Australia signs submarine deal with US and UK
Australia signed a submarine deal with new defense alliances, namely the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) recently.
The deal was signed by Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton with US and British diplomats.
The first of a kind agreement on technology to be publicly signed will allow the exchange of sensitive “naval nuclear propulsion information” between three countries.
Virtual Science Lab launched under the CSIR Jigyasa Programme
The Union Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh has launched India’s first Virtual Science Lab for Children.
The program will connect students with scientists across India providing a virtual tour of CSIR labs and exposing students to research infrastructure.
JIGYASA is a major national-level initiative of CSIR which has been launched to widen and deepen its Scientist Social Responsibility (SSR).
Quick Facts: The full form of CSIR is the ‘Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’.
World Investor Week 2021 begins
Stock exchanges BSE and NSE have launched the celebrations of the globally popular event “World Investor Week 2021”.
WIW is a week-long global celebration promoted by IOSCO which is observed to raise awareness on the importance of investor education and protection across India.
The celebrations will witness market infrastructure institutions (MIIs) like stock exchanges, clearing corporations, and depositories conducting educational activities.
Quick Facts: The full form of IOSCO is “International Organisation of Securities Commissions”.
ABU-UNESCO Peace Media Awards 2021
The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)- UNESCO Peace Awards were presented at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In the event, Doordarshan received an award for its program “DEAFinitely Leading the Way’ while All India Radio’s program “Living Well with Super-Diversity” also won an award.
The awards were given by UNESCO in collaboration with ABU under an initiative called “Together for Peace”.
Quick Facts: Ibrahim Erin is the President of ABU.
Educational Minister launches Centres for Nanotechnology at IIT Guwahati
Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre for Indian Knowledge System at IIT Guwahati.
The Centre for Nanotechnology will work towards meeting future challenges and augmenting partnerships with industry in Nanotechnology.
The funding for the Centre came from the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
El Salvador plans to build World’s first ‘Bitcoin City’
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has announced that the country is planning to build the world’s first “Bitcoin city”.
The city which will be initially funded by bitcoin-backed bonds would get geothermal power from a volcano.
The Bitcoin city will not levy any taxes except for Value-Added Tax (VAT).
Quick Facts: San Salvador is the capital of El Salvador.
Pratham NGO wins Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021
Pratham NGO has been awarded the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2021 for its work on expanding the scope of education in India.
The pioneering work of the NGO for more than a quarter-century is ensuring that every child has access to quality education through the use of digital technology.
The Indira Gandhi Peace Prize is an annual prestigious award that is conferred every year since 1968 by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.