World earth day 2024 celebrated on April 22

• Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd to support environmental conservation efforts.

• Theme: The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics”.

• This theme emphasizes the need for collective action to repair and heal the planet’s ecosystems, combat climate change, and preserve biodiversity.

• World Earth Day, also known as International Mother Earth Day, is a globally recognized event dedicated to raising awareness and promoting the sustainability of our planet.

• Earth Day holds significance as a global initiative to raise awareness about environmental issues and inspire action.


Madhya Pradesh Takes the Front Seat in the Center's Green Credit Programme Initiatives

• Madhya Pradesh takes the lead in the Centre's Green Credit Programme (GCP), with over 500 approved land parcels designated for tree plantation across 10 states

• A total of 10,000 hectares of land have been identified for the programme by participating states.

• MP reports the highest approved degraded forest land for plantation/greening exercises, totaling 954 hectares.

• Other states with approved land parcels include Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, and Assam, among others.

• Public sector undertakings and entities are registered to carry out plantations on degraded forest land and earn green credits.

• The programme aims to nurture ecosystem services and promote non-carbon environmental positive actions.


Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi appointed as the next Chief of the Naval Staff

• Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi has been appointed as the next Chief of the Naval Staff, effective from April 30, 2024.

• Currently serving as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Tripathi was born on May 15, 1964.

• He was commissioned into the Indian Navy's Executive Branch on July 01, 1985.

• With an illustrious career, Vice Admiral Tripathi has previously held key positions, including Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command.

• He has also commanded Indian Naval Ships Vinash, Kirch, and Trishul.


Gukesh Etches Name in Chess History as Youngest Challenger

• DommarajuGukesh, a 17-year-old Indian chess prodigy, has won the FIDE Candidates tournament, becoming the youngest-ever challenger in the history of the World Chess Championship.

• With an impressive score of 9/14, Gukesh secured the top spot, becoming the second Indian after Viswanathan Anand to win the tournament.

• This is a historic moment for chess. Gukesh's achievement shatters records and ushers in a new era of youthful talent.

GRohit Sharma becomes second player to complete 250 IPL appearances

• Rohit Sharma became only the second player after MS Dhoni to play 250 Indian Premier League matches.

• Rohit got to the landmark after featuring in MI's XI for the game against Punjab Kings in Mullanpur, Chandigarh.

• Rohit also reaches 6500 runs in the IPL, becoming the fourth batsman to do so.