RIL partners IOA for first-ever India House at Paris Olympics 2024.

  • Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has come into partnership with Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which would involve the setting up of first-ever India House at Paris Olympics 2024.
  • Aim: To elevate the performances of Indian athletes, support the national sports federations and build the credentials of India.
  • This partnership will support Indian athletes in major events including the CWG, Asian Games, and the Olympics Games.
  • IOA President: Anil Khanna (Acting)

Zimbabwe launches gold coins to control inflation.

  • Zimbabwe has launched gold coins named “Mosi-oa-Tunya' to control an inflation spike that has eroded the country’s unstable currency.
  • The move was announced by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (central bank), which has disbursed 2,000 coins to commercial banks.
  • Coins have been given the status of liquid asset, which can be easily converted into cash.
  • Coins can be used by Individuals or companies.
  • They can purchase coins from banks and other authorised outlets.

Canadian scholar receives ICCR’s "Distinguished Indologist for 2021" award.

  • A Canadian scholar, Jeffrey Armstrong has been awarded with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) 2021 Distinguished Indologist for his outstanding contribution in study, teaching and research in any of the fields of Indian Studies.
  • He is the founder of the Vedic Academy of Science & Arts and author of The Bhagavad Gita comes Alive.
  • The ICCR Distinguished Indologist award was instituted in 2015 during the First World Indology Conference.

Sanket Mahadev Sargar wins India's first medal in 2022 Commonwealth Games.

  • Sanket Mahadev Sargar (from Sangli in Maharashtra) has bagged silver in men's 55kg weightlifting, the India's first medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
  • He has lifted a total weight of 248kg (113+135).
  • Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq from Malaysia has claimed gold medal with a total lift of 249kg (107+142).
  • Dilanka Isuru Kumara Yodage of Sri Lanka has bagged bronze with a total lift of 225kg (105+120).

Largest pink diamond in 300 years "Lulo Rose" found in Angola.

  • A rare pure pink diamond, believed to be the largest found in 300 years, has been unearthed in Angola, a country in Central Africa.
  • The Lulo Rose is a type 2a diamond, meaning it has few or no impurities.
  • It is the fifth largest diamond recovered from the Lulo mine – a joint venture between Australia’s Lucapa Diamond Company and the Angolan government.
  • Dimensions of Lulo Rose: It is a 170-carat pink diamond & has been named The Lulo Rose. It weighs 34 grams.
  • Similar diamonds have been bought for tens of millions of dollars in the past, with one – known as Pink Star – selling at a Hong Kong auction for $71.2m (£59m) in 2017.

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