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“Ghol” Fish Declared State Fish of Gujarat
In a significant move to recognize and promote the rich aquatic biodiversity of the region, the ‘Ghol’ fish has been officially declared the state fish of Gujarat.
- The announcement was made by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel during the inaugural ceremony of the first Global Fisheries Conference India 2023 held at Gujarat Science City. Union Minister for Fisheries Parshottam Rupala was also present at the event, which brought together stakeholders from across the globe.
- The conference witnessed a gathering of over 210 national and international exhibitors, representing a diverse spectrum ranging from startups to well-established fisheries associations and processing industries. The event served as a platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and showcasing advancements in the fisheries sector.
Delhi’s Khan Market world’s 22nd priciest high street retail location
Real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield has unveiled its ‘Main Streets Across the World’ report, shedding light on prime retail rental rates globally. Delhi’s upscale Khan Market has secured the 22nd spot, marking a slight drop from the 21st position last year. The annual rent per square foot stands at USD 217.
- Despite the slip, New York’s Fifth Avenue continues to dominate as the world’s most expensive retail destination.Milan’s Via Montenapoleone climbed to second place, displacing Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui to third.London’s New Bond Street and Paris’s Avenues des Champs-Élysées retained the fourth and fifth positions.
- The biggest mover was Istiklal Street in Istanbul, which rose from the 31st to 20th position in response to inflation which caused rents to more than double over the past year, the consultant said.
BANKING & FINANCE
Private banks make largest single-day govt bond purchase in 7 years
Indian private sector banks made the largest single-session purchase of government bonds in seven years, including a big investment on behalf of a corporate, traders said.
- These banks bought bonds worth a net of 83.43 billion rupees ($1 billion), the biggest such purchase since Nov. 15, 2016, as per data from Clearing Corp of India. This pushed overall buying to above 200 billion rupees for November, after net sales of 101 billion rupees in October.
- A large corporate likely bought around 50 billion rupees of the benchmark paper through a private sector bank, traders said.
Pankaj Advani wins World Billiards Championship for Record 26th Time
Indian cueist Pankaj Advani secured his 26th IBSF World Billiards Championship title in a remarkable comeback, defeating compatriot Sourav Kothari in the final.
- Trailing 26-180 in the first hour, Advani rallied to a convincing 1000-416 victory in a rematch of last year’s title clash in Kuala Lampur. The match showcased Advani’s resilience and skill, highlighting his dominance in the world of billiards.
AIFF and Odisha Govt Ink MoU For FIFA-AIFF Academy
The Government of Odisha and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the AIFF-FIFA Talent Academy at the Odisha Football Academy in Bhubaneswar.
- The ceremony, graced by the presence of Mr. Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, marked a crucial step toward nurturing and developing football talent in India.
- The MoU, symbolizing the commitment of the AIFF and the Government of Odisha to football development, was formally signed in the presence of distinguished dignitaries.
ICC Bans Transgender Players From International Women’s Cricket
In a major policy decision, the ICC barred cricketers, who have 80 been through any form of male puberty, from competing in international women’s game regardless of whether or not they have undergone surgery or gender reassignment treatment.
- Gender reassignment and treatment have been a hotly-debated topic in world athletics for years. ICC arrived at the decision at its Board meeting in Ahmedabad.
India’s CAG Girish Chandra Murmu elected vice-chair of UN external auditors’ panel
Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Girish Chandra Murmu, has been elected vice-chair of the UN Panel of External Auditors for the next year.Murmu participated in the sixty-third session of the Panel of External Auditors, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
- This recognition underscores India’s commitment to the highest standards of external audit and its active participation in shaping the global audit landscape, the CAG said.
Colin Jackson Appointed Intl Ambassador For 2023 Tata Steel Kolkata 25KS
The former 110m hurdles world record holder, Colin Jackson, has been announced as the International Event Ambassador for the upcoming edition of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K event.
- This move adds a new dimension of prestige and excitement to an already prestigious event. Colin Jackson, an iconic figure in the world of athletics, brings a wealth of experience and inspiration to the event.
Saffron From Kishtwar In Jammu and Kashmir Gets GI Tag
Kishtwar saffron, a prized spice cultivated and harvested in the Kishtwar Region of Jammu and Kashmir, has recently been bestowed with the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indications Registry.
- This recognition solidifies the unique identity and quality of saffron produced in the Kishtwar region of Jammu, complementing its already legendary reputation.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
IIT Ropar Discovers Rare Metal ‘Tantalum’ In Sutlej River, Punjab
A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar has found the presence of tantalum, a rare metal, in the Sutlej river sand in Punjab. The discovery has been made by a team headed by Dr Resmi Sebastian, assistant professor at the institute’s Civil Engineering Department.
- Tantalum, with the atomic number 73, is a rare and remarkable metal. The metal is ductile in its pure form, allowing it to be stretched into thin wires without breaking. Notably, tantalum has an extremely high melting point, surpassed only by tungsten and rhenium.