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Current Affairs One-Liner: 4th January 2023

Published on January 04, 2023
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has launched a program called the "CM's Sukhashray Sahayata Kosh," which has a budget of INR 101 crore. The aim of this program is to provide higher education opportunities to needy children and destitute women.
  • The R.T.M. Nagpur University in Nagpur, Maharashtra, will host the 108th Indian Science Congress (ISC) from January 3–7, 2023. On January 3, 2023, Indian Science Congress was officially launched via videoconferencing by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • "Science and technology for sustainable development with women empowerment" is the theme.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has initiated a program called "Mission 929" in Tripura. This program will focus on improving voter turnout at 929 polling booths in the state, with the goal of increasing the voter turnout to 92% in the next assembly elections.
Current Affairs One-Liner: 4th January 2023
  • CRPF celebrated ‘Jashn-e-Chillai-Kalan’ with students in Srinagar.
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) celebrated its 65th foundation day on 1st January 2023.
  • The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoS&T) has announced the "National Geospatial Policy, 2022," which is now in effect. This policy was implemented following the liberalization of the use of geospatial data under the draft Geospatial Data Policy in February 2021.
  • The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) have launched the SMART (Scope for Mainstreaming Ayurveda Research in Teaching Professionals) program.
  • Niva Bupa Health Insurance Company Limited (formerly Max Bupa Health Insurance Company) has entered into a Corporate Agency Agreement with Sundaram Finance Limited. Niva Bupa is a standalone health insurance company, while Sundaram Finance is a diversified financial services group.
  • Bandhan Bank has launched a new integrated marketing campaign called "Jahaan Bandhan, Wahaan Trust" featuring Sourav Ganguly, the bank's brand ambassador, and a cricketing legend, as its spokesperson.
  • According to figures from the Ministry of Finance, India's external debt was $610.5 billion in Q2 of the fiscal year 2022-23 (July-September 2022), a decrease of $2.3 billion from Q1 of the same fiscal year (April-June 2022).
  • The Chief Justice of India (CJI), Dhananjaya Yashwant (DY) Chandrachud, has launched the Electronic Supreme Court Reports (E-SCR) project. This project aims to provide free access to around 34,000 Supreme Court judgments to lawyers, law students, and the general public.
  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is prepared to launch India's first Atmamirbhar human flight, "Gaganyaan," by the year 2024, according to an announcement by Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for Science and Technology.
  • Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Ministry of Defense (MoD), has dedicated 28 infrastructure projects worth INR 724 crores in seven border states/union territories to the nation at an event held at the Siyom Bridge along the Along-Yinkiong Road in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The government of Uttar Pradesh has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) worth INR 18,590 crores with six companies based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These MoUs were signed in preparation for the "Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit 2023," which will be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in February 2023.
  • Obituary:
    • At the age of 81, the revered spiritual figure Siddeshwar Swami, the seer of Sri Jnanayogashrama in Vijayapura, Karnataka, who was renowned for his learned lectures and compelling oratory, passed away in Karnataka.
  • International News:
    • Sweden has taken over the presidency of the European Union Council for the first half of the year, succeeding the Czech Republic. This change in leadership occurs on January 1st of each year.
  • Sporting accomplishments:
    • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to prioritize player fitness ahead of the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup. As part of this effort, the Yo-Yo test has been reintroduced as a criterion for selecting the Indian national team.
    • In addition to the Yo-Yo test, the Dexa bone scan test will also be part of the selection criteria.
    • To promote safety and inclusivity, the World Boxing Council (WBC), one of the four organisations that oversee boxing, will include a transgender category starting in 2023.
  • Appointments
    • Air Marshal Pankaj Mohan Sinha has taken over as the commander of the Indian Air Force's Western Air Command.
    • Lingam Venkata Prabhakar, the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Canara Bank, has retired from his position upon reaching the age of superannuation.
    • Suhail Sameer, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BharatPe, a fintech start-up, has announced his resignation from the CEO position, effective January 7, 2023. He will transition into a strategic adviser role. Nalin Negi, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of BharatPe, will become the interim CEO.
    • Sundararaman Ramamurthy has been appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BSE Limited (formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange).
  • Books:
    • At the Kitaab Kolkata Event, renowned author Shashi Tharoor, a member of parliament from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, published his most recent book, "Ambedkar: A Life," a biography of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. It was published by Aleph books company.
  • Awards and accomplishments:
    • The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards for 2023 have been announced. A total of 27 people have been selected for this prestigious honor, which is the highest recognition for overseas Indians. The 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention will be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from January 8-10, 2023.
  • Important Days:
    • World Braille Day 2023 will be celebrated on 4th January 2023. It is a day to recognize and honor the life and work of Louis Braille, the inventor of the Braille system of reading and writing for blind and visually impaired people.
  • Microsoft and HDFC Bank Partner Together as Part of Digital Transformation Journey
  • ICICI Bank and Infosys Join Forces with India Accelerator Finacle
  • MHA establishes HPC to safeguard Ladakh's employment, culture, and language
  • India’s first project for Green Hydrogen Blending
  • Draft rules on online Gaming released
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