J&K govt launches plantation drive on International Women's Day 2023.

  • Jammu and Kashmir's government has celebrated International Women's Day 2023 (March 8) by organizing a plantation program under the theme Ped Lagao Beti Ke Naam.
  • The initiative involved women and girls in afforestation, environmental conservation, and creating awareness.
  • Over one thousand saplings of various species were planted along the National Highway Ring Road NH-44, at Chak Avtara Panchayat of Bishnah Tehsil of Jammu district.

Captain Shaliza Dhami becomes 1st woman to command combat unit in IAF.

  • Group Captain Shaliza Dhami (Ludhiana) has been selected by the Indian Air Force to take over a frontline combat unit's command in the western sector.
  • She becomes the first woman officer in the history of the IAF to be given the frontline combat unit command.
  • Currently, she is posted in the operations branch of a frontline command headquarters.
  • She also served as flight commander of a Chetak unit at the Hindon air base— both firsts for an IAF woman officer.

ECI to host the 3rd International Conference.

  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) hosted the 3rd International Conference in virtual format on 09 March 2023.
  • Theme: Inclusive Elections and Elections Integrity.
  • ECI is leading the Cohort on Elections Integrity which was established as a follow-up to the Summit for Democracy held virtually in December 2021.
  • Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioners Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel addressed the Conference.

PM Modi to inaugurate 3rd Session of NPDRR.

  • PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 3rd Session of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) in New Delhi on March 10, 2023.
  • Theme: Building Local Resilience in a Changing Climate.
  • It is jointly organized by the Home Ministry, National Disaster Management Authority, National Disaster Response Force, and National Institute of Disaster Management.
  • It will comprise four Plenary Sessions, one Ministerial Session, and eight Thematic Sessions.

ISRO carries out controlled re-entry experiment of decommissioned satellite.

  • ISRO has successfully carried out an extremely challenging controlled re-entry experiment of the decommissioned orbiting Megha-Tropiques-1 (MT-1) satellite.
  • The final impact region estimated is in the deep Pacific Ocean within the expected latitude and longitude boundaries.
  • The low Earth satellite was launched on October 12, 2011.
  • It is a joint satellite venture of ISRO and the French space agency, CNES for tropical weather and climate studies.

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