Every year on June 21st, the world celebrates World Hydrography Day. This important day, organized by the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), aims to raise awareness about hydrography and its crucial role in understanding our seas and oceans.

“Hydrographic Information – Enhancing Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability in Marine Activities“. This theme reflects the ongoing changes in navigation, including e-navigation, autonomous shipping, and efforts to reduce emissions.

The Hemis Festival, a vibrant celebration of Tibetan Buddhism, takes place annually in Ladakh, India. In 2024, this important cultural event will be held on June 16th and 17th. The Hemis Festival, also known as Hemis Tsechu, commemorates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava, a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. This two-day celebration brings the Hemis Monastery, Ladakh’s largest Buddhist monastery, to life with color, music, and spiritual energy.

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra has won the gold medal in the men’s javelin event at the prestigious Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland. Neeraj Chopra took the Gold with a best effort of 85.97m, well short of his season-best effort.

Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank (KVGB), a regional rural bank sponsored by Canara Bank, has been honoured with a national award by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) for significant enrolment under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY).

The government (on 20 June) has appointed Atul Kumar Chaudhary, as the new Secretary, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the position which was lying vacant after superannuation of V Raghunandan on May 31. Chaudhary is a graduate from IIT-Rookkee and did his Master Diploma in Public Policy & Administration from IIPA Delhi. He has worked in various capacities in Personnel, HR, Administration, Licencing, Vigilance wing of BSNL and Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Sudhakararao Papa has been appointed as the Director (Enterprise) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) following a rigorous selection process by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) on June 15, 2024. His appointment is pending final vigilance clearances and approval from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

Mark Rutte will appoint as the new secretary-general of NATO. Mark Rutte will succeed Jens Stoltenberg. Rutte has been the PM of Netherlands for 14 years. Rutte will take over NATO’s leadership at a critical time.

 Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a leading Indian defense electronics company, has announced a significant change in its top leadership. Manoj Jain has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director of the company.

Rear Admiral Nelson D’Souza has taken over as Commandant of Military Institute of Technology (MILIT), Pune from Air Vice Marshal Vivek Blouria. An accomplished alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Naval War College, Goa, Rear Admiral D’Souza has served in numerous key positions within the Indian Navy since his commissioning in March 1991.

India has achieved significant milestones in its domestic aviation sector over the past decade, emerging as the world’s third-largest market for domestic airlines by April 2024. This marks a remarkable ascent from its fifth position ten years ago, driven by robust growth and strategic developments under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

On June 19, the upper house of the Tajikistan parliament, Majlisi Milli, passed a law prohibiting “alien garments,” which primarily targets the hijab and other traditional Islamic clothing. The lower chamber, Majlisi Namoyandagon, had passed the bill on May 8. This move has sparked debate among Tajikistan’s predominantly Muslim population in the tightly governed ex-Soviet republic.

The First Village in India to Witness the Sunrise

India, a land of diverse cultures, unique traditions, and rich heritage, stands out distinctly from other nations. As a predominantly agrarian country, a significant portion of its population resides in villages. It is often said that the true essence of India lies in its villages. While many know that the earliest sunrise in India occurs in Arunachal Pradesh, few are aware of the specific village where this phenomenon can be witnessed first. This article aims to shed light on this village, bringing to you an interesting facet of India’s geographical uniqueness.

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