Ladakh will have India's first Dark Night Sky Reserve.

  • Ladakh is all set to have India's first Dark Night Sky Reserve at Hanle in Changthang region.
  • In about eighteen locations in Hanley, powerful telescopes will be installed for stargazing.
  • Hanle is home for the 2nd highest optical telescope in the world, was established in 2001 by Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
  • After an MoU between UT Administration, Leh Hill council and Indian Institute of Astrophysics, necessary approvals were received from Department of S&T.

Millets-Smart Nutritive Food Conclave starts in New Delhi.

  • The govt of India has organised the Millets-Smart Nutritive Food Conclave in New Delhi on December 5, 2022.
  • This conclave is a pre-launch event of the International Year of Millets - 2023.
  • This event was organised by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry through the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
  • The government has also released e-catalogue on 30 potential importing countries and 21 millet producing states of India.

Manu Bhaker and Sarabjot Singh lift mixed team pistol title at 65th NSCC.

  • Team of Manu Bhaker and Sarabjot Singh won the 10m air pistol mixed team title at the 65th National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC), held at the MP Shooting Academy range, Bhopal.
  • Duo of Manu and Sarabjot defeated Karnataka pair, Divya T.S. and Imroz by 16-4 in the gold medal encounter.
  • While, in the junior mixed team pistol, Uttar Pradesh’s Anjali and Sagar defeated Uttarakhand’s Yashsavi and Abhinav to win the final.

Govt appoints Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar as chairperson of NSCI.

  • Prof Rajeeva Laxman Karandikar (Prof emeritus at Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI)) has been appointed as part-time chairperson of National Statistical Commission of India (NSCI) for three years.
  • He has joined CMI as a visiting professor in 2010.
  • He served as director CMI from Jan 2011 to April 2021.
  • It is an autonomous body, was formed in June 2005 after the recommendation by Dr C Rangarajan Commission.
  • The chairperson of the Commission enjoys the status of a MoS.

IIFL launches India’s first passive tax-saving fund.

  • IIFL Mutual Fund has launched the new fund offering of IIFL ELSS (Equity-Linked Savings Scheme) Nifty 50 Tax Saver Index Fund (IN50).
  • A passive scheme allows investors to simply think of their investment as a split between FDs, PPFs, insurance, and equity – without having to worry about deep analysis.
  • Being an index fund, the scheme will try to mirror the Nifty 50 and generate returns in line with the movement in the index.

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