Daily Current Affairs and GK | 8 August 2023

By Priyanka Chaudhary | Last Modified: 02 Sep 2023 18:54 PM IST

BIGGEST SALE EVER get 35% Off
Use Coupon code APRIL24

six months current affairs 2023 july december Rs.199/- Read More
half yearly financial awareness july december 2023 Rs.199/- Read More
half yearly current affairs jan july 2023 in detail Rs.219/- Read More
half yearly current affairs jul dec 2023 in detail Rs.219/- Read More


Half Yearly (Jul- Dec 2023 , Detailed)
2023 e Book

Current Affairs

Available in English & Hindi(eBook)

Buy Now ( Hindi ) Preview Buy Now (English)

Topic: International Appointments

1. Vaibhav Taneja has been appointed by Tesla as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

  • Indian-origin Vaibhav Taneja will take the CFO position in addition to his present duties as the Chief Accounting Officer.
  • Tesla plans to make India its next key source of a new supplier ecosystem.
  • Tesla’s previous finance chief Zachary Kirkhorn declared his decision to step down.
  • Tesla is an American multinational automotive and clean energy company. It is headquartered in Austin, Texas, US. Elon Musk is its CEO.

Chief Financial Officer  of Tesla

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Indian Polity

2. Coastal Aquaculture Authority (Amendment) Bill 2023 passed by Lok Sabha on 07 August 2023.

  • The Bill amends the Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act, 2005.
  • It decriminalises certain offences under it to promote the ease of doing business.
  • It seeks to remove the jail term of up to 3 years. It seeks to impose only a penalty of up to ₹1 lakh.
  • It seeks to promote newer forms of coastal aquaculture like cage culture and seaweed culture.
  • It also aims to improve the Coastal Aquaculture Authority's operational procedures in order to make it more responsive to the needs of stakeholders.
  • Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala said the Fisheries department got a total allocation of 3,680 crore rupees from 1947 to 2014.
  • Minister said that production of shrimp in the country has increased from 3.22 lakh tons at the end of 2013-14 to 11.84 lakh tons at the end of 2022-23.
  • He said the shrimp exports were 19,368 crore rupees at the end of 2013-14 and at the end of 2022-23 it was 43,135 crore rupees.
  • The Bill was brought in the lower house in April 2023. It was later sent to the Standing Committee.

Topic: National News

3. CBSE made Health and Physical Education compulsory from I to XII classes.

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has now made health and physical education programmes compulsory for class I to XII students.
  • The board has directed schools to keep one period of Health and Physical Education each day.
  • The government has included Yoga training in the Study in India program. It will encourage yoga seekers from abroad to obtain authentic yoga training in India.
  • The health of children is a major concern worldwide. Their health is very important as they constitute a large percentage of our population.
  • Many factors like physical, psychological, socioeconomic and cultural influences affect the health of children.
  • The involvement of all children in physical activities, games and sports, and yoga is essential for their physical, emotional, social and mental development.

Topic: Committees/ Commissions/Taskforces

4. Government has formed an expert panel to revise anti-discrimination norms in higher universities.

  • The Union Education Ministry has constituted an expert committee to revise regulations and guidelines on anti-discrimination.
  • It includes discrimination against Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Persons with Disabilities, and other minorities in higher educational institutions.
  • The committee will revisit the UGC regulations/schemes concerning the SC/ST/OBC/PwD and minority communities in Higher Educational Institutions.
  • It will also suggest measures to make a non-discriminatory environment for SC/ST students in Higher Educational Institutions.
  • In 2012, UGC had issued the UGC (Promotion of Equity in Higher Educational Institutes) Regulations, 2012.
  • It will cover all forms of discrimination and gives a mandate for strict grievance redressal cells to solve cases of discrimination.
  • The IIT-Delhi has got the mandate to form SC/ST Cell in 2023.
  • In the last six months, about half a dozen students from marginalised society have died of suicide on campuses of IIT-Madras, IIT-Bombay, and IIT-Delhi.

Topic: National Appointments

5. Government appointed Sanjay Kumar Agarwal as the new chairman of CBIC.

  • Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, a 1988 batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).
  • Surjit Bhujabal has been also appointed as a member of CBIC.
  • Sanjay Kumar Agarwal will take the place of Vivek Johri as the Chairman of the CBIC.
  • Sanjay Kumar Agarwal's appointment will become effective from the date of his assumption of charge.
  • Bhujabal is currently Principal Director General at the Directorate of GST Intelligence (DGGI) in New Delhi.
  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC):
    • It is involved with the formulation of policy related to the collection of customs, Central Excise, Central Goods and Service Tax and IGST.
    • It is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance.

Topic: MoUs/Agreements

6. BIS inked MoU with 35 institutions for collaboration in standardization.

  • The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has signed MoUs with 35 institutions for fostering collaboration in standardisation and conformity assessment.
  • BIS is also planning to set up a Centre of Excellence for Standardisation in partnership with these institutions for Standardization, testing, and Conformity Assessment, and sharing laboratory facilities.
  • The institutions included some prominent NITs, Government and Private Engineering colleges from different states across the country.
  • It will pave the way for partner institutions to participate in standardization activities by associating with the technical committees of the Bureau at the national and international levels.
  • Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS):
    • It is a statutory body functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India.
    • It is established by the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, of 2016.
    • It was formerly known as the Indian Standards Institution (ISI).
    • It implements different schemes like Product Certification (ISI mark), Management Systems Certification, Hall Marking of Gold and Silver Jewellery/Artefacts and Laboratory Services.

Topic: Indian Economy

7. The anti-dumping duty imposed by India on optical fiber imports from China, Korea and Indonesia.

  • The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), a branch of India's Ministry of Commerce, has imposed an anti-dumping duty to protect the domestic industry from cheap rates that capture the market.
  • On August 3, the gazette notification issued also mentioned that the imports were adding "injury to the domestic markets."
  • Local manufacturers have been complaining that cheap imports, especially from China, are hurting their business.
  • The anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall be effective for a period of five years from the date of publication (unless revoked, substituted, or amended earlier).
  • Under the ambitious Bharat Net rural outreach plan, India is undergoing a digitization drive, with commercial operators adding optical fibre to their networks to support 4G and 5G services.
  • The anti-dumping duty is likely to provide major relief to both domestic businesses and international companies manufacturing locally.
  • Sterlite Industries, Birla Cable, Birla Furukawa Fiber Optics, HFCL, and American Corning are among the big names in the optical fiber business.

Topic: Sports

8. Sports Authority of India (SAI) has launched a short film series 'Halla Bol' under the Umbrella Campaign 'Cheer4India'.

  • Its purpose is to encourage athletes going to Hangzhou Asian Games and to spread awareness for these games.
  • Twelve such short films will be screened in the coming weeks.
  • This will not only encourage the athletes going for the Asian Games but also encourage the youth to join the sports world.
  • Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has said that the Indian contingent is preparing for the 19th Asian Games.
  • A series of such films 'Olympic Ki Asha' was launched before the Tokyo Olympics.
  • The 19th Asian Games are scheduled to be held from 23 September to 8 October 2023 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
  • The Games were originally scheduled to take place from 10 to 25 September 2022, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Games were postponed to 2023.

'Halla Bol' under the Umbrella Campaign 'Cheer4India'

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Defence

9. The latest edition of the 10-day Malabar exercise will be hosted by Australia for the first time.

  • The Malabar exercise is scheduled to begin in Australian waters from August 11-21 with participation from the United States, Japan, India, and Australia.
  • The aim of the exercise is to deepen interoperability among key partners, Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, who are also members of the Quad security dialogue.
  • The exercise is also designed to deepen the partnership for the Indo-Pacific, for the shared aspiration, for a free, open, and resilient Indo-Pacific.
  • Soon after this exercise, the bi-annual naval exercise AUSINDEX will also be conducted between India and Australia.
  • The Indian Navy will be represented by its multi-role stealth frigate, INS Sahyadri, and indigenous destroyer INS Kolkata.
  • Malabar began as a bilateral exercise between the US and Indian navies in 1992, Japan and Australia joined it in 2007 and 2020 respectively.

Topic: Summits/Conferences/Meetings

10. Digital India RISC-V’ Symposium was organised by IIT Madras.

  • On 6 August, MoS Rajeev Chandrasekhar participated in the 'Digital India RISC-V' symposium organized by IIT Madras and IIT-M Innovative Technologies Foundation in Chennai.
  • Students, industry professionals, researchers, and all those keen to gain insights about the growing RISC-V ecosystem in India attended the event showcasing ‘The future of Electronics in India through the RISC-V pathway’.
  • 'RISC' stands for 'Reduced Instruction Set Computer' and 'V' stands for fifth generation.
  • The RISC-V project was started in the year 2010.
  • RISC-V ISA enables a new era of processor innovation through liberal standards interoperability.
  • Its purpose is to provide new open-layer, extensible software, and hardware for the framework that will support computer design and innovation for the next 50 years.
  • Professor Kamakoti developed India's first indigenously designed microprocessor 'Shakti' based on RISC-V ISA.
  • RISC-V Foundation was established in the year 2015 and IIT Madras was one of its founding members.
  • The Government of India had started the DIR-V (Digital India RISC-V) microprocessor program in the year 2022.
  • Its basic objective is to prepare microprocessors for the future worldwide by the month of December 2023 and to achieve the goal of silicon and design useful for industries.
  • The RISC-V ISA-based design is used by various companies and start-ups. It is open source and free.

UP GK - Uttar Pradesh General Knowledge

Monthly Current Affairs eBooks
July Monthly Current Affairs June Monthly Current Affairs
May Monthly Current Affairs April Monthly Current Affairs

Topic: State News/ Uttar Pradesh

11. ‘Prayagraj’ and ‘Naimisharanya’ in UP identified by the Ministry of Tourism as destinations for development under ‘Swadesh Darshan 2.0 (SD2.0).

  • These have been identified with the objective of developing sustainable and responsible tourism destinations.
  • There are 08 projects of identified thematic circuits in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The government launched 'Swadesh Darshan Yojana' (SDS) in the year 2014-15 for the integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits in the country.
  • Swadesh Darshan 2.0 aims at holistic development with a view to developing sustainable and responsible tourist destinations.
  • The scheme has been revamped with the mantra of “vocal for local”.

Topic: National News

12. G-20, an art exhibition dedicated to the member countries began on 7th August at Bihar Museum, Patna.

  • The two-month-long exhibition is titled Together We Art.
  • The exhibition will be concluded on October 7.
  • The exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
  • 29 countries including India are participating in this exhibition organized by the Union Ministry of Art and Culture.
  • Along with this, the Bihar Museum Biennale 2023 has also been started, which will last for five months.

G-20 an art exhibition

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: Environment and Ecology

13. As per the Zoological Survey of India publication, 5% of birds in India are endemic.

  • The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) recent publication points out that 5% of birds found in India are endemic.
  • The publication titled ‘75 Endemic Birds of India’ has been released on the 108th foundation day of the ZSI.
  • 1,353 bird species are found in India, which is approximately 12.40% of global bird diversity.
  • Out of the 1,353 bird species, 78 (5%) are endemic to India.
  • ZSI Director Dhriti Banerjee pointed out that the publication highlights the importance of endemic bird species in the country.
  • The publication points out that the 75 bird species belong to 11 different orders, 31 families, and 55 genera.
  • The highest number of endemic species (28 bird species) have been recorded in the Western Ghats.
  • 25 bird species are endemic to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Five of the endemic birds in India are categorized as ‘Endangered’,17 as ‘Vulnerable’ and 11 are categorized as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List.

Topic: State News/ Telangana

14. Telangana State Legislative Assembly passed Telangana State Road Transport Corporation.

  • Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (Absorption of Employees into Government Service) Bill 2023 has been passed by Telangana State Legislative Assembly.
  • It will pave the way for the merger of the TSRTC in the State government.
  • Transport Minister P Ajay Kumar introduced the bill in the Assembly after Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan gave her approval.
  • The State government will incur an additional burden of around 3000 crore rupees per annum due to this decision.
  • Transport Minister P Ajay Kumar said that TSRTC will continue to operate under the administrative control of the Transport, Roads and Buildings Department.
  • The existing service rules of the TSRTC will remain in force until fresh rules are framed.
Related Study Material
Evolution and History of the Indian Constitution Preamble of the Indian Constitution
Major sources of Indian Constitution President of India
Ramsar sites of India 2022 Classification of Rocks
Interior of the Earth Tax system in India
 
 

 

 

 

0
COMMENTS

Comments


Share Blog


x