World Environment Day 2024 observed on 5 June

 World Environment Day is observed annually on 5 June.

 In 2024, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host World Environment Day, focusing on the theme “Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience.”

 It was established by the United Nations in 1972 at the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, with the first celebration occurring in 1973.

 This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

 According to the Convention, 40% of the Earth's land is degraded, directly affecting half of the global population.

 Additionally, over 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year, with 50% being single-use plastics.

 Microplastics, defined as particles up to 5mm in diameter, contribute significantly to environmental pollution.


Hindi Sahitya Bharati Award

 Krishna Prakash, head of Mumbai Police’s elite counter-terrorism unit, Force One, has been honored with the prestigious Annual Hindi Sahitya Bharati Award.

 The award was presented during the Sab Me Ram Shashwat Shri Ram multicultural festival in Mumbai.

 The Hindi Sahitya Bharati initiative aims to bring together intellectuals on a common platform to promote cultural and literary endeavors.

 Krishna Prakash is also a two-time Guinness World Record holder for initiating the maximum number of letters through postcards to Lord Ram.

Poet Siddhalinga Pattanashetti Selected for Gudleppa Hallikeri Award

 Poet and playwright Siddhalinga Pattanashetti has been chosen to receive the prestigious Gudleppa Hallikeri Award for 2024, presented by the Gudleppa Hallikeri Memorial FFoundation

 Prof. Pattanashetti will be the 19th recipient of this award, which includes a purse of ₹25,000 and a memento.

 The Gudleppa Hallikeri Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to literature, society, or social service.

 The award ceremony will take place on June 6, with the Chairman of the Legislative Council, Basavaraj Horatti, presiding over the event.


Halla Tomasdottir Becomes New President of Iceland

 Halla Tomasdottir, a distinguished businesswoman and investor, has won Iceland’s presidential election, securing 34.3% of the vote and defeating former Prime Minister Katrin JJakobsdottir

 She will succeed President Gudni Th. Johannesson, who opted not to seek re-election after serving two four-year terms.

 Iceland, a Nordic island nation located in the North Atlantic, has a population of 384,000.

 Vigdis Finnbogadottir was Iceland's first elected female president.

 Halla Tomasdottir is also recognized as the co-founder of Audur Capital.


Helen Mary Roberts: First Female Brigadier from Minority Community in Pakistan Army

 Dr. Helen Mary Roberts has made history by becoming the first woman from the Christian and minority community to achieve the rank of Brigadier in the Pakistan Army.

 Serving in the Pakistan Army Medical Corps, Brigadier Dr. Helen was among the officers promoted to Brigadier and full Colonel by the selection board.

 With 26 years of experience, Brigadier Dr. Helen is a senior pathologist within the Pakistan Army.

 According to the 2021 data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the country’s population is 96.47% Muslim, 2.14% Hindu, 1.27% Christian, 0.09% Ahmadiyya Muslim, and 0.02% others.