Asha Parekh honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, 2020 [30 Sep 2022]
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2020 to the legendary actress Ms. Asha Parekh. The award will be presented at the National Film Award ceremony in New Delhi. Ms. Asha Parekh is a renowned film actress, director and producer, and an accomplished Indian classical dancer. Starting her career as a child actor she made her debut as the lead heroine in Dil Deke Dekho and has gone on to act in over 95 movies. She has acted in celebrated films like Kati Patang, Teesri Manzil, Love in Tokyo, Aya Saawan Jhoom Ke, Aan Milo Sajna, and Mera Gaon Mera Desh. Ms. Asha Parekh was conferred the Padma Shri in 1992. She also served as the head of the Central Board for Film Certification from 1998-2001.
India climbs to the 40th rank in the Global Innovation Index of WIPO [29 Sep 2022]
India had come a long way in the Global Innovation Index (GII) from the 81st spot in 2015 to the 40th spot in 2022. The Global Innovation Index (GII) is published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
PM declares 36th National Games open in Ahmedabad [29 Sep 2022]
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi declared the 36th National Games open at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. National Games are being held in the state of Gujarat for the very first time. It will be organised from 29th September to 12th October 2022. Nearly 15,000 sportspersons, coaches, and officials from across the country will be participating in 36 sports disciplines, making it the biggest National Games ever. The sporting events will be organised in six cities of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar. Under the leadership of the then Chief Minister and the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat embarked on the journey to create a robust sports infrastructure of international standards, which helped the state to prepare for the games in a very short span of time.
Saudi king names crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as prime minister [28 Sep 2022]
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz named his son and heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom's prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defence minister.The reshuffle kept another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, the aged king said in the royal decree, carried by state news agency SPA.
India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Conferred “National Tourism Award 2018-19 [28 Sep 2022]
India Expo Centre & Mart received the prestigious ‘National Tourism Award 2018-19 for best standalone convention centre’ during "National Tourism Awards" 2022 ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan on September 27, 2022.
Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) [28 Sep 2022]
The Government has decided to appoint Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who shall also function as Secretary to Government of India, Department of Military Affairs with effect from the date of his assumption of charge and until further orders. In a career spanning over nearly 40 years, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan had held several command, staff and instrumental appointments and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East India.
Successful Flight Tests of Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) [27 Sep 2022]
DRDO conducted two successful test flights of Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile from a ground-based portable launcher at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) designed and developed indigenously by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian Industry Partners. VSHORADS missile incorporates many novel technologies including a miniaturized Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, which have been successfully proven during the tests. The missile, meant for neutralizing low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges is propelled by a dual thrust solid motor. The design of the missile including the launcher has been highly optimized to ensure easy portability. Both the flight tests have completely met the mission objectives.
Varanasi nominated as the first-ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital [16 Sep 2022]
The city of Varanasi has been nominated as the first-ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital during the period 2022-2023 at the 22nd Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the Summit. The nomination of Varanasi as the first ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital will promote tourism and cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and the SCO member Countries. It also underlines India’s ancient civilizational links with the Member States of SCO, especially the Central Asian Republics. Under the framework of this major cultural outreach program, a number of events will be hosted in Varanasi during 2022-23, for which guests will be invited to participate from the SCO Member States. These events are expected to attract Indologists, scholars, authors, musicians and artists, photojournalists, travel bloggers, and other invited guests. The regulations for the nomination of the SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital were adopted at the Dushanbe SCO Summit in 2021 with the objective of promoting cooperation between the SCO Member States in the field of culture and tourism.
KRITAGYA 3.0- A National level Hackathon on crop improvement by ICAR [16 Sep 2022]
Indian Council of Agricultural Research with its National Agricultural Higher Education Project and Crop Science Division is organizing Hackathon 3.0 "KRITAGYA" on promoting "speed breeding for crop improvement". Taking forward the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi through National Education Policy-2020, this program will provide an opportunity to students/faculties/entrepreneurs/innovators, and others to showcase innovative approaches and technology solutions to promote innovation for crop improvement.
SBI becomes third Indian lender to surpass Rs 5 trillion market cap [14 Sep 2022]
State Bank of India became the third lender and seventh Indian company to cross the Rs 5-trillion market cap for the first time after its shares rallied over 22 percent so far this year. HDFC Bank Ltd and ICICI Bank Ltd achieved this milestone earlier. Among other Indian companies, Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Hindustan Unilever, Life Insurance Corp of India and HDFC are in the league.