Current Affairs 2023

India has Surpassed China to Become the Most Populous Country in the World in 2023 [18 Jan 2023]

India may have already surpassed China as the world's most populous country. According to projections from the World Population Review (WPR), India's population was 141.7 crore as of the end of 2022. That's a little more than 50 lahks more than the 141.2 crores declared by China when there was the first fall since the 1960s, according to official announcements. India, a country where 50 percent of the population is under 30, is anticipated to have the world's fastest-growing major economy. The milestone was supposed to be reached later this year, according to the UN. According to WPR, India's population increased to 142.3 crore people as of January 18, 2023. WPR predicts that, though India's population growth has slowed, it will still climb until at least 2050.

Tamil Nadu Retains Investment Destination tag in 2022 with Rs.1 lakh crore Investments [16 Jan 2023]

Tamil Nadu managed to garner over ? 1 lakh crore investments committed by various companies in 2022, a year that brought both challenges and opportunities to the southern State.During the year 2022, Tamil Nadu signed a memorandum of understanding with over 60 companies that committed investments of Rs 1.25 lakh crore would generate around 75,000 new jobs.Tamil Nadu is the second largest State economy in India accounting for 9-47 percent of the GDP in FY21. In 2021-22, the economy saw a rebound with the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) increasing from Rs 19-02 lakh crore to Rs 21-79 crore.

26th National Youth Festival [12 Jan 2023]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Youth Festival in Karnataka's Hubballi on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The 26th National Youth Festival was held in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad in Karnataka from 12th to 16th of January. The event was organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka.

Bio Energy Summit 2023 [12 Jan 2023]

Bio Energy was held in New Delhi. The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Hardeep Singh Puri addressed the 11th edition of the Confederation of Indian Industry's flagship event, the Bio Energy Summit. The theme of the Bio-Energy Summit 2023 was Energy Transition-Solution for a Sustainable Tomorrow.

PM inaugurate 26th National Youth Festival in Hubbali, Karnataka [12 Jan 2023]

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurate the 26th National Youth Festival in Hubbali, Karnataka. The programme is being held on National Youth Day, which is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand, to honour and cherish his ideals, teachings and contributions. The National Youth Festival is held every year to provide exposure to our talented youth at the national level, along with galvanising them towards nation building. It brings diverse cultures from all parts of the country on a common platform and unites the participants in the spirit of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat. This year, the Festival is being held in Hubballi-Dharwad in Karnataka from 12th to 16th January, with the theme being “Viksit Yuva - Viksit Bharat”.

Kerala Becomes India's First Fully Digital Banking State [07 Jan 2023]

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan declared Kerala as the first state in the country to go fully digital in its banking service and said this recognition would boost the state economy. In an event held in Thiruvananthapuram, CM Vijayan said this achievement was possible due to social interventions through local self-government institutions along with infrastructure development and technological advances in the banking sector.

17th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas Convention 2023 [06 Jan 2023]

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention is the flagship event of the Government of India. It provides an important platform to engage and connect with overseas Indians and to enable the diaspora to interact with each other. The 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention is being organized in partnership with the Madhya Pradesh Government from 08-10 January 2023 in Indore. The theme of this PBD Convention is "Diaspora: Reliable partners for India’s progress in Amrit Kaal”. Over 3,500 diaspora members from nearly 70 different countries have registered for the PBD Convention. PBD Convention will have three segments. On 08 January 2023, the inauguration of the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. H.E. Ms. Zaneta Mascarenhas, Member of Parliament of Australia, will be the Guest of Honour at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Cabinet approves National Green Hydrogen Mission [04 Jan 2023]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved National Green Hydrogen Mission. The initial outlay for the Mission will be Rs.19,744 crore, including an outlay of Rs.17,490 crore for the SIGHT programme, Rs.1,466 crore for pilot projects, Rs.400 crore for R&D, and Rs. 388 crores towards other Mission components. MNRE will formulate the scheme guidelines for the implementation of the respective components.

Maithili Thakur was named State Icon for Bihar by Election Commission [02 Jan 2023]

Election Commission appointed Folk singer Maithil Thakur as the state icon for Bihar. Thakur, trained in Indian classical and folk music, was recently selected for Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of the Sangeet Natak Academy for her contribution to the folk music of Vihar for 2021.

'SMART' Program for Ayurveda Professionals to Boost R&D in Ayurveda [02 Jan 2023]

The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the two prominent institutions under the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India for regulating medical education and conducting scientific research respectively, have launched 'SMART' (Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals) program aimed to boost scientific research in priority healthcare research areas through Ayurveda colleges and hospitals. The program was launched on January 2, 2023, by Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, Chairman, of NCISM, and Prof. Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, of CCRAS in the presence of Prof. B. S. Prasad, President of the Board of Ayurveda, NCISM and other senior officials.

Anil Kumar Lahoti appointed as Chairman and CEO of the Railway Board [01 Jan 2023]

Anil Kumar Lahoti took over the charge of the new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer(CEO), of the Railway Board (Ministry of Railways). Mr. Lahoti belongs to the Indian Railway Service of Engineers, 1984 batch, and has empanelled in the first panel of Indian Railway Management Service for Level-17.

Shri Ajit Kumar Saxena joins as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of MOIL [31 Dec 2022]

Shri Ajit Kumar Saxena assumes charge as Chairman-Cum-Managing Director of MOIL Limited. Prior to this assignment, Shri Saxena held the position of Director (Operations) at RINL-Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant. He has 36 years of experience in the Steel Sector with wide experience in technical, operational, and project management areas. He started his career as a Management Trainee (Technical) at Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) in 1986 and thereafter, held various positions during his long tenure at SAIL such as Chief General Manager, Mills, IISCO, Burnpur, and General Manager, Bhilai Steel Plant, etc.

Greenfield International Airport Mopa, Goa Named as 'Manohar Inter national Airport Mopa [29 Dec 2022]

The Union Cabinet on January 4, has given ex-post facto approval for the naming of Greenfield International Airport Mopa, Goa as 'Manohar International Airport - Mopa, Goa', as a mark of tribute to Late Shri Manohar Parrikar, Ex-Defence Minister and Four-time Goa Chief Minister. The Greenfield Airport at Mopa, Goa has been inaugurated by Hon'ble Prime Minister in December 2022.

UIDAI HQ Building wins top Green Building Award [22 Dec 2022]

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Headquarter in New Delhi has won the prestigious GRIHA Exemplary Performance Award 2022, a top national level Green Building Award.GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is a national rating system for green buildings in India. UIDAI HQ has been declared a winner among the existing highest-rated building category. UIDAI believes in and promotes the idea of recycling and reusing to reduce carbon footprint. It has been harnessing solar power to meet a portion of its energy consumption. It is recycling and reuses water and has been adhering to sustainable waste management practices.

India's Sargam Koushal wins Mrs World 2022 [19 Dec 2022]

Sargam Koushal was named Mrs. World 2022, besting contestants from 63 countries to bring the title back to India after 21 years. Mrs. World 2021 Shaylyn Ford of the US presented the crown to Mumbai-based Koushal at a ceremony held at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino on Saturday evening. Mrs. Polynesia was named the first runner-up, followed by Mrs. Canada as the second runner-up.

NMDC wins IEI Industry Excellence Award 2022 [16 Dec 2022]

National Miner NMDC won the coveted IEI (Institution of Engineers, India) Industry Excellence Award 2022 on Friday 16th December 2022 in Chennai. The largest producer of iron ore in the country was felicitated at the 37th Indian Engineering Congress for its outstanding performance and high level of business excellence. On behalf of NMDC, Shri N R K Prasad, CGM (IE & MS), received the award from Dr. K Ponmudy, Minister for Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.

P T Usha becomes first Woman President of IOA [10 Dec 2022]

P T Usha, a multiple Asian Games gold medalist and fourth place finishers in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic 400m hurdles final, was declared elected unopposed as the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). She becomes the first Woman President of the IOA, the top sports governing body in the country.

9th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo 2022 [08 Dec 2022]

9th World Ayurveda Congress & Arogya Expo 2022 is being organized in Goa from 8 to 11 December with the objective of providing a global platform for all the stakeholders, including industry leaders, practitioners, traditional healers, educationists, students, medicine manufacturers, growers of medicinal plants and marketing strategists, for networking and engaging in intellectual exchange to strengthen the Ayurveda sector, envision its future, and facilitate interaction between professionals and consumers to boost Ayurveda commerce. The market size of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy) sector in the country has grown from USD 3 billion in 2014 to over USD 18 billion now, clocking a phenomenal growth of six times. During 2014-2020, the AYUSH industry grew 17 percent year-on-year while the Ayurveda market is predicted to grow at 15 percent CAGR from 2021-2026. Over 4500 participants from all over the world including 400 foreign delegates from 53 countries are participating in the 9th World Ayurveda Congress & Arogya Expo. The Arogya Expo is set to witness the participation of more than 215 companies, leading Ayurveda brands, medicine manufacturers and Ayurveda-related educational and Research & Development institutions.

Government appoints Shri Arun Kumar Singh as Chairman, ONGC [07 Dec 2022]

Shri Arun Kumar Singh, ex-CMD, BPCL has been appointed as the Chairman of ONGC for a three-year tenure with effect from the date of assumption of charge. A Mechanical Engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Patna, he has over 36 years of diversified experience in the Oil & Gas industry, in India and abroad. Earlier, he was the CMD of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a ‘Maharatna’ and a Fortune Global 500 Company. He was also Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL) a Joint Venture (JV) City Gas Distribution (CGD) Company, listed on Indian bourses. He was also on the Board of Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL), a Joint Venture Company, listed on Indian bourses. He has also held the position of President (Africa & Australia) in Bharat Petro Resources Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of BPCL, engaged in the exploration of Oil & Gas, largely overseas.

Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh [06 Dec 2022]

Vide notifications dated 06.12.2022, in exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President, is pleased to appoint Shri Justice Tashi Rabstan, senior-most Judge of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, with effect from 08.12.2022 consequent upon the retirement of Shri Justice Ali Mohd Magrey, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Sebi approves appointment of Sundararaman Ramamurthy as MD & CEO of BSE [28 Nov 2022]

Markets regulator Sebi approved the appointment of Sundararaman Ramamurthy as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the leading stock exchange BSE. In a regulatory filing, BSE said the appointment is subject to acceptance of the offer made to him and fulfillment of terms and conditions including approval from the shareholders.

Indian's Observation Satellite-6 (EOS-6) was launched [26 Nov 2022]

The third generation Indian satellite for monitoring the oceans, formally named Earth Observation Satellite-6 (EOS-6) was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in partnership with the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) among others, from its First Launch Pad (FLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota. The ocean observing mission is a follow-up to OceanSat-1 or IRS-P4 and OceanSat-2 launched in 1999 and 2009, respectively. The satellite was launched aboard the proven launch vehicle PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) on its 56th flight (24th flight of the PSLV-XL version). The Oceansat-3 was placed in the polar orbit at a height of about 740 kilometers above sea level. While at 1100 kilograms, it is only slightly heavier than Oceansat-1, for the first time in this series it houses three ocean observing sensors viz Ocean Color Monitor (OCM-3), Sea Surface Temperature Monitor (SSTM), and Ku-Band scatterometer (SCAT-3). There is also an ARGOS payload. All these sensors have their own importance for India’s blue economy aspirations.

Deepa Malik becomes Ni-Kshay Mitra and national ambassador for TB Mukt Bharat Campaign [26 Nov 2022]

Padma Shri, Khel Ratna Arjuna Awardee, India’s First Woman Paralympic Medalist and President of the Paralympic Committee of India, Dr. (h.c) Deepa Malik has pledged her support to the TB Mukt Bharat campaign by becoming its national ambassador and a Ni-Kshay Mitra. Dr. (h.c) Deepa Malik expressed her commitment to the TB Mukt Bharat campaign, launched by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in March 2018, when she participated in TB awareness activities at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Pavilion at the 41st India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. She further extended her support to the campaign by becoming a Ni-Kshay Mitra, an initiative launched by the Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu which strives to provide aid to TB-afflicted patients on three levels nutritional, additional diagnostic, and vocational support. She has adopted 5 TB patients herself as a Ni-Kshay Mitra and encouraged people to enroll in this scheme as well, highlighting that if everyone participates in their capacity by disbanding stigma, spreading awareness, and providing aid, India will conquer TB very soon.

India wins the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term [25 Nov 2022]

India wins the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Vice Presidency and Strategic Management Board (SMB) Chair for the 2023-25 term. By securing over 90% of the votes cast by full members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) during its General Meeting held recently in San Francisco, USA, India’s representative, a member of the Indian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and various technical committees of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS-India), was elected.

Representation of BIS (India) in policy and governance bodies of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and IEC ensures that Indian viewpoints on the important strategic and policy matters are put forth and it also provides opportunities to align the national standardization priorities with International best practices. BIS is continually expanding its international footprints by working on the growth mantra provided by the Hon’ble Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumers Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Shri Piyush Goyal. Currently, BIS (India) is represented in various policy and governing bodies of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and IEC such as the ISO Council, ISO Technical Management Board (TMB), IEC SMB, IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB), IEC Business Advisory Committee (BAC), etc.

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an international standard-setting body that publishes international Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. Standardization Management Board (SMB) is an apex governance body of the IEC responsible for technical policy matters. Shri Vimal Mahendru will be the IEC Vice President representing India.

India jumps 2 spots higher, and now ranks 8th as per Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) [22 Nov 2022]

India has been ranked among the top 5 countries in the world, and the best among the G20 countries, based on its Climate Change performance. India jumps 2 spots higher, and is now ranked 8th as per Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) published by German Watch, New Climate Institute, and Climate Action Network International based in Germany. The latest report of CCPI, released at COP 27 in November 2022, shows Denmark, Sweden, Chile, and Morocco as the only four small countries that were ranked above India as 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively. The first, second, and third ranks were not awarded to any country. In effect, therefore, India’s rank is the best among all large economies.

India takes over as Council Chair of Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) [21 Nov 2022]

India assumed the Chair of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), an international initiative to support responsible and human-centric development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This comes close on the heels of India taking over the presidency of G20, a league of the world’s largest economies in Bali, Indonesia.

Shri Vinit Kumar (IRSEE) takes over the charge of CEO, KVIC [21 Nov 2022]

Shri Vinit Kumar (IRSEE) takes over the charge of CEO, KVIC Central Office, KVIC Mumbai. He is appointed as CEO, Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVlC), Mumbai under the Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. Shri Vinit Kumar, an IRSEE officer of the 1993 batch, has served as the Chairman of Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port, Kolkata before taking over as the Chief Executive Officer of Khadi and Village Industries Commission and also served as Chief Electrical Engineer in Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd. and looked after World Bank funded MUTP project before joining as CEO, KVIC. Shri Kumar joined the administrative post of Secretary, at Central Railway and gained experience in general administration. He worked in Central Railway in the Mumbai suburban system, one of the densest suburban systems in the world in maintenance and operations of rolling stock and traction installations. He also worked in Pune and Nagpur in independent charge of traction assets and locomotive workshops.

Prof. Venu Gopal Achanta Elected as a Member of International Committee for Weight and Measures (CIPM) [21 Nov 2022]

CIPM is a supreme international committee, which is responsible for the Development and Implementation of Weight and Measures globally. Prof. Venu Gopal Achanta is among 18 members worldwide from different countries. He is the 7th Indian to be on the prestigious international committee. In a historic election, Prof. Venu Gopal Achanta, Director, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL), New Delhi, has been elected as a member of the prestigious International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM). Prof. Gopal was declared an elected Member of CIPM in the recently held 27th General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) meeting during Nov. 15-18, 2022 in Paris, France. The election of Prof. Gopal is not only significant for CSIR-NPL and the advancement of metrology in the country, wherein metrology is the backbone of industries and national missions of Govt. of India i.e. ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, ‘Clean and green India”, “Swasth Bharat, Sashakt Bharat”, etc., but is also the pride of the nation as it would enhance India’s global visibility and participation in global decision making. Prof. Achanta is among 18 elected members from different countries and the 7th personality in Indian history elected to CIPM after a few decades.

53rd International Film Festival of India held in Goa [20 Nov 2022]

The world’s finest films and its stellar creators under one umbrella, the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India kicked off with a grand opening ceremony at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, in Panaji, Goa. Conducted jointly by the National Film Development Corporation and Entertainment Society of Goa, this edition of the film fiesta is showcasing a collection of 280 films from 79 countries. 25 features and 20 non-feature films will be showcased in the Indian Panorama section from a broad spectrum of entries.

Spanish film director Carlos Saura honoured with Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at 53rd IFFI [20 Nov 2022]

Celebrated Spanish film Director Carlos Saura has been honoured with the prestigious Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at the gala opening ceremony of the 53rd edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. The Spanish Director is being honoured with the award as a befitting accolade for his immense contribution to international cinema. His daughter Anna Saura accepted the award on behalf of the eminent filmmaker at the opening ceremony of IFFI 53.

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