Daily Current Affairs Updates
1. US Lawmaker Proposes Mahatma Gandhi’s Name For Highest Honour
Half a dozen influential US lawmakers, including four Indian-Americans, have moved a resolution in the US House of Representatives to posthumously award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of his promotion of peace and non-violence. Introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney from New York on September 23, the resolution (H R 6916) is co-sponsored by four Indian-American lawmakers in the House – Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal. Tulsi Gabbard, who is the current co-chair of the House Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans is also one the co-sponsors of the resolution, which has been sent to the Committee on Financial Services and Committee on House Administration for necessary action. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honour given by the US Congress and very few foreigners have been recipients of this award. Prominent among those include Mother Teresa (1997), Nelson Mandela (1998), Pope John Paul II (2000), the Dalai Lama (2006), Aung San Suu Kyi (2008), Muhammad Yunus (2010) and Shimon Peres (2014).
2. Renowned harmonium exponent Tulsidas Borkar dies, aged 83
Legendary harmonium exponent Pandit Tulsidas Borkar passed away in a private hospital after a brief illness. He was 83. Born in Borim, Goa, on November 18, 1934, Borkar was conferred the Padma Shri in 2016 for his contributions to Indian music.
Pandit Borkar, who first learned music from his mother, Jaishree Borkar, is renowned for designing a new model of the harmonium which involved raising the level of the keyboard that was crafted and manufactured by Dashrath Bengude.
He also conducted extensive research to improve the tonal quality, tuning and other technical aspects of the instrument, which gave different visual and sound dimensions to the harmonium.
He was honoured with the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 2005, among many other national and international honours, besides taking part in music concerts all over India, the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and recording solo for top music companies in the world.
3. First corn festival of country being held in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh, the first corn festival of the country is being held in Chhindwara. The festival is one of a kind international event. Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest corn producing states in India, with Chhindwara being the highest corn producing district.
4. Justice Madan Lokur nominated as NALSA Executive Chairman
Senior judge of the Supreme Court, Madan Bhimarao Lokur, is now the Executive Chairman of the National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA). President Ramnath Kovind nominated Justice Lokur to the post. He was one of the four senior judges of the Supreme Court, who on January 12 this year, held a first-of-its-kind press conference and said that the situation in the top court was “not in order” and many “less desirable things” have taken place. Justice Lokur will take the charge as NALSA’s Executive Chairman on October 3. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is set to become the head of the apex court, is the outgoing chairman of the NALSA.