Defense Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched Defense India Startup Challenge 5.0.

  • DISC 5.0 is a reflection of the government's resolve to create a self-reliant defense sector
  • The challenge of taking innovation, design and development to new heights
  • iDEX is playing a key role in building a strong military and self-reliant defense industry
  • Government assistance to the private sector in building a self-reliant India.

Cabinet approves Indo-US agreement on cooperation in geology research.

  • The MoU will provide an institutional mechanism between the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Florida International University (FIU) on cooperation in the field of geology.
  • The identified areas of cooperation between the two participants will be as follows:
  • Development of geological knowledge, research in relation to the geologic and tectonic environment of post collision magmatism in the Indo-Asia collegial margin, geologic history and tectonics of the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxes.
  • To develop cooperative projects in the field of regional geological, geochemical, petrological and multi-isotopic studies related to the development of the Post Collisional Magmatic Belt (Ladakh Pluton).

Mahatma Gandhi became the 1st Indian to receive the highest civilian award in the United States.

  • An influential US lawmaker from New York introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives to posthumously award
  • The prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi for his promotion of peace and non-violence.
  • The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the United States.
  • Gandhi will be the 1st Indian to receive a Congressional Gold Medal,
  • An honor given to greats such as George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Rosa Parks.

China unveiled new rules targeting anti-competitive practices by Internet companies.

  • China has issued new draft rules on anti-competitive practices by Internet companies.
  • The new rules would prevent Internet companies from engaging in anti-competitive practices.
  • The new guideline seeks to prevent Internet companies from engaging in anti-competitive practices such as unfairly blocking rival platforms.
  • It expands China's efforts to rein in the technology sector.
  • The guidelines include a comprehensive list of prohibited behaviors that may harm Internet users and limit competition in the market.
  • Prohibited practices include controlling user traffic, blocking competitors' products, as well as discriminatory pricing.
  • The habit of blocking traffic to competitors and external sites has also come under scrutiny as it hinders market competitiveness.

J&K Army organizes 400 kms "Jazba-e-Tiranga" Relay Marathon.

  • The Indian Army in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir recently organized the 400 km "Jazba-e-Tiranga" relay marathon.
  • The marathon was flagged off and led by Major General Rajeev Puri, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Ace of Spades Division.
  • More than 300 soldiers participated in the event, each of whom hoisted the Indian tricolor along the Line of Control (LoC).

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