National Brother’s Day is celebrated every year on 24 May to respect the special bond shared between brothers. National Brother’s Day traces its origins back to 2005, when C Daniel Rhodes from Alabama first organised the holiday. Initially named ‘National Brother’s Day,’ it was created to honour and recognise the contributions brothers make to their families.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed May 24 as the International Day of the Markhor. To raise awareness and promote the conservation of this iconic and ecologically significant species found across the mountainous regions of Central and South Asia. The markhor (Capra falconeri) is an iconic and ecologically significant species found across the mountainous regions of Central and South Asia, including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

World Turtle Day, celebrated annually on May 23, aims to raise awareness about the unique lifestyle and habitats of turtles and tortoises. While often mistaken for one another, these reptiles have distinct differences. Turtles are aquatic creatures that live in water, while tortoises are land-dwelling animals. Additionally, tortoises can live up to an impressive 300 years, significantly longer than the average 40-year lifespan of turtles.

Srinivas R. Kulkarni, an Indian-origin U.S. scientist and brother of renowned author Sudha Murty, has been awarded the prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy for 2024. This prestigious recognition celebrates Kulkarni’s groundbreaking discoveries in the field of astronomy, including his pioneering work on millisecond pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and other transient astronomical phenomena. The Shaw Prize consists of three annual prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences, each bearing a monetary award of USD 1.2 million.

German author Jenny Erpenbeck and translator Michael Hofmann have won the prestigious International Booker Prize for their novel “Kairos.” The book, which tells the story of a tangled love affair during the final years of East Germany’s existence, beat out five other finalists from a pool of 149 submitted novels. The International Booker Prize recognizes fiction from around the world that has been translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport was awarded the zero waste to landfill (ZWL) accolade by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII-ITC) Centre of Excellence. It is the first airport in India to receive this recognition, achieving 99.50% waste diversion from landfills. The award confirms the airport’s implementation of leading waste management practices.

Srinivas R. Kulkarni, an Indian-origin U.S. scientist and brother of Sudha Murty, has been awarded the prestigious Shaw Prize in Astronomy for 2024. Kulkarni, who serves as the George Ellery Hale Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science at Caltech. Kulkarni has been awarded for his ground-breaking discoveries on millisecond pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and other transient astronomical phenomena.

Indian weightlifter Preetismita Bhoi smashed the youth clean and jerk world record in the women’s 40kg category to win a gold medal at the IWF World Youth Championship. The 15-year-old bettered the existing record of 75kg by 1kg. She lifted 57kg in snatch for a total effort of 133kg, finishing within 2kg of the youth world standard on total on the opening day of the competition.

Aligning with the quota policy applied in permanent government positions, the Karnataka State government has now made it mandatory to provide 33% reservation for women in services and posts that are being outsourced by various government departments and organizations. This reservation is within the stipulated quota for SC/ST and other backward communities, ensuring women’s representation in outsourced jobs across various government departments and organizations.

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