World Humanitarian Day 2023

Every year on August 19, the world comes together to honor the remarkable efforts of humanitarians who tirelessly work to improve the lives of crisis-affected populations. World Humanitarian Day stands as a testament to the unyielding spirit of individuals who, despite the challenges and risks, extend their unwavering support to those in need. The United Nations General Assembly spearheads this global initiative, uniting partners from around the world to champion survival, well-being, and dignity in the face of adversity.

World Humanitarian Day 2023: Theme: “No Matter What”

The theme for World Humanitarian Day 2023, “No Matter What,” encapsulates the steadfast dedication of humanitarians worldwide. United by a common goal—to rescue and protect lives—they exemplify unwavering commitment to humanitarian principles. This theme underscores the unbreakable bond between humanitarians and their unflinching resolve to make sound judgments that prioritize the welfare of the people they serve. Despite the inherent challenges and risks, their resolute spirit shines through, as they navigate obstacles and deliver life-saving aid to those in dire circumstances.

World Photography Day 2023

World Photography Day, observed annually on August 19, marks the celebration of photography’s rich history and its role as both an art form and a scientific achievement. This day commemorates the invention of the daguerreotype, an early photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre in 1837, which paved the way for modern photography.

Significance of World Photography Day:

World Photography Day highlights photography as a legitimate form of art, encouraging photographers to experiment with different techniques, compositions and styles. It encourages people to appreciate the power of photography in telling stories, capturing emotions and preserving memories. It is a day to discuss the technical aspects of photography, advancements in equipment and the evolution of photographic techniques when photographers and enthusiasts often share their favourite photos, stories behind the images and insights into their creative process.


FIBA World Cup 2023 Schedule

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Basketball World Cup 2023 is the 19th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the quadrennial international basketball world championship contested by the men’s national teams of the member federations of FIBA. The tournament will be co-hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia from August 25 to September 10, 2023. The 32 teams competing in the tournament will be divided into eight groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group will advance to the second round, where they will be divided into four groups of four teams each.

Seema Bisla handed 1-year ban for whereabouts failure

2021 Asian Wrestling Championships bronze medalist and Olympian, Seema Bisla has been handed a year-long ban for whereabouts failure by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) of the NADA. The athlete’s ban began on May 12 of this year, according to the most recent list of athletes sanctioned by the ADDP. Seema Bisla was a part of the NADA’s Registered Testing Pool from April to June of 2024. Seema had won a bronze in women’s freestyle 50kg class in the 2021 Asian Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Indian-American Economist Raj Chetty awarded top Harvard University Prize

Indian-American economist Raj Chetty has been awarded Harward University’s coveted George Ledlie Prize 2023 for wielding big data to break myths about who achieves the American Dream. Along with Chetty, Biologist Michael Springer, professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School, who created a better, faster COVID test system to help deal with the spread of COVID, was also honoured with the coveted Harvard University’s George Ledlie Prize. Chetty, Professor of Economics at Harvard University is also director of Opportunity Insights, a group of economists based at Harvard who study inequality

Five Indian youths named among International Young Eco-Hero award 2023

Five youths from India have been named among 17 teen environmental activists from across the globe to receive the 2023 International Young Eco-Hero Award who have taken initiatives to tackle the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. The young eco-warriors who were recognized for their efforts by the US-based non-profit organization, “Action For Nature”, are Eiha Dixit, Manya Harsha, Nirvaan Somany, Mannat Kaur, and Karnav Rastogi. The International Young Eco-Hero Awards programme recognizes and encourages children and teens from ages 8 to 16 who have taken action towards solving the most critical environmental issues. The awardees are eco-conscious youth who took crucial steps to solve tough environmental problems.


Parminder Chopra appointed as CMD of Power Finance Corporation (PFC)

Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has appointed Parminder Chopra as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD); she becomes the first woman to lead India’s largest NBFC. Chopra assumed the top job at the power sector lender with effect from August 14, 2023. She earlier held additional charge as CMD from June 1, and was Director (Finance) from July 1, 2020. She also played a key role in the successful implementation of a Rs 1.12 lakh crore Liquidity Infusion Scheme (LIS) for the power distribution sector, which was rolled out as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative.

AFI chief Adille Sumariwalla elected to World Athletics Executive Board

Adille Sumariwalla has been elected as one of the four vice presidents of World Athletics, the highest post ever held by an Indian in the global track and field governing body. The 65-year-old Sumariwalla, who is the president of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), received the third-highest number of votes cast during the WA elections held on Thursday in Budapest, Hungary. He will serve a four-year term.


India’s First 3D-Printed Post Office Inaugurated In Bengaluru

The first 3D-printed post office in India, situated in Bengaluru’s Cambridge Layout near Ulsoor, was inaugurated by Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Bengaluru, often hailed as India’s tech capital, has welcomed the nation’s first 3D-printed post office. Located in Cambridge Layout near Ulsoor, this post office has set a new benchmark for efficiency, sustainability, and design.

The G20 Film Festival kicked off with the screening of “Pather Panchali”

The first G20 film festival, organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and India International Centre, commenced in Delhi with the screening of the renowned drama film “Pather Panchali” by Satyajit Ray. The distinguished veteran actor Victor Banerjee and G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant graced the festival’s grand opening, symbolizing a significant stride towards nurturing cross-cultural comprehension through the medium of cinema.

‘India’s First Village Atlas’ Is Of Mayem In Goa

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant unveiled India’s first village atlas, centered on the village of Mayem in Goa. In a significant step towards preserving and celebrating India’s rich socio-cultural heritage, Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant unveiled a groundbreaking initiative – The Biodiversity Atlas of Mayem Village. This unprecedented atlas offers a comprehensive socio-cultural history that traces back to the 12th century, making it a remarkable repository of historical and ecological knowledge.

UP’s first e-office system launched in Kannauj

UP’s Kannauj has become the first district in the state to adopt e-office – the new digital gateway that cuts on manual handling of files and documents. The e-office is a Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan. E-office is a workflow-based system that extends features of existing manual handling of files in addition to the more efficient electronic system. The efficiency of e-office not only helps departments in taking quick decisions but also makes them paperless.

About Uttar Pradesh

  • Capital – Lucknow
  • Chief Minister – Yogi Adityanath
  • Governor – Anandiben Patel

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