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24th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed May 24 as the International Day of the Markhor.

  • The markhor (Capra falconeri), also known as the “screw-horned goat,” is the national animal of Pakistan.

2.India launches "Mission ISHAN" for ‘One Nation, One Airspace’.

  • India’s Mission ISHAN aims to centralize air traffic management by unifying four flight information regions (FIRs) into one, controlled from Nagpur.
  • The unified system is expected to reduce congestion, lower travel times, save fuel, and decrease the carbon footprint.

3.Mariyappan Thangavelu wins Gold at World Para Athletics Championships.

  • In the men's T63 high jump, Mariyappan set a championship record at 1.88 meters to secure gold, adding to his accolades from the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021 Paralympics.
  • Sumit Antil successfully defended his F64 javelin throw world title with a top throw of 69.50 meters at the World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan.
  • Compatriot Sandeep earned bronze with a throw of 60.41 meters.

4.The 10th World Water Forum under the "Water for Shared Prosperity" theme officially opened in Indonesia.

The Forum focused on four topics: 

  • Water Conservation
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Food and Energy Security
  • Mitigation of Natural Disasters

5.Half of world’s “Rangelands” are degraded : UNCCD

  • Definition: Rangelands are Natural grasslands used by livestock and wild animals for grazing and foraging.
  • Vegetation: Tallgrass prairies, steppes, desert shrublands, shrub woodlands, savannas, chaparrals, tundras.

6.Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Shakti and Kiltan visited Manila, Philippines as part of Operational Deployment of the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet to South China Sea

7. Head of the Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan started Cyber Suraksha 2024

8. 1st Human Case of ‘Bird Flu’ has been reported In Australia.

9. India's Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai were awarded the prestigious Shield of Honour at the 5th Minister of Foreign Affairs Excellence Awards ceremony.

10.Karnataka has mandated 33% reservation for Women in govt contract jobs.

11.China has started using a new large language model (LLM) that is based on the political ideas of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

12.Doordarshan Kisan to launch two AI anchors AI Krish and AI Bhoomi on 26th May 2024

13.Spain has joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as its 99th member. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22nd -23rd MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Top-5 Soybean Producing States in India 2024

  1. Madhya Pradesh     48,87,070 tons
  2. Maharashtra            48,25,090 tons
  3. Rajasthan                 5,24,610 tons
  4. Karnataka                 3,78,560 tons
  5. Telangana                3,10,980 tons

2.Cabinet Approves Over Rs 10,300 Crore for IndiaAI Mission

Components of IndiaAI Mission:

  • Bolstering Compute Infrastructure: IndiaAI Compute Capacity
  • Empowering AI Startups: IndiaAI Startup Financing
  • Fostering Innovation: IndiaAI Innovation Centre (IAIC)
  • Enhancing Data Accessibility: IndiaAI Datasets Platform
  • Expanding AI Education: IndiaAI FutureSkills

3.2586th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha: 23rd May

  • Buddha Purnima is also known as Buddha Jayanti, Vesak, Vaishaka, and Buddha's Birthday.
  • It celebrates the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, marking his birth anniversary and the day of attaining enlightenment (nirvana).
  • Buddha, who was born in Lumbini, Nepal around 563 BC, attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, Bihar.
  • Buddha died at the age of 80 at Kushinagar, UP

4.Indian-origin Scientist Shrinivas R Kulkarni wins Shaw Prize.

  • Pioneering Work: Recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in millisecond pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, and other transient astronomical phenomena.

5.India ranked at 39th spot in the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Development Index 2024

  • Highlights of India’s strengths in several key areas:
  • Price Competitiveness: India is ranked 18th, making it highly affordable for travelers.
  • Air Transport Infrastructure: Positioned at 26th, indicating robust air transportation facilities.
  • Ground/Port Infrastructure: Ranked 25th, showcasing strong ground and port transportation systems.
  • Natural Resources: India holds a strong 6th position, emphasizing its rich natural attractions.
  • Cultural Resources: Ranked 9th, highlighting India’s vast cultural heritage.
  • Non-Leisure Resources: Also ranked 9th, underlining its diverse attractions.

6. Indian Mixed Team wins Gold at Asian Relay Championship 2024 in Bangkok

7.India's Ekta Bhayan won the gold medal in the women's F51 club throw event at the World Para Athletic Championships with a season's best of 20.12m.

8. International Criminal Court issued warrants against Netanyahu, Yoav Gallant, and Hamas leaders for crimes against Gaza and Israel.

9. World Turtle Day: 23rd May

10.Manchester City wins historic fourth in row title at Premier League.

11.Bhopal's Jyoti Atre, at 55, became the oldest Indian woman to summit Mount Everest.

12.Kamirita Sherpa sets new record on Mount Everest by achieving his 30th ascent.

13.Dr. Bikramjit Chaudhuri has been appointed as the Chief of Measurement Science & Analytics by The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India.

14.The International Day for Biological Diversity: May 22. The theme for 2024 is "Be Part of the Plan."

15.India with the banana production of 30.5 million tonnes, stands as the largest banana producer in the world.

16.Norway, Ireland, Spain Recognize Palestine as a State.

17.University of Tokyo inaugurates world’s highest observatory in Chile.

18.Brazil was declared the host of the 2027 Women’s World Cup at the FIFA Congress.

19.Max Verstappen, the defending Formula 1 World Champion clinched the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2024.

20.Australia and Uzbekistan to host AFC Women's Asian Cups.

 

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21th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Southern States in India will conduct Joint Elephant Census.

  • A synchronized elephant census will be conducted from May 23-25 in the border areas of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh.
  • The census aims to understand conflict areas and enhance inter-state coordination for future planning and policy-making.
  • Since 1986, the Asian elephant has been listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

2.National Anti-Terrorism Day: 21st May

  • National Anti-Terrorism Day is celebrated in India to commemorate the death anniversary of former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi.
  • Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth PM of India was assassinated on May 21, 1991.

3.The Supreme Court of India told the Rajasthan government on May 15 to close 68 mines that are less than one kilometer from the Sariska Tiger Reserve.

  • The Sariska Tiger Reserve is in the Indian state of Rajasthan, in the district of Alwar.
  • It became a wildlife reserve in 1955 and was declared a tiger reserve in 1978.
  • All of Sariska’s tigers had been killed by poachers, by 2004.

4.Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Warns Against Using Calcium Carbide For Fruit Ripening.

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) was established in 2006 under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
  • Calcium Carbide is a crystalline (sand- like) powder with a garlic-like odor. It is used to generate Acetylene gas, as a reducing agent, and in steel manufacturing and metal cutting.
  • Ethylene gas is a natural plant hormone that speeds up the ripening process.

5.Largest Aluminum Producing Countries in the World 2024: 

  1. China
  2. Russia
  3. India
  4. Canada
  5. UAE

6. International Tea Day: 21st May

7. Bank of Maharashtra has emerged as a top performer among public sector banks FY2024

8. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: 21st May

9. Swiggy partners with "SHIELD" for enhanced fraud prevention.

10.Iga Swiatek wins third Italian Open Title.

11.Fuji Electric India receives Great Place to Work® certification for the second consecutive year, reflecting its employee-friendly policies.

12.Elon Musk inaugurated Starlink in Denpasar, Bali, aiming to provide reliable internet to Indonesia's remote areas, benefiting millions in the archipelago.

13.World's first 6G device was launched in Japan.

14.Brazil is set to host FIFA Women's World Cup 2027.

15.Iran President Ebrahim Raisi with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollhian and other senior officials have all died in helicopter crash.

16.Indian Navy ships INS Delhi, INS Shakti, and INS Kiltan arrived in Manila to bolster maritime cooperation and friendship with the Philippines.

17.Mohammad Mokhber appointed as interim president of Iran.

18.Deepthi Jeevanji won Gold in 400m T20 class at Para Championships.

 

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20th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Supreme Court: State cannot acquire property without proper procedure

  • Originally a fundamental right under Article 19(1)(f) & 31.
  • The 44th Amendment Act of 1978 shifted it from a fundamental right to a constitutional/legal right under Article 300A.
  • Ensures protection from arbitrary state action but is not enforceable by writs.

2.India-UAE conclude first round of talks on Economic Corridor.

  • Initial discussions on the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor took place between India and UAE, following a framework agreement.
  • The meetings reflect the high priority of the IMEEC initiative, aiming for logistical efficiencies, cost reductions, joint investments, and technical collaboration.
  • The pact was inked during PM Modi’s UAE visit.

3.Indo-Russian venture delivers 27,000 AK-203 to Indian Army

  • The Indian Army received 27,000 AK-203 assault rifles from an Indo-Russian joint venture in UP, overcoming previous delays.
  • Delays were attributed to the war in Ukraine and payment issues, but 8,000 more rifles are expected to be delivered within 2 weeks.
  • The venture has achieved a 25% indigenization level in manufacturing these rifles, marking progress in self-reliance for defense equipment

4.Elorda Cup 2024 Boxing

  • Nikhat Zareen and Minakshi win gold medals in 52 kg and 48 kg category respectively at the Elorda Cup 2024 in Kazakhstan.
  • Anamika and Manisha secured in the 50kg and 60kg categories, respectively.
  • Team India finishes with an impressive tally of 12 medals, including two gold, two silver, and eight bronze.

5.India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves surged to $644.15 billion.               

  • The foreign exchange reserves of India are holdings of cash, bank deposits, bonds, and other financial assets denominated in currencies other than India's national currency, the Indian rupee.
  • The nation’s foreign exchange reserves had recently achieved an all-time high of USD 648.562 billion.
  • However, in 2024, foreign exchange reserves have cumulatively increased by about USD 23 billion so far.

6. Nishad Kumar and Preethi Pal secured Medals at World Para Athletics.

7 .Ed Dwight, America’s 1st Black astronaut candidate, traveled to space aboard a Blue Origin rocket 60 years after he was initially considered for NASA’s astronaut corps.

8. The Supreme Court Collegium has endorsed Justice Susmita Phukan Khaund and Justice Mitali Thakuria as permanent Judges of the Gauhati High Court.

9. Indian Grandmaster Chithambaram leads at "Sharjah Masters Chess".

10.Renowned Hindi writer Malti Joshi passed away at 90.            

11.The US conducted its third subcritical nuclear test under President Biden's tenure in Nevada to gather crucial data on nuclear warheads.

12."Lai Ching-te" is set for appointment as Taiwan’s President.

13.Cristiano Ronaldo has secured the top spot on Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes.

14.World Bee Day, observed on May 20, marks the birth anniversary of Anton Janša, a pioneer in beekeeping.

15.SBI General Insurance has launched 'Surety Bond Bima,'a product designed to secure infrastructure projects by protecting contractors and principals from breaches during bidding and performance stages.

16.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty win the Thailand Open Men’s Doubles, defeating Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi 21-15, 21-15.

 

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18th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Kanwar lake, Bihar’s only Ramsar site, faces challenge of survival.

  • Ecology: A vital wetland for migratory birds and supports diverse flora and fauna.
  • Conservation: Faces threats from pollution, siltation, and encroachment.
  • Significance: Designated as a Ramsar site for its ecological importance and biodiversity

2. UAE launched 10-year Blue Residency visa

  • The UAE has introduced a new 10-year Blue Residency visa for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection, whether on land or in marine environments.
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, PM and Ruler of Dubai, launched it.

3.World AIDS Vaccine Day 2024: 18th May

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a retrovirus, attacks the immune system, leading to Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition where the immune system is severely damaged.
  • This day was first observed in 1998.
  • About 1 in 7 worldwide are infected, which implies 37.9 million people.

4. SBI has increased interest rates on short-term retail fixed deposits by 25 to 75 basis points.

  • Basis points: One basis point is equivalent to 0.01% (1/100th of a percent) or 0.0001 in decimal form.
  • Short-term fixed deposits offer high returns and can last for as little as a few months.

5.China is on the brink of a major scientific breakthrough with the construction of the High Energy Photon Source (HEPS), a state-of-the-art fourth-generation synchrotron light source.

  • A synchrotron is a large circular machine that produces intense beams of light using high-energy electrons forced to travel in a circular orbit inside tunnels with strong magnetic fields.
  • The High Energy Photon Source (HEPS) is designed to accelerate electrons up to energies of 6 giga electron volts within its 1.36-kilometer circumference storage ring.

6. International Museum Day 2024: 18th May

7. Slovakia PM Robert Fico was shot several times, critically injured.

8. Kapil Sibal has been elected as Supreme Court Bar Association president.

9. Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers A Y V Krishna and N Venu Gopal have been appointed as additional directors in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

10.Venezuela became the first country in the world to lose all glaciers.

11.India and the UAE concluded a meeting focused on the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEEC), aimed at creating efficient alternative supply routes.

12.The 2nd edition of India-Australia-Indonesia Trilateral Maritime Security Workshop(TMSW) was conducted from 15-17 INS Dronacharya,Kochi,India

13.India- Bangladesh Bilateral meeting held to discuss the road-map for implementation of capacity building programs for civil servants of Bangladesh

14.India-Kenya Bilateral meeting held for collaboration in Personnel Administration and Governance

 

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17th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.2024 World Wildlife Crime Report-UN Report

  • Animal Species Impacted: The rhino horn market is the largest (29%), followed by pangolin scales (28%), and elephant ivory (15%).
  • Plant Species Impacted: Corals (16%), crocodilians (9%).
  • Commodity Seizures: Coral pieces (16%), live specimens (15%), animal product medicines (10%).

2. Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2024.

  • The 2 Indian universities have ranked in the top 100 list.
  • Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala - 81st
  • Anna University, Chennai - 96th
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore tops the league table for the 2nd year in a row.

3. National Endangered Species Day: 17th May

  • In the year 2006, David Robinson and the Endangered Species Coalition established National Endangered Species Day.
  • The theme for this year's National Endangered Species Day is - Celebrate Saving Species.
  • According to the IUCN, 40% of animals, insects, and plants on this planet are at risk of extinction.

4. Summer 2023: hottest in 2,000 years, studies reveal.

  • The heat was 2.2°C higher than pre-industrial averages, exacerbated by the El Nino climate pattern, and linked to over 150,000 deaths annually from 1990 to 2019.
  • Asia saw the highest number of heat-related deaths, while Europe, particularly Greece, Malta, and Italy, had the highest per capita toll.

5. Hepatitis A Outbreak Affects 8,000 in Kerala’s Malappuram.

  • Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a Hepatitis A virus (HAV)
  • Infected individuals can show symptoms such as jaundice, fever, and stomach pain.

6. The Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy (IIPE), Visakhapatnam, developed the "Surface Modification Technique of Membrane" for treating muddy river water efficiently.

7. PhonePe launched UPI in Sri Lanka for Indian Tourists.

8. Japan and the US have signed a contract to develop interceptors for hypersonic missiles.

9. India’s biggest Skill Competition “IndiaSkills 2024” was held in New Delhi.

10.World's tallest competitive swimming pool opens in Bhutan.

11.For the sixth year in a row, India had the most number of Internet shutdowns reported anywhere in the world in the year 2023.

12.World Telecommunication Day: 17th May.

13. Indian Army sets up  Highest Tank Repair Facilities in Ladakh

14.12th India-Mongolia Joint Working Group meeting to bolster bilateral defence ties held in Ulaanbaatar.

15.The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER) launched ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ to promoting cleanliness and environmental sustainability.

16.The Indian Army is poised to receive the next batch of Russian Igla-S very short-range air defense systems (VSHORAD).

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16th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.National Dengue Day: 16th May

  • Dengue fever is a viral disease that spreads through the bite of an infected mosquito.
  • It is caused by the dengue virus (DENV).
  •  Dengue is caused by four distinct viruses and is spread by the female Aedes mosquitoes, which also transmit yellow fever, Zika viruses, and chikungunya.

2.  ISRO begins preparation for India's 2nd mission to Mars: Mangalyaan-2.

  • ISRO plans to utilize a sky crane and a helicopter. 
  • ISRO is also developing a rover and plans to deploy a relay communication satellite.
  • India will become the 3rd nation in the world, after US and China, to successfully land spacecraft on Mars.

3. World Hydrogen Summit 2024 was held at Netherland

  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy set up its pavilion at the World Hydrogen Summit.
  • National Green Hydrogen Mission, launched in January 2023 with 19,744 crore budget, aims for a 5 MMT green hydrogen production capacity by 2030.
  • India has awarded tenders for setting up 412,000 tonnes of green hydrogen production capacity and 1,500 MW electrolyzer manufacturing capacity.

4.The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), in collaboration with Microsoft, has blocked more than 1,000 Skype IDs of cybercriminals posing as police and law enforcement authorities.

  •  I4C has been established under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) 
  • The I4C focuses on tackling issues related to cybercrime for citizens.
  • The centre is located in New Delhi.

5.Indian Air Force successfully  tested "BHISHM", a portable hospital for airdrop.

  • "Project BHISHM" is aimed at rapid response for up to 200 casualties.
  • These cubes are robust, waterproof, and light, designed for various configurations.
  • The whole unit contains 72 transportable components that can be conveniently carried by hand, cycle, or even drone.

6. The Ramcharitmanas, Panchatantra and Sahṛdayāloka-Locana have been included in ‘UNESCO's Memory of the World Asia-Pacific     Regional Register’.

7. HDFC Bank launched Pixel Play, India’s first Virtual Credit Card.

8. Shabana Azmi has been awarded Freedom of the City of London.

9. Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Jeswin Aldrin won Gold medals at National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships.

10.Manika Batra became first Indian singles player to break into top 25.

11.'Lord Curzon Ki Haveli' won awards at UK-Asian Film Festival.

12.Tata Motor overtakes TCS as group's most profitable firm after 10 year

13.International Day of Light: 16th May.

14.Pakistan executed a training launch of the Fatah-II guided multi-launch rocket system, capable of striking targets up to 400 km.

15.The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association signed an MoU to foster innovation and support the semiconductor and electronics industry.

16.Chandrakant Satija, the renowned educationist and Founder/CEO of Chandra Admission Consultants, was honored with the Global Excellence Award 2024.

 

 

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15th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.India and Iran recently signed a significant 10-year contract for the operation of the Chabahar port.

  • Chabahar Port is located in Sistan and Baluchestan province in the Southeastern part of Iran, on the Gulf of Oman.
  • India’s first shipment of wheat to Afghanistan was sent through Chabahar Port.
  • This port is just 170 km away from Gwadar port operated by China in Pakistan, hence this port would be of strategic importance to the Indian Navy and defense establishment.

2.The United Nations-linked Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) deferred the accreditation of the National Human Rights Commission -India (NHRC) for the second consecutive year.

  • NHRC was established under the Protection of Human Rights Act in 1993.
  • Accredited as an ‘A’ Status since 1999, with periodic reviews and deferments.
  • This marks the first time India’s ‘A’ status has been suspended for two consecutive years, following deferments in 2023 and 2024.

3.Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupts again.

  • Mount Ibu, situated in eastern Indonesia, erupted on 13th May, emitting a significant ash tower exceeding 5 kilometres in height.
  • Mount Ibu is renowned for its high level of volcanic activity, having erupted over 21,000 times in the previous year.

4.The Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh has been recognised as India's highest tunnel.

  • The 2.598 Km long tunnel is situated at an altitude of 13000 ft on the Tezpur-Tawang Road.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Sela Tunnel, the world's longest twin-lane tunnel, in Arunachal Pradesh on    March 9.

5.IIM Ahmedabad tops India's higher education institution space.

  • IIM Ahmedabad (410th) emerged as the top-performing institute in India as per a report by the Center for World University Rankings.
  • IIT Bombay - 568th
  • IIT Madras - 582nd
  • IISc Bengaluru - 501st
  • Harvard University maintains its global dominance for the 13th consecutive year at the 1st position.

6.NASA is developing the first lunar railway system, named FLOAT, to ensure efficient material transportation on the Moon, crucial for the 2030s projected sustainable lunar base operations.

7.Shyam Nikhil becomes India’s 85th GrandMaster.

8.The Indian Army's Trishakti Corps under Operation Sadbhavana provided essential aid and healthcare to North Sikkim’s Naga and Rangrang villages post-GLOF.

9.State Bank of India has become the first trading-cum-clearing member of the India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX) in GIFT City.

10.Hanooman, a GenAI platform that supports 98 languages was launched by 3AI Holding and SML India.

11.Prithvi Shekhar won the title in the Slovenia Deaf Tennis Open by winning the title in the men's singles category.

12.Chandrakant Satija won Global Excellence Award

13.Three Indian classics - ‘Ramcharitmanas’, ‘Panchatantra’, and ‘Sahṛdayāloka-Locana’ joined UNESCO Memory Of The World Register.

14.Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), India’s largest IT services exporter, has announced plans to establish a unique ‘human-centric’ artificial intelligence (AI) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Paris. 

 

 

 

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14th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1. Mammoth Carbon Capture Plant:

  • The largest carbon dioxide capture and storage facility launched operations in Iceland.
  • The plant draws in air and chemically extracts carbon dioxide, which can then be stored underground, converted into stone, or reused.]

2. Top-5 Jute Producing States in India 2024

  • West Bengal:  7592.76 thousand bale
  • Assam: 794.22 tb
  • Bihar: 787.46 tb
  • Meghalaya: 95.01 tb
  • Nagaland: 38.12 tb

3. The Central government notified the Inter-Services Organisations Act.

  • The Inter-Services Organizations (Command, Control, and Discipline) Act has officially come into force as of May 10 announced by the Defence Ministry.
  • It will enhance coordination and efficiency across the Army, Air Force, and Navy.
  • The Act grants significant authority to Commanders-in-Chief and Officers-in-Command of Inter-Services Organisations (ISOs).

4. China has emerged as the largest trading partner of India with $ 118.4 billion two-way commerce in 2023-24.

  • The bilateral trade between India and the US stood at $ 118.3 billion in 2023-24.
  • India's exports to China rose by 8.7% to $ 16.67 billion in FY 2024.
  • India’s import from China rose by 3.24% to $ 101.7 billion in FY 2024.

5. First ‘extreme’ solar storm in 20 years brought spectacular auroras.

  • Features: Result from interactions between Earth's magnetosphere and solar wind.
  • Scientific Significance: Indicate solar activity and geomagnetic conditions.
  • Solar storms can disrupt satellites and power grids.

6.  Aman Sehrawat becomes 1st Indian Male Wrestler to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

7.  Indian squash players Urwashi Joshi and Suraj Kumar Chand secured the men's and women's titles at the Poona Club Open tournament held in Pune, Maharashtra.

8.  India and Moldova signed an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passports.

9. Thomas Cook launches TCPay for easy international remittances.

10. British-Indian author Ruskin Bond Awarded Sahitya Akademai Fellowship.

11.World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen claimed victory at the 2024 Superbet Rapid & Blitz Poland.

12.Japan Won its maiden Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Trophy

13.Neeraj Chopra, the reigning Olympic and world champion in javelin throw secured  silver at the Doha Diamond League 2024.

14.England cricketer James Anderson announced retirement.

 

 

 

 

 

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13th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.The Indian Rupee depreciated 27.6% against the US dollar in the last 10 years.

  • Currency depreciation is a fall in the value of a currency in terms of its exchange rate versus other currencies.
  • Causes: Economic fundamentals, interest rate differentials, political instability, or risk aversion.
  • Orderly currency depreciation can increase a country’s export activity as its products and services become cheaper to buy.

2.World Migration Report 2024: United Nation

  • More than 216 million people across 6 continents will be on the move within their countries by 2050 in large part due to climate change.
  • In 2022 alone, disasters triggered over 1.5 million displacements in Bangladesh.
  • In 2022, floods in Brazil displaced over 700,000 people, while 8 million displaced in Pakistan.

3.India reaffirmed its commitment to global counter-terrorism efforts by contributing $500,000 to the UN Counter-Terrorism Trust Fund.

  • In response to the 9/11 attacks, the UN Security Council established the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC).
  • The Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT) initiative supports countries in implementing coordinated strategies to combat terrorism financing effectively.
  • The UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme (CTTP) assists member states in developing their capacities to detect and counter terrorist activities.

4.International Day of Plant Health 2024 Observed on 12th May

  • The theme for the International Day of Plant Health 2024 is ‘Plant Health, Safe Trade, Digital Technology.’
  • The resolution was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in March 2022.

5.The Reserve Bank of India has eased Foreign Exchange Mangement Act (FEMA)  regulations to facilitate foreign investment in derivatives.

  • A derivative is a type of financial security that is set between two or more parties in the form of stocks or bonds.
  • The legal framework for the administration of foreign exchange transactions in India is provided by the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.
  • Under the FEMA, all transactions involving foreign exchange have been classified either as capital or current transactions.

6. Kami Rita Sherpa, a Nepali mountaineer, successfully summits Mount Everest for a record 29th time.

7. Idashisha Nongrang has been appointed as the first woman police DGP of Meghalaya.

8.Surjit Patar, eminent Punjabi poet, and Padma Shri (2012) awardee died at 79.

9. Hindustan Shipyard Ltd CMD Hemant Khatri has been honoured with the esteemed 'Public Sector Undertaking Samarpan Award' by Gov Connect at the award ceremony held in New Delhi.

10.ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion centre successfully tests 3D-printed Rocket Engine.

11.India’s Industrial Production Growth Slows to 4.9% in March 2024: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

12.Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla has been appointed as the Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy on 10 May 2024.

13.Putin Reappointed Mikhail Mishustin as Russian Prime Minister.

14.Japan and Nagaland Inaugurated the Kohima Peace Memorial and Eco Park.

15.India and France have begun 7th edition of the Joint Military Exercise ‘Shakti’ 2024.

 

 

 

 

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11th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1. National Technology Day: 11th May

  • In 1998, the Indian Army conducted 5 nuclear bomb tests in Pokhran in Rajasthan under the leadership of then PM Atal Bihari Bajpayee and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • After that India was announced as the 6th nuclear country in the world. 
  • Bajpayee announced that May 11 will be National Technology Day yearly. 

2. 12% of India's eligible children received no dose of measles vaccine.

  • Measles:
  • A Contagious viral infection.
  • Features: Rash, fever, cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes.
  • Symptoms: Koplik's spots inside the mouth, severe cough, skin rash.
  • Concerns: Can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, or death.
  • Management: Vaccination (MMR vaccine), supportive care, vitamin A supplementation.

3. World Migratory Bird Day: May 11

  • Theme: “Insects”.
  • World Migratory Bird Day was first established in 1993 by visionaries from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

4. Crime rate report of India 2024

  • Total crimes reported in India in 2024: 445.9 per 100,000 people.
  • States with the highest crime rates: Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, and Bihar.

5. Indian Army is set to receive the first Hermes-900 Starliner drone, known as the Drishti-10, on June 18.

  • Hermes-900 Starliner is an advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company.
  • The UAV is designed primarily for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and communications relay roles. 
  • It has a wingspan of about 15 meters and can stay airborne for up to 36 hours, operating at altitudes above 30,000 feet.

6 .On May 10, 2024, the United Nations General Assembly voted in favour of a resolution supporting Palestine’s bid for full membership in the UN

7. R. Lakshmi Kanth Rao has been appointed as the Executive Director at RBI

8. Chad's military ruler, Mahamat Idris Deby Itno, won the presidential election.

9. India will host a 'Bharat Parv' at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

10.Bengaluru firm All Terrain Private Limited (A-THON) launched the “ASHVA” range of two-seater ATVs and the “ARAV” four-seater variant for Military Purposes.

11.European Union adopted the 1st law to tackle violence against women, which includes action against forced marriages, female genital mutilation, and online harassment.

12.Malabar Gold and Diamonds received the Legal Era - Indian Legal Awards.

13.Infosys has been certified with ISO 42001:2023 for its Artificial Intelligence Management System (AIMS), the world's first international standard on AI management systems, by TUV India.

14.New Zealand player Colin Munro retires from International Cricket.

15.Coca-Cola India partnered with Hockey India, for Women's Hockey League.

 

 

 

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10th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.India to reveal plans for a new research station, Maitri-2, in Antarctica, aiming to replace the old Maitri station, at the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Kochi.

  • India has two active research stations—Maitri and Bharti—in Antarctica.
  • The first research station, Dakshin Gangotri, was set up in 1983.
  • Bharati Research Station was established in the year 2015.

2.World Lupus Day: 10th May

  • Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease, which causes inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, skin, and many organs of the body. 
  • Lupus Day was established by Lupus Canada in 2004.

3.Diksha Dagar,1st female to reach landmark 100th Events on Ladies European Tour.

  • Diksha Dagar is ranked 147th in the world and the 2nd best Indian after Aditi Ashok (53rd).
  • Diksha won 2 LET:

1st: South African Women’s Open in 2019

2nd: Czech Ladies Open in 2023.

4.Kadet Defence Systems (KDS), in collaboration with DRDO, has developed India's first indigenous Loitering Aerial Munitions (LAM).

  • The LAM, featuring technologies like CALM and Combat UAVs, promises enhanced operational efficacy across diverse terrains, with a commitment to indigenous production citing over 90% local component sourcing.                                                                      

5.  India surpassed Japan as world's third-largest solar power generator

  • India’s Bhadla Solar Park is the world’s largest solar park.
  • China is the world’s largest producer of solar energy.
  • .The United Sates is the Second Largest Solar Energy-Producing Country.

6. Akshaya Tritiya 2024, falling on May 10th, marks a significant Hindu festival celebrated on the third tithi of the bright half of the month of Vaisakha.

7. The Uttarakhand government has launched the 'Pirul Lao-Paise Pao' campaign to contain the raging forest fires in the state. 

8.  HDFC Life appointed Keki Mistry as its Chairman.

9.DRDO hands over nine defence tech projects to IIT-Bhubaneswar.

10.EAC Report: Hindu population in India has decreased by about 8% since 1951, whereas Muslim population has increased by about 43%.

11.Global Wealth Report: Mumbai, ranked 24th, and Delhi, secured the 37th Spot, on the list out of 50. Bengaluru Ranked 9th among the "cities to watch"

12.IAF, Army to jointly deploy MQ-9B Predator drones in Gorakhpur, Sarsawa base to enhance surveillance along the LAC with China.

13.Google Wallet has been launched in India, expanding Digital Storage.

14.Pawan Sindhi has been honored with Global Pride of Sindhi Award 2024.

15.Sri Lanka and Adani Group forged major Wind Energy deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.India clinches 3 Gold, and 2 Bronze Medals at Asian Open Pickleball.

  • Gold Medal:
  • Sachin Pahwa and Priyanka Chabbra in the mixed doubles category.
  • Isha Lakhani and Pei Chuan Kao.
  • Aniket Patel and Rohit Patil.
  • Bronze Medal:
  • Vijay Menon 
  • ​Priyanka Chhabra defeated Marissa Phongsirikul

2.NPCI released the data for UPI transactions for the April Month.

  • Overall Transaction Numbers: 
  • PhonePe - 6,500 million - 48.8%
  • Google Pay - 5,027.3 million - 37.8%
  • Paytm - 1,117.13 million
  • Cred - 138.46 million
  • Paytm/Founder: Vijay Shekhar Sharma
  • Founded: August 2010

3.Maharana Pratap Jayanti: 9th May

  • Maharana Pratap was a Hindu Rajput King of Mewar, Rajasthan. 
  • He belonged to the Sisodiya clan of Rajputs.
  • He is famously known for his Battle of Haldighati in 1576 where he fought against Mughal forces led by Man Singh I of Amber.

4.Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti: May 8th

  • Known as the “Bard of Bengal” and affectionately addressed as Gurudev.
  • His work “Geetanjali,” earned him the distinction of being the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
  • “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.”- R Tagore

5.Top 5 Steel Producing Countries in the World 2024

  • China-1,032,790 Kt
  • India-118,201 Kt
  • Japan-96,334 Kt
  • USA-85,791 Kt
  • Russia-85,791 Kt

6. Manipur Launched “School on Wheels” Initiative for Students in Relief Camps

7. Amul appointed as ‘Official Sponsor’ of Sri Lanka for T20 World Cup.

8. Indian Army's Kharga Corps under the aegis of Army's Western Command, and IAF conducted a 3-day joint exercise named Gagan Strike-II in Punjab.

9. Department of Pharmaceuticals launched the 'Meditech Stackathon 2024'.

10. Russia conducted its first public tactical nuclear drills, highlighting combat readiness of non-strategic nuclear forces.

11. Yuzvendra Chahal - first Indian player to reach 350-wicket mark in T20

12. ICAR has identified a new species of catfish, Glyptothorax punyabratai, in the Tung Stream of Brahmaputra River drainage system.

13. India became the world leader in remittances in 2022, receiving over $111 billion, marking the first time any country exceeded the   $100 billion milestone.

14. Shaikh Abdussalam Abdurrazzaq, the renowned Urdu litterateur and academician, popularly known by his pseudonym Salam Bin Razzaq, passed away at 83.

15. Sahitya Akademi winner Urdu litterateur Salam Bin Razzaq passes at 83.

 

 

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8th MAY,2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Border Roads Organisation celebrated its 65th Raising Day.

  • The BRO is set to commence construction on the Shinkun La Tunnel, which will be the world's highest tunnel once completed.
  • It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Defence.
  • Founded: 7 May 1960.

2.China won both Men's & Women's titles in Thomas & Uber Cup 2024

  • First Men’s Singles Winner: Shi Yuqi
  • First Men’s Doubles Winners: Liang Weikeng & Wang Chang
  • First Women's Singles Winner: Chen Yufei
  • First Women's Doubles Winners: Chen Qingchen & Jia Yifan

3.World Red Cross Day: 8th May

  • Theme for 2024: ‘I give with joy, and the joy I give is a reward.”
  • World Red Cross Day originates from the events following World War I, where the Red Cross made significant contributions to fostering peace.
  • The proposal led to the annual celebration of Henry Dunant’s birth anniversary on May 8th to recognise the dedication and courage of Red Cross volunteers and staff.

4.IAF conducted 'Bambi Bucket' Operation to douse Nainital forest fire

  • Bambi bucket is a specialised apparatus designed for aerial firefighting purposes and was introduced in 1983.
  • It was invented by a Canadian man, Don Arney.
  • It allows the helicopters to transport volumes of water underneath the aircraft and disperse it

5.In the past week, the Sun has emitted two significant solar flares from a newly identified sunspot, AR3663, causing impacts such as radio blackouts in several parts of the world.

  • Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy emitted from sunspots, which are temporary phenomena on the Sun’s surface.
  • Causes: Sudden release of magnetic energy due to changes in the magnetic field lines near sunspots.

6.Tejaswin Shankar won Men’s High Jump Event At USATF Festival

7. Vladimir Putin has been inaugurated as the President of Russia for a historic fifth term.

8. Researchers at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) reported widespread bleaching of coral reefs in the Lakshadweep Sea due to marine heat waves.

9.Swedish Scientists create First Free Standing 2D Gold Sheet -Goldene.

10 Kyren Wilson wins maiden snooker World title.

11.German company HyImpulse successfully launched a candle wax-powered rocket, "SR75," in Australia.

12.The Department of Pharmaceuticals launches the MEDITECH STACKATHON 2024 in collaboration with CII at New Delhi

13 'Kutch Ajrakh' of Gujarat has been bestowed with the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) certificate by the Controller General of Patents, Designs, and Trademarks (CGPDTM).

14.Ukraine has unveiled an AI-generated spokesperson, named Victoria Shi, to deliver official statements from its foreign ministry.

15.Real Madrid Clinched 36th La Liga Title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.Export ban on non-basmati white rice which has been in force since 2023 has been lifted.

  • The export is permitted through National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL), the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT).
  • Besides, the export of non-basmati white rice was permitted to countries like Nepal, Cameroon, Cote D' Ivore, Guinea, Malaysia, Philippines, and Seychelles.

2. ISRO's Liquid Propulsion System Centre is developing a 2000 kN thrust semi-cryogenic engine with Liquid Oxygen (LOX) Kerosene as propellant, aimed at enhancing Launch Vehicle Mark-3 payload capabilities.

  • The Launch Vehicle Mark-3 or LVM3 (previously referred as the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III or GSLV Mk III) is a three-stage medium-lift launch vehicle.
  • Headquarter: Bengaluru
  • Founded: 15 August 1969
  • Founder: Vikram Sarabhai

3. 5 Indian youth boxers strike gold in Asian U-22 & Youth Boxing Championship.

Brijesh (48 kg) won India's 1st gold medal over Tajikistan’s Muminov Muinkhodzha.

Aryan (51 kg) won against Kyrgyzstan's Kamilov Zafarbek.

Yashwardhan Singh (63.5 kg) won against Gafurov Ruslan of Tajikistan.

Nisha (52 kg) outperformed Kazakhstan’s Otynbay Bagzhan.

Laxmi (50kg) won India’s 5th gold medal against Enkh Nomundari of Mongolia.

4. World Athletics Day: 7th May

  • The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was founded in Stockholm, Sweden on July 17, 1912.
  • The first World Athletics Day was celebrated on May 15, 1996, with participation from 50 countries.

5. Piyush Chawla becomes the 2nd highest wicket taker in the IPL history.

  • Rajasthan Royals' star spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL with 200 wickets.

6.  Frank Shrontz, who led Boeing as its Chief Executive Officer for a decade from 1986 to 1996, passed away at the age of 92.

7. Lando Norris of McLaren clinched his maiden Grand Prix victory at the Miami Grand Prix.

8. The Hindu’s publication titled “The science behind Neeraj’s skills,” earned the ‘Gold’ award in the ‘Best of Sports Page’ category at 6th International Newspaper Design Competition organized by newspaperdesign.in

9. Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has been appointed as the National Ambassador for UNICEF India.

10.World Asthma Day: 7th May ; Theme 2024 - “Asthma Education Empowers”.

11. Mindgrove company launched India’s 1st commercial Microcontroller unit (MCU) Chip.

12.India launched the 'Cool Summers of India’ campaign to promote year-round travel, highlighting hill resorts during the Arabian Travel mart 2024 in Dubai.

13.The 26th ASEAN-India Senior Officials’ Meeting was held in New Delhi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

 

1.Nepal introduces  new Rs 100 currency note featuring Indian territories

  • Nepal new currency note features a map that includes the Indian territories of Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura, and Kalapani.
  • Nepal has asserted its claim based on the Sugauli Treaty of 1816, According to that all territories east of the Kali (Mahakali) river belong to Nepal.
  • The Sugauli Treaty was signed between the East India Company and Guru Gajraj Mishra.

2.India’s first indigenous bomber Unmanned Aerial Vehicle unveiled in Bengaluru.

  • Flying Wedge Defence and Aerospace Technologies launched FWD-200B in Bengaluru, marking India's entry into indigenous UAV manufacturing.
  • This medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) drone is designed for both surveillance and precision strikes, boasting a 100 kg payload.

3.ICICI Bank's market capitalization surpassed the 8-trillion mark and into the league of the top 5 companies by market value.

  • Reliance Industries - the most-valued Indian company - Rs 19.8 trillion.
  • Tata Consultancy Services - Rs 14 trillion.
  • HDFC Bank - Rs 11.6 trillion
  • State Bank of India - Rs 7.4 trillion.

4.Oldest evidence of Earth’s magnetic field, 3.7 billion years, found in Greenland rocks.

  • The Earth’s magnetic field were believed to have been set just 800 million years after Earth is thought to have formed.
  • These rocks were collected at Isua Supracrustal Belt, Greenland.
  • The scientists used uranium-lead dating to get an age estimate for the rocks.

5.The Centre has approved renaming of 8 railway stations in Amethi, UP.

  • Fursatganj Railway Station as Tapeshwarnath Dham,
  • Kasimpur Halt as Jais City,
  • Jais City as Guru Gorakhnath Dham,
  • Bani as Swami Paramhans,
  • Misrauli as Maa Kalikan Dham,
  • Nihalgarh as Maharaja Bijli Pasi,
  • Akbarganj as Maa Kalikan Dham,
  • Warisganj as Amar Shahid Bhale Sultan

6. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a $1 billion aid package for Lebanon, intended to boost the country's          socio-economic stability until 2027.

7. Bajaj Auto is set to launch world's first CNG-powered bike in June.

8. Titanic, Lord of the Rings actor Bernard Hill passes away at 79

9. Uttarakhand Tourism announced India’s first Astro Tourism Campaign named ‘Nakshatra Sabha’.

10.HDFC Life Introduces “No Jhanjhat Life Insurance Fatafat” Campaign: Revolutionizing insurance purchase purchases through an       innovative online platform.

11.A series of COVID-19 variants within the Omicron JN.1 lineage, known as FLiRT, including the KP.2 and KP 1.1 variants, is rapidly spreading in the United States

12.World number one Iga Swiatek outlasts Aryna Sabalenka in marathon final to win Madrid Open.

13.Mumbai City FC defeated Mohun Bagan to win ISL 2023-24.

14.Sanjaya Kumar Mishra has been appointed to head GST Appellate Tribunal.

 

 

 

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4th MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1. Democratic Republic of Congo battles growing Monkey Pox (Mpox) outbreak.

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country in Central Africa, the second-largest country in Africa.
  • Mpox, also known as monkeypox, is a  DNA Virus. It belongs to the family Poxviridae, which consists of large, double-stranded DNA viruses.
  • The virus was first identified in monkeys in 1958 but has since been found to infect humans from animals.

2. Air Marshal Nagesh Kapoor assumed charge of Air Force Training Command.

  • Motto of IAF: "Touch the sky with Glory."
  • Chief: Air Chief Marshall V. R. Chaudhari

3. 2nd Session of India-Nigeria Joint Trade Committee was held in Abuja.

  • Nigeria is a major partner- the 2nd largest trading partner of India in Africa region
  • Areas of focus: Digital Economy and Digital Public Infrastructure, Crude oil and Natural Gas, pharmaceuticals, Local Currency Settlement System Agreement.

4. World Press Freedom Index

  • Published annually by Reporters without Borders
  • India: 159th 
  • Norway: 1st 
  • Denmark: 2nd 
  • Sweden: 3rd

5. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) have achieved breakthrough in speech technology by developing and patenting “LOQU”.

  • “LOQU” is a Latin word for “To speak or talk”
  • LOQU technology captures vocal fold movement without invasive procedures, utilizing sensors placed over the throat.
  • LOQU allows for the reconstruction of speech signals from vocal cord vibrations, offering promising applications for speech-impaired individuals and medical settings.

6. Government hosts 'Run for Sun' Marathon in New Delhi to celebrate International Sun Day, 3rd May, 2024

7. 11th India - New Zealand Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting held in New Zealand

8. NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL), the global arm of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), entered into its     first international agreement with the Bank of Namibia.

9. Jeremiah Manele has been elected as the new prime minister of Solomon Island.

10.Researchers have discovered the world’s deepest known blue hole, the Taam Ja’ Blue Hole (TJBH), located in Chetumal Bay off the   Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

11. International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action 2024 Observed on May 4th

12. Supreme Court mandated one-third of executive committee posts in Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) to be reserved for women lawyers.

13. Meryl Streep is set to receive Cannes honorary Palme D'Or award.

14. Cochin University Science and Technology researchers discovered a new marine species Batillipes Chandrayaani, named after Chandrayaaan-3.

15. India retained top spot in ODIs, T20Is rankings.

 

 

 

 

 

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3rd MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

 

1.Top-5 Silk Producing States in India 2024                                                                                              

  • Karnataka ( 70% of total silk production                                                                
  • Andhra Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Meghalaya

2.World Press Freedom Day: 3rd May 

  • The United Nations General Assembly in 1993 established Press Freedom Day to be observed every year on May 3.
  • The first Press Freedom Day was observed in 1994.
  • The day is established to ensure freedom of the press and also to remember and honor the journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty.
  • Theme: “A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of Environmental Crisis.

3.Rare Vaccine Side Effect Alert: Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia Syndrome

  • Features: Blood clots + low platelet count
  • Affected areas: Brain, abdomen, lungs
  • Symptom: Breathing difficulty, chest/abdominal pain, leg swelling
  • Context: Linked to certain COVID-19 vaccines
  • Benefits of vaccination generally outweigh TTS risks

4.Census of India 2011 (15th Census):

  • 1st Official Census -  1872 AD - Lord Rippon
  • Population: 1.21 Billion, Male - 6,23,724,568 , Female - 5,86,469,294
  • Density - 382 per km2.
  • Sex ratio - 943 F/1000 M.
  • Literacy - Total 74%, Male - 82.10% , Female - 65.46%
  • Most Populous State - Uttar Pradesh
  • Child sex ratio - 919 F/1000 M

5.The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, through the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), will host the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM 46).

  • The Antarctic Treaty signed in 1959 established Antarctica as a region dedicated to peaceful purposes, scientific cooperation, and environmental protection. 
  • The total number of Parties to the Treaty is now 56.
  • India has been a Consultative Party to the Antarctic Treaty since 1983.
  • India’s first Antarctic research station, Dakshin Gangotri, was established in 1983.

6.  Defence Secretary & Secretary General of MoD, Indonesia to co-chair 7th Joint Defence Cooperation Committee meeting in New Delhi.

7.  Indian Army and Punit Balan group develop Constitution Park in Pune.

8 . Paul Auster, the renowned American novelist and filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 77.

9 . Renowned Tamil playback singer Uma Ramanan passed away at the age of 72 in Chennai.

10 .Geologists from MIT and Oxford University discovered the oldest evidence of Earth’s magnetic field in 3.7 billion-year-old rocks from Greenland’s Isua Supracrustal Belt. 

11.Indian diary ‘Amul’ has been named the lead Sponsor for USA and South Africa in T20 World Cup 2024.

12.Hitesh Kumar Sethia appointed as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jio Financial Services.

13.UNESCO awards press prize to Palestinian journalists in Gaza.

14.The Indian Army and Punit Balan Group collaborate to inaugurate Pune's Constitution Park.

15.The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), India concluded #PlayTrue Campaign to create awareness about clean sports.

 

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2nd MAY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1.RBI estimates show 5% growth in jobs in FY23 in post-covid recovery.

  • 2019-20 : 522 million 
  • 2020-21 : 544 million 
  • 2021-22 : 553 million 
  • 2022-23 : 580 million

2.GST collection hits record high of Rs 2.10 lakh crore in April 2024.

Indian States GST Revenue in April 2024.

  • Maharashtra - 37,671 crore
  • Karnataka - 15,978 crore
  • Gujarat - 13,301 crore
  • Uttar Pradesh - 12,290 crore
  • Tamil Nadu - 12,210 crore

3.DRDO successfully flight-tested the Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) off the Odisha coast.

  • SMART, a canister-based missile system incorporates advanced technologies like two-stage solid propulsion and precision navigation, carrying lightweight torpedoes.
  • The missile was launched from the ground mobile launcher.
  • Chairman DRDO - Dr Samir V Kamat.

4.India won Men’s and Women’s Doubles Title at Asian Carrom Championship at Male in Maldives

  • Man: K Srinivas & Mohammed Ghufran
  • Women: Aakanksha Kadam Shainy Sebastian

5.IQAir's World Air Quality (Pollution) Index-Ranking:

  • Top 5 most polluted Cities
  • Kathmandu
  • New Delhi
  • Chiang Mai in Thailand
  • Hanoi in Vietnam
  • Bangkok in Thailand
  • Dhaka in Bangladesh.

6.China is set to launch Chang’e-6 Lunar Probe carrying Pakistan’s ICUBE-Q Mission.

   Key Features of Chang’e-6 Mission:

  • Exploring the Far Side:  first-ever attempt to retrieve lunar samples the region hidden from Earth’s view.
  • Relay Satellite Communication to facilitate communication during the mission’s 53-day duration.
  • Historic Ascent from Far Side: The return will involve the first-ever ascent from the Moon’s far side.

7. Maushumi Chakravarty assumed charge of DG of Akashvani News

8. Delhivery launched an all-women Logistics Hub at Sikar, Rajasthan

9. India and Israel's security forces held a joint security drill in New Delhi amidst security concerns due to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

10.Pratima Singh, IRS officer, has been appointed as Director of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT).

11.India emerged as Maldives' 2nd largest trade partner in 2022 and the largest in 2023.

12.Vice Admiral Krishna Swaminathan has been appointed as Vice Chief of Naval Staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1st May 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

1. International Labour Day: 1st May

  • India first observed May Day in the year 1923, inspired by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan.
  • On May 1st, 1886, labour unions in the United States initiated a strike advocating for an eight-hour workday.
  • The theme for International Labour Day 2024 "Ensure workplace safety and health amidst climate change.                                    

2.Government proposes new explosives law, to repeal Explosives Act of 1884.

  • Explosives: gunpowder, nitroglycerine, nitroglycol, di-nitro-toluene, and picric acid.
  • Draft bill: Up to 3 years jail or Rs 1 lakh fine or both for violation in manufacturing, importing, or exporting explosives. Existing law: 3 years jail and Rs 50,000 fine
  • Draft bill: Up to 2 years jail or Rs 50,000 fine or both for possession, use, sale, or transport violations. Existing law: Rs 3,000 fine.

 3.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed a revised regulatory framework for Electronic Trading Platforms (ETPs).

  • Electronic Trading Platforms (ETPs) are digital systems that facilitate the trading of various financial instruments, such as securities, derivatives, and foreign exchange products.
  • ETPs are platforms for buyers and sellers to trade directly with each other.
  • Examples include Alternative Trading Systems (ATS) and Electronic Communication Networks (ECNs)

  4. G7 Discusses Coal Phase-Out by 2035

  • G7 member countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • The discussions come in the wake of the UN’s COP28 climate summit in Dubai, where the world pledged to move away from coal, oil, and gas.

  5. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Report: The Indian Ocean basin warming is projected to experience accelerates          from 1.7°C to 3.8°C between 2020 and 2100.

      Impacts on Weather and Climate: 

  • Prolonged marine heat waves, rising from current 20 days per year to 220-250 days.
  • Changes in Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) events, with 66% increase in extreme events and 52% decrease in moderate events by end of 21st century.

6. Researchers from Netherlands and South Korea have  developed artificial synapses using a mixture of water and salt,the  same                ingredient used by human brain.

7.Vinay Vir, a renowned journalist, publisher, and editor of the Daily Hindi Milap, passed away at the age of 72.

8.India will host the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2025, Guwahati.

9.Airports Authority of India (AAI) has launched the ISHAN (Indian Single Sky Harmonized Air Traffic Management) to unify India's Flight    Information Regions (FIRs) into 1 system managed from Nagpur.

10.National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Private Ltd. (NHPC) Limited Signed an MoU with Norwegian firm Ocean Sun to implement floating solar energy technology in India.

11.India will fully fund the renovation of Sri Lanka's Kankesanthurai Port in the Northern Province for direct ship service between Nagapattinam and Kankesanthurai.

12.Nepal and India organized a B2B meeting to foster economic cooperation under the theme “Emerging Nepal”.

13.Alok Shukla was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize 2024.

 

 

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MONTHLY CURRENT AFFAIRS APRIL 2024

Monthly Current Affairs (April)

Sports

  • Hardik Singh and Salima Tete has been named players of the year at Hockey India Awards 2023.
  • Rohan Bopanna and Matt Ebden triumph at Miami Open
  • Mahindra Singh Dhoni has become the first wicketkeeper to record 300 dismissals in T20 cricket.
  • Red Bull's Max Verstappen wins F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2024.
  • Bilquis Mir has become the first Indian woman on the Paris Olympics Jury.
  • Sumit Nagal has become the first Indian to enter Monte Carlo Masters singles main draw.
  • Indian-American golfer Akshay Bhatia wins the Valero Texas Open.
  • Virat Kohli hits record eighth century in IPL games.
  • Harendra Singh has been reappointed as India's women's hockey team coach.
  • Six times World Champion Mary Kom stepped down as Chef-de-Mission for Paris Olympics.
  • Radhika bagged silver medal at Asian Wrestling Championships 2024.
  • Dipendra made history by hitting 6 sixes in 1 over in a T20I match, joining an elite list of Yuvraj and Pollard.
  • Rashmi Kumari wins National Women’s Carrom Title for the 12th time.
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad recorded highest runs in the Indian Premier League.
  • Rohit Sharma becomes first Indian to hit 500 T20 sixes.
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas emerged victorious at the clay-court Monte Carlo Masters.
  • Discus thrower Mykolas Alekna broke the world record achieving a 74.35 meters throw.
  • Australian skipper Pet Cummins & England all-rounder Nat Sciver Brunt have been named as Wisden leading cricketers in the world.
  • Bengaluru Badshahs lifted the 5th "Deaf Indian Premier League" title.
  • Balraj Panwar secured third in the men's single scull event of Asian Olympic qualifiers in Chungju, South Korea.
  • Dommaraju Gukesh has made history by winning the FIDE Candidates tournament, becoming the youngest-ever challenger in the history of the World Chess Championship.
  • Max Verstappen Claims Maiden Chinese Grand Prix Victory.
  • MP's Prachi Yadav wins gold at 2024 ACC Paracanoe Asian Championship.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal becomes first bowler with historic 200 IPL wickets.
  • Sreeja Akula has overtaken Manika Batra as India's No.1 in women's singles table tennis.
  • World No. 6 Casper Ruud of Norway defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, clinching the ATP Barcelona Open 500 singles title.
  • Novak Djokovic bagged World Sportsman of the Year for a record-equalling 5th time at the Laureus Awards ceremony
  • Gulf Youth Games UAE 2024 opened at Dubai Opera, featuring 3,500 athletes competing in 24 sports with a focus on sustainability, unity, and youth
  • The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has completed the process mandated by the United World Wrestling (UWW), the global governing body for the sport.
  • India's men's recurve team defeated South Korea at the Archery World Cup, marking their first win against the champions in a World Cup final
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the appointment of Indian cricket legend Yuvraj Singh as an ambassador for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the appointment of Pakistan cricket legend Sana Mir as the ambassador for the upcoming ICC Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier.
  • Harshit Kumar with a throw of 66.7 meters clinched gold in Hammer throw at the 21st U-20 Asian Athletics Championship 2024.

Appointment

  • Ms Sheyphali B. Sharan has assumed charge as the Principal Director General, Press Information Bureau.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has appointed Judith Suminwa Tuluka as the country's first female Prime Minister.
  • El-Sisi has been appointed as the President of Egypt.
  • Najmi Waziri was appointed as head of the committee to protect Delhi's forests.
  • Srinivas Pallia was appointed as the CEO of WIPRO.
  • Manoj Panda has been appointed as a member of the sixteenth Finance Commission.
  • Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Love Kumar has been appointed as the Inspector General (IG) in the Special Protection Group (SPG) for a period of two years.
  • US-India Strategic partnership Forum (USISPF) has appointed Tarun Bajaj as the chairman of US-India Tax Forum.
  • Ms. Jagjit Pavadia has been elected to the International Narcotics Control Board.
  • Anurag Kumar (IPS) has been appointed as Joint Director in CBI.
  • Arvind Kumar has been appointed as Director (Refineries) Of Indian Oil.
  • The Supreme Court has appointed Justice Aniruddha Bose as the Director of The National Judicial Academy (NJAC), Bhopal.
  • SPACE India appointed Sanjana Sanghi as its Brand Ambassador
  • Kristalina Georgieva has been re-appointed as the Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for another 5-year term.
  • Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Kuwait.
  • BharatPe appointed Nalin Negi as the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Pragya Misra has been appointed as OpenAI’s first employee in India.
  • Nalin Prabhat has been appointed as the Director-General of the National Security Guard (NSG).
  • RBI has approved Ajith Kumar KK as Dhanlaxmi Bank’s MD & CEO.
  • Pavuluri Subba Rao, the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Ananth Technologies, has been conferred with  'Aryabhatta Award' by the Aeronautical Society of India (ASI).
  • Sakshi Mittal (IAS) has been selected for the appointment as Director of the Department of Personnel and Training.
  • Papua New Guinea has appointed Col Edison Napyo as the first Defence Advisor to India.
  • Dr. Naima Khatoon recently made history by becoming the first woman Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
  • The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has appointed Gita Sabharwal of India as the new UN Resident Coordinator in Indonesia. 
  • Axis Bank re-appointed Amitabh Chaudhry as MD & CEO.
  • Indonesia's electoral commission has officially declared Prabowo Subianto as the president-elect after the country.
  • T Rabi Sankar has been re-appointed as the RBI Deputy Governor.
  • Arun Alagappan, the former Executive Vice Chairman, has been appointed and re-designated as the Executive Chairman of the Coromandel International
  • The Pakistan Cricket Board appointed World Cup-winning Gary Kirsten as their head coach for ODIs and T20Is.
  • Indian Vaccine Manufacturers Association (IVMA) has announced the appointment of Krishna Ella, co-founder and executive chairman of Bharat Biotech.

Awards & Honours

  • REC wins SKOCH ESG Award 2024 in Renewable Energy Financing Category.
  • Startup AVGARDE won DRDO’s Dare to Dream 4.0 Contest.
  • Dr. Karthik Kommuri bagged the National Fame Award.
  • Neeraj Sharma receives "Medal of Honour" at Consular Day 2024.
  • ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 Team honoured with John L ‘Jack’ Swigert Jr award
  • Muthoot Finance won recognition at Times Business Awards 2024.
  • Kannada Poet Mamta Sagar was awarded the World Literary Prize.
  • Lokesh Muni has been honored with US President’s Gold Volunteer Service.
  • Dr. Gagandeep Kang, an Indian researcher, has been awarded the 2024 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award for her achievements in global health research.
  • Avantika Vandanapu, was honored the "South Asian Person of the Year" award by Harvard University.
  • Adwaita Nayar, the co-founder of Nykaa, has been inducted into the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Community.
  • India clinches 2 silver, 2 bronze medals at Mathematical Olympiad 2024
  • Israeli mathematician Avi Wigderson won ACM A.M. Turing Award
  • Mohammed Salem wins 2024 World Press Photo of the Year award.
  • GMR Hyderabad International Airport has clinched the 'Best Airport Staff in India & South Asia 2024' award from Skytrax.
  • Kaushik Rajashekara has been honored with International Fellowship by the Engineering Academy of Japan.
  • Deepika Soreng was honoured with Asunta Lakra Award.
  • Mohammed Salem won the World Press Photo of the Year award.
  • MATTER, a leader in India's electric mobility and energy sector, clinched the Clarivate South Asia Innovation Award 2024 in Automotive category.
  • Actor Randeep Hooda was bestowed with the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award.
  • AI anchor Sana clinched the 2024 Global Media Award from the International News Media Association (INMA).
  • Gina Justus has been named the regional winner for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region at the prestigious 2024 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awards.
  • 60-year-old lawyer Alejandra Marisa Rodriguez crowned Miss Universe Buenos Aires.
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) honored K.V. Kamath, Chairman of National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Ltd., with an honorary doctorate.

Defence Security and Military Exercises

  • The IMT TRILAT 24 Exercise recently concluded in Nacala, Mozambique on March 28th, 2024.
  • Two "Dornier 228 Planes" developed by HAL was delivered to Guyana
  • India, Maldives & Sri Lanka’s ‘Dosti-16’ exercise was held in Maldives.
  • India Air Force’s 10-day mega exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’ begins from April 1-10.
  • DRDO successfully conducted a flight test of the new generation ballistic missile called ‘Agni-Prime.
  • Defence forces of the U.S., Japan, Australia, and the Philippines conducted "maritime cooperative activity" on April 7 to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • Coastal security exercise Sagar Kavach 01/24 was conducted off the Lakshadweep Islands from April 1-2, 2024.
  • Indian Army gets portable Igla-S Air defence system from Russia.
  • The Indian Army's Trishakti Corps conducted an Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) exercise in Sikkim.
  • DRDO & Indian Army conducted successful trials of Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) Weapon System.
  • India-Uzbekistan Joint Military Exercise DUSTLIK 2024, 5th edition, begun on 15th April in Uzbekistan.
  • India is set to test 130 km strike range Astra Mark-2 air-to-air missile.
  • Recently, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)  has developed the lightest bulletproof jacket in India.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) inaugurated the Submersible Platform for Acoustic Characterisation and Evaluation (SPACE) in Idukki, Kerala.
  • Pyolji-1-2 and Hwasal-1 Ra-3:North Korea tests cruise missile warhead.
  • Indian Navy conducts exercise “Eastern Wave” off the Eastern Seaboard.
  • The Government of India has appointed Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi as the next Chief of the Naval Staff.
  • India has successfully delivered the first batch of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines.
  • Indian Navy Conducts ‘Poorvi Leher’ Mega Exercise along the East Coast to Test Maritime Preparedness.
  • Rashtriya Raksha University and Starburst Aerospace of France signed an MoU to advance aerospace, defense, and homeland security innovation.
  • India tested strike range air-launched ballistic missile ROCKS or Crystal Maze 2, from a Su-30 MKI fighter jet in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy have inducted the ‘Rampage’ long-range supersonic air-to-ground missile
  • The Indian Navy launched the 6th barge, LSAM 20 (Yard 130), as part of an 11-barge project, constructed by M/s Suryadipta Projects Pvt Ltd, boosting transport and logistics for naval operations.
  • INS Sahyadri of Indian Navy and UK's RFA Argus and Lyme Bay participated in a Maritime Exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability and maritime cooperation

International

  • China renames 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh claimed by China as part of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), called “Zagnan”.
  • UNESCO added 18 new sites to the Global Geoparks network, bringing the total number of sites to 213 across 48 countries.
  • The UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27) convened in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the closing ceremony of the International Year of Millets (IYM) 2023 at the FAO headquarters in Rome.
  • China in coordination with the BRICS de-dollarization efforts has announced a Block Chain Project.
  • Germany legalized Recreational Cannabis.
  • Japan has introduced e-Visa only for Indian Tourists.
  • The strongest earthquake, in 25 years, of 7.2-magnitute hits Taiwan.
  • BRICS to use gold to challenge US Dollar.
  • Zimbabwe launches new gold-backed currency.
  • EU and India collaborate to promote Startups in EV battery recycling under the Trade & Technology Council (TTC).
  • China has surpassed India as the largest importer of Russian crude oil.
  • India and Kazakhstan convened in Astana to bolster counter-terrorism collaboration against the backdrop of the terrorist attack in Moscow.
  • The US and Japan revealed that Japanese astronauts will join future NASA lunar missions as part of the Artemis program.
  • Chinese Yuan has officially overtaken the US dollar as the top traded currency in Russia.
  • UK added Pakistan to the list of countries ‘too dangerous to travel’.
  • The US hosts the first trilateral summit with Japan and the Philippines, reaffirming support in their territorial disputes with China.
  • India and Mauritius sign protocol to amend tax treaty.
  • Nigeria has become the first country in the world to roll out a new vaccine (Men5CV) to protect against five strains of the meningococcal bacteria.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) prequalified a new oral cholera vaccine called Euvichol-S, manufactured by EuBiologics Co., Ltd. in South Korea.
  • On April 20, 2024, Nepal hosted its first International Rainbow Tourism Conference in Kathmandu, to promote the country as a safe and inclusive destination for LGBT tourists.
  • On Earth Day 2024, Bhutan organized the Sustainable Finance for Tiger Landscapes Conference to preserve tiger habitats critical for biodiversity.
  • Armenia and Azerbaijan have placed the first border marker, following a bitter conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
  • The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) signed a MoU with Cambodia’s Ministry of Civil Service on HR development in civil service.
  • US secretly sent long-range ATACMS missiles to Ukraine as part of a $300 million military aid package approved by President Biden.
  • Kitum Caves in Mount Elgon National Park in Kenya, is considered the world's deadliest cave and may become the source for the next Pandemic
  • India's International Financial Services Centres Authority and Kuwait's Capitals Market Authority (CMA) inked a pact to share tech and innovation insights for financial market development.
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Kazakhstan endorsed the idea of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future.’
  • Scotland's first Muslim Minister Humza Yousaf resigns after losing support from the Scottish Green Party and facing no-confidence motion.

National

  • India has been declared the ‘Cancer Capital’ of the World.
  • India is determined to reduce urea imports by 2025 that currently satisfy 30% of its Urea demand.
  • India secured operational control over Sittwe Port in Myanmar.
  • ‘Typhon’, a cutting edge US ground-based missile system was deployed in the exercise ‘Salaknib 24’.
  • US Navy deployed Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) anti-missile interceptors to successfully intercept Iranian Ballistic missiles aimed at Israel.
  • India has emerged as the fourth largest military spender globally in 2023.
  • SC has established that women employees have a constitutional entitlement to two-year childcare leave, in addition to the obligatory maternity leave of 180 days. 
  • Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam inaugurated India's first multi-purpose green hydrogen pilot project at Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Adani's Vizhinjam Port in Kerala is the nation's inaugural transshipment hub.
  • Centre has allowed export of over 99,000 Metric tonnes onion to 6 countries Bangladesh, UAE, Bhutan, Bahrain, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. 

States

  • Uttar Pradesh leads with the most GI-Tagged products.
  • India’s first small-scale liquefied natural gas (SSLNG) unit set up in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Indigenous Wheat from the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • Maharashtra team emerged as the champion at the 56th National Kho Kho Championship 2023-24, both men's and women's titles.
  • Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi unveiled "Param Vir Chakra" garden in Chennai.
  • Sitars and Tanpuras of Sangli District, Maharashtra has been granted Geographical Indication Tags.
  • Himachal Pradesh Cricket association (HPCA) Stadium becomes first Indian venue with hybrid pitch technology.
  • Madhya Pradsesh leads in Centre's Green Credit Programme Efforts.
  • The Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the Longte festival, a cultural event that stands out for its prohibition of animal sacrifice.
  • Uttar Pradesh has unveiled its first-ever glass skywalk bridge, located at Tulsi (Shabari) Waterfall in Chitrakoot.
  • Andhra Pradesh mandates a Permanent Education Number (PEN) for students from the academic year 2024-25
  • Shompen tribes from Great Nicobar, participated in voting for 1st time.
  • Tiranga Barfi and Dhalua Murti Metal Casting craft of Varanasi received the GI Tag.
  • The Lakshmana Tirtha River in Karnataka's Kodagu District has dried up due to severe drought and heat.
  • Largest temple festival Thrissur Pooram 2024 celebration begun in the state of Kerela.
  • The 34th Seng Khihlang festival celebrated by adherents of Khasi Indigenous faith concluded in Wahiajer, Meghalaya
  • The Madras High Court has instructed the Tamil Nadu government to implement the Guidelines for Elimination of Corporal Punishment in Schools (GECP) provided by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). 
  • Uttarakhand Govt. suspends licenses of 14 Patanjali products for violating the Drugs and Magic Remedies Act.

Economy Business and Banking

  • India's defence exports hit record ₹21,000 cr in FY 2023-24.
  • The RBI projected Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation at 4.5% for fiscal year 2024-25.
  • Bombay Stock Exchange market cap hits ₹400-lakh crore for the first time.
  • SBI and Standard Chartered executed a ₹25 crore Credit Default Swap (CDS) trade, marking the first transaction under new RBI guidelines.
  • HDFC Bank becomes the first private bank to open a branch in Lakshadweep.
  • Asian Development Bank raises India's GDP growth to 7% for FY25
  • PhonePe partners with eSewa, HAN Pokhara to promote UPI in Nepal
  • Adani Green Energy is building the world’s largest renewable energy park in Khavda, Gujarat.
  • SBI Life launched "IdeationX" to revolutionize the insurance industry.
  • Elon Musk-led Tesla Signed a Strategic Deal with Tata Electronics to purchase Semiconductor Chips.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) opened investments in the country’s Sovereign Green Bonds (SGrBs) to Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIS).
  • The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has set up an office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City), Gandhinagar, to provide foreign currency-denominated debt financing for green hydrogen and renewable energy manufacturing projects.
  • RuPay, in collaboration with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), introduced the ‘Link it, Forget it’ campaign during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024
  • India's electronics exports surged to $29.12 billion in FY24, a  23.6% increase from the previous year despite an overall contraction in total exports by 3%.
  • Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the launch of the company's advanced AI assistant, Meta AI, powered by the state-of-the-art language model Llama 3.
  • Reliance Jio emerged as the world's largest mobile operator in data traffic.
  • BharatPe launched BharatPe One, an all-in-one payment product that integrates POS (point of sale), QR code, and speaker into one device.
  • Razorpay and Airtel Payments Bank have introduced the UPI Switch, a cloud-based infrastructure set to transform digital payments.
  • PayU, the digital financial services provider, has obtained the in-principle authorization from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to function as a Payments Aggregator (PA) under the Payment Settlements Act, 2007.
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) unveiled its Climate Strategy 2030 document on Earth Day to address India’s growing need for green financing

Top 4 India's banks in market value terms: HDFC bank (1st), SBI (2nd), ICICI bank (3rd), Axis Bank

  • RBI Report: India requires 8-10% annual growth over the next decade to harness its Demographic Dividend
  • The RBI has issued Foreign Exchange and Management Act (FEMA) regulations to simplify the process of Indian companies directly listing on international stock exchanges.
  • India's pharmaceutical exports grew by 10% to $28 billion in the fiscal year 2023-24, despite a 3% decline in total exports.
  • Air India has entered into a codeshare partnership with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest airline.
  • SBI Card has introduced three variants SBI Card MILES ELITE, SBI Card MILES PRIME, and SBI Card MILES—designed to offer curated benefits to travelers, from frequent flyers to enthusiasts.
  • NABARD teams up with the RBI Innovation Hub to streamline agricultural lending through digitalization aimed to expedite loan processing and improve accessibility for farmers nation.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued draft guidelines titled “Digital Lending – Transparency in Aggregation of Loan Products from Multiple Lenders” to promote transparency in the digital lending space.
  • The National Council of Applied Economic Research forecasts India's 2024-25 GDP growth to exceed 7%, surpassing RBI, ADB, and IMF projections.
  • Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) has been granted 'Navratna' status.
  • RBI freezes Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI) Limit at 6% for Government Securities in FY 2024-25.

Important dates and events

  • World Autism Awareness Day is observed annually on April 2nd.
  • 8th April, 1929: Revolutionaries Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt had thrown the Delhi Assembly bomb.
  • The theme for World Health Day is “My Health, My Right”.
  • Ugadi, Telugu New Year is observed on 9th April, the first day of Chaitra Navrati.
  • National Safe Motherhood Day is observed annually on April 11th.
  • International Safety Pin Day is celebrated on April 10 every year to mark the invention of safety pins by Walter Hunt.
  • International Day of Human Space Flight: 12th April
  • India emerged as fourth largest exporter of Digitally Delivered Services: WTO Report
  • Theme of World Chagas Disease Day 2024: “Tackling Chagas disease: detect early and care for life”.
  • National Panchayati Raj Day: 24th April
  • Baisakhi , celebrated on April 13th, marks the founding of the Sikh Khalsa in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh.
  • 16th April, 1853: The first train in the country ran between Mumbai and Thane.
  • World Haemophilia Day: 17th April
  • World Heritage Day, also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites, is observed annually on April 18.
  • 18th April, 1950 – Vinoba Bhave started the Bhoodan movement from the village of Pachampally in Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana).
  • The 16th World Future Energy Summit commenced in Abu Dhabi.
  • On April 22nd, the world will unite to commemorate the 54th International Mother Earth Day.
  • World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated every year on April 23rd.
  • World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on April 26th by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
  • International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day is observed annually on April 26th.
  • World Immunization Week 2024 - 24 to 30 April.
  • World Intellectual Property Day: April 26, 2024
  • The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign observed on April 28th to promote safe and healthy working conditions for all workers.

Reports and Indexes

  • Coal Sector Shows Highest Growth of 11.6 % among Eight Core Industries in February 2024
  • India's core sector output witnessed a surge of 6.7% in February 2024.
  • Paradip Port, Odisha, emerged as India’s top cargo-handling Port in 2023-24.
  • World Bank raises India’s growth projection: FY24 GDP at 7.5%.
  • Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu achieved 1st place, while Mahoba district of UP ranked 2nd in the country under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • 57 Companies Responsible for 80% of World’s Carbon Emissions: InfluenceMap Report.
  • India ranks third with 67 unicorns in the Hurun Global Unicorn Index 2024.
  • IIT Bombay ranks 45th in QS World University Rankings 2024.
  • Daocheng Yading Airport of China at 14,472 feet, holds the distinction of being the highest altitude airport in the world.
  • India secured 10th position in World Cybercrime Index (WCI).
  • Russia and Ukraine emerge as the top two hubs of cybercrime, according to the World Cybercrime Index
  • Moody’s analytics forecasts India’s economy to grow by 6.1% in 2024.
  • Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport is the 10th busiest airport.
  • Chandigarh University topped QS World University Ranking by Subjects.
  • Global Forest Watch data: India lost 2.33 million hectares of tree cover since 2000.
  • China with 134.792 million tonnes production of wheat holds the title of the largest wheat producing country.
  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report spotlights India's population boom to 1.44 billion, with 24% under 14.
  • Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Ember report: Karnataka and Gujarat leads in India’s Clean Energy Transition.
  • A recent study ranks the Indian passport as the second cheapest globally, with the UAE passport being the most affordable.
  • Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI) report : China's share in India's imports of Industrial goods has surged from 21 percent to 30 percent in the last 15 years.

Schemes and Programmes

  • CVGIL app has been launched by the Election Commission of India.
  • The NHAI has launched the One Vehicle, One FASTag' initiative.
  • RBI has established Digital India Trust Agency DIGITA to curb illegal lending Apps.
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced the Central Government Health scheme app (myCGHS) for iOS.
  • Govt. brings new Rs 500 crore EV subsidy scheme from April 1 after FAME.
  • The Government of India has launched CDP-SURAKSHA, a digital platform for horticulture farmers to receive subsidies efficiently. 
  • The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) signed an MOU to provide vocational training to tribal and underprivileged youth in India.

Science and Technology

  • EVI is the world’s first emotionally intelligent voice AI developed by Hume.
  • Researchers at France’s Atomic Energy Commission(CEA) has produced the first Image of Human brain from the World’s most powerful MRI scanner.
  • Korea's KSTAR 'Artificial Sun' hits new fusion record At 100 Million°C.
  • SpaceX successfully launched Tata and Satellogic's TSAT-1A satellite.
  • South Korea has  launched its Second Military Spy Satelite into orbit.
  • Navan AI launched niia.ai, Generative AI platform for Apparel industry.
  • NASA has been tasked with establishing Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC) as a unified standard for timekeeping on the Moon and other celestial bodies.
  • ISRO achieved a 'zero orbital debris' milestone with its PSLV-C58/XPoSat mission.
  • Gopi Thotakura is set to make history as the first Indian tourist to journey into space with Blue Origin's NS-25 mission.
  • Russia's Angara-A5 rocket was successfully launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome, placing a test load into low orbit.
  • IISc Bengaluru developed a hydrogel capable of adsorbing and degrading over 90% of microplastics in water.
  • Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) signed an MoU with IIT Mandi for collaboration in research and product development in semiconductors, quantum technologies, and drones.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Study Mission ‘Proba-3’ using PSLV-XL.
  • Astronomers have discovered the most massive stellar-mass black hole, named Gaia BH3, in the Milky Way. 
  • A new tiger species has been recently discovered in the dense rainforests of Brazil, named clouded tiger cat (Leopardus pardinoides).
  • Archaeologists in Telangana have uncovered three significant sites, over 200 megalithic monuments in dense forests, a unique Iron Age megalithic site at Ooragutta and two rock art sites at Damaratogu.
  • Microsoft Research Asia’s AI team has introduced VASA-1 App which converts still images into animated representations with synchronized speech or song.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G), in collaboration with the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) cell of Kamrup election district in Assam, has developed an innovative 3D printed dummy ballot unit
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) unveiled India's largest Climate Clock in New Delhi for Earth Day, emphasizing climate change awareness.
  • NASA has launched the Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3) that utilizes solar power for space propulsion.
  • Microsoft unveiled Phi-3-mini, its smallest AI model.
  • Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a high-energy, high-power hybrid sodium-ion battery capable of charging in seconds
  • China launched 3 astronauts to Tiangong space station on Shenzhou 18.
  • Sunita Williams, an Indian American astronaut, is preparing for her third space mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Miscellaneous

  • RBI Celebrates 90 Years of Service on 1st April, 2024.
  • Researchers have found evidence of ozone on Jupiter’s moon Callisto.
  • "Alvor-Teide Atlantic Rift" is the tentative name of the new Ocean that could form in the Afar region. 
  • Kodaikanal Solar Observatory (KSO), Tamil Nadu, recently commemorated its 125th anniversary.
  • World’s oldest Man, Juan Vicente Pérez, died at 114.
  • The ECI introduced 'Myth vs Reality Register' to proactively combat mis-information in General Elections 2024.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has leveraged social media to engage Urban and young voters within the overarching theme of ‘Chunav Ka Parv, Desh Ka Garv’.
  • Chief of Defence Staff Gen Anil Chauhan to chair maiden ‘Parivartan Chintan’, a Tri-Service Conference on Jointness & Integration.
  • Veteran cinematographer Gangu Ramsay passed away at 83. 
  • Former New Zealand Leg spinner Jack Alabaster Passes Away at 93.
  • The Government of India unveiled a 50gm colored souvenir silver coin to commemorate the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Ram Lalla at Ayodhya's Ram Mandir.
  • Former Cricket Australia (CA) chair, Jack Clarke passed Away at 70.
  • Roman Gabriel, the first Filipino-American quarterback in the National football League (NFL) died, at 83.
  • China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, the United States, and Turkey account for 60% of the world’s mismanaged plastic waste.
  • Vels University in Chennai conferred an honorary doctorate in literature upon Indian actor Ram Charan.
  • Renowned Carnatic Musician K.G. Jayan Passes Away at 90
  • Skytrax World Airport Awards: Doha's Hamad is world’s best airport.
  • Takshvi Vaghani has set a new World record for the lowest Limbo skating over 25 Metres.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2550th Bhagwan Mahaveer Nirvan Mahotsav at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi.
  • Lieutenant Commander Dilna K. and Lieutenant Commander Roopa A created history by successfully completing a nearly two-month transoceanic expedition on the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini.
  • Satellite data spanning three decades reveals significant expansion in glacial lakes across the Indian Himalayas, posing risks like Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs).
  • Sudhir Kakar, ‘father of Indian psychoanalysis’, passed away at 85.
  • Renowned author Sam Pitroda has written a new book titled 'The Idea of Democracy'.
  • A book titled ‘Heavenly Islands of Goa’ has been released by Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12-13 APRIL 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Kannada Poet Mamta Sagar was awarded the World Literary Prize.
  • ISRO achieved a 'zero orbital debris' milestone with its PSLV-C58/XPoSat mission.
  • Gopi Thotakura is set to make history as the first Indian tourist to journey into space with Blue Origin's NS-25 mission.
  • Chinese Yuan has officially overtaken the US dollar as the top traded currency in Russia.
  • Six times World Champion Mary Kom stepped down as Chef-de-Mission for Paris Olympics.
  • Anurag Kumar (IPS) has been appointed as Joint Director in CBI. 
  • Arvind Kumar has been appointed as Director (Refineries) Of Indian Oil. 
  • The Supreme Court has appointed Justice Aniruddha Bose as the Director of The National Judicial Academy (NJAC), Bhopal.
  • Fintech firm PhonePe has partnered with Nepal's digital wallet service eSewa and the Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) Pokhara to promote digital payments through UPI. 
  • Theme of World Chagas Disease Day 2024: “Tackling Chagas disease: detect early and care for life”. 
  • Former New Zealand Leg spinner Jack Alabaster Passes Away at 93.
  •  Baisakhi, celebrated on April 13th, marks the founding of the Sikh Khalsa in 1699 by Guru Gobind Singh. 
  • The US and Japan revealed that Japanese astronauts will join future NASA lunar missions as part of the Artemis program.
  • Daocheng Yading Airport of China at 14,472 feet, holds the distinction of being the highest altitude airport in the world.

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11 APRIL 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Israel deployed its ship-mounted air defense system, C-Dome.
  • Neptis philyra, a rare butterfly species known as the long-streak sailor, was recently discovered in India’s Tale Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • India has ranked second globally in Hepatitis B and C cases, trailing behind China.
  • KABIL and CSIR-IMMT have joined forces to enhance India’s mineral Security through technical collaboration.
  • Indian American golfer Akshay Bhatia secured victory in Texas open playoff drama.
  • India has invoked the peace clause at the WTO for the fifth time, exceeding rice subsidy limits for the 2022-23 period.
  • British physicist Peter Higgs, renowned for discovering the ‘Higgs-Boson Particle’ or ‘God Particle’, passed away at 94.
  • The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended a five-year anti-dumping duty on sodium cyanide (NaCN) imported from China, the EU, Japan, and Korea.
  • The Special Window for Affordable and Mid-Income Housing (SWAMIH) Fund has constructed over 28,000 homes since 2019.
  • NTPC Limited to launch new edition of Girl Child Empowerment Mission (GEM)
  • The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, inaugurated a two-day Homoeopathy Symposium in New Delhi on World Homoeopathy Day.

 

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10 APRIL 2024 CURRENGT AFFAIRS

  • Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) Launched India’s first privately built Sub-Metre Resolution Surveillance Satellite.
  • India secured operational control over Sittwe Port in Myanmar.
  • EU and India collaborate to promote startups in EV battery recycling under the TTC.
  • China has surpassed India as the largest importer of Russian crude oil.
  • Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu achieved 1st place, while Mahoba district of UP ranked 2nd in the country under the Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • USISPF has appointed Tarun Bajaj as the chairman of US-India Tax Forum.
  • Bombay Stock Exchange market cap hits ₹400-lakh crore for the first time.
  • Navan AI launched niia.ai, Generative AI platform for Apparel industry.
  • ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 Team honoured with John L ‘Jack’ Swigert Jr award.
  • Muthoot Finance won recognition at Times Business Awards 2024.
  • National Safe Motherhood Day is observed annually on April 11th. 
  • Virat Kohli hits record eighth century in IPL games. 
  • International Safety Pin Day is celebrated on April 10 every year to mark the invention of safety pins by Walter Hunt.

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7-9 APRIL 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Red Bull's Max Verstappen wins F1 Japanese Grand Prix 2024.
  • India has been declared the ‘Cancer Capital’ of the World.
  • Bilquis Mir has become the first Indian woman on the Paris Olympics Jury.
  • Srinivas Pallia was appointed as the CEO of WIPRO.
  • BRICS to use gold to challenge US Dollar.
  • DRDO successfully conducted a flight test of the new generation ballistic missile called ‘Agni-Prime’.
  • Chief of Defence Staff Gen Anil Chauhan to chair maiden ‘Parivartan Chintan’, a Tri-Service Conference on Jointness & Integration.
  • Sumit Nagal has become the first Indian to enter Monte Carlo Masters singles main draw.
  • Defence forces of the U.S., Japan, Australia, and the Philippines conducted "maritime cooperative activity" on April 7 to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.
  • The theme for World Health Day is “My Health, My Right”.
  • India is determined to reduce urea imports by 2025 that currently satisfy 30% of its Urea demand. 
  • The RBI projected Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation at 4.5% for fiscal year 2024-25. 
  • 8th April 1929: Revolutionaries Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt had thrown the Delhi Assembly bomb. 
  • Najmi Waziri was appointed as head of the committee to protect Delhi's forests. 
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has leveraged social media to engage Urban and young voters within the overarching theme of ‘Chunav Ka Parv, Desh Ka Garv’.
  • Manoj Panda has been appointed as a member of the sixteenth Finance Commission.
  • Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Love Kumar has been appointed as the Inspector General (IG) in the Special Protection Group (SPG) for a period of two years.
  • Coastal security exercise Sagar Kavach 01/24 was conducted off the Lakshadweep Islands from April 1-2, 2024.
  • Sitars and Tanpuras of Sangli District, Maharashtra has been granted Geographical Indication Tags.
  • Indian American golfer Akshay Bhatia wins the Valero Texas Open.
  • Zimbabwe launches new gold- backed currency.
  • Neeraj Sharma receives "Medal of Honour" at Consular Day 2024.
  • SpaceX successfully launched Tata and Satellogic's TSAT-1A satellite.
  • Indian Army gets portable Igla-S Air defence system from Russia.
  • Renowned author Sam Pitroda has written a new book titled 'The Idea of Democracy'.
  • Ugadi, Telugu New Year is observed on 9th April, the first day of Chaitra Navrati.
  • Veteran Cinematographer Gangu Ramsay Passed Away at 83.
  • South Korea has Successfully Launched its Second Military Spy Satellite into orbit.

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4-6 APRIL 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Indigenous Wheat from the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh received the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced the Central Government Health scheme app (my CGHS) for iOS.
  • World’s oldest Man, Juan Vicente Pérez, died at 114.
  • World Bank raises India’s growth projection: FY24 GDP at 7.5%.
  • Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi unveiled “Param Vir Chakra” garden in Chennai.
  • Korea’s KSTAR “Artificial Sun" hits new fusion record at 100 Million°C.
  • Japan has introduced e-Visa only for Indian Tourists.
  • The strongest earthquake, in 25 years of 7.2-magnitute hits Taiwan.
  • Dr. Karthik Kommuri bagged the National Fame Award.
  • Govt brings new Rs 500 crore EV subsidy scheme from April 1 after FAME.
  • Maharashtra team emerged as the champion at the 56th National Kho Kho Championship 2023-24, both men’s and women’s titles. Germany legalized Recreational Cannabis. Startup AVGARDE won DRDO’s Dare to Dream 4.0 Contest.
  • Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, retire from the Rajya Sabha.
  • Ajit Doval leads Indian Delegation at SCO security council meeting.
  • Forbes top 10 billionaires list in the world, Mukesh Ambani was ranked 9th on the list.
  • Nikhil Kamath, 37 years, co-founder of Zerodha, is the youngest Indian billionaire in the Forbes list.
  • The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, launched India's first home-grown gene therapy for cancer at IIT Bombay.
  • ECI has roped in popular actor Ayushmann Khurrana to encourage the youth to exercise their franchise in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
  • RBI holds repo rate at 6.5%.
  • Indian Army has initiated the induction of the indigenous Akashteer system, bolstering its air defense capabilities.
  • Zimbabwe declares state of disaster over devastating drought.
  • Romania unveils world’s most powerful Laser.
  • UAE’s Masdar to host world future energy summit.
  • Excavation unearths 5,200-year-old Harappan settlement in Kachchh, Gujarat.
  • Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024.

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3 APRIL 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • India, Maldives & Sri Lanka’s ‘Dosti-16’ exercise was held in Maldives.
  • India Air Force’s 10-day mega exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’ begins from April 1-10.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo has appointed Judith Suminwa Tuluka as the country’s first female Prime Minister.
  • Researchers have found evidence of ozone on Jupiter’s moon Callisto.
  • El-Sisi has been appointed as the President of Egypt.
  • The NHAI has launched the ‘One Vehicle, One FASTag’ initiative.
  • EVI is the world’s first emotionally intelligent voice AI developed by Hume.
  • “Alvor-Teide Atlantic Rift” is the tentative name of the new Ocean that could form in the Afar region.
  • RBI has established Digital India Trust Agency DIGITA to curb illegal lending Apps.
  • Paradip Port, Odisha, emerged as India’s top cargo-handling Port in 2023-24.
  • Kodaikanal Solar Observatory (KSO), Tamil Nadu, recent commemorated its 125thanniversary. 
  • 60 traditional products from across India has been granted GI Tag. 
  • China in coordination with the BRICS de-dollarization efforts has announced a Block Chain Project. 
  • Researchers at France’s Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) has produced the first Image of Human brain from the World’s most powerful MRI scanner.

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1-2 APRIL 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Matabari pera prasad and Rignai pachara textiles of Tripura has received GI tag.
  • Xiaomi has launched its first electric vehicle, the SU7, in Beijing.
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the first wicketkeeper to record 300 dismissals in T20 cricket.
  • Uttar Pradesh leads with the most GI-Tagged products.
  • India’s defence exports hit record ₹21,000 cr in FY 2023-24.
  • China renames 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh claimed by China as part of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), called “Zagnan”.
  • UNESCO added 18 new sites to the Global Geoparks network, bringing the total number of sites to 213 across 48 countries.
  • Ms Sheyphali B. Sharan has assumed charge as the Principal Director General, Press Information Bureau.
  • 900-year-old Kannada inscription of   Kalyani Chalukya dynasty was discovered in Telangana.
  • REC wins SKOCH ESG Award 2024 in Renewable Energy Financing Category.
  • India-Mozambique-Tanzania Trilateral Exercise (IMT TRILAT 24) concluded at Nacala, Mozambique, on March 28, 2024. 
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in certain districts of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland for an additional six months, effective from April 1, 2024. 
  • On March 28, 2024, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully completed the first flight of the indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mark 1A fighter jet in Bengaluru. 
  • Recently, Union Minister of Roads, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari announced plans to introduce a satellite-based toll collection system for the country’s highways. 
  • India and the US have participated in military-to-military exercise, “Ex Tiger Triumph 2024”. 
  • Simon Harris is set to become Ireland’s youngest PM. 
  • Vinay Kumar wins gold at the para powerlifting World Cup in Egypt. 
  • Prof. Meena Charanda to receive the International Culture Award.
  • India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves Increased By 140 million Dollars. 
  • SEBI launched the ‘T+0 settlement’ beta version on an optional basis. 
  • Sita Ram Meena has been appointed India’s next envoy to Niger. 
  • GOI formed the 14th Task Force to explore use of Biochar in steel production. 
  • Hardik Singh and Salima Tete has been honoured at Hockey India Awards 2023. 
  • Rohan Bopanna from India and Matthew Ebden from Australia won the Men’s Doubles Title at the Miami Open. 
  • Two “Dornier 228 Planes” developed by HAL was delivered to Guyana. 
  • World Autism Awareness Day is observed annually on April 2nd. 
  • Coal Sector Shows Highest Growth of 11.6 % among Eight Core Industries in February 2024. 
  • India’s first small-scale liquefied natural gas (SSLNG) unit set up in Madhya Pradesh. 
  • India’s core sector output witnessed a surge of 6.7% in February 2024.
  • CVIGIL app has been launched by the Election Commission of India. 
  • Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the closing ceremony of the International Year of Millets (IYM) 2023 at the FAO headquarters in Rome. 
  • The UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27) convened in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

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28-31 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Rumi Alqahtani has become the first Contestant from Saudi Arabia to participate in the Miss Universe Pageant.
  • The 'India Employment Report 2024,' was jointly released by ILO and Institute of Human Development (IHD).
  • Indian diplomat Abhay Thakur has been appointed as the next ambassador to Myanmar.
  • Morgan Stanley raises India GDP growth forecast to 6.8%.
  • Brand Finance's 2024 report; LIC maintains its position as the world's strongest insurance brand.
  • Luis Montenegro has been appointed as the prime minister of Portugal.
  • Sadanand Vasant has been appointed as the Director General of the National Investigation agency (NIA).
  • The 148th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly was held in Geneva, Switzerland from March 23–27, 2024.
  • Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) transferred swine fever vaccine technology to BioMed Pvt. Ltd.
  • National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) secured USD 200 million loan from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) for Renewable Projects.
  • Haryana clinched the team titles at the Boxing Sub Junior National Championship. 
  • March 28, 1953: Scientists James Watson and Francis Crick announced the discovery of the structure of DNA. 
  • Indian Army organizes first Army Commanders’ Conference 2024 in New Delhi
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil  has been chosen to chair the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
  • Romania and Bulgaria have partially Joined the Schengen Travel Zone.
  • “Code Dependent: Living in the Shadow of AI” by Madhumita Murgia has been shortlisted for The Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction.
  • Vijay Jain bags Times Power Icon 2024 Award.
  • Allahabad High Court declares ‘Madarsa Education Act’ Unconstitutional.
  • India’s Government e-Market is world’s 3rd largest e-commerce platform.
  • First ever Nuclear Energy Summit 2024 held in Belgium.
  • World’s first Om-shaped temple inaugurated in Rajasthan.
  • First ever India-made swine fever vaccine by IIT Guwahati.
  • India’s first Artificial Intelligence based Film ‘IRAH’.
  • Skyroot Aerospace successfully test-fired stage-2 of Vikram-1 rocket.
  • The SatCom Industry Association of India (SIA-India) and ABRASAT, the Brazilian Satellite.
  • Communications Association has Signed an MoU to Boost Space Sector Advancements. 
  • Kamal Kishore has been appointed to lead UN’s Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts. 
  • Indian paddler Sreeja Akula clinched the women’s singles title at the WTT Feeder Beirut II 2024.
  • Thailand’s lower house of Parliament has passed a groundbreaking bill to legalize same-sex marriage. 
  • Tripura: Matabari Pera Prasad, Rignai Pachara textiles get GI Tag. 
  • The Environment Ministry of India has recently introduced “Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2024”. 
  • National Doctors’ Day: 30th March. 
  • Israel Aerospace sets up Indian subsidiary AeroSpace Services India. 
  • Sunil Chhetri is the only Indian footballer to have played 150th match.
  • IIT Madras to host the 6th Shaastra Rapid FIDE Rated Chess Tournament. 
  • Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize Winner, dies at 90.

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27 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Virat Kohli Becomes First Indian to Score 12,000 T20 Runs.
  • Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz clinched victory at the Australian Grand Prix.
  • The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has honoured an Indian scientist Prof Jayant Murthy by naming an asteroid after his name.
  • Asia’s largest Tulip Garden, located on the banks of Dal Lake in Kashmir has been opened for public.
  • Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Samudra Paheredar’ embarks on overseas deployment to ASEAN Nations.
  • The European Union (EU) announced the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) tech legislation.
  • Michel Talagrand was awarded the 2024 Abel Prize.
  • India has deployed domestically developed Integrated Drone Detection and Interdiction Systems (IDD&IS) in the Northern borders.
  • S&P Global Ratings Forecasts 75 Basis Points Repo Rate Cut in India in 2024-25
  • The Allahabad High Court's Lucknow bench has declared the UP Board of Madarsa Education Act of 2004 as unconstitutional.
  • The Chipko movement, which began in Uttarakhand, in early 1973, marks its 50th anniversary.
  • Modi Government allocates Rs 6212.03 crore for strengthening Regional Rural Banks. 
  • March 27, 1971: Bangladesh declared its independence from Pakistan under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 
  • The PSLV Orbital Experimental Module-3 (POEM-3) has successfully re-entered into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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26 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Mumbai has surpassed Beijing as Asia's billionaire capital.
  • The Supreme Court has appointed a Committee for Great Indian Bustard preservation.
  • Indian star paddler G. Sathiyan became the first-ever Indian to win a men's singles trophy at a WTT Feeder Series event.
  • Gaia telescope discovers two ancient streams of stars Shiva & Shakti.
  • Hansha Mishra (IA&AS) appointed as Director in UPSC.
  • Xiaomi launches its first electric vehicle "SU7" in China.
  • Naheed Divecha won 2 Gold Medals in Indian Masters National Badminton.
  • International Astronomical Union approved the name "Statio Shiv Shakti" for the Chandrayaan landing point.
  • ‘Phool Bahadur' is the first Magahi novel, which has been translated into English by 'Abhay K'.
  • Researchers have discovered a new species of deep-sea isopod off the Kerala coast and named it after the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • Carlos Sainz won F1 Australian GP. 
  • Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) received 3 awards at the Governance Now 10th PSU Awards. 
  • The Election Commission launches the "Saksham App" for PwD persons. 
  • 1st Foreign Office Consultations was held between India and Mauritania. Carlos Sainz won F1 Australian GP. Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) received 3 awards at the Governance Now 10th PSU Awards. The Election Commission launches the "Saksham App" for PwD persons. 1st Foreign Office Consultations was held between India and Mauritania

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23 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Ace table tennis player Sharath Kamal will be the Indian team's flagbearer for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.
  • Nayana James from Kerala secured the gold medal at the 3rd Indian Open Jumps Competition.
  • Bina Agarwal and James K. Boyce won Global Inequality Awards 2024.
  • UN adopted first Global Artificial Intelligence Resolution.
  • Sathiyan became first-ever Indian to win WTT Feeder title.
  • AUKUS to build nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
  • India has presented a detailed model on behalf of the G4 nations for United Nations Security Council Reform.
  • Government of India has notified Fact Check Unit (FCU) under the Press Information Bureau (PIB) as the fact check unit of the Central Government.
  • World Meteorological Day is celebrated annually on March 23rd.
  • Shaheed Diwas is observed on March 23rd.

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21-22 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • GRID-INDIA has achieved Miniratna status.
  • India ranked 126th in the World Happiness Index 2024.
  • Finland topped the World Happiness Index 2024.
  • BPCL secured 5th spot in Business World Real 500.
  • Amway India is the largest network marketing companies in India 2024.
  • Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has developed SAKHI app to aid astronauts during the Gaganyaan space flight mission.
  • IFS Vinay Kumar has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Russia.
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on March 21st.
  • UK got its first Black government leader, Vaughan Gething.
  • New Zealand has slipped into its second recession in 18 months as economy contracts.
  • World Forestry Day is celebrated annually on March 21st. 
  • World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st. 
  • World Down Syndrome Day is observed on 21st March. 
  • Nagaland team wins 8 medals in Northeast games.
  • India and Brazil held a '2+2' defence and foreign ministerial dialogue.
  • Pushpak, India’s first Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) has achieved a significant milestone with the successful landing.
  • India has joined hands with Mozambique and Tanzania for TRILAT-2024 maritime exercise.
  • World Water Day is observed every year on March 22nd.
  • M V Rao has been elected as the new chairman of Indian Banks Association.
  • ‘Operation Indravati’ has been launched to evacuate stranded Indians in Haiti.
  • Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, emerged victorious in the men’s singles event at the WTT Feeder Beirut 2024 tournament.
  • Pm Modi to receive The Order of the Druk Gyalpo, Bhutan’s highest civilian award.
  • Naveen Jindal has been appointed as President of Indian Steel Association.
  • Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the President of COP28 (the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference), received the CERAWeek Leadership Award.
  • The fourth edition of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Startup Forum convened in New Delhi on March 19, 2024. 
  • March 22nd, 1957: The Republic of India adopted the Saka calendar along with Gregorian. 
  • Renowned Indian Dancer Dr. Uma Rele has been honored with Maharashtra Gaurav Award

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19-20 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • March 19, 1944: The Azad Hind Fauj hoisted the National Flag in Moirang, Manipur.
  • “EX TIGER TRIUMPH – 24”; Humanitarian Assistance Exercise was held between India and the USA.
  • Uday Bhatia and Manasi Gupta received ‘Diana Memorial Award’.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization Scheme (UNNATI), 2024
  • Indian Navy's swift 40-hour operation rescued 7 Bulgarian Citizens from Somali pirates.
  • Scientists using Ice Cube neutrino observatory in Antartica detected seven potential astrophysical tau neutrinos that passed through Earth.
  • ‘Bambi Bucket’ operation has been launched by the Indian Air force to quell the forest fire in Nilgiri Hills.
  • India is the 3rd most polluted country in world, IQAir Report.
  • Senior bureaucrat Rahul Singh has been appointed as the chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
  • Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has hit 60% of milch cattle in Pilibhit district, Uttar Pradesh.
  • ECI launched ‘Mission 414’ campaign in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Devin AI - world’s 1st fully autonomous AI Software Engineer unveiled.
  • IQAir Report: Guwahati has been declared as the 2nd most polluted city of the World.
  • IQAir report: Bihar's Begusarai emerged as the world's most polluted metropolitan area.
  • IQAir report: Delhi emerged as the world’s most polluted capital city in the 2023.
  • Prabha Varma was awarded the Saraswati Samman 2023.
  • International Day of Happiness: 20th March.
  • “Mission 414” was launched by the ECI in Himachal Pradesh to boost voter turnout.
  • E-crop, a crop simulation model-based device, was developed by Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Kerala.
  • Jharkhand Governor CP Radhakrishnan has been given the additional responsibility as the in-charge governor of Telangana.
  • Meta’s Plan to Combat AI generated misinformation in 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
  • Polish Grand Prix: Akhil & Anish won gold medal; India bagged 6 medals.
  • World Oral Health Day: 20th March. 
  • Malayalam poet and author Prabha Varma has been selected for the prestigious 33rd Saraswati Samman, 2023. 
  • World Sparrow Day is annually observed on March 20th.

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16-18 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Chameli Devi Jain Award 2024 for Outstanding Woman Media Person of the Year has been given Jointly to independent journalist Greeshma Kuthar, and Ritika Chopra of the Indian Express.
  • Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri unveiled Ethanol 100 fuel, offering cleaner emissions and Higher efficiency.
  • Indian Navy Got Its Own Headquarters named ‘Nausena Bhawan.’
  • National Vaccination Day 2024 is celebrated every year on March 16th.
  • Ratan Tata has been awarded PV Narasimha Rao Memorial Award for philanthropy work.
  • RBI Unveils draft guidelines on climate risk Disclosures for financial institutions.
  • Pandayula Gutta has been designated as an Exclusive Geo-heritage site in Telangana.
  • Mohammad Mustafa has been appointed as New Palestinian PM.
  • Prime Minister inaugurated the first 0il Palm Processing Mill under Mission Palm Oil in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated India’s First indoor athletics and aquatic centres at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
  • Tamil Nadu Tops llegal Trade in Shark Body Parts
  • March 16th, 1846: Treaty of Amritsar, it marked the beginning of Dogra rule in Kashmir.
  • Maharashtra to establish first-of-its-kind tourist facility in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Devin AI - world’s 1st fully autonomous AI Software Engineer unveiled.
  • Senior bureaucrat Rahul Singh has been appointed as the chairperson of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
  • India is the 3rd most polluted country in world, IQAir Report.
  • Uday Bhatia and Manasi Gupta received ‘Diana Memorial Award’.
  • “EX TIGER TRIUMPH – 24”; Humanitarian Assistance Exercise was held between India and the USA.
  • ECI launched ‘Mission 414’ campaign in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Vladimir Putin has secured another six-year term as the President of Russia.
  • Kashmir hosted the first ever "Formula-4" Car race show in Srinagar.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the final of India’s Women’s Premier League 2024.
  • India secured the 62nd position in the DHL Global Connectedness Index.
  • Ordnance Factories Day is observed every year on March 18th. 
  • Tamil Nadu Government has partnered with the Ministry of Education to implement the PM SHRI School scheme. 
  • J&K government approves 10% reservation for newly included tribe Paharis in the ST category. March 18, 1919: The infamous Rowlatt Act was passed. 
  • 10th edition of Joint Military Exercise between India & Seychelles 'LAMITIYE-2024' begun in Seychelles. 
  • Para Archerer & Arjuna Awardee Sheetal Devi was announced as the ECI National Icon in the PwD category. 
  • T.M. Krishna was honoured with Sangita Kalanidhi award. 
  • Pokhara has been declared as Nepal’s tourism capital. 
  • Know Your Candidate (KYC) App has been released by the ECI. 
  • SC recently declared that filing of anticipatory bail through advocate cannot be considered as appearance before Court. 
  • March 19, 1944: The Azad Hind Fauj hoisted the National Flag in Moirang, Manipur. 
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Uttar Poorva Transformative Industrialization Scheme (UNNATI), 2024.
  • Indian Navy's swift 40-hour operation rescued 7 Bulgarian Citizens from Somali pirates. 
  • Scientists using IceCube neutrino observatory in Antartica detected seven potential astrophysical tau neutrinos that passed through Earth. 
  • ‘Bambi Bucket’ operation has been launched by the Indian Air force to quell the forest fire in Nilgiri Hills. 
  • Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has hit 60% of milch cattle in Pilibhit district, Uttar Pradesh.

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14-15 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • President Droupadi Murmu was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by University of Mauritius.
  • Tata Power Solar (TPS) completes India’s largest project on Solar and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).
  • Mr. Srinivasan Swamy was presented with the IAA Golden Compass Award in Penang, Malaysia.
  • Rachin Ravindra has become the youngest cricketer to win Sir Richard Hadlee Medal.
  • Major maritime exercise “Exercise Cutlass Express - 24 (CE-24)” held at Port Victoria, Seychelles.
  • PM launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Samajik Utthan and Rozgar Adharit Jankalyan’ (PM-SURAJ) to empower Marginalized Communities in India.
  • Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar inaugurated India’s first FutureLABS center at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Mr. Deepak Ballani has been appointed as the new Director General of The Indian Sugar & Bio-energy Manufacturers Association (ISMA).
  • IIT Delhi and MoRD signed an MoU to collaborate on ‘Geospatial Tech & AI Applications’.
  • Haryana, Karnataka, and Punjab have been placed at the top in water management as per the report of the Council of Energy, Environment & Water’s (CEEW).
  • Dr Mansukh Mandaviya launched a Credit assistance program for Jan Aushadhi Kendras. 
  • USOF, Prasar Bharati, and ONDC signed an MoU to extend affordable digital services in rural India. 
  • Ex-DGP Vishwakarma has been appointed the new UP Chief Information Commissioner of UP. 
  • 14th March 1931: India’s first talking film Alamara was screened in Mumbai. 
  • 14th March: International Day of Action for Rivers. 
  • India, ADB signs $181 million loan to improve liveability in Ahmedabad. 
  • Ahmednagar in Maharashtra has been renamed as Ahilya Nagar. 
  • 11 African countries commit to end malaria deaths through the Yaounde Declaration. 
  • Sudha Murty, Ex chaiperson of Infosis has been nominated to Rajya Sabha. 
  • India has been ranked 108th in Gender Inequality Index (GII) 2022.
  • India has been ranked 134th in Human Development Index (HDI) 2022.
  • Shri Gyanesh Kimar, IAS (Retd.) and Dr Sukhbir singh Sandhu, IAS (Retd) has been elected as Election Commissioners in the Election Commission of India.
  • The "Security Belt-2024" exercise for regional maritime security was launched jointly by China, Iran & Russia.
  • NITI Aayog has initiated the 'Vocal for Local' campaign under its Aspirational Blocks Programme.
  • The Ministry of Heavy Industries announced the Electric Mobility Promotion Scheme 2024 (EMPS 2024) to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).
  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has launched “PrasarBharti – Shared Audio Visuals for Broadcast and Dissemination” (PB-SHABD).
  • India and Dominican Republic has signed a Protocol to Establish Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO).
  • Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy 2024.
  • World Consumer Rights Day 2024 is celebrated annually on March 15.

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12-13 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • GOI has announced the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on 11, March 2024.
  • UGC Introduces SheRNI, helping female scientists and faculty connect.
  • J&K Police launches “Operation Kamdhenu” to combat cattle smuggling.
  • India has emerged as the world's second largest producer of mobile phones.
  • Sea6 Energy launches world’s first large-scale mechanized Tropical Seaweed farm.
  • Finland with the happiness score of 7.804, holds the title of the happiest country in the world.
  • "Adopt a Heritage 2.0" programme launched by Archaeological Survey.
  • The 'India-Bangladesh Tourism Fair' organized in Dhaka.
  • Kishor Makwana assumes charge of Chairman National commission for Schedule Caste (NCSC).
  • Shri AS Rajeev appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in CVC.
  • China claimed Vietnam's territory near the Gulf of Tonkin.
  • Shanghai Metro of China, with the length of 831 km and 508 stations, holds the title of the largest metro network in the world.
  • India Signs Free Trade Agreement with EFTA Bloc.
  • Indian educator, author, and philanthropist Sudha Murty has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Droupadi Murmu. 
  • March 12, 1930: Mahatma Gandhi started the Dandi March from Sabarmati Ashram.
  • Indian Writer Amitav Ghosh Awarded Prestigious Erasmus Prize 2024.
  • Justice Satyendra Kumar Singh was appointed as the new Lokayukta (anti-corruption ombudsman) of Madhya Pradesh.
  • 'Bharat Shakti' Tri-Services Fire and Manoeuvre Exercise conducted in Pokhran.
  • World’s first 3D-Printed Mosque in Saudi Arabia.
  • Nayab Singh Saini has become Haryana's New Chief Minister.
  • Google has tied up with Election commission of India (ECI) to combat fake news.
  • India world’s top arms importer between 2019-23: SIPRI Report.
  • The fifth edition of the “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain” campaign launched at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi.
  • January 2024's Index of Industrial Production (IIP) reports a 3.8% growth, down from December 2023. Manufacturing slows to 3.2%.
  • National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) celebrated its 19th Foundation Day.
  • Simdega District, Jharkhand hosts first-ever Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela. 
  • Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra gets six months extension. 
  • SBI submits electoral bonds details to Election Commission of India. 
  • Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, launched the Khelo India Rising Talent Identification (KIRTI) program in Chandigarh. 
  • The Department of Science & Technology has joined forces with the Telangana government-led T-Hub to establish a unique Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Technology Hub (MATH). 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Kochrab Ashram and launch the Master Plan of the Gandhi Ashram Memorial. 
  • Nayeem Khan-led Jammu Kashmir National Front" banned for 5 years.

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8-11 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • NPCI and Fonepay collaborate for Cross Border UPI transactions between India and Nepal.
  • Bichom becomes Arunachal Pradesh’s 27th District.
  • Union Minister Arjun Munda inaugurated the Agriculture Integrated Command and Control Centre in New Delhi.
  • Sea Defenders-2024: U.S – India Joint Exercise Bolsters Indo-Pacific Maritime Cooperation.
  • India’s real GDP growth expected to moderate to 7% and 6.8% in FY25 and FY26: UBS.
  • NAMASTE Scheme: Ensuring Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers.
  • Zoya Akhtar, Asma Khan Honored at ‘India-UK Achievers’ Awards in London.
  • Panama Officially Joins International Solar Alliance.
  • Bengaluru to Get India’s First Driverless Metro Train.
  • Riken Yamamoto won 2024 Pritzker Prize.
  • Cabinet Approves India AI Mission with Rs. 10,372 Crore Budget.
  • Minister Hardeep S Puri launched the 5th ONGC Para Games at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi.
  • The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with T-Hub, has launched the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Technology Hub (MATH) in Hyderabad. 
  • Hong Kong released a draft of a new national security law, expanding definitions of sedition and state secrets. 
  • CISF Raising Day is celebrated every year on March 10. 
  • Sansad Khel Mahakumbh 3.0 Inaugurated in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh. 
  • Piyush Goyal launches ‘e-Kisan Upaj Nidhi’ to ease farmers’ warehousing logistics. 
  • Indian Oil Produces formula 1 fuel In India. 
  • Sweden Joins NATO, Ends decades neutral stance. 
  • Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar Introduces ChipIN for India’s Semiconductor Transformation.
  • IRIS: Pioneering AI Teacher Robot Unveiled in Kerala.
  • Majuli Mask Making and Manuscript Painting Receive GI Tags.
  • Krystyna Pyszkova From Czech Republic Wins the Crown Miss World 2024.
  • Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa broke his silence, alleging that "geopolitical rivalry" with China led to his ouster, unveiling a book named “The Conspiracy”.
  • President Droupadi Murmu nominated author and philanthropist Sudha Murty to the Rajya Sabha.
  • England’s James Anderson Joins Elite 700 Test Wickets Club.
  • India Receives ‘Measles and Rubella Champion’ Award.
  • Riken Yamamoto won 2024 Pritzker Prize.
  • Bichom becomes Arunachal Pradesh’s 27th District.
  • NAMASTE Scheme: Ensuring Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers.
  • Panama Officially Joins International Solar Alliance.
  • Bengaluru to Get India’s First Driverless Metro Train,
  • PM Modi Unveils Bronze Statue of Ahom General Lachit Borphukan in Assam’s Jorhat. 
  • Satwik-Chirag Win BWF French Open Men’s Doubles Title.

 

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7 MARCH 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • 1st successful hand transplant surgery in Delhi.
  • Chandrayaan 4 mission: India's next lunar project.
  • Kerala to launch India’s first government backed OTT platform, Cspace.
  • NPCI has forged a strategic partnership with IISc, Bangalore, to conduct joint research on Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.
  • Razorpay launches country’s first UPI-Led QR stack for enterprises.
  • Praggnanandhaa defeats Nodirbek Abdusattorov in the Prague Chess Festival.
  • Yatin Bhaskar wins first prize in National Youth Parliament Festival.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren has launched a pioneering initiative, the ‘Vidhwa Punarvivah Protsahan Yojana’ (Widow Remarriage Incentive Scheme).
  • India And South Korea to boost Cooperation in new Tech and Semiconductors.
  • India’s IN-SPACe inaugurates Satellite & Payload Technical Centre in Ahmedabad.
  • Airbus Collaborates with IIM Mumbai to elevate aviation training Standards. 
  • AIM and Meta collaborate to introduce Frontier Technology Labs (FTLs) in schools. 
  • SpaceX Sends MethaneSAT Satellite into Orbit to track Methane Gas. 
  • Kotak Life Insurance introduces Kotak G.A.I.N, a non-linked participating product providing long-term savings or income. 
  • The Indian government is initiating 7% stake divestment in NLC India (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corp) through an Offer for Sale (OFS) route to mobilize approximately Rs 2,100 crore. 
  • Crisil predicts India’s economy to expand by 6.8% in FY25. 
  • Jan Aushadhi Diwas: 7th March. 
  • The Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) is hosting a three-day National Horticulture Fair at its Hessarghatta premises on the outskirts of Bengaluru from March 5 to 7, 2024.

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5-6 MARCH CURRENT AFFAIRS 2024

  • Iran launches ‘Pars 1’ satellite into orbit from Russia.
  • Chapchar Kut, Mizoram's grandest festival, was celebrated in Aizawl on March 4.
  • Haj Suvidha App Launched and Haj Guide Released for Haj-2024 by Union Minister Smriti Irani.
  • RBI to Launch Interoperable Payment System for Internet Banking.
  • The Geological Survey of India 1851(GSI) commemorated its 174th Foundation Day on March 4th, 2024.
  • The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting was awarded for Best Performance in Accounts for FY 2023-24.
  • Pro Kabaddi League Season 10, Puneri Paltan Clinches Maiden Title.
  • India's 1st Green Hydrogen Plant in Stainless Steel at Jindal Stainless Limited, Hisar.
  • IIT Madras Hosts Four-Day Long All India Research Scholars’ Summit 2024.
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness Day, March 5.
  • Secretary Ministry of Panchati raj Vivek Bharadwaj inaugurates the 2nd PESA Regional Conference at Ranchi. 
  • DefConnect 2024: Rajnath Singh Launches Acing Development of Innovative. 
  • CM Yogi rolls out ‘MYUVA Scheme’ for Young Entrepreneurs in UP. 
  • India’s first indigenous Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor at Kalpakkam. 
  • RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was developed by Russia. 
  • Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy has revealed the Indiramma Housing Scheme.
  • International Day for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Awareness 2024, March 5. 
  • RBI to Launch Interoperable Payment System for Internet Banking Real-life ‘superheroes’ fly in the world’s first jet suit race.
  • India’s first Under River Metro, Kolkata.
  • India’s 1st Dolphin Research Centre inaugurated in Patna.
  • After JP Morgan, Bloomberg to include Indian Bonds in EM Index.
  • India introduces Chakshu: Report fraud calls & texts Platform.
  • Slice appoints Nayanthara as Brand Ambassador.
  • Indian Navy saves ship under missile attack in Gulf of Aden.
  • Massive Ramses II statue uncovered in Minya, Egypt.
  • First Bharat Steam Boiler Expo 2024 kicks off in Guwahati.
  • Jeff Bezos surpasses Elon Musk as World's Richest Person.
  • SECL’s gevra mine set to become the largest Coal Mine in Asia.
  • Alok Rungta has been named as the new MD & CEO of Future Generali India Life Insurance. 
  • 30 Banks Join RBI’s UDGAM Portal for Unclaimed Deposits. 
  • Asian River Rafting Champions Take on the Sutlej River. 
  • India’s IN-SPACe inaugurates Satellite & Payload Technical Centre in Ahmedabad. 
  • France Pioneers Constitutional Protection for Abortion Rights. 
  • Uttar Pradesh leads in Issuing 5 Crore Ayushman Cards under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY. 
  • Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers. and Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated three new CIPET centers in Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Madhya Pradesh. 
  • Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Management Education Center at NALCO, Angul. 
  • Hungary Parliament elects new President: Tamas Sulyok.
  • Tata Motors unveils next-generation Green-Fuel Powered fleet to Tata Steel. 
  • Tiger Woods honored with USGA’s Prestigious Bob Jones Award. 
  • REC Limited partners with UNISED to support Education of children in Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh. 
  • Assam and Jal Jeevan Mission sign MoU for Jal Vidya Programme. 
  • India, US set to achieve target of bilateral trade of USD 500 bn.

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3-4 MARCH CURRENT AFFAIRS 2024

  • Dr Pradeep Mahajan receives Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2024.
  • Flipkart Introduces Its Digital Payments Solution, Flipkart UPI.
  • BPCL Teams Up with Neeraj Chopra as Brand Ambassador For ‘Speed’ Petrol.
  • Shehbaz Sharif Elected as Pakistan’s Prime Minister.
  • Brazilian flea toad- World’s Tiniest Frog.
  • Newly discovered sea slug species named after Indian president, Melanochlamys Droupadi.
  • India-Nepal Digital Payment Corridor inaugurated.
  • India has officially eliminated 'extreme poverty': US report.
  • India secures top spot in ICC World Test Championship rankings.
  • World's first jet suit race In Dubai featuring 'Iron Man' pilots.
  • National Safety Day is celebrated each year on March 4, Theme: “Safety for a Sustainable Future,”. 
  • Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated India's first ASTDS Tug 'Ocean Grace' and a Medical Mobile Unit Developed by Cochin Shipyard.
  • Amit Shah launches National Urban Cooperative Finance and Development Corporation Limited (NUCFDC). 
  • Theme for World Hearing Day, as designated by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “Changing mindsets: Let’s make ear and hearing care a reality for all.” 
  • Neolithic child burial site unearthed in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu. 
  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh to inaugurate 'DefConnect 2024'. 
  • Navy to commission MH 60R Seahawk multi-role helicopter at INS Garuda. 
  • Ireland claim first ever Cricket test win over Afghanistan.
  • UN Assembly adopts India's resolution on sustainable lifestyles. 
  • Manipur Assembly passes resolution to implement NRC in state. 
  • Smriti Irani launches Haj Suvidha mobile App. 
  • Thailand replaces its Ambassador to WTO after strong protest by India. 
  • Rajasthan to get its share of Yamuna water as per 1994 agreement. 
  • India-Nepal Digital Payment Corridor inaugurated. 
  • BSF gets first woman sniper, named, Suman Kumari.

 

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1-2 MARCH CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Nagaland Govt unveils Universal Life Insurance Plan.
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal Awarded Honorary Knighthood.
  • IPS Officer Daljit Singh Chaudhary Named NSG’s New Director General.
  • Egyptian language, dating back to 2690 BC, stands as the oldest language in the world.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted two successful flight tests of the Very Short-Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile.
  • Report on Status of Leopards in India: 13,874.
  • India Post payments Bank partners with Hindustan Zinc for CSR financial services.
  • Ghana’s parliament Passes controversial anti-LGBTQ bill.
  • March 1 marks Zero Discrimination Day, Theme: “To protect everyone’s health, protect everyone’s rights”.
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development organizes ‘Poshan Utsav: celebrating nutrition’ to promote good nutrition behavior.
  • RBI revamps BBPS norms for enhanced efficiency. 
  • March 1, World Seagrass Day. 
  • Amit Shah inaugurates Swaminarayan Institute of Medical Science & Research in Gujarat. 
  • Niger holds the distinction of having the highest fertility rate. 
  • PM Modi & PM Jugnauth inaugurate airstrip, jetty in Agalega Island. 
  • Cabinet approval, Establishment of International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA). 
  • Iran Launches Pars-I Remote Sensing Satellite. Jammu & Kashmir is set to host the annual ‘Tawi Festival’ from March 1st to 4th, 2024. 
  • World Civil Defence Day 2024, March 1. 
  • Earth Sciences co-chairs the 1st ‘Blue Talks’ meeting on Ocean. 
  • March 1, 1923: Greece adopted the Gregorian calendar.
  • Google partners with Shakti to combat online misinformation and Deepfakes.
  • Indian Scientists create Eco wound dressings with Banana fibers.
  • 21-ft Maharana Pratap Statue unveiled in Hyderabad.
  • IPS officer Anurag Agarwal has been appointed as the new head of Parliament.
  • India's forex reserves surged by $2.975 billion to $619.072 billion.
  • Alexander Stubb Assumes Finnish Presidency.
  • INDIA - MALAYSIA BILATERAL MARITIME EXERCISE SAMUDRA LAKSAMANA
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development organizes ‘Poshan Utsav'.
  • World Wildlife Day, theme “Connecting People and Planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife Conservation.”
  • Lakshmi Murdeshwar Puri, Former Assistant Secretary General, UN launched her debut book "Swallowing the Sun".
  • Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik releases book titled ‘FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023’.
  • HarperCollins presents 'Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay: The Art of Freedom'. 
  • FIU imposes ₹5.49 crore fine on Paytm Payments Bank. 
  • NITI Aayog Dr V K Paul launches National Birth Defects Awareness Month. 
  • Brian Mulroney, former Canadian Prime Minister, passes away at 84. 
  • Delhi govt presents Economic Survey: Per Capita Income at Rs 4.61 lakh. 
  • Jammu's 'Tawi Festival' set to showcase cultural diversity. 
  • Nicaragua becomes first Spanish nation to recognise Indian pharma. 
  • March 2, 1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama reached the Island of Mozambique on their first voyage to India.
  • India to Fund $11M Renewable Energy Project in Sri Lanka. 
  • The Global Waste Management Outlook 2024, co-published by UNEP and ISWA. 
  • 150 railway stations and 6 metro stations have earned the coveted “Eat Right Station” certification, a part of the Eat Right India movement by FSSAI. 
  • Researchers from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have identified a new species of head-shield sea slug, Melanochlamys Droupadi, along the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal.

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28-29 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Global Intellectual Property Index 2024, India ranked at 42nd, US at 1st.
  • Sunil Mittal becomes first Indian to be knighted by Britain's King.
  • World Gold Council appoints De Beers’ Sachin Jain as CEO.
  • “Swayam Plus”, a massive open online learning platform was launched by the Ministry of Education.
  • PM laid the foundation stone for redevelopment of 554 railways under the Amrit Bharat station scheme (AMBS).
  • ‘10,000 Genomes Project’ – an effort to sequence thousands of individual genomes from India, successfully completed.
  • Reliance launches “Vantara,” (Star of the Forest), a national initiative for animal welfare.
  • Pankaj Kumar Chatterjee won Romain Rolland Book Prize 2024.
  • Acharya Lokesh Muni to be Honored as ‘Global Jain Peace Ambassador’.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cautioned Mobile phone users against “juice jacking”, a form of Cyberattack through USB ports available in public spaces.
  • Uttarakhand to introduce a bill to hold rioters responsible for damage to both government and private property.
  • The Assam government has repealed the Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act, 1935.
  • February 29, 1896: Birth anniversary of Shri Morarji Desai.
  • Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane co-chaired the India-Germany High Defence Committee (HDC) meeting in Berlin on 27 Feb 2024.
  • NTPC Green Energy and MAHAGENCO partner for renewable energy parks. Peru declared health emergency amidst dengue surges.
  • Dhinidhi clocks 'Best India Time' in 100m girl's freestyle 11th Asian groups aquatics championships.
  • V.O. Chidambar Anar Port to be converted into a Green Hydrogen Hub.
  • RIL signs deal with Disney to merge Viacom18 and Star India.
  • Meghalaya to set up India’s second Green Skills Academy in Shillong.
  • South Korea & US conducts drill dubbed “Freedom shield” in response to North Korean threat.
  • February 29: Rare Disease Day.
  • WTO & International Trade Centre Launched a USD 50 million Global Fund Called Women Exporters in Digital Fund Economy (WEIDE) Fund.
  • Africa Club also known as alliance of African Multilateral financial Institutions (AAMFI) Was established by the African Union at its 37th summit.

 

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26-27 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Adani group launches South Asia’s largest ammunition & missiles complex in U.P.
  • Maryam Nawaz becomes the first woman Chief Minister of Punjab.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched more than 2,000 railway infrastructure projects worth about ₹41,000 crore, under the ‘‘Amrit Bharat’ station scheme.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched more than 2,000 railway infrastructure projects worth about ₹41,000 crore, under the ‘‘Amrit Bharat’ station scheme.
  • Poverty level in India down to 5%, as per Niti Aayog’s latest survey.
  • World’s first Vedic clock installed in MP’s Ujjain.
  • The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has commissioned India’s largest solar-battery energy storage system (BESS) in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh.
  • Ashok Veeraraghavan, an Indian computer engineer, receives the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award for his revolutionary imaging technology.
  • Ashwin surpasses Kumble to become India’s leading Wicket-Taker in tests at Home.
  • Legendary ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passes away. 
  • Renowned filmmaker Kumar Shahani passes away at 83. 
  • IAF strengthens air defense with Indigenous SAMAR-2 missile system. 
  • Attukal Pongala, the world’s largest women’s congregation festival concluded on February 26. 
  • Tamil Nadu has established a special fund to conserve the Purple Frog, considered a ‘living fossil’ coexisting with dinosaurs. 
  • PM addresses News 9 Global Summit, theme “India: Poised for the big leap”. 
  • Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar Launches ‘Investor Information and Analytics Platform’ Developed by IIT Madras. 
  • Tripura CM inaugurates 2nd State Level Shehri Samridhi Utsav. 
  • February 27, 1931, marks the death anniversary of Freedom fighter Chandra Shekar Azad. 
  • Army topped Khelo India Winter Games 2024; Karnataka finished second.
  • 13th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Abu Dhabi. 
  • Haryana launched ‘Savera’ program for early detection of breast cancer.

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25-26 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSJE) issued first “Equal opportunity for transgender Persons.”
  • Exercise ‘DOSTI-16’, 16th biennial trilateral coast guard exercise between India, Sri Lanka & Maldives started.
  • Union Ministry of Culture has proposed to conduct ‘Language Atlas’ of India
  • Sudarshan Setu- India’s longest Cable-Stayed bridge inaugurated over the Gulf of Kutch
  • The Ministry of Ports, shipping & Waterways & IIM Shillong have established India’s first ‘Gati shakti Research Chair.’
  • India’s Ranking in global Cyber Crime Report 2023: 80th 
  • Surrogacy (Regulation) amendment Rules, 2024: MoHFW allows one donor  Gamate for Undergoing Surrogacy
  • Geeta Batra has been appointed as the Director of the Independent Evaluation office (IEO) of the world Bank’s Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • President Drupadi Murmu to launch ‘Purple fest’ for Disabled.
  • Indo-japan ‘Dharma Guardian’ Military Exercise begins.
  • World NGO day, 26th February, theme: ‘Building a sustainable future: The role of NGOs in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Jacintha Kalyan Makes History as India’s first Female Pitch Curator
  • Phillipines becomes first Asian country to ratify ILO Convention to end workplace Violence and Harrasment
  • PM inaugurated the 9th edition of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi
  • Bhagwan singh & Mahesh Khurana from Bhopal completed the World’s highest frozen lake (Pangong lake) marathon 2024.
  • The mascot for the 7th Northeast Youth Festival: Phayre’s Leaf monkey. (venue: Tripura)
  • The 6th edition of the International Geeta Mahotsav (IGM) to take Place in Sri Lanka
  • Dubai introduces 5-year Multiple entry Visa for Indian travelers.
  • Mobile world Congress begins on 26th February in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Maharashtra’s Pench Tiger Reserve makes history as India’s inaugural Dark sky Park.
  • Rango Station, Sikkim’s first railway station inaugurated by PM.
  • Sai Tirumalaneedi invents world’s smallest washing machine.
  • India Halts Ravi River flow to Pakistan under the Indus Water treaty 1960.

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22-24 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • America’s Odysseus Spacecraft Makes 1st Commercial Moon Landing in History.
  • DRDO to test Indigenous Laser Weapon DURGA-2.
  • The 1st Skill India Centre Inaugurated in Sambalpur, Odisha. 
  • Pakistan’s Babar Azam becomes quickest to 10,000 runs in T20s.
  • Cabinet Committee on security (CCS) clears Rs 13,000 crore IAF projects for high-power.
  • IFFCO ranked No. 1 in top 300 cooperatives of the world.
  • PM Modi again emerges as most popular global leader.
  • The longest transportation tunnel of the country opened at the Udhampur-srinagar Baramulla rail link (USBRL) known as T50.
  • IIT Guwahati launches India’s largest drone pilot training institute.
  • Govt appoints A S Rajeev as Vigilance Commissioner.
  • Former Lok Sabha Speaker and ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister, Manohar Joshi, passed away at the age of 86. 
  • ADB sanctions $23M loan to enhance fintech education, research, and innovation at Gujarat’s GIFT. 
  • Uttar Pradesh To Set Up First Turtle Conservation Reserve along the Sarju River, a tributary of the Ganga River. 
  • Under anti-money Laundering Law, Paypal registers with Financial Intelligence Unit- India (FIU), under the Ministry of Finance. 
  • Swatantra Yuva Udyami scheme launched in Odisha to Provide Interest free loans up to 1 Lac.
  •  Today’s History: 23rd February 1886: American inventor and chemist Martin Hale discovered aluminum. 
  • PM Modi inaugurates new Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors at Kakrapara. 
  • Madhya Pradesh introduces ‘Bagless School’ initiative. 
  • Scientists uncovered the world’s largest anaconda in the Amazon rainforest—a colossal Northern Green Anaconda.
  • The Indian government extends its women safety scheme until 2025-26, allocating Rs 1,179.72 crore. 
  • Delhi High Court: Right to adopt children is not a fundamental right under article 21. SC using article 142 quashed the Mayoral election In Chandigarh

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21-22 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Reliance Industries is set to launch ‘Hanooman’, a ChatGPT-style AI service.
  • Multinational military exercise ‘Shanti Prayas IV’ commences in Kathmandu.
  • Swedish photographer Alex Dawson has clinched the prestigious title of Underwater.
  • Arunachal Pradesh Achieves Full Har Ghar Jal Saturation, First in Northeast.
  • Babar Azam makes cricket history with fastest 10,000 T20 runs.
  • The largest tribal festivals, Sammakka Sarakka Medaram Jatara held in Telangana.
  • Shashi Tharoor has been bestowed with France’s highest civilian honour ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’ (Knight of the Legion of Honour).
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted ‘Exercise Vayu Shakti-24’ at the Pokhran range near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
  • The world’s second-largest road network is found in India with 1,44,000 Km of National Highways Network.
  • Ameen Sayani, the legendary voice that defined radio for generations of Indians, passed away at the age of 91. 
  • Paymart, a fintech startup, teams up with five Indian banks to launch an innovative virtual,cardless, and hardware-less cash withdrawal service. 
  • Modi Govt hikes FRP for sugarcane by 8% to ₹340.
  • The 21st round of Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on 19th February 2024. 
  • Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) to enhance the capabilities of the Light Combat. 
  • Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Signed a MoU with the Indian Air Force. 
  • India opens Space sector to 100% Foreign direct Investment (FDI). 
  • Vishwakarma Jayanti: February 22nd marks the Birth of Lord Vishwakarma. 
  • PhonePe launches Indus Appstore, offering over 2 Lakh apps from Indian brands.
  • US vetoes UN Ceasefire Call for Israel-Gaza Fighting at the UNSC. 
  • Khajuraho Dance Festival embarks on its 50th year of celebration in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. 
  • Union Minister Shri Anurag Singh Thakur launched the Khelo India University Games in Guwahati. 
  • REC Limited receives the Innovative Technology Development Award at IIT Madras CSR Summit. 11th International Puppet Festival at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh. 
  • Mizoram Foundation Day, February 20th, commemorating the state establishment as the 23rd state of India in 1987. 
  • Arunachal Pradesh Foundation Day, February 20th, Commemorating the state's official declaration as a distinct entity within India in 1987. 
  • The theme for International Mother Language Day is “Multilingual education – a pillar of learning and intergenerational learning.” 
  • ‘Anupamaa’ actor Rituraj Singh passes away at 59.

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20-21 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • PM Modi launches 100,000sqm Bharat Mart in Dubai for exports
  • "Dabbling in Diplomacy: Authorised & Other[1]wise, Recollections of a Non-Career Diplomat," authored by Professor S.D. Muni
  • NASA and JAXA set to launch World’s first Wooden Satellite, known as the LignoSat
  • Japan's 1000 year old ancient "Sominsai" festi[1]val, considered among the oddest, comes to an end due to the impact of an aging population
  • India ranked 85th at Henley Passport Index 2024, France tops.
  • India’s first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) to start from Uttarakhand.
  • Germany Overtakes Japan As Third-Largest Economy.
  • Supreme Court declares Electoral Bonds scheme unconstitutional.
  • Saudi Arabia’s first luxury train ‘Dream of the Desert’ set to launch first in the Middle East.
  • The 16th Finance Commission hold its first meeting chaired by Arvind Panagariya.
  • President of India awarded 'Jeevan Raksha Padak' to RPSF constable Sh. Shashikant Kumar for his bravery in 2023. 
  • Northern Railway introduced a new MEMU and DMU train service between Baramulla and Sangaldan stations. 
  • Department of Telecommunications (DoT) announces the launch of the 'Sangam: Digital Twin' initiative. 
  • Government launches ‘Sagar Aankalan’ guidelines to boost Port efficiency. 
  • IREDA and PNB Collaborate on renewable energy projects. Shubman Gill designated as Punjab ‘State Icon’ for Lok Sabha polls. 
  • U Tirot Sing Syiem, a revered freedom fighter from the Khasi community, Meghalaya government unveiled his life-size in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 
  • Renowned Jain Monk Acharya Vidyasagar Maharaj passed away at 77. 
  • ISRO introduces the “Young Scientist ProgrammeYUVIKA to foster the innate curiosity of children and youth towards space science. 
  • India is preparing to launch its first spy satellite developed by Tata Ad[1]vanced Systems Ltd (TASL) aboard a SpaceX rocket in April. 
  • Odisha Govt introduces ‘Swayam’ Scheme For Youth Empowerment. 
  • LIC launches a non-participating product ‘Amritbaal’ for children. 
  • SIDBI releases Impact Study ‘Prabhaav’ on Fund of Funds for Startup.
  • Greece legalizes Same-Sex Marriage: A landmark decision. 
  • ICC bans UK Cricketer Rizwan Javed for over 17 years for match-fixing. 
  • Iconic ‘Dum Pukht’ Chef Imtiaz Qureshi passes away at 93. 
  • Haryana launches ‘Van Mitra’ scheme to boost green cover. 
  • Indian football hits a seven-year low, slides to 117th in FIFA rankings

 

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18-19 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Gulzar and Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Awarded Prestigious Jnanpith Award 2023.
  • ISRO’s New Weather Satellite, INSAT-3DS, Launched from Sriharikota.
  • India Achieves Global Digitalization Milestone as Third Largest Digital Economy.
  • India’s women team clinches its maiden Badminton Asia Team C’Ship Title.
  • R Ashwin Becomes Second Indian to claim 500 Test Wickets.
  • Best film at the BAFTA awards; Oppenheimer.
  • Lebanese Judge Nawaf Salam elected as ICJ’s new president.
  • Japan successfully launches next-gen H3 rocket.
  • Henley Passport Index 2024: France Tops List; India at 85th.
  • MS Dhoni named captain of IPL's all-time greatest team.
  • The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has rolled out a new insurance ‘Amritbaal’ for Children. 
  • Cochin international Airport Ltd. (CIAL), World’s 1st Solar powered airport & BPCL To Establish 1st Green Hydrogen Plant at Cochin Airport. 
  • The 11th International Puppet Festival was inaugurated at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on February 17, 2024. 
  • Jyothi Yarraji wins 60m hurdles gold at Asian Indoor. Japan to launch world’s first wooden satellite, Lignosat. 
  • Birth Anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (February 19, 1630). 
  • Researchers have found a mysterious pair of orbiting objects in the globular cluster NGC 1851, located in the Columba constellation. 
  • Fatehpur Sikri, a city built in 1569 AD has been made nearly 95% wheelchair accessible. 
  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar Attends 60th Munich Security Conference in Germany.
  • World Whale Day 2024, A Beacon of Hope for Marine Conservation. 
  • World Pangolin Day 2024 Observed on February 17th.

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15-17 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Nikhil Joshi Appointed as Managing Director of Boeing Defence India.
  • Prabowo Subianto Wins Indonesian Presidency: A Decisive Victory.
  • PM Modi to unveil 125-foot statue of Bir Lachit Borphukan-the Commander in Chief of Ahom army.
  • Japan Loses Spot as Third Largest Economy to Germany.
  • Virendra Bansal has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SBI Capital Markets (SBICAPS).
  • Electronics & IT Ministry Hosts First Digital India Future SKILLS Summit in Guwahati.
  • UAE Launches New Generative AI Open-Source Foundation, Falcon foundation.
  • India’s First Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) To Start from Uttarakhand.
  • India, Nepal sign pact to link UPI, NPI for faster remittances.
  • India-UAE MoUs Link UPI With UAE’s AANI For Instant Payment.
  • Shri Parshottam Rupala, unveiled the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) scheme and introduced a Radio Jingle for AHIDF in New Delhi.
  • Rajasthan government introduced the Chief Minister Vishwakarma Pension Yojana, aiding laborers and street vendors in their old age.
  • Indian Hammer Thrower Rachna Kumari Banned For 12 Years for Doping.
  • Indian Coast Guard ship 'Varaha' makes port call in Mozambique.
  • Sonowal inaugurates Kalughat Inland Water Transport Terminal. Haryana CM Khattar launches 'Van Mitra' scheme.
  • Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) recognized as UN world restoration flagship.
  • Parliamentary Standing committee releases report on “Employment generation & Revenue Earning Potential of Fisheries sector”.
  • The Insurance Regulatory & Development authority of India issued Draft Regulations on Bima suga.
  • Greece Parliament set to legalize same sex marriage and adoption.
  • Indian Football Hits a Seven-Year Low, Slides to 117th in FIFA Rankings.
  • DoT Launches ‘Sangam: Digital Twin’ Initiative for Transformative Infrastructure Planning.
  • RBI and Nepal Rastra Bank Sign Pact for UPI-NPI Linkage.
  • World Anthropology Day February 16
  • Himachal Pradesh Leads as India’s Most Welcoming Region In 2024.
  • 12th edition of naval excercise MILAN to be held in Visakhapatnam.
  • Rohit Sharma: India's 4th-highest run-maker in international cricket, surpassed Saurav Ganguly.
  • The Hindon Air Force Station,in Uttar Pradesh, stands as Asia's largest air force station in 2024.
  • City Union Bank, under Dr. N Kamakodi, claimed seven awards at the 19th Banking Technology Conference, Expo & Citations in 2023.
  • During January 2024, RPF reunited over 549 children under Operation ‘Nanhe Faristey’.
  • The US House passed the Quad bill, endorsing closer cooperation with Australia, India, and Japan.
  • Australian Sutherland smashes fastest double win in Women’s Test History.
  • Serum Institute of India Tops as the Most Valuable Unlisted Firm in India.
  • SIDBI Releases Impact Study ‘Prabhaav’ on Fund of Funds for Startups.
  • Sikkim “INSPIRES” approved by World Bank’s for Skill Development projects.
  • India and Colombia Sign MoU on Digital Cooperation.
  • Iconic ‘dum pukht’ chef Imtiaz Qureshi Passes Away at 93.
  • MSME Minister introduced a scheme for GST-exempted micro enterprises, facilitating collateral-free loans up to Rs 20 lakh under the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE).
  • Major Iron Ore Deposits Uncovered in Rajasthan’s Karauli district.
  • 16th conference of World Social Forum commenced in Kathmandu.
  • Khasi freedom fighter U Tirot Sing's statue unveiled in Dhaka.
  • Shri Sarbananda Sonowal launches ‘Sagar Aankalan’ guidelines for Indian Port Performance Index.

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13-15 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Dubai Launches World’s First Air Taxi Service at World Government Summit 2024.
  • PM Modi inaugurated first Hindu temple, BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Abu Dhabi.
  • Shamar Joseph and Amy Hunter Crowned ICC Players of the Month for January 2024.
  • Council of ICAI elected CA. Ranjeet Kumar Agarwal as the President and CA. Charanjot Singh Nanda as the Vice-President for the term 2024-25.
  • Union Minister Shri Giriraj Singh launches pilot project ‘Smart Gram Panchayat’.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi Unveils ‘PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana’.
  • Sonam Losar, The New Year of the Tamang Community is Celebrated on the first day of the new moon in the month of Magh.
  • Shri Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates National Conference on Automated Permanent Academic Account Registry (APAAR): One Nation One Student ID Card.
  • Sumit Nagal Clinches Chennai Open Title.
  • The NITI Aayog has recently launched the ‘Greening and Restoration of Wasteland with Agroforestry’ (GROW) report and portal.
  • Assam Designates Kaji Nemu as the Official State Fruit.
  • Muhammad Nabi Replaces Shakib AI Hassan as number one ODI All-rounder in ICC rankings.
  • Devanshi & Lakshita secure Gold & silver in 10m ISSF WC.
  • Reliance became 1st Indian stock to cross Rs 20 lakh cr. Market Cap.
  • Saudi Arabia’s First Luxury Train ‘Dream of the Desert’ Set to Launch First in the Middle East.
  • Sumit Nagal Clinches Chennai Open Title.
  • India wins 9th GovTech prize for AI-Powered road safety at the world government Summit.
  • Dubai Launches World’s First Air Taxi Service at World Government Summit 2024.
  • Conscription Law activated in Myanmar in response to Pro-democracy resistance forces. 
  • Netherlands Joins Coalition to enhance offensive capabilities of Ukraine against Russia. 
  • Explosions struck a natural gas pipeline running from Iran’s western provinces up north to Caspian Sea. 
  • The Epic Foundation has recently unveiled the Milkyway tablet tailored for educational needs of school children. 
  • International Childhood Cancer Day, February 15.
  • Havildar Varinder Singh Awarded Vishisht Seva Medal for Developing Multipurpose Octocopter.
  •  16th Finance Commission Holds First Meeting Under Chairmanship of Arvind Panagariya.
  • India’s Services Trade Surplus Hits Record High to $44.9 billion in the October-December quarter.
  • Coal Ministry Claims top spot In Government e-Market (GeM) Procurement. 
  • PM lays Virtual foundation stone of Bharat Mart in Jebel Ali Free Trade Zone, Dubai. 
  • REC Limited and Damodar Valley Corporation sign agreements worth ₹ 588 crores for Development of Tubed Coal Mines in Damodar Valley Region. 
  • Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur hands over Chess Olympiad Torch to Budapest, Hungary. 
  • TRIFED signs MoU with ITC under the Pradhan Mantri Janjatiya Vikas Mission to empower tribal farmers and suppliers of turmeric. 
  • The Odisha government announces the Nua-O scholarship, providing annual financial aid to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • The Consumer Affairs Secretary advocates the infusion of artificial intelligence into the ‘e-Jagriti’ portal to expedite consumer court case resolutions. 
  • The Kannada Language Comprehensive Development (Amendment) Bill, 2024 proposed seeks to strengthen promotion of the Kannada language across education and employment. 
  • Cochin International Airport Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd signed an MoU to establish the world's first green hydrogen plant and fueling station at Cochin Airport. 
  • NTPC commissioned 14 MW unit of Ayodhya solar project.
  • IIT Guwahati Unveils SWASTHA Project & ISO 5/6 Clean Room for Nanotech. 
  • Hyderabad’s 36th National Book Fair: February 9-19. Dattajirao Gaekwad, Nation’s Oldest Test Cricketer, Passes Away At 95. 
  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day, Feb 14. 
  • MoD inks contract worth Rs.2269.54 Cr with BEL to procure 11 Shakti Electronic Warfare Systems for Indian Navy. 
  • Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras inaugurates "SUFALAM for Food Processing Entrepreneurs. 
  • Odisha government to provide interest-free loans up to Rs 1 lakh to youths under “SWAYAM”. 
  • “Maha Swaapnikudu” book launched by former CM Chandrababu Naidu.
  • India wins 9th GovTech prize for AI-Powered road safety at the world government Summit. 
  • The Weimar Triangle (France, Germany & Poland) vow to make Europe stronger as fears grow over Russia and Trump. 
  • February 14, 2024, marks the celebration of Basant Panchami/Saraswati Pooja 2024.

 

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10 - 12 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • PV Narasimha Rao, Chaudhary Charan Singh, and MS Swaminathan are set to receive India's highest civilian award, the Bharat.
  • Parliament passed the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Amendment Bill, 2024. The bill decriminalizes certain violations and imposes penalties for the discharge of polluting matter in water bodies.
  • Bharat Gas revolutionizes LPG delivery with "Pure for Sure" initiative.
  • Pyarelal Sharma, one-half of the legendary composer duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, has been felicitated with the prestigious Lakshminarayana International Award.
  • India's foreign exchange reserves hit $622.47 billion, a one-month peak, as of February 2, per RBI data released on February 9.
  • Tamil Nadu MSME Minister Unveils ‘Smart Cards’ to Aid Startups.
  • 2024 World Governments Summit in Dubai: India, Türkiye, and Qatar Named Guests of Honor, Showcasing Government Excellence and Developmental Practices
  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) recently announced the appointment of Ajay Kumar Choudhary as its new non-executive chairman and independent director.
  • NASA's PACE Satellite launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket to study climate change.
  • The World Book Fair in New Delhi began on 10th February, organized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
  • Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang reinstates Old Pension Scheme for state govt. employees appointed on or after April 1, 2006.
  • Uttar Pradesh targets 1 million tonne green hydrogen capacity, aiming to create 120,000 jobs. With Rs 2.73 trillion investment inflow.
  • Google, under Alphabet, advances in AI, rebranding its chatbot. This positions Google in direct rivalry with OpenAI, marking a pivotal moment in the AI competition.
  • IIT Madras collaborates with Munitions India Ltd to create India’s inaugural 155 Smart Ammunition, advancing defense sector indigenization.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Kisan Samridhi Sah-Yojana (PM-MKSSY)”, a Central Sector Sub-scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada aimed at formalizing the fisheries sector and supporting fisheries micro and small enterprises.
  • Katrina Kaif joins Chennai Kings as Brand Ambassador for IPL 2024.
  • Sindhu Ganapathy’s appointment as the first transwoman Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) of Southern Railway.
  • Swati Portal launched to empower Women in STEMM.
  • Paytm payment bank has been barred by RBI from undertaking any banking activities.
  • Government includes ASHA and Anganwadi workers in Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
  • India introduced UPI and the RuPay card, in Sri Lanka and Mauritius.
  • U19 World Cup 2024 final, Australia beats India by 79 runs.
  • SAFF Women’s U-19 Championships: India and Bangladesh declared joint winners.
  • NASA launches PACE Mission to study Oceans and Atmosphere
  • Sikkim becomes first Northeast State to reinstate Old Pension scheme for Employees.
  • Kerala Section honored ISRO Chairman S. Somanath with the prestigious K.P.P. Nambiar Award.
  • Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System inaugurated in Andaman & Nicobar command.
  • Neeraj Chopra Honored at Jungfrau’s Ice Palace in Switzerland.
  • Paytm E-commerce has undergone a significant transformation, renaming itself as Pai Platforms. Alongside this rebranding, it has acquired Bitsila, a prominent seller platform.
  • Parliament Passes Historic JK ST Quota Bill, three crucial bills for Jammu and Kashmir, addressing reservation gaps and Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes lists.
  • February 13th, the world unites to celebrate World Radio Day. The theme for World Radio Day 2024, “Radio: A Century Informing, Entertaining and Educating,”.
  • Government of India introduces the 'National Creators Award' to honor the exceptional contributions of modern influencers.
  • Pathum Nissanka of Sri Lankan cricket made history by becoming the first-ever player to score a double century in One Day Internationals from Sri-Lanka.
  • IRS Officer Narendra Kumar Yadav leads the “Fit India” Movement as Brand Ambassador.
  • ADB and Government of India sign $200 million loan for Brahmaputra River project.

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6-9 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • India announces plans to fence the entire “1643-kilometer-long Indo-Myanmar border” to enhance security and surveillance.
  • Rajasthan has welcomed Senior Advocate Rajendra Prasad Gupta as its new Advocate General, following the approval of his appointment by Governor Kalraj Mishra.
  • Chief Defence of Staff (CDS) Gen. Anil Chauhan revealed a book named, "Artificial Intelligence and National Security," at Pune's Defence Literature Festival, "Kalam and Kavach," blending India's heritage with modern security.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, invited for the second time, will address the esteemed World Government Summit in Dubai on February 14
  • Legendary sprinter and current President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), PT Usha, was honoured with the prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement' award.
  • Yemen's Presidential Leadership Council, in a significant move, appointed Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as the country's new Prime Minister.
  • Bharat Rang Mahotsav, India's premier theatre festival, commenced its journey in the culturally rich Kachchh district of Gujarat, marking the beginning of a vibrant celebration of the performing arts.
  • In the heart of Patna, Bihar, a new landmark has emerged as a monumental tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, fondly known as the Father of the Nation. The Bapu Tower (height of 120 feet), located in Gardanibagh.
  • The Assam government recently tabled the Assam Public Examination (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Bill, 2024, similar to the proposed central law “The Public Examinations (Prevention of unfair means) Bill,2024”
  • The Union government has introduced a new bill in the Lok Sabha, aiming to provide reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in local bodies of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Mio Oka was appointed as the new Country Director for India by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • Hindu Kush Himalaya (also known as the ‘Water Tower of Asia’) & one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, is a ‘biosphere on the brink’. 
  • Vinesh Phogat won the gold medal in the 55 kg category at the Senior National Wrestling Championships 2024.
  • Justice Vijay Bishnoi sworn in as Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court.
  • Sunil Kumar, India's Asian Games bronze medalist, won the 87 kg title at the National Wrestling Championships 2024 in Jaipur.
  • Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has appointed Olzhas Bektenov, his chief of staff, as the new prime minister. 
  • Union Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy recently laid the foundation stone for the country's Digital National Museum of Epigraphy at the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad.
  • The Prime Minister of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, H. E. Brigadier (Retd.) Mark Phillips called on the President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan (February 7, 2024)
  • Grand Master Wei Yi emerged triumphant in the highly anticipated 2024 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
  • The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has made a pivotal announcement, maintaining the repo rate at 6.5 per cent
  • Union Ministers Launch Mobile Health Service ‘Kilkari’ and Mobile Academy in Maharashtra and Gujarat
  • NITI Aayog and the Kingdom of the Netherlands jointly released a report at India Energy Week, addressing challenges and solutions for LNG adoption in Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles (MHCVs).
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observed annually on February 7th
  • India and Saudi Arabia recently held discussions in Riyadh, where ministers from both countries explored avenues to bolster their bilateral defence and strategic cooperation.
  • Rajya Sabha has passed the Constitution (STs) Order Amendment Bill 2024 and the Constitution (SCs and STs) Order Amendment Bill 2024 (clearing the way for the addition of several new communities to the STs list of Odisha and the inclusion of synonyms and phonetic variations of existing tribes in the ST lists of both Andhra Pradesh and Odisha)
  • President of India, Smt. Drupadi Murmu will inaugurate the 4 day cultural extravaganza “Vividhta ka Amrit Mahotsav: A cultural odyssey unveiling the richness of Northeast India” at Amrit Udyan, Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • The provisions of the Anusandhan Research Foundation (ANRF) Act have been brought into force to boost Research and Innovation for growth and development of the country.
  • Recently the Government of Iran has announced visa-free service for Indian citizens.
  • Picture of Polar Bear falling asleep on Iceberg wins Top Photography Prize
  • Uttarakhand has become the first state in India to implement Uniform Civil Code 
  • TomTom Traffic Index 2023: London slowest, Bangalore Second most congested city
  • India ranks 38th out of 139 Countries in the Logistics Performance Index World Bank’s LPI Report 2023
  • PV Narasimha Rao, Chaudhary Charan Singh, and MS Swaminathan are set to receive India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, for their significant contributions to the nation's progress.
  • FIFA plans to unveil a new addition, the blue card, marking trials for sin bins in professional football. Blue cards will serve as a disciplinary measure for dissent and cynical fouls, resulting in players being temporarily sent to the sin-bin.
  • Tata Trusts to inaugurate India’s first small Animal Hospital in Mumbai
  • Every year on February 10th, the global community celebrates World Pulses Day
  • Flywire and State Bank of India (SBI) collaborate to digitize international education payments for Indian students
  • Ravi Kumar Jha Named MD & CEO of LIC Mutual Fund
  • AIIMS, in collaboration with CDAC, unveils iOncology.ai, an AI platform for early cancer detection, focusing on breast and ovarian cancers prevalent in India.
  • UAE awards ‘Golden Visa’ to Super 30 founder Anand Kumar

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3-6 FEBRUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • France takes lead as first EU Nation to offer Digital Visas.
  • Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko sets World Record for most time in space.
  • India’s Woman Robot Astronaut “Vyommitra” will fly into Space ahead of ISRO’s ‘Gaganyaan Mission
  • India launches UPI Payments at Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Dr. Bina Modi named ‘Outstanding Businesswoman of the year 2023’.
  • Mukesh Ambani tops Global Brand Guardianship Index 2024
  • Popular Tamil actor Vijay announced the formation of his political party, ‘Tamilaga Vettri Kazhagam
  • LK Advani to be awarded Bharat Ratna, announced by PM Modi
  • MetLife Stadium in New York City secures the Grand finale for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • Abhinav Bindra Selected as Torchbearer for the 2024 Paris Olympics
  • Bhutan leads as Top Indian Aid recipient.
  • Patna, Bihar, a new landmark has emerged as a monumental tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, The Bapu Tower.
  •  India's Government introduces 'Bharat' rice to stabilize markets, ensuring affordability.
  • Uttarakhand CM launches “Dhami against Drugs Campaign”. 
  • Uttarakhand Cabinet approves Uniform Civil Code Bill 
  • Bharat Rang Mahotsav, India’s biggest Theatre festival, Kicks off in Gujarat.
  •  Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi appointed Army Vice Chief. 
  • PT Usha honored with Lifetime achievement Award by SJFI And DSJA
  • Ranveer Singh joins BoAt as a Stakeholder and Brand Ambassador.
  •  Priest Ishwari Prasad Namboodiri honored with The Shankar Smriti Award.
  •  Assam welcomes Northeast’s first Naturopathy Hospital.
  •  Northern Ireland's parliament makes history, appointing an Irish nationalist as First Minister for the first time.
  •  BHU launched Human DNA Bank under make in India initiative.
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development is actively strengthening child protection by introducing two crucial portals: Track Child and GHAR - GO Home and Re-Unite.

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1-2 February 2024 Current Affairs

  1. Maharashtra defended their Khelo India Youth Games title after topping the medals tally with a total of 158 medals.
  2. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has signed a Rs 80,000 crore MoU with Maharashtra, in line with the State’s Green investment plan.
  3. Government Cuts Import Duty on Phone Components from 10% to 15% to Bolster Mobile phone manufacturing industry in India.
  4. Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a neurotechnology company, Implants Brain chip in First Human marking a significant step forward in the field of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)
  5. Shri Satnam Singh Sandhu has been nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha by the President of India
  6. Researchers have identified Agasthyagama edge, a new diminutive Kangaroo Lizard species, in the western Ghats. Characterized by a reduced fifth toe, these poor climbers prefer terrestrial habitats.
  7. Divyansh Singh Panwar clinches ISSF World Cup Gold in 10m air rifle 
  8. Rhythm Sangwan & Ujjwal Malik Secure India’s First gold in Cairo, ISSF shooting World cup.
  9.  India with the sugar production of 34,300,000 tones claims the title of the largest sugar producer in the world.
  10.  Punjab Government in a significant step towards safeguarding lives and preventing accidents inaugurated the Sadak Surakhya Force (SSF)
  11.  The military regimes in Burkina Faso, Mali & Niger have announced their immediate withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS), citing the BLOC as a threat.
  12.  International Monetary Fund (IMF) forcasts India’s GDP growth to 6.7% for the current fiscal year
  13.  Sultan Ibrahim of Johor State installed as Malaysia’s 17th king.
  14.  PM has extended greetings to the Coast guards' personnel on the 48th Raising Day of Indian Coastguard.
  15.  The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched a mission to eradicate Filariasis from the state. 
  16.  The government of Tamil Nadu has introduced guidelines for the “Ungalai Thedi, Ungal Ooril” (Come look for you, in your village) outreach program to strengthen public services & Scheme implementation across the state.
  17.  Recently, The Delhi High Court Reversed its orders that permitted 26-year-old women to terminate her 29-week-old pregnancy, advocating the Unborn Child’s right to life.
  18.  Recently the Delhi Hight Court in the Case of Neetu Grover V. Union of India & Ors, 2024 rejected the challenge to the constitutionality of section 5(v) of the HINDU MARRIAGE ACT (MHA) 1955 which prohibits marriage between two Hindus if they are sapindas (relatives)
  19.  Dhenkanl Magji (a sweet made from cheese from buffalo milk) of Odisha got GI Tag
  20.  The U.S State department recently launched a program to renew the H-1B foreign work visa domestically.
  21.  ICAR-Central marine fisheries research institute (CMFRI) has entered into a collaborative research agreement with private-sector startup offering cultivated meat technology solutions to growing fish meat in the laboratory.
  22.  Recently, the secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of communication (MoC) launched the “Bharat 5g portal- an integrated portal” on the sidelines of “Bharat Telecom 2024.
  23. Champai Soren has been announced as the next Chief Minister of Jharkhand, following the resignation of Hemant soren
  24. Tamil Nadu achieves record With Highest Number of Ramsar sites in India.
  25. BRICS welcomes New Members: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran, & Ethiopia
  26. Reliance Industries claims the title of the biggest company in India.
  27. Preeti Rajak Becomes Indian Army’s First female subedar.
  28. Rahul R Nair, Mehul Malik & Tanmay Bharat to be honoured with the prestigious Blavatnik Awards in London
  29. Union Budget 2024-25 outlines a total expenditure of Rs 47.65 Lakh Crore, with a significant focus on Infrastructure development, resulting in a 16.9% increase in Capital expenditure to 11.11 Lakh Crore.
  30. Tamil Nadu launches ‘Kalaignar Sports Kit’ intiative
  31. World wetlands day is celebrated annually on February 2
  32. The President of India inaugurated SURAJKUND international crafts mela in Haryana
  33. The president of India Shri Droupadi Murmu graced the Udyan Utsav-1, 2024
  34. Cabinet approves scheme of sugar subsidy for Antyodya Anna Yojana (AAY) families under PDS (Public distribution system)
  35. Vice Admiral Lochan singh Pathania assumed charge as the chief Hydrographer to the Govt. of India
  36. Record of rs 6.21 lakh crore allocation to Ministry of defence in interim Budget 2024-25, 4.72% more than FY 2023-24
  37. Government of India announced the four major castes of focus for social justice ‘Garib’ (poor), ‘Mahilayen’ (Women), ‘YUVA’ (Youth) & ‘Annadata’ (Farmer)
  38. Shri Sanjay Verma, Indian Foreign service of 1990 batch takes the oath of Office & Secrecy as member, UPSC.

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30 - 31 JANUARY 2024 Current Affairs

  1. Finance minister issues ‘Indian Economy- A Review’ Report instead of Economic Survey Prepared by the office of the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) V Anantha Nageswaran
  2. Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Shri Bupender Yadav released a report on the population of Snow Leopards marking the first ever scientific exercise to assess the population of this elusive species.
  3. Toyota retains its position as the World’s top selling Automakers in 2023
  4. Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) secured a 10-year Liquified Nitrogen Gas (LNG) with United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  5. “Ek Samandar, Mere Andar” Penned by BrahMos Aerospace Deputy CEO sanjeev Joshi was launched at The India International Centre.
  6. Tableau on Theme ‘India: Mother of Democracy’ Clinches First Spot at Republic Day Parade 2024
  7. Sonam Maskar Wins Silver in Women's Air rifle in Cairo, Egypt
  8. Himanta Biswa Sarma Released First volume of ‘Political History of Assam’ (1947-1971)
  9.   Sharat Chauhan appointed as Puducherry’s New Chief Secretary
  10. Chianina breed of Cow with the average weight of more than 1700 kg claims the title of the largest cow in the world.
  11. India has included the” Maratha Military Landscapes” for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List for the 2024-25 cycle.
  12. Sumatran Bamboo Rat, with the astonishing size of 20 inches, holds the title of the biggest rat in the world.
  13. Bank of Baroda”s Subsidiary ‘BOB Financial Solutions Limited’ Rebranded as ‘BOBCARD LIMITED” WITH ‘CREDIT Reimagined” Tagline
  14. THDC India Limited Inaugurated India Largest Electrolyser End Fuel Cell-based green Hydrogen Pilot Project In Rishikesh
  15.  Naorem Roshibina Devi Crowned Female wushu athlete of the year.
  16. Comoros President Azali Assoumani  Secures Controvbersial Fourth Term Amid Opposition disputes.
  17. Bhutan’s People’s Democratic Party leader Tshering Tobgay Starts his second term as the Prime Minister.
  18. Qatar Secures 15 Year gas supply deal with Bangladesh to bolster energy ties.
  19. ‘Sheen-e She’ a Snow Leopard has been named the official mascot of the Khelo India winter games 2024.
  20. WHO has awarded first-ever validation certificates to Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, & Thailand in eliminating industrially produced trans-fatty acids (iTFA)
  21. The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) has launched the framework for voluntary Carbon Market
  22. Recently, The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways (MoPSW) during the 75th Republic Day Parade unveiled its Tableaux, a visual representation of the visionary SAGARMALA programme.
  23. Recently the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) emphasised the importance of implementing the recommendations of the IDATE commission. 

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25-27 JANUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • The Union Cabinet has approved a viability gap funding (VGF) scheme worth ₹8,500 crore to promote coal gasification.
  • The Central government has approved a new three-drug treatment regimen for leprosy patients, aiming to stop transmission of the disease in India by 2027.
  • The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has finalised guidelines to prevent deceptive or unsubstantiated environment-related claims by brands in advertising. Thus, checking claims of greenwashing.
  • Ajit Mishra received the prestigious 'Freedom of the City of London' Award.
  • Suryakumar Yadav named ICC T20I Player of the Year for 2023.
  • Indian Chief of Defence Staff, General Anil Chauhan, conversed with US Indo-Pacific Command head, Admiral John C. Aquilino, discussing defense cooperation and security challenges.
  • Vimla Machra clinched gold at Keirin race at the Cycling Velodrome
  • Randhawa became 1st Indian to win Senior Euro Q-School
  • Sreeja Akula won maiden international table tennis title.
  • Justice Prasanna Bhalachandra Varale sworn in as Supreme Court Judge
  • Padma Awards 2024 have been announced on the eve of Republic Day 2024, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions in various fields.
  • Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26th to commemorate the day when the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950, replacing the Government of India Act (1935).
  • The term “Zombie virus” has been used in recent news to refer to ancient viruses that have been trapped in permafrost for thousands of years. 
  • India would commence the export of BrahMos cruise missile ground systems within 10 days, with missiles expected in Philippines by March 2024, according to DRDO chairman Dr. Samir V Kamat.
  • The final preparations for the Interim Union Budget 2024 began with the traditional Halwa Ceremony in North Block, marking the onset of the budget preparation lock-in process.
  • CoRover.ai, a prominent player in Conversational AI, introduces BharatGPT, India's inaugural Large Language Model, aiming to transform AI dialogues across 22 Indian languages.

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28-29 JANUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • The ICJ has instructed, in a Landmark ruling to ISRAEL to take measures to prevent genocidal acts against Palestinians under the Geneva convention.
  • The use of Nitrogen Hypoxia to execute a death row inmate in Alabama on 26th Jan has marked the debut of a controversial system in USA.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India has confirmed the existence of a Hindu temple before the construction of The Gyan Vapi Mosque
  • New Aadhaar cards & digital copies will now be used only as “proof of Identity” & not of citizenship or Birth.
  • Nearly Hundred students from across India to participate in exposure tours to Auroville under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) programme. 
  • Union Home minister & Minister of Cooperation Shri Amit Shah will launch computerization project of Agriculture & Rural Development Banks (ARDBs) & Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCSs) of states/UTs.
  • A 100 bedded Yoga & Naturopathy Hospital to come up in Dibrugarh, A first in Northeast India.
  • PM congratulated Nitish Kumar on taking Oath as Bihar Chief Minister
  • PM inaugurates Diamond Jubilee celebration of Supreme Court
  • Switzerland & India reach deal on Free Trade Agreement (FTA) after 16 years of Negotiation.
  • NASA unveiled X-59 Supersonic Jet ‘Son of Concorde’.
  • Hardeep Puri launches Pilot project for alcohol-based Jet fuel.
  • Maersk Reveals World’s largest Ship fueled by Methanol.
  • Netherland Won FIH Hockey5s Women’s World Cup
  • The CJI DY Chandrachud stressed that the constitutional safeguards are themselves insufficient to maintain the Independence of the Judiciary during the Golden Jubilee celebration of The Supreme Court.

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19-24 JANUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • The Ayodhya Ram Mandir witness Pran Pratishtha ceremony on 22nd January, World’s largest lock, 1265 kg laddoo Prasad Arrive in Ayodhya. The temple is an impressive 360 ft long, 235 ft wide, and 161 ft high, focal point of this grand event is the 84-second 'Mool Muhurat', an auspicious moment during which the idol of Ram Lalla will be consecrated. A solar powered "Surya Tilak" for the deity Ram Lalla.
  • Farsi as India’s New Classical Language
  • IICF to build ‘Masjid Muhammed Bin Abdullah’ Mosque in Ayodhya
  • Japan becomes fifth Country to land on the Moon successfully, smart lander name SLIM.
  • WHO has officially certified Cabo Verde as a malaria-free country
  • Tai Tzu Ying clinches victory in India Open 2024 Women’s singles
  • Amit Shah launches Book ‘Assam’s Braveheart Lachit Barphukan’
  • “Conversations with Aurangzeb”: A Novel by Charu Nivedita
  • Kachchhi Kharek Gem from Kutch receives GI tag.
  • UNDP and Denmark Launch “Green Rooms” in Ukraine
  • Parakram Diwas 2024, Tribute to Netaji on his 127th Birth Anniversary
  • Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya claims Bronze at France’s Grand Prix
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment bank AIIB invests $58.4 Million in India’s largest Renewable Energy InvIT
  • India introduces the "Global Good-Gender Equity and Equality Alliance" at the World Economic Forum.
  • Apple surpasses Samsung as Top Smartphone Maker for the first time.
  • Senior IPS Officer Daljit Singh Chaudhary appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal
  • PepsiCo India appoints Marketing Chief Jagrut Kotecha as new CEO.
  • Central Government launches ‘Anuvadini’ App for Multilingual Education
  • PM Modi launches ‘Pradhan Mantri Suryodaya Yojana’ for one Crore households 
  • PM Modi Launches Sunrise Scheme to install Solar Panels in 10 million households.
  • India-Kyrgyzstan joint special forces exercise KHANJAR begins in Himachal Pradesh.
  • YES BANK achieves milestone as first Indian Bank on RXIL’s ITFS platform.
  • After 16 years of negotiations, Switzerland and India finalize a groundbreaking free-trade agreement.
  • Arunachal Pradesh’s unveils Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival and the Nyishi Tribe
  • E-SAKSHI App under MPLADS administration: Revolutionizing Constituency Development
  • MeitY Secretary launches India’s first Graphene Centre and IoT CoE in Kerala
  • Indian Army launches Operation Sarvashakti to eliminate Terrorists.
  • Sony terminates $10 billion Merger Deal with Zee Entertainment
  • SpaceX launches Ax-3 Mission to ISS with first Turkish Astronaut Onboard
  • Bengaluru, Delhi Airports get best Airport award at Wings India
  • Tata Group secures IPL Title Sponsorship for Next 5 Years
  • Himachal Pradesh launches ‘My School-My Pride’ for Education Transformation
  • Solar Power Stations inaugurated at Egyptian World Heritage Sites
  • Carlos Sainz’s, 61 years Historic Victory in Dakar Rally 2024
  • ICICI Bank Canada launches ‘Money2India (Canada)’ Mobile Banking App
  • Google Pay partners with NPCI to extend UPI Payments globally.
  • Union Minister launches project for Artificial Reefs in Vizhinjam to boost Fish Population.

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13 – 18 January 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

·         PM Modi inaugurates India’s Longest Sea Bridge – Atal Setu, a 21.8 km marvel connecting Mumbai and Raigad.

·         LIC overtakes SBI to become the most valuable PSU.

·         Praggnanandhaa surpasses Viswanathan Anand to become India’s No.1 Chess Player.

·         The book "An Uncommon Love: The Early Life of Sudha and Narayana Murthy," authored by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

·         Author M.J. Akbar, along with co-author K. Natwar Singh, launched a new book titled "Gandhi: A Life in Three Campaigns."

·         New Republic Day Pact allows States one Tableau every three years.

·         UGC’s introduces Mulya Pravah 2.0: for Ethical Education in India.

·         Rohit Sharma becomes the first Men’s Player to play 150 T20Is.

·         Real Madrid wins Against Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup.

·         IIT Madras to establish New Campus in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

·         Over 24.8 Crore Indians escape Multidimensional Poverty in 9 Years: NITI Aayog report.

·         January 16 as National Startup Day 2024, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka lead in Startup Ecosystem Development: DPIIT.

·         Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023: Indore and Surat Share Cleanest City Title.

·         Savita Kanswal Posthumously honored with Tenzing Norgay Award.

·         China launched Einstein Probe, a lotus-shaped satellite, to study transient cosmic phenomena using innovative lobster eye-inspired X-ray technology.

·         World Economic Forum (WEF) and Telangana collaborate to establish the world's first health tech and life sciences-focused Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) in Hyderabad.

·         Second Lt. Madison Marsh, a U.S. Air Force officer was crowned Miss America- the first active-duty service member to achieve this prestigious title.

·         India Emerges as a Global Leader in Trust: Edelman Trust Barometer 2024.

·         US leads 2024 Military Rankings, India fourth, Bhutan Ranks lowest.

·         Ex-Ayutthaya: India-Thailand first Naval Exercise connects to Ayodhya.

·         Kerala launches Operation AMRITH to Combat AMR.

·         The Indian and Japanese Coast Guards have conducted joint exercise named 'Sahyog Kaijin'.

·         I-STEM to launch ‘Samavesha’ At IISc Bengaluru to enhance Research collaboration.

·         Deepa Bhandare makes history as first female to receive VSI Award.

·         Maharashtra’s Pench Tiger Reserve achieves Milestone as India’s first Dark Sky Park.

·         FCI (Food Corporation of India) marks its 60th anniversary.

·         Ganga Sagar Mela in Sagardwip, West Bengal, India's second-largest fair after Kumbh Mela took place on 14th & 15th  

·         India’s Retail Inflation reaches 4-Month High At 5.69% in December.

·         Indian Army to observe 2024 as the Year of Technology Absorption.

·         Simmtech to set up Semiconductor Plant in Sanand, Gujarat.

·         US and UK Launch Airstrikes on Yemen’s Huthi Rebels over Red Sea attacks.

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9-12 JANUARY CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Gabriel Attal, 34 years of age has become the youngest PM of France
  • Divyakriti Singh becomes 1st Indian Woman Arjuna Awardee for Equestrian Sports
  • Singapore’s Changi Airport earns The Title of World’s Best Airport for 2023
  • Red Ant Chutney of Odisha receives Geographical Indication (GI) Tag
  • Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane’s authored Book “Four Stars of Destiny”
  • Kerala Woman sets Guinness Record, Sings in 100+ Languages.
  • The Indian Navy has acquired its first indigenous medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone, the Drishti 10 Starliner unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • Samir Kumar Sinha assumes Role as DG (Acquisition) in Defence Ministry
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  • Microsoft’s ‘AI Odyssey’ to Upskill 100,000 Indian Developers: Boosting AI Talent in India
  • Govt. launched PAISA for real-time loan tracking & PM SVANidhi for scheme monitoring.
  • South Korea bans trade of Dog Meat in New Law
  • Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport is set to host the aviation extravaganza, Wings India 2024
  • Chhattisgarh launches “Ramlala Darshan” Scheme: Free Pilgrimage to Ayodhya Dham
  • Senthil Pandian C appointed as India’s WTO Ambassador
  • Piyush Goyal inaugurates Indus Food 2024 in Greater Noida
  • EU Scientists confirmed 2023 as Hottest Year ever recorded.
  • FIH and Viacom18 Ink four-year Media rights deal
  • Swedish Scientists create ‘E-Soil’ that accelerates Plant Growth
  • General VK Singh releases Book ‘Sanskriti Ke Ayaam’ written by Manorama Mishra
  • India to Chair UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee and Host 46th Session in 2024
  • German Actor Christian Oliver Dies in Plane Crash
  • Indra Mani Pandey takes on BIMSTEC Secretary General Role
  • DRDO launches assault Rifle ‘Ugram’ for Indian Army
  • IndusInd Bank introduces ‘Samman RuPay Credit Card’ for Government employees.
  • Mamata Banerjee launches ‘Yogyasree’ for SC/ST Students in West Bengal.
  • U.S. Launches Peregrine-1 Lander To Moon In Historic Lunar Mission

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1-6 JANUARY 2024 CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • ISRO’s communication satellite GSAT-20 will be facilitated by SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket.
  • Google DeepMind introduces mobile ALOHA Humanoid Technology
  • Ministry Of Education Launches PRERANA: An Experiential Learning program
  • Justice Sanjiv Khanna appointed as NALSA Executive Chairperson
  • Raghuram Iyer appointed as CEO of Indian Olympic Association
  • PM Modi Launched PRITHVI VIGYAN Scheme, study and understanding of Earth sciences in India.
  • PM Modi was presented with a unique coffee table book titled "Srirangam - The Resplendent Kingdom of Rangaraja." During his visit at Tiruchirappalli. 
  • Senior IAS officer Vikas Sheel appointed as Executive Director, Asian Development Bank
  • Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukyopadhyaya receives 2023 Kuvempu award.
  • Adidas to set up its first Asia GCC outside China in Tamil Nadu
  • Punjab becomes first State to Map all Accident-Prone sites.
  • Vice Admiral Dinesh Tripathi appointed as Vice Chief of Indian Navy.
  • India plans ‘Bharat Park’ Trade Zone in UAE for Global Showcase
  • Amit Shah launches Tur Dal Procurement Portal for farmers.
  • Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammad, unveiled a book titled "Ram Mandir Rashtra Mandir Ak Sajhi Virast"
  • SEBI appointed G Ram Mohan Rao as Executive Director for 3 Years
  • Rashmi Shukla becomes Maharashtra’s first Woman Director General of Police
  • 10th century Kadamba Inscription written in Kannada; Sanskrit found in Goa.
  • Prof. Adrian Cruise receives ‘Order of the British Empire’ for Space Science Leadership
  • Nadia Calvino appointed as new President of The European Investment Bank
  • Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II to step down after 52 Years on Throne
  • Uttar Pradesh leads in (Inter-Operable Criminal Justice System) ICJS entry.
  • IIT Madras researchers engineer plant cells to produce drug for cancer.
  • World Day of War Orphans 2024 observed on 6th January.

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