Exercise Zayed Talwar: Indian Navy and United Arab Emirates to conduct bilateral exercise ‘Zayed Talwar.
Two ships of the Indian Navy, INS Visakhapatnam, and INS Trikand are participating in the exercise. During the visit, the ships will undertake professional interactions with UAE Naval Force on multiple elements of maritime operations. They will further share best practices to enhance cooperation and strengthen ties between the two navies. This exercise will boost the maritime partnership between the two navies and foster a common understanding of the security challenges in the region.
Maulana Azad Fellowship for minorities scheme(MANF): The Ministry of Minority Affairs implements MANF Scheme for educational empowerment of students belonging to six notified minority communities i.e. Buddhist, Christian, Jain, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian (Parsi).The Scheme is implemented through the University Grants Commission (UGC) and no waiting list is prepared under the Scheme by UGC. Candidates belonging to the Six centrally notified minority are considered for award of fellowship under the MANF Scheme.
The selection of candidates is done through JRF-NET (Junior Research Fellow- National Eligibility Test) examination conducted by the National Testing Agency.
National Pension Scheme for Traders and The Self-employed Persons (NPS) :It is a pension programme for Vyaparis, or shopkeepers, retail merchants, and independent contractors, whose annual sales does not exceed Rs. 1.5 crore. It is a contributing, voluntary pension plan. The beneficiaries are not charged for enrollment in the programme. Self-certification is used to determine enrollment. On reaching the age of 60, it provides a provision for a minimum assured pension of Rs. 3,000 per month.50% of the monthly contribution will be provided by the central government, while the remaining 50% will come from the recipient.
MALABAR 2023: Indian Navy’s indigenous frontline warships INS Sahyadri and INS Kolkata will participate in Exercise MALABAR 2023 scheduled at/ off Sydney along with ships and aircraft from the US Navy (USN), Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).MALABAR series of maritime exercise commenced in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between Indian Navy and US Navy and has grown in stature over the years to include four prominent navies in the Indo-Pacific Region. The 2020 edition witnessed the maiden participation of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). This year marks the 27th edition of MALABAR which is being hosted by Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
World Lion Day: World Lion Day is observed on August 10 each year. Established in 2013 by Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to lions, World Lion Day was co-founded by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. In partnership with National Geographic, they launched the Big Cat Initiative (B.C.I.) to protect big cats, including lions. Since its inception, World Lion Day has been observed annually on August 10 to draw attention to lion conservation issues and to celebrate the majesty and significance of these iconic big cats.