1. Delhi HC stays NGT order on tree pruning

Context: The Delhi High Court stayed the pruning of over 800 trees in the city and set aside an order passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), observing that a more detailed assessment needs to be carried out before trees are trimmed.

Key details:

Procedure for carrying out pruning:

2. Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

Context: For well over a century, the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory (KoSO) has been observing the Sun, capturing images of sunspots, and recording changes in its behaviour.

About the observatory:

The SunOur Sun is a 4.5 billion-year-old star.It is a hot glowing ball of hydrogen and helium at the center of our solar system.The Sun is about 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) from Earth.The Sun is the largest object in our solar system.It is 1.3 million times larger than the earth.The hottest part of the Sun is its core, where temperatures top 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million degrees Celsius).

3. Australia-India Education Qualification recognition mechanism

Context: Australian Prime Minister announced an ‘Australia-India education qualification recognition mechanism’.

Key details:

About GIFT cityFirst conceptualised in 2007, the GIFT City is spread over 887 acres in Gandhinagar.It comprises a multi-service Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which houses India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and an exclusive Domestic Tariff Area (DTA).GIFT City is a planned business district and is the new business destination offering competitive edge to financial services and technology-related activities.

India Australia ties:

4. Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols

Context: NASA announced that it is partnering with the Italian Space Agency ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) to build and launch MAIA, or the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols missions.

Key details about the mission:

What are aerosols?

Aerosol vs Particulate matter

5. Indonesia moving its capital from Jakarta to Borneo

Context: The Indonesian government is in the process of leaving, moving Indonesia’s capital to the island of Borneo

Why is Indonesia moving its capital?

The new capital:

Issues and concerns:

6. Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2023

Context: India Bags Golden & Silver Star at The International ‘Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2023 at ITB, Berlin 2023.

About the award:

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