Current Affairs 2023

Ex-Air Chief Marshal R. K. S. Bhadauria appointed as Chief Nodal Officer of Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor [29 Sep 2022]

The Central Government has appointed former Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria as Chief Nodal Officer for the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor (UPDIC) project. The Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor (UPDIC) is a project under the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA). The corridor has six nodes—Aligarh, Agra, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Kanpur, and Lucknow. The project is expected to reduce the foreign dependency on the Indian aerospace and defense sector.

Scientists in China Create World's First Cloned Wild Arctic Wolf 'Maya' [29 Sep 2022]

The Beijing-based company Sinogene Biotechnology unveiled the female Arctic wolf clone named Maya by scientists, marking 100 days since she was born on June 10, 2022. Sinogene launched its Arctic wolf cloning project in 2020, in collaboration with the polar theme park Harbin Polarland. To create Maya, the company used a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer the same technique that was used to create the first-ever mammal clone, Dolly the sheep, in 1996. The donor cell of the wolf came from the skin sample of a wild female Arctic wolf and its oocyte was taken from a female dog. Maya's surrogate mother was a beagle, a dog breed. The dog was selected as the surrogate as it shares genetic ancestry with ancient wolves. The Arctic wolf, also known as the white wolf or polar wolf, is a subspecies of grey wolf native to the High Arctic tundra, in Canada's northern Arctic Archipelago.

R. Venkataramani Appointed as new Attorney General of India [28 Sep 2022]

The President appointed senior advocate R. Venkataramani as the new Attorney General of India for a period of three years from the 1st of October, 2022. He succeeded Mr. K. K. Venugopal. Venkataramani has a rich experience of over 40 years as a lawyer and he was also a former member of the Law Commission of India.

Saudi king names crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as prime minister [28 Sep 2022]

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz named his son and heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom's prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defence minister.The reshuffle kept another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, the aged king said in the royal decree, carried by state news agency SPA.

India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Conferred “National Tourism Award 2018-19 [28 Sep 2022]

India Expo Centre & Mart received the prestigious ‘National Tourism Award 2018-19 for best standalone convention centre’ during "National Tourism Awards" 2022 ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan on September 27, 2022.

Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) [28 Sep 2022]

The Government has decided to appoint Lt General Anil Chauhan (Retired) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM as the next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who shall also function as Secretary to Government of India, Department of Military Affairs with effect from the date of his assumption of charge and until further orders. In a career spanning over nearly 40 years, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan had held several command, staff and instrumental appointments and had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East India.

Successful Flight Tests of Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) [27 Sep 2022]

DRDO conducted two successful test flights of Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile from a ground-based portable launcher at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha. VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) designed and developed indigenously by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian Industry Partners. VSHORADS missile incorporates many novel technologies including a miniaturized Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, which have been successfully proven during the tests. The missile, meant for neutralizing low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges is propelled by a dual thrust solid motor. The design of the missile including the launcher has been highly optimized to ensure easy portability. Both the flight tests have completely met the mission objectives.

India's First Night Sky Sanctuary to Come up in Ladakh [25 Sep 2022]

India's first-night sky sanctuary will be established in Ladakh in a bid to boost Astro tourism in the country. The facility will be one of the world's highest-located sites for optical, infrared, and gamma-ray telescopes. The proposed Dark Sky Reserve at Ladakh's Hanle Village is part of the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary. Hanle is best suited for the project as it is located in Ladakh's cold desert region, away from any form of human disturbance and clear sky conditions and dry weather conditions exist throughout the year. The administration of Union Territory, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bengaluru, and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) signed a tripartite MoU for launching the Dark Space Reserve in September 2022.

Dr. M. Srinivas Appointed New Director of AIIMS Delhi [24 Sep 2022]

Dr. M. Srinivas was appointed as the next Director of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Delhi. Dr. M. Srinivas is currently the Dean of ESIC, Medical College & Hospital, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad. Dr. M. Srinivas was a professor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery at AIIMS Delhi before joining Hyderabad in 2016. Dr. Srinivas succeeded Dr. Randeep Guleria who has been holding the post since March 2017.

Dilip Tirkey Elected Unopposed Hockey India President [23 Sep 2022]

Former Olympian Dilip Tirkey was elected as the President of Hockey India.Dilip Tirkey has been elected unopposed to the top post in Hockey India. His opponents Uttar Pradesh Hockey chief—Rakesh Katyal and Jharkhand Hockey chief Bola Nath Singh withdrew their nominations. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has approved Tirkey and histeam's appointments. Dilip Tirkey Dilip Tirkey was also a Rajya Sabha Member (2012- 2018) from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Party.

Varanasi nominated as the first-ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital [16 Sep 2022]

The city of Varanasi has been nominated as the first-ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital during the period 2022-2023 at the 22nd Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16, 2022. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the Summit. The nomination of Varanasi as the first ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital will promote tourism and cultural and humanitarian exchanges between India and the SCO member Countries. It also underlines India’s ancient civilizational links with the Member States of SCO, especially the Central Asian Republics. Under the framework of this major cultural outreach program, a number of events will be hosted in Varanasi during 2022-23, for which guests will be invited to participate from the SCO Member States. These events are expected to attract Indologists, scholars, authors, musicians and artists, photojournalists, travel bloggers, and other invited guests. The regulations for the nomination of the SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital were adopted at the Dushanbe SCO Summit in 2021 with the objective of promoting cooperation between the SCO Member States in the field of culture and tourism.

KRITAGYA 3.0- A National level Hackathon on crop improvement by ICAR [16 Sep 2022]

Indian Council of Agricultural Research with its National Agricultural Higher Education Project and Crop Science Division is organizing Hackathon 3.0 "KRITAGYA" on promoting "speed breeding for crop improvement". Taking forward the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi through National Education Policy-2020, this program will provide an opportunity to students/faculties/entrepreneurs/innovators, and others to showcase innovative approaches and technology solutions to promote innovation for crop improvement.

Warangal, Trishur, Nilambur Cities Included in UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities List [15 Sep 2022]

Telangana's Warangal, Kerala's Thrissur, and Nilambur joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC). These cities are included in the list in recognition of their outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all at the local level. These are among the 77 cities from 44 countries that have joined this world body network. UNESCO GNLC is an international network consisting of cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities.

SBI becomes third Indian lender to surpass Rs 5 trillion market cap [14 Sep 2022]

State Bank of India became the third lender and seventh Indian company to cross the Rs 5-trillion market cap for the first time after its shares rallied over 22 percent so far this year. HDFC Bank Ltd and ICICI Bank Ltd achieved this milestone earlier. Among other Indian companies, Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Hindustan Unilever, Life Insurance Corp of India and HDFC are in the league.

Mr. Likith YP won Bronze Medal in the Skill of Prototype Modelling WorldSkills Competition 2022 [12 Sep 2022]

Mr. Likith YP won Bronze Medal in the Skill of Prototype Modelling at the WorldSkills Competition 2022 (WSC2022). Likith has completed his diploma in Mechatronics from Toyota Technical Training Institute and was under training for this competition since January 2022. He has also won India’s National Skill Competition “IndiaSkills 2021” in Prototype Modelling Skill. He has been trained by Toyota India Expert Mr. Bhaskar Singh, who is also a Chief Expert in Prototype Modelling Skill at the WorldSkills International platform. WorldSkills Competition is an international competition of skilled youth between member countries of WorldSkills International. Earlier WorldSkills Competition was scheduled to take place in Shanghai but due to covid outbreak over there, it got shifted to 15 countries to be conducted over the span of 2 months. Competition of Prototype Modelling Skill was the beginning of WSC2022 in phase 1. Phase 1 of WSC 2022 took place in Bern, Switzerland from 7-10 September 2022.

Japan-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise – Jimex 22 [12 Sep 2022]

The sixth edition of Japan India Maritime Exercise 2022 (JIMEX 22) hosted by the Indian Navy commenced in the Bay of Bengal on 11 Sep 22. The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ships are being led by R Adm Hirata Toshiyuki, Commander Escort Flotilla Four, and Indian Naval ships by R Adm Sanjay Bhalla, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. The Indian Naval ships welcomed JMSDF ships Izumo, a Helicopter Carrier, and Takanami, a Guided Missile Destroyer, on their arrival in the Bay of Bengal. The Indian Navy is being represented by three indigenously designed and built warships; Sahyadri, a multi-purpose stealth frigate, and Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes Kadmatt and Kavaratti. Guided Missile Destroyer Ranvijay, Fleet Tanker Jyoti, Offshore Patrol Vessel Sukanya, submarines, MIG 29K fighter aircraft, Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and ship-borne helicopters are also participating in the exercise. JIMEX 22 involves two Phases; exercises at sea and a harbor phase at Visakhapatnam.

Sibi George Appointed Ambassador to Japan [12 Sep 2022]

Sibi George was appointed as the next Indian ambassador to Japan. George, a 1993-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently the Ambassador of India to Kuwait. He will replace Sanjay Kumar Verma as India's envoy to Japan.

Sri Lanka Wins Asia Cup (Men's) 2022 Title [11 Sep 2022]

Asia Cup (Men's) 2022 Cricket tournament was successfully organized from August 27 to September 11, 2022, in the UAE. Sri Lanka emerged as the champion of the Asia Cup (Men's) 2022 title, the most prestigious cricket trophy in Asian cricket organized this time in the T20 format. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai to win its 6th Asia Cup title.

US Open 2022 Men's Singles [11 Sep 2022]

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia from Spain clinched the US Open Men's Singles title as he outplayed Casper Ruud from Norway 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. It is Garfia's first Grand Slam title. The win makes him the youngest player to ever win a Grand Slam, breaking fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal's record.

Kibithu Military Garrison Named After General Bipin Rawat [10 Sep 2022]

The Kibithu Military Garrison in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, located close to the LAC with China, was renamed General Bipin Rawat Military Garrison in honour of India's first Chief of Defence Staff in an event attended by Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier B.D. Mishra (Retd.), Chief Minister Perna Khandu, other senior military and civilian dignitaries, and daughters of late India's first Chief of Defence Staff. During his tenure as 3 Corps Commander, General Rawat was in charge of the military station and had been involved in strengthening defences along the border in that area.

Charles III Appointed King of the United Kingdom [10 Sep 2022]

King Charles Philip Arthur George proclaimed the new King of England as King Charles-III after his mother Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8. His wife Camilla Parker Bowles will now be England's Queen consort - consort is the term used for the spouse of the monarch. Soon, the couple got the royal title of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. King Charles has become head of the Commonwealth, an association of 56 independent countries. For 14 of these countries, as well as the UK, the King is head of state. These 14 countries are Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu.

Rajpath renames as Kartavya Path [09 Sep 2022]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Kartavya Path. It symbolizes a shift from the erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power to the Kartavya path being an example of public ownership and empowerment.

President of India launches Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan [09 Sep 2022]

The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu virtually launched the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan. The Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan has been envisioned to bring together all community stakeholders to support those on TB treatment and accelerate the country’s progress towards TB elimination.

NTPC to supply RE Power to Military Engineering Services (MES) [09 Sep 2022]

NTPC Ltd, India’s largest integrated energy company has entered into an agreement to supply Renewable Energy Power to the armed forces (Military Engineering Services). This is the first-ever agreement by the Indian armed forces for sourcing power from Renewable Energy sources. This will go towards the gradual decarbonization of the armed forces.

PM inaugurates 'Kartavya Path' and unveils the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate [08 Sep 2022]

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 'Kartavya Path' today. It symbolises a shift from erstwhile Rajpath being an icon of power, to Kartavya Path being an example of public ownership and empowerment. The Prime Minister also unveiled the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate.

Cabinet approves signing of MoU between India and United Arab Emirates on cooperation in the field of Education [07 Sep 2022]

The Union Cabinet chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved to sign of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and the Ministry of Education of the Government of the United Arab Emirates on cooperation in the field of Education. The objective of the MoU is to further strengthen our ongoing educational collaboration between India and UAE and widen the scope of our engagements. This MoU will rejuvenate educational cooperation and increase academic mobility between India and UAE besides facilitating the exchange of information in order to promote mutual recognition of these qualifications. It also covers cooperation in TVET as UAE is a major work destination for Indians.

First Nasal Vaccine against COVID- 19 supported by DBT-BIRAC gets emergency use authorization from India drug regulator DCGI [07 Sep 2022]

Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and its PSU, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is delighted to announce approval from DCGI for emergency use authorization first of its kind intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine to Bharat Biotech (BBIL). Supported by DBT and BIRAC under the aegis of Mission COVID Suraksha, the mission was launched by DBT and implemented by BIRAC to reinforce and accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development efforts as part of Aatmanirbhar 3.0. Scientific leadership at various levels of vaccine development was provided by DBT laboratories and BIRAC. This is the fourth success story for the Covid-19 vaccine under mission Covid Suraksha. BBV154 is an intranasal replication-deficient chimpanzee adenovirus SARS-CoV-2 vectored vaccine. It consists of a replication-deficient ChAd vector expressing the stabilized Spike SARS-CoV-2 (Wuhan variant).

Gautam Adani gets USIBC 2022 Global Leadership Award [07 Sep 2022]

Gautam Adani, the founder, and chairman of the Adani Group was honoured with USIBC 2022 Global Leadership Award in recognition of Gautam Adani's visionary leadership. This award given annually since 2007, the Global Leadership Award recognized top corporate executives from India and the US, who demonstrate an active and dynamic commitment to strengthening the US-India partnership.

Gautam Adani Gets USIBC 2022 Global Leadership Award [07 Sep 2022]

Gautam Adani, the founder, and chairman of the Adani Group, was honoured with the USIBC 2022 Global Leadership Award in recognition of Gautam Adani's visionary leadership. Given annually since 2007, the Global Leadership Award recognizes top corporate executives from India and the US, who demonstrate an active and dynamic commitment to strengthen¬ing the US-India partnership. Previous recipients of this award include Jeff Bezos, founder, executive chairman, and former president and CEO of Amazon; Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google; Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq; Fred Smith, Founder and Chairman of FedEx Corporation; and Uday Kotak, CEO of Kotak Mahindra.

Amit Kumar Appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Korea [06 Sep 2022]

Amit Kumar, currently Consulate General of India in Chicago, has been appointed as the next ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Amit Kumar is an IFS officer of the 1995 batch. Earlier, the position was held by Sripriya Ranganathan.

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