Japan to launch world’s first wooden satellite.

  • NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are set to launch the world's first wooden satellite into orbit.
  • LignoSat, a coffee mug-size satellite made from magnolia wood, is set to launch into Earth's orbit by summer 2024.
  • The timber satellite has been built by researchers at Kyoto University.
  • It is approximately 10 centimeters in diameter and weighs around 330 grams.

Gulzar and Scholar Rambhadracharya chosen for Jnanpith Award.

  • Renowned Urdu poet Gulzar and Sanskrit scholar Jagadguru Rambhadracharya have been named the recipients of the 58th Jnanpith Award.
  • Gulzar is known for his works in Hindi cinema and is considered one of the finest Urdu poets of this era.
  • Jagadguru Rambhadracharya, the founder and head of Tulsi Peeth in Chitrakoot, is a renowned Hindu spiritual leader.

Chhattisgarh to Bring in Law to Stop "Illegal Conversions".

  • Vishnu Deo Sai-led government is preparing to introduce legislation to stop illegal religious conversion in the state.
  • Agrawal further disclosed the introduction of an anti-conversion bill titled the Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill.
  • The person conducting the conversion ceremony is required to submit a form at least one month before the scheduled event.


World Bank approved the $100 million Sikkim "INSPIRES" project.

  • The World Bank sanctions $100 million for the Sikkim INSPIRES project, aiming to empower 300,500 women and youth in high-growth sectors.
  • The priority sectors encompass renewable energy, IT services, tourism, hospitality, wellness care, and creative design.
  • It establishes an Employment and Entrepreneurship Promotion Facility.

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Shri Kalki Dham.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Shri Kalki Dham Temple in Sambhal district.
  • Shri Kalki Dham is being constructed by Shri Kalki Dham Nirman Trust whose chairman is Acharya Pramod Krishnam.
  • The prime minister will launch 14,000 projects across Uttar Pradesh worth more than Rs 10-lakh crore.

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