India Unveils List of Critical Minerals

India Unveils List of Critical Minerals

The Government of India (GOI) has unveiled a list of critical minerals for the country. The list includes 30 minerals that are essential for India’s economic and strategic interests. These minerals are used in a wide range of industries, including:

World Press Freedom Day 2023

World Press Freedom Day is observed every year on May 3 to bring attention to the state of press freedom around the world, as well as the responsibilities and risks associated with journalism. The theme for this year’s event is “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of Expression as a Driver for All Other Human Rights”.

World Bank to provide 2.25 billion dollars to Bangladesh

The World Bank has agreed to provide 2.25 billion dollars to Bangladesh to support several growth-oriented projects, regional connectivity, and disaster preparedness. The agreement was signed in Washington to commemorate the 50-year partnership between the World Bank and Bangladesh. This financial agreement comprises support for five projects in Bangladesh.

Karnataka ranked the most innovative State

The survey found that Karnataka is the most innovative state, followed by Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu (DNH&DD), Telangana, and Tamil Nadu. Among these, Telangana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu had the highest share of innovative firms.

Go First Airlines files for bankruptcy

Low-cost carrier Go First has filed for bankruptcy at the National Company Law Tribunal due to mounting losses, which it has attributed to delays in the delivery of Pratt and Whitney engines, resulting in the grounding of half its fleet of aircraft.

India, Israel sign MoU on Industrial Research and Development Cooperation

India and Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding focused on Industrial Research and Development Cooperation, with a focus on key technology areas such as aerospace, electronics instrumentation, civil infrastructure and engineering, environment, mining, chemicals, petrochemicals, and agriculture.

TRAI releases recommendations on Ease of Doing Business in Telecom and Broadcasting Sector

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that infrastructure status be granted to the broadcast and cable sector, as well as to submarine cable laying and repair in Indian Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zones. Additionally, the TRAI suggested that Cable Landing Stations in India be classified as ‘critical and essential services.’

Australian announced Government Grant for Project in Kargil

During a special meeting chaired by Australian High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell in Srinagar, it was announced that the Australian Government Grant for a project in Kargil will be the first of its kind in the history of Ladakh.

NITI Aayog released “Best Practices in Social Sector: A Compendium, 2023”

The “Best Practices in Social Sector: A Compendium, 2023” was released by NITI Aayog in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme. This compendium features 75 case studies from 14 key social sectors to celebrate India’s 75 years of independence and recognize the efforts of Union Ministries and State Governments.

World Asthma Day 2023

World Asthma Day is an annual event observed on the first Tuesday of May to raise awareness about asthma and improve the lives of people with asthma around the world. This year World Asthma Day was observed on 2nd May. The theme for World Asthma Day 2023 is “Asthma care for All”.

India is now Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels

According to data from analytics firm Kpler, India has become Europe’s largest supplier of refined fuels this month, while also buying record amounts of Russian crude. Europe’s reliance on Indian crude oil products has grown since the ban on Russian oil, with Europe’s refined fuel imports from India set to surge above 360,000 barrels a … Read more

Chinese state-owned firm to build major Sri Lanka port complex

Chinese state-owned firm China Merchants Group has revealed plans to invest $2bn in Sri Lanka by constructing a major logistics hub. The move comes as Sri Lanka looks to recover from its economic crash after defaulting on its foreign debt last year. The logistics centre project will bring China Merchants Group’s accumulated investment in Sri … Read more

Odisha govt. begins Backward Class survey

The Odisha government has started a survey of people from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) belonging to 210 castes in the State to determine their social and educational status.

Uzbekistan President wins nationwide referendum to rewrite Constitution 

The preliminary results of Uzbekistan’s referendum show that 90.21% of voters supported the changes proposed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to rewrite the country’s Constitution. The reforms promise more freedoms to the people of the former Soviet republic and could also see the President extending his rule beyond his current two-term limit.

International Labour Day 2023

International Labour Day is celebrated annually on May 1 worldwide to recognize and honour the achievements of labourers and workers and to promote awareness of their rights.

First Republic Bank Sold to JP Morgan Chase and Co

Recently, a US bank called First Republic Bank failed, which means it could no longer operate because of financial problems. It was the third bank in the US to fail in less than two months.

New study finds a way to massively decarbonise steelmaking

India is the second largest steelmaker in the world, having produced 118.2 million tonnes in 2021. However, steel production releases significant amounts of carbon dioxide, making the decarbonisation of the industry essential for India to meet its climate commitments.

Poland seizes Russian high school building in Warsaw

Poland announced on Saturday that it had seized a high school building near Moscow’s embassy in Warsaw that was intended for the children of diplomats, a move that the Russian envoy deemed “illegal.” The dispute over the multi-storey building, which dates back to the 1970s and is known as the “spy nest” among Warsaw locals, … Read more

Rare Sun Halo seen in Prayagraj

People in parts of Uttar Pradesh (UP) witnessed a rare celestial event as a mysterious ring enveloped the Sun in the skies. The multi-colored ring which appears like a rainbow circling the star in our solar system is called the sun halo.

PIL on Polavaram project component struck down

The Polavaram Project is an under construction multi-purpose irrigation project on the Godavari River in the Eluru District and East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh. The project has been accorded National project status by the Central Government of India.

World Veterinary Day 2023

World Veterinary Day is an important occasion that highlights the crucial role of veterinarians in animal health, welfare, and conservation.

Govt. appoints Siddhartha Mohanty as LIC chairperson and first CEO

Govt. appoints Siddhartha Mohanty as LIC chairperson and first CEO

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of Siddhartha Mohanty as the Chairperson of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) until June 29, 2024. Mohanty has been serving as the Managing Director (MD) and interim Chairperson of the company. Furthermore, he has been named as the Chief Executive Officer and MD of LIC until June 7, 2025, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Register FIRs against hate speeches even without complaints, says SC

On April 29, 2023, the Supreme Court of India issued a directive to all states, ordering them to take immediate action against individuals who make hate speech, regardless of their religion, ethnicity, or any other factor. The order emphasized that it is necessary to protect the secular nature of India, and that any attempts to disrupt communal harmony through hate speech must be dealt with firmly.

EX AGNI DAMAN-23: Civil – Military agencies combat fire together

To emphasise the need for awareness and training of men on firefighting as also to exercise the capabilities of combined forces of all agencies including military and civil, a mutual firefighting Exercise named AGNI DAMAN-23 was conducted at 29 Field Ammunition Depot, Dehu Road under the aegis of Headquarter Southern Command on 28 Apr 2023.

India, UK to jointly create India-UK ‘NET Zero’ Innovation Virtual Centre

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh, and his British counterpart, UK Minister George Freeman, have announced the creation of an India-UK “NET Zero” Innovation Virtual Centre. The centre will bring together stakeholders from both countries to work on decarbonization of manufacturing processes and transport systems and green hydrogen … Read more

Minister Narayan Rane launches the revamped CGTMSE Scheme

The Union Minister for MSME, Shri Narayan Rane, launched the revamped CGTMSE Scheme in Mumbai. The scheme has been provided with an additional corpus support of ₹9,000 crore in the Union Budget for FY 2023-24 to provide a guarantee for an additional ₹2 lakh crore to Micro & Small Enterprises.

Russian poet Maria Stepanova wins Leipzig Book Prize 2023

The prize will be awarded to Maria Stepanova at the opening ceremony of the Leipzig Book Fair on the evening of 26 April 2023 at the Gewandhaus Leipzig. The event starts at 7pm and will be streamed live on our homepage.

Finance ministry approves Navratna status to Rail Vikas Nigam

The Finance Ministry has approved the upgrade of Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) to Navratna Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE). RVNL, which is currently categorised as a Miniratna CPSE under the Ministry of Railways, is engaged in railway infrastructure projects.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2023: 28th April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed every year on April 28 to promote safe, healthy, and decent work environments across the globe. The day serves as an occasion for individuals and organisations to promote a culture of safety and health in the workplace.

MoHUA launches the ‘City Beauty Competition’

The ‘City Beauty Competition’ portal has been launched by the Ministry on April 26, 2023. The competition is open to all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across India and aims to recognize and encourage their efforts in creating beautiful, innovative and inclusive public spaces. The competition is based on five pillars: accessibility, amenities, activities, aesthetics, and ecology.

Summit on Farm Machinery Technology

The Summit on Farm Machinery Technology was recently inaugurated by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar. The event was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Tractor and Mechanization Association (TMA).

India’s first cable-stayed bridge Anji Khad will be ready in May 2023

India’s first cable-stayed rail bridge, the Anji Khad bridge, is set to be completed in May of 2023, after missing several deadlines, including those in 2017 and 2022. The delay in the construction of the bridge, which is a critical component of the Indian Railways’ ambitious plan to connect Kashmir to the rest of India, has been a major setback.

Reliance General Insurance starts accepting premiums in RBI’s e-Rupee

Reliance General Insurance has made history as India’s first general insurance company to accept the Reserve Bank of India’s Central Bank Digital Currency, e-Rupee, as payment for premiums. The firm has partnered with Yes Bank to facilitate premium collections using the bank’s e-Rupee platform.

Dalai Lama received 1959 Ramon Magsaysay Award in person after 64 years

Members of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation personally presented the 1959 Ramon Magsaysay Award to the Dalai Lama at his residence, 64 years after he received it. The award was the first international recognition of his community leadership, particularly his efforts in defending Tibetan culture and religion. The foundation’s president and trustee personally met with … Read more

IIT Bombay secures second place in ‘Solar Decathlon’ Build Challenge

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay’s SHUNYA (Sustainable Housing for Urbanizing Nation by its Young Aspirants) team secured second place in Solar Decathlon Build Challenge in the United States for their innovative zero-energy house designed to address air quality challenges in Mumbai’s hot and humid climate. SHUNYA is a student-driven technical team of IIT Bombay working to … Read more

US and South Korea agree key nuclear weapons deal

The US and South Korea have reached a landmark agreement to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Under the Washington Declaration, the US has agreed to periodically deploy nuclear-armed submarines to South Korea and involve Seoul in its nuclear planning operations. In return, South Korea has agreed not to develop its own nuclear weapons.

International Girls in ICT Day 2023: 27 April

International Girls in ICT Day is an annual celebration observed on the fourth Thursday of April, with the aim of encouraging and empowering girls and young women to explore and pursue careers in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

NITI Aayog released report titled Promoting Millets in Diets

The NITI Aayog has published a report titled “Promoting Millets in Diets: Best Practices across States/UTs of India.” The report highlights various practices and initiatives adopted by state governments and organizations to promote millets, including production, processing, and consumption.

What is genome sequencing and why does the Genome India Project matter?

The Genome India Project is an initiative backed by the Indian government’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to sequence 10,000 Indian human genomes and create a database. As of the recent statement from the DBT, two-thirds of the project has been completed, with 7,000 Indian genomes sequenced, and 3,000 of them are available for public access by researchers.

Mysterious 900-foot-deep blue hole discovered in Mexico

The discovery of the Taam Ja’ blue hole is an exciting find for scientists and researchers as it provides a unique opportunity to study the geological and biological processes that occur in these unique underwater environments.

Cabinet approves National Medical Devices Policy 2023

The Union Cabinet of India has approved the National Medical Devices Policy, 2023, with the objective of facilitating the growth of the medical device sector in an orderly manner and meeting the public health objectives of access, affordability, quality, and innovation.

US President Joe Biden announces his candidature for second term in 2024

On April 25, 2023, United States President Joe Biden announced his bid for a second term in the 2024 presidential election. In a video shared on Twitter with the caption “Let’s Finish The Job”, Biden emphasized the need to continue working towards the betterment of the country and not to be complacent in the face of challenges.

Centre approves establishment of 157 new govt nursing colleges

The Union government has approved the establishment of 157 new government nursing colleges at a cost of 1570 crores in co-location with existing medical colleges in the country. The decision was taken a the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

PGCIL wins Global Gold Award for CSR work

Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.(PGCIL), a Maharatna CPSU of Ministry of Power, Government of India has been conferred Global Gold Award by The Green Organization. The recognition was given at the Green World Awards 2023 function held at Miami in the USA.

World Intellectual Property Day 2023: 26th April

World Intellectual Property Day is observed every year on April 26 to promote awareness about the importance of intellectual property protection and to educate individuals on various ways to safeguard intellectual property, including copyright, trademarks, and patents. The idea for the day was first proposed during the 33rd Assembly Session of the WIPO Member States … Read more

India to host Defence Ministers from SCO grouping

India will host Defence Ministers from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) grouping, including China’s Li Shangfu and Russia’s Sergei Shoigu, later this week (April 4th week).

6th edition of Advantage Healthcare India 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 6th edition of Advantage Healthcare India, AHCI 2023 in New Delhi on 26 April 2023 through a video message. The two-day event organized by Health Ministry will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

SIPRI report on Trends in World Military Expenditure 2022 released

In 2022, world military spending reached an all-time high of $2240 billion, with Europe experiencing the sharpest rise in spending (+13 per cent), largely due to Russian and Ukrainian spending. The increase in military aid to Ukraine and concerns about a heightened threat from Russia influenced many other states’ spending decisions, as did tensions in East Asia.

Zimbabwe to Introduce Gold-Backed Digital Currency

As per reports, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe will launch a gold-pegged digital currency and legalize them in the country, stated Cointelegraph. It is believed that the government took this step for stabilizing the local currency after its continuous devaluation in comparison to the U.S. dollar.

Mongolia refinery to be built by India by 2025

Mongolia’s first oil refinery, built and funded with Indian assistance, will be completed by 2025, said the country’s Ambassador Dambajav Ganbold. In an interview, Ganbold said the first stage of Mongol Oil Refinery, built with a $1.2 billion Indian soft loan, will be completed at the end of this year.

 World Malaria Day 2023: 25th April

World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2012, malaria caused an estimated 627,000 deaths, mostly among African children. Asia, Latin America, and to a lesser extent the Middle East and parts of Europe are also affected.

Uttarakhand's Mana is now ‘first Indian village’

Uttarakhand’s Mana Village is now the ‘first Indian village’

Uttarakhand’s Mana village, which was earlier known as the last Indian village, will now be known as the ‘first Indian village’. The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has placed a signboard at the threshold of the border village proclaiming Mana’s revamped status.

Zero Shadow Day in Bengaluru on April 25

Zero Shadow Day is a fascinating phenomenon that occurs in locations between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. On April 25, the Sun will be directly overhead in Bengaluru, India, causing any vertical object to cast no shadow at 12:17 p.m. local time. This phenomenon occurs twice a year, on April 25 and August 18, for Bengaluru.

Ministry of Civil Aviation Launches UDAN 5.0

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched the 5th round of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) to further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country and achieve last mile connectivity.

100 food streets in 100 districts across the country

In a significant and innovative move, Union Health Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has requested states/UTs to develop 100 food streets in 100 districts across the country.

Japan’s Health Ministry approves country’s first abortion pill

In a significant boost to reproductive rights, Japan’s Health Ministry has approved the country’s first abortion pill. While abortion pills are widely available in many countries across the globe, the medication was not approved by Japan’s Health Ministry. The approval came from the Health Ministry’s Pharmaceutical Board after it approved the MeFeego Pack abortion pill manufactured by British pharmaceutical Linepharma.

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

The International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is being observed on 24 April. It seeks to reaffirm the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through peaceful means. The Day acknowledges the use of multilateral decision-making and diplomacy in achieving peaceful resolutions to conflicts among nations.

India launches ‘Operation Kaveri’ to bring back citizens stranded in Sudan

India has launched Operation Kaveri to bring back its citizens stranded in Sudan. External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar in a tweet said that nearly 500 Indians have reached Port Sudan and more are on their way. He said, Indian ships and aircraft are set to bring stranded Indian nationals back home. He added that the Government of India is committed to assisting all its brethren in Sudan.

PM Modi addresses youth conclave Yuvam 2023 in Kerala

Addressing the youth conclave Yuvam 2023 in Kochi this evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India’s treasure trove of youth power has the capacity to bring about vast changes in the entire world. He observed that once considered to be a fragile economy, India is today the fastest growing economy in the world because of its youth power.

National Panchayati Raj Day 2023: 24 April

India celebrates National Panchayati Raj Day every year on April 24 to commemorate the constitutional change that established the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).

Twitter reinstates blue tick on high-profile accounts

Twitter has restored the verification badges on several high-profile celebrity accounts, including those of Indian actors Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, and cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, just days after the platform culled blue checkmarks for non-paying users.

AAP MP sends legal notice to ED officials, seeks public apology

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh has sent a legal notice to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asking for a public apology within 48 hours for allegedly making false and derogatory claims about him in connection with the Delhi excise policy case. Singh claims that the ED officials had knowingly and intentionally … Read more

 India-China hold 18th Corps Commander talks

On April 23, India and China held the 18th round of Corps Commander talks in eastern Ladakh, just ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers meeting in India. The talks were focused on disengagement from Demchok and Depsang Plains, as the stand-off between the two countries has been ongoing since May 2020.

Centre conducts first-ever census of water bodies across the country

Ministry of Jal Shakti has conducted the first-ever census of water bodies across the nation. The census provides a comprehensive inventory of India’s water resources, including natural and man-made water bodies like ponds and lakes. In the census, over 24.24 lakh water bodies have been enumerated in the country out of which more than 23 lakh water bodies are in rural areas and nearly 69,000 are in urban areas.

Government intensifies crackdown to make India drug-free by 2047

Government intensifies crackdown to make India drug-free by 2047

The Indian government has intensified its crackdown against drug cultivation and aims to make India “drug-free” by 2047. Over the past three years, the government has destroyed 35,592 acres of poppy cultivation and 82,691 acres of cannabis cultivation across the country.

World Earth Day 2023

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2023 is Invest In Our Planet.

Centre launches over 250 network towers to provide 4G mobile connectivity in border areas of Arunachal Pradesh

Centre launched over 250 network towers to provide 4G mobile connectivity in border areas of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday. The 254 towers will provide 4G coverage in uncovered villages of the state, thereby bringing digital connectivity to 336 villages, including several areas which have remained unconnected since Independence. Over 70 thousand subscribers are expected to be benefitted from the service.

What is LockBit ransomware?

What is LockBit ransomware?

On April 16, reports emerged that LockBit ransomware was found to be targeting Mac devices, in a first. Cybercriminals have developed new ransomware encryptors designed to target macOS devices, making this the first major ransomware operation to specifically target Apple computers. The new encryptors target both older Macs and newer ones running on Apple Silicon.

National Civil Services Day 2023: 21 April

Every year on April 21, National Civil Services Day is honoured. On this day, the Prime Minister of India awards officers from the central and state governments for their outstanding contributions to public administration.