ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024 will host by Laos.

  • The annual ASEAN Tourism Forum will be hosted by Laos in January 2024.
  • The theme of the forum will be Quality and Responsible Tourism -- Sustaining ASEAN Future.
  • The forum will include a tourism exhibition and serves to spur tourism and further service improvement in associated businesses.
  • Previously, Laos hosted the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2004 and 2013.
  • The Lao government is working to promote the country’s potential as a nature-based tourism destination.

76th Cannes Film Festival begins in France.

  • The 76th Cannes Film Festival has been started in France on May 16, 2023.
  • The festival has officially kicked off with the world premiere of the Johnny Depp starring film Jeanne Du Barry.
  • MoS for I&B, Dr. L Murugan lead an Indian delegation at the 12-day event, accompanied by filmmaker Guneet Monga and others.
  • The Indian Pavilion has been conceptualized and designed by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with the theme - Showcasing India’s Creative Economy.

India & Bangladesh launch "50 Start-ups Exchange Programme".

  • Under the 50 start-ups exchange program between India and Bangladesh, the first group of 10 start-up companies returned to Dhaka after completing a successful five-day visit to India from 8-12 May 2023.
  • Under this program, 50 Startups from Bangladesh and 50 Startups from India will exchange visits to each other’s countries.
  • Reason: To explore partnerships, expand business relations, share experience and knowledge, and expand youth and entrepreneurial cooperation

Minister Bhupender Yadav launches mobile application Meri LiFE.

  • Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav has launched a mobile application named Meri LiFE (My life) in New Delhi.
  • This app is inspired by the concept of LiFE, envisioned by PM Modi at COP 26.
  • This app will showcase the power of citizens, especially young people in saving the environment.
  • Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) was launched in October 2022 at Kevadia, Gujarat.
  • Focus: Behaviour changes in individuals through simple easy-to-do actions

IRDAI sets up expert panel for matters related to mental health.

  • IRDAI has constituted a five-member expert committee to advise it on matters related to mental health and insurance.
  • The committee is headed by Pratima Murthy, Director, NIMHANS, Bangalore.
  • The panel will advise on coverages offered/to be offered under insurance products, for mental illnesses.
  • The panel will also provide expert advice/inputs on terminology, concept, and the like on matters relating to mental illnesses from the medical domain perspective.

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