World Food Safety Day 2023
World Food Safety day is celebrated on June 7 annually across the globe to highlight the importance of maintaining food standards. The day was aimed at inspiring the UN member nations to prioritise food safety standards and work collaboratively to protect consumers from foodborne diseases.
World Food Safety Day 2023 Theme
The theme of this year’s World Food Safety Day 2023 is “Food standards save lives.” Most people depend on the information in the packaging of consumable items to know whether their food is safe. These food safety standards guide farmers and those who process food.
India’s 1st International Cruise Vessel MV Empress Flagged Off
Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal has flagged off the maiden International Cruise Vessel “MV Empress”, India’s first international cruise vessel – from Chennai to Sri Lanka in Chennai. This marks the beginning of the international cruise tourism terminal at Chennai, built at a cost of Rs 17.21 crores, heralding a new age of cruise tourism and maritime trade in the country. The launch of the MV Empress is a major boost for cruise tourism in India. The country has a long coastline and a rich history and culture, which make it an attractive destination for cruise passengers. The MV Empress is expected to attract tourists from India and abroad, and to help boost the local economy.
President Droupadi Murmu Honoured with Suriname’s highest civilian award
President Droupadi Murmu became the first Indian to be honoured with the Grand Order of the Chain of the Yellow Star, the highest civilian award in Suriname. She was presented with this award by Chandrikapersad Santokhi, the President of the Republic of Suriname. President Murmu dedicated the award to the future generations of the Indian-Surinamese community.
India’s first zero-carbon village being developed in Bhiwandi
Union Minister of State Kapil Patil announced that India’s first carbon-neutral village is being developed in Bhiwandi Taluka of Thane district, Maharashtra. This initiative aims to minimize carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices for a cleaner and greener environment. Along with the carbon-neutral village, 121 tribal villages are being developed as model villages. These model villages serve as examples for sustainable development, showcasing effective infrastructure, amenities, and improved living conditions. In the Bhiwandi Lok Sabha Constituency, around 1,75,000 farmers are benefiting from the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Yojana.
Jitendra Singh inaugurates ‘Lavender Festival’ in J&K
Union Minister of State, Jitendra Singh has inaugurated a two-day lavender festival at Bhaderwah, Jammu & Kashmir. The festival has been organized by the CSIR-IIIM and is part of the institution’s ‘One Week One Lab Campaign’. It showcases the remarkable progress made in lavender cultivation and its impact on the local community. He also highlighted that Bhaderwah has emerged as the Lavender capital of India and agri StartUp destination. The CSIR-Aroma Mission is a flagship project of CSIR under which Lavender cultivation is being promoted in the temperate regions of J&K. The CSIR-IIIM has provided more than 30 lakh free lavender plants to farmers in different districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Manisha wins Gold, Reetika clinches Silver at Bishkek Ranking Series
Manisha won India’s first gold medal in the women’s 65 kg category at the Ranking Series in Kyrgyzstan. Reetika won silver in the women’s 72kg event and Sarita Mor won bronze in the women’s 59kg. While Manjeet won bronze in Greco-Roman wrestling on 4 May 2023. Manisha won four matches in the four rounds she completed which helped her win the gold medal.
Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka Dam Disaster
In recent events, the Nova Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine has suffered a catastrophic blow, leading to concerns of devastating flooding. Ukraine’s military command has accused Russia of causing the explosion, given the dam’s strategic significance. This article provides a brief overview of the Nova Kakhovka Dam, its importance, previous threats, and the ongoing situation.
India Conducts Asia’s First Demonstration of Performance-Based Navigation for Helicopters
India recently achieved a significant milestone in the field of aviation as it conducted Asia’s first demonstration of performance-based navigation for helicopters. The successful flight from Juhu to Pune showcased the utilization of GAGAN satellite technology, a joint development by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). This groundbreaking achievement highlights India’s innovation and expertise in the aviation sector.
Acclaimed writer Abhay K’s new book on Nalanda to be published by Penguin
Poet-diplomat Abhay K’s book ‘Nalanda’, the acquisition of which has been announced by Penguin Random House India, delves into the history of the ancient seat of learning in Bihar. The award-winning poet and writer Abhay K’s new book, titled Nalanda is his highly anticipated book which is set to take readers on an enlightening journey through time and history. The book is scheduled to release in October next year in 2024 from the Vintage imprint. Nalanda offers a vivid and passionate account of the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest centres of knowledge and learning. Abhay K masterfully weaves together historical facts and a narrative flair to transport readers to the prehistoric city of Rajgir, the birthplace of Brihadratha and Jarasandha, which later evolved into the powerful empire of Magadh.