International Mountain Day is observed globally on December 11 every year.
The day is celebrated to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.
The theme of this year’s International Mountain Day (IMD) on 11 December will be “sustainable mountain tourism”.
The day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2003 to encourage the sustainable development of mountains.
United Nations had declared 2002 as the UN International Year of Mountains.
Ministry of Power kickstarts celebration of Energy Conservation Week:
Ministry of Power is celebrating the Energy Conservation Week from 8th to 14th December 2021 under “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
Celebration by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency will include three major activities i.e. National Painting Competition for school children, National Energy Conservation Awards (NECA) for Industries and establishments and National Energy Efficiency Innovation Awards (NEEIA) to recognize innovative energy efficiency technologies.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has been organising National Level Painting Competitions on Energy Conservation for school children studying in 4th to 10th standard.
This year, the themes for the competition are “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: Energy Efficient India” and “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav: Cleaner Planet”.
India won 41 medals at Asian Youth Para Games 2021:
India claimed 41 medals (12 Gold, 15 Silver, 14 Bronze) at the 4th Asian Youth Para Games (AYPG), Asia’s biggest event held at Riffa city, Bahrain.
The event is organized by the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Bahrain with the support of the local government.
Over 700 athletes from around 30 countries participated in the events.
The 5th edition of the Asian Youth Para Games 2025 will be hosted by Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The athletes competed across nine sports – Para athletics, Para badminton, boccia, goalball, Para powerlifting, Para swimming, Para table tennis, Para taekwondo, and wheelchair basketball.
Manipur wins Senior Women’s National Football Championship:
Manipur successfully defended their Senior Women’s National Football Championship crown after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Railways in the final at the EMS Stadium in Kozhikode, Kerala.
After a dearth of goal-scoring chances in regulation and extra time, the match went to penalties with the scores at 0-0.
Manipur goalkeeper Okram Roshini Devi produced three saves to give her side their 21st title at this level.
PM congratulates distinguished architect Shri Balkrishna Doshi on being awarded UK’s Royal Gold Medal 2022:
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has spoken to distinguished architect Shri Balkrishna Doshi and Congratulated him on being awarded the Royal Gold Medal 2022.
The 94-year-old renowned Indian architect Balakrishna Doshi has won the Royal Gold Medal 2022, the highest honor for architecture in the United Kingdom.
Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi will receive the Royal Gold Medal 2022, one of the world’s highest honours for architecture, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announced.
Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Queen Elizabeth II and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence on the advancement of architecture.
Top Export Districts in The Country report was released:
Under the ‘Districts as Export Hubs Initiative’, products and services with export potential have been identified for all districts of the country.
The list of such identified products and services is regularly updated on the basis of inputs received from the States/UTs.
Under this initiative, district export action plans have been prepared for such identified products and services for overseas markets, which include specific actions required to support local exporters/manufacturers in producing/manufacturing identified products in adequate quantity and with the requisite quality, for reaching potential buyers outside India.
These plans also include identifying and addressing challenges for exports of such identified products/services, improving supply chains, market accessibility and handholding for increasing exports.
Regular compilation of district-wise export data has been started from April 2021.
India’s top 30 districts of exports along with top 5 exported commodities during the period April-September 2021-22 and the products/services identified with export potential.
Jamnagar (Gujarat) is the top first commodities districts in India.
NITI Aayog & Bharti Foundation launches Convoke 2021-22:
India’s think tank Niti Aayog and the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, launched Convoke 2021-22.
Convoke is a National research Symposium that aims at addressing challenges in imparting education and strengthening its quality with a special focus on all teachers, educationists, heads of schools across India.
The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 also recognises and identifies teachers and faculty as the heart of the learning process.
It recommends that teachers will be recognised for novel approaches to teaching that improve learning outcomes in their classrooms.
NEP recommends developing platforms so that teachers may share ideas and best practices for wider dissemination and replication.
The event was chaired by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.
PM Modi participates in ‘Summit For Democracy’:
US President Joe Biden is hosting the first of two Summits for Democracy.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressed the summit saying that ‘democratic spirit’ and ‘pluralistic ethos’ are ingrained in Indians.
A total of 100 nations participated in this ‘Summit for Democracy’.
In his address, PM Modi highlighted India’s civilizational ethos as one of the original sources of democracy.
He outlined sensitivity, accountability, participation, and reform orientation as four pillars of Indian democratic governance, stressing that principles of democracy should also guide global governance.
India’s Prime Minister also recalled that 75 years ago, India’s Constituent Assembly had held its first session.
He said how democratic countries must deliver on values enshrined in their respective constitutions.
World Talent Ranking report was published by IMD:
This report is annually published by the IMD World Competitive Centre.
In the report, Europe has dominated the ranking in 2021. Global top 10 countries are from this region.
Switzerland has retained its top spot.
The UAE continues have improved its global talent ranking. Ranking has improved by one position to 23rd. In 2019, it was ranked at 30th
In the Arab world, UAE maintained its top position.
In the Middle East & North Africa, UAE maintained its second position, following Israel (first in this region).
Israel has been ranked 22nd and Taiwan has been ranked at third place in Asia while at 16th place overall. Its ranking has improved by four places as compared to 2020.
In Asia, Taiwan has been ranked behind Hong Kong (11) and Singapore (12) but ahead of South Korea (34), China (36), and Japan (39).
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India’s Neena Gupta Receives Ramanujan Prize For Young Mathematicians 2021:
Neena Gupta, a mathematician at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata .
Indian mathematician Neena Gupta won the ‘2021 DST-ISTP-IMU Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from developing countries’ for her exceptional work in affine algebraic geometry and commutative algebra.
Professor Gupta is the third woman to receive the Ramanujan Prize which was first awarded in the year 2005.
In 2014, Professor Neena Gupta had received the ‘Young Scientist’ award from the Indian National Science Academy, which called her work among one of the best done so far in algebraic geometry in recent years.
Indian woman researcher discovers over 50 species of frogs:
Sonali Garg has won a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship on biodiversity to Harvard University.
Garg holds the distinction of discovering 50 new frog species, and is probably the first Indian woman to achieve this feat, according to a statement by the varsity’s Department of Environmental Studies.
At Harvard, she will work at the Museum of Comparative Zoology in affiliation with the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.
The world chess champion Viswanathan Anand`s birthday on december 11:
Viswanathan Anand was born on 11 December 1969. He is an Indian chess grandmaster and a former world chess champion.
In 1988, he became the first grandmaster from India and is one of the few players to have surpassed an Elo rating of 2800, he first achieved this in 2006.
He became an icon of many children and they were motivated and driven towards the game of chess.
Following his footsteps, many young children have represented India in the game of chess.
Anand was educated at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Egmore, Chennai(Tamil Nadu), and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Loyola College, Chennai.