US issued highest number of student visas to Indians in 2022.

  • As per the US Embassy, the United States has issued a record of 82,000 student visas to Indians in 2022 that is highest than any country.
  • This is also the highest number of visas given to Indian students ever by the US Mission in India.
  • The Open Doors report in 2021 stated that there were 167,582 students from India in the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Indian students comprise nearly 20% of all international students studying in the United States.

Odisha launched rainwater harvesting scheme "CHHATA".

  • Odisha government has launched a rainwater harvesting scheme named ‘Community Harnessing and Harvesting Rainwater Artificially from Terrace to Aquifer (CHHATA).
  • It will be implemented for a period of five years.
  • Aim: Conserve rainwater and improve the water quality in urban local bodies (ULBs) and water scarce blocks.
  • It will be implemented through the department of Water Resources (DoWR) with an outlay of Rs 270 crore.
  • Odisha Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik

Indian Army, air force conduct joint exercise "Gagan Strike" in Punjab.

  • Kharga Corps of Army and the Indian Air Force have conducted a joint exercise named Gagan Strike, to showcase the might and prowess of the armed forces.
  • The exercise was conducted for four days in several areas of Punjab, bordering Ambala in Haryana.
  • The operation validated the Apache 64E and Advanced Light Helicopter WSI as potent weapon delivery platforms.
  • The exercise was also attended by Lt Gen Nav K Khanduri, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Command.

HPCL, Indian Army collaborates for CSR Project "Kargil Ignited Minds".

  • Indian Army has been collaborated with the HPCL to provide a learning platform to less-privileged girl students of Kargil Region in UT Ladakh.
  • The platform named Kargil Ignited Minds, which provide coaching and mentoring to the aspiring girl students.
  • Aim: To prepare 50 girl students for various National-level Engineering & Medical entrance examinations.
  • Focus: To empower the underprivileged girls with limited resources, residing in extreme weather conditions.

3rd Stealth Frigate of Project 17A "Taragiri" launched by MDL.

  • Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) has launched the third Stealth Frigate of Project 17A Taragiri.
  • The vessel has an approximate launch weight of 3510 Tons.
  • Designed by: Bureau of Naval Design, in-house design of Indian Navy
  • The ship is 149.02 M long & 17.8 M wide, is propelled by a CODOG combination of two Gas Turbines and 02 Main Diesel Engines.
  • The keel of Taragiri was laid on the 10th of September 2020 and the ship is expected to be delivered by August 2025.

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