India’s first dugong conservation reserve to be set up in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu government has announced to set up India’s first dugong conservation reserve at the northern part of the Palk Bay.
According to the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) estimates, only 200-250 Dugongs are left in the wild, of which 150 are found in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu.
The reserve will cover an area of more than 500 sq km.
Quick Fact: Dugongs are also known as sea cows.
Naval Exercise between India and Australia AUSINDEX begins
The 4th edition of AUSINDEX, a bilateral naval exercise between the Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy
Indian Navy Task Group comprises INS Shivalik and INS Kadmatt.
AUSINDEX was commenced in 2015 as a bilateral IN-RAN maritime exercise.
Quick Fact: Scott Morrison is the Prime Minister of Australia.
Science and Technology
India’s first bio-brick building opened at IIT Hyderabad
India’s first building made of bio-bricks from agro-waste has been inaugurated at IIT Hyderabad.
The sample building is made up of bio-bricks supported by a metal framework while the roof is also made of bio-brick over PVC sheets to reduce sheets.
The building is a part of the Bold Unique Idea Lead Development (BUILD) project to demonstrate the strength and versatility of the material.
130th edition of Durand Cup kicks off in Kolkata
The 130th edition of the Durand Cup has been inaugurated by CM Mamta Banerjee at the Vivekananda Yubabharati Krirangan in Kolkata recently.
16 teams are playing in this edition of the oldest club football tournament in Asia while two clubs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are not participating
The Durand Cup is a prestigious football tournament and was first held in 1888, at Dagshai in Himachal Pradesh.
Rani Rampal and Smriti Mandhana appointed as Brand Ambassdors of Equitas Bank
Equitas Small Finance Bank (ESFB) has roped in Indian women hockey player, Rani Rampal and cricketer Smriti Mandhana as the brand ambassadors of the company
The announcement was made during the 5th anniversary of the ESFB on September 5, 2021.
Rampal holds the record for being the youngest player to play in the national hockey team while Mandhana was recognized as the Best Women’s International Cricketer by BCCI.
Quick Fact: Equitas Small Finance Bank is headquartered in Chennai.
Summits and Conferences
IAF Chief attends Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium 2021 in Hawaii
Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria attended a three-day-long Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium 2021 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.
The event themed ”Enduring Cooperation towards Regional Stability” was attended by air chiefs from countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
India, the US, Australia, Japan, and many other like-minded countries are working towards ensuring a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
Quick Fact: Varanasi originates from the names of two tributaries of Ganga- Varuna, and Assi.
President Ram Nath Kovind presents National Awards for Teachers 2021
National Teachers’ Award 2021 was awarded by President Ram Nath Kovind, September 5, 2021, to 44 finest teachers in the country for their dedicated contribution.
The award is contributed to those who improve the quality of education for students and also inspire, enrich their lives.
The award was also bestowed upon Pramod Kumar Shukla of Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS), Chhattisgarh.