17 June 2022

RIP Internet Explorer.

Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer on Wednesday, putting its aging web browser out to pasture after nearly 27 years. The moment comes more than a year after the company said that its Internet Explorer 11 Windows 10 desktop app would be retired in favor of Microsoft Edge.

"Not only is Microsoft Edge a faster, more secure and more modern browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it is also able to address a key concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications," Microsoft said of its newer browser, which launched in 2015, in a blog post.

The first version of Internet Explorer was included in a Windows 95 Plus upgrade pack in 1995. 

It was once the most popular web browser, reportedly having 95% of the market in 2003. Usage dropped as rivals like Google Chrome rose and Microsoft made the Chromium-powered Edge its default browse. StatCounter indicated it's recently held around 0.5% of the market.

Source: www.cnet.com


Max Verstappen won Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022.

Max Verstappen won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and took control of the World Championship after an engine failure on Charles Leclerc's Ferrari.

Leclerc's second engine-related retirement from the lead in three grands prix leaves him trailing Verstappen by 34 points, despite six pole positions in eight races.

And it continues the impression that Ferrari's season is falling apart after such a promising start, as Leclerc's team-mate Carlos Sainz also failed to finish following a hydraulic failure.

Verstappen led team-mate Sergio Perez to a Red Bull one-two, as George Russell took third for Mercedes, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton fighting back to finish fourth.

Source: www.bbc.com


BWF Indonesia Masters 2022.

The 2022 Indonesia Masters badminton tournament (officially known as the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters) took place at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia. Olympic champions Viktor Axelsen and Chen Yufei clinched the respective men’s and women’s singles titles at the BWF Indonesia Masters 2022.

BWF Indonesia Masters 2022: Check the list of winners.

Men’s singles          Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
Women’s singles         Chen Yufei (China)
Men’s doubles       Fajar Alfian (Indonesia) & Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Indonesia)
Women’s doubles       Chen Qingchen (China) & Jia Yifan (China)
Mixed doublesZheng Siwei (China) & Huang Yaqiong (China)
Source: https://olympics.com

China sends crewed mission to complete Tiangong space station.

China has sent three astronauts on a six-month-long mission to complete work on its permanent orbiting space station, the China Manned Space Agency said.

The Shenzhou-14 crew will spend six months on the Tiangong station, during which it will oversee the addition of two laboratory modules to join the main Tianhe living space that was launched in April 2021.

A Long March-2F rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert in northwest China at 10:44am (02:44 GMT) with the spacecraft Shenzhou-14, or “Divine Vessel”, and its three astronauts, a live broadcast by state television showed.

The mission is headed by commander Chen Dong, 43, joined by fellow astronauts Liu Yang, 43, and Cai Xuzhe, 46. They will live and work on the space station for about 180 days before returning to Earth in December.

The space station, when completed by the year-end, will lay a significant milestone in China’s three-decade-long crewed space programme, first approved in 1992.

The completion of the structure, about a fifth of the International Space Station (ISS) by mass, is a source of pride among common Chinese people, and caps President Xi Jinping’s 10 years as leader of the ruling Communist Party.

Source: www.aljazeera.com


Avani Lekhara clinches second gold at Para Shooting World Cup 2022 in France.

Tokyo Paralympics champion Avani Lekhara once again proved her mettle after she clinched her second Gold in the ongoing Para Shooting World Cup in Châteauroux, France. Making an impressive comeback to take the World Cup title from Slovakian veteran Veronika Vadovicova, Lekhara scored 458.3 in R8 Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1. Vadovicova was a close second at 456.6.

It is important to mention that the World Record in the R8 category belongs to Vadovicova, who was defeated by the 20-year-old today. Back in 2017, in Al Ain, Vadovicova scored 459.4 points. Meanwhile, the third position was clinched by Swedish Olympic athlete Anna Normann who bagged a score of 441.9 points to win a Bronze. 

Source: www.republicworld.com


16 June 2022

World Sea Turtle Day - 16 June.

Every year on June 16th, World Sea Turtle Day highlights the importance of sea turtles. The day also encourages global supporters to dive into the threats that sea turtles face.

Sea turtles have been on the earth for over 100 million years.  This means that sea turtles co-existed with dinosaurs. There are seven species of sea turtles. These include green, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and the Olive ridley. Of these species of sea turtles, the leatherback is the largest. The leatherback sea turtle weighs anywhere from 550 to 2,000 pounds! This type of sea turtle grows up to six feet in length. Sea turtles live in both cool and warm waters throughout the world. However, the flatback can only be found in Australia.

Sea Turtle Facts

  • Sea turtles can live between 50 to 100 years.
  • Some sea turtles travel more than 1,000 miles to return to their nesting ground.
  • Sea turtles nest multiple times, about two weeks apart, and lay up to 125 eggs per nest.
  • Most sea turtles nest at night, except for the Kemp’s ridley.
  • Leatherback sea turtles can dive nearly 4,000 feet into the water.
  • Unlike other kinds of turtles, sea turtles cannot retreat into their shell.
  • A large group of nesting sea turtles is called an “arribadas”, which is Spanish for “arrival.”

One more interesting fact is that the temperature of the nest determines the sea turtle’s sex. Male hatchlings are born in cooler temperatures. When temperatures in the next are warm it produces female hatchlings. Fluctuating temperatures produce a mix of male and female baby sea turtles.

Unfortunately, nearly every species of sea turtle is considered endangered. The hawksbills and Kemp’s ridley are both critically endangered. Entanglement in marine debris, destruction of habitats, and poaching for meat and eggs are among the top reasons for their endangerment.

In the year 2000, turtle conservation organizations came together to create World Sea Turtle Day. June 16th was chosen to honor the birthday of Dr. Archie Carr, a renowned sea turtle conservationist. Dr. Carr also founded the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Gainesville, Florida.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com


The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR).

The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and is observed on 16 June. The IDFR recognizes more than 200 million migrant workers, women and men, who send money home to over 800 million family members. 

This day further highlights the great resilience of migrant workers in the face of economic insecurities, natural and climate related disasters and a global pandemic. The IDFR is now globally recognized and is a key initiative in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Objective 20), which urges the reduction of transfer costs and greater financial inclusion through remittances.

On June 16th, 2015 the first International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) took place at the Global Forum on Remittances and Development. The celebration was part of World Expo in Milan, Italy. On June 12th 2018, the UN National Assembly adopted a resolution for an International Day of Family Remittances. The UN called upon the International Fund for Agricultural Development to facilitate the observance of IDFR. This day continues to be held every year on June 16th.

2022 Theme: "Recovery and resilience through digital and financial inclusion".

Source: www.un.org


15 June 2022

QS World University Rankings 2023: Top global universities.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), London-based global higher education has released the 19th edition of the world’s most consulted international university ranking. The QS World University Rankings 2023 ranks the top 900 universities based on 8 key ranking indicators. This is the largest ever ranking with 1,418 institutions across one hundred locations up from 1300 in the previous year.

The ranking was topped by the United States(US)’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) followed by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom(UK) and Stanford University(US).

Source: www.topuniversities.com


EU Parliament approves ban on new fossil-fuel cars from 2035.

European Parliament lawmakers on Wednesday voted to support an effective EU ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, rejecting attempts to weaken the proposal to speed Europe's shift to electric vehicles.

The EU assembly voted in Strasbourg, France to require automakers to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 100 percent by the middle of the next decade. The mandate would amount to a prohibition on the sale in the 27-nation bloc of new cars powered by gasoline or diesel.

EU lawmakers also endorsed a 55 percent reduction in CO2 from automobiles in 2030 compared with 2021. The move deepens an existing obligation on the car industry to lower CO2 discharges by 37.5 percent on average at the end of the decade compared to last year.

The measure passed by 339 votes to 249 with 24 abstentions at a session in Strasbourg – in practice limiting future sales to emissions-free all-electric models.

Cars currently account for 12 percent of all CO2 emissions in the 27-member EU bloc, while transportation overall accounts for around a quarter.

The conservative European People’s Party (EPP), the parliament’s biggest group of lawmakers, had sought to push a compromise that would have diluted the proposals and allowed sales of hybrid vehicles to continue.

Their amendment was narrowly defeated while an ambitious attempt by the Greens to bring the measure deadline forward to 2030 also failed.

Conservatives were also unable to push through amendments on having a car’s production-related carbon footprint taken into consideration as well – potentially allowing carmakers credits for synthetic, so-called e-fuels, made with captured carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from renewable sources.

After the vote, EU environmental committee chair Pascal Canfin triumphantly tweeted: “100 percent zero emission cars in 2035! I strongly welcome the vote on CO2 standards in the @Europarl_EN. This position of the European Parliament is an important victory and consistent with our objective of climate neutrality.”

Source: www.france24.com


Angelo Mathews and Tuba Hassan crowned ICC Players of the Month for May.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Sri Lanka’s batting star Angelo Mathews and Pakistan’s debutante spin sensation Tuba Hassan have been voted the ICC Men’s and Women’s Players of the Month for May 2022.

Mathews was voted the recipient of the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for May after piling on the runs over the course of his side’s impressive ICC World Test Championship series victory against Bangladesh. Amassing 344 runs at an average of 172 over the course of the two Tests, Mathews registered a huge score of 199 in the draw at Chattogram, and a supreme 145 not out in Mirpur. His epic innings in the second Test enabled his side to post an imposing total of 506 and complete a 10-wicket victory, gaining valuable points in the ICC WTC standings powered by MRF Tyres.

Mathews becomes the first Sri Lanka player to be named the ICC Player of the Month since its inception in January 2021, scooping the award ahead of fellow nominees Asitha Fernando (Sri Lanka), and Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh).

Pakistan’s Tuba Hassan was named the ICC Women’s Player of the Month after enjoying significant success with the ball during her debut international series. The 21-year-old leg spinner was instrumental in restricting scores set by opponents Sri Lanka in the three-game T20I series in Pakistan, where she captured the Player of the Series award, taking five wickets at an average of 8.8 and an economy rate of 3.66. The highlight was during her debut international fixture in Karachi, in which she grabbed three for eight to limit the tourists to 106, setting the platform for a six-wicket win.

On what was an excellent month for Tuba, former Pakistan international and member of the voting panel Sana Mir commented: “Tuba has shown a lot of confidence and skill to make an impact for Pakistan in her debut series. She has been working hard for some time and it is really heartwarming to see her celebrating success in her first series for Pakistan.”

In securing this month’s award, Hassan overcomes fellow nominees in compatriot Bismah Maroof, and Jersey’s Trinity Smith. Tuba is the first female player from Pakistan to win in the ICC Player of the Month awards.

Source: www.icc-cricket.com


UNGA adopts resolution on multilingualism, mentions Hindi language for 1st time.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted an India-sponsored resolution on multilingualism that mentions the Hindi language for the first time. The resolution passed encourages the UN to continue disseminating important communications and messages in official as well as in non-official languages, including in Hindi language. The resolution also mentions Bangla and Urdu for the first time.

As part of these efforts, ‘Hindi @ UN’ project was launched in 2018 with an objective to enhance the public outreach of the United Nations in the Hindi language, and to spread greater awareness about global issues among millions of Hindi-speaking populations around the world.

Multilingualism is an essential factor in harmonious communication among peoples and an enabler of multilateral diplomacy. It ensures effective participation of all in the Organization’s work, as well as greater transparency and efficiencies and better outcomes.

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the six official languages of the United Nations; English and French being the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

Source: www.republicworld.com


Fridays to be declared holidays for public sector for 3 months.

The Cabinet of Ministers has given the approval to the proposal to declare Fridays as holidays for public sector employees from this week.

According to Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, this will not include the essential services including health, power & energy, education, water, electricity, transport, port and air services, and defence.

As the current shortage of fuel has disrupted passenger transport, making it difficult for public sector workers to access their own transportation, it seems appropriate to grant government officials leave for one working day of the week, the government said in a statement.

Further, it was decided to provide the government officials with the necessary facilities to engage in agricultural activities in their backyards or elsewhere as a solution to the looming food shortage.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to close all government institutions except agencies providing essential services on Fridays for the next 3 months.

The relevant proposal was tabled by the Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Provincial Council.


Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference - 2022

The WTO's 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) will take place on 12-15 June 2022 at WTO headquarters in Geneva. Ministers from across the world will have the opportunity to review the functioning of the multilateral trading system, to make general statements and to take action on the future work of the WTO. The Conference will be co-hosted by Kazakhstan and chaired by Mr Timur Suleimenov, Deputy Chief of Staff of Kazakhstan's President. Kazakhstan was originally scheduled to host MC12 in June 2020 but the conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: www.wto.org


New York state passes world’s first right-to-repair bill.

In a world's first, the New York state legislature has passed the "right to repair" bill that will require digital electronics manufacturers to make parts, tools, information, and software available to consumers and independent repair shops.

The "Fair Repair Act" comes after federal pressure to enforce consumers' rights to repair and refurbish their purchased goods.

For independent repair shops, this news is huge as they will finally be able to compete with manufacturers, resisting the repair market consolidation manufacturers have created by restricting access to parts and tools.

In a recent survey, 59 per cent of independent repair shops said they might have to close their doors without the passage of 'Right to Repair'.

Source: www.electropages.com


New NASA spacecraft could survive a hellish descent on Venus.

NASA will launch a mission that will both fly by Venus and descend through its harsh atmosphere in 2029. Called DAVINCI, the Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry and Imaging mission will be the first to study Venus through both flybys and descent.

The spacecraft is expected to explore the layered Venusian atmosphere and reach its surface by June 2031. The DAVINCI mission will be able to capture data about Venus that scientists have been eager to measure since the early 1980s.

Only two NASA missions have previously visited the second planet from our sun -- Pioneer in 1978 and Magellan in the early '90s.

Source: https://edition.cnn.com


BIMSTEC marks its 25th Anniversary on BIMSTEC Day 2022.

The Secretariat of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Dhaka celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the regional organisation on BIMSTEC Day. The evolution of BIMSTEC over the last 25 years from the signing of the Bangkok Declaration on June 6 in 1996, and highlighted milestones such as the establishment of the Secretariat in Dhaka in 2014 and the signature of the BIMSTEC Charter during the Fifth Summit in Colombo on March 30, 2022.

About the BIMSTEC is an international organization of South Asia and Southeast Asian countries. Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are members of BIMSTEC. It was formed on 6 June 1997 and its headquarters is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Source: https://bimstec.org


Global Wind Day - 15 June.

Every year on June 15th, Global Wind Day celebrates the power and possibilities that wind energy provides. It’s also a day for people to learn more about wind and this important type of energy.

According to the department of energy, wind energy provides the following benefits:

  • It is one of the most cost-effective sources of energy.
  • Wind energy is not dependent upon fossil fuels or coal, making it a clean energy source.
  • It is a sustainable source of energy that will never run out.

Wind energy also creates jobs. In the United States, wind turbine service technicians are the second fastest growing occupation. Besides the U.S., many other countries are taking advantage of these benefits. Some of the top producers of wind energy throughout the world include China, Germany, India, Spain, United Kingdom, and Brazil.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) organized the first Wind Day in 2007. In 2009 the EWEA joined forces with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and made it a worldwide event. In recent years, WindEurope and the GWEC have organized the day together. In 2012, the organizations sponsored a photo competition. People around the world were encouraged to enter photos that best captured the theme for the year.

Global Wind Day 2022 Theme: Global Wind Day 2022 is based on the theme is celebrate to enjoy the benefits of Wind energy and providing education to the individuals about the power and potential of wind energy to change the world.

Source: https://globalwindday.org


Magna Carta Day - 15 June

Magna Carta Day on June 15 commemorates the signing of the Great Charter that limited the powers of the English monarch.

While the Magna Carta came about after barons rebelled against King John’s taxes and feudal law, it outlined specific rights and privileges previous documents had avoided. On June 15, 1215, King John signed the document at Runnymede.

Some of the weight of due process written into our laws today comes from the articles written in the Magna Carta over 800 years ago. Trials by a jury of our peers and compensation for goods seized for national needs are all basic principals put forth in 1215.

The design of the Magna Carta influenced the creation of significant documents that govern the modern world. In 1689, the English Bill of Rights was signed, which once again limited the power of the monarchy and 13 articles specifically outlined freedoms. The design and the concepts harken back to the Magna Carta. The United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and many states’ constitutions all relied upon the Magna Carta for guidance.

Magana Carta Day has been celebrated for generations.  However, there is no official recognition of the day. In fact, in 1947, there was a formal rejection of the day. You can read more about it at the National Archives of the United Kingdom website.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15 June.

Every year on June 15th, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day alerts others of the prevalence and horrors of elder abuse. It’s also a day to educate the public on knowing the signs of elder abuse and how to stop it.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six people 60 years and older experience abuse each year. Seniors in nursing homes and long-term care facilities are at greater risk of elder abuse. This type of abuse is widespread around the world. However, elder abuse cases are the least investigated types of violence. This means that many perpetrators get away with abusing the elderly.

Types of Elder Abuse

  • Physical – the use of physical force that results in bodily injury
  • Sexual – nonconsensual sexual contact
  • Emotional – infliction of pain or anguish through verbal or non-verbal attacks
  • Financial Exploitation – illegal or improper use of funds or assets
  • Neglect – failure to fulfill the obligations of caring for someone

Abandonment is also a type of elderly abuse. This occurs when a person who is responsible for the care of an elderly person deserts them. In most cases, elder abuse results in psychological damage for the victim. It can also lead to physical injuries and long-term health issues.

The signs of elder abuse include mysterious cuts or bruises, malnourishment, poor hygiene, loss of money, and withdrawal from family members or friends. Seniors who are being abused might also have psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or confusion.

In June of 2006, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) established World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. On December 19, 2011, at the request of INPEA, the United Nations adopted a resolution for the important day. Since June 15th, 2012 WEAAD has been held as an official UN observance.

2022 Theme: "Combatting Elder Abuse".

Source: www.un.org


14 June 2022

World Blood Donor Day - 14 June.

Every year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. The global theme of World Blood Donor Day changes each year in recognition of the selfless individuals who donate their blood for people unknown to them.

Blood and blood by-products support both planned and emergency treatments. During disasters, volunteer donors step up to fill the need. Donors give whole blood as often as every 56 days. Platelet donations may be given every 7 days but are limited to 24 contributions per year.

The International Federation of Red Cross, International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the International Society of Blood Transfusion joined forces to create World Blood Donor Day. It was first launched on June 14, 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The date was selected in honor of Karl Landsteiner’s birthday. He discovered and classified the A, B, and O blood groups at the turn of the 20th century. It’s because of his discovery that doctors became able to transfuse blood from one patient to another, and thus save countless lives.

The first celebration honored, as it does today, the donors around the world – especially those who donate several times a year – with the hope that more people would be inspired to become donors.

Theme 2022: Blood donation: "an act of solidarity".

Source: www.who.int




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