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Current Affairs One-Liner: 3rd February 2023

Published on February 03, 2023
  • The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has begun exporting aviation fuel, which is needed to fly tiny planes and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). India is exporting fuel for the first time in the country’s history.
  • The OneSight Essilor Luxottica Foundation and Prasad Netralaya are partners in the Goa government's Vision for All School Eye Health initiative.
Current Affairs One-Liner: 3rd February 2023
  • Nirmala Sitharaman, the Union Finance Minister, stated during the presentation of the Union Budget 2023–24 in the Lok Sabha that the budget adopts 7 priorities that will direct us through "Amrit Kaal." The following seven goals are of particular importance: (1) Inclusive Development; (2) Reaching the Last Mile; (3) Infrastructure and Investment; (4) Unleashing the Potential; (5) Green Growth; (6) Youth Power; and (7) Finance Sector.
  • The current year's economic growth is predicted to reach 7%, "highest among all the major economies," according to the Union Budget 2023–24.
  • Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, plans to implement e-scooter services in the city to address last-mile connection difficulties. In 250 places, 1500 e-scooters will be available by the end of the next year.
  • Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has opened 400 "Aam Aadmi clinics" in Amritsar, Punjab.
  • India is now the second nation in the world, following China, to begin the "trade-plus-one" (T+1) settlement cycle for top-listed securities. It intends to increase stock market participants' comfort, operational efficiency, and speed of fund transfers and share distribution.
  • According to a joint statement issued by India and Egypt at the summit meeting, Egypt intends to grant land to Indian businesses in the Suez Canal Special Economic Zone, and India can set up the proposal's master plan.
  • Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat earned the most GST compensation over the five-year transition period from July 2017 to June 2022, according to a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) analysis.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the government's ambitious project "Har Gaon Hariyali" has achieved its goal of planting 1.35 million seedlings while just planting 90 lakh saplings during the current fiscal year.
  • The list of 120 startups and innovators for the Extended Reality (XR) Startup Programme in New Delhi, Delhi, has been released by Meta (Meta Platforms, Inc., formerly known as Facebook) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The programme, which aims to support India's developing tech sector, consists of an accelerator and a grand challenge.
  • One of India's leading Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) training and manufacturing organisations, Drone Destination Private Limited (DD), based in Delhi, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna (Bihar) to establish the state's first Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)-approved drone training centre.
  • The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) reported that India's unemployment rate decreased from 8.30% in December 2022 to 7.14% in January 2023, the lowest level in 4 months. In November 2022, the unemployment rate was 8.03%; in October it was 7.92%; and in September it was 6.43%.
  • In light of the Union Budget 2023–24's emphasis on green growth, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw declared that by December 2023, India would design and produce its first hydrogen train.
  • The board of IDFC Limited approved the investment of Rs 2,200 crore in IDFC First Bank, increasing its ownership of the institution from 36.38% to 40%.
  • At PVR Aerohub in the Chennai International Airport in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, PVR Cinemas opened its five-screen facility (TN). This is the first multiplex in India to be located inside an airport complex.
  • International affairs:
    • Manuela Roka Botey was nominated prime minister of Equatorial Guinea, making her the first woman to hold the role in the nation. The declaration was made through a decree that was read aloud on national television by the nation's president since 1979, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
    • The Reserve Bank of Australia has stated that it will discontinue printing its $5 banknotes with an image of King Charles III and replace it with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the current head of the British monarchy.
    • Israeli firm Cloudify, which specialises in cloud orchestration and infrastructure automation, has been bought by Dell Technologies for USD 100 million
  • Sports:
    • Yuzvendra Chahal attained the milestone during the second T20I against New Zealand in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, becoming the best wicket-taker for Team India in T20I Cricket history. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is second on the leaderboard with 90 wickets in 87 T201s, while Chahal has 91 wickets in 75 games.
    • In a women's cup quarterfinal game between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, a white card was used for the first time. Portugal started the card in an effort to raise the ethical standards in sports.
  • Days:
    • In order to raise awareness of wetlands, a crucially essential ecosystem on the world, and their crucial role in people's lives, the United Nations (UN) sponsors World Wetlands Day every year on February 2. On this day in 1971, the "Convention on Wetlands of International Importance" (commonly known as the "Ramsar Convention"), an international agreement, was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar, which is located along the Caspian Sea."Wetland Restoration" will be the focus of World Wetlands Day in 2023.
  • Awards:-
    • V Karthikeyan Pandian, an IAS official and private secretary to the chief minister of Odisha, has received the FIH President's award. Pandian was recognised for hosting the 2023 FIH Men's Hockey World Cup in Sundargarh and Bhubaneswar.
  • Obituary:
    • Parimal Dey, a former Indian football player affectionately known as "Jangla-da," died on February 1, 2023, at the age of 81. He was born in West Bengal on May 4th, 1941.
  • Books:-
    • The Last Heroes- Foot Soldiers of Indian Freedom, a new book by Indian columnist (journalist) and author Palagummi Sainath (P Sainath), comprehensively discusses the history of India's freedom war from the viewpoint of regular people. India Viking, a Penguin Random House division, released the book.
  • General Atomics starts project in India on AI, drones and semiconductors
  • Revamping Prasar Bharti
  • Allocation of funds under the FAME scheme increased
  • RBI’s First Stage of Digital Rupee Implemented by Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Indore Municipal Corporation issues Rs 244 crore secured redeemable NCDs
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