World Basketball Day is an annual celebration held on December 21, commemorating the invention of basketball by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. The sport has grown into one of the most popular and widely practiced games globally, uniting people with its athleticism, joy, and camaraderie. This article delves into the history, significance, and impact of basketball on the world stage.

In a stunning display of skill and determination, Maharashtra emerged victorious in the women’s team event at the 75th Inter State-Inter Zonal Badminton Championship held in Guwahati. The championship, organized by the Badminton Association of India, witnessed Maharashtra’s women’s team clinching the title with a commanding 3-0 victory.

Sahitya Akademi, announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023 in 24 languages. 9 books of poetry, 6 of novels, 5 of short stories, 3 Essays and 1 Literary Study have won the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2023. The Awards, recommended by distinguished Jury members in 24 Indian languages, were approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met today under the Chairmanship of Sri Madhav Kaushik, President, Sahitya Akademi.

In a notable achievement, NTPC Kanti has been bestowed with the 11th Edition of FICCI Water Award 2023 under the “Industrial Water Use Efficiency” category. The prestigious accolade was presented during the inaugural event of the 9th Edition of India Industry Water Conclave held at FICCI Federation House in New Delhi.

In a notable recognition of her outstanding contributions to public healthcare services in Bhutan, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia, has been honored with Bhutan’s National Order of Merit (NOM) Gold Medal. The prestigious award was presented by Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Druk Gyalpo (dragon king) of Bhutan, during the celebration of Bhutan’s 116th National Day on December 17, 2023, in Thimphu, Bhutan.

In a poignant ceremony held at INS Shivaji, the esteemed Training establishment of the Indian Navy, the original ‘Vir Chakra‘ was posthumously awarded to Late Vice Admiral Benoy Roy Chowdhury. The ceremony, marked by solemnity and reverence, took place on 18th December 2023. The ‘Vir Chakra’ stands as a testament to acts of gallantry on the battlefield, whether on land, in the air, or at sea. It is a prestigious Indian wartime military bravery award, and Vice Admiral Benoy Roy Chowdhury’s name now graces the list of recipients, adding to the honor and legacy of INS Shivaji.

Senior IPS officer Maheshwar Dayal officially assumed the role of Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services on Monday, December 18. With a distinguished career marked by various leadership roles across multiple districts and specialized units, Dayal brings a wealth of experience to his new position. Let’s delve into his illustrious journey through the ranks of law enforcement.

Kurukshetra, a sacred town resonating with cultural heritage and spiritual significance, witnessed a grand spectacle as it hosted the inauguration of the International Gita Mahotsav – 2023. This week-long celebration promises a unique blend of spirituality, cultural diversity, and global participation, captivating visitors until December 24.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has once again soared to new heights by clinching the prestigious Leif Erikson Lunar Prize. This esteemed accolade, bestowed by the Husavik Museum, stands as a testament to ISRO’s unwavering commitment and substantial contributions to lunar exploration. The focal point of this recognition is ISRO’s groundbreaking Chandrayaan-3 mission, a venture that has significantly deepened our understanding of celestial mysteries.

The Uttar Pradesh Police has taken a significant step towards enhancing public outreach and transparency by becoming one of the first in the country to launch WhatsApp Channels for its headquarters and all district units. The initiative aims to publicize the commendable work of the district police and provide timely information about actions taken in criminal and law and order incidents.

In a landmark decision, the Ministry of Railways has issued a directive for the handover of all assets from the National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR), located in Vadodara, to Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV). This directive comes in alignment with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bolster the newly envisioned Central university. The move is poised to impact the esteemed legacy of NAIR, a pivotal training facility for railway officers over several decades.

Hyderabad has ranked first in the country for food adulteration cases, according to the data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Telangana stands second, closely followed by Andhra Pradesh. In 2022, a total of 291 cases of food adulteration were reported across 19 major cities in India. Surprisingly, out of these cases, a staggering 246 were reported solely in Hyderabad, signalling a concerning trend in food safety within the city.


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