World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an annual observance held on June 15th to raise awareness about the mistreatment of older persons. Established by the United Nations in 2011, WEAAD aims to shed light on the global problem of elder abuse and promote the rights and well-being of older individuals.

Theme of WEAAD 2024: Spotlight on Older Persons in Emergencies

This year’s theme, “Spotlight on Older Persons in Emergencies,” highlights the unique challenges faced by older individuals during crises, such as natural disasters, armed conflicts, and health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. These situations often exacerbate the risk of elder abuse and neglect, making it crucial to address the specific needs and vulnerabilities of older persons in emergency response efforts.

Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits converged at the Kheer Bhawani temple in Kashmir Valley’s Ganderbal district to attend the annual festival of Zyestha Ashtami on June 14. Many of them had migrated to different parts of the country in the 1990s in the wake of raging militancy. The temple of Kheer Bhawani is located amid chinar trees and has a natural spring, which is considered auspicious by Pandits. According to the community, water in the pond ominously turned black in the 1990s and the community had to face a mass migration in the wake of militancy.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, one of the most accomplished cricketers in the history of the game, is set to unveil his autobiography titled ‘I Have the Streets: A Kutti Cricket Story’ on June 10, 2024. Co-authored with acclaimed writer Sidharth Monga, this book promises to take readers on a captivating journey through Ashwin’s life and times before he became a professional cricketer.

When Alpana Killawala joined the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the bank’s communication department was just beginning to take shape. Over a career that spanned more than two decades, Alpana not only witnessed but actively contributed to the evolution of the RBI’s communication strategies. Her book, A Fly on the RBI Wall: An Insider’s View of the Central Bank, offers an insightful glimpse into her journey and the institution’s transformation over 25 years.

Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan was named the Deputy Chief Minister in a highly-anticipated move by the Andhra Pradesh government on June 14. The actor-turned-politician has also been allocated the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Environment, Forests, and Science and Technology portfolios in the Chandrababu Naidu-led government.

Woman Entrepreneur Successfully Develops AI Tool ‘Divya Drishti’

A woman-led start-up has successfully developed an AI-based tool that creates a “robust and multi-faceted authentication system” by combining facial recognition with gait analysis. This innovative solution marks a “significant advancement” in biometric authentication technology, offering “enhanced accuracy and reliability”.

The mythological city of Joshimath in Uttarakhand has been officially renamed as Jyotirmath. The decision was announced by the state government after getting approval from the Centre. Fulfilling a promise made a year ago, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami had announced to change the official name of Joshimath tehsil in Chamoli district to its historical title, Jyotirmath.

India is the world’s second largest source of nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas that heats up the atmosphere far more than carbon dioxide. Nearly 11% of such global man-made emissions in 2020 were from India, topped only by China at 16%. The major source of these emissions comes from fertiliser usage, according to a global assessment of N2O emissions published in the journal Earth System Science Data on June 12.


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