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Current Affairs One-Liner: 14th & 15th January 2023

Published on January 15, 2023
  • On January 11, 2023, IIT Madras will host Saarang, the largest student-run event in India. Between January 11 and 15, 2023, Saarang will host more than 100 activities with participation from 500 colleges nationwide. Saarang 2023's theme is "Mystic Hues."
  • The Tripura government has launched the "Saharsh" special education program to promote social and emotional learning.
  • Skyhawk, India's first 5G-enabled drone capable of vertical take-off and landing, has been built by Noida-based IG Drones. The firm arose from the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology in Odisha.
  • A first female fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF), squadron commander Avani Chaturvedi, has participated in the inaugural air exercise Veer Guardian 2023 and becomes India’s first 1st woman pilot to fly Sukhoi fighter aircraft.
Current Affairs One-Liner: 14th & 15th January 2023
  • About 3,700 large dams across India could lose up to 26% of their original storage capacity due to sedimentation build-ups by 2050.
  • As part of the Samudrayaan expedition, India will deploy three men 6,000 meters below sea level to look for natural riches. According to Earth Sciences Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, the MATSYA 6000 vehicle would carry three people on this mission, which is anticipated to be completed within the next three years.
  • 1,171 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan received the United Nations Medal for their outstanding service at a special ceremony in Upper Nile. Major Jasmine Chatha, a woman officer in the Indian Army, led the parade of the Indian contingent at the award ceremony in Upper Nile.
  • Garuda Aerospace and Former cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni have launched a surveillance drone named ‘Droni.’
  • The Godavari estuary in Andhra Pradesh has become a prime and safe habitat for the Indian skimmer. (Rynchops albicollis)
  • E20 (20% ethanol blend in gasoline) will start to be phased in on April 1, according to Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The nation requires 10.211 billion liters of ethanol to reach 20% blending by 2025.
  • Vidisha, an aspirational district in Madhya Pradesh has become the first district in India to deploy innovative 5G use cases proposed by startups on the ground.
  • Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ICG ship 'Kamala Devi' was commissioned on 12 January in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.
  • The Indian Army's 117 Engineer Regiment Captain Surabhi Jakhmola is the first female officer of the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to be assigned to a foreign project.
  • The "Voice of the Global South Summit," a virtual event, was just inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It took place on January 12 and 13, 2023. "Unity of Voice, Unity of Purpose" was the theme. The term "Global South" generally refers to South American, African, and Asian nations.
  • International News:
    • Sônia Guajajara has been named the first minister of Brazil's new Ministry of Indigenous People by President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will be in charge of overseeing programs ranging from land demarcation to health care.
  • Sports News:
    • Kerala entered the Guinness Book of World Records on January 10, 2023, by taking 4500 penalties in a 12-hour period during the Dream Goal Penalty Shootout held at the Payyanad Stadium in the Malappuram region.
  • Appointments
    • Former Infosys president, Ravi Kumar has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Cognizant with immediate effect.
  • Books:
    • The book "Braving A Viral Storm: India's Covid-19 Vaccine Story" was launched by Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi, Delhi. Aashish Chandorkar and Suraj Sudhir collaborated on the writing of the book, which was released by Rupa Publications India.
    • Jadunama, a book written by veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar by Arvind Mandloi, was released. Jadunama is a writer, poet, lyricist, and political activist.
  • Awards
    • The National Conference on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises acknowledged the "Year of Enterprises" project as the best practices model. The "Year of Enterprises," which sought to generate a million businesses, actually succeeded in creating 1,18,509 businesses and attracting investment totaling 7,261.54 crores. "Best practice model for MSME" was given to Kerela.
    • Bengaluru topped the startup funding chart in India, according to data provided by Tracxn, a leading global market intelligence platform. Bengaluru topped with $10.8 billion in 2022, followed by Mumbai at $3.9 billion, and Gurugram at a distant $2.6 billion.
    • IndiGo, the largest airline in India, and the government-run Coimbatore Airport are among the 20 most punctual airlines and airports in the world, according to OAG's Punctuality League 2023 report. IndiGo is ranked 15th in terms of On-Time Performance (OTP) in 2022, while Coimbatore Airport is placed 13th.
  • Important Days:
    • As a mark of respect to the selfless duty of the ex-servicemen & their sacrifices towards the Nation and solidarity towards Next of Kin of the bravehearts, the seventh Armed Forces Veterans’ Day was celebrated across the country on January 14, 2023. The celebrations were held at nine locations, with Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh presiding over the main function in Dehradun.
    • Indian army day 2023 is being celebrated on 15th January 2023 and it will mark the 75th anniversary of the Indian army day. Every year on January 15, India celebrates its Army Day. Theme: “Service before self”.
  • India to establish a Global South Centre of Excellence
  • Rural Health Statistics Report 2021-22
  • India-China Trade Hits Record High
  • Garuda Kisan receives 150 agri-drone loans from UBI
  • FSSAI specified identity standards on Basmati Rice

Question:

Q.1 Who has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Cognizant with immediate effect?
a. Ravi Kumar
b. Anurag Kumar
c. RS Sodhi
d. Vikas Purohit
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