Gujarat's Vadnagar, Modhera Sun Temple on UNESCO sites tentative list.

  • Gujarat's Vadnagar town, Sun Temple at Modhera, and the rock cut sculptures of Unakoti in Tripura have been added to the tentative list of UNCESO World Heritage Sites.
  • The UNESCO tentative list is an inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination.
  • With the addition of these three sites, India now has 52 sites on the UNESCO tentative list.
  • India has a total of 40 sites which enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage tag.

UAE to host World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference 2024.

  • The 13th edition of the World Trade Organization ministerial conference will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in February 2024.
  • The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) took place in June 2022 in Geneva.
  • For the UAE, hosting the meeting is part of its own push to position itself as a global hub for business amid growing competition in the Middle East.
  • WTO was founded in 1995.
  • The WTO is the successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

Sethrichem Sangtam awarded first Rohini Nayyar prize for rural development.

  • Sethrichem Sangtam (40) has been honoured with the first Rohini Nayyar prize for outstanding contribution to rural development.
  • Reason: To triple the incomes of 1,200 marginalised farmers in Eastern Nagaland.
  • He introduced them fruit growing, prompting the farmers to change from shifting farming to permanent farming.
  • He was awarded the prize by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Suman Bery.
  • The award was instituted by the family of late Dr. Rohini Nayyar.

Steel Minister launches first Green Steel Brand of India.

  • Jyotiraditya Scindia (Steel Minister) has launched the India's first Green Steel Brand KALYANI FeRRESTA in New Delhi on 20th December 2022.
  • This first-of-its-kind steel was manufactured by a Pune-based Steel company, Kalyani group.
  • It was manufactured by using renewable energy resources, leaving zero carbon footprints in the environment.
  • The plant where green steel is being produced has the capacity to manufacture 250,000 tonnes of steel.

Puducherry aces 2022 Social Progress Index.

  • According to the 2022 Social Progress Index, Puducherry has been emerged as the best-performing States, followed by Lakshadweep, and Goa. Top three performing districts: Shimla, Solan, and Aizawl.
  • The index assesses states and districts based on 12 components across three critical dimensions - Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity.
  • The report was prepared by Institute for Competitiveness and the Social Progress Imperative and mandated by EAC-PM.

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