Rajkummar Rao wins Best Male Actor award at 68th Filmfare Awards 2023.

  • Rajkummar Rao has been awarded the Best Male Actor award for his role in Badhaai Do at the 68th Hyundai Filmfare Awards on April 28, 2023.
  • Alia Bhatt was awarded Best Actor (Female) for Gangubai Kathiawadi.
  • Other Winners:
    • Best Film: Gangubai Kathiawadi
    • Best Film (Critics'): Badhaai Do
    • Best Actor (Critics'): Sanjay Mishra (Vadh)
    • Best Actress (Critics'): Bhumi Pednekar (Badhaai Do) and Tabu (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2)
    • Best Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Gangubai Kathiawadi)

Imperial College London announces scholarships for Indian students.

  • Union MoS (IC) S&T, Dr Jitendra Singh visited the Imperial College London in the United Kingdom and interacted with the Indian students of the college.
  • During his visit, the Imperial College London announced scholarships of £ 400,000 for Indian students studying in the college.
  • Out of which 50% of the scholarship would be given to female students from India.
  • Imperial College London is a public research university in London, England.

US state Pennsylvania declares Diwali as an official holiday.

  • United States Pennsylvania has declared the Hindu festival of Diwali as an official holiday.
  • State Senator Greg Rothman and Senator Nikil Saval introduced a legislation to make Diwali an official state holiday in Pennsylvania in February this year.
  • Nearly 200,000 South Asian residents reside in Pennsylvania, many of whom participate in Diwali as a time of reflection and gathering.
  • However, the Senate Bill 402 does not require offices or schools to remain shut during the festival dated November 12 this year.

Pakistan becomes largest recipient of ADB funded programmes in 2022.

  • Pakistan has become the largest recipient of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded programmes/projects in the year 2022.
  • According to the ADB Annual Report 2022, out of total disbursement of over $31.8 billion to 40 countries, Pakistan received loans of $5.58 billion.

IIT Bombay's SHUNYA secures second place in "Solar Decathlon" Build Challenge in US.

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay’s SHUNYA (Sustainable Housing for Urbanizing Nation by its Young Aspirants) team secured second place in Solar Decathlon Build Challenge in the United States for their innovative zero-energy house designed to address air quality challenges in Mumbai’s hot and humid climate.
  • SHUNYA is a student-driven technical team of IIT Bombay working to build a sustainable future.
  • It was the only team representing India in this competition out of 32 teams from across the world.
  • The house developed by the team has a 14-kW solar PV Plant with an advanced in-house automation system.
  • This house consumes nearly 80% less water than the regular house with its water efficiency fixtures, recycling system, and rainwater harvesting system.
  • The team includes more than 50 students with engineering, architectural, and management backgrounds from more than 16 departments of IIT Bombay.

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