Current Affairs Today 17th January 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 17th January 2023 Daily GK Update

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National News

Entire country to be covered by doppler weather radar network by 2025

  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh has informed that by 2025, the entire country will be covered by the Doppler weather radar network.
  • The purpose is to predict extreme weather events more accurately.
  • The number of Doppler radars in the country has increased from 15 in 2013 to 37 in 2023.
  • India will set up 25 more radars in the next 2 to 3 years, taking the number to 62.
  • Doppler weather radar, commonly known as Weather Surveillance Radar (WSR), is a type of radar used to find precipitation, determine its motion, and also the type of precipitation (rain, snow, hail, etc.).
  • The intensification and frequency of extreme weather events is one of the most evident repercussions of global warming and the usual occurrence of cold waves or heatwaves, heavy precipitation, and droughts are resulting to take a number of human lives as well.

Indian Railway to run Bharat Gaurav train between Ayodhya and Janakpur

  • Indian Railways is going to run its Bharat Gaurav Deluxe AC Tourist Train on a very special tour “Shri Ram-Janaki Yatra: Ayodhya to Janakpur” covering two most significant pilgrimage sites Ayodhya and Janakpur from the neighboring countries India and Nepal.
  • The tourist train will start from Delhi on 17th Feb 2023 and this initiative will strengthen the bilateral relations and also promote the cultural relations between the two countries.
  • The tourist train will include the visit of Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Kashi and Prayagraj as added attractions in the tour.
  • There will be two-night stay in the hotels, one each at Janakpur and Varanasi respectively, while the visit of Ayodhya, Sitamarhi, and Prayagraj will be covered in the day halt at the destination.
  • The Bharat Gaurav train was run with the theme ‘Dekho Apna Desh’.

About Nepal

  • Capital- Kathmandu
  • Currency- Nepalese rupee
  • President– Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  • Prime minister– Pushpa Kamal Dahal

Jitendra Singh launched “Geospatial Hackathon”

  • Union Minister of State Science & Technology Jitendra Singh has launched a “Geospatial Hackathon” to promote Innovation and Start-Ups in India’s Geospatial ecosystem.
  • Objective – To promote partnerships not only among the public and private geospatial sectors but also to strengthen our country’s geospatial Start-Up ecosystem.
  • The “Geospatial Hackathon” will end on March 10, 2023 and will have two sets of challenges – Research Challenge and Startup Challenge.

Recent Inauguration by Jitendra Singh

  • Jitendra Singh inaugurated Incubation Centre at NRDC
  • Jitendra Singh launched revamped probity portal ‘e-HRM 2.0
  • Jitendra Singh announced ‘One Week One Lab’ campaign
  • Jitendra Singh launched portal for PM’s Excellence Awards
  • Jitendra Singh inaugurated a conference on women’s leadership
  • Jitendra Singh inaugurated ‘Prashasan Gaon ki Ore’ campaign

India announced the donation of pentavalent vaccines to Cuba

  • India has announced, the donation of 12,500 doses of pentavalent vaccines to Cuba.
  • The pentavalent vaccine provides protection to a child from five life-threatening diseases Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib.
  • It was announced during the Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi’s official visit to Cuba.
  • Both the leaders discussed various issues including, the development of indigenous vaccines against Covid and woman empowerment

About Cuba

  • Capital- Havana
  • Currency- Cuban Peso
  • President– Miguel Diaz-Canel
  • Prime Minister– Manuel Marrero Cruz
  • Official language– Spanish

Rajasthan becomes first state to implement blindness control policy

  • Rajasthan has become the first state to implement a policy to control blindness, with the objective of ensuring the “right to sight”.
  • The policy has been introduced with the aim to bring light in the lives of more than three lakh people suffering from visual impairment in the state.
  • The prevalence rate of blindness in the country was 1.1 percent in 2020 and work would be done to bring it down to 0.3 percent through the blindness control policy.
  • Under the policy, the Rajasthan government will mandatorily run Keratoplasty Centres and Eye Banks at all government medical colleges.
  • Also, cornea collected by private organizations and NGOs getting financial help from the government will have to be provided to the government institutions on priority.

About Rajasthan

  • Capital – Jaipur
  • Chief Minister – Ashok Gehlot
  • Governor – Kalraj Mishra

India’s richest 1% own more than 40% of total wealth: Oxfam

  • The richest one percent in India now own more than 40 percent of the country’s total wealth, while the bottom half of the population together share just 3 percent of wealth, according to Oxfam report
  • A one-off tax on unrealized gains from 2017–2021 on just one billionaire, Gautam Adani, could have raised Rs 1.79 lakh crore, enough to employ more than five million Indian primary school teachers for a year.
  • The report titled ‘Survival of the Richest’ further said that if India’s billionaires are taxed once at 2 percent on their entire wealth, it would support the requirement of Rs 40,423 crore for the nutrition of malnourished in the country for the next three years.
  • A one-time tax of 5 percent on the 10 richest billionaires in the country (Rs 1.37 lakh crore) is more than 1.5 times the funds estimated by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry (Rs 86,200 crore) and the Ministry of Ayush (Rs 3,050 crore) for the year 2022-23.
  • On gender inequality, the report said that female workers earned only 63 paise for every 1 rupee a male worker earned.

International News

World Economic Forum 2023 Summit begins in Davos

  • The 53rd edition of the annual World Economic Forum Summit has begun in Davos, Switzerland from 16 to 20 January 2023.
  • The five-day-long conclave featuring business leaders, political figureheads, investors and academics is being held physically for the first time in three years.
  • More than 2,700 delegates are expected to convene at Davos during the mega summit.
  • The theme of this year’s meet is ‘Cooperation in a fragmented world’. Besides this raging issues like the Russia-Ukraine war, global recession, climate change, and spike in the cost of living are among the key issues to be discussed.
  • A delegation of Indian Ministers Union ministers including Ashwini Vaishnaw, Mansukh Mandaviya, Smriti Irani, and RK Singh would be present during the event.

About Switzerland

  • Capital – Bern
  • Currency -Swiss franc
  • Prime Minister- Ueli Maurer
  • President – Ignazio Cassis
  • Official languages – French, German, Italian, Romansh

About World Economic Forum (WEF)

  • Founded – 24 January 1971
  • Founder- Klaus Schwab
  • Headquarters- Cologny, Switzerland
  • President– Borge Brende

Banking and Financial

WPI inflation eased to 4.95 percent in December 2022

  • The wholesale price-based inflation declined to 95 percent in December 2022, mainly due to fall in prices of food articles and crude petroleum.
  • The Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was 85 percent in November 2022 and 14.27 percent in December 2021.
  • Inflation in food articles was (-)1.25 percent, while in fuel and power, it was 18.09 percent during December 2022. Inflation in manufactured products was 3.37 percent during the month.
  • The decline in the rate of inflation in December 2022 is primarily contributed by fall in prices of food articles, mineral oils, crude petroleum & natural gas, food products, textiles and chemicals & chemical products.

Recent WPI-based Wholesale inflation in India

  • January-96%
  • February-11%
  • March-55%
  • April-08%
  • May- 88%
  • June – 15.18%
  • July – 13.93%
  • August – 12.41%
  • September – 07%
  • October – 8.39%
  • November – 85%
  • December –95%

Appointment and Resignation

UK Treasury Adviser Clare appointed as OECD Chief Economist

  • UK’s Clare Lombardelli has been appointed as the new Chief Economist of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • She will replace France’s Laurence Boone, who has held the post since 2018.
  • She is currently UK Treasury’s chief economic adviser.
  • Lombardelli has 20 years of experience in economic analysis. She will lead the OECD’s economic work, replacing France’s Laurence Boone, who has held the post since 2018.

About Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  • Founded – 1960
  • Headquarters – Paris (France)
  • Member Countries – 38
  • Objective- To encourage economic progress and world trade
  • India is not a member of OECD.

Recent Appointment

  • CEO of Cognizant – Ravi Kumar
  • Director of Meta’s Global Business Group in India – Vikas Purohit
  • 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


Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel crowned the new Miss Universe

  • R’Bonney Gabriel has been named the winner of the 71st annual Miss Universe pageant.
  • In second place was Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel, followed by Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez.
  • She is also the first Filipina American to win Miss USA.
  • This year’s Miss Universe pageant allowed married women and mothers to compete for the first time in its 70-year history.

Writer K Venu received Federal Bank Literary Award 2023

  • Noted writer K Venu has bagged the first-ever Federal Bank Literary Award 2022 for his autobiography ‘Oranweshananthinte Katha’.
  • The award was presented by the chairman and independent director of the Federal Bank, Balagopal Chandrasekhar.
  • It was presented at an event held as part of the ongoing sixth edition Kerala Literature Festival, Kozhikode beach.
  • The prize money was handed over by Nandakumar V (executive vice-president of the bank).

Recent Awards

  • Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award – Thiru Kumar Nadesan
  • 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 (Maharashtra)


Virat Kohli becomes 5th highest run scorer in ODI cricket

  • Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has become the fifth-highest run-scorer in the history of ODI cricket after overtaking Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene (12,650 runs in 448 matches) to enter the top five.
  • He scored this during India’s third and final ODI of the series against Sri Lanka in Kerala.
  • Virat had 12,652 runs in 268 ODIs at an average of 57.78, with 45 tons and 65 half-centuries.
  • As per records, the highest run-scorer in ODI history is Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who has scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. He has 49 centuries and 96 fifties in this format, with the best of 200*.
  • Followed by Sachin, Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara (14,234 runs in 404 matches), Australian great Ricky Ponting (13,704), Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430 in 445 matches), and Virat.

Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni won Bangkok Open tennis title 2023

  • The Indian tennis pair of Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni has won the Bangkok Open Men’s double tennis championship, held at Nonthaburi, Thailand.
  • Bhambri-Saket, playing their seventh final as a pair, beat Indonesian Christopher Rungkat and Australian Akira Santillan 2-6, 7-6, 14-12.
  • This is their sixth title together on the ATP Challenger Tour.
  • They will compete in the Australian Open 2023, the season’s first Grand Slam-where they have been given a wild card entry.

Important day

16 January – National Startup Day

  • National Startup Day is celebrated every year on 16 January.
  • Objective – To promote and encourage upcoming businesses in the country.
  • On January 15, 2022, PM Modi first announced the adoption of the day.
  • To celebrate this day, the Ministry of Commerce has organized Startup India Innovation Week from 10 to 16 January 2023.
  • On this day, several events are being organized in more than 75 places.

15 January 2023 – 148th Foundation Day of India Meteorological Department (IMD)

  • The 148th Foundation Day of India Meteorological Department (IMD) has celebrated on 15 Jan 2023 in New Delhi.
  • IMD is the chief government agency dealing in meteorology, seismology, and associated subjects.
  • IMD has the legacy of maintaining weather and climate records and is monitoring & predicting the weather since its inception 148 years ago on 15 January 1875.
  • During 148 years of its existence, the department has served the cause of safety and well-being of Indian population against weather related hazards and helped in the economic development of the country.
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • IMD works under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.


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