The International Day of Action for Rivers is observed annually on March 14th. The International Day of Action for Rivers has its roots in the First International Meeting of People Impacted by Dams, held in Curitiba, Brazil, in March 1997. River experts from 20 nations declared March 14th as the “Day of Action for Rivers,” with the aim of forming a coalition against the degradation of ecologically sensitive water bodies, rivers, and watersheds.

This year, on Thursday, March 14, 2024, the theme is “Water for All,” emphasizing the fundamental right of every individual to access clean water.

World Kidney Day is an annual global health awareness campaign that aims to raise awareness about the importance of kidney health and the increasing burden of kidney diseases worldwide. It is observed on the second Thursday of March every year. This year World Kidney Day is observed on 14th March.

The theme for World Kidney Day 2024

The 2024 World Kidney Day campaign theme is Kidney Health for All – Advancing Equitable Access to Care and Optimal Medication Practice. The campaign aims to improve access to kidney treatment around the world.

On March 12, 2024, President Droupadi Murmu was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Mauritius. This prestigious honor demonstrates the depth of bilateral ties between India and Mauritius.

Mr. Srinivasan Swamy, currently serving as the chairman and managing director of RK Swamy Ltd, was honored at the 45th IAA World Congress in Penang, Malaysia. Governor Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak presented him with the esteemed IAA Golden Compass Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the global marketing, advertising, and media industries. This accolade marks a significant milestone in his illustrious career.

Indian author Amitav Ghosh has been awarded the prestigious Erasmus Prize 2024 by the Netherlands-based Praemium Erasmianum Foundation for his significant contributions to the theme “imagining the unthinkable” through his writings on the climate crisis and human interactions with nature. The foundation recognized Ghosh’s ability to make the unprecedented global crisis of climate change tangible through his compelling stories about the past. His work offers a remedy to the existential threat that defies imagination by delving deeply into the question of how to do justice to it through the written word.

The Indian Navy recently took part in a major maritime exercise called Exercise Cutlass Express – 24 (CE-24). This exercise was held in Port Victoria, Seychelles from 26 February to 08 March 2024. The Indian Navy was represented by the ship INS Tir, which is the lead ship of the First Training Squadron. INS Tir was led by Senior Officer, First Training Squadron, Capt Anshul Kishore. The exercise was inaugurated by the President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, in the presence of dignitaries from India, USA, and African countries.

Indian sailor Vishnu Saravanan won the gold medal at the Europa Cup 2024 in the ILCA 7 category in Mallorca, Spain. The event was organized by Reial Club Nautic Port de Pollenca. Saravanan topped the 91-boat race with 17 net points.

Australia’s Lawson McAullay won the bronze with 22 net points at the event. The ILCA7 is a category within the ILCA -International Laser Class Association sailing class. Saravanan became the first Indian sailor to qualify for successive Olympics.

Sanjay Kumar Singh is poised to step into the role of Director (Projects) at NHPC Limited, following a commendation by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) panel on March 12. Currently serving as Chief General Manager at SJVN Limited, Singh emerges as the recommended candidate from a pool of twelve contenders. Among these, eight hail from NHPC, two from SJVN, and one each from HPSEBL and Patel Engineering Ltd.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Sela tunnel to the nation, a strategic infrastructure project located in Arunachal Pradesh. The tunnel, built at an altitude of 13,000 feet, is expected to provide all-weather connectivity to the strategically located Tawang district and improve the movement of troops along the frontier region. Prime Minister attended the virtual inauguration of the tunnel project at the ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Northeast’ programme in Itanagar.

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