World Oceans Day 2023
World Oceans Day, observed annually on June 8th, serves as a global reminder of the crucial role oceans play in sustaining life on Earth. Recognized by the United Nations, this day promotes ocean awareness and encourages people worldwide to take action towards protecting our marine environments. By amplifying the significance of the world’s oceans, we hope to inspire individuals, communities, and governments to work together for a more sustainable future. Theme of World Oceans Day 2023: Every year, the World Oceans Day is celebrated under a specific theme. This year, the theme of World Oceans day 2023 is “Planet Ocean: The Tides are Changing.”
Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar Anand takes over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration
On June 1, 2023, Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar Anand, who was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal, took over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration (AOA). As the Air Officer-in-Charge Administration, the AOA oversees the administrative functions of the Indian Air Force, including human resources, logistics, infrastructure, and welfare. The AOA plays a crucial role in driving modernization efforts and improving administrative efficiency within the organization.
Janardan Prasad appointed new Director-General of Geological Survey of India
Janardan Prasad has been appointed as the new Director General of the Geological Survey of India (GSI). Prasad has taken charge of the 174-year-old institution, succeeding Dr S Raju who has been the Director General since 2020.The Geological Survey of India (GSI), an attached office to the Ministry of Mines, has its headquarters in the city, with six regional offices in Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Shillong, and Kolkata.
Germany prepares to host “Air Defender 2023” NATO’s biggest ever air exercise
Germany is preparing to host the biggest air deployment exercise in NATO’s history, a show of force intended to impress allies and potential adversaries such as Russia. The Air Defender 23 exercise starting next week will see 10,000 participants and 250 aircraft from 25 nations respond to a simulated attack on a NATO member country. The United States alone is sending 2,000 U.S. Air National Guard personnel and about 100 aircraft to take part in the training maneuvers.
Muthamizh Selvi, first Tamil Nadu woman to scale Mt Everest
Udhayanidhi Stalin, the Tamil Nadu Minister for Sports Development and Youth Welfare, honored a remarkable climber, N Muthamizh Selvi, who achieved a significant feat by becoming the first woman from Tamil Nadu to climb Mount Everest. Selvi, who hails from Johilpatti, Virudhunagar, successfully reached the top of the world on May 23 after completing an arduous journey that lasted 56 days. Upon her arrival at the Chennai airport, the 34-year-old climber was given a warm welcome by enthusiastic supporters.
Sunil Kumar wins decathlon gold at Asian U20 Athletics Championship
India’s Sunil Kumar scored 7003 points and clinched gold in men’s decathlon at the Asian U20 Athletics Championships in Yecheon, South Korea. Apart from Sunil’s heroics, Pooja clinched women’s high jump silver after finishing with a 1.82m jump while Bushra Khan, secured silver in women’s 3000m race. In the women’s 4x100m relay, India secured bronze with a time of 45.36s. Siddharth Choudhary bagged gold medal in the men’s Shot Put with a throw of 19.52m while Shivam Lohakare won silver in Javelin throw with a throw of 72.34m. Sharuk Khan clocked 8:51.74 in men’s 3000m steeplechase to add another silver to India’s medal tally.
India emerged as the World’s 2nd largest producer of crude steel
Union Minister of Steel and Civil Aviation, Sh. Jyotiraditya M. Scindia has stated that India has moved from 4th largest producer of crude steel to the second largest producer of crude steel from 2014-15 to 2022-23 standing just behind China which is the largest exporter of crude steel in the world.India has reported a hike of 42% in Crude steel production from 88.98 MT(Metric ton) in 2014-15 to 126.26 MT in 2022-23.
Eurozone in recession at start of 2023: Latest Official Data
The eurozone, consisting of 20 countries that use the euro as their currency, has encountered a challenging start to 2023. Figures from the EU’s statistical agency, Eurostat, revealed that the region entered a technical recession, with a contraction of 0.1 percent for two consecutive quarters. This revision by Eurostat follows a prior forecast that predicted slight growth but was adjusted downward after Germany, the economic powerhouse of the eurozone, announced its recessionary status. The European Central Bank’s tightening monetary policy, inflationary pressures, and the impact of surging energy prices have all contributed to the recessionary conditions.
5 new countries elected as non-permanent members of the UNSC
Five countries have been elected as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council following a vote in the General Assembly. Algeria, Guyana, Republic of Korea, Sierra Leone and Slovenia will join the premier body for maintaining international peace and security, starting in January, serving for a two-year period. They were among six countries vying for five non-permanent seats around the Council’s horseshoe-shaped table that will become vacant at the end of the year. The five newly elected countries will join Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland as non-permanent members of the Council.