3 Imprisoned Iranian Female Journalists Wins Top UN Prize.

  • Three imprisoned Iranian female journalists have been named as the winners of the United Nations premier prize for press freedom.
  • The three winners are, Niloufar Hamedi, Elaheh Mohammadi, and Narges Mohammadi.
  • The U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization World Press Freedom Prize is named for Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalism who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogota on Dec. 17, 1986.
  • UNESCO has awarded the prize to coincide with World Press Freedom Day on May 3 since 1997.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Forbes' highest-paid athlete for 2023.

  • According to Forbes, Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) has become the highest-paid athlete in the world for 2023, after moving to Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr.
  • He has signed a £175 million-a-year contract with Al-Nassr, which will expire in 2025.
  • He has earned $136m (£108.7m) over the past 12 months.
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina) ranked second with an earning of $130 million, followed by Kylian Mbappé, LeBron James, and Canelo Álvarez.

UGC launches "CU-Chayan" portal for faculty recruitment.

  • UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar has launched the Central University Faculty recruitment portal CU-Chayan.
  • It is a completely user-friendly portal and caters to the needs of all the stakeholders in the recruitment process.
  • Aim: To create an enabling environment for both, universities and the applicants with universities driving all the stages of the recruitment independently.
  • It has been developed after consultations with all the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities.

Indian-origin Ajay Banga confirmed as next World Bank president.

  • The World Bank's 25-member executive board has confirmed the appointment of Indian-American Ajay Banga as the new president of the World Bank, effective June 2, 2023.
  • He was nominated by US President Joe Biden in February 2023.
  • Presently, he is serving as the vice chairman at US investment firm General Atlantic LP.
  • Before that, he worked as president and CEO of Mastercard.
  • In 2016, he was awarded the fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri.

Mumbai to soon get India’s first-ever twin undersea tunnels.

  • The undersea twin tunnels in South Mumbai, which are part of the Rs 12,721-crore Mumbai Coastal Road Project, are nearing completion and are set to open by November 2023, marking India's first undersea tunnel.
  • The construction of the 2.07-kilometer tunnels near Girgaon, proceeding north under the Arabian Sea, Girgaon Chowpatty, and Malabar Hill, and concluding at Breach Candy's Priyadarshini Park.
  • The tunnels, which have a diameter of 12.19 meters and stretch 17-20 meters below sea level, will feature six crosswalks, four for pedestrians and two for motorists, and each tunnel will have three 3.2-meter-wide channels.
  • The tunnels reached their deepest point at 72 metres near Malabar Hill.
  • The high-speed coastal route aims to reduce the 45-minute peak-time trip from Girgaon to Worli to only 10 minutes.
  • Construction of tunnels is a part of the Mumbai Coastal Road Project (MCRP) being built by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

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