The United Nations Observes International Mine Awareness Day on 4th April. International Mine Awareness Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the serious impact of landmines and other explosive remnants of war on civilians. It also aims to promote the protection of persons with disabilities in conflict and peacebuilding settings.

 International Mine Awareness Day theme for 2024

The theme for International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action 2024 is ‘Protecting Lives, Building Peace’. This theme highlights the importance of mine action in saving lives and promoting peace in affected areas.

Dr. Karthik Kommuri is renowned for his exceptional patient care and commitment to contemporary practice in orthodontics and dentistry. He is known for his unwavering dedication to patient well-being, pursuit of excellence, and creating brighter smiles. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Kommuri was felicitated with the Distinguished Overseas Dental Specialist (Orthodontics and Orofacial Pain) title at the National Fame Awards 2024, held at The Club in Mumbai. The chief guest of the ceremony was Dia Mirza. The National Fame Awards, an initiative by Brands Impact, aim to recognize exceptional individuals and organizations that have achieved fame and nationwide popularity. The awards celebrate inspiring achievements and positive impact in various fields.

The Maharashtra team emerged as the undisputed champion at the 56th National Kho Kho Championship 2023-24, clinching both the men’s and women’s titles. The championship was held at Delhi’s Karnail Singh Stadium and the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.

Men’s Title:

Maharashtra vs Indian Railways In the men’s final, the Maharashtra team defeated the Indian Railway team by a narrow margin of 52-50 points after the two teams were tied at 32-32 points at the end of the stipulated time.

Women’s Title:

Maharashtra vs Airport Authority of India In the women’s category, the Maharashtra team, led by Sampada Maurya, outshone the Airport Authority of India team with a score of 18-16 points to claim the championship.

Santosh Kumar Jha, an Indian Railway Traffic Services (IRTS) officer of the 1992 batch, will assume the role of Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. (KRCL) on April 1, 2024.

Tata Group’s global trading and distribution arm, Tata International, has announced the appointment of Rajeev Singhal as its new Managing Director (MD). Singhal’s appointment to the new position is effective from April 1, 2024. He succeeds Anand Sen, who superannuated (retired) on March 31, 2024, as per a statement by Tata International.

Sandeep Jain, an auto-component manufacturer and alumnus of IIT-Kanpur, has been unanimously elected as the President of the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) for the year 2024-25. In line with FISME’s tradition of holding annual elections, Jain’s name was approved in a meeting of the Central Executive Committee held in New Delhi. FISME elects one-third of its CEC members annually, and the newly constituted body elects the President for the year.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, 69, has commenced his third term as the leader of the nation, extending his tenure until 2030. Amidst battling economic challenges, Sisi vows to prioritize national interests and fulfill the aspirations of the Egyptian people for a modern, democratic state.

The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, launched India’s first home-grown gene therapy for cancer at IIT Bombay on April 4, 2024. This groundbreaking treatment, called ‘CAR-T cell therapy’, is a major breakthrough in the battle against cancer.

In a significant milestone for agricultural recognition, the indigenous wheat variety from the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh, locally known as Kathiya Gehu, has been granted the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag. This is the first farm produce from Uttar Pradesh to receive this honor.

Scientists in South Korea have set a new world record using the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device, an “artificial sun” nuclear fusion reactor. During tests conducted between December 2023 and February 2024, they generated plasma temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius for a duration of 48 seconds. The achieved temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius is a remarkable seven times hotter than the Sun’s core, which has a temperature of approximately 15 million degrees Celsius.

India aims to bolster its strategic petroleum reserves (SPRs) by constructing its first privately managed storage facility in partnership with a private company by 2029-30. India plans to establish its inaugural privately managed strategic petroleum reserve (SPR) by 2029-30, granting the operator the liberty to trade all stored oil. This approach mirrors the models adopted by countries like Japan and South Korea, allowing private lessees, predominantly oil majors, to engage in crude oil trading.

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