International Migrants Day 2023, observed annually on December 18, serves as a global platform to recognize and appreciate the significant contributions of migrants while shedding light on the challenges they face. This day serves as a reminder to reflect on and celebrate the invaluable contributions of millions of migrants worldwide, recognizing their role as dynamic agents for the development in both their countries of origin and destination.

International Migrants Day 2023 – Theme

The theme for the International Day 2023 “Act Today” emphasizes the urgency and agency required to address the complex issues surrounding migration. It calls for proactive measures to harness the positive potential of mobility while mitigating the challenges associated with it. This theme underscores the need for timely, people-centered and evidence-based solutions to allow individuals to either remain in their communities or facilitate their movement for those who choose or need to do so.

In a significant triumph for its indigenous design and development capabilities, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has proudly announced the successful test firing of its Surface to Air Missile for Assured Retaliation (SAMAR) air defence missile system. This accomplishment marks a milestone for the IAF’s strategic self-reliance efforts. The IAF conducted the successful firing trials of the SAMAR air defence missile system during the AstraShakti-2023 exercise at Air Force Station Suryalanka. This exercise provided the platform for the SAMAR missile system to showcase its capabilities in real-world scenarios.

In a groundbreaking display of technological prowess, India has achieved a global first by demonstrating the capability of its indigenous Akash missile system to engage four aerial targets simultaneously at a range of 25 kilometers. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) proudly announced this historic achievement, highlighting India’s unique position as the first country to possess such a capability within a single firing unit.

In a historic turn of events at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, Haryana emerged victorious in the 2023 Vijay Hazare Trophy, securing their first-ever title with a 30-run triumph over Rajasthan in the summit clash. The victory marked one of the greatest campaigns in Indian domestic cricket history, as Haryana showcased their dominance by remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament.

In recognition of its outstanding commitment to empowering girls through education, BBG Foundation has been honored with the prestigious title of Best Girl Child Empowerment Program Initiative of the Year. The award was presented by Telangana Business Awards (TBA), a distinguished platform dedicated to recognizing excellence in various sectors. Telangana Business Awards serves as a beacon for enhancing productivity and quality in companies, entrepreneurs, and service providers, acknowledging their remarkable achievements and performance in their respective fields.

Esyasoft Technologies’ visionary Founder and CEO, Bipin Chandra, was honoured with the “Champions of Change Award (Karnataka)” by the Interactive Forum on Indian Economy (IFIE). Esyasoft Technologies is a non-profit organization recognized by Govt of India, for its outstanding leadership and transformative impact. Chandra received a Gold Medal and a Citation from the Governor of Karnataka, Shri Thawad Chand Gehlot as part of the felicitation. Constitutional Jury members headed by Justice K G Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman of NHRC, selected the awardees.

The Israeli government recently greenlit the appointment of Reuven Azar as the new Ambassador to India, underscoring his expansive role as the non-resident Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Bhutan as well. Azar’s nomination is part of a larger cohort of 21 Heads of Missions cleared by Israel to assume their responsibilities soon.

In a historic moment for India, Ms. Uma Sekhar has secured a remarkable victory by garnering 45 out of 59 votes in the initial round of elections for the Governing Council of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) held in Rome, Italy. This win not only signifies Ms. Sekhar’s individual achievement but also elevates India to a prominent position on the Governing Council for the term spanning 2024-28. Securing a position on the Governing Council required a minimum of 21 votes, and Ms Uma Sekhar’s substantial support of 45 votes underscores the confidence and trust vested in her capabilities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked a historic moment on Monday as he inaugurated the Swarved Mahamandir in Umaraha, Varanasi. This newly constructed meditation center stands tall at seven floors, accommodating an impressive 20,000 devotees at a time for meditation. The inauguration ceremony showcased the Prime Minister’s commitment to fostering spiritual well-being and cultural heritage in the holy city.

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