Daily Current Affairs and GK | 3 April 2024

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Topic: National News

1. TRAI issued a Consultation Paper on inputs for formulation of National Broadcasting Policy-2024.

  • The broadcasting industry is a sunrise industry, according to the Ministry of Communications.
  • It has enormous potential to support the expansion of the Indian economy.
  • With the goal of positioning India as a global hub for content, the paper addresses important concerns that are frequently present in the broadcasting industry.
  • It also covers topics including bolstering public service broadcasting, problems with different media and entertainment sectors, preventing piracy, and guaranteeing content security.
  • Stakeholder feedback on the Consultation Paper on Inputs for Formulation of National Broadcasting Policy-2024 is being sought by TRAI by April 30th.
  • TRAI has also asked for opinions on what steps should be taken to give "TV Dark Homes" access to reasonably priced TV services.
  • In the country, there are about 100 million "TV Dark Homes”. There are currently 182 million households with televisions.
  • Additionally, TRAI has requested recommendations for boosting domestic production of broadcasting equipment and lowering dependency on imported versions.
  • Additionally, opinions on the regulatory strategy and policy that should be used for online gaming have also been sought.
  • TRAI had last year issued a pre-consultation paper.
  • National Broadcasting Policy will be issued by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry.

Topic: Sports

2. Mirabai Chanu has become the sole Indian weightlifter who qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024.

  • After competing successfully in the IWF World Cup in Phuket, Thailand on April 1, 2024, Mirabai Chanu achieved this.
  • Chanu placed third in Group B of the women's 49kg competition, finishing 11th overall.
  • At the World Cup, Chanu lifted 184 kg in total. It was required as a final and compulsory qualifier for Paris 2024.
  • Chanu has fulfilled the requirements for the Olympics in Paris.
  • To qualify for the Olympics in Paris, athletes must compete in two required events and three additional qualifiers.
  • In the women's 49 kg Olympic Qualification Ranking (OQR), Chanu is currently ranked second. Chanu is behind China’s Jiang Huihua.
  • Mirabai Chanu is a Tokyo Olympics medallist.

Topic: Indian Economy

3. World Bank projected India’s economic growth to be 6.6% for FY25.

  • World Bank increased India’s economic growth projection by 20 basis points to 6.6 per cent for FY25.
  • The growth projection has been increased due to upward revisions to investment growth.
  • As per the World Bank, India’s FY24 growth rate will be 7.5%, which is lower than the National Statistical Office estimate of 7.6%.
  • The World Bank's earlier estimate for India’s FY24 growth was  6.3%.
  • Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) real GDP growth rate projection for FY24 is 7.3%.
  • The report highlighted that India’s growth pickup due to the public sector whereas private investment continues to remain weak.
  • As per the latest South Asia Development Update, South Asia is expected to remain the fastest-growing region in the world for the next two years.
  • Pakistan's economy is expected to grow by 2.3% in FY25 while Bangladesh will grow by 5.7% in FY25.
  • In Sri Lanka, output growth is expected to strengthen to 2.5% in 2025,
  • The fiscal deficit and government debt are projected to decline over the medium term.

Topic: Summits/ Conferences/ Meetings

4. INSA and NCGG are jointly organizing the LEADS Programme-2024 from 1-7 April 2024.

  • The Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) are jointly organizing the 2nd INSA-NCGG Leadership Development Program in Science and Technology (LEADS) in New Delhi.
  • Its main aim is to nurture and empower future leaders in the field of science and technology.
  • Professors/ scientists selected from various institutions, laboratories/ Universities of different organizations are taking part in this programme.
  • This programme will provide the required leadership skills to the participants for excellence in leadership, administration, team building, and infrastructure development.
  • The National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) is an institution for governance-related training, research, and consultancy. Its main aim is to enhance the capabilities of individuals and organizations involved in governance and public administration.
  • The Indian National Science Academy (INSA) is an institution that promotes and recognizes excellence in scientific research.

Topic: National News

5. E-commerce firms to ensure proper classification for health, energy drinks: FSSAI

  • As per the FSSAI directives, e-commerce platforms have to accurately classify products listed as health and energy drinks on their websites.
  • FSSAI said that the main aim of this step is to enhance clarity and transparency about the nature and functional benefits of these products.
  • It will help consumers make decisions and avoid misinformation.
  • The advisory was issued after FSSAI noticed that products like dairy-based beverage mixes, cereal-based beverage mixes, or malt-based beverages were inaccurately categorized as 'health drinks' or 'energy drinks' on e-commerce sites.
  • FSSAI has advised all e-commerce food business operators to rectify this misclassification by removing or de-linking such drinks or beverages from the category of ‘health drinks' or 'energy drinks’.
  • FSSAI also clarified that the term 'health drink' lacks a definition or standardization under the FSS Act 2006.
  • The term ‘energy’ drinks can only be used for products officially licensed under the Food Category System (FCS) codes and

Topic: National News

6. In the fiscal year 2023–2024, India for the first time achieved the production of one billion tons of coal and lignite.

  • In the previous fiscal year 2022–2023, India produced a total of 937 million tonnes (MT) of coal and lignite.
  • Over the past ten years, India's production has increased by 70%.
  • India has fixed the target to stop importing coal by 2025–2026.
  • When comparing this fiscal year to the previous financial year, the percentage of imported coal used for blending has decreased.
  • In FY24, over 22.20 million tonnes of coal were imported for blending.
  • It was 30.80 million tonnes in 2022–2023 fiscal year.

Topic: Corporates/Companies

7. The first Indian company with a 10K MW renewable energy capacity is Adani Green.

  • At the Khavda solar park in Gujarat, Adani Green Energy Ltd announced that 2,000 MW of solar capacity has been operationalised.
  • It is now the first company in India with a capacity for more than 10,000 MW of renewable energy.
  • The company now has the largest operating portfolio in India, with 10,934 MW.
  • In FY24, 2,848 MW of new renewable energy capacity was added.
  • 7,393 MW of solar, 1,401 MW of wind, and 2,140 MW of wind-solar hybrid capacity is included in its operational portfolio.
  • It is aiming for 45 GW renewable energy by 2030.
  • In Khavda, the Adani Group is constructing the biggest renewable energy facility in the world.
  • The Khavda facility, which occupies 538 square kilometers, is five times the size of Paris. It is almost as large as Mumbai.

Topic: Space and IT

8. Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) celebrated 125th anniversary of Kodaikanal Solar Observatory (KSO) on 1 April 2024.

  • KSO has a digital repository of 1.2 lakh digitized solar images recorded every day since the start of the 20th century.
  • The KSO’s 125th anniversary logo for the anniversary celebrations was unveiled by A.S. Kiran Kumar, former Chairman of ISRO and Chairperson of the Governing Council of IIA.
  • KSO was established on 1 April 1899 by the British. It has one of the longest continuous daily records of the Sun in the world.
  • Presently, KSO functions as a field station under the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
  • The Indian Institute of Astrophysics is an autonomous institution under the Department of Science and Technology.
  • Evershed Effect is an effect that is observed in sunspots because of the radial flow of gas. It was discovered at the KSO in 1909.
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) also celebrates 1st April as its Foundation Day.
  • It was constituted under the Department of Science & Technology in 1971.

Topic: Geography

9. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan, and many buildings collapsed.

  • On April 3, a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan, causing buildings to collapse and affecting the entire island.
  • As per Taiwan's earthquake monitoring agency, the earthquake's magnitude was 7.2, while the US Geological Survey estimated its intensity at 7.5.
  • Following the earthquake, authorities in Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines have issued tsunami warnings and evacuation advisories for citizens in coastal areas.
  • The head of Taipei's seismology center told AFP the earthquake was the most powerful in 25 years.
  • Earlier in September 1999, a devastating earthquake of magnitude 7.6 had killed 2,400 people.
  • Earthquake:
    • Earthquake generally occurs due to the movement of tectonic plates.
    • Shallow earthquakes are generally more devastating because they carry more energy when they come out on the surface.
    • Deeper earthquakes are less devastating, as they lose much of their energy by the time they come to the surface.
    • Western Himalayas is one of the most dangerous seismic zones in the world.

Topic: Defence

10. HAL-manufactured Dornier 228 supplied by India to Guyana.

  • Recently, Guyana received two Dornier 228 planes from India-based aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in a significant boost to its defense capabilities.
  • Two Dornier 228 planes were handed over to the Guyana Defense Force (GDF) and reached at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
  • The arrival of the Dornier 228 planes was facilitated by transportation provided by two Boeing C-17 Globemaster military transport planes.
  • The Dornier 228 planes is renowned for its versatility and reliability, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of military and civil applications.
  • The Dornier 228 is well-suited for various missions with its rugged design and superior performance capabilities, including surveillance, reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and transport operations.
  • Previously, the Finance Minister of Guyana and the Deputy General Manager of EXIM Bank signed an agreement for a loan of $23.27 million from the Export-Import Bank of India.
  • This loan facilitates the acquisition of critical aircraft for maritime patrol and military transportation.
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Topic: Banking System

11. A new and more user-friendly version of the grievance redressal system, "SCORES 2.0" launched by SEBI.

  • The new version of SCORES will make the process more efficient through auto-routing, auto-escalation, monitoring, and reduction in timelines.
  • In SCORES 2.0, the time limit for the redressal of complaints has been reduced to 21 days. Moreover, there will be two levels of review.
  • The first level review will be done by the ‘Designated Body’ and if the investor is dissatisfied, SEBI will conduct a second review.
  • The market regulator has added a KYC registration agency database for easy registration of investors on SCORES.
  • From today, investors will be able to lodge complaints only through the new version of SCORES.
  • This website is available at https://scores.sebi.gov.in.
  • The old website, https://scores.gov.in will remain operational only to check the status of old complaints.
  • SEBI has informed that the old Scores app has been discontinued and a new app will be launched soon.

Topic: Sports

12. Rohan Bopanna created history by breaking his own record and winning the Miami Open men's doubles title.

  • On March 30, Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden topped the men's doubles final of the Miami Open in a historic win.
  • The Indo-Australian pair won the title by defeating Croatia's Ivan Dodik and America's Austin Krajicek 6-7, 6-3, 10-16.
  • With this victory, Bopanna broke his own record and at the age of 44, became the oldest person to win a Masters 1000 title on the ATP circuit.
  • He made a record by winning the Indian Wells title last year.
  • He also became the second Indian after Leander Paes to reach the finals of all nine ATP Masters 1000 events.
  • This was Bopanna's 2nd career Grand Slam title and his 1st in men's doubles.
  • Meanwhile, his previous Grand Slam win came in the mixed doubles at the 2017 French Open.




Men's Singles

Jannik Sinner

Grigor Dimitrov

Women's Singles

Danielle Collins

Elena Rybakina

Men's Doubles

Rohan Bopanna / Matthew Ebden

Ivan Dodig / Austin Krajicek

Women's Doubles

Sofia Kenin / Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Gabriela Dabrowski / Erin Routliffe


Topic: Indian Economy

13. In March, India’s manufacturing PMI reached to 16-year high at 59.1.

  • India's manufacturing industry expanded at a fast pace in the last 16 years due to accelerating demand.
  • India’s manufacturing PMI jumped to 59.1 in March from 56.9 in February. In January, the PMI was 56.5.
  • The production and sales expanded at their fastest rates since October 2020.
  • The manufacturing PMI remained above 50-mark indicating growth rather than contraction.
  • The notable improvement in operating conditions reflects the growth of new orders, output, job creation and input stocks.
  • However, cost pressures reached their highest level in five months.
  • The outlook of the Indian manufacturing sector appeared to be mixed.

Topic: Banking System

14. In FY24, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions worth ₹199 lakh crore were processed.

  • The Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions touched new records during March 2024.
  • This record transaction dipped slightly in February 2024 due to increased investment activity ahead of the financial year-end.
  • A lot of transactions closer to the daily limit of Rs 1 lakh were witnessed in March.
  • In FY23, the volume of UPI transactions was 55% higher. The On-year growth in UPI transactions remained over 40 per cent for the value of transactions.
  • In FY24, the UPI platform processed 13,115 transactions while 8376 transactions worth Rs139 lakh crore occurred in FY23.
  • During FY24, the volume of transactions was up 56.6 per cent whereas the value of transactions was 43.4 per cent higher.
  • UPI transactions are likely to cross 100 crore transactions per day by FY27.
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