Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurates Sports Science Centre.

  • Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur has inaugurated the Sports Science Centre in Udupi, Karnataka.
  • The government has increased the sports budget from 854 crores before 2014 to 3,100 crore rupees (2022) and spent 2700 crore rupees to enhance sporting infrastructure as against 630 crore rupees earlier.
  • For Khelo India Games, the government has spent 3,136 crore rupees for a period of five years.

Consumer Affairs Minister, Piyush Goyal unveiled "right to repair" portal.

  • Consumer Affairs Minister, Piyush Goyal has introduced various initiatives, including a right to repair portal and an NTH mobile app and opened new premises of the National Consumer Helpline centre.
  • On this portal, manufacturers would share the manual of product details with customers so that they could either repair by self, by third parties, rather than depend on original manufacturers.
  • Initially, mobile phones, automobiles and farming equipment will be covered.

NHPC won 2022 "Best Globally Competitive Power Company of India" award.

  • NHPC Limited has been awarded the Best Globally Competitive Power Company of India – Hydropower and Renewable Energy Sector award at PRAKASHmay 15th Enertia Awards 2022.
  • Reason: For its leadership in the hydropower sector with a gross asset class renewable energy capacity of more than 7000 MW.
  • The award also recognizes that NHPC has more than 5000 MW of projects under construction and an ambitious 7000 MW plus plan for Solar capacity addition.

Ladakh celebrates Losar Festival to mark Ladakhi New Year.

  • Ladakh has celebrated Losar Festival on December 24, to mark the Ladakhi New Year.
  • Ladakhi New Year is the major socio-religious festival of Ladakh celebrated in winter.
  • The Losar festivities continue for nine more days from the new year with the offering of prayers in the name of God and Goddess, dances and songs in honour of Ibex and the pilgrimage of Mount Kailash.
  • During the festival, they perform the traditional role of the three Lama Jogis and Grandparents.

Polar bears in a key region of Canada are in sharp decline.

  • According to a government survey, the Associated Press reported, Polar bears in Western Hudson Bay of Canada, an inland sea connected to the Arctic Ocean, are dying at a fast rate.
  • The study has also revealed that females and younger polar bears are the worst affected.
  • When the last survey took place in 2016, there were 842 bears in the area, but now only 618 bears left in Western Hudson Bay.
  • The polar bear is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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