National Science Day (NSD) is a celebration of scientific achievements and discoveries that have shaped the world we live in. On this occasion, the Union Minister of State for Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, unveiled the theme for NSD 2024 – “Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat” – emphasizing India’s commitment to innovation and self-reliance in science and technology.

National Science Day, Theme

The theme for NSD 2024, “Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat,” underscores the importance of homegrown solutions to address societal challenges and foster overall well-being. It reflects a strategic focus on promoting public appreciation for science, technology, and innovation, highlighting the accomplishments of Indian scientists.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan made a significant announcement at the Defence Literature Festival, “Kalam and Kavach,” in Pune. He unveiled a groundbreaking book titled ‘Artificial Intelligence and National Security,’ marking a pivotal moment in blending India’s rich cultural heritage with contemporary national security strategies. The festival, hosted by Army Southern Command at the prestigious RSAMI Institute, Pune, showcased a remarkable fusion of tradition and innovation in the realm of national security. General Anil Chauhan, the Chief Guest, emphasized the importance of integrating age-old wisdom with modern military tactics.

The Divya Kala Mela, an initiative by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), is set to grace the vibrant city of Agartala, Tripura. This event, inaugurated on 6th February 2024, aims to celebrate the talents and skills of Divyang artisans and entrepreneurs from across the country. Led by Shri Ratan Lal Nath, Cabinet Minister of Power, Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, and Election Department, Govt. of Tripura, the inauguration marked the beginning of a six-day extravaganza.

The Telangana Football Association (TFA) has achieved a significant milestone by securing approval to host the FIFA World Cup qualifiers round between India and Kuwait. The match is scheduled to take place on June 6th of this year in Hyderabad, announced Dr. K.T. Mahi, Chairman of TFA.

El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele triumphantly secures his reelection, despite lingering concerns over authoritarian tendencies. Bukele’s landslide victory underscores his firm stance against gang violence and his vision for democratic reforms. Bukele’s resounding victory is fueled by his aggressive crackdown on gang violence, a pervasive issue in El Salvador. His policies, which have led to the imprisonment of thousands without formal charges, have resonated strongly with voters seeking security and stability.

Justice Vijay Bishnoi has recently been sworn in as the Chief Justice of the esteemed Gauhati High Court, marking a significant milestone in his illustrious legal career. The ceremony, graced by dignitaries including the Assam Governor and Chief Minister, commemorated Justice Bishnoi’s ascension to this esteemed position.

Rajasthan has welcomed Senior Advocate Rajendra Prasad Gupta as its new Advocate General, following the approval of his appointment by Governor Kalraj Mishra. This appointment marks a significant transition in the state’s legal leadership, filling the vacancy left after the change of government in December. Rajendra Prasad Gupta steps into the role previously held by MS Singhvi, embarking on a new chapter as the 19th Advocate General of Rajasthan.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced the appointment of Mio Oka as its new Country Director for India, succeeding Takeo Konishi. Ms. Oka brings nearly three decades of professional experience, including over 18 years with ADB, to her new role. Her appointment marks a significant milestone in ADB’s continued partnership with India in supporting its development goals and economic growth. As the new Country Director, Ms. Oka will be responsible for steering ADB’s operations in India and fostering relations with the government and other development partners. She will lead the implementation of ADB’s country partnership strategy for India, designed to catalyze robust, climate-resilient, and inclusive private sector-led growth.

Iran eliminates visa requirements for Indian tourists from February 4, 2024, aiming to boost tourism and global engagement. Indian ordinary passport holders can visit every six months for up to 15 days. The move extends to 33 countries, acknowledging India’s growing outbound tourism market.


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