Current Affairs Today 14th and 15th January 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 14th and 15th January 2023 Daily GK Update

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National News

Shillong to get India’s first centre of excellence for online gaming

  • Union government has announced to set up India’s first center of excellence for online gaming in Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • The CoE will be set up under Digital India Startup Hub through the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).
  • The STPI was set up in 1991 as an autonomous society in the field of Science and Technology under the MeitY.
  • India has one of the largest markets for the gaming business, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Sequoia India report suggests that the Indian mobile gaming industry will be worth $5 Billion in 2025.
  • It is expected to catalyze startups from India’s Northeast to build the next-generation online gaming ecosystem.
  • The Ministry of Electronics (MeitY) will also set up a state-of-the-art facility under the National Institute of Electronics and IT (NIELIT) in Shillong.

About Meghalaya

  • Capital – Shillong
  • Chief Minister – Conrad Kongkal Sangma
  • Governor – D. Mishra (additional charge)

West Bengal organized ‘Ganga Sagar Mela’ on Makar Sankranti

  • Lakhs of pilgrims have celebrated flocking to Sagar Island on the southernmost tip of West Bengal for the annual Ganga Sagar Mela, held between January 12 and 14 to celebrate Makar Sankranti.
  • It is the second largest fair in India after Kumbha Mela.
  • Ganga Sagar is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of Makar Sankranti (14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of the river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers (puja) in the Kapil Muni Temple.
  • Ganga Sagar is an island in the Ganges delta located on the continental shelf of the Bay of Bengal.
  • Although Sagar Island is a part of the Sundarbans, it does not have a tiger habitat or mangrove forests, or small river tributaries.

About West Bengal

  • Capital – Kolkata
  • Chief Minister – Mamata Banerjee
  • Governor – C V Ananda Bose

Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated School of Logistics

  • Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal and Tripura CM Manik Saha have inaugurated the School of Logistics, Waterways, and Communication in Agartala, Tripura.
  • The school will enable the rich pool of talent of the region to become world-class experts in the transportation and logistics sector.
  • In order to unlock the promised economic potential of the Northeast, the school will enable the innate capacity of human resources along our opulent waterways
  • It has been set up under the State Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (SIPARD), an autonomous body funded by the government of Tripura and MORD.

About Tripura

  • Capital – Agartala
  • Chief Minister – Manik Sarkar
  • Governor – Satyadeo Narain Arya

Recent Inauguration by Union Ministers

  • Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated ‘Ayush Utsav’ in Kashmir
  • Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated Unani Institute in Silchar
  • Bhupender Yadav to lead Indian delegation at COP27 in Egypt
  • Bhupender Yadav chaired the 189th meeting of ESIC
  • Sanjeev Kumar Balyan inaugurated the Animal Quarantine Certification Services (AQCS) at Hessarghata, Bengaluru.

Meghalaya CM launched agriculture response vehicle scheme

  • Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has launched the shared school bus system, prime tourism vehicles, and agriculture response vehicle scheme.
  • The chief minister flagged off shared school buses and hoped that it will help to minimize traffic congestion in Shillong.
  • The buses are part of the Sustainable Transport and Efficient Mobility Society (STEMS) programme focused on mobility and overall transportation to decongest the city.
  • Agriculture Response Vehicles: Provided to farmers’ associations and groups for a strong transportation network
  • Prime tourist vehicles: Step to improve the overall tourism sector, and to provide good transportation services to tourists

About Meghalaya

  • Capital – Shillong
  • Chief Minister – Conrad Kongkal Sangma
  • Governor – D. Mishra (additional charge)

Odisha’s steering committee approved Rs 1,086 crore action plan for 2023-24

  • Odisha government’s state-level steering committee for CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management & Planning Authority) has approved an annual plan of Rs 1,086 crore for 2023-24.
  • The annual plan of operation (APO) mainly focuses on taking up of plantations and other activities like maintenance of old plantations.
  • The plan was approved during a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary S. C. Mohapatra
  • The plan made at the district level for combating forest fire will be discussed with collectors concerned for effective control of forest fire and it should be uploaded in the public domain. She also suggested to prepare a five-year action plan for improvement of forest roads.
  • He has also raised the issue relating to wildlife management activities that are being extensively being carried out through CAMPA funds.

About Odisha

  • Capital – Bhubaneswar
  • Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor – Ganeshi Lal

India’s largest student-run festival ‘Saarang’ conducts at IIT Madras

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) Annual Cultural Festival Saarang has been conducted completely in physical mode.
  • This year is the 28th Edition of the Saarang, which is one of the largest student-run festivals.
  • The theme for Saarang 2023 is ‘Mystic Hues’ which celebrates how intertwined colours are with culture and traditions.
  • Saarang 2023 featured nearly 100 events between the 11th and 15th of January 2023 and attracted a footfall of over 80,000 from over 500 colleges across the country.
  • For this year’s social cause, Saarang launched ‘Panacea’, a campaign surrounding health and hygiene awareness, aimed at encouraging healthy habits to thwart disease breakouts.

Banking and Financial

SBI launched e-Bank Guarantee facility in association with NeSL

  • State Bank of India (SBI) has launched e-Bank Guarantee (e-BG) facility in association with National e-Governance Services Limited (NeSL).
  • With the advent of e-BG, this function will be replaced by e-stamping and e-signature.
  • Currently, the bank issues these guarantees with physical stamping and wet signatures.
  • The e-Bank Guarantee procedure will be made easier by NeSL’s Digital Document Execution (DDE) technology, which offers e-Stamp and e-Sign features.
  • Beneficiaries using NeSL’s platform will instantly get an e-Bank Guarantee without additional verification. It has taken this initiative to enhance transparency and reduce turnaround time from days to minutes.

About State Bank of India (SBI)   

  • Founded – 1 July 1955
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman – Dinesh Kumar Khara
  • Managing Director – (4) Alok Kumar Choudhary, Swaminathan Janakiraman, Challa Sreenivasulu Setty, and Ashwini Kumar Tewari
  • Imperial Bank of India was previous name of SBI.
  • The presidency Banks of Bengal, Bombay and Madras with merged in 1921 to Imperial Bank of India.
  • Tagline – (1) Pure Banking Nothing Else

(2) With you all the way

(3) A bank of the common man

(4) The banker to every Indian

(5) The Nation banks on us

Recent Facilities Launched by Banks

  • Bajaj Allianz launched Respect Senior Care Rider
  • ICICI Bank launched digital solutions for exporters
  • Indian Bank launched its flagship programme ‘MSME Prerana ‘in Rajasthan
  • IDFC FIRST Bank has launched ZERO Fee Banking on savings accounts
  • Indian Bank launched a new special retail term deposit dubbed “Ind Shakti 555 days”.
  • Canara HSBC Life Insurance launches Non-Participating ‘Guaranteed Fortune Plan

Appointment and Resignation

Ravi Kumar appointed as CEO of Cognizant

  • Former Infosys president, Ravi Kumar has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cognizant with immediate effect.
  • He has succeeded CEO Brian Humphries, who will be departing from the company on March 15, 2023.
  • He was the president and COO of Infosys until October 2022, before leaving the company to join Cognizant the following week as President of Cognizant Americas.
  • The IT Giant Cognizant had previously announced the appointment of Ravi as President of Cognizant Americas, which will be given to Cognizant veteran Surya Gummadi.
  • He has 20 years of experience in Infosys, where he held various leadership roles.

Recent Appointment

  • Director of Meta’s Global Business Group in India – Vikas Purohit
  • First female Sikh judge in US – Manpreet Monica Singh
  • Chairman of the Senior Men’s National Selection Committee – Chetan Sharma
  • Chairman of Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council – Saiyam Mehra
  • Vice chairman of Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council – Rajesh Rokde
  • New Speaker of the US House of Representatives – Kevin McCarthy

Santhi Kumari appointed as first woman chief secretary of Telangana

  • Senior IAS Officer Santhi Kumari has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Telangana.
  • Kumari, a 1989 batch IAS officer, became the first woman Chief Secretary of Telangana.
  • After the DoPT relieved Somesh Kumar from the Telangana cadre, the government appointed Santhi Kumari as the sixth Chief Secretary of the State. She will be in service till April 2025.
  • She served at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for two years overseeing financial inclusion.
  • Santhi Kumari worked in the Chief Minister’s Office for four years as Principal Secretary to the CM and headed the ‘Industry Chasing Cell’, which is mandated to implement single window industrial clearances under TS-iPASS.

Recent Appointment

  • Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) – Dr. Vinay Prakash Singh
  • Bihar’s state icon by Election Commission – Maithili Thakur
  • Command of the IAF Western Command – Air Marshal Pankaj Mohan Sinha
  • Director General of BSF – Sujoy Lal Thaosen (additional charge)
  • Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) – Dinesh Kumar Shukla
  • Engineer-in-Chief of Army – LG Arvind Walia

Captain Surbhi Jakhmola becomes first woman officer to be posted at BRO

  • An officer of the 117 Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army, Captain Surabhi Jakhmola has become the first woman officer of the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to be posted on a foreign project.
  • She has been deployed by BRO under Project Dantak in Bhutan.
  • The Border Roads Organization (BRO) is an executive road construction force in India that supports the Indian armed forces.
  • BRO builds and maintains road networks along India’s borders and in friendly neighbouring countries. It is also included in the armed forces Order of Battle, ensuring their support at all times.
  • In order to improve border connectivity, BRO was transferred entirely to the ministry of defence in 2015.
  • The Indian Air Force recently deployed Squadron Leader Avani Chaturvedi, a woman fighter pilot, to Japan for Veer Guardian 2023 training.

About Border Roads Organization (BRO)

  • Formation – 7 May 1960
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Director General – Rajeev Chaudhary

Recent Appointment

  • Chairman of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) – Santosh Kumar Yadav
  • CEO of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) – Ganji Kamala Vardhana Rao
  • Chief advisor to the Gujarat CM – Hasmukh Adhia
  • Chairman of Railway Board – Anil Kumar Lahoti (replace Vinay Kumar Tripathi)
  • Captain Indian team at the FIH men’s world cup 2023 – Harmanpreet Singh


Thiru Nadesan awarded Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2023

  • Thiru Kumar Nadesan has been awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for his contribution towards community welfare.
  • Nadesan had initiated a fundraiser to assist stranded Indian Citizens in Sri Lanka during the Covid outbreak.
  • He actively promotes business and cultural exchanges between India and Sri Lanka.
  • He is the second member of Indian diaspora from Sri Lanka to receive the honour.
  • A delegation of 30 people from Sri Lanka which is the biggest till date, is attending the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention in Indore.

Recent Awards

  • Patangrao Kadam award – Adar Poonawalla
  • Lifetime Achievement Award at 15th Jaipur Film Festival – Aparna Sen
  • Assam highest civilian award ‘AssamBaibhav’ – Dr. Tapan Saikia
  • ‘Best Police Unit’ award for 2021 – Jalna and Nagpur Police (Maharastra)
  • UN-Habitat’s World Habitat Awards 2023 for Jaga Mission – Odisha state


France captain Hugo Lloris retires from international football

  • France team captain Hugo Lloris has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 36.
  • Lloris represented France in four World Cups and three Euros and captained Les Blues to the World Cup trophy in 2018.
  • The 36-year-old holds many records and is France’s most-capped player with 145 appearances to his name.
  • Lloris made his debut for Les Blues back in November 2008. He was handed the armband two years after his international debut and would go on to captain France in 121 matches.

Recently retired cricketers

  • Gareth Bale – International football – Wales
  • Sania Mirza – International Tennis – India
  • Farhaan Behardien – International Cricket – South Africa
  • Karim Benzema – International football – France
  • Ben Stokes – One Day International Cricket – England
  • Dinesh Ramdin – International Cricket – West Indies
  • Tamim Iqbal – T20 International – Bangladesh
  • Lendl Simmons – International Cricket – West Indies
  • Eoin Morgan – International Cricket – England
  • Mohammad Hafeez – International Cricket – Pakistan

Book and Author 

Prince Harry released his Memoir titled “Spare”

  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, a member of the British royal family, has released his memoir titled “Spare”.
  • The book was written with the assistance of American novelist J. R. Moehringer.
  • The book is published by Transworld Publishers Ltd, a division of Penguin Random House.
  • The book reveals the details of Harry’s relationship with his father, King Charles, his elder brother, Prince William, and other members of the royal family.
  • He announced that his memoir will be used to support British charities.

Recent Book

  • Braving A Viral Storm: India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Story – Aashish Chandorkar & Suraj Sudhir; released by Mansukh Mandaviya
  • Njaan Sakshi’ (me as the witness) –  K.K. Abdul Gaffar( autobiography); released by MS Dhoni
  • Revolutionaries: The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom – Sanjeev Sanyal
  • Chief Minister’s Diary No.1. – Released by – Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi; Authored by – Assam CM
  • Ambedkar: A Life – Shashi Tharoor

A book titled Irrfan Khan: A Life in Movies author by Shubhra Gupta

  • A Well Known film critic and author, Shubhra Gupta has announced her new book “Irrfan Khan: A Life in Movies”.
  • The book describes actor Irrfan Khan’s life and achievements, starting from his days at the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD) to his nearly decade-long stint in television and his gradual ascent in the film industry.
  • The book will be released in March 2023.
  • Khan featured in many commercially successful films that were also critically acclaimed including “Pan Singh Tomar” (2012), which won him the National Film Award for Best Actor, “Haider” (2014), “Piku” (2015) and “Hindi Medium” (2017).

Recent Book

  • Human Anatomy – written by Dr. Ashvini Kumar Dwivedi; released by Governor of MP
  • Njaan Sakshi’ (me as the witness) –  K.K. Abdul Gaffar( autobiography); released by MS Dhoni
  • Forks in the Road: My Days at RBI and Beyond – C. Rangarajan
  • The Indian Navy@75 Reminiscing the Voyage – Ranjit B Rai and Aritra Banerjee
  • Fit At Any Age – Launched Retd. Air Marshal PV lyer

Important day

14 January 2023 – 7th Armed Forces Veterans Day

  • The Indian Armed Forces celebrated the 7th Armed Forces Veterans’ Day on 14 January 2023.
  • Veterans’ Day is celebrated in recognition of the services rendered by the First Commander-in-Chief of Indian Armed Forces, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, who retired on this day in 1953.
  • This year the event is being celebrated at nine locations across the country, namely Juhunjhunu, Jalandhar, Panagarh, New Delhi, Dehradun, Chennai, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar and Mumbai by three Service Headquarters.
  • The event in Chennai has presided over by Raksha Rajya Mantri.
  • The First Armed Forces Veterans Day was celebrated on 14 January 2016 and it was decided to commemorate this day every year by hosting such interactive events in honor of our Armed Forces Veterans and their families.

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