Oleg Kononenko set record for most time spent in space.

  • Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko set a world record for most time spent in space, surpassing 878 days or nearly two-and-a-half years.
  • Kononenko broke the record while orbiting Earth during his fifth space flight, scheduled to end in late September, when he will have logged a total of 1,110 days in space.
  • Kononenko emphasized the significance of Russia's continued dominance in space sector.

Dr. Bina Modi won "Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2023" Award.

  • Dr. Bina Modi, Chairperson of Modi Enterprises, was honored with the 'Outstanding Business Woman of the Year - 2023' Award by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC).
  • Dr. Modi emphasized the importance of sustainable business practices and empowering people, highlighting the success of Modi Enterprises under her leadership.

France became first European country to issue digital Schengen visas.

  • France will become the first European country to introduce digital Schengen visas for visitors attending the upcoming Paris Olympics.
  • The Olympic Consulate system, operational from 2024, will handle visa applications for 15,000 athletes, 9,000 journalists, and delegations from foreign countries.
  • This will help evade the complication of French visa processes amidst rising visa demand.


Mukesh Ambani ranked top Indian in Brand Guardianship Index 2024.

  • Mukesh Ambani ranked top Indian and second globally in Brand Guardianship Index 2024.
  • N Chandrasekaran climbed to fifth place, Anish Shah secured sixth position, and Salil Parekh ranked 16th.
  • Brand Finance awarded Ambani a BGI score of 80.3, just below Tencent's Huateng Ma's score of 81.6.

Fusion band Shakti won best global music album Grammy for This Moment.

  • Shakti, a fusion music group comprising tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and singer Shankar Mahadevan, has won the 2024 Grammy Award for best global music album for This Moment.
  • This Moment features Shakti founding member, guitarist John McLaughlin alongside Hussain, Mahadevan, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram.

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