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Current Affairs One-Liner: 2nd January 2023

Published on January 02, 2023
  • The Election Commission of India has created a prototype for a Remote Electronic Voting Machine (RVM) for domestic migrant voters and invited political parties to witness a demonstration of it. If implemented, this will allow migrant voters to cast their ballots without having to travel to their home district, potentially increasing voter participation.
  • The government of Andhra Pradesh has included a lesson about the contributions of Fatima Sheikh in the eighth-grade textbooks. Fatima Sheikh was India's first female Muslim teacher and a renowned social reformer and educator.
  • Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone for the Central Detective Training Institute (CDTI) at Devanahalli, Karnataka.
  • The State Information Commission of Tamil Nadu has the worst record for responsiveness under the RTI Act, providing only 14% of the requested information. Maharashtra had the second-worst performance, providing 23% of the requested information.
Current Affairs One-Liner: 2nd January 2023
  • ARTPARK, a non-profit organization supported by the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, has partnered with Google to launch Project Vaani, a nationwide initiative to collect language data using artificial intelligence and robotics technology. The project aims to open-source datasets and was announced at the Google for India 2022 event in New Delhi.
  • The Print and Digital Media Association (PADMA) is now recognized by the Indian government as a self-regulatory organization for news and current affairs publishers all over the country. 47 digital news publishers make up the organisation PADMA, which will examine complaints about the news material on its platform.
  • The Asian Development Bank has approved a USD 100 million (about INR 830 crore) External Commercial Borrowing (ECB) loan to Shriram Finance Limited (SFL), a member of the Shriram Group, to provide vehicle loans to female entrepreneurs. The five-year loan has been granted under the bank's social finance framework.
  • IDBI Bank has signed a Scheme Transfer Agreement (STA) with LIC Mutual Fund to transfer the schemes of IDBI Mutual Funds to LIC MF in compliance with Regulation 7B of the Securities and Exchange Board of India's Mutual Fund Regulations.
  • The Cabinet of Assam headed by Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister (CM) of Assam approved the proposal for the grant of industrial status to the tourism sector in Assam.
  • Obituary:
    • Arata Isozaki, a Japanese architect who won the Pritzker Prize, passed away at the age of 91 on Okinawa Island. Isozaki was known for combining the culture and history of the East and West in his designs and was referred to as a "post-modern giant."
  • International News:
    • Afghanistan is one of the eight countries most severely impacted by hunger. According to a Save the Children report cited by Khaama Press, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Yemen is the countries most severely affected by hunger.
    • In its first resolution on Myanmar in 74 years, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) called for a cessation to the violence and urged the military government to free all political prisoners, including former leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
    • According to the Tuberculosis (TB) Research Funding Trends 2005-2021 report published by the Stop TB Partnership and the Treatment Action Group (TAG), funding for TB Research and Development (R&D) will reach a billion dollars globally for the first time ever in 2021. The Stop TB Partnership is a Geneva(Switzerland) based United Nations(UN)-a hosted entity that aims to end the disease by 2030.
    • Through the adoption of the euro and accession to the Schengen area, Croatia has made two significant advancements in its integration with the European Union (EU). On January 1st, the nation became the 20th official member of the eurozone, and the end of land border checks with Slovenia and Hungary, two nearby countries, signifies its entry into the Schengen area.
  • Sporting accomplishments:
    • The Haryana women's hockey team defeated Madhya Pradesh 2-0 in the final game to win the Khelo India Youth Games 2022 Women's Under 18 Qualifiers.
    • Madhya Pradesh won the men's under-18 hockey qualifying for the Khelo India Youth Games 2022 by defeating Odisha 6-5 on December 30 in Bhubaneswar.
    • Koneru Humpy, a former rapid chess champion, has earned India's first silver medal at the FIDE World Blitz Chess Championships by defeating Zhongyi Tan of China. The championship took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan from December 29 to 30, and was won in the men's section by Magnus Carlsen and in the women's section by Bibisara Balabayeva of Kazakhstan.
  • Appointments
    • The Government of India has given the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Sujoy Lal Thaosen the additional charge as Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF). He replaced Pankaj Kumar Singh, who retired on 31 December 2022.
    • Sundararaman Ramamurthy has been appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BSE Limited.
    • Ajay Kumar Srivastava becomes the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public sector Indian Overseas Bank on 1 January 2023.
    • Dinesh Kumar Shukla, a distinguished scientist and former Executive Director of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), took on the role of Chairman of AERB for a three-year period.
    • The government of Uttar Pradesh has selected IPS officer Laxmi Singh to be the new chief of police in Noida, making her the first woman to hold this position in the state.
    • The Maharashtra government has chosen Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran to lead the newly formed Economic Advisory Council of Maharashtra.
    • The Board of Directors of IDBI Bank has reappointed Suresh Kishinchand Khatanhar as Deputy Managing Director of the bank for a one-year term, effective January 15, 2023, with the approval of the Reserve Bank of India.
  • Awards and recognitions:
    • Bank of Baroda, the second-largest public sector bank in India, received the EAG Laureate award at the International Olympiad of Financial Security held in Sochi, Russia on October 10, 2022.
  • Books:
    • British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore recently discussed his book "The World: A Family History" in an interview with Indian historian Manu S. Pillai. The book examines the role that people and families have played in the connections and conflicts throughout world history. It is published by Hachette India.
  • RBI launched UTKARSH 2.0
  • International year of Millets, 2023
  • SBI Card and Punjab & Sind Bank to launch a co-branded credit card
  • Supreme Court gives its verdict on the Demonetization case
  • Adani group acquires NDTV founders Roys' 27.26% equity stake for over Rs. 600 crore
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