PM Modi to inaugurate third Khelo India University games in Lucknow.

  • PM Modi will inaugurate the third Khelo India University Games 2022 via video conferencing on May 25, 2023.
  • The event will be attended by Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur and UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
  • The events related to the university games have already started on May 23 in the Gautam Budh Nagar district.
  • Event locations: Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, and Gautam Buddha Nagar
  • Mascot: Jitu, which represents Swamp Deer (Barasingha) - the state animal of UP

Government unveils UDAN 5.1 to enhance connectivity to remote areas.

  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched the 5.1 version of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) to further enhance connectivity to remote areas of the country and achieve last-mile connectivity through helicopters.
  • For the first time under RCS-UDAN, this round is designed specifically for helicopter routes.
  • Airfare caps have been reduced by as much as 25% to make flying in helicopters more affordable for passengers.

Ireland is set to become the 1st country in the world to introduce a health labeling policy on units of alcohol.

  • Ireland is to become the 1st country in the world to mandate health labelling on alcoholic drinks to alert people to calorie content, grams of alcohol, risks of cancer and liver disease and dangers of drinking while pregnant.
  • The health minister, Stephen Donnelly, signed the legislation on Monday and he looked forward to other countries following the example – a prospect that has worried Italy’s winemakers and people in several other EU member states.
  • The law would take effect from 22 May 2026 to give businesses time to adapt to a policy that mimics existing rules for other food and drink products, said Donnelly.

Andhra CM launches Machilipatnam port works.

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy launched work on the Machilipatnam Port, which is estimated to cost Rs 5,156 crore and will have an initial capacity to move 35 million tons of cargo.
  • The port, with an initial cargo capacity of 35 million tonnes, will be completed in two years.
  • The capacity of the 4-berth deep water port will be increased to 116 million tonnes as cargo traffic gradually increases.
  • The port will help develop Machilipatnam on the lines of developed port cities like Mumbai and Chennai as it will be connected by National Highway 216 and Gudivada-Machilipatnam railway line soon.
  • This will increase the reach of the port and improve connectivity.
  • It is a proposed deep sea port on the Bay of Bengal coast located at Machilipatnam, the district headquarters of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh.

Molbio, IISc spin-off collaborate on diagnostic test for sickle cell.

  • Molbio Diagnostics and ShanMukha Innovations have collaborated to design, develop and commercialize point-of-care diagnostic devices, SickleCert.
  • Aim: To diagnose hemoglobin-related diseases.
  • ShanMukha Innovations is an IISc spin-off that specializes in creating mobile diagnostic solutions.
  • SickleCert is a first-of-its-kind indigenous point-of-care confirmatory test in the country for quantitative detection and differentiation of sickle cell disease/trait.

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