1)India to host maiden Global Buddhist meet next week

Next week, India will host the Global Buddhist Summit in New Delhi, where leaders and scholars from the Buddhist community around the world will gather to discuss contemporary global issues through a Buddhist perspective. The summit aims to find solutions to problems such as climate change, poverty, and conflict, among others, by exploring the Buddhist teachings and practices.


The upcoming two-day Global Buddhist Summit to be hosted by India has the theme ‘Responses to Contemporary Challenges from Philosophy to Praxis’. The summit will focus on finding solutions to modern-day challenges using the teachings and principles of Buddhism.

2)India makes record of 33 new GI registrations in March

India having a diverse culture is home to various arts and crafts mastered by many generations over the years. In a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage, the country has reached the highest-ever GI registrations in 2022-23 by completing 33 new GI registrations on March 31.

Much recently, the European Commission (EC) has granted geographical indication (GI) for India’s Kangra tea, which is grown in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district. The tag will help Kangra tea to get an opportunity to enter the European market.

Geographical Indications are part of our collective and intellectual heritage that needs to be protected and promoted. These invaluable treasures, rooted in Indian traditions, deserve to be shared with people across the globe. Adding to the present collection of GIs, new items from various states of India such as Gamosa of Assam, Tandur Redgram of Telangana, Raktsey Karpo Apricot of Ladakh, Onattukara Ellu of Kerala, Alibag White Onion of Maharashtra, Kodungallur Pottuvellari from Kerala have been given the coveted GI Tags. The top 5 states holding maximum number of GIs are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.


Assam’s Bihu Dance Sets Two Guinness World Records

Assam’s Bihu dance has made history by breaking two world records with 11,304 dancers and musicians performing at Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati. The performers attempted to create world records in two categories – the largest Bihu dance performance and the largest performance by folk musicians. This marks a significant moment for the traditional folk dance of Bihu, which is popular across Assam and especially performed during Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, the spring festival that heralds the Assamese New Year in mid-April.

The President of India has extended greetings on the occasion of various Traditional New Year Festivals celebrated across India, including Vaishakhi, Vishu (Kerala and other neighboring areas), Naba Barsha (West Bengal), Puthandu-Pirappu (Tamil Nadu), and Vaisakhadi. These festivals, observed during the spring season, signify the beginning of the new year according to different regional calendars in India. Vaishakhi is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs and marks the formation of the Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh. These festivals bring together people from various castes and religions across India and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the country.


SBI Launches Its Coffee Table Book – The Banker To Every Indian

The State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest financial institution, is thrilled to announce the launch of its coffee table book ‘ The Banker to Every Indian’ which celebrates 75 years of Indian independence and SBI’s glorious 200-year history.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dinesh Khara, Chairman, SBI, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to launch the coffee table book, which chronicles the Bank’s journey since independence. The book is a tribute to the spirit of India’s independence and the Bank’s contribution to nation-building. It showcases our ethics, technological advancements, and transformation with the important initiatives undertaken by the Bank. The book is not just a celebration of our past but a testament to our commitment to the future. I hope this book will inspire the future generation to strive for excellence and contribute to the growth of our great nation.”


World Chagas Disease Day 2023 to focus on integrating universal care and surveillance at the primary care level

14 April is World Chagas Disease Day and this year the focus is on increasing awareness of Chagas disease, and on providing access to crucial care and implementing disease surveillance, at the primary  health care level.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 6-7 million people worldwide are infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, leading to some 12,000 deaths every year and leaving some 75 million people at risk of infection. Annual incidence is 30-40,000 cases, but in many countries, detection rates are low (less than 10% and often less than 1%) and people suffering with the disease often encounter significant barriers to diagnosis and adequate healthcare.

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