World’s longest bi-lane road tunnel being constructed near Indo-China border
The world’s longest bi-lane road tunnel called ‘Sela Tunnel’ is being built on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) road by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) under Project Vartak.
The tunnel is being constructed at an altitude of 13,800ft near the Indo-China border.
The tunnel would ensure better movement of troops and weaponry to different locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Egypt to host COP27 Climate Summit next year
During the COP26 conference in Glasgow, it was decided that Egypt will host the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in 2022.
Egypt will host the conference in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was signed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.
Quick Facts: The first COP meeting was held in March 1995 in Berlin, Germany.
India and Sri Lanka revive Parliament Friendship Association
India and Sri Lanka have revived their ‘Parliamentary Friendship Association’ for which Minister Chamal Rajapaksa has been selected as its president.
The association will help in reinvigorating Parliamentary exchanges and strengthening bilateral ties between both countries.
Sri Lanka formed Sri Lanka- India Parliamentary Friendship group after deciding to buy fertilizer from India on November 11, 2021.
Quick Facts: The spice cinnamon originated in Sri Lanka.
Space and Technology
SpaceX launches Indian-origin astronaut Raja Chari-led Crew 3 mission
US Space agency NASA and Space X have launched the ‘Crew 3’ mission which consists of Indian-origin NASA astronaut Raja Chari as its mission commander.
The other three astronauts are NASA’s Tom Marshburn (pilot), Kayla Barron (mission specialist), and ESA’s Matthias Maurer (mission specialist).
Under this mission, four astronauts have been sent to the ISS for a six-month science mission until April 2022.
Quick Facts: Bill Nelson is the administrator of NASA.
Fumio Kishida re-elected as the PM of Japan
Fumio Kishida, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of Japan.
Fumio Kishida succeeded Yoshihide Suga who resigned as the PM of Japan in September 2020.
Elected just over a month ago by the parliament, Kishida called a quick election in which the governing party secured 261 seats in the 465 members lower house.
Quick Facts: Japanese Yen is the currency of Japan.
Odisha government launches road safety initiative ‘Rakshak’
The state government of Odisha has launched a road safety initiative ‘Rakshak’ to train first responders of road accidents.
Under the program, 300 master trainers will train 30,000 local people staying or working at the eateries and different businesses established near accident-prone spots.
The initiative has been organized by the Commerce and Transport Department.
Quick Facts: Ganeshi Lal is the Governor of Odisha.
Falguni Nayar becomes India’s richest self-made woman billionaire
Falguni Nayar, the CEO, and founder of fashion e-commerce platform Nykaa has become the richest self-made woman in India.
Nayar holds a 53.5% stake in Nykaa and has a net worth of USD 7.48 billion.
Nayar founded Nykaa in the year 2012.