The UN agencies and various social groups observed the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21. It was brought to the notice of the world community that three-quarters of the world's major conflicts have a cultural dimension. The UN has urged nations to bridge the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development.
On May 21, looking at the moon from rooftop, a bright object close to the moon was witnessed. It appeared like a star. I took a few photographs with mobile camera. Though, photographs were not good enough as would have been with a camera with a telescopic lens. It appeared like a dot close to the moon.
The Reserve Bank has asked the major non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) to appoint a Chief Risk Officer (CRO) with appropriate qualifications. The Reserve Bank has asked NBFCs with assets of more than Rs 5,000 crore to appoint a CRO with the approval of the board of directors along with the prescribed terms and conditions.
In Thailand, the festival Vesak Day or Visakha Puja is celebrated with religious devotion and gaiety to mark of the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha, all said to have taken place at full moon in the Visakha month of the year. Special prayers and temple ceremonies take place on this day.
Figures of the IIP of March, 2019 have been disappointing after a gap of 21 months. These figures show the decline in both investment and consumption. A decline in recent quarters has been reported in sectors like steel, electricity, coal and cement.
UN proclaimed Vesak Day, 17 May, got celebrated by the world community to 'acknowledge the contribution that Buddhism, one of the oldest religions in the world, has made for over two and a half millennia and continues to make to the spirituality of humanity.'
Abdominal Cancer Day is going to be observed across the globe on November 19. In Jaipur, a three-hour awareness session on GI, liver and pancreatic cancer will be organized at the local Birla Auditorium. At the event jointly organized by TOI and CK Birla Hospitals, experts such as Dr (Prof), RB Panwar and Dr Sundeep Jain will interact with the participants.
When I switched on the TV on Tuesday night (14th May 2019), I was shocked to learn from the TV news that large scale violence had occurred during Amit Shah's road show because of clashes between BJP and TMC cadres.
The Election Commission cut short the campaigning in West Bengal by ordering wrapping it up at 10 pm on 16th May instead of the previous scheduled time of 6 pm on 17th May following the political violent confrontation between TMC and BJP workers during Amit Shah's road show in Kolkata on 15th May. During this violence, the 200-year-old statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar was also vandalised. Both the TMC and BJP blame each other for the violence and vandalism.
Vice President (VP) M Venkaiah Naidu urged the India social scientists and researchers to come up with 'innovative and out-of-box solutions to address various problems confronting the world from eradicating poverty to achieving sustainable development.'
Flashback to December 2014 - Jammu & Kashmir had just witnessed a record 65% voter turnout in the Assembly elections. This was a momentous achievement for Indian democracy considering the fact that all signs had pointed to a mass boycott of the elections.
The New Delhi's famous Khan Market was established in 1951. It was named in honour of freedom fighter Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan, the brother of Frontier Gandhi Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan by the first Afghan traders who set up shops in the market, in appreciation of his efforts in helping them migrate to India safely during the partition.
The government collected the highest Goods and Service Tax (GST) in March, 2019. GST collections in March stood at Rs 1.06 lakh crore. It was the fourth month in the whole year when the GST collection crossed 1 lakh crore rupees. For the fiscal year 2018-19, the government had set a target of GST recovery of Rs 1 lakh crore every month.