Current Affairs One-Liner: 16th January 2023

Published on January 16, 2023
  • The "Soul of Steel" challenge, which attempts to test endurance at high altitudes, was introduced in Uttarakhand on January 14. The purpose of Soul of Steel is to combine skill sets and build a challenge that will improve people's ability to stabilize and survive in high-altitude environments.
  • On January 16 and 17, in Pune, there will be the first G20 Infrastructure Working Group meeting under the G20 India Presidency. The Department of Economic Affairs will serve as the meeting's host, with Australia and Brazil serving as co-chairs.
  • On January 15, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually flagged off the 8th Vande Bharat train between Secunderabad and the Andhra Pradesh coastal city of Visakhapatnam.
Current Affairs One-Liner: 16th January 2023
  • The "Aarogya Maitri" project was disclosed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Voice of Global South Summit. India will deliver vital medical supplies through this scheme to any poor nation impacted by natural catastrophes or humanitarian crises.
  • Bahadur Chand Investments, situated in Delhi, was fined 30 lahks by the RBI. The fine has been imposed for failure to comply with the "Core Investment Companies (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2016" and the "Information Technology Framework for the NBFC Sector" directives.
  • The Mentorship, Advisory, Assistance, Resilience, and Growth (MAARG) platform was introduced by Piyush Goyal, minister of commerce and industry. Through the platform, mentorship programs for startups and business owners in all phases and functions will be made possible.
  • Shubhra Gupta, a well-known author and film critic, has released a new book titled "Irrfan Khan: A Life in Movies."
  • "Geospatial Hackathon" was introduced by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology.
  • Through a block agreement, China's Alibaba Group sold a 3.1% share in Indian digital payments company Paytm for a total of $125 million. Alibaba sold its 6.26% ownership of Paytm at a price of 536.95 Indian rupees per share.
  • In collaboration with National e-Government Services Limited, the State Bank of India (SBI) has introduced the e-Bank Guarantee (e-BG) facility (NeSL).
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) show that retail inflation fell to a one-year low of 5.72% in December 2022.
  • A contract was struck by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and H2Carrier (H2C), a Norwegian company, to develop floating green ammonia projects for large-scale industrial uses. According to the MoU, L&T and H2C will collaborate to design, procure, build, install, and commission (EPCIC) the topsides for H2C's floating process plants.
  • The fifth and last fast-patrol vessel (FPV) of the series, the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) "Kamla Devi," was launched in Kolkata, West Bengal. In a public-private partnership (PPP) with Titagarh Wagons Limited, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE), of Kolkata, built the ship from scratch (TWL)
  • International News:
    • An Italian man named Michele Santaglia reportedly set a world record by typing copies of 81 books backward, a practice is known as "mirror writing," according to a report by Guinness World Records (GWR).
    • A new working group has been formed by India and the USA to develop sustainable supply chains and increase bilateral commerce. This working group will first concentrate on challenges relating to sustainable finance, trade facilitation, digitization of customs procedures, and the expansion of cutting-edge clean technology.
    • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Uganda successfully declared the end of the Ebola outbreak brought on by the Sudan ebolavirus.
    • European leaders and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden officially opened the EU's first mainland orbital launch complex.
    • In its World Social Report 2023, the United Nations (UN) predicted that by the year 2050, there will be 1.6 billion individuals worldwide who are 65 years of age or older, more than doubling from the 761 million estimated in 2021.
  • Sports News:
    • The SQAY Federation of India conducted the 23rd National Sqay Championship, which was held at Indoor Stadium Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu and hosted by Jammu and Kashmir SQAY Association.
  • Awards
    • Leading steel producer Jindal Steel & Power has received the coveted Golden Peacock Award 2022 for its outstanding CSR efforts in the steel industry.
  • Obituary
    • On January 14, 2023, while participating in the "Bharat Jodo Yatra" at Phillaur, Punjab, Congress MP Chaudhary Santokh Singh passed away after a heart attack. He was an Indian politician from Jalandhar who served as a Cabinet Minister for Punjab (Lok Sabha constituency).
    • In Gurugram, Haryana, Sharad Yadav, a former Union minister and one of the country's most well-known socialist figures, passed suddenly. On July 1st, 1947, he was born in Babai, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh.
  • CII Business Confidence Index hit 2-year high in October-December
  • “Survival of the richest” report by Oxfam International
  • World Economic Forum meeting in Davos 2023
  • Rajasthan implemented nations first policy for blindness control
  • SEBI amends SEBI regulations to allow AIF

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