Lionel Messi wins eighth Ballon d’Or 2023.

  • Argentina captain Lionel Messi won a record eighth Ballon d'Or for the best player in the world beating Norway's UEFA player of the year and treble winner Erling Haaland of Manchester City to the prestigious prize.
  • Spain's Women's World Cup winner and Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati won the women's Ballon d'Or.
  • Earlier, Messi's World Cup-winning team mate Emiliano Martinez won the Lev Yashin award for the world's best goalkeeper.

Kozhikode Named India’s First "City of Literature" by UNESCO.

  • Kerala’s Kozhikode city was officially designated as a Unesco City of Literature.
  • This recognition makes Kozhikode the first city in India to receive this title.
  • UNESCO formally conveyed the honor to Kozhikode Corporation as the city joins the ranks of 55 newly selected creative cities.
  • Kozhikode Corporation Mayor Beena Philip expressed her enthusiasm for achievement, emphasizing that the City of Literature title is a remarkable acknowledgement of the city's.

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur to Chair International Jury Panel at IFFI.

  • Renowned filmmaker Shekhar Kapur will be the jury head for the international competition of the International Film Festival of India 2023 in Goa.
  • The five-member jury also includes cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, producers Jerome Paillard, Catherine Dussart and Helen Leake.
  • The International Jury will select the winner of the coveted best film award which includes the Golden Peacock, Rs 40 lakh monetary component and certificates for the director and producer.

Aligarh Muslim University To Launch Its Own Satellite.

  • The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre has approved Aligarh Muslim University’s proposal for development of the varsity’s first satellite, to be named after its founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.
  • The SS AMU SAT is a nano satellite project which began in November 2021 under AMU Robo Club.
  • It is a 3U CubeSat with multiple objectives, including the study of economic growth in India's poorest districts using satellite imagery.

NMC to launch "one nation, one registration platform" for doctors.

  • The National Medical Commission, the regulatory body for medical education and medical professionals, is all set to launch its “one nation, one registration platform” for doctors across the country.
  • Aim: To eliminate duplication and red tape and allow the public to access information on any physician working in India.
  • NMC will unveil a patch pilot of the National Medical Register in the next 6 months, doctors will be allotted a unique identification number.

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