World Wild Life Day on 3 March
On 20th December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) announced 3 March, as UN World Wildlife Day, to mark the date on which the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed.
The World Wild Life Day is celebrated to create awareness about the world’s wild animals and plants and safeguard them.
The theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 is: “Big cats: predators under threat”.
‘KHUSHI’ scheme – launched by Odisha
The Odisha government launched ‘Khushi’, a scheme that offers free sanitary pads to 17 lakh girl students in Odisha. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme ‘Khushi’. This will offer free sanitary pads for girl students from Class 6 to 12 studying in all government and government-aided schools of Odisha.
He said that, this scheme will help in improving health and hygiene of adolescent girls and in higher retention of girl students in school.Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena said that, Odisha government will also provide sanitary pads at a subsidised price to rural women through ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers.
NASA launches advanced weather satellite for western U.S.
NASA launched GOES-S, another of world’s most advanced weather satellites. GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites.GOES-S has been launched to safeguard Western US, by monitoring,forecasting and providing crisp images of hurricanes, wildfires, floods, mudslides and other natural calamities.
GOES-16, the first spacecraft in the series, has been monitoring the Atlantic and US East Coast for the past year for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of US.GOES-S will not only keep a watch over West Coast of US, Alaska and Hawaii, but also over Mexico and Central America.
India’s first gold in Asian Wrestling Championships- Navjot Kaur
Navjot Kaur became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the Senior Asian Championships by winning gold medal in the 65kg freestyle category in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Navjot Kaur clinches gold in the Asian Wrestling Championships.India’s Navjot Kaur defeated Japan’s Miya Imai 9-1 in the finals of the women’s 65kg freestyle category and won gold medal. Also, this is India’s first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Wrestling Championships.
India’s Sakshi Malik defeated Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova 10-7 and won bronze medal in the 62kg freestyle category.
‘Arogya Karnataka’ scheme
Under this scheme, individuals from all below-poverty-line (BPL) households in the state will get free treatment at government hospitals.
For individuals from above-poverty-line (APL) households, the State Government will bear about 30 per cent of the treatment cost.This scheme was announced in Karnataka’s State Budget presented in February 2018 and is expected to be implemented across the entire state by December 2018. About 1.43 crore households in Karnataka will gain benefits from this scheme.
A magazine on India-Israel relations- “Namaste Shalom”
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, launched the social media of “Namaste Shalom”, a magazine on India-Israel relations. The magazine ‘Namaste Shalom’ is edited by Tarun Vijay, former MP. Mr. Daniel Carmon, Israeli Ambassador to India, and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that, a food processing centre in collaboration with Israel will be launched in Aizwal, Mizoram on 7th March 2018. The centre has been established at a cost of Rs 8-10 crore.This centre has been set up exclusively for processing of citrus fruits.
This is the first such centre with Israeli collaboration in the North East region.This centre has been established through tripartite collaboration of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Government of Israel and State Government of Mizoram.
Astronomers detect for first time light from very first stars of universe
For the first time, a team of astronomers from Arizona State University have discovered signals from the period when the universe’s earliest stars emerged. The period when the universe’s earliest stars emerged is referred to as ‘Cosmic Dawn’.The team was led by astronomer Judd Bowman and also included an Indian graduate student Nivedita Mahesh. If the signals discovered from ‘Cosmic Dawn’ are confirmed, it could provide insights into the elusive ‘dark matter’, which is believed to form a fundamental part of our universe.
A radio telescope called Experiment to Detect the Global Epoch of Reionization Signature (EDGES), based at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in the middle of Western Australian desert was used in this research.