India’s Olympic medal winner and world champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been awarded ‘The Blue Cross’ by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) .
- Abhinav Bindra is the first Indian to receive this award.
- He was given this award for his outstanding services as President of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s Athlete Committee.
- ‘The Blue Cross’ is the highest award given by ISSF.
- Abhinav Bindra created history by winning the gold medal of the 10 meter air rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics . He is the only Indian player to win a gold medal in the individual event of the Olympic Games.
- Abhinav Bindra has been awarded Arjuna Award in 2000 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2001 .
- He has also been honored with Padma Bhushan in the year 2009 .
- He is a member of the ISSF Athlete Committee from 2010 to 2014 and has been Chairman from 2014 to 2018.
- Due to his excellent role of athlete and role model for global shooters, he was conferred with ‘President’s Button ‘ and ‘Diploma of Honor’ in January 2016 .
Saharia Tribe is classified as a particularly vulnerable Tribal Group-PVTG due to the low development index .
- This tribe is one of the most backward tribes of the country .
- This tribe resides in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh .
- This tribe worships various Hindu deities and celebrates many Hindu festivals.
The Food Sustainability Index (FSI)
Food Sustainability Index (FSI), the Economist Intelligence Unit (The Economist Intelligence Unit) by Breela Center for Food and Nutrition (Barilla Center for has been developed in collaboration with the Food & Nutrition).
- This year’s version of the Food Sustainability Index was titled ‘Fixing Food -2018 : Best Practices for Sustainable Development Goals ‘ (Fixing Food-2018: Best Practices towards the Sustainable Development Goals).
- It is a model designed to assess the sustainability of national food systems in a qualitative and quantitative manner.
- The Food Stability Index is based on three broad categories:
- Food loss and waste
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Nutritional Challenges
- Comparative study with the global scenario indicates that India has performed well in curbing food loss and wastage, but it is below average in sustainable agriculture and it is also the worst in facing nutritional challenges.
- Despite the increase in food production, it is 33rd among 67 countries in 2018 . In BRICS countries only China (23) is better than India.
- France topped the index, while the Netherlands and Canada were second and third respectively.
- The first edition of FSI was published in the year 2016 .
Indian Navy Day
On December 4th, India is celebrated as the Indian Navy Day.
- In 1971, this day is celebrated in memory of the magnificent achievement of the Indian Navy at the Naval Headquarters of Karachi Harbor in Karachi Harbor, in the operation Trident.
- On December 4, 1971, in the war with Pakistan, the Indian Navy destroyed three Pakistani shipwrecks on the Karachi port under Operation Trident.
- Naval Chief Admiral S.M. Nanda was formed under the leadership. The responsibility of this operation was given to the 25th Squadron Commander Babru Bhan Yadav.
Other Important Operations
- Operation Vijay- (1961) Indian Navy was used for the first time in this operation for the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese.
- Operation Cactus- (November 1988) – Together with the Indian Army, to expel the Tamil militants from the Maldives.
- Operation Sword – During the Kargil War.
- Operation Sukoon – (2006) – For the safe return of the citizens of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal trapped in Lebanon during the Israel and Lebanon conflict.
- Operation Safe Home Cumming- (February 2011) – To bring the Indians back safely from war – torn Libya.
- Operation Relief (RAAHAT) – (April 2015) – To escape the trapped Indians there during the Yemen crisis.
- Operation Release (NISTAR) – (June 2018) – cyclonic storm Mekenu (Mekenu) due to rescue stranded 38 Indians in Yemen island Sokotra (Yemeni island of Socotra) to.
International Conference on Bear ( International Conference On Bears )
International conference on bears in Agra (Uttar Pradesh) is being organized.
- More than 80 delegates from 11 countries are participating in this conference.
- The objective of this four-day conference is to share information about the welfare of bears and other wild animals at zoos, sanctuaries and rescue centers.
- This conference is being organized by the Wildlife SOS in association with the Bear Care Group of America and Canada.
- This conference focuses on reducing care, wildlife conservation and human-animal conflict.
‘Shinu Maitri – 2018’ (SHINYUU Maitri-2018)
December 3, 2018 the Indian Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Forces (Japanese Air Self Defence Forces- JASDF) between ‘Sinyu friendship “ began practice called (SHINYUU Maitri).
- This maneuvers have been organized in Agra (Uttar Pradesh) which will run till 7th December, 2018.
- The theme of this war practice is the Combat Dynamics (Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief- HADR) on transport aircraft.
- This is the first exercise between India and Japan’s air force.
- It is notable that recently a joint military exercise called Religion Guardian -2018 was organized in Mizoram between Indian Army and Japan Ground Self Defense Force .
- Apart from this, Japan-India naval exercise known as JIMEX was organized in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.