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Daily Current Affairs 1st August 2023 Daily GK Update
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India’s per capita income to jump 70% by 2030: Standard Chartered Bank
- According to a research report by Standard Chartered Bank, the per capita income of India is likely to grow around 70% by 2030 and is expected to reach $4,000 from current levels of $2,450.
- The boost in income will help the country to become a middle-income economy with a GDP of $6 trillion and half of it will be coming from household consumption.
- Since 2001, the per capita GDP grew from $460 to $1,413 in 2011 to $2,150 in 2021.
- The primary factor propelling significant economic growth will be external trade, which is anticipated to nearly double to $2.1 trillion by 2030.
- This substantial increase would be a remarkable jump from the $1.2 trillion recorded in fiscal 2023 when the GDP stood at $3.5 trillion.
- The report assumes an annual nominal GDP growth of 10% going forward.
- Telangana currently takes the top spot in the per capita income rankings with ₹2,75,443 (equivalent to $3,360).
- Following closely are Karnataka with ₹2,65,623, Tamil Nadu with ₹2,41,131, Kerala with ₹2,30,601, and Andhra Pradesh with ₹2,07,771.
Om Birla inaugurates the 20th annual conference
- Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla has inaugurated the 20th annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, India Region.
- The conference will focus on discussing natural disasters and management strategies, particularly concerning the northeast region.
- He also highlighted the importance of regional cooperation and connectivity through the Act East policy, as it can lead to enhanced regional integration at economic, and social levels in the North East.
India’s tiger population estimated to 3,925 with annual growth rate of 6.1%
- India’s tiger population is estimated to be 3,925 with an annual growth rate of 6.1%per annum.
- This was revealed in a report released by Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ashwini Kumar on the occasion of Global Tiger Day.
- Last year during the celebration of 50 years of the Project Tiger at Mysuru, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared the minimum tiger population of 3 thousand 167, which is the population estimated from the camera-trapped area.
- Now the further analysis of data done by the Wildlife Institute of India, from both camera-trapped and non-camera-trapped tiger presence areas, suggested that the upper limit of the tiger population is estimated to be 3,925 and the average number is 3,682 tigers, reflecting a commendable annual growth rate of 6.1 percent per annum.
- India currently harbors almost 75 percent of the world’s wild tiger population.
- The largest population of tigers is found to be in Madhya Pradesh followed by Karnataka, Uttarakhand.
Banking and Financial
India and ADB signed $200 mn loan deal to enhance urban services
- Govt of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a $200 million loan as additional financing in Rajasthan.
- The project will incorporate various innovative and climate-resilient solutions for expanding basic urban services and incorporate nature-based solutions to rehabilitate heritage structures besides piloting public-private partnerships in the state’s water and sanitation sector to deepen private sector engagement.
- A total of 1,451 km of water supply pipes, and 1,110 km of sewer pipes have been laid as part of the ongoing project, which was approved in September 2020, while 68,098 households have been connected to water services in selected secondary towns in the state.
- The additional financing will help improve water supply systems in at least seven towns by converting groundwater sources to surface water, replacing about 700 km of leaking water pipes, installing 1,400 km of new water supply pipelines, and providing 77,000 households with water meter connections.
- The amount will also help establish three new water treatment plants.
- A new feature in ADB’s support is the water facility development for urban resilience improvement and heritage-sensitive urban development in eight heritage.
About Asian Development Bank (ADB)
- Founded – 19 December 1966
- Headquarters – Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
- President – Masatsugu Asakawa
- Vice President – Ashok Lavasa
- Director of ADB for India – Takeo Konishi
- Executive Director – Sameer Kumar Khare
- Member Counrtries – 68 (Nuie)
Appointment and Resignation
Nisha Biswal becomes Deputy CEO of US finance agency
- The United States Senate confirmed Indian-American policy expert and businesswoman Nisha Desai Biswal as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).
- Biswal has over 30 years of experience in US foreign policy and international development programs within the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector.
- In her position as SVP at the Chamber of Commerce, she oversees the US India Business Council and US Bangladesh Business Council.
- She earlier served as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs at the US Department of State from 2013 to 2017, overseeing the US-India strategic partnership and the launch of an annual US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.
- Biswal serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and is on both the Board of the National Democratic Institute and the US Institute of Peace International Advisory Council.
- President’s Export Council by US Prez. – Shamina Singh (Indian-American businessman)
- Deputy head of UNDP – Xu Haoliang
- First Indian council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) – Vishesh C. Chandiok
- First Muslim woman federal judge in US history – Nusrat Chowdhary
- Harvard’s vice president for finance and CFO – Ritu Kalra (Indian-American origin)
Shivendra Nath appoints as CMD of EPIL
- Shivendra Nath has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Engineering Projects India Ltd (EPIL).
- EPIL is a public sector undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
- Currently, he holds the position of Senior General Manager at Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which is also a PSU under the Department of Telecommunications.
- CEO of Dentsu X India – Jose Leon
- President & CDIO of Tata Motors – Rajesh Kannan
- First female IPS officer of Arunachal Pradesh – Tenzing Yangki
- CEO and MD of Tata Steel – T V Narendran (reappointment)
- Chairman and MD of Bharat Dynamics – A Madhavarao
James Ferguson ‘Jim’ Skea elected new IPCC chairman in Nairobi
- James Ferguson ‘Jim’ Skea of the United Kingdom was elected as the new chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Skea beat his nearest rival, Thelma Krug of Brazil, in a run-off. He won 90 votes while Krug won 69.
- The election took place at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, where the IPCC is holding its 59th Session.
- With nearly 40 years of experience and expertise in climate science, James Ferguson ‘Jim’ Skea will lead the IPCC through its seventh assessment cycle.
Kannabiran appointed as new director of NAAC
- Prof Ganesan Kannabiran has been appointed as the new director of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
- He comes with a experience of over 30 years in the education sector, during which he served as a senior professor of Information Systems at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli.
- He has held various leadership positions, including the Dean of Research and Consultancy, and Director-in-Charge at NIT Trichy and NIT Puducherry.
- Founding director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Andhra Pradesh, from 2018 to 2023. During this time, he made significant contributions towards the implementation of the National Education Policy at the institute, and promoted the adoption of neighbouring villages.
- Indian women’s volleyball team new coach – Ravindra Banshtu
- 1st woman to be top Navy officer in US history – Lisa Franchetti
- Chief of International Myeloma Foundation – S Vincent Rajkumar (replace Brian G.M. Durie)
- CEO of Jaguar Land Rover – Adrian Mardell
- CEO of Noida Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) – Lokesh M (replace Ritu Maheshwari)
Ratan Tata to get Maharashtra govt’s first ‘Udyog Ratna’ award
- The Maharashtra government has decided to confer the first ‘Udyog Ratna’ award (Maharashtra Bhushan award) on veteran industrialist and chairman of Tata Sons, Ratan Tata.
- The award is the state’s highest honor given to eminent individuals, has led the Maharashtra government to introduce Udyog Ratna Award from this year onward.
- The first recipient of this award will be the renowned industrialist, Ratan Tata.
- The award is a recognition of his outstanding achievements in the industrial sector.
- The ‘Udyog Ratna’ award is a state-level award given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industrial sector of Maharashtra.
- Miles Franklin Literary Award – Australian-Tamil lawyer Shankari Chandran (for Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens)
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Journalist Prem Prakash (Founder of ANI news agency)
- Miles Franklin Literary Award 2023 – Shankari Chandran (for Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens)
- International Eni Award 2023 – Thalappil Pradeep (Professor of IIT Madras)
- Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award in US – Indian-American Dr. Ami Bera
Shooter Aishwarya clinches Gold medal at FISU World University Games 2023
- Shooter Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar clinched a gold medal for India on the 2nd day of the FISU World University Games 2023 in Chengdu, China.
- Olympian Tomar, competing in men’s 50 meter rifle three positions, secured the top podium by scoring a total of 461.7 points in the final.
- Earlier, the Indian men’s 25-meter pistol rapid-fire team of Vijayveer Sidhu, Udhayveer Sidhu and Adarsh Singh claimed silver.
- The Indian trio of Tomar, Sartaj Singh Tiwana and Surya Pratap Singh joined forces to secure Bronze in the men’s 50 meter rifle 3 position team event.
- The mixed compound archery team of Aman Saini and Pragati also clinched a Gold medal. Now, Indian archers have a Gold, a Silver and two Bronze medal.
India won 14 medals in Sri Lanka Athletics National Championships
- Indian contingent finished their Sri Lanka Athletics National Championships with 14 medals including 9 gold, 4 silvers and 1 bronze.
- Indian athletes clinched six medals on the final day of the event at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.
- The Indian 4×400 meter mixed relay team of Amoj Jacob, Aishwarya Mishra, Muhammed Anas and Himanshi Malik won the first gold medal of the day.
- The event also featured a second Indian relay team comprising Nihal Joel William, Subha Venkatesan, Mijo Chacko Kurian and Vithya Ramraj, who bagged the silver medal.
- Amoj Jacob, an Asian Athletics Championships gold medallist, then teamed up with Muhammed Anas, Rajesh Ramesh and Muhammed Ajmal to secure the gold medal in the 4×400 meter men’s relay event.
- India’s gold medalist javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena received the coveted Best Male Thrower troph
Book and Author
Amit Shah releases ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: Memories Never Die’ book
- Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has launched the book titled ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam: Memories Never Die’ in Rameshwaram.
- This book is an English translation of the Tamil book ‘Ninaivugalukku Maranamillai’. Written by two people closest to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, his niece Dr. Nazema Maraikayar and the distinguished ISRO scientist Dr. Y.S. Rajan, who was a close confidante of Kalam.
- This is the story of how a small-town boy from Rameswaram ascended to the highest echelons of the Indian political world.
- The book is about the history of Indian rocketry, science, technology and innovation, beautiful representation of Indian politics and administrative system and description of many incidents related to wishes and imagination of Dr. Kalam.
- Raag Prakash – Om Prakash Kaul (released by Himachal CM)
- As the wheel turns –Ranjit Pratap (released by M Venkaiah Naidu)
- A Fool’s Journey – Sarika Bhardwaj
- Prism: The Ancestral Abode of Rainbow – Vinod Mankara
- The Yoga Sutra for Children – Roopa Pai
1 August – World Wide Web Day
- World Wide Web Day is an annual observance that celebrates the birth of the World Wide Web and its impact on the world.
- The World Wide Web, commonly referred to as the Web, was developed by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee while he was working at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) in 1989.
- He proposed the idea of a global hypertext system that would allow information to be shared and accessed over the Internet.
- In March 1989, Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for a “distributed information system” to facilitate sharing and updating information among researchers at CERN.
- The first web server, “httpd,” and the first web browser, “WorldWideWeb” (later renamed Nexus), were created by Berners-Lee and his colleague Robert Cailliau in 1990.
- On August 6, 1991, the world’s first website went live. It was a simple page that explained the World Wide Web project and provided information about how to access and use it.
- This website was hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer, which also served as the world’s first web server.
1 August – Yorkshire Day
- Yorkshire Day is an annual celebration that takes place on August 1st to honour the historic county of Yorkshire in England.
- It’s a day for Yorkshire residents and people with connections to the county to come together, showcase their pride in their Yorkshire heritage, and celebrate the region’s rich history, culture, and traditions.
- The concept of Yorkshire Day was first proposed in 1974 by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, a group dedicated to preserving and promoting the three historic ridings of Yorkshire – North, East, and West.
- On this day in 1759, the Battle of Minden took place during the Seven Years’ War. Soldiers from Yorkshire, known as the “White Rose County,” played a crucial role in the battle, distinguishing themselves with valor and bravery.
- Thus, August 1st became the date to commemorate not only Yorkshire’s historical contributions but also to foster unity among Yorkshire’s communities
1 August – National Mountain Climbing Day
- National Mountain Climbing Day is observed every year on 1 August in the United States.
- The day was established to honour Bobby Matthews and his friend Josh Madigan.
- On 1 August 2015, Mathews and Madigan had achieved the feat of successfully scaling all 46 peaks of the Adirondack Mountains in the state of New York.
- They scaled the final of the 46 peaks — the White Face Mountain — on August 1. Later, in May 2016, they were formally inducted into the Adirondack 46er Club.
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