5th century Mahishasura Mardhini plaque found
Archaeologists found a Mahishasura Mardhini plaque, said to be dating back to 5th century CE, in Deerghasi village in Srikakulam district on Tuesday. The sculpture was designed in such a way that the Goddess was seen holding the tail of the buffalo demon, piercing a spear into its body, and holding shield and sword with the other two. According to the archaeologists, it is interesting to notice the demon in animal form.
Archaeologist and Pleach India Foundation CEO Dr E Sivanagireddy said he was on a visit to a 1075 AD inscription and loose sculptures lying uncared near the temple on Tuesday. “While I was going round the temple, I noticed the plaque towards the north side as a chance find,” he said
World Bicycle Day 2023
World Bicycle Day is an annual event celebrated on June 3rd. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 to recognize the bicycle as a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport. The selection of this date is significant as it commemorates the anniversary of the invention of the bicycle by Karl von Drais in 1817.
The United Nations General Assembly officially designated this day in April 2018 to honor the bicycle’s exceptional qualities, durability, and versatility, considering it has been utilized as a practical mode of transport for over two centuries. The UN recognized the bicycle as a straightforward, cost-effective, dependable, eco-friendly, and sustainable means of transportation.
WMO gets Celeste Saulo as its 1st female Secretary-General
Celeste Saulo of Argentina has been appointed as the first female Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Saulo won a landslide vote at the UN Climate and weather agency’s Congress in Geneva. Saulo has served as the director of Argentina’s National Meteorological Service since 2014.
The leadership election of the World Meteorological Congress takes place every four years. The agency plays a key role in coordinating international meteorological work. It relies on satellites and thousands of weather stations to measure key parameters of the atmosphere, land and ocean.
Tata Group Signs $1.6 Billion EV Battery Plant Deal in Gujarat
India’s Tata Group, a leading multinational conglomerate, has entered into an outline deal to construct a lithium-ion cell factory in Gujarat, India. With an investment of approximately 130 billion rupees ($1.58 billion), the plant aims to bolster the country’s electric vehicle (EV) supply chain and reduce its dependence on battery imports. The initiative aligns with India’s goal of achieving 100% electric vehicle adoption and curbing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.
The memorandum of understanding, signed between Tata’s unit Agratas Energy Storage Solutions and the government of Gujarat, outlines the establishment of the EV battery plant in Sanand, northern Gujarat. Construction of the facility is anticipated to commence within three years. The initial phase will witness a manufacturing capacity of 20 Gigawatt hours (GWh), with provisions for doubling the capacity in a subsequent expansion.
The collaboration between Tata Group and the Gujarat government aims to accelerate electric vehicle production in the state, contributing to the nation’s carbon emission reduction targets. Gujarat intends to achieve a 50% decrease in carbon emissions and adopt 100% electric vehicles by 2030. The establishment of the battery plant in Sanand will play a pivotal role in achieving these goals, providing a localized and sustainable solution for battery production.
Shalini Singh becomes the first female NCC cadet to complete mountaineering course
Shalini Singh made history as she completed the mountaineering course in the Himalayan area of Uttarakhand as the country’s first female NCC cadet. Shalini Singh, a 20-year-old NCC cadet from Lucknow, has become the first female cadet in India to complete the advanced mountaineering course. She scaled a 15,400-foot peak in the Dring Valley in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand as part of the course.
By providing the required resources and specialised training, Colonel Puneet Srivastava, commander of the 67 UP Battalion NCC Lucknow, enhanced her efforts.
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