Every year on February 15th, the world comes together to observe International Childhood Cancer Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges and struggles faced by children and adolescents battling cancer. As we mark International Childhood Cancer Day 2024, it’s crucial to spotlight the ongoing fight against this devastating disease and the importance of supporting affected families. This day serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience of young patients and the collective effort required to support their journey towards recovery.

World Hippo Day is celebrated on 15 February every year to raise awareness about the plight of hippos, which are one of the most endangered large mammals on the planet. Today, the hippo population is estimated to be between 115,000 and 130,000, with the decline being attributed to poaching, loss of access to fresh water, mechanised farming, and urbanisation.

Havildar Varinder Singh, a member of the Sikh Regiment in the Indian Army, has been honored with the prestigious Vishisht Seva Medal for his remarkable contribution to military technology. President Droupadi Murmu bestowed this accolade upon him in recognition of his outstanding efforts in developing a groundbreaking piece of equipment.

In a significant move that marks the beginning of a new chapter for SBI Capital Markets (SBICAPS), the investment banking arm of State Bank of India (SBI), Virendra Bansal has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. Bansal steps into the role, succeeding Rajay Kumar Sinha, who has moved on to serve as the Whole Time Member (Finance and Investment) at the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) for a three-year tenure starting January 2024.

In a significant development for the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC), Mr Sanjay Kumar Jain, an accomplished Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) Officer of the 1990 batch, has assumed the pivotal role of Chairman & Managing Director. With a distinguished career spanning over three decades, Mr Jain brings to the table a wealth of experience and a proven track record of exemplary leadership in various key positions within the Ministry of Railways and public sector undertakings (PSUs).

Assam, the state government has officially declared kaji nemu (Citrus limon), a variety of lemon unique to the region, as the ‘State Fruit’. The announcement was made by State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, following a Cabinet meeting on February 12, underscoring the fruit’s cultural, traditional, and nutritional significance to the state and its people.

The Epic Foundation has recently unveiled the Milkyway tablet, heralding a new era of ‘designed in India’ technology tailored for the educational needs of school children. Ajai Chowdhry, the Chairman of Epic Foundation, emphasized that the Milkyway tablet is the first product designed from the ground up in India to be fully repairable and upgradable, setting a benchmark for sustainability and innovation.

In a historic event on February 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Abu Dhabi’s first Hindu stone temple, marking a significant milestone in the UAE’s cultural and religious inclusivity. The inauguration ceremony was imbued with devotional chants and witnessed the presence of spiritual leaders from the Swaminarayan sect, highlighting the temple’s importance to the global Hindu community.

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