Govt reviewing Char Dham Yatra preparations at all levels: Raturi
Additional chief secretary Radha Raturi chaired a meeting with hoteliers, tour operators and Teerth Purohits along with officials concerned regarding the Char Dham Yatra slated to start next month. She said that this year more pilgrims are expected to undertake the Yatra compared to the previous year. Considering this, the government is reviewing preparations at all levels.
She directed officials to ensure that the power and water supply is proper before the portals of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are opened.The online registration process should be simplified further. She appealed to representatives of various fraternities concerned asking for collective efforts to send a positive message regarding the Yatra.
Silicon Valley Bank Collapse: The Biggest Bank Failure Since 2008
Startup-focused lender Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group became the largest bank to fail since the 2008 financial crisis, in a sudden collapse that roiled global markets, left billions of dollars belonging to companies and investors stranded
Silicon Valley Bank, the nation’s 16th largest bank, collapsed on Friday, forcing a government takeover and calling into question the fate of almost $175 billion in customer deposits.
Signature Bank, the 29th-largest bank in the U.S., also closed its doors, suggesting the financial panic had spread.
Many bank stocks plummeted in early trading. First Republic Bank dropped 65% before trading was halted; Western Alliance Bancorp fell almost 60%. Charles Schwab, the eight-largest U.S. bank, dropped nearly 10%.
World Air Quality Index 2022 ranks India in 8th position
The Swiss-based company IQAir has released World Air Quality Index for the year 2022 where it has ranked India in the 8th position, earlier it was fifth.
African country Chad acquires the first position as it is the world’s most polluted country in the world.
India and Pakistan are on alert as they have the most polluted cities in the world amid depleting environmental conditions across the globe.
India and Singapore initiate ‘UPI-PayNow’ linkage
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Singapore PM Lee Hsien have launched the linkage of UPI and PayNow, their fast payment methods
In a virtual meeting, the Prime Ministers of both countries agree upon a joint venture to provide cross-border transactions.
As per a survey conducted by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), a record of 7.82 billion transactions is evident in UPI payments in 2022.
ASI Approves Archaeological Excavations at 31 Sites
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) recently shared a list of sites which include the Gulf of Kutch, Gujarat and the Gomti River in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
Excavations are to be performed in 31 sites in total. Several state government sites are 16 in number and universities are also mentioned on the list. It comprises excavation projects in Pratima Garh and surrounding areas and Vembakottai in Tamil Nadu.
This is going to be undertaken by the respective state governments. One of the regions selected for the mission is Harwan in Srinagar, J&K. This area is an important part of Buddhist history as it is believed that the 4th Buddhist council was held here in the 1st or 2nd century CE.
‘The Kashmir Files’ Wins ‘Best Film Award’ at Dadasaheb Film Festival 2023
The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri has been shortlisted at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival 2023.
There were several big personalities who attended the event such as Rekha, Alia Bhatt, Vidya Balan, Varun Dhawan and media staff, ministers, etc.
The ‘Film of the Year’ 2023 award was honoured for the RRR movie, directed by S. S. Rajamouli.
Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat to attain Energy Independence by 2047
The fifth largest economy in the world, India is likely to achieve energy independence by 2047. PM Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat will prove to be a gateway for future growth.
This can only be possible through clean technology according to a report issued by a leading US Research Institute.
Talking about the current scenario, India is almost 80-85 per cent reliant on imports in order to fulfil its oil and coal requirements. However, a significant drop in clean energy costs is a great chance for the country to accelerate its investment in battery storage, renewable energy, etc.