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Current Affairs 08 September 2023

Current Affairs 08 September 2023

1. The United Nations has issued a report highlighting that the goal of achieving gender equality by 2030, as outlined in the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, is at risk of not being met. The report cites persistent and deeply rooted biases against women in multiple areas, including healthcare, education, employment, and politics, as significant obstacles to reaching this objective.

2. Indore, Madhya Pradesh, has secured the top position among million-plus population cities in the Swachh Vayu Sarvekshan 2023 (clean air survey), as announced by Union Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav in Bhopal. This recognition reflects Indore’s efforts and achievements in promoting clean air and environmental sustainability.

3. A stunning 27-foot Nataraja statue, the world’s tallest representation of Lord Shiva’s dancing form, will stand as a welcoming symbol for G20 leaders at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. This magnificent sculpture, made from an eight-metal alloy called ashtadhatu and weighing 18 tonnes, was meticulously crafted by skilled sculptors from Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu. It draws inspiration from revered Nataraja idols found in Chidambaram, Konerirajapuram, and the Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, all originally constructed during the Chola dynasty’s zenith in the 9th-11th centuries AD. This remarkable creation is set to showcase India’s rich cultural heritage to the world.

4. The Maya train project in Mexico has been a topic of controversy due to its goal of connecting tourists with historic Maya sites. Many are worried about the potential environmental and cultural consequences of this massive infrastructure project.
This debate also brings attention to the concept of “ecocide,” which refers to severe environmental damage caused by human activities. There is a growing global movement to make ecocide a criminal offense, holding individuals and corporations accountable for actions that harm the environment.
The Maya train project highlights the ongoing discussions about sustainable development, protecting cultural heritage, and ensuring environmental responsibility in large-scale infrastructure projects.

5. Swachh Vayu Survekshan 2023, conducted by CPCB, recently announced its results, assessing air quality and pollution control efforts in various Indian cities and regions.

6. Educational empowerment schemes for religious minorities in India are facing scrutiny due to changes and controversies. Initially aimed at promoting inclusivity and bridging the educational gap among different religious communities, concerns are now being raised about their impact on minority communities.

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