Kunlavut Vitidsarn secured the Thailand Open title for the first time in his career becoming the only men’s singles player in the badminton World Tour to have won more than one tournament this year. He defeated Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong in straight sets, 21-12, 21-10 in the final.

Book titled ‘The Power of One Thought’ released

“The Power of One Thought: Master Your Mind” is a book by BK Shivani that aims to guide readers toward personal transformation. The book is published by HarperCollins India. Shivani was also honored with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskaar’ in 2017. Since 2017, she has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador by the World Psychiatric Association. HarperCollins India was awarded the Publisher of the Year Award three times, in 2015, 2016, and 2018.

A book titled “Kathakali Dance Theatre: A Visual Narrative of Sacred Indian Mime” by KK Gopalakrishnan

KK Gopalakrishnan has recently released a captivating book titled “Kathakali Dance Theatre: A Visual Narrative of Sacred Indian Mime.” The book offers a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Kathakali, focusing on the green room, artists’ struggles, and the unique bonds forged during long make-up hours.

About the Kathakali:

Kathakali, a relatively recent performing art with a 400-year-old heritage, is one of the great artistic wonders of the world. Originating in Kerala in the southwest corner of India, it vividly unveils the stories of larger-than-life characters gods and demons of Hindu epics with an aesthetic combination of dance, theatre, mime, acting, instrumental and vocal music and above all the pageantry of extremely bewitching costumes.

Wrangler signs Smriti Mandhana as brand ambassador

Ace Turtle Omni Pvt Ltd., a retail company, has appointed Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana as the brand ambassador of its Wrangler brand. The company is the exclusive licensee of the denim brand in India. Mandhana had carved her niche in international women’s cricket and has captivated fans worldwide with her exceptional talent and fearless approach. Her performances on the cricket field have earned her accolades like ICC Women’s cricketer of the year two times.

Crypto Market Shaken as Binance Faces US Legal Action

Cryptocurrencies experienced a widespread decline following the accusations made by the US Securities and Exchange Commission against Binance Holdings Ltd., accusing them of mishandling funds and providing false information to regulators.

Nirmala Lakshman named as new Chairperson of The Hindu Group

Ms. Nirmala Lakshman has been appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors of The Hindu Group Publishing Private Limited (THGPPL) for a term of three years. She succeeds Ms. Malini Parthasarathy, who stepped down as Chairperson at the Board’s meeting on Monday, June 5, 2023 upon nearing the completion of her three-year term.

Serbia and USA win FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2023

Serbia’s men and the United States women won the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2023, which took place in Vienna, Austria. In the men’s category, Serbia extended their historic World Cup heroics, capturing their sixth title in just 8 editions after defeating USA (21-19) in the final. The “Maestro” Dejan Majstorovic had a game-high 7 points in the thriller against the US. Latvia defeated Brazil 22-12 to claim the bronze medal. The duo of Karlis Lasmanis and Nauris Miezis combined for 13 points in the game before Agnis Čavars scored the two to hand Latvia the victory.

Cyclone Biparjoy: India Issues Alerts

Cyclone Biparjoy is a low-pressure area that is currently forming over the Southeast Arabian Sea. It is expected to intensify into a depression in the next 48 hours and may reach cyclonic storm intensity in the subsequent 72 hours. The track of the cyclone is not yet clear, but it is likely to move towards the West Coast of India. Cyclone Biparjoy is the first cyclone to form in the Arabian Sea this season. The monsoon season in India typically begins in June and lasts until September. The cyclone is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the West Coast of India. The heaviest rains are expected to fall in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. The strong winds could cause power outages and damage to property. People in the affected areas are advised to take precautions and stay safe.

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