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Odisha CM launches Olympic Values Education Programmes

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launched the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP), which is a pilot project aiming at disseminating principles-based curriculum to aid children's active, healthy and responsible citizens.

Odisha is the first state in the country to launch OVEP.

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PM Sh Mod Unveils PM CARES for Children Scheme: Rs 4K a Month for Basic Needs, Free Treatment for Kids Who Lost Parents to Covid

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the benefits of PM CARES for Children scheme for children who lost their parents due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

PM Modi has promised Rs 4,000 a month for basic needs, financial support for schooling, scholarship for higher education, and free treatment upto Rs 5 lakh.

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World No Tobacco Day 2022: May 31

World No-Tobacco Day is an annual event held on May 31, each year, as part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It highlights the negative impacts of tobacco and its industry on human health and the environment and alerts people about the steps they can take to keep themselves and the environment safe from tobacco.

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Theme 2022:- “Protect The Environment”.

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Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai launches health, wellness app AAYU

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has launched a new health and wellness app AAYU to address and help heal chronic diseases and lifestyle disorders through yoga and meditation.

The app has been developed by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) in partnership with RESET TECH, an AI-driven integrated health-tech platform.

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Tata Motors Inks Pact For Potential Acquisition Of Ford India's Plant In Gujarat's Sanand

Tata Passenger Electric Mobility Limited (TPEML), a subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd, and Ford India Private Limited (FIPL), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Gujarat (GoG) for the potential acquisition of FIPL’s Sanand vehicle manufacturing facility.

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Fintech startup Mahagram partners with IndusInd Bank to nurture digital payments in rural India

A rural fintech company Mahagram partners with IndusInd Bank, with an aim to create a new-generation Indian bank to digitize the country’s payment ecosystem and provide a wider horizon to transact especially for its customers in rural India.

Mahagram was launched with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

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Country's first rural tribal technical training in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the country's first rural tribal technical training in Bhopal under the 'Parliamentary Sangul Project' for tribal youth.

The training programme is being conducted for the first time in Madhya Pradesh on an experimental basis.

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LIC introduces Bima Ratna

Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) introduced a new plan Bima Ratna, which is non-linked and non-participating individual savings life insurance plan. It offers a combination of protection and savings. It is a limited premium paying, money back plan with guaranteed additions.

The plan is available for a term of 15, 20 and 25 years.

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Centre announces formation of Cotton Council of India under Chairmanship of Suresh Bhai Kotak

The Union Government has announced the formation of the Cotton Council of India under the Chairmanship of renowned veteran cotton man Suresh Bhai Kotak.

It will have representation from Textiles, Agriculture, Commerce, and Finance Ministries along with Cotton Corporation of India and Cotton Research Institute.

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Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix

Formula One world champion Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two to take over at the top from Ferrari's luckless Charles Leclerc, who retired with an engine failure while leading.

Sergio Perez took second for a Red Bull 1-2 at the Montmelo circuit.

Britain's George Russell came third and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was fourth.

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Ruskin Bond's latest release, Listen to Your Heart: The London Adventure

His latest book, Listen to Your Heart: The London Adventure was released on his 88th birthday, gives readers a peek into the four years he spent in the Channel Island & England. The 5th & final – volume of his memoir, talks about how he muses over his loneliness, switches jobs, falls in love, befriends the ocean and relentlessly chases his big dream of becoming a writer.

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The book was published by Penguin Random House India.

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India to Host Meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers in June

The position of the ASEAN on engaging Myanmar at multilateral forums has been that it should be at the non-political level.

India prepares to host a meeting of the foreign ministers of the 10-nation grouping next month.

India is unlikely to invite the Myanmarese foreign minister for the meet (Due to the political instability in Myanmar).

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ASEAN is India's fourth largest trading partner.

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Saudi Aramco overtakes Apple as world’s most valuable company

Saudi Aramco has overtaken Apple as the world's most valuable company after higher oil prices pushed shares of the world's biggest crude exporter to record levels, while a broader tech stock sell-off weighs on the iPhone maker.

The Saudi Arabian oil company's market capitalization was $2.426 trillion, exceeding Apple's $2.415 trillion by just over $10 billion.

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Gautam Adani, Karuna Nundy on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022 List

Gautam Adani, India’s billionaire industrialist and socialist advocate Karuna Nundy have been named among the 100 Most Influential People of 2022 by prestigious TIME magazine.

Also on the list is Khurram Parvez, chairperson of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances, currently jailed in Kashmir.

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India hosts SCO-RATS meet; focus on the situation in Afghanistan

India hosted the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) summit in New Delhi.

The delegates from China, Pakistan, and Russia were participated.

The meeting is the first such since the rife between New Delhi and Beijing over the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in 2020.

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India will attain the chairmanship of the SCO in 2023.

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Chess: world's oldest grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh, dies at 100

The world’s oldest grandmaster, Yuri Averbakh, passed away aged 100.

He won the Moscow Championship in 1949 and earned the Grandmaster title in 1952.

He also chaired the Chess Federation of the USSR from 1972 to 1977.

In 1954, he became the champion of the USSR.

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Former Albanian President Bujar Nishani dies at 55

Former Albanian President Bujar Nishani, who was often criticized for his center-right political affiliation from the leftist coalition, died following a serious health problem. He was 55.

Nishani served as president from 2012 until 2017. At 45, he was elected as the youngest and sixth president in post-communist Albania.

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Albania Capital: Tirana; Currency:- Albanian lek.

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Money spider, ant-mimicking spider discovered at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Money spiders, commonly found in European meadows, have been reported for the first time in the country from the Muthanga range of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Researchers of Christ College, Irinjalakuda,Thrissur, have discovered the spider that belongs to the family of dwarf spiders under the genus  Prosoponoides. It has been given the name  Prosoponoide biflectogynus.

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Kerala to launch India’s first state-owned OTT platform

In a first in the country, Kerala will launch a state-owned over-the-top (OTT) platform, CSpace, on November 1, offering film lovers an array of movies, short films and documentaries of their choice.

CSpace is an initiative of Kerala State Film Development Corporation (KSFDC) on behalf of the state government.

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PARAM ANANTA Supercomputer commissioned at IIT, Gandhinagar

PARAM Ananta, a supercomputing facility under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) jointly steered by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has been commissioned at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN). The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) implemented it.

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Kuwait to build world's largest petroleum research centre

Kuwait plans to start building the world's largest petroleum research centre by the end of the year.

The centre, to be built in al-Ahmadi, south of Kuwait City, will have 28 laboratories.

It will seek to develop improved production and refining techniques that can be used by the industry for different applications including the extraction of heavy crude & non associated gas

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The project had stalled because of budget pressure, estimating its cost at $ 120 million.

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EAM Jaishankar signs MoU with Hungarian FM on International Solar Alliance

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on International Solar Alliance (ISA) with the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto in New Delhi.

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IMF increases weight of US dollars and Chinese yuan in the SDR Basket

The IMF has increased the weighting of the United States dollar & the Chinese yuan during its review of the currencies that make up the valuation of its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket.

This was disclosed in a post on its website titled, “IMF Executive Board Concludes Quinquennial SDR Valuation Review and Determines New Currency Weights for SDR Valuation basket.

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The US dollar's weighting increased from 41.73% to 43.38%.