415 million people exited poverty in India in 15 years: UN report.

  • According to the latest Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), by UNDP, around 415 million people exited poverty within a span of just 15 years between 2005 and 2021 in India.
  • India is also one of the 25 countries that have successfully halved their global MPI values within 15 years.
  • It is based on trends from 2000 to 2022 covering 81 countries.
  • It monitors both poverty reduction and how people experience poverty in different aspects of their daily lives

India tops the medal tally at the 34th International Biology Olympiad, UAE.

  • India topped the medals tally at the 34th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 2023 held in Al Ain, UAE from 3 July to 11 July 2023.
  • This is the first time that India won all gold medals at IBO and also the first time that India has topped the medals tally at the Olympiad.
  • The students this year were:
    • Dhruv Advani from Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • Ishan Pednekar from Kota, Rajasthan
    • Megh Chhabda from Jalna, Maharashtra
    • Rohit Panda from Risali, Chattisgarh

Preeti Aghalayam to become first woman director of IIT, to led IIT Zanzibar.

  • Preeti Aghalayam has been named director-in-charge of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Zanzibar campus in Tanzania.
  • She is an IIT Madras alumna and professor in the Department of chemical engineering.
  • Recently, India and Tanzania inked an MoU, which facilitated IIT Madras to launch its first international campus in Zanzibar, Tanzania'.
  • The institute would offer two full-time academic programs and the applications for admission are already open.

Odisha govt approved Kui language inclusion in 8th schedule.

  • Odisha state cabinet approved a proposal to recommend the inclusion of the Kui language in the eighth schedule of the Constitution of India.
  • Aim: Help in the preservation, promotion, and propagation of the language and culture
  • Kui Language:
    • Kui is a South-Eastern Dravidian language spoken by the Kandha community.
    • It is primarily spoken in the state of Odisha.
    • Kui is traditionally written using the Odia script, which is also used for writing the Odia language.

Bangladesh, India launch trade transactions in Rupees.

  • Bangladesh and India launched a much-anticipated trade transaction in rupees to reduce the dependence on the US dollar and strengthen regional currency and trade.
  • This is the first time Bangladesh has done bilateral trade with a foreign country in addition to the US dollar.
  • The transaction costs during trade with India would reduce with the introduction of the Taka-Rupee dual currency card which would be launched in September 2023.

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