UK adds Pakistan to the list of countries "too dangerous to travel".

  • UK's foreign office has updated its travel advisory, adding Pakistan alongside countries like Russia, Ukraine, Israel, and Iran to its list of destinations considered too dangerous.
  • Pakistan terror attacks and counter-terror operations in 2023, marking the highest fatality rate since 2017.
  • The regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were highlighted as major hotspots for violence.

Centre unveiled colored souvenir silver coin of Ram Lalla.

  • The Government of India unveiled a 50gm colored souvenir silver coin to commemorate the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla at Ayodhya's Ram Mandir.
  • The release, led by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, includes limited-edition coins to celebrate India's rich cultural and religious heritage.
  • Sitharaman had also revealed a coin of Lord Buddha and the Greater one-horned Rhino Animals.

Lokesh Muni honored with US President’s Gold Volunteer Service.

  • Indian Jain spiritual leader Lokesh Muni was awarded the US President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award by President Joe Biden.
  • The award was presented by Congressman Brad Sherman, highlighting Muni's 500 hours of volunteer service in promoting peace, non-violence, compassion, and love.
  • Muni dedicated the award to Jainism principles, its founder Lord Mahavir, and Indian culture.


IISc Bengaluru innovates Hydrogel to combat Microplastics.

  • IISc developed a hydrogel capable of adsorbing and degrading over 90% of microplastics in water.
  • The three-layered hydrogel, utilizing UV light and comprising chitosan, polyvinyl alcohol, and polyaniline, introduces a sustainable approach to filtering microplastics without the drawbacks of clogging.
  • This innovation also incorporates a fluorescent dye for tracking microplastic adsorption.

Russia launches 1st Angara-A5 space rocket on 3rd attempt.

  • Russia's Angara-A5 rocket, successfully launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, placing a test load into low orbit.
  • After two failed attempts due to a pressurizing system malfunction and an engine launch-control issue, the third launch attempt proved successful.
  • The rocket blasted off to space, reaching more than 25,000 kilometers (15,500 miles) per hour in minutes.

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