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Current Affairs One-Liner : 13th September 2023

Published on September 13, 2023
  • National:
    • The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) in India has launched five transformative initiatives to foster inclusivity and empower persons with disabilities.
Current Affairs One-Liner : 13th September 2023
    • The second phase (Phase II) of the Varuna-23 was conducted in the Arabian Sea. The exercise witnessed participation of guided missile frigates, tanker, Maritime Patrol Aircraft and integral helicopters from the two sides.
    • Bharti AXA Life Insurance has launched a new product called 'Income Laabh’. This plan aims to simplify insurance and provide maximum protection to its customers
    • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the reappointment of Sandeep Bakhshi as the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank Limited. His reappointment was approved by shareholders at the bank’s Annual General Meeting
    • GQG Partners, a US-based investment firm, acquired over 5 crore shares in IDFC First Bank from V Vaidyanathan, the MD and CEO of the bank. The transaction was a block trade. The proceeds of the sale, net of STT and other brokerage charges, amount to Rs 478.7 crore.
    • Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai launched the ‘Mashaal’ for the 37th National Games at a program held in Durbar Hall Raj Bhavan, Donapaula. The 37th National Games will be held in Goa from October 25 to November 9.
    • The Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Transport Department of Kerala to expand the scope of the open mobility network in the state.
    • Andhra Pradesh Governor S Abdul Nazeer has released six special postal covers on “Manyam Viplava Saradhi Alluri Sitarama Raju” in honour of unsung heroes through the medium of philately.
    • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone for the Nyoma airfield near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The strategic Nyoma belt in eastern Ladakh will soon have a new airfield, according to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
    • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) organized the ‘Vaishali Festival of Democracy’ at Nalanda University in Bihar. This festival was held on Friday, September 15, which also coincides with the International Day of Democracy.
    • The ‘Ayushman Bhav’ campaign was inaugurated by President Droupadi Murmu on September 13. This campaign is a significant step towards redefining healthcare accessibility and inclusivity across India.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated several rail sector projects in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh. The projects, worth around Rs 6,350 crores. These projects are expected to bolster regional connectivity and contribute to tourism and employment.
    • Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal represented India at the Eastern Economic Forum, 2023, which was held in Vladivostok, Russia from September 10 to 13. He met with several Russian ministers and discussed various aspects of bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of ports, shipping, waterways and trade
  • Obituary:
    • Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, the British scientist who led the team that created Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal from an adult cell, has passed away at the age of 79. His pioneering work at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh laid the foundations for stem cell research and the field of regenerative medicine.
    • Dennis Austin, the co-creator of PowerPoint, passed away at the age of 76 in his home in Los Altos, California on September 11.Dennis Austin was a visionary behind the creation of PowerPoint. He worked with Robert Gaskins, the Forethought executive who conceived the software.
  • Important Days:
    • National Forest Martyrs Day is observed every year on September 11th in India. This day is a tribute to those brave individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice while courageously protecting the forests and wildlife, which hold immense significance for the overall health of our planet.
    • The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation was celebrated on September 12, 2023. The day is marked to celebrate the economic, social, and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the South. The theme for this year was "Solidarity, Equity and Partnership: Unlocking South-South Cooperation to Achieve the SDGs".
  • Economy:
    • The Poultry Federation of India has expressed concerns about the recent India-U.S. deal on poultry. The deal was signed during the G-20 meetings when U.S. delegations headed by President Joe Biden were in India.
    • The Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has indeed introduced an online allotment of safe deposit locker facility. This new facility can be accessed by both customers and non-customers just by logging into the bank’s portal.
  • World:
    • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has indeed arrived in Russia ahead of a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. This meeting is expected to bring together two leaders who are increasingly isolated on the world stage.
    • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, has indeed criticized the Taliban’s systematic assault on freedom in Afghanistan. He stated that human rights are in a state of collapse in Afghanistan, more than two years after the Taliban returned to power and stripped back institutional protections at all levels.
  • Sports:
    • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has indeed withdrawn the hosting rights of the upcoming Olympic qualifiers from Pakistan. This decision was taken due to the ongoing tussle between the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the state-governed Pakistan Sports Board.
    • India’s International Master Divya Deshmukh from Maharashtra won the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid title in the women’s category at the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Blitz 2023.
    • Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal had a great run at the NĂ– OPEN 2023 ATP Challenger in Tulln, Austria. Although he didn’t win the title, reaching the finals is a significant achievement.
    • Indian archer Prathamesh Jawkar won the silver medal in the men’s compound event at the Archery World Cup Final 2023 in Hermosillo, Mexico

Questions:

Q.1 Who was the co-creator of PowerPoint who recently passed away?
a. Robert Gaskins
b. Dennis Austin
c. Bill Gates
d. Steve Jobs

Q.2 Who withdrew the hosting rights of the upcoming Olympic qualifiers from Pakistan?
a. International Olympic Committee
b. Pakistan Hockey Federation
c. International Hockey Federation
d. Pakistan Sports Board
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