Daily Current Affairs and GK | 24 April 2024

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Topic: Banking System

1. NABARD released its Climate Strategy 2030 document.

  • On the occasion of Earth Day, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) released its Climate Strategy 2030 document.
  • The Climate Strategy 2030 document has been released by Shaji KV, Chairman of NABARD.
  • Its main aim is to address India’s need for green financing. As per the NABARD, India requires $170 billion annually to reach a cumulative total of over $2.5 trillion by 2030.
  • NABARD’s Climate Strategy 2030 is based on four key pillars: accelerating green lending across sectors, playing a broader market-making role, internal green transformation and strategic resource mobilization.
  • Until 2019-20, about $49 billion has been collected by India in green financing. The majority of funds were for mitigation while $5 billion was allocated towards adaptation and resilience.
  • This strategy will make NABARD a pivotal player in India’s transition towards a resilient and sustainable economy.

Topic: Economy/Banking/Finance

2. BharatPe One has been launched by BharatPe.

  • BharatPe One is all-in-one payment device. It integrates a point of sale, QR code, and speaker into one device.
  • In the 1st phase, BharatPe One will be launched in 100 cities and in 450 cities over the next six months.
  • BharatPe One offers payment options including QR code, tap-and-pay and traditional card payment.
  • BharatPe One is having a high-definition touchscreen display, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • It is powered by the latest Android operating system.

Topic: Important Days

3. National Panchayati Raj Day: 24 April

  • National Panchayati Raj Day is observed each year on 24 April.
  • On 24th April 1993, the President gave his assent to the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Bill providing constitutional status to Panchayats.
  • National Panchayati Raj Day was first announced in 2010.
  • Mahatma Gandhi advocated the idea of Panchayati rule.
  • In 2024, there is not a particular theme for the National Panchayati Raj Day in India.
  • The Ministry of Panchayati Raj will host a national colloquium on ‘Governance at the Grassroots after Three Decades of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment’.
  • This will be hosted at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi to mark the celebration of the day.

Topic: Sports

4. Saurav Ghosal has declared retirement from professional Squash.

  • Saurav Ghosal is an Indian squash player. However, he will continue to play for India.
  • Ghosal won 12 Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles during his career.
  • He also won many medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) and Asian Games during his career.
  • He was also a former top 10 athlete in world squash rankings.
  • He reached the level in April 2019. He stayed there for six months.
  • He is the only Indian man, who entered the top 10 in the World rankings. He is nine-time Asian Games medallist.
  • The PSA World Tour is a professional circuit for squash players.
  • It is similar to the ATP and WTA in tennis and BWF in badminton.
  • Malaysian Open Squash Championships was his final PSA title win in November 2021. In this Championship, he beat Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez.
  • The 2024 Windy City Open was his final PSA Tour appearance. In this, he lost to USA’s Timothy Brownell.
  • He won 13 national titles, and three CWG medals.
  • He is the first Indian male player who won a CWG squash medal in a singles competition.

Topic: Reports and Indices/Rankings

5. According to the TRAI report, internet subscribers increased by 1.96% in the December quarter.

  • On April 23, the "Indian Telecom Service Performance Indicator Report" for the quarter ending December 31, 2023, was released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
  • In the total number of internet subscribers, the report shows an increase from 918.19 million in September 2023 to 936.16 million in December 2023, showing a quarterly growth of 1.96%.
  • Of these subscribers, wired internet customers number 38.57 million, while 897.59 million access the internet wirelessly.
  • The number of broadband internet subscribers reached 904.54 million by the end of December, compared to 885 million in September, showing a growth of 2.21%.
  • During the period, wireline tele-density increased from 2.22% to 2.28%, showing a quarterly growth rate of 2.56%.
  • Additionally, monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) for wireless services increased from Rs 149.66 in the September quarter to Rs 152.55 in the December quarter, showing a growth of 1.93%.
  • On a year-on-year basis, monthly ARPU for wireless services grew by 8.09% during the quarter.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

6. Laureus Sportsman Award presented to Novak Djokovic.

  • Tennis Novak Djokovic won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year honor for a record 5th time after 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2019 at a star-studded ceremony in Madrid on April 22.
  • Spain's World Cup-winning soccer star Aitana Bonmati won the World Sportswoman of the Year award.
  • England star footballer Jude Bellingham won the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award for his early impact at Real Madrid.
  • List of winners at Laureus Sports Awards

Category

Winners

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

 Novak Djokovic

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award

 Aitana Bonmat­

Laureus World Team of the Year Award

 Spain Women's Football Team

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award

 Jude Bellingham

Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award

 Simone Biles

Laureus Sport for Good Award

 Fundaci³n Rafa Nadal

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award

 Diede de Groot

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award

 Arisa Trew

 

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Topic: Defence

7. Lightest Bullet Proof Jacket in India has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

  • This Jacket grants protection against the highest threat level 6 of BIS ammunition.
  • Recently, successful test of this bullet proof jacket was done at Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh.
  • According to the Ministry of Defence, this jacket is based upon new design approach.
  • In this approach, novel material along with new processes have been used.
  • The front Hard Armour Panel (HAP) of this jacket defeats multiple hits.
  • It is made up of monolithic ceramic plate with polymer backing. This improves the wearability and comfort during the operation.

Topic: International News

8. Papua New Guinea has appointed 1st defence adviser to India.

  • Col Edison Napyo has been appointed as 1st defence advisor to India.
  • PNG’s acting Chief of Defence Force Commodore Philip Polewara gave Col Edison Napyo a farewell on April 17.
  • This is a key step towards improving defence cooperation between India and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  • PM Modi visited Papua New Guinea (PNG) in May 2023. He attended the third summit of the Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC).
  • Diplomatic relations between India and Papua New Guinea (PNG) were formalised in 1976.
  • Last August, the Prime Minister of PNG James Marape visited the two Indian Naval ships that made a call at Port Moresby.
  • The FIPIC includes Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Palau, PNG, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Topic: Indian Economy

9. The government is planning to boost exports of 20 items.

  • India’s agriculture exports declined 9 per cent between April to February in FY24 to $43.7 billion.
  • The export has declined due to the Red Sea crisis, the Russia-Ukraine war and domestic restrictions.
  • The government is planning to boost the export of 20 items, including bananas, mangoes, potatoes, and baby corn.
  • These items include fresh grapes, guava, pomegranate, watermelon, onion, green chilli, capsicum, okra, garlic, groundnut, and alcoholic beverages.
  • India’s exports of these items in 2022 were $9.03 billion. These items were exported mainly to the US, Malaysia, Canada, Russia, Germany, France, and Korea.
  • APEDA is developing a sea protocol to reduce the logistics cost for the export of horticulture produce.
  • India’s share is about 2.5 per cent in global exports and the government is aiming to take export to 4-5 per cent in the coming years
  • In the last fiscal, exports of the 719 scheduled agri-products in the APEDA basket declined by 6.85 per cent to 22.4 billion.
  • The exports of basmati rice increased 22 per cent from $4.2 billion in April-February 2022-23.

Topic: Awards and honors

10. Bangladeshi Singer Rezwana Choudhury received the Padma Shri Award.

  • Renowned Bangladeshi singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya received the prestigious Padma Shri Award.
  • Droupadi Murmu presented the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri Awards for the year 2024 at the Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • She received the award for her contribution to the field of Art. She is a practitioner of Rabindra Sangeet.
  • She sang “Vaishnav Jan To” to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • She runs ‘Shurer Dhara’, a prestigious music school in Dhaka. She has also written many books on Rabindra Sangeet.

Bangladeshi Singer Rezwana Choudhury

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: National Appointment

11. Naima Khatoon became the first woman VC of AMU in more than 100 years.

  • Naima Khatoon has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for a term of five years, making her the first woman to hold the top post in over 100 years.
  • Khatoon was appointed after obtaining approval from President Draupadi Murmu, who is the Visitor of the University.
  • In view of the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), permission was also sought from the Election Commission of India (ECI).
  • She was appointed the principal of the Women's College in 2014.
  • Established in 1875, Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College became AMU after the Aligarh Muslim University Act in 1920.
  • In September 2020, AMU completed 100 years as a university, making it one of the oldest universities in India.
  • There has been no woman Vice Chancellor in the university till now.
  • In 1920, Begum Sultan Jahan was appointed as the AMU Chancellor. She remains the only woman to hold this position.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

12. Pavuluri Subba Rao, founder of Anant Technologies, received the Aryabhata Award for his contribution to space science.

  • Pavuluri Subba Rao, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Ananth Technologies, has been honored with the 'Aryabhatta Award' instituted by the Aeronautical Society of India (ASI).
  • He was also awarded the title of 'Distinguished Fellow' of ASI.
  • He received the award in recognition of Rao's "tremendous lifetime contribution to the promotion of space science in India".
  • In 1992, Rao incorporated Ananth Technologies Limited to indigenously design and develop some of the country’s most sophisticated avionics for ISRO and the Defence sector.
  • The Hyderabad-based company employs over 1,600 people across its three centers of excellence in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram.
  • ATL has supplied key components and technologies to 98 satellites and 78 launch vehicles for the Indian space programs.

Topic: Biotechnology and Diseases

13. A new oral vaccine for Cholera has been pre-qualified by the WHO.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has pre-qualified a new oral vaccine for Cholera, Euvichol-S.
  • It has a similar efficacy to existing vaccines but has a simplified formulation.
  • It will help in the rapid production and supply of vaccines for Cholera.
  • Euvichol-S is a simplified formulation of the oral cholera vaccine (OCV) Euvichol-Plus.
  • This vaccine is manufactured by South Korea-based EuBiologics Co., Ltd.
  • WHO prequalification list already includes Euvichol and Euvichol-Plus inactivated oral cholera vaccines produced by EuBiologicals Co., Ltd.
  • In 2022, 473,000 cholera cases were reported, double from 2021.
  • EuBiologics is the largest supplier of oral cholera vaccines in the world.
  • Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

Topic: Awards and Prizes

14. Ratan Tata has received the KISS Humanitarian Award 2021.

  • Founder of KIIT and KISS (Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences), Achyuta Samanta, presented the award during the award ceremony.
  • Tata Group Chairman N. Chandrasekaran and three-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej attended the award ceremony.
  • Tata’s receipt of the award was originally announced in 2021. However, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ratan Tata is Chairman Emeritus of the Tata Group. He is a renowned industrialist and philanthropist.
  • The KISS Humanitarian Award was established in 2008 by Achyuta Samanta.
  • It aims to acknowledge organizations and individuals that epitomize humanitarian work on a global scale.
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