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Current Affairs November 2023

  • 24-Feb-2023
  • Former CEO of Mastercard and the new president of the World Bank, Ajay Banga

    In response to controversy surrounding climate change, David Malpass, the previous president of the World Bank, resigned before the end of his term. Following his resignation, US President Joe Biden recently proposed Ajay Banga, the former CEO of Master Card, to take over as president of the World Bank. Ajay is skilled at managing economic concerns related to climate change.

  • India's Rudrankksh Patil won the gold medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup.

    The ISSF World Shooting Championship is organised by the International Shooting Sport Federation. The first one was held in 1897. Cairo recently hosted the 2023 ISSF Shooting World Cup. Rudrankksh Patil and R Narmada Nithin of India won the gold medal. This is the first time India wins gold in the competition.

  • SC rejects PIL regarding menstruation leave

    The Supreme Court received a Public Interest Lawsuit about menstrual leave. The Supreme Court first agreed to consider the PIL and stated that it would "hear it in a week." Recently, nevertheless, the SC declined to hear the PIL. According to SC, adopting legislation or making judgements about these leaves will discourage women from finding employment. The Supreme Court further noted that the government is in charge of finding a solution. and advised the petitioner to contact the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

  • 23-Feb-2023
  • What are the risks of Ohio Derailment

    On February 3, 2023, a freight train derailed in the East Palestine town of Ohio state in the US. The train was carrying hazardous chemicals. Following the derailment, the train company burnt the carcinogenic chemicals in the freights. This released toxic smoke in the region. Hundreds were forced to vacate their homes. Residents complained of nausea and severe vomiting after the incident.

  • NTPC ranked top independent power producer

    The S&P Global commodity insights recently released the ranking of the top 250 independent energy producers in the world. The energy producers were ranked based on four criteria such as return on investment, revenue generation, total assets, and profits gained. NTPC topped the ranking.

  • Sikhs and Jews most targeted in hate crimes in US

    The FBI recently released its annual compilation of nationwide incidents. According to the report, Sikhs and Jews are the most targeted in hate crimes. There were 1005 religion-related hate crimes in the US in 2021. Of these, anti-Sikhs were 21.3% and Anti-Jews were 21.3%.

  • Australia defeated India in the women's T20 World Cup semifinals.

    The T20 Women's World Cup is being held in South Africa by the ICC. India defeated Ireland to go to the semifinals. It faced Australia in the semifinals. India fought valiantly under Harmanpreet Kaur's leadership. The captain was suffering from a high fever and was doubtful to play the match. Thankfully, she took part in the game and scored 52 runs. Australia entered the field to bat and scored 172 runs losing four wickets. The Indian team had some difficulty reaching the goal. To win the game, the strike rate had to be at least 8.6. India has scored approximately 135 runs and lost six wickets in 15 overs. India's score after 19 overs was 157/7. India was at 163/8 after 19.5 overs when they lost another wicket. And in the final, Australia prevailed by 5 runs.

  • 22-Feb-2023
  • US presidential campaign of Vivek Ramaswamy begins

    Indian-American Vivek Ramaswamy lives in the United States. He is a republican and an anti-environment activist (Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and other Democrats are all Republicans). Those opposed to environmental control are known as anti-environmentalists. He founded a business to outlaw environmental governance programmes. He invests in biotech.

  • 04-Feb-2022
  • New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell wins ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2021

    New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell has been named the winner of the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2021 for his gesture during the New Zealand vs England semifinal in the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

    Mitchell has become the fourth New Zealand cricketer to win the award after Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and skipper Kane Williamson. Mitchell won the award for refusing to take a single in the T20 World Cup semi-final against England on November 10, 2021.

  • Chandrayaan 3 launch scheduled for August 2022: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

    The much-awaited Chandrayaan 3 mission is scheduled for launch in August 2022, informed Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, in a written to the Lok Sabha on February 2, 2022.

    The Union Minister said that the realization of the Chandrayaan 3 mission is in progress, based on the learnings from Chandrayaan-2 and suggestions made by the national level experts. Many related hardware and their special tests have been completed successfully and the launch is scheduled for August 2022.

    A successful soft landing on the Moon will make India the fourth country to do so and first to do so near the lunar South Pole. India's Chandrayaan 2 mission had previously crashed at what is now called the Jawahar point on the moon.

  • India becomes first team to qualify for four consecutive U19 World Cup finals

    India has become the first team in the history of the U19 World Cup to qualify for four consecutive U-19 World Cup finals. India made it through the final of the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 after a 96-run win over Australia at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

    India has qualified for the U19 World Cup finals backed by a phenomenal 204-run third-wicket partnership between skipper Yash Dhull and deputy skipper Shaik Rasheed, which took India to 290/5 in their 50 overs. India scored 27 runs in the final over and Yash Dhull was named player of the match for his spectacular century knock.

  • PM Modi to inaugurate Statue of Equality in Hyderabad on February 5

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Hyderabad on February 5, 2022. He will be dedicating a 216-feet tall ‘Statue of Equality’ commemorating 11th-century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya to the nation in Hyderabad.

    PM Modi will also visit International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) campus in Patancheru, Hyderabad and kickstart the 50th Anniversary celebrations of ICRISAT and inaugurate two research facilities- ICRISAT’s Climate Change Research Facility on Plant Protection and ICRISAT’s Rapid Generation Advancement Facility.

    The Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a coordination meeting with the officials of various Heads of the department to review the preparations ahead of the Prime Minister's visit. The police department will make adequate security arrangements.

  • NASA to retire ISS in January 2031

    NASA is planning to retire the International Space Station (ISS) in January 2031 and has laid out a detailed transition plan. The space agency is planning to open the ISS for commercial activities in its final decade of operational life. NASA plans to "deorbit" the ISS and crash it into the Pacific Ocean in January 2031. Before its retirement, NASA is looking forward to a decade of results from research and technology development aboard the space station.

  • IPL 2022 to be held in Mumbai and Pune, playoffs likely in Ahmedabad

    BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed recently that IPL 2022 will be held in Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra. The playoffs are likely to be held in Ahmedabad but a formal decision is likely to be taken at a later stage. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that the final decision on the venues for the knockout stages will be taken later.

  • NASA's Artemis 1 mission to Moon delayed till March

    NASA's 'Artemis 1' mission, which aims to return humans to the Moon, has been delayed until March. The mission was scheduled for launch earlier in February. NASA informed that the 'Space Launch System' rocket and Orion spacecraft will not be rolled out for testing "no earlier than March 2022". NASA has added additional time to complete closeout activities inside the Vehicle Assembly building before rolling the integrated rocket and spacecraft out for the first time.

  • Yash Dhull third Indian to score century in ICC U19 World Cup

    India U19 skipper Yash Dhull has become the third Indian to score a century in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after Virat Kohli and Unmukht Chand. Yash Dhull's century knock came in India's semi-final match against Australia in ICC U19 World Cup 2022. Dhull along with deputy skipper Shaik Rasheed put up an incredible 204-run partnership for the third wicket. This was the second biggest partnership of the tournament. The Indian U19 skipper said after the win that the plan was for him and Rasheed to bat till the end and it worked.

  • Indian diplomat to skip Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 over Galwan soldier row

    Indian diplomat in Beijing has decided to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 opening and closing ceremony after China chose a soldier, who fought in the Galwan Valley clash against Indian troops in 2020, as a torchbearer. India's foreign ministry called it "regrettable" while announcing the diplomat's decision. The Ministry said that it indeed regrettable that the Chinese side has chosen to politicise an event like the Olympics. Indian media channel Doordarshan said that it will not live telecast the opening or closing ceremony. Only one Indian athlete will be participating in the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

  • 03-Feb-2022
  • Australian Government announces billion-dollar package to protect Great Barrier Reef

    A billion-dollar plan has been unveiled by the Australian Government to protect the Climate ravaged Great Barrier Reef. The plan aims to prevent the vast networks of corals from being removed from UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The plan has been announced months after narrowly avoiding the reef being placed on UNESCO’s in danger list. As per the recent study, bleaching had affected 98% of reefs since 1998, leaving just a fraction of untouched. People in Australia are also in favour of action to limit climate change after experiencing strings of global warming-worsened disasters.

  • India’s GDP projected to grow by 8-8.5 percent in FY 2023

    India’s GDP is projected to grow by 8-8.5 percent in Fiscal Year 2022-23, as per Economic Survey 2021-22. The Economic Survey 2022 was tabled by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha. The survey report has been prepared by Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal and his team of advisors.

  • BharatPe Firm begins Independent Audit

    BharatPe has started an independent audit of the "company's internal processes and systems". This comes a week after BharatPe’s co-founder Ashneer Grover took a voluntary leave till March-end after a controversy over an audio clip, in which he was heard verbally abusing a Kotak Mahindra Bank employee. His wife Madhuri Jain Grover, who is the Head of Controls, has also gone on leave.

  • What Got Costlier and Cheaper?

    Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced slew of changes in the customs duty for several products in her Union Budget Speech 2022, which will invariably affect the price of the commodities. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced 5% deduction in customs duty on gems, cut and polished diamonds. The customs duty on imitation jewelry and chemicals has also been reduced. The customs duty on umbrellas has been increased to 20%.

  • Income Tax 2022 Budget: No change in Income Tax slabs

    Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that individuals will now be able to file an updated Income Tax Return within two years of the relevant assessment year. The Finance Minister did not announce any change in the income tax slabs. The income tax slabs and rates will remain same as before.

  • Check Tax on Crypto in India!

    FM Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Reserve Bank of India will be introducing a digital rupee in her Union Budget 2022-23 speech on February 1, 2022. The introduction of the central bank digital currency will give a huge boost to the economy. The digital rupee introduced by the RBI will be held in a digital wallet, under the supervision of the central bank.

  • Lieutenant General PGK Menon appointed as new Military Secretary in Army Headquarters

    Lieutenant General PGK Menon has been appointed as the new Military Secretary in the Army Headquarters. He was previously serving as the commander of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps.

    The Military Secretary is one of the Principal Staff Officers of the Chief of Army Staff. The role of the Military Secretary is being responsible for promotions and postings of the entire officer cadre of the Indian Army. 

  • PR Sreejesh becomes second Indian to win World Games Athlete of the Year 2021 award

    Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper, PR Sreejesh was named World Games Athlete of the Year 2021 on January 31, 2022. He became the first Indian male athlete and second Indian sportsperson overall to win the honour.

    Indian women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal was the first Indian to win the World Games Athlete of the Year honour in 2020 .

    PR Sreejesh was an integral part of the Indian men's hockey team that won the bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The 33-year-old beat Spain's sport climbing Olympic champion Alberto Ginés López and Italian wushu player Michele Giordano to win the World Games Athlete of the Year 2021 award.

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