Current Affairs Today 24th January 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 24th January 2023 Daily GK Update

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National News

Himachal Pradesh targets to be first ‘green energy state’ by 2025

  • The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced that the state government is planning to make the state as the first Green Energy State by the end of 2025.
  • The state government would also invest in solar plants and will install 500 MW solar projects during the year 2023-24.
  • Out of this, 200 MW would be installed by HPPCL for which land has been identified for 70 MW capacity and the rest of the sites will be finalized soon.
  • He also directed HIMURJA to ensure 5% premium for the state in each solar power project up to 5 MW and 10% share in the solar power projects of more than 5 MW capacity.

About Himachal Pradesh

  • Capital – Shimla (Summer), Dharamshala (Winter)
  • Chief Minister – Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu
  • Deputy Chief Minister – Mukesh Agnihotri
  • Governor – Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar

Indian Embassy organizes Intl seminar on knowledge sharing in Kathmandu

  • The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and the Indian Embassy jointly have organized an International seminar on knowledge sharing on the conservation of natural and cultural heritage in
  • The guest of honour of the event was Nepal’s Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Sudan Kirati.
  • The government of India extended support worth USD 50 million for the reconstruction of two UNESCO heritage sites Pashupatinath Temple and Bhandarkhal of Patan Durbar Square post-2015 earthquake in Nepal.
  • The Ambassador of India to Nepal is Naveen Shrivastav.

About Nepal

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

PM Modi named 21 islands of Andaman and Nicobar after Paramveer Chakra awardees

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi named 21 islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees on the auspicious occasion of Parakram Divas organized to mark the 126th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
  • The memorial will be built on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep in Port Blair. The memorial will consist of Netaji’s Museum, Heritage trail, ropeway connected to Port Blair and a children’s park.
  • Modi has also unveiled the model of the National Memorial dedicated to Netaji to be built on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island.
  • The largest unnamed island was named after the first Param Vir Chakra awardee, Major Somnath Sharma, who was martyred in action on November 3, 1947 while repulsing Pakistani infiltrators near Srinagar Airport.
  • The 21 Param Vir Chakra awardees, after whom the islands have been named are:
  1. Major Somnath Sharma,
  2. Subedar and Honorary Captain (then Lance Naik) Karam Singh
  3. MM 2nd Lt. Rama Raghoba Rane
  4. Naik Jadunath Singh
  5. Havildar Major Piru Singh
  6. Capt GS Salaria
  7. Col. (then Major) Dhan Singh Thapa
  8. Subedar Joginder Singh
  9. Shaitan Singh
  10. Abdul Hameed
  11. Lieutenant Colonel Ardeshir Burjorji Tarapore
  12. Lance Naik Albert Ekka
  13. Major Hoshiar Singh
  14. Second Lieutenant Arun Khetrapal
  15. Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon
  16. Major Ramaswamy Parameswaran
  17. Naib Subedar Bana Singh
  18. Captain Vikram Batra
  19. Lieutenant Manoj Kumar Pandey
  20. Subedar Major (then Rifleman) Sanjay Kumar
  21. Subedar Major Retd Grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav

HCHF and Ladakh Tourism Dept organized annual Ethnic Mamani Festival

  • The annual Ethnic Mamani Festival was organized at Historical Styangkung Village and Chiktan Shagaran by the Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation (HCHF) and Ladakh Tourism Department.
  • The Steyangkung village is around 500 years old and still well-preserved and is being developed as one of the well-maintained heritage villages in Ladakh.
  • This village is being developed as one of the well-maintained heritage villages in Ladakh.
  • During Mamani Festival, people would exchange food with their relatives and neighbours and worship a variety of spirits.
  • These festivals have helped in the revival of more than 35 cuisines of Kargil Ladakh.

Famous festivals of Ladakh

  • Spituk Gustor
  • Ladakh Festival
  • Diskit Gustor Festival
  • Chemrey Wangchok Festival
  • Galdan Namchot Festival
  • Losar Festival

‘Moidams’ nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Charaideo Moidams is India’s nomination for UNESCO’s world heritage site status in the cultural category.
  • The Ahom-era ‘Moidams’ (cemetery of the royal family) in Assam’s Charaideo district will be India’s only nomination for recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The ‘Moidams’ of the Ahom dynasty at Charaideo was first included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in April 2014.
  • Moidams represents the late medieval (13th-19th century CE) mound burial tradition of the Tai Ahoms in Assam, which lasted almost 600 years.
  • India currently has 40 World Heritage Sites – 32 of them cultural sites, seven natural sites and one mixed site.

About Assam

  • Capital – Dispur
  • Chief Minister –Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Governor – Prof Jagdish Mukhi

About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

  • Formation – 16 November 1945
  • Headquarters – Paris, France
  • Director General – Audrey Azoulay (France)
  • Member countries – 193

Appointment and Resignation

Vikram Dev Dutt appointed as director general of DGCA

  • The Centre has approved the appointment of IAS officer Vikram Dev Dutt as the next chief of the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • Dutt, a 1993 batch IAS officer, is currently serving as the CMD of Air India Assets Holding Ltd (AIAHL).
  • He will take over as the head of the aviation regulator on February 28, upon the superannuation of incumbent DGCA chief Arun Kumar.

Recent Appointment

  • Director of National Health Authority – Praveen Sharma
  • Nick Walker appointed as CEO of Vedanta’s Cairn Oil & Gas
  • Chief Economist of OECD – Clare Lombardelli (UK)
  • 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

Justice AK Sikri appointed  Administrator of Shooting World Cup 2023

  • Former Supreme Court Judge, A. K. Sikri has been appointed by the Delhi High Court as Administrator to manage the use of funds for the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup 2023.
  • The world cup will take place in March 2023 in Bhopal.
  • According to the court, the administrator can enlist the services of any athlete of his choosing who has competed at the national or international level in the shooting.

Recent Appointment

  • 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
  • Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) – Dr. Vinay Prakash Sing
  • Bihar’s state icon by Election Commission – Maithili Thakur

Awards

Dr. Prabha Atre awarded Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Hindustani vocalist & Padma Vibhushan awardee, Prabha Atre has been awarded the Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The award was conferred by Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde to her, at a function at Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan in Mumbai.
  • She was also presented with a citation and Rs 1 lakh.
  • She is an Indian classical vocalist from the Kirana Gharana.
  • She has been awarded Padma Shri (1990), Padma Bhushan (2002), and Padma Vibhushan (2022) by the Government of India.

Recent Awards

  • Golden Kailasha award at 8th Ajanta-Ellora FF – Naanera (Rajasthani film)
  • Federal Bank Literary Award 2023 – Writer K Venu for Oranweshananthinte Katha’.
  • 71st annual Miss Universe pageant – R’Bonney Gabriel (USA)
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award – Thiru Kumar Nadesan
  • Patangrao Kadam award – Adar Poonawalla

Defence

Indian Navy conducts ‘Exercise AMPHEX’ 2023 In Andhra Pradesh

  • The Indian Navy has organized a six-day-long mega biennial tri-services amphibious ‘exercise AMPHEX 2023‘ near Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The military exercise has organized between the Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), and the Indian Navy.
  • The joint operations conducted during the exercise saw the participation of a large number of troops from the Indian Army, amphibious warships from the Indian Navy, and aircraft from the IAF.
  • The aim of this war exercise was to showcase India’s capabilities to protect the territorial integrity of its areas including better coordination between the three services and enhance joint warfighting capabilities.

List of military domestic exercises

  • Gandiv Vijay
  • Paschim Lehar
  • Vayu Shakti
  • Vijay Prahar
  • Shatrujeet
  • Megh Prahar
  • ‘Chang Thang’
  • “Him Vijay”

BSF conducts ‘Ops Alert’ exercise

  • The Border Security Force (BSF) has started an “Ops Alert” exercise with an aim to enhance security along the India-Pakistan border in the Kutch district of Gujarat and Barmer in Rajasthan.
  • The ‘Ops Alert’ exercise commenced on January 21 and will continue till January 28 “all along the Indo-Pak international border from Sir Creek (marshy area) to the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat and Barmer district of Rajasthan.
  • It is being carried out to “thwart any ill-designs of anti-national elements” during the Republic Day celebrations.

Fifth Kalvari class submarine INS Vagir inducted into Indian Navy

  • The fifth Kalvari class submarine INS Vagir has been inducted into Indian Navy.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar was the Chief Guest at a ceremony held at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
  • The submarine has been built by the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France.
  • Four of the Kalvari class of submarines have already been commissioned into the Indian Navy.
  • Vagir is expected to boost the Indian Navy’s capability to further India’s maritime interests. It is capable of undertaking diverse missions including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, mine laying, and surveillance missions.
  • Launched and named ‘Vagir’ on 12th November 2020 Kalvari has the distinction of having the lowest build time among all indigenously manufactured submarines till date.

Sports

An Seyoung won women’s singles final at India Open Badminton

  • In the India Open Badminton Championship, Korea’s An Seyoung won the Women’s Singles final at K D Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
  • In the finals, An Seyoung beat World No.1 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi 15-21, 21-16, 21-12.
  • While Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn won Men’s Singles final defeating Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen.
  • Men’s doubles – Liang Weikeng and Wang Chang (China)
  • Women’s doubles – Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (Japan)

Book and Author 

A book titled ‘Coaching Beyond’ by R. Kaushik & R Sridhar released

  • A book titled ‘COACHING BEYOND: My Days with the Indian Cricket Team’ has been authored by Kaushik & R. Sridhar.
  • The book reflects on R. Sridhar’s seven-year from 2014 to 2021 coaching tenure with the Indian cricket team as its fielding coach.
  • Sridhar, a left-arm spinner who played for Hyderabad in the late 1990s, discovered his love for coaching when still an active player.
  • Kaushik is also the co-author of V.V.S Laxman’s autobiography, 281 and Beyond, as well as, Gundappa Vishwanath’s autobiography, Wrist Assured.

Recent Book

  • Irrfan Khan: A Life in Movies – Shubhra Gupta
  • 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
  • Spare – J. R. Moehringer; released by Prince Harry (his Memoir)
  • A book titled ‘Ambedkar: A Life – Shashi Tharoor

Important day

24 January – National Girl Child Day

  • National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India every year on January 24.
  • It was initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the government of India.
  • Objective – To raise awareness against pre-natal sex determination and gender-selective abortion,
  • The first National Girl Child was celebrated on January 24, 2008.

Obituary

Padma Shri awardee Prabhaben Sobhagchand Shah passed away

  • Padma Shri awardee Prabhaben Sobhagchand Shah passed away recently at the age of 92.
  • She was a social worker from the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman, and Diu.
  • Prabhaben Sobhagchand Shah was also known as “Daman ki Divya”.
  • In 1969, Prabhaben started sewing classes for women in Daman.
  • She also started the Women Cooperative Society, and Women Credit Society.
  • In 2022, she was awarded the Padma Shri.

Important Obituary

  • Ronald E Ashe – A British linguist and educator specializing in Dravidian languages
  • Sharad Yadav – Politician
  • Tehemton Erach Udwadia – Father of Laparoscopic Surgery in India
  • Rehman Rahi – Renowned poet and Kashmir’s first Jnanpith awardee

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