June 13th marks the annual observance of International Albinism Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about albinism – a rare, genetically inherited condition that causes a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes. This year’s theme, “10 years of IAAD: A decade of collective progress,” highlights the collective efforts made over the past decade to promote understanding, acceptance, and support for individuals living with albinism.

Nethra Gururaj, a dynamic cinematographer from Bengaluru, has been selected for the prestigious 2024 Oscar Academy Gold Rising Program. This honour places her among the most promising young filmmakers and cinematographers globally, highlighting her significant achievements and potential. Nethra Gururaj, currently based in Los Angeles, has a diverse portfolio that includes short films, feature films, documentaries, music videos, and experimental pieces.

The Vice Chief of the Indian Army, Lt. Gen. Upendra Dwivedi, officially launched Vidyut Rakshak, a new Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled integrated generator tracking, protection, and control system. This was developed by Maj Rajprasad R S and was recently displayed during “Exercise Bharat Shakti,”, which is a big step forward in the Indian Army’s “Year of Tech Absorption.” At the opening event, the first production units of Vidyut Rakshak were put into service.

In a landmark decision, the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has designated India as the host country for the inaugural FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup featuring 24 teams, set to take place in December 2025. This decision underscores FIH’s commitment to expanding opportunities for National Associations and promoting diversity in the sport. FIH President Tayyab Ikram expressed enthusiasm for the expanded event format, emphasizing its significance in shaping the future of hockey.

The United Nations General Assembly has officially declared 2025 as the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology. On June 7, 2024, the 193-member Assembly passed a resolution co-sponsored by Ghana and six other countries, acknowledging the significance of this groundbreaking field of study.

The National Commission for Indian Medical Systems organized a two-day National Conference, ‘PRANA’ Protecting Rights and Novelties in ASUS (Mind to Market for Indian System of Medicines [ISM] Professionals) in Collaboration with All India Council for Technical Education and Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell to mark its fourth foundation.

Scientists have discovered a new species of great ape which lived 11 million years ago and only ever grew to the size of a human toddler, making it the smallest known to science. The now-extinct ape species, which has been named Buronius manfredschmidi, was uncovered at the Hammerschmiede fossil site in Bavaria.


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