India ranks 8th on 2023 Climate Change Performance Index.

  • Carlos Saura (Spanish Film Director) will be conferred the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 at the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Goa.
  • This announcement was made by L Murugan (MoS, Information and Broadcasting).
  • Carlos was honoured with the Golden Bear for Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival for Deprisa Deprisa in 1981.
  • Spotlight country: France
  • Opening Film: Alma and Oskar
  • Closing film: Perfect Number

Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascot unveiled.

  • President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tony Estanguet has unveiled the mascots for Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • The mascot for Paris 2024 is The Phryges.
  • It is a red Phrygian caps, type of hat that has become an enduring symbol of freedom throughout French history.
  • Motto: Alone we go faster, but together we go further.
  • The mascot of Paris 2024 is a non-gender-specific mascot.

East Timor to become 11th member of ASEAN.

  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has agreed to admit East Timor as the 11th member of the group.
  • The Timor Leste will also be granted observer status at high-level ASEAN meetings.
  • The country would be the first new member of the regional grouping, since Cambodia was admitted in 1999.
  • ASEAN was founded on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok Thailand.
  • Members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Indo-US joint training exercise "YUDH ABHYAS 22" begins in Uttarakhand.

  • The 18th edition of India-US joint military training exercise Yudh Abhyas 22 has been started in Auli, Uttarakhand.
  • Focus: High altitude and extremely cold climate warfare.
  • The exercise has been participated by US Army soldiers of 2nd Brigade of the 11th Airborne Division and Indian Army soldiers from the Assam Regiment.
  • This joint military exercise is conducted annually between India and US with the aim of exchanging best practices, Procedures, Tactics, Techniques.

LeadIT Summit 2022 hosted by India and Sweden in Egypt.

  • India and Sweden jointly hosted the LeadIT Summit 2022, on the sidelines of COP27 at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.
  • The LeadIT (Leadership for Industry Transition) initiative focuses on low carbon transition of the hard to abate industrial sector.
  • The summit was attended by Bhupender Yadav (Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change).
  • The current phase of LeadIT will conclude in 2023 and the next year is the time to reflect on the performance and achievements so far.

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