1. Yuvraj Singh Named ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Ambassador –


  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the appointment of Indian cricket legend Yuvraj Singh as an ambassador for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The announcement comes with just 36 days remaining until the highly anticipated global event for T20 cricket commences.
  • Yuvraj Singh’s selection as an ambassador holds special significance, as it commemorates his iconic feat of hitting six sixes in an over during India’s triumphant campaign at the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.
  • As an ambassador, Yuvraj Singh will participate in a range of exciting World Cup promotional events in the United States, leading up to and during the T20 showpiece. One of the highlights will be his presence at the highly anticipated India versus Pakistan fixture in New York on June 9.


  1. India’s Pharmaceutical Exports Surge to $28 Billion in FY24 –


  • India’s pharmaceutical exports witnessed robust growth in the fiscal year 2023-24, reaching $28 billion, marking a 10% increase compared to the previous fiscal year. Despite a 3% dip in total exports, the pharmaceutical sector demonstrated resilience and significant expansion.
  • Pharmaceutical exports in March soared by 12.73% to USD 2.8 billion, indicating a strong upward trajectory in the sector’s performance.
  • Year-on-year, India’s drugs and pharmaceuticals exports escalated by 9.67%, totaling USD 27.9 billion in 2023-24, showcasing steady progress.
  • The United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Brazil emerged as the top five export destinations. Notably, the US accounted for over 31% of India’s total pharmaceutical exports.


  1. India’s First Multi-Purpose Green Hydrogen Pilot Project Inaugurated in Himachal Pradesh –


  • India takes a significant step in renewable energy with the inauguration of its first multi-purpose green hydrogen pilot project at the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (NJHPS) in Himachal Pradesh’s Jhakri. Spearheaded by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN), the project aims to produce green hydrogen through renewable energy sources.
  • The project features a 20Nm3/hr electrolyzer and 25kW fuel cell capacity-based green hydrogen pilot system. It is the nation’s first multi-purpose green hydrogen generation plant, serving both electricity generation and the high-velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) coating facility of NJHPS.
  • Utilizing renewable energy from SJVN’s 1.31 MW solar power plant located in Wadhal, Himachal Pradesh, the project employs an alkaline electrolyzer to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. This integration allows for sustainable hydrogen production.

During eight hours of operation, the pilot project is set to produce 14 kg of green hydrogen daily, stored in six storage tanks. This green hydrogen will serve dual purposes: facilitating HVOF coating of turbine underwater parts and generating electricity through its 25 kW fuel cell.