1)Bhupender Yadav Inaugurates Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Land Management at Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education in Dehradun

In a significant move towards combating land degradation and promoting sustainable land management practices, India has inaugurated the Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Land Management (CoE-SLM) at the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), Dehradun.

Bhupendra Yadav, Union Minister of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, Government of India, attended the CoE-SLM’s formal inauguration on May 20, 2019. The CoE-SLM strives to enhance South-South cooperation and address land degradation challenges through sustainable land management practices. It is consistent with the Indian government’s environmental protection and climate change mitigation objective.

The CoE-SLM, located at the ICFRE in Dehradun, aims to restore degraded land by providing technical support, capacity building, and knowledge sharing at the national and sub-national levels. By collaborating with developing countries that are party to the UNCCD, the CoE-SLM seeks to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) targets, promote south-south cooperation, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by international conventions.

2)Ghaziabad-Aligarh Expressway

The Ghaziabad-Aligarh Expressway has witnessed a remarkable achievement with the construction of a 100-kilometer road in a record time of 100 hours. This accomplishment is a testament to India’s progress in road infrastructure and has garnered praise from top leaders.

The road constructed on the Ghaziabad-Aligarh Expressway spans an impressive 100 kilometers. It is built using bituminous concrete, a durable and reliable material known for its strength and longevity.

The project also embraces sustainability and cost-effectiveness through the implementation of Cold Central Plant Recycling (CCPR) technology. This innovative green approach allows for the utilization of 90% of the milled material, reducing the consumption of virgin materials and minimizing the project’s carbon footprint.



Recently, the Orissa High Court has directed the State government to draw an action plan to ensure complete absence of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) children and reduction of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) children by half in the State, by the end of 2023.

What is Malnutrition

Malnutrition refers to deficiencies or excesses in nutrient intake, imbalance of essential nutrients or impaired nutrient utilization. The double burden of malnutrition consists of both undernutrition and overweight and obesity, as well as diet-related noncommunicable diseases.


Sea Trial of INS Vaghsheer

The Indian Navy’s Project-75, aimed at enhancing its submarine fleet, has reached a significant milestone with the commencement of sea trials for the sixth Scorpene Submarine. Named Vaghsheer, this submarine sets the stage for further strengthening the country’s naval capabilities.

As Vaghsheer undergoes rigorous sea trials, it paves the way for the Indian Navy to possess a formidable submarine fleet. With its impending delivery, the submarine will contribute significantly to India’s maritime security and strengthen its defense capabilities. The Scorpene Submarine program not only reflects the nation’s commitment to self-sufficiency but also demonstrates the exceptional capabilities of Indian shipbuilders.


1)India observes the National Anti-Terrorism Day on May 21

India observes the National Anti-Terrorism Day on May 21 every year. The day is observed to commemorate the death of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated on this day in 1991. The day is also observed to spread awareness about the dangers of terrorism and to reaffirm India’s commitment to combating terrorism.

National Anti-Terrorism Day serves as a reminder that terrorism affects societies worldwide and that collective efforts are crucial to combat this grave threat to peace and stability. It calls upon individuals and communities to remain vigilant, report suspicious activities, and work together to create a secure and peaceful environment.

2)International Day for Biological Diversity 2023 observed on 22 May

Every year on May 22, the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and encourage the preservation of the Earth’s diverse ecosystems. This significant day serves as a reminder of the crucial role biodiversity plays and emphasizes the urgency to safeguard and revive it. In 2023, particular attention is given to moving beyond mere pledges and translating them into tangible measures that actively restore and conserve biodiversity.

The theme for International Day for Biological Diversity 2023 is “From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity.” This theme reflects the urgent need to move beyond commitments and translate them into tangible actions to restore and protect biodiversity.

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