National Panchayat Awards: The Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj celebrating National Panchayat Awards Week from 17th – 21st April 2023 in the run-up to the National Panchayati Raj Day (24th April 2023).The award was given to the best-performing Panchayats by assessing their performance in the attainment of SDGs.These annual awards were first instituted in 2011.The Awardee Panchayats under various categories of National Panchayat Awards–2023 namely, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Satat Vikas Puraskar(DDUPSVP) for the performance under individual LSDG themes,Nanaji Deshmukh Sarvottam Panchayat Satat Vikas Puraskar(NDSPSVP) for the aggregate performance under all 9 LSDG themes and green initiative-related Special Categories, Gram Urja Swaraj Vishesh Panchayat Puraskar and Carbon Neutral Vishesh Panchayat Puraskar.
During the event the GS NIRNAY,National Initiative for Rural India to Navigate, InnovAte and Resolve PanchaYat decisions, a mobile application was launched. It provides easy access to critical information discussed during a Gram Sabha.This would bring in more transparency and increase efficiency in the functioning of Panchayats, which play a vital role in decentralized participatory democracy.
Srijana Conference:A two days national conference on female infertility ‘Srijana’ is being organized by All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), under the Ministry of AYUSH at New Delhi.
Female Infertility affects millions of people and has an impact on their families and communities. According to WHO reports, in 37% of the infertile couple, female infertility was the cause. In India, the cases of female infertility are rising and affect approximately 15% of couple. To overcome the issue, AIIA is organizing an exchange of clinical research, and knowledge through a National Conference.
G20 Space Economy Leaders meeting:G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting is being organised under India’s G20 presidency by the Department of Space, Government of India at Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Significance: G20 Space Economy Leaders Meeting 2023 is expected to establish space as a formal topic for discussion in future G20 meetings.
Participation: Diplomats, heads of national space agencies and the space industries from G20 and guest countries are participating.
1st Global Buddhist Summit 2023: The Ministry of Culture in partnership with International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) has organized the 1st Global Buddhist Summit 2023, which aims to enhance cultural and diplomatic relations with other countries. Buddhist monks from various countries took part in the two-day Summit.The aim is to set up a forum for the lay Buddhist scholars and Dharma Masters.It seeks to delve into Buddha’s message for Peace, Compassion and Harmony with the objective of working towards Universal Peace and Harmony and dharma and produce a document for further academic research, to study its viability for use as a tool for the conduct of international relations on the global stage.Theme: Responses to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy to Praxis. Sub Themes:Buddha Dhamma and Peace, Buddha Dhamma: Environmental Crisis, Health and Sustainability,Preservation of Nalanda Buddhist Tradition,Buddha Dhamma Pilgrimage, Living heritage and Buddha Relics: a resilient foundation to India’s centuries-old cultural links to countries in South, Southeast and East Asia.