1)‘Sengol’ sceptre

  • ‘Sengol’ will be installed in the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28.
  • The sceptre was received by first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to represent transfer of power from the British and was kept till now in a museum in Allahabad.
  • ‘Sengol’, a historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu, which was received by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to represent the transfer of power from the British and was kept in a museum in Allahabad, will be installed in the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28.

2)Pragati Maidan Convention Centre

The redevelopment of the Pragati Maidan convention centre has been a significant undertaking, and it is now set to host its first major event since its reconstruction. This venue will soon witness the NITI Aayog’s 8th governing council meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting will be centered around the theme ‘Viksit Bharat @ 2047: Role of Team India.’

The redeveloped Pragati Maidan convention centre stands as a symbol of India’s commitment to modernity and progress. With its revamped infrastructure and enhanced capabilities, it is poised to become a premier destination for hosting major events and conferences. As the NITI Aayog meeting approaches and the G20 Summit looms on the horizon, all eyes are on Pragati Maidan, a testament to India’s unwavering pursuit of excellence in the field of diplomacy and global engagement.



Recently, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), S Somanath, addressed students and scientists during the ‘User Meet of XPoSat’ at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.

He emphasised the importance of effectively utilizing data from science-based space missions and encouraged Indian scientific institutions to identify talented students and motivate them to work with emerging data technologies like XPoSat.

What is XPoSat?
  • XPoSat stands for X-ray Polarimetry Satellite
  • It is India’s pioneering polarimetry mission aimed at studying various dynamics of astronomical sources in extreme conditions.
  • It is only the world’s second polarimetry mission using X-Ray after NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) that was launched in 2021.
  • XPoSat is a collaboration between the ISRO and the Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bengaluru, Karnataka.


Child Wasting in India

Recently, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), WHO (World Health Organization), World Bank Group have released a report titled- “Levels and trends in child malnutrition: Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates (JME)”, stating that in 2020, 18.7 % of Indian children were affected by Wasting caused by poor nutrient intake.

What are the Findings of the Report?
  • Half of all children with wasting in the world live in India.
  • In 2022, an estimated 45 million children under five (6.8 %) were affected by wasting globally, of which 13.6 million were suffering from severe wasting.
  • India had a stunting rate of 31.7 % in 2022, down from 41.6 % in 2012, a decade ago.
  • There are 37 million children under five who are overweight globally, an increase of nearly four million since 2000.


Khelo India University Games 2023

  • Recently, the Prime Minister virtually inaugurated the 3rd edition of Khelo India University Games (KIUG) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, marking the beginning of a new era for sports in India.
  • The mascot of the 3rd edition of Khelo India University Games is named Jitu, which represents Swamp Deer (Barasingha) – the state animal of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The first edition was Khelo India University Games held in Odisha in 2020, the second edition was held in Bangalore, Karnataka in 2022 (shifted from 2021 to 2022 due to Covid-19 pandemic).

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