Mirabai Chanu bagged "BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year" award 2021.

  • Olympic silver medalist weightlifter, Mirabai Chanu won the third edition of BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year Award 2021.
  • Chanu created history last year when she became the first Indian weightlifter to win a silver medal at the Summer Olympics.
  • Chanu won a gold medal in the 48kg category at the 2017 World Championships Anaheim followed by a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • The BBC Emerging Player award was presented to 18-year-old cricketer Shafali Verma, who has recently been playing at the Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
  • In 2021, Verma became the youngest Indian cricketer, male or female, to play in all three formats for the national team.
  • The first Indian woman to have won a medal at the Olympics in 2000, former weightlifter Karnam Malleswari was presented the BBC Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Olympians and the Paralympians from the Tokyo Games were also honoured in this edition of BBC ISWOTY.

Meghalaya’s root bridges on tentative list of World’s Heritage Sites.

  • Meghalaya’s living root bridges get listed on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
  • Living root bridges are the type of simple suspension bridge formed by the method of tree shaping from living plant roots across a stream or river.
  • These bridges are locally known as Jingkieng Jri.
  • Ficus Elastica tree is used to make living bridges in Cherrapunji, India.
  • The roots form the bridge in a span of 10-15 years.

Microsoft launches "Startups Founders Hub" platform to empower startups in India.

  • Tech giant Microsoft launched a new digital and inclusive platform for startup founders in India on March 31, 2022.
  • The platform called as Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub in India, will support startup founders in India at every stage of their startup journey.
  • This platform will offer over USD 300,000 worth of benefits and credits to startups, including free access to the technology, tools, and resources from the tech giant and partners.
  • The initiative will help the Startups to gain mentorship and skilling opportunities with industry experts and Microsoft Learn.

20th India-France Bilateral Naval Exercise "VARUNA -2022" kicks-off in Arabian Sea.

  • The 20th edition of the Bilateral Naval Exercise between Indian Navy and French Navy named VARUNA is being conducted in the Arabian Sea from March 30 to April 03, 2022.
  • The Bilateral Naval Exercises between the two Navies is being held since 1993 and the exercise was christened as VARUNA in 2001.
  • Various ships, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft, fighter aircraft and helicopters of the two navies will be participating in the VARUNA-2022 exercise.

Google Pay collaborates with Pine Labs to offer "Tap to Pay" for UPI.

  • Tech giant Google Pay has launched Tap to Pay for UPI, a new functionality to bring the seamless convenience of Tap to Pay to Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
  • The initiative has been launched in collaboration with Pine Labs.
  • So far, Tap to Pay facility was only available for cards.

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