1200-year-old idols found in Bihar’s Nalanda
Two stone idols believed to be about 1200 years old was found from a water body close to the ancient Nalanda University during desilting of a pond.
A year ago a 1,300-year-old idol of Nag Devi of the Pala period was found in the same pond. It has been put on display at the ASI museum in Nalanda.
The Nalanda Mahavihara site comprises the archaeological remains of the monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE. It includes stupas, shrines, viharas (residential and educational buildings) and important artworks in stucco, stone, and metal.
Nalanda Mahavira is the most ancient university in the Indian subcontinent. It is engaged in the organised transmission of knowledge over an uninterrupted period of 800 years.
In ‘historic’ move, Spain approves Europe’s first law on menstrual leave
Spanish lawmakers gave final approval to a law granting paid medical leave to women suffering severe period pain, becoming the first European country to advance such legislation.
The law, which passed by 185 votes in favour to 154 against, is aimed at breaking a taboo on the subject, the government has said.
Menstrual leave is currently offered only in a small number of countries across the globe, among them Japan, Indonesia and Zambia.
The legislation entitles workers experiencing period pain to as much time off as they need, with the state social security system — not employers — picking up the tab for the sick leave.
Saudi Arabia to send its first woman astronaut into space
A Saudi Arabian woman will become the first woman astronaut from the country to go on a space mission later this year.
Barnawi and Al-Qarni will fly to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft as part of a mission this spring by the private space company Axiom Space, according to Saudi Press Agency and Axiom.
The crew will be launched into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Neighbouring United Arab Emirates had become the first Arab country to send woman astronaut Noura Al-Matrooshi into space in 2021.
J&K bag first position at 3rd Khelo India Winter Games
Hosts Jammu and Kashmir have maintained their supremacy in winter sports by bagging the first position with a tally of 26 gold medals at the third Khelo India Winter Games at Gulmarg.
Besides 26 golds, Jammu and Kashmir bagged 25 silver and 25 bronze medals in the five-day event, which concluded on Tuesday.
Maharashtra bagged the second position with 14 gold, eight silver and six bronze medals followed by Himachal Pradesh in third place with 10 golds.
Groundwater extraction worst in Pb, Hry close 3rd
As per the groundwater assessment report, Punjab has annual extractable groundwater resources of 17.07 billion cubic metres (BCM). The recharge is 18.94 BCM, while the extraction turned out to be 28.02 BCM. This is 165.99% of extractable resources. Also, 117 of the 153 (including three urban blocks) groundwater blocks were overexploited. This is 76.47% of total blocks.
Of 28.02 BCM, 26.69 BCM is extracted for irrigation purpose. Domestic extraction was recorded at 1.17 BCM (4.18%) and extraction for industrial sector was recorded at 0.16 BCM, which turns out to be a meagre 0.57% of the total extraction.
In the entire country, extractable resources, as per 2022 report, have been assessed at 398.08 BCM and the extraction has been recorded at 239.16 BCM, while the recharge is 437.60 BCM. The extraction rate is 60.08%.
IOTS plans to expand up to 53 centres across India
The Institute of Occupational Training Services (IOTS) has announced its plans to open 53 centres across India to provide vocational and skill development training.
The centres would provide skill based training in accordance with international standards, preparing Indian applicants for global markets.The centres will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and resources to provide candidates with a high-quality up-skilling training experience. Headquartered in Delhi, the organisation is all set to expand in the north-eastern regions of India, including Pune, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Jharkhand, Jamshedpur, Guwahati, Arunachal Pradesh, Indore, and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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