On May 3rd, the global community will come together to observe World Press Freedom Day, a significant event that honours the fundamental principles of press freedom and the vital role journalists play in informing and enlightening the public.

Date and Theme

This year, World Press Freedom Day falls on a Friday, and the theme for 2024 is “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis.” The theme highlights the crucial role of journalism and freedom of expression in addressing the global environmental crisis and driving meaningful action on pressing environmental issues.

World Tuna Day, observed annually on May 2nd, is dedicated to raising awareness about the critical importance of tuna conservation. Tuna is popular for its numerous health benefits, as it provides Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vital vitamins. But, tuna populations face significant threats due to overfishing and unsustainable fishing practices.

The World Tuna Day was first observed in 2017. The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about the declining tuna population and to promote the conservation and management of tuna fisheries.

World Tuna Day 2024: Theme

Each year, World Tuna Day is observed with a specific theme that highlights key aspects of tuna conservation, management, and industry.

The renowned Indian dairy giant Amul has been named the Lead Arm sponsor for the USA and South Africa cricket teams during the highly anticipated T20 World Cup in June. The USA Cricket team will be making their T20 World Cup debut as co-hosts of the prestigious tournament, which commences on June 1. Part of the event, including the semifinals and finals, will take place in the Caribbean.

The Indian Navy has launched the sixth barge of the LSAM 16 (Yard 130) series, named ‘Ammunition Cum Torpedo Cum Missile Barge, LSAM 20 (Yard 130),’ built by a private firm, Suryadipta Projects Pvt Ltd, in Thane, Maharashtra. The launch ceremony took place recently, at the launch site of Suryadipta Projects Pvt Ltd and was presided over by Madhusudan Bhui, INAS, GM NAD (Karanja). The barge will help the Indian Navy facilitate the transportation of articles and ammunition to ships, both alongside jetties and at outer harbors.

Pratima Singh (IRS) has been selected for the appointment as Director of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). She has been selected for the appointment under the Central Staffing Scheme for a period of five years. Singh is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of 2009-batch. She was recommended for the Central deputation by the Department of Revenue.

Corporate Affairs Ministry (MCA) has given its nod for appointment of Hitesh Kumar Sethia as Managing Director and CEO of Jio Financial Services for three years period. The appointment effective from November 15, 2023, is valid for three years, Jio Financial Services said in a regulatory filing.

The Indian Army and the Punit Balan Group joined hands to inaugurate the nation’s first Constitution Park in Pune. The ceremony, led by Lt. Gen. Ajai Kumar Singh, emphasized the importance of citizens honoring their duties outlined in the Constitution to drive India towards development by 2047.

Researchers have discovered the world’s deepest known blue hole, the Taam Ja’ Blue Hole (TJBH), located in Chetumal Bay off the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. New measurements indicate that the TJBH extends at least 1,380 feet (420 meters) below sea level, surpassing the previous record holder, the Sansha Yongle Blue Hole (also known as the Dragon Hole) in the South China Sea, by 390 feet (119 meters). Scientists have not yet reached the bottom of the TJBH, suggesting that it could be even deeper. Blue holes are water-filled vertical caverns or sinkholes found in coastal regions with soluble bedrock, such as limestone, marble, or gypsum.


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