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Current Affairs One-Liner: 15th February 2023

Published on February 15, 2023
  • Sanjay K. Mehta, Chairman of the Deendayal Port Authority (DPA), Gandhidham, Gujarat, is the chairman of the High-Level Committee that the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways (MoPSW) established to draught the updated regulations for the operation of the roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) and roll-on-passenger (Ro-Pax) ferry service.
  • The 6th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Supreme Audit Institutes (SCO SAI) Leaders' Meeting took place from February 6–8, 2023, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP).
  • The 37th APEDA Foundation Day was marked on February 13, 2023, all across India by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), which is a division of the Ministry of Commerce and Trade.
  • The first completely automated escrow management system for co-lending in India has been introduced by Cashfree Payments, a top provider of payment and Application Programming Interface (API) banking solutions.
  • In order to address the financial needs of European businesses doing business in India and Indian businesses doing business in the European Union, ICICI Bank and BNP Paribas signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (EU).
  • On February 13th, 2023, HDFC Bank Ltd, situated in Mumbai (Maharashtra), would sell all of its 9.95% (1,65,731 Equity Shares) ownership holding in Softcell Technologies Global Private Limited (Softcell) for Rs 9.94 crore, or Rs 600.36 per Equity Share. A 2.05% interest in Softcell was sold by HDFC Bank for Rs 1.47 crore in March 2020.
  • As an unexpected bet on Vodafone's efforts to restructure its business, Liberty Global Plc, a multinational telecoms firm with headquarters in London, United Kingdom (UK), purchased a 4.9% holding (1.34 billion shares) in Vodafone Group Plc on February 14, 2023.
  • The Mizoram annual budget for the financial year 2023–2024 was presented on February 13th, 2023, by Zoramthanga, the CM of Mizoram and Finance Minister, with a total outlay of Rs 14,209.95 crores, an increase of Rs 201.80 crore from the 2022–2023 budget.
  • The 12th International Hindi Conference will be held in Fiji from February 15–17, 2023, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of India and the Government of Fiji. “Hindi: From Traditional Knowledge to Artificial Intelligence” is the theme. Objective: to advance Hindi as a world language.
  • In order to boost its digital infrastructure, Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) unveiled its own private cloud platform, "MAHABANK NAKSHATRA," on the 88th Business Commencement Day. Objective: To support the Bank's High-Performance Cloud Capabilities for hosting apps and its digital infrastructure.
  • The first National Metro Rail Knowledge Center in the nation will be designed and built by GA Infra Pvt Ltd, a renowned infrastructure firm in India.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is hosting the inaugural meeting of the Digital Economy Working Group in Lucknow from February 13–15 as part of India's G20 chairmanship. Its goal was to establish a digital economy that was safe, connected, and inclusive.
  • International Affairs:-
    • The election commission of Bangladesh named Mohammad Shahabuddin Chuppu, a 74-year-old former judge and independence fighter, as the country's new president on February 13, 2023. Shahabuddin Chuppu, the nominee of the ruling Awami League (AL) party, was chosen as Bangladesh's 22nd president without any opposition.
    • Following severe earthquakes in Turkey and neighbouring Syria, the World Bank has announced that it will give Turkey USD 1.78 billion in aid to help with relief and recovery activities.
  • Sports:-
    • At the Dallas Open 2023, held in Dallas, Texas, on February 12, 2023, Wu Yibing (age 23) became the first Chinese man to win an ATP Tour championship.
  • Days:-
    • Every year on February 15th, people all around the world commemorate International Childhood Cancer Day to raise awareness of the disease and pay tribute to all the children and families who have been affected by it.
  • Awards:
    • At the Taj Miss & Mrs. India 2023 grand finale, Mumbai native Akshata Rakshe was named the winner of Taj Miss India 2023.
  • West Bengal budget released by CM for 2023-24
  • First G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) meeting held in Bengaluru
  • India’s WPI inflation eases to 4.73% in January
  • Six income tax return forms for the assessment year 2023–24 were announced by CBDT
  • GoI to launch Millet International Initiative for Research and Awareness
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