Vedanta firm Hindustan Zinc has become the third-largest silver producer globally.

• Hindustan Zinc Limited, a subsidiary of the Vedanta Group, has become the world's third-largest silver producer, according to the 2024 World Silver Survey by The Silver Institute.

• The company's SindesarKhurd Mine in Rajasthan is the world's second-largest silver-producing mine.

• In 2023, Hindustan Zinc produced 45.9 million ounces of silver, an 8% increase from the previous year.

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• Silver plays a key role in the global energy transition and Hindustan Zinc's 5% year-on-year growth in production is attributed to increased ore production and improved grades.

• This strengthens its position as a major player in the global silver market.

• Hindustan Zinc is a Vedanta Group company in the zinc, lead, and silver business.

• It is the world's second-largest integrated zinc producer and now the third-largest silver producer.

• Udaipur headquartered, Hindustan Zinc has a 75% market share in the growing zinc market in India with zinc, lead mines, and smelting complexes spread across Rajasthan.


16th World Future Energy Summit hosted by Masdar in Abu Dhabi

• The 16th World Future Energy Summit convened in Abu Dhabi with a central focus on sustainable energy, climate initiatives, and addressing global warming.

• The Chairman of UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators presided over the inauguration ceremony, underscoring the urgency of the issues at hand.

• Renowned for fostering dialogue on renewable energy, the conference stressed the imperative of expanding renewable energy capacity.

• Organised by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, the conference boosted partnerships and stimulated new investments for sustainable energy and climate initiatives.

• During the event, speakers underscored the critical role of financial investments in mitigating global warming and striving to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C, in alignment with international targets.


Three new archaeological sites have been discovered in Telangana.

• Three previously unknown archaeological sites have recently come to light in Telangana, revealing fascinating insights into the region's history.

• A team of archaeologists unearthed an exceptional Iron Age megalithic site nestled in Ooragutta, near Bandala village, within the SS Tadvaimandal of Mulugu district.

• The site was discovered by a team comprising K P Rao and Ch Praveen Raju.

• The exact number of monuments could not be counted in the dense forest and slopes of the hill but it is likely to be more than 200 megalithic monuments.

• The site discovered at Ooragutta has unique features. The side slabs are arranged with slabs after the shape of the capstone.

• The researchers have also discovered two new rock art sites at Damaratogu in Gundalamandal of BhadradriKothagudem district.

• The first site is known as ‘DevarlabandaMula’. It has only depictions of animals.

• It is believed that the paintings are from between 8000 – 3000 BCE.


DeepikaSoreng received the AsuntaLakra Award.

• DeepikaSoreng, an India Women's Hockey Team player, won the AsuntaLakra Award.

• She made her debut for India in the Women's Junior Asia Cup. She helped the Indian team to win the Gold medal by scoring 7 goals in 6 matches.

• She was also a key player for the Indian team that won the Silver medal in the FIH Women's Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024.

• She was also named the Young Player of the Tournament in Oman.

• She travelled with the team to the 2023 FIH Junior Women's World Cup.

• She received the AsuntaLakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year during the Hockey India 6th Annual Awards 2023.


Sweden becomes the 38th country to join the Artemis Accords.

• Sweden signed the Artemis Accords, which is a series of non-binding arrangements for outer space.

•Sweden has affirmed its dedication to the sustainable use of space NASA welcomes Sweden to the Artemis Accords family.

• NASA and the US Department of State in 2020 announced the Artemis Accords. It has 38 signatories, including India and Japan.

• The Artemis Accords are a set of principles for cooperation in space exploration and the use of the moon, mars, comets, and asteroids for peaceful purposes.

• Artemis program is also aiming to land the first astronauts on Mars and other planets and celestial bodies.

• By endorsing the Artemis Accords, nations commit to upholding key obligations outlined in the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, ensuring the responsible and sustainable utilization of outer space.

• India, under the leadership of Prime Minister NarendraModi, joined the accords on June 22, 2023, reinforcing its status as a global space power.

• In 2022, several nations including Israel, Romania, Bahrain, Singapore, Colombia, France, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda, Nigeria, and the Czech Republic, also joined the Artemis Accords, demonstrating a growing international consensus on the peaceful exploration and utilization of outer space.


India's population is estimated to reach 144 crore

• India's population is projected to reach 1.44 billion, as per the latest findings from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in its State of World Population – 2024 report.

• Within this vast demographic, 24 percent fall within the 0-14 age bracket, indicative of a significant youth population.

• The report highlights a staggering estimate: India's population is expected to double within 77 years, underscoring the country's demographic trends.

• Among the population segments, 17 percent fall within the 10-19 age range, while 26 percent belong to the 10-24 age bracket, reflecting the substantial youth presence shaping India's demographic landscape.

• A notable demographic aspect revealed by the report is that 7 percent of India's population is aged 65 years and above, with men exhibiting a life expectancy of 71 years and women slightly higher at 74 years.

• In terms of global population ranking, China follows closely behind India with a population of 1.425 billion, securing the second position.

• The demographic portrait presented by the UNFPA report contrasts with the figures from India's last census in 2011, which recorded a population of 1.21 billion.

• Recent research conducted across India's 640 districts has shown promising progress, with nearly one-third of them achieving the sustainable development goal of reducing maternal mortality ratio, signaling positive strides in healthcare and development initiatives.