Current Affairs Today 17th April 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 17th April 2023 Daily GK Update

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 National News

India opens its 16th Visa application center in Kushtia

  • The High Commission of India opened its 16th Visa application center in Kushtia town of Southwestern Bangladesh.
  • The inauguration of the new Indian Visa Application Centre (IVAC) was done by High Commissioner Pranya Verma.
  • This IVAC will provide greater ease and convenience to the residents of Kushtia and its adjoining areas seeking visa services for visiting India.
  • The new Centre will further strengthen the people-to-people contacts that bind the two countries and which are at the core of India-Bangladesh relations rooted in their shared sacrifices during the Liberation War of 1971.
  • The new IVAC centre will serve as a new platform for promoting tourism, trade and people-to-people exchanges between India and Bangladesh.

About Bangladesh

  • Capital– Dhaka
  • Currency – Taka
  • President – Mohammad Shahabuddin
  • Prime Minister – Sheikh Hasina

2nd G20 Health Working Group Meeting commence in Goa

  • The 2nd Health Working Group meeting under G20 India Presidency begins in
  • More than 180 delegates from 19 G20 member countries, 10 invited states, and 22 International Organizations will be participating in the meeting.
  • The 2nd Health Working Group meeting of G20 will have discussions on the Priorities which include Health Emergencies Prevention, Preparedness and Response, Strengthening Cooperation in Pharmaceutical Sector with a focus on Access and Availability to safe, effective, quality, and Affordable Medical Countermeasures and Digital Health Innovations and Solutions to Aid Universal Health Coverage and Improve Healthcare Service Delivery.
  • The Health Track of the G20 India Presidency will comprise four Health Working Group (HWG) Meetings and one Health Ministerial Meeting (HMM).

G20 in News (Note – All Meetings are Under the Presidency of G20 by India)

  • G20 MACS Meeting of Agri Chief Scientists – Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (17 – 19 April 2023)
  • 2nd Women 20 (W20) international Meeting – Jaipur, Rajasthan (13 – 14 April 2023)
  • 2nd meeting of G20 Development Working Group – Kumarakom, Kerala (7 April 2023)
  • Youth20 (Y20) Consultation Meeting – IIT Kanpur (5 – 6 April 2023)
  • 4th Business 20 (B20) Meeting – Kohima, Nagaland (4 – 6 April 2023)

PM Modi laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation various projects worth 10,900 crore rupees in Guwahati

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation various projects worth more than 10,900 crore rupees at Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati, Assam.
  • The projects included laying the foundation stone of a bridge connecting Palashbari and Sualkuchi on the Brahmaputra River, a project for the beautification of Rang Ghar in Sivasagar, the inauguration of a 500 TPD Menthol Plant in Namrup and dedicating to the nation five railway projects.
  • The PM also witnessed a colorful Bihu programme performed by more than ten thousand Bihu dancers.
  • PM Modi also received the certificate from the Guinness World Records team for the record-making feat of “largest Bihu dance and largest dhol drum ensemble”.
  • The feat was achieved by 11304 folk dancers and 2548 drummers who performed at Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati.

PM Modi in News

  • PM Modi addresses 5th International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
  • PM Modi flagged off Bhopal-New Delhi 11th Vande Bharat Express
  • PM Modi inaugurated CBI’s diamond jubilee celebrations
  • PM Narendra Modi has launched an app called ‘Call Before u Dig’.
  • PM Modi addressed the ‘One World TB Summit’ at Rudrakash Convention Centre, at Varanasi.
  • PM Modi inaugurated new ITU Area Office and Innovation Center in New Delhi

Global Conference on Compressed Biogas held in New Delhi

  • IFGE- CBG Producers Forum organize a two-day Global Conference on Compressed Biogas in New Delhi.
  • The theme of the Conference is – Towards Progressive Policy Framework for a Robust CBG Foundation and Growth.
  • The objective of this Conference is to apprise the industry regarding the initiatives taken by the Central Government for the development of the Compressed Biogas Industry and to identify the areas where policy modifications are required.
  • India is dedicated to achieving a net zero target by 2070 and the Government has taken several initiatives to reduce emissions.

Cll organizes Digital Health Summit 2023 with Ministry of Health

  • Confederate of Indian Industry (CII) co-organizes Digital Health Summit 2023 with the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in Panaji, Goa.
  • The theme of the event was ‘Building One Health Together – Improving Health Equity’.
  • The aim of the summit was to bring together policymakers, industry leaders and global health experts and thought leaders to deliberate on the key issues faced by the digital health sector.
  • It aims to assist in universal health coverage and improve healthcare delivery for One Earth, One Family, One Future.

About Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

  • Founded – 1895
  • Headquarter – New Delhi
  • President – Sanjiv Bajaj
  • CII is a non-profit and non-governmental organization.
  • The objective of CII is to achieve a conducive environment for the development of industry and civil society in India.

Arunachal Pradesh CM inaugurates Shar Nyima Tsho Sum Namyig Lhakhang

  • Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu has inaugurated the Shar Nyima Tsho Sum Namyig Lhakhang (Gonpa) at Gyangkhar village, located in the Tawang district of the state.
  • The Gonpa has great historical importance for the well-being and betterment of humans, particularly for the people of Shar Nyima Tsho Sum and all Buddhists in general.
  • The 11- 12th-century Gonpa was on the verge of collapse but it has been restored with a new structure.

About Arunachal Pradesh

  • Capital – Itanagar
  • Chief Minister – Pema Khandu
  • Governor – LG (Retd) Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik

Banking and Financial

Chennai Metro launched Singara Chennai Card with SBI

  • Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has collaborated with the State Bank of India for the National Common Mobility Card or Singara Chennai Card as part of the multimodal and ticket integration plan.
  • The card, which can be used on metro trains now and on MTC buses and suburban trains later, can also be used in other metros.
  • The card, which can be had for free on production of a government identity proof. It is available at metro stations at Koyambedu, Central, Airport, High Court, Alandur, Thirumangalam and Guindy, besides SBI branches.
  • It can be preloaded with cash from 100 to 2,000, with a 1.8% commission charged by SBI.
  • The option to link the card to an SBI bank account will be available soon.

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
  • 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 MoU in Banking Sector

  • Agri-tech company Fasal ties up with SBI to help farmers get easy access to loans
  • HDFC Bank signs with Export-Import Bank of Korea for $300 million
  • Citi Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have joined hands to provide a co-financing loan to IndusInd Bank Limited, a private commercial bank.
  • Aditya Birla Health Insurance partnered with UCO Bank for health insurance products
  • HDFC Bank signs with Export-Import Bank of Korea for $300 million

Appointment and Resignation

Sekhar Rao appointed as interim MD and CEO of Karnataka Bank

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the appointment of Sekhar Rao as interim managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of Karnataka Bank.
  • He has been appointed for a period of three months or till the appointment of regular MD and CEO whichever is earlier.
  • Rao has replaced Mahabaleshwara M S, whose term ended.
  • Prior to this role, he was serving as an executive director of the bank.

About Karnataka Bank

  • Founded- 18 February 1924
  • Headquarters– Mangalore, Karnataka
  • MD & CEO- Sekhar Rao

Recent Appointment in Banking Sector

  • Chief Investment Officer of LIC – Ratnakar Patnaik
  • Chief Risk Officer of LIC – PC Paikray
  • MD & CEO of AU Small Finance Bank – Sanjay Agarwal
  • MD of Hitachi Payment Services – Sumil Vikamsey
  • Executive director of RBI – Neeraj Nigam
  • MD and CEO of Axis Securities – Pranav Haridasan


Appasaheb Dharmadhikari awarded the “Maharashtra Bhushan” for the year 2022

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has presented the “Maharashtra Bhushan” award for the year 2022 to Appasaheb Dharmadhikari at Raigarh, Maharashtra.
  • Appasaheb Dharmadhikari is a famous social reformer. His father Nanasaheb was Dharmadhikari.
  • In view of his work, Appasaheb was also honored with Padma Shri in 2017.
  • The work of tree plantation was done by the Nanasaheb Dharmadhikari Foundation keeping in view the effect of climate change and temperature.
  • A total of 36,61,611 trees have been planted by the Foundation from 2015 to 2021.

Recent Awards

  • Kerala’s highest civilian honour Kerala Jyothi- M T Vasudevan Nair
  • National Humanities Medals 2022 by US Prez – Indian-American Mindy Kaling
  • India’s Most Valuable Celebrity of 2022 – Ranveer Singh
  • World’s Best Airport 2023 by Skytrax World Airport – Changi Airport Singapore
  • CMJ Spirit of Cricket Award 2022 – Nepalese batsman Aasif Sheikh

Nandini Gupta wins Femina Miss India 2023

  • Nandini Gupta has won Femina Miss India World 2023 crown.
  • The 19-year-old hails from Kota, Rajasthan.
  • Along with Nandini, the country got its new beauty queens of the year including Shreya Poonja from Delhi became the first runner-up, and Manipur’s Thounaojam Strela Luwang as 2nd runner-up.
  • The 59th edition of Femina Miss India was held in Manipur.

Recent Awards

  • France’s highest civilian award Knight of the Legion of Honour – Kiran Nadar
  • ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by University of Texas – Naveen Jindal
  • Wildlife Conservation Award 2023 – J&K’s Aliya Mir
  • Conferred Special literary award – Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Abel Prize for maths – Luis Caffarelli

Raj Subramaniam presented with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

  • The Indian-American CEO of global transportation giant FedEx, Raj Subramaniam has been presented with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman.
  • It is the highest civilian award given by India to persons of Indian origin and Indian diaspora.
  • Subramanian was presented with the award by India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu at a ceremony at the India House.
  • Subramanian is the president and CEO of FedEx Corporation, one of the world’s largest transportation companies.

Recent Awards

  • Kerala’s highest civilian honour Kerala Jyothi- M T Vasudevan Nair
  • National Humanities Medals 2022 by US Prez – Indian-American Mindy Kaling
  • India’s Most Valuable Celebrity of 2022 – Ranveer Singh
  • World’s Best Airport 2023 by Skytrax World Airport – Changi Airport Singapore
  • CMJ Spirit of Cricket Award 2022 – Nepalese batsman Aasif Sheikh

Important day

16 April – Save The Elephant Day

  • Save the Elephant Day is observed every year on 16 April.
  • Objective -To promote awareness of the issues faced by elephants and inspire efforts to protect these majestic animals.
  • Theme 2023 – Protecting Elephant Habitats for a Sustainable Tomorrow
  • The day provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of elephants, the challenges they face and the actions that can be taken to protect their existence.
  • The event was first celebrated on 16 April 2012 and is now celebrated every year.

13 April 2023 – 39th Siachen Day

  • Every year on April 13, the Siachen Warriors celebrate Siachen Day.
  • This year marks the 39th anniversary of Operation Meghdoot, launched by the Indian Army on April 13, 1984, to secure the Siachen Glacier, which was important from a strategic point of view since the glacier shares boundaries with Pakistan and China.
  • The Siachen Warriors also felicitated the veterans, Veer Naris, and Civil Defence employees who made supreme sacrifices on this most challenging battlefield, fighting extreme weather conditions and tough terrain.
  • More than 11,000 troops have made supreme sacrifices in the line of duty during the last 39 years, ever since the beginning of Operation Meghdoot.

17 April – World Hemophilia Day

  • World Hemophilia Day is observed on 17 April every year.
  • Objective – To spread awareness about this rare blood disorder and other inherited bleeding disorders like the Von Willebrand disease.
  • Theme 2023 – Access for All: Prevention of Bleeds as the Global Standard of Care
  • World Hemophilia Day was established in 1989 after the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) chose April 17 to bring the community together in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.

What Is Hemophilia?

  • Hemophilia is a disease in which an affected individual experiences non-stop bleeding even from the smallest cuts. It is an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot properly leading to spontaneous bleeding.
  • Our blood contains several proteins called clotting factors that help to stop bleeding by thickening the blood when needed.

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