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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

DAILY GK 22-23 DEC

 DAILY GK 22-23 DEC

1.     6TH RABINDRANATH TAGORE LITERARY PRIZE

        Sukrita Paul Kumar, Indian Poet, critic and Translator, was honoured with the 6th Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2023) for her book titled “Salt & Pepper: Selected Poems” published by Paperwall Publishing.

        Indian-American economist, Abhijit Banerjee, the 2018 Nobel Prize laureate (Economics), received the Tagore Prize for Social Achievement 2023.

        Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize was founded in 2018 by Copenhagen(Denmark)-based publisher Peter Bundalo, who is also the chair of the Awarding Committee.

        It is an annual cultural event founded as a platform for World Peace, Literature, Art, Education, and Human Rights.

 

2.     2023 LEIF ERIKSON LUNAR PRIZE

         The Exploration Museum in Husavik, Iceland announced the winners of the 9th edition of the Leif Erikson Awards.

        Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the national space agency of India based in Bengaluru, Karnataka won the 2023 Leif Erikson Lunar Prize for its Chandrayaan-3 mission, the 1st spacecraft to softland near Moon’s south pole.

        Leif Erikson Awards, also known as Exploration Awards, is an annual award presented by the Exploration Museum since 2015.

        It is named after Leif Erikson, a Norse explorer who is considered as the 1st European to set foot on continental America.

 

3.     MISS CONTINENTAL INTERNATIONAL 2023

        Indian Actress Aastha Rawal has won the 5th edition of the Miss Continental International Award (2023) pageant held in India for the very first time.

        Aastha Rawal was also honoured with the titles of “Best in Interview” and “Best in Swimwear”.

 

4.     17TH EMIR OF KUWAIT

        Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah officially assumed the role of Emir of Kuwait, taking the constitutional oath in a ceremony held before the Kuwaiti National Assembly and became the 17th ruler of Kuwait, the oil-rich Gulf state.

        He succeeded the late Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who passed away at the age of 86 on 16 December 2023. He served as the Emir of Kuwait for 3 years (2020-2023).

 

5.     1ST INDIAN TO BE INDUCTED AS ITTF GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

        Sports philanthropist and entrepreneur Vita Dani has become the first Indian to be inducted as a governing board member to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Foundation.

        As the Chairperson of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), she has been reshaping the landscape of Table Tennis, ensuring accessibility across all segments of society, and orchestrating multiple tournaments spanning 25 states in India.

        ITTF Foundation established in 2019 is headquartered in Leipzig, Germany

 

6.     UN WORLD BASKETBALL DAY – 21ST DECEMBER 2023

        The first-ever United Nations (UN) World Basketball Day was observed across the globe on 21 December 2023 to recognise the pivotal role of sports (including sports for disabled persons), especially basketball, in fostering human rights, peace, development, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls.

        Basketball has become the 1st team sport to be honoured with an UN-recognised international day.

        On 21st December 1891, Basketball was played for the first time at the International YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts, the United States of America(USA).

        Basketball was developed by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor.

 

7.     UNITED NATIONS DECLARED 2024 AS THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CAMELIDS

        The United Nations (UN) has declared the year 2024 as the International Year of Camelids (IYC 2024) to raise awareness of the economic and cultural significance of camelids in protecting ecosystems, conserving biodiversity, assuring food security, and adapting to climate change.

        The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is the lead agency for celebrating the IYC 2023 in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the UN system.

        Slogan of IYC 2024: Heroes of deserts and highlands: Nourishing people and culture

        Camelids are members of the family “Camelidae”, the only currently living family in the suborder Tylopoda.

 

8.     UNESCO 2023 HERITAGE AWARD

        The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s 2023 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, also known as Heritage Awards, were awarded to a total of 12 projects from India(6), China(5), Nepal(1).

        Rambagh Gate and Ramparts in Punjab(India), has won the “Award of Excellence”, the highest honour of UNESCO heritage awards.

        Karnikara Mandapam, Kunnamangalam Bhagawati Temple, Kerala, India have won the 2 awards for Sustainable Development category and Award of Distinction.

        (UNESCO): Director-General– Audrey Azoulay

        Headquarters– Paris, France

        Founded in– 1945 (came into force in 1946)

        Members– 194 Members and 12 Associate Members

 

9.     KEMPEGOWDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WIN WORLD SPECIAL PRIZE FOR INTERIOR

·         India’s Kempegowda International Airport’s (KIA) Terminal 2 (T2) in Bengaluru, Karnataka received the “World Special Prize for an Interior 2023” from UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Prix Versailles under the category of Airports.

        Prix Versailles Award– It was won by Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Satellite Concourse, Shenzhen, China

        Special prize for an Exterior– It was won by Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal A, Newark, New Jersey, United States (US)

 

10.  NEW PRESIDENT OF WFI

        Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) names Sanjay Kumar Singh as its new President, he is also the Vice-President of Uttar Pradesh(UP) Wrestling Association.

        Sanjay Kumar won the election with 40 votes (special majority) by defeating former India wrestler and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Anita Sheoran who secured only 7 votes.

 

11.  NATIONAL MATHEMATICS DAY 2023- DECEMBER 22

        National Mathematics Day (NMD) is annually celebrated across India on 22 December to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was born on 22 December 1887 in Erode, Madras Presidency, British India (now Tamil Nadu, India)

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