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Current Affairs One-Liner: 20th February 2023

Published on February 20, 2023
  • The 12th World Hindi Conference, which was held in Nadi, Fiji, from February 15–17, 2023, voted to support Hindi as a language of contact–dialogue among all individuals who speak, comprehend, and are fond of it.
  • The "Rail Post Gati Shakti Express Cargo Service," a combined parcel service between India Post and Indian Railways, has officially begun operations. The service has begun in four sectors: Hyderabad to Hazrat Nizamuddin, Surat to Muzaffarpur, Bangalore to Guwahati, and Delhi to Kolkata. A total of 15 areas are expected to be covered in the first phase.
  • To simplify and hasten the passport issuance process, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, created the "mPassport Police App". Also, this software will assist in the prompt issuance and updating of passports.
  • The government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has approved a "Sensor-based Smart Agriculture" project for Rs. 30.40 crore for the automation of agricultural techniques and to make farming more effective and lucrative for farmers.
  • A new programme called "Mainstreaming Agriculture via Networks and Development Initiatives, or MANDI," has been launched by Mastercard and ACCESS Development Services in Assam with the goal of boosting Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) there.
  • The Punjab government has held the state's first "Prawn Fair" (Shrimp mela).
  • Antaris revealed that JANUS-1, the first satellite ever entirely conceptualised, constructed, and built using the business' end-to-end cloud platform, had successfully entered orbit.
  • When the radio signals are weak, the Indian Air Force has created an inventive technique called "Vayulink" to send radio communication to the base station.
  • International Affairs:-
    • The COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive destruction of human capital at crucial stages of the life cycle, especially affecting children and young people in underdeveloped and developing countries, according to the World Bank report "Collapse and Recovery: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Eroded Human Capital and What to Do About It".
    • After Royal Philips sold its household appliance company to Hillhouse Capital in September 2021, Philips Domestic Appliances, with headquarters in the Netherlands, changed its name to "Versuni."
  • Sports:-
    • Ramesh Krishnan, a former India Davis Cup tennis player, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual awards ceremony held in Chennai by the Rotary Club of Madras, T. Nagar (RCMT).
  • Appointment:-
    • Vikramaditya Singh Khichi, a former executive director (ED) of Bank of Baroda (BoB), was appointed by the Central Bank of India (RBI) to serve on the advisory committee for Reliance Capital Ltd. (RCL)
    • Lalithalakshmi, a senior official, was promoted to the position of director in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)
    • At a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan, Patna High Court Acting Chief Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh took Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar's oath to serve as the 30th Governor of Bihar.
  • Days:-
    • Every year on the third Saturday in February, people all over the world mark World Pangolin Day to raise awareness about this very endangered species. It was on 18 february this year.
    • Every year on February 20th, people all across the world observe International Day of Social Justice. The ILO Statement on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization was unanimously approved by the International Labor Organization on June 10, 2008. Theme 2023: “Overcoming Barriers and Unleashing Opportunities for Social Justice”
  • Awards:-
    • K.K. Shailaja, a former minister of health, has been chosen to receive the 32nd Ramashramam Unneerikkutty Prize. Justification: For her assistance to the State and her work as a minister during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Nipah outbreak.
  • India-Japan Army exercise ‘Dharma Guardian’
  • The UPI LITE feature is introduced for the first time in India by Paytm Payments Bank
  • The RBI publishes final guidelines on interest rate risk in banking books
  • World Day of Social Justice 2023 celebrated by UN
  • The INS Sumedha took part in the IDEX and NAVDEX
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