Current Affairs Today 3rd February January 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 3rd February 2023 Daily GK Update

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National News

MeitY Secretary inaugurated G20 Cyber Security Exercise and Drill

  • The Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Alkesh Kumar Sharma has inaugurated the G20 Cyber Security Exercise and Drill for more than 400 domestic and international participants under India’s G20 presidency.
  • The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) conducted the Cyber Security Exercise and drill in hybrid mode (Physical and Virtual).
  • The first Table Top Exercise catered to Board & Top Management on the theme “Synergy to counter Global Cyber Crisis” focused on Crisis Management & Crisis Communication.
  • The second Table Top Exercise, an Operational Drill was designed for CISO and Mid-management on the theme “Building Collective Cyber Resilience”.

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

  • First G20 Education Working Group meeting – IIT Madras (1 -2 February 2023)
  • India’s first Model G-20 Summit inaugurated by- India’s G-20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant
  • First Employment Working Group Meeting – Jodhpur (2 – 4 February 2023)
  • First International Financial Architecture Working Group Meeting – Chandigarh (30 – 31 January 2023)
  • Startup 20 Engagement Group Meeting – Hyderabad (28-29 January 2023)

G Kishan Reddy launched Visit India Year 2023 initiative

  • Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy has launched the Visit India Year-2023 initiative in New Delhi.
  • The Tourism Minister also unveiled the logo of the campaign which is inspired by the image of ‘Namaste’.
  • The campaign aims to encourage travel in the country that currently holds the G-20 presidency.
  • It is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism.
  • More than one lakh foreign delegates will visit India this year and they will be showcased the entire gamut of India’s culture, including monuments and festivals.

PM participated in Krishnaguru EknaamAkhanda Kirtan for World Peace

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has participated in the Krishnaguru Eknaam Akhanda Kirtan for World Peace at Barpeta in Assam via video conferencing.
  • Prime Minister also addressed the devotees of Krishnaguru Sevashram.
  • Paramguru Krishnaguru Ishwar established the Krishnaguru Sevashram in 1974, at Nasatra village in Barpeta, Assam.
  • He is the ninth descendant of Mahavaishnab Manohardeva, who was a follower of the great Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva.
  • Krishnaguru Eknaam Akhanda Kirtan for World Peace is a month-long kirtan being held from 6th January at Krishnaguru Sevashram.

About Assam

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

Reliance announced partnership with Sri Lanka’s Maliban Biscuits

  • Reliance Consumer Products Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Retail Ventures Limited announced a strategic partnership with Sri Lanka-based Maliban Biscuit Limited.
  • It was signed to bring Indian consumers a bouquet of domestic and globally recognized consumer brands and product choices that offer superior value propositions with exceptional quality.
  • Maliban, a heritage brand and a household name in Sri Lanka, is a pioneering biscuit manufacturer well-known for the last 70 years for its range of quality products.
  • The company has expanded its products to reach global markets and now exports to over 35 countries across 5 continents.
  • With this partnership, Reliance and Maliban will develop unique value propositions that RPCL will utilize to strengthen their portfolio in the biscuit segment.

About Sri Lanka

  • Legislative capital – Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Executive and Judicial capital – Colombo
  • Currency – Sri Lankan rupee
  • President – Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • Prime Minister – Dinesh Gunawardena

Nagaland government partnered with Patanjali Foods for palm oil cultivation

  • The Nagaland government has signed an MoU with Patanjali Foods Limited for development and area expansion under palm oil cultivation and processing.
  • The MoU was signed for Zone-II (Mokokchung, Longleng and Mon districts) of Nagaland, under the National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP).
  • It will bring a big boost for the oil palm growers in the state of Nagaland and the region.
  • Patanjali Foods Ltd is already working in the states of Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura in the North East.

About Nagaland

  • Capital- Kohima
  • Chief Minister- Neiphiu Rio
  • Governor- Jagdish Mukhi (additional charge)

Recent MoUs signed by State Government

  • NTPC REL signs MoU with Tripura for collaboration in Renewable Energy
  • REC signed MoU with UP govt for multiple projects worth Rs 98,853 crore
  • Meghalaya signed MoU with Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for MSME borrowers
  • Haryana government signed an MoU with Dubai for economic cooperation
  • Haryana government has launched Nirogi Haryana project
  • Finland partnered with Kerala government to replicate Little KITEs model

Adani Group acquired Haifa port for $1.2 billion

  • The Adani Group has acquired the strategic Israeli port of Haifa for USD 1.2 billion.
  • The deal was signed by Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani in presence of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • The Haifa Port is the second largest port in Israel in terms of shipping containers and the biggest in shipping tourist cruise ships.
  • The Adani group will also develop real estate at the port to transform the Haifa skyline.
  • In July last year, the group announced the acquisition of Haifa Port with a local partner, Gadot, for $1.15 billion.
  • India-Israel friendship dates back to September 23, 1918, when soldiers from the Indian cities of Mysore, Hyderabad and Jodhpur battled here for the freedom of Haifa.

About Israel

  • Capital – Jerusalem
  • Currency – Sheqel
  • President – Isaac Herzog
  • Prime Minister – Benjamin Netanyahu

US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies launched

  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his US counterpart Jake Sullivan launched the US-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) and Innovation Bridge.
  • The iCET was announced by US President Joe Biden and PM Narendra Modi in May 2022.
  • Objective – To elevate and expand strategic technology partnerships and defense industrial cooperation between governments and businesses
  • Both countries affirm that the ways in which technology is designed, developed, governed, and used should be shaped by our shared democratic values and respect for universal human rights.

Banking and Financial

NIA launched ‘Pay As You Drive’ vehicle insurance policy

  • The New India Assurance has launched a “Pay As You Drive” (PAYD) policy for vehicles.
  • It is a comprehensive motor insurance policy that charges premiums based on the usage of the vehicle.
  • The policy has two components – third-party cover and own-damage cover.
  • This policy offered features like discounts on renewals, coverage beyond the distance limit, and enhanced protections.
  • The discount will be applied to the basic own damage premium.
  • Chairman of NIA – Neerja Kapur

Recent Facilities Launched in Banks & Insurance Sector

  • AU Small Finance Bank has launched the SwipeUp platform.
  • LIC India launched Jeevan Azad (Plan No. 868) limited premium payment plan
  • SBI launched e-Bank Guarantee facility in association with NeSL
  • Bajaj Allianz launched Respect Senior Care Rider
  • ICICI Bank launched digital solutions for exporters
  • Indian Bank launched its flagship programme ‘MSME Prerana ‘in Rajasthan

Appointment and Resignation

Manuela Roka Botey appointed as the first female PM of Equatorial Guinea

  • President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has appointed Manuela Roka Botey as the first female prime minister of the country.
  • She replaced former premier Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, who has been in the position since 2016.
  • Before this, she served as the education minister and joined the government in 2020.
  • President Teodoro Obiang was re-elected for a sixth term in office in November 2022.

About Equatorial Guinea

  • Capital – Malabo
  • President – Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
  • Prime Minsiter – Manuela Roka Botey

Newly Appointed Prime Minister & President

  • President of the Czech Republic – Petr Pavel (Former Chairman of NATO)
  • Prime Minister of New Zealand – Chris Hipkins
  • First female President of Peru – Dina Boluarte
  • First female president of Slovenia – Natasa Pirc Musar
  • First woman Prime Minister of Italy- Giorgia Meloni


Former PM Manmohan Singh conferred Lifetime Achievement Honour in UK

  • Former India PM Dr. Manmohan Singh was conferred a Lifetime Achievement Honour by the India-UK Achievers Honours in London.
  • He was awarded for his contribution to economic and political life.
  • It was handed over to him in New Delhi by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK.
  • Among the Outstanding Achievers honoured included Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Raghav Chadha, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla, and Indian women’s football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan.

Recent Awards

  • FIH President’s Award 2023 – V Karthikeyan Pandian (Odisha)
  • First Asian to bag Oscar nomination for Best Actress – Michelle Yeoh (Film – Everything Everywhere All at Once)
  • Subhash Chandra Bose Disaster Management Award 2023 – Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) & Lunglei Fire Station (LFS)
  • Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Prabha Atre
  • Gaja Capital Business Book Prize 2022 – Harish Damodaran


Indian Army carries out military exercise Trishakti Prahar in Bengal

  • A joint training exercise “Exercise Trishakti Prahar” was conducted in North Bengal.
  • The aim of the exercise was to practice battle preparedness of Security Forces using the latest weapons and equipment in a networked, integrated environment, involving Army, the Indian Air Force, and CAPFs.
  • It culminated with an Integrated Fire Power Exercise in Teesta Field Firing Ranges.
  • The conduct of “Exercise TRISHAKTI PRAHAR” enabled rehearsal and coordination amongst various agencies for quick movement and employment of forces across North Bengal.
  • The Integrated Fire Power Exercise showcased the Indian Armed Forces’ capability in the synergized application of Indian Air Force assets, Airborne Special Forces and the Security Forces in a networked environment.

Recent Exercise

  • The Indian Navy organized mega biennial tri-services amphibious ‘exercise AMPHEX 2023’ near Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Indian Army and Egyptian Army have commenced Exercise Cyclone-I, the first-ever joint exercise between their special forces at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
  • The 21st edition of the bilateral naval exercise between India and France titled ‘Varuna’ began on the western seaboard.
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) will conduct their first Air exercise “Veer Guardian 23” from January 16 to 26 at Hyakuri air base and Iruma air base in Japan.
  • 16th edition of India & Nepal Joint Training Excercise Surya Kiran begins in Saljhandi, Nepal
  • India & Kazakhstan joint military exercise KAZIND 2022 begins in Umroi, Meghalaya


Dutch player Anish Giri won Tata Steel Masters 2023

  • Dutch player Anish Giri, five times the runner-up in Wijk aan Zee, has won Tata Steel Masters 2023.
  • Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023 is the 85th edition of the annual chess tournament held in Wijk aan Zee.a
  • The field of 14 players in the Masters section included the numbers 1 and 2 of FIDE World ranking, Magnus Carlsen and Ding Liren.

Prajnesh won ITF men’s tournament in Kuwait

  • Prajnesh Gunneswaran has won the final of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Al Zahra, Kuwait.
  • He won by beating Khumoyun Sultanov of Uzbekistan in finals.
  • It was the first title in 5 years for Prajnesh, who had won two $150,000 Challengers in 2018 in Bengaluru and Anning.
  • It was the 11th title in the professional circuit for Prajnesh, who was ranked a career-high 75th in 2019.

Important day

2 February – World Wetlands Day

  • World Wetlands Day is celebrated globally every year on 2 February.
  • World Wetlands Day was established in 1971 by the Ramsar Convention (officially the Convention on Wetlands) to underscore the importance of wetlands and their preservation.
  • February 2 was chosen as the date to observe this day since it marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on that date in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran.
  • The day is aimed at highlighting the vital role wetlands play in maintaining biodiversity and supporting human well-being.
  • Theme 2023- It’s Time for Wetlands Restoration
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