1. 40th INCA International Congress started in Kolkata

  • Governor of West Bengal Sri Jagdeep Dhankar inaugurating 40th INCA International Congress in Kolkata
  • National Atlas & Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO), under Ministry of Science & Technology, is organising 3 days 40th INCA International Congress in Kolkata. keeping in view the pandemic situations, this Congress is being held both in physical and virtual mode, keeping in view the pandemic situations.
  • The focal theme of 40th INCA International Congress is ‘Digital Mapping Innovations in Make India Initiatives’. About 500 experts from all over the country as well as from abroad are participating in this Congress to deliver their research-oriented findings on the focal theme.

2. Fossil of world’s ‘oldest animal’ found in Madhya Pradesh

  • One of the rarest fossils in the world, has been discovered in Madhya Pradesh's Bhimbetka rock shelters, about 40 kms away from the city of Bhopal
  • Dickinsonia is an extinct genus of a basal animal that lived during the late Ediacaran period. The fossils are known only in the form of imprints and casts in sandstone beds
  • Researchers believe they have found Dickinsonia that dates back 570 million years on the roof of the 'Auditorium Cave' at Bhimbetka

3. Vijayanagara officially declared as 31st District of Karnataka

  • Named after the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, the new district was carved out from Ballari under the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964.
  • Vijayanagara, located in Hyderabad-Karnataka region, is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage sites – Hampi and Virupaksha Temple.
  • With Hosapete as its headquarters, Vijayanagara has six taluks – Hosapete, Kudligi, Hagaribommanahalli, Kotturu, Hoovina Hadagali, and Harapanahalli.

4. PhonePe partners with Axis Bank on UPI Multi-Bank

  • PhonePe, India’s leading digital payments platform, announced that it has partnered with India’s third largest bank, Axis Bank on UPI multi-bank model giving its users the option to create and use multiple UPI IDs with Axis Bank’s “@axl” handle.
  • PhonePe will also start acquiring merchants with Axis Bank in addition to its partnership with YES Bank. This is in line with the company’s philosophy of offering users and merchant partners a seamless transaction flow. Collaborating with multiple banking partners will further strengthen the overall service reliability and uptime of PhonePe’s offering

5. Australia Zoo's Robert Irwin wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award

  • Australia Zoo's Robert Irwin has won the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award with a drone image of a raging Cape York bushfire.
  • Mr Irwin, whose father Steve was a world-famous conservationist, said his work was "about telling a story to make a difference for the environment and our planet". "I feel it is particularly special for this image to be awarded, not only as a profound personal honour but also as a reminder of our effect on the natural world and our responsibility to care for it,"

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