National Science Day is celebrated annually on 28th February in India to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’ by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. This day serves as a reminder of the pivotal role science plays in shaping our lives and society. Each year, National Science Day is celebrated with a specific theme, highlighting significant aspects of scientific progress and innovation.

National Science Day 2024, theme

The theme for National Science Day 2024 is ‘Indigenous Technologies for Viksit Bharat’, emphasizing the importance of promoting scientific, technological, and innovation skills. It underscores the achievements of Indian scientists in addressing the country’s challenges through home-grown technologies. The theme also advocates for collaboration between the public and scientific community to contribute to India’s well-being and global welfare.

Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, the dynamic Namibian batter, etched his name in cricketing history by scoring the fastest T20 International (T20I) century in a blistering innings against Nepal. Loftie-Eaton’s extraordinary feat occurred during the first T20I of the Tri-Nation series on Tuesday, February 27, leaving fans and pundits in awe of his remarkable display of power-hitting. Facing Nepal’s bowling attack, Loftie-Eaton demonstrated his prowess with the bat as he notched up a scintillating hundred off just 33 deliveries, eclipsing the previous record held by Nepal’s Kushal Malla. Loftie-Eaton’s explosive innings turned the match on its head, providing Namibia with the momentum needed to surge past the 200-run mark, eventually posting a formidable total of 206/4.

Indian Squash player Abhay Singh clinched the Goodfellow Classic PSA Challenger Tour Title in Toronto, Canada. In the finals, he defeated Elliott Morris Devred of Wales by 3-0. With this win, the Asian Games Gold medalist has won his eighth PSA World Tour title.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) launched its largest military exercise in Europe in decades, Steadfast Defender 2024, in late January 2024. This large-scale operation, conducted against the backdrop of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, serves as a potent symbol of NATO’s collective military might and unwavering commitment to the security of its member states.

Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the premier Telecom R&D centre of the Government of India, has achieved a remarkable feat by clinching the top position in three categories at the esteemed 14th Annual Aegis Graham Bell Awards. The event, held on February 21, 2024, at the NDMC Convention Centre, New Delhi, witnessed C-DOT’s groundbreaking innovations being recognized and celebrated.

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Nitin Jain has been selected for the appointment as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Steel. He has been selected for the appointment under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period up to March 15, 2025. Jain is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) 2011 batch.

In a significant development, former Supreme Court judge Justice Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar has been appointed as the chairperson of the Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman of India. His appointment comes after a distinguished career in the judiciary, retiring from the apex court in July 2022. The notification issued by Rashtrapati Bhawan also announced the appointments of other key members of the Lokpal. Joining Justice Khanwilkar are Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy, Justice Sanjay Yadav, and Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi as judicial members.

Sunil Sharma (IRS) has been selected for the appointment as Director in the Department of School Education & Literacy under the Ministry of Education. Sharma has been selected for the appointment under the Central Staffing Scheme (CSS) for a period of five years. Sharma is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of 2010 batch. He was recommended for the Central deputation by the Department of Revenue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) second spaceport in Kulasekarapattinam, Tamil Nadu. This marks a significant milestone in India’s space exploration endeavors, promising to revolutionize the nation’s satellite launch capabilities. The project is estimated to cost Rs 950 crore. It aims to cater to the growing demand for satellite launches, particularly for small satellites.

The New Zealand government plans to revoke a pioneering law scheduled for implementation in July. This law, considered the toughest globally, aimed to ban tobacco sales to individuals born after January 1, 2009, while also reducing nicotine content and slashing tobacco retailers by over 90%.


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