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Current Affairs – September 19 2023
1. Old Parliament Building To Be Called As ‘Samvidhan Sadan’
As the proceedings of the Indian Parliament shift to a new, state-of-the-art building, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the new name for the old Parliament building: “Samvidhan Sadan” or “Constitution House.”
This iconic structure, designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and completed in 1927, has witnessed some of the most pivotal moments in Indian history, including the drafting and passing of India’s constitution.
2. Hoysala Temples now India’s 42nd UNESCO’s World Heritage site
The Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala, the famed Hoysala temples of Belur, Halebid and Somananthpura in Karnataka have been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list.
This inclusion marks the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in India and comes just a day after Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan also received this distinguished recognition.
The temples were finalised as India’s nomination for consideration as World Heritage for the year 2022-2023. The ‘Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala’ have been on UNESCO’s Tentative list since April 15, 2014. All these three Hoysala temples are already protected monuments of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
3. Nihar Malaviya named as permanent CEO of Penguin Random House
Nihar Malaviya has been named as permanent CEO of Penguin Random House, nine months after he was appointed the interim chief executive.
Malaviya succeeded Markus Dohle, who departed weeks after a federal judge struck down Penguin Random House’s attempted merger with Simon & Schuster, a deal Dohle had pushed for.
Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade publisher, has been undergoing a company-wide reorganization in 2023, with numerous senior editors either laid off or departing under a voluntary retirement plan.
Bertelsmann, the German media conglomerate, has owned Random House since 1998. Random House and Penguin merged in 2013.
4. Dhananjay Joshi appointed chairman of telecom industry body DIPA
Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA) has appointed Dhananjay Joshi, MD and CEO of Summit Digitel, as the chairman. Dhananjay Joshi takes over the baton from Akhil Gupta, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, who served as Chairman of the industry body since 2011.
DIPA named Sandeep Girotra, CEO of American Tower India, as the new vice chairman of the association.
The changes in the leadership management will come into effect from October 1, 2023. The telecom industry body concluded its annual general body meeting for 2022-23, with the announcements of its leadership for the term 2023-24.
5. Indian Navy’s INS Nireekshak Conducts Joint Dive Training in Sri Lanka
The Indian Navy’s Diving Support and Submarine Rescue Vessel, INS Nireekshak, arrived at Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee port on September 14, 2023, for joint dive training with the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN). Over the course of a week, diving teams from both navies will engage in exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability, cohesiveness, and the exchange of best practices.
Upon arrival, INS Nireekshak received a warm welcome, with officials from HCI, Colombo, and the SLN band playing ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha.’ The Commanding Officer of INS Nireekshak held discussions with Rear Admiral PS De Silva, Commander of Eastern Naval Area, covering various mutual interests.
In addition to professional interactions, the visit includes social exchanges, sports fixtures, and joint yoga sessions to strengthen the bonds of friendship and camaraderie between the two navies.