Need to create awareness about tobacco products: Minister
Chhattisgarh Health and Family Welfare Minister T.S. Singh Deo on Monday said tobacco not only affects the person consuming it but also people in the vicinity. There is a need to create awareness about this.
He was holding a discussion with officials of Auckland University, New Zealand. The team led by him had detailed discussion with experts on the challenges facing in making the state tobacco free and towards controlling tobacco products.
He said the world will observe ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on May 31. Continuous efforts are being made to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption on health.
Zimbabwe to introduce gold-backed digital currency
To combat the falling value of the Zimbabwean currency, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has announced plans to introduce a gold-backed digital currency. The digital gold tokens will be a form of electronic money, backed by gold held at the RBZ. This will enable holders of small amounts of Zimbabwean dollars to exchange their money for tokens and protect themselves against exchange rate fluctuations.
The Zimbabwean economy operates on a dual currency structure, with the Zimbabwean dollar and the U.S. dollar in use. The U.S. dollar currently dominates and accounts for about 70% of domestic transactions, according to the RBZ. In an effort to halt the collapse of the Zimbabwean dollar and reduce the demand for the U.S. dollar, the RBZ introduced gold coins in July 2022.
The RBZ had re-introduced the Zimbabwean dollar in 2019, replacing the previous multiple currency system that had been in place since 2009, when the country abandoned its old local dollar due to years of hyperinflation.
NVS-01 placed into orbit
After a flight of 19 minutes, the NVS-01 satellite was injected precisely into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Subsequent orbit-raising manoeuvres will take NVS-01 into the intended geosynchronous orbitS. ISRO
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Monday conducted the fifth launch of the year with the lift-off of a 2,232-kg satellite, as part of its NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) series
The NVS-01 satellite was launched onboard GSLV-F12 from Sriharikota and successfully placed into orbit
Goan writer Damodar Mauzo gets Jnanpith Award
Goan writer Damodar Mauzo Goa has received the prestigious Jnanpith Award, the country’s highest literary honour, from state Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai.
Addressing a gathering after presenting the award on Saturday, the governor said Mauzo is the “epitome of the Konkani literary culture.” Renowned poet Gulzar was present during the function held at the Raj Bhavan near Goa capital Panaji.
Mauzo’s 25 books have been published in Konkani and one in English. Many of his books have also been translated in different languages.
Centre forms panel to oversee cheetah plan
With the death of two more cheetah cubs at Kuno National Park (KNP) in Madhya Pradesh, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on Friday constituted the cheetah project steering committee to review and monitor the progress of the cheetah reintroduction programme.
The committee headed by Dr Rajesh Gopal, Secretary General, Global Tiger Forum, will have 11 members.
Three adult cheetahs and three out of the four cubs born to a female Namibian cheetah have died in a span of around two months at the KNP, prompting questions from several experts on the suitability of the habitat and wildlife management.
Besides, there will be a consulting panel of international cheetah experts, which can be consulted or invited to India as per requirements.