India’s overall exports cross all time high of 750 Billion US dollars

During the ASSOCHAM Annual Session 2023, Mr. Piyush Goyal, who serves as the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles, declared that India’s merchandise and services exports are expected to surpass US$ 760 billion in the present fiscal year, which will end on March 31, 2023.  Despite the global economic downturn, rising inflation, and high-interest rates, Mr. Goyal highlighted India’s successful performance. He also stated that exports increased from US$ 500 billion in 2020-21 to US$ 676 billion in 2021–22.

Guidelines to Address Human-Wildlife Conflict

The Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change released 14 guidelines to address Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC). It aims to facilitate a common understanding among key stakeholders, on what constitutes effective and efficient mitigation of HWC in India. These guidelines are developed under the Indo-German cooperation project on HWC Mitigation.


* Guidelines for Cooperation between the Forest and Media sector in India: Towards effective communication on Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation

* Occupational Health and Safety in the Context of Human–Wildlife Conflict Mitigation

*Crowd Management in Human-Wildlife Conflict Related Situations


First batch of Agniveers passes out of INS Chilka

On a recent occasion, 2,585 Agniveers, including 272 women from the Indian Navy, successfully completed their training at INS Chilka, located in Odisha. The parade was reviewed by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Adm R Hari Kumar, and also attended by PT Usha, a Member of Parliament, and notable sports personality Mithali Raj, along with eminent naval veterans. Khushi Pathania, a 19-year-old from Pathankot, was honored with the General Bipin Rawat Trophy for Best Female Agniveer at the first passing out parade of Agniveers held at INS Chilka.


Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy awards declared

The Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi has announced the fellowships, awards, and Gurupuja Puraskaram of the year 2022. Theatre person Gopinath Kozhikode, music director P.S. Vidyadharan, and Chenda/Edakka artist Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan have been selected for the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi fellowships for their contribution to the respective fields


IIT Madras researchers develop pocket-friendly device to detect adulteration in milk

In just 30 seconds, a cost-effective and portable 3D paper-based device developed by researchers at IIT Madras can detect milk adulteration. This device is unlike traditional laboratory-based methods and can be used at home with just one millilitre of the liquid sample needed for testing. The device is capable of identifying various commonly used adulterating agents, including but not limited to detergents, soap, hydrogen peroxide, urea, starch, salt, and sodium-hydrogen-carbonate.


Aravalli Green Wall Project

India launched its own green wall project that will, through afforestation, cover roughly 1,400-km long and five-km wide green belt. This will be the buffer around the Aravalli Mountain range. It is covering parts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. The ambitious project will involve planting native species of trees and shrubs on scrubland, wasteland and degraded forest land.

The green belt will also act as a barrier for the dust coming from the western side of the country to Delhi-NCR. The five-km buffer zone of the entire Aravalli covers 6.3 million hectares (Mha) of land


International Day of Zero Wastes

Every year on March 30, people around the world celebrate the International Day of Zero Waste, a day designated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote reducing waste and sustainable consumption and production patterns. This day promotes the creation of a more sustainable and waste-free world.

The theme of the International Day of Zero Waste in 2023 is “Achieving sustainable and environmentally sound practices of minimizing and managing waste.” This theme emphasizes the importance of promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns to reduce the negative impact of waste on the environment.


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