“IMPORTANT DAY”

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is observed on August 23. It commemorates the day when an uprising began in Saint Domingue, now called Haiti, on August 23, 1791, against the slave trade. Haiti was a French settlement and a centre of the slave trade across Europe. The uprising led to a revolution against the rulers of the country.

Theme of the day

2023 Theme: “Fighting slavery’s legacy of racism through transformative education”

“SPORTS”

Khelo India Women’s League To Be Known As Asmita Women’s League

Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, has unveiled that the esteemed Khelo India Women’s League will be recognized as the “Asmita Women’s League” from now on. This purposeful transformation underscores the government’s commitment to advancing gender equality and nurturing the vibrant engagement of women in the realm of sports.

Spain beat England to become Women’s World Cup champions

Spain’s women’s football team won the World Cup 2023 for the first time after beating England 1-0 in Sydney, Australia. With this win, Spain also became only the second nation to clinch both the men’s and the women’s World Cups after Germany. Spain’s first major international trophy made it the first European team to win the Women’s World Cup since Germany in 2007. The other nation is Germany, who won the men’s World Cup in 1974 and 1990, and the women’s World Cup in 2003 and 2007. Spain’s Olga Carmona scored the winning goal against England.

India’s Anahat Singh clinches gold in Asian Junior

India’s Anahat Singh clinched the gold medal in the U-17 category of the Asian Junior Squash Individual Championships held in Dalian, China. The 15-year-old Anahat defeated Hong Kong’s Ena Kwong 3-1 in the final on 20th August 2023 to win the gold medal. She had beaten Malaysian players Doyce Lee and Whitney Isabelle Wilson in the quarterfinal and semifinal, respectively. Last year in Thailand, the Delhi-based Anahat had won her first gold medal of this event. Earlier this year, Anahat emerged winner in the U-15 category of the British Junior Open Squash, beating Sohaila Hazem of Egypt in the final.

“APPOINTMENTS”

Srettha Thavisin Elected As Thailand Prime Minister

Thai property tycoon Srettha Thavisin has been elected as the new prime minister of Thailand following a decisive win in a parliamentary vote. The 60-year-old Thavisin’s victory in the parliamentary vote, with the support of two-thirds of the assembly, ends weeks of political uncertainty that followed an election held 100 days ago.

Justice Prakash Shrivastava appointed as NGT chairperson

Justice Prakash Shrivastava has been appointed as Chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT). After the former Chairperson Justice A.K Goel retired. After the former Chairperson Justice A.K Goel retired in July, Justice Sheo Kumar Singh was appointed as the Acting Chairperson. Justice Srivastav Enrolled as Advocate on February 2, 1987. He Practised on Tax, Civil and Constitutional sides in the Supreme Court of India at New Delhi. He was later appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on January 18, 2008 and became a permanent Judge on January 15, 2010.

“SCIENCE”

India Becomes 4th Country landed Successfully on Moon

India successfully landed its Chandrayaan-3 mission on the lunar surface on August 23, 2023, making it the fourth country to do so after the United States, Russia, and China. The lander Vikram touched down on the south pole of the moon, a region that has never been explored before. The rover Pragyan is expected to roll out of the lander and begin its exploration of the lunar surface in the coming days.

The successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 is a major achievement for India’s space program and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the scientists and engineers who made it possible. It also puts India in a select group of spacefaring nations and furthers its ambition to become a leading player in the global space race.

The Chandrayaan-3 mission is expected to collect valuable data about the lunar south pole, which is thought to be rich in water ice. This information could be used to support future human exploration of the moon. The mission is also expected to help scientists to better understand the formation and evolution of the moon.

The successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 is a proud moment for India and a significant step forward in our exploration of space. I am confident that this mission will pave the way for many more successes in the years to come.

 “NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS”

Sachin Tendulkar to be EC’s national icon

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will become a “national icon” of the Election Commission (EC) and spread awareness regarding the need for greater voter participation in the electoral process. The poll body will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Tendulkar in the national capital on Wednesday. It will be a three-year agreement as part of which the cricketing legend will spread voter awareness. The EC’s decision to appoint Tendulkar as its national icon is a significant step towards encouraging greater voter participation in India. Tendulkar’s popularity and influence among the youth make him a powerful force for good, and he is sure to make a positive impact on the electoral process.

India’s First Hydrogen Bus Hits the Public Roads in Leh, Ladakh

NTPC Limited, a prominent Maharatna Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) operating under the Ministry of Power (MoP), has embarked on a groundbreaking venture by launching the trial of India’s inaugural hydrogen bus in the picturesque region of Leh, situated in the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh. This remarkable endeavor not only marks the country’s first utilization of hydrogen buses on public roads but also reflects NTPC’s commitment towards fostering sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. The maiden hydrogen bus has arrived in Leh, symbolizing the commencement of a significant three-month-long process. This process encompasses rigorous field trials, comprehensive roadworthiness assessments, and essential regulatory clearances, all of which are vital steps towards integrating hydrogen-powered buses into Ladakh’s transport ecosystem.

The Resilience of the Piripkura Tribe: Last Survivors Found Deep within the Amazon Rainforest

Deep within the heart of the Amazon rainforest lies an extraordinary tale – that of the Piripkura tribe. This story revolves around Tamandua Piripkura, one of the last remaining three survivors of this indigenous community. Their journey encapsulates the unyielding struggle of Indigenous people against the encroachment of the modern world.

India announces ‘Green’ Hydrogen standard

India has announced the definition of Green Hydrogen. The Green Hydrogen Standard for India sets a criterion of 2 kg CO2 equivalent per kg H2 as a 12-month average emission threshold. It is a significant move for the progress of the National Green Hydrogen Mission. The guidelines established by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, delineate the emission benchmarks that must be fulfilled for hydrogen production to qualify as ‘Green’, signifying its origin from renewable sources. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has characterized Green Hydrogen as having a well-to-gate emission (encompassing processes like water treatment, electrolysis, gas purification, hydrogen drying, and compression) that does not exceed 2 kg CO2 equivalent per kg H2.

Maharashtra government to organize “Pro Govinda” League on Janmashtami

The Maharashtra government will host the first-ever Pro Govinda League in Mumbai. The Pro Govinda League would be held on 31 August on the lines of the Pro Kabaddi League. The Pro Govinda League would be held at the National Sports Club of India at Worli in Mumbai. Around 50,000 Govindas, including 3,500 from Mumbai, would be participating in the event. The first prize comprises a whopping Rs 11 lakh, second Rs 7 lakh, third Rs 5 lakh, and fourth Rs 3 lakh. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde recognized Dahi-Handi as a sport in Maharashtra in 2022 on the occasion of Janmashtami.

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