Every year on June 26th, people around the world come together to observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as World Drug Day. This important day was established by the United Nations in 1987 to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse and to encourage cooperation in creating a world free from this problem.

The 2024 Theme: “The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention”

This year’s World Drug Day focuses on the importance of using scientific evidence to prevent drug abuse. The theme highlights that we need to put more effort and resources into stopping drug problems before they start.

Every year on June 26th, the world observes the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This important day was established by the United Nations in 1997 to raise awareness about the terrible practice of torture and to show support for those who have suffered from it. Torture is one of the worst things that humans can do to each other. It’s not just painful physically, but it also hurts people mentally and emotionally. The United Nations has always said that torture is wrong and must be stopped everywhere in the world.

Lt Gen NS Raja Subramani is set to be the next Vice Chief of Army Staff with the government clearing his appointment to the post, official sources said on June 20. The officer, who is presently helming the Army’s Central Command, will succeed Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi. Lt Gen Dwivedi, currently serving as the Vice Chief, will be the next Chief of the Army Staff when incumbent Gen Manoj Pande retires on June 30.

Pat Cummins made history on June 23, as he became first player to pick up 2 hat-tricks in T20 World Cups during the Super 8 clash between Australia and Afghanistan in St. Vincent. Cummins picked up the wickets of Rashid Khan, Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naib to achieve the feat.

Smriti Mandhana became the first Indian woman to record two consecutive ODI hundreds during the second ODI against South Africa at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on June 19. She scripted history on June 23, after she registered the record for the most runs by an Indian woman in a bilateral One-Day International series.

Indian wrestlers ended their campaign in the Under-17 Asian Wrestling Championship 2024 with an impressive tally of 11 medals, including four gold, two silver, and five bronze. The event was held in Amman, Jordan, from 22-24 June 2024. Following the U-17 competition, the U-23 championship commenced.

Rohit Sharma became the first player to hit 200 sixes in T20Is during the T20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight Group 1 match against Australia at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia on June 24. Rohit struck a 41-ball 92 and hit eight sixes in the innings, taking his overall tally to 203 maximums in the shortest format of the game.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has been named Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha. Mr. Nadda replaces Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who recently won the Lok Sabha election and took oath on June 24, as a member of the Lower House of Parliament.

On a momentous day for Indian democracy, Om Birla was re-elected as the Speaker of the 18th Lok Sabha. This event marks an important milestone in India’s parliamentary history and reminds us of the strength of our democratic institutions.

In a pioneering move, the Ministry of Coal has initiated India’s inaugural pilot project for underground coal gasification in Jharkhand. Located at the Kasta coal block in Jamtara District, this innovative venture by Eastern Coalfields Limited aims to transform the coal industry. Rather than extracting coal, the process will occur underground, converting coal into valuable gases like methane, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide. These gases can then be used to produce synthetic natural gas, chemical feedstocks, and more, potentially revolutionizing India’s energy sector.

Srinagar has become the fourth Indian city to be recognised as a ‘World Craft City’ by the World Craft Council (WCC). Three years after it was designated as part of the UNESCO Creative City Network (UCCN) for crafts and folk arts.


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