World Oceans Day on June 8, 2024, it’s crucial to recognize the vital role our oceans play in sustaining life on Earth. Covering nearly 70% of the planet’s surface, these vast bodies of water are not only home to countless marine species but also produce around 50% of the world’s oxygen.

Theme: Awakening New Depths

The theme for World Oceans Day 2024 is “Awaken New Depths.” This powerful call to action encourages individuals, communities, and nations to explore and appreciate the unexplored depths of our oceans. The action theme, “Catalysing action for our ocean and climate,” underscores the crucial role oceans play in mitigating the effects of climate change and global warming.

The International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup, a prestigious shooting tournament, is currently underway in Munich, Germany, from May 31 to June 8, 2024. Amidst the intense competition, Indian shooter Sarabjot Singh has etched his name in history by claiming India’s first medal at the event.

PNB MetLife India Insurance has announced Sameer Bansal as its new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 1, 2024. Bansal, currently serving as the Chief Distribution Officer, brings over 25 years of financial services experience to his new role. He will succeed Ashish Srivastava, who is transitioning to MD for MetLife Inc.’s Global Shared Services team in India.

Bisleri International, the pioneering force in India’s carbonated soft drinks industry, has unveiled an exciting new campaign for its refreshing beverage, Bisleri Limonata. Featuring the charismatic Aditya Roy Kapur as the brand ambassador, the #DoubleTheChill campaign aims to capture the essence of Limonata’s unique flavor blend and establish a strong connection with the Gen Z audience.

Shri Kamal Kishore Soan, took over the additional charge of Director General of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) under Ministry of Labour & Employment, on May 31. He is a senior IAS officer from Jharkhand Cadre (Batch : 1998) currently serving as an Additional Secretary and Director General, Labour Welfare in the Ministry of Labour & Employment.

In a significant step towards enhancing investment cooperation between India and Qatar, the inaugural meeting of the Joint Task Force on Investment (JTFI) took place in New Delhi. Co-chaired by Ajay Seth, Secretary of India’s Department of Economic Affairs, and Mohamed bin Hassen Al-Malki, Undersecretary of Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the meeting aimed to fortify bilateral relations and explore avenues for accelerated growth and collaboration across sectors like infrastructure, energy, technology, and innovation.

NOTA created a record with 2.18 lakh voters in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore opting for the ‘none of the above’ option in the Lok Sabha elections 2024.

Of the total voters, 14.01 per cent opted for ‘None of the Above’, which was introduced in 2013 following a Supreme Court order.

India’s first astro tourism campaign “Nakshatra Sabha” was inaugurated at the George Everest peak in Mussoorie. The venue of the event, George Everest Peak is a major tourist attraction in Mussoorie which offers spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks and the Doon Valley. The state tourism ministry plans to organise a series of Nakshatra Sabhas at popular tourist destinations in the hilly state.

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