Heatwave in Punjab, Haryana drops country’s wheat production by 2.75 million tonnes: Agriculture Minister Tomar
Extreme weather conditions, especially in wheat growing states: Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, have negatively impacted the production of wheat crops in the country as the production has declined by 2.75 million tonnes this year.
As per the fourth estimate for the agricultural year 2021-22, the production of wheat is estimated at 106.84 million tones, indicating a dip of 2.75 million tonnes (2.5 per cent) as compared to 109.59 million tonnes estimated during 2020-21.
Experts are linking early heatwave in the month of March in Punjab, Haryana and UP with the dip this year.
The latest report of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) had already shed light on the crop damage caused due to the scorching heatwave in the months of March and April 2022.
Sitiveni Rabuka elected as new Prime Minister of Fiji
Sitiveni Rabuka was confirmed as Fiji’s next Prime Minister more than two decades after the former military commander first held the office in a term lasting nearly seven years. The 74-year-old won the nomination by one vote over incumbent Frank Bainimarama at a sitting of the Fijian Parliament in Suva. It also signals the end of former Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s 16 years in power. In the 55-member Parliament of Fiji, Sitiveni Rabuka secured 28 votes against Bainimarama’s 27 votes.
He was democratically elected as Prime Minister of Fiji, serving from 1992 to 1999, and again in 2022 leading a three-party coalition.
Global Trade Surges to $32 Trillion Record in 2022 Says UN
The value of global trade is set to reach a new record this year, increasing by about 12 per cent to an estimated $32 trillion, according to a UN report that signaled a slowdown heading into 2023. “The substantial trade growth during the last year was largely due to increases in the value of the trade of energy products,” the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said in the report.
Trade in merchandise goods soared to $25 trillion, an increase of about 10 per cent versus the prior year. Trade in services grew 15 per cent year-over-year to nearly $7 trillion, according to the report.
India Takes Over Leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union
India has taken over the leadership of the Asia Pacific Postal Union (APPU) in January 2023. Dr Vinaya Prakash Singh will take over the charge of Secretary General of the Union for a tenure of 4 years. This is the result of the elections during the 13th APPU Congress held in August-September 2022.
There are 32 members in this international organisation from the Asia-Pacific. It is a specific department inside the UN. The sole Restricted Union of the Universal Postal in the area is this one. The Asia Pacific Postal Union’s headquarters are in Bangkok, Thailand.
The goal of APPU is to extend, facilitate and improve postal relations between member countries and to promote cooperation in the field of postal services. As the regional center for various UPU projects, APPU also takes the lead in ensuring that all technical and operational projects of the UPU are fulfilled in the region so that the region is integrated into the global postal network in the best possible way.
Govt seeks to ban social media sites’ promotion of online betting
The Government of India is proposing the ban on promotion of Online Betting on the Social Media platforms. The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, have recently been recommended for revision by the Central government to control the Indian online gaming market. The suggestion was made to protect consumers from any harm that skill-based games might cause.
The fact that between 40 and 45 percent of gamers in India are female makes maintaining the security of the gaming industry even more crucial.
E-sports gets recognition from the Indian government as part of multisports events
Esports received a huge boost from the Indian government. It is incorporated into the nation’s mainstream sports disciplines. Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, amended the regulations governing eSports in accordance with the authority “conferred by clause (3) of article 77 of the Constitution” and requested that “e-Sports be included as part of multi-sports events” from the Ministries of Electronics and Information Technology and Sports.
E-sports after being added to the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta as a demonstration sport, which meant that medals earned in the sport were not included in the official total of medals.
There had been an increase in desire for Esports to be included in the curriculum of multi-discipline competitions.
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