India to be the theme country at 2025 Madrid International Book Fair.

  • The Ambassador of Spain to India, Jose Maria Ridao has announced that India will be invited as the focal country at the Madrid International Book Fair in 2025.
  • Spain is the theme country at the 46th International Kolkata Book Fair, organized in Kolkata from 31st Jan 2023 to 12th Feb 2023.
  • Aim: To have a direct relationship with Indian authors.
  • They will expand the horizon to Indian publishers, cinema, and music.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina inaugurates "Ekushey Boi Mela".

  • Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the biggest book fair of Bangladesh Ekushey Boi Mela in Dhaka.
  • Theme 2023: Poro Boi, Goro Desh: Bangbandhur Bangladesh (Read books, build the country, a country of Bangabandhu’s dream).
  • The month-long book fair is being organized on the grounds of the historic Suhrawardy Udyan and the Bangla Academy.
  • She has also distributed the Bangla Academy Award 2022 in recognition of literary works in Bangla.
  • Bangladesh Currency: Taka

Yaya Tso to become Ladakh’s first biodiversity heritage site.

  • Yaya Tso lake has been proposed as Ladakh's first biodiversity heritage site (BHS) under the Biological Diversity Act.
  • The resolution was signed by the village stakeholders and the SECURE Himalaya project.
  • About Yaya Tso Lake:
    • It is known as a bird's paradise.
    • Location: at an altitude of 4,820m in Ladakh.
    • It is also one of India's highest breeding sites of the black-necked crane.
  • The Secure Himalaya project is funded by the Global Environment Facility.

Nagaland, Patanjali Foods Ltd. sign MoU on palm oil cultivation.

  • Nagaland signed an MoU with Patanjali Foods Ltd for the development and area expansion of palm oil cultivation and processing for Zone-II of Nagaland under the National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP).
  • Zone II includes the Mokokchung, Longleng, and Mon districts of Nagaland.
  • Aim: To give a boost to the oil palm growers in the state of Nagaland and the region.
  • Patanjali is already working in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Tripura.

Air Marshal AP Singh appointed as New Vice Chief Of Indian Air Force.

  • Air Marshal A P Singh has been appointed as the new Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force.
  • He has succeeded Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, who retired from service on 1st February 2023.
  • He served as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Air Command.
  • He was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on December 21, 1984.
  • He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College.

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