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Transformative Arrival: First Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC) Reaches Numaligarh Refinery via Waterways
The first over dimensional cargo (ODC), a DHT reactor weighing 485 MT and measuring 31.5 meters in length and 8.250 meters in width, arrived at Numaligarh Refinery in Assam, India. The cargo was transported via waterways from Kolkata to Numaligarh, traveling through the Indo Bangladesh Protocol Route (IBPR) on the Brahmaputra River. This transportation signifies a transformation in the region and aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for growth. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) played a crucial role in transporting the ODC, which is part of the expansion plan for Numaligarh Refinery.
Pune to Host G-20 4th Education Working Group Meeting: Focus on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy
Pune is hosting the 4th Education Working Group Meeting of the G-20, with participation from 85 delegates and 15 Education Ministers. Pre-event activities, including seminars and exhibitions, are taking place. The main seminar will focus on foundational literacy and numeracy in blended learning. Panel discussions and a multimedia exhibition will involve international participation. Various events and excursions showcasing Pune’s culture and heritage are also planned.
India and United Nations Sign Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Achieving SDGs
NITI Aayog and the United Nations in India have signed the Government of India – United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (GoI-UNSDCF 2023-2027). This framework aims to support India in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by focusing on areas such as health, education, economic growth, and the environment. The cooperation framework will also emphasize SDG localization and South-South cooperation, highlighting India’s leadership in implementing the SDGs.
The GoI-UNSDCF was developed through collaboration between NITI Aayog, government ministries, state governments, UN agencies, civil society, and other stakeholders. The implementation and monitoring of the framework will be jointly led by the Government of India and the United Nations through a Joint Steering Committee. The signing of this framework marks a critical milestone as India progresses towards its vision of a sustainable and inclusive future.
Women 20 Summit: Breaking the Glass Ceiling and Empowering Women in Leadership Roles
The Women 20 Summit in Tamil Nadu focused on breaking the glass ceiling for women in leadership roles. Sessions discussed empowerment through trade and investment, care economy, and celebrated women’s power. Notable speakers shared experiences and initiatives promoting women’s economic empowerment. The summit ended with the closing remarks emphasizing the importance of women-led development.
Remarkable Growth in Indian Domestic Airlines: Passengers Soar by 36.10% Annually and 15.24% Monthly
Passengers carried by domestic airlines in India grew by 36.10% annually and 15.24% monthly from January to May 2023. In May 2023, the passenger count increased by 3.26 lakhs (2.52%) compared to April 2023. Indigo, Vistara, and Air Asia gained market share during January to May 2023. The Civil Aviation sector has shown significant growth, with 636.07 lakhs passengers carried during January to May 2023, indicating a strong demand for air transportation and improvement in connectivity. Complaints from passengers decreased in May 2023 compared to May 2019. The growth of the domestic airline industry contributes to India’s economy and ensures last mile connectivity.
Seminar on Accessible Science: Fostering Collaborations at G20 Education Meeting in Pune
The precursor events for the upcoming 4th G20 Education Working Group Meeting and G20 Education Ministers Meeting began in Pune. A seminar on “Accessible Science: Fostering Collaboration” was organized, inaugurated by Dr. Subhas Sarkar. The seminar focused on removing barriers to knowledge and promoting multidisciplinary collaborations. Dr. Sarkar also launched a report on research collaborations considering G20 nations. India’s achievements in scientific research were highlighted, with the country becoming the 3rd largest producer of scientific research. The seminar is part of the ongoing 4th Education Working Group meeting in Pune, discussing foundation literacy and numeracy in blended learning. The Education Ministerial meeting will conclude the events.
NHAI’s Initiative for Road Safety: Rectification of Accident Spots through Short-Term Measures
NHAI has introduced guidelines for rectifying accident-prone spots on National Highways through short-term measures. Project Directors now have the power to address these spots with budgets ranging from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 25 lakh. This initiative is in addition to the rectification of black spots notified by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The short-term measures include various safety installations and traffic calming measures aimed at enhancing road safety and user convenience. NHAI is committed to ensuring a safe and smooth travel experience on the National Highways.
PM Modi to Lead Consecration Ceremony at Ram Temple in Ayodhya: Yogi Announces Massive Deepotsav
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will conduct the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya in January next year, followed by a Deepotsav with 21 lakh diyas. Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, made this announcement during a BJP event. He praised Ayodhya’s development efforts and mentioned the plans to improve infrastructure, including the construction of Ram Path and Bhakti Path. Yogi emphasized the government’s commitment to providing basic infrastructure and connecting with people of all communities.
Get Ready for International Yoga Day 2023 in Bangladesh: Exciting Preparations Underway!
Preparations for the 9th International Yoga Day in Bangladesh are underway, with various yoga events being organized across the country. The High Commission of India is actively promoting these programs. Recently, multiple events were held in Dhaka, including exercises, breathing activities, and meditation sessions. Certificates were awarded to yoga teachers and students completing yoga and Ayurveda courses. Other organizations, such as the Harmony Trust and Art of Living Bangladesh, are also hosting yoga and meditation events in Dhaka. The main event is scheduled to take place on June 21st in Dhaka, involving thousands of yoga enthusiasts.
Mild 4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Dhaka and Nearby Areas in Bangladesh: No Casualties or Damage Reported
A 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in Dhaka, Bangladesh and nearby areas. The earthquake had a depth of 10 km and an intensity of 5 on the Richter scale. No casualties or property damage have been reported.
PM Modi to Celebrate International Day of Yoga at UNHQ, Joined by UN General Assembly President
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will celebrate the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York. The event, held between 8 am and 9 am, will be attended by many prominent individuals. UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi will also participate. The proposal to observe International Day of Yoga was initiated by Modi in 2014 and accepted by 175 countries. The session aims to promote good health and wellness globally. Additionally, Modi recently addressed the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meet, emphasizing the importance of agriculture and discussing challenges faced by the Global South. India is promoting both natural and technology-enabled farming practices.
Bangladesh’s Commitment to Sovereignty and Freedom: MOFA Statement
Bangladesh values sovereignty and freedom to determine its domestic and foreign actions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes the importance of respect for Bangladesh’s sovereign rights. The statement responds to comments made by the Chinese Foreign Ministry regarding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks on US sanctions and expresses solidarity with developing countries against interference. China expresses willingness to oppose hegemony and uphold international norms and order.
Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2023-24 (Series I) Subscription: Issue Price and Discounts Revealed
The Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2023-24 (Series I) will be open for subscription from June 19-23, 2023, with a settlement date of June 27, 2023. The issue price for the bond will be Rs 5,926 per gram. Investors applying online and making payment through digital mode will receive a discount of Rs 50, resulting in an issue price of Rs 5,876 per gram for them.
NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Commissions 1 MW Rooftop Solar Power Project at IIT Jodhpur, Meeting 15% of Electricity Needs
NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited commissioned a 1 MW Rooftop Solar Power Project at IIT Jodhpur, meeting 15% of the institute’s electricity needs. The project operates under the RESCO model and will generate approximately 14.9 Lakhs units annually, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1,060 tonnes per year. NVVN, a subsidiary of NTPC, is involved in power trading and is expanding its operations into renewable energy, e-mobility, and waste-to-green fuel conversion.
Indian Coal Stock Surges Over 44% to Reach 110 Million Tonnes; Impressive Growth in Cumulative Production
Indian coal stock position exceeds 110 million tonnes, marking a significant increase of over 44% compared to last year. The Ministry of Coal maintains a substantial coal supply commitment. Cumulative coal production for 2023-24 shows impressive growth at 182.06 MT, an 8.26% increase compared to the previous year.
India’s Trade Balance Surges: Impressive Growth in Exports in April-May 2023
India’s trade balance improved in April-May 2023, with exports reaching $60.29 billion. The trade deficit decreased by 35.41% compared to the same period in 2022. Electronic goods and agricultural exports saw significant growth, while textiles, plastics, and linoleum declined. The decline in global merchandise exports and recessionary fears in advanced nations affected India’s trade performance. Certain sectors, such as electronics and pharmaceuticals, experienced positive growth due to favorable policies. Overall, India’s trade deficit decreased by 35.41% in April-May 2023.
New Model for High-Frequency Radio Communications: A Breakthrough for Natural Disaster Situations
Scientists have developed a new model for radio wave propagation through the ionosphere, which can help estimate the impact of space weather on high-frequency (HF) radio communications. The model aids in studying the effects of space weather on the ionosphere and Skywave communication systems, crucial during natural disasters. Severe ionospheric disturbances caused by space weather events can significantly limit the usage of Skywave communications. The model assists in planning strategies for reliable communication systems during active space weather periods, ensuring effective communication during emergencies.
Indian Scientists Debunk Earlier Fossil Discovery as Beehive Impression: New Findings in Bhimbetka Cave Shelter
Indian scientists have disproved the earlier claim that a fossil found in Bhimbetka Cave Shelter was the earliest animal. They discovered that it was actually a leftover impression of a fallen beehive. The study refutes the interpretation given by American researchers and emphasizes the importance of accurate geological studies. Evidence such as honey and wax, as well as the presence of bees and beehives, supports the conclusion that the fossil was misinterpreted.
Sports Ministry Boosts Boarding and Lodging Funding for Indian Athletes in International Competitions by 66%
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has increased the upper ceiling amount for boarding and lodging expenses of Indian athletes and team officials by 66% for international competitions. The new norm allows them to receive USD 250 per day, up from the previous USD 150. This revision was made in response to requests from National Sports Federations, as the rates set by Local Organizing Committees for competitions were higher than the existing ceiling. The increase in funding aims to provide better accommodations for athletes during international competitions, considering the hospitality packages offered by the organizing committees.
Indonesia Open Badminton: HS Prannoy and Satwik Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty Reach Semifinals, Srikanth Exits
HS Prannoy and the Satwik Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty pair advance to the semifinals of the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament. However, Kidambi Srikanth is eliminated after losing to Li Shifeng.
Upper ceiling norms of boarding & lodging for athletes and team officials increased by 66%
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has increased the upper ceiling for boarding and lodging expenses by 66% for Indian athletes and team officials participating in international competitions. The revision was made based on requests from National Sports Federations (NSFs) who highlighted that the rates set by Local Organizing Committees (LOC) exceeded the existing limit of USD 150 per day. Under the new norms, athletes and support staff will receive USD 250 per day. The revision aims to provide better accommodations for athletes during international competitions and considers the complete hospitality packages offered by LOCs, which include additional expenses beyond boarding and lodging.
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