Daily Current Affairs 4th January 2023 Daily GK Update
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Shiva Chauhan becomes the first women officer to be operationally deployed in Siachen
- Captain Shiva Chauhan has become the first woman army officer to get operationally deployed on the Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield.
- The officer has deployed at the Kumar post, located at an altitude of around 15,600 feet in Siachen for a period of three months after she underwent rigorous training.
- Earlier, women officers were posted to Siachen base camp, located at about 9,000 feet, as part of their regular postings along with the unit.
- Captain Chouhan will be leading the team of Sappers entrusted with the task of carrying out various combat engineering assignments.
- The officer underwent rigorous training at the Siachen Battle School where she trained alongside the officers and men of the Indian Army.
- The training included endurance training, ice wall climbing, avalanche and crevasse rescue and survival drills.
President Murmu inaugurated Samvidhan Udyan in Jaipur
- President Droupadi Murmu has inaugurated Samvidhan Udyan at Raj Bhavan in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
- The President also inaugurated the Transmission System for Solar Energy Zones in Rajasthan and lay the foundation stone for one thousand Mega Watt Bikaner Solar Power Project virtually.
- She also launched a National Campaign on ‘RISE-Rising India through Spiritual Empowerment’, organized by Brahma Kumaris.
- Murmu also inaugurated the 18th National Scout-Guide Jamboree, at Rohat in Pali district Rajasthan.
- Over 35,000 scouts – guides from all over the country will participate in this mega-event scheduled to be held from the 4th to the 10th of January. Rajasthan is hosting it after 66 years.
President Murmu in News
- President Droupadi Murmu lays foundation stone for PRASHAD project in Telangana
- President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated project worth Rs 43.08 cr at Srisailam Temple
- President Droupadi Murmu launched startup platform ‘herSTART’ for women entrepreneurs
- President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated projects in Gujarat worth 1,330 crore
- President Droupadi Murmu flags off two train services in Northeast
- President Droupadi Murmu inaugurated ‘PARAM KAMRUPA’ Supercomputer facility and a high-power active and passive component laboratory of SAMEER at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
- President Murmu addressed women’s self-help groups conference in Bhopal
PM Modi to launch world’s longest river cruise from Varanasi to Assam
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the world’s longest luxury river cruise – ‘Ganga Vilas’ – from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi to Dibrugarh in Assam on January 13.
- The cruise will cover 3,200 kilometres in 50 days.
- Passing through the rivers of India and Bangladesh, the cruise will be covering 27 different river systems and will stop at over 50 tourist sites, including world heritage.
- This will be the largest river journey by a single river ship in the world and would put both India and Bangladesh on the river cruise map of the world.
- The Ganga Vilas cruise, which will start from Varanasi, will pass through prominent cities like Kolkata and Dhaka before reaching Bogibeel in Dibrugarh district of Assam on March 1.
- The river cruise will be operated by private players Antara Luxury River Cruises and JM Baxi River Cruises along with the governmental partnership from the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
- The luxury river cruise vessel, Ganga Vilas, have 18 cabins/suites and all other associated facilities.
Recent Inauguration by PM Modi
- PM Modi flagged off West Bengal’s first Vande Bharata Express train (7th)
- PM Modi flagged off 6th Vande Bharat train in Nagpur, Maharashtra
- PM Modi inaugurated 4th Vande Bharat Express in Himachal Pradesh
- PM Modi participated in the historic programme marking ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ in Delhi
- PM Modi addressed 75th Amrut Mahotsav of Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul Rajkot Sansthan
- PM Modi inaugurated projects worth Rs 6,800 crore in Tripura, Meghalaya
Mamata Banerjee launched new campaign ‘Didir Suraksha Kavach’
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has launched two programme named ‘Didir Suraksha Kawach’ and ‘Didir Doot’, ahead of the 2023 panchayat polls.
- Around 3.5 lakh party workers will reach out to 10 crore people of the state. It is being done so that no one is left out.
- The programme will focus on 15 state government schemes, covering various sectors such as food, housing, health, education, social security, income and employment.
- ‘Didir Doot’, a mobile application has also been developed for people to register their problems.
- The party will start the campaign on January 11 and will continue with it for 60 days.
About West Bengal
- Capital – Kolkata
- Chief Minister – Mamata Banerjee
- Governor – C V Ananda Bose
Rajnath Singh inaugurated steel arch Siyom Bridge in Arunachal Pradesh
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the 100 metre-Siyom Bridge in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a state-of-the-art Class 70 steel arch superstructure bridge.
- He also inaugurated 27 other infrastructure projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
- All these projects have been prepared at a cost of Rs. 724 crore in seven border states and union territories.
- He also inaugurated three VSAT-based telemedicine nodes in Ladakh and Mizoram.
- The Siyom Bridge is one of the 28 projects completed by the Border Roads Organisation at a cost of Rs 724 crore to strengthen border infrastructure.
- Of the 28 projects inaugurated by the Defence Minister, eight are in Ladakh, five in Arunachal Pradesh, four in Jammu and Kashmir, three each in Sikkim, Punjab and Uttarakhand and two in Rajasthan.
- In addition, three telemedicine nodes were inaugurated, two in Ladakh and one in Mizoram.
About Arunachal Pradesh
- Capital – Itanagar
- Chief Minister – Pema Khandu
- Governor – B. D. Mishra
Recent Inauguration by Union Ministers
- Virendra Kumar has inaugurated the SHILP SAMAGAM-2022 in New Delhi.
- G Kishan Reddy inaugurated the 11th edition of the Manipur Sangai Festival.
- Kishan Reddy inaugurated the sixth edition of Ganga Utsav 2022 in New Delhi.
- Rajnath Singh launched ‘Maa Bharati Ke Sapoot’ website
- Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated ‘Ayush Utsav’ in Kashmir
Manipur celebrated Imoinu Eratpa festival
- The Meetei community of Manipur celebrates Imoinu Eratpa festival every year and they regard the Imoinu goddess as a goddess of wealth and prosperity.
- As part of the celebration, people offer different dishes to Imoinu goddess and prayers will be held.
- Moreover, the candle lighting in street and public places as part of the celebration has also become a face of the celebration these days.
- They regard the Imoinu goddess as a goddess of wealth and prosperity. She is also associated as one of the incarnations of the goddess Leimarel Sidabi.
- This festival falls on the twelfth lunar day of Wakching month of Meitei calendar (falls either in December or January according to the Gregorian calendar).
- This year the festival is fall on January 3, 2023.
- Capital – Imphal
- Chief Minister – Biren Singh
- Governor – La Ganesan
Festivals of Manipur
- Sangai Festival
- Amur Falcon Festival
- Lai Haraoba Festival
- Manipur Sangai Festival
- Lui Ngai Ni Festival
- Ningol Chakouba Festival
- Kachai Lemon Festival
- Shirui Lily Festival
China becomes the first country in Asia to launch Hydrogen powered Train
- China has become the first country in Asia and second in the world to launch Hydrogen powered urban trains.
- Germany was the first country to introduce hydrogen-powered trains in September 2022.
- The hydrogen train gets a top speed of 160 km/h, and the operational range without refueling is 600 km.
- The German Coradia iLint serial train developed by French company Alstom has set a record 1175 Km range without refueling.
- As per Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, India will most likely get its first-ever indigenous Hydrogen trains by December 2023.
- As per the minister, like Vande Bharat Express, the Indian Railways is working on the new environment-friendly trains and the engineers are designing it.
- The design process is already going on and we should be able to roll out the first hydrogen train in the country by December 2023.
- The hydrogen train in Germany has been made by France’s rail transport company Alstom. Fuel cells have been installed in this train, which generates energy by mixing hydrogen with oxygen and in return, only water and steam are emitted. This eco-friendly train can travel up to 1000 kilometres in one go and its maximum speed is 140 km/h.
- China began manufacturing hydrogen trams in 2010.
- Capital – Beijing
- Currency – Yuan
- President – Xi Jinping
India takes over leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union
- India will take over the leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) having its Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand from this month.
- Vinay Prakash Singh assumed the charge as the Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) on 1 January 2023.
- This is the first time that an Indian is leading an international organization in the postal sector. Dr. Singh will remain in office for 4 years.
- Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) is an intergovernmental organization of 32 member countries of the Asian-Pacific region.
- APPU is the only Restricted Union of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in the region, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations.
- The goal of APPU is to extend, facilitate and improve postal relations between member countries and to promote cooperation in the field of postal services.
Appointment and Resignation
Election Commission appointed Maithili Thakur as Bihar’s state icon
- Folk singer Maithili Thakur has been appointed as the state icon for Bihar by the Election Commission.
- She will create awareness among the voters for their participation in the electoral process.
- Thakur was recently selected for the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of the Sangeet Natak Akademi for her contribution to the folk music of Bihar for 2021.
- Maithili, born in Bihar’s Madhubani district, along with her two brothers, were trained by their grandfather and father in folk, Hindustani classical music, harmonium, and tabla.
- Capital – Patna
- Chief Minister – Nitish Kumar
- Governor – Phagu Chauhan
- Command of the IAF Western Command – Air Marshal Pankaj Mohan Sinha
- Director General of BSF – Sujoy Lal Thaosen (additional charge)
- Chairperson of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) – Dinesh Kumar Shukla
- Head of Maharashtra government advisory council – N Chandrasekaran
- Chairman & MD of MOIL – Ajit Kumar Saxena
- Acting Central Vigilance Commissioner – Praveen K Srivastava
Jason Moo appointed as CEO of Bank of Singapore
- Jason Moo has been appointed as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bank of Singapore effective from 6 March 2023.
- Moo will replace Vincent Choo, a board member who assumed the role of interim CEO on January 1 following the retirement of ex-CEO Bahren Shaari on December 31.
- He has more than 25 years of experience in private banking, wealth management, and capital markets.
- He has also worked at Goldman Sachs and Julius Baer.
Recent Appointment in Banking Sector
- MD and CEO of the Indian Overseas Bank – Ajay Kumar Srivastava
- MD & CEO of BSE – Sundararaman Ramamurthy
- MD & CEO of Suryoday Small Finance Bank – Baskar Babu Ramachandran (re-appointement)
- MD & CEO of Equitas Small Finance Bank – P N Vasudevan
- MD and CEO of SBI Funds – Shamsher Singh
- First VP & COO of Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Sushmita Shukla
IIT-M collaborated with DRDO to develop defence technology
- IIT Madras Centre of Excellence (CoE) has collaborated with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop Advanced Defence Technologies.
- Both DRDO and IIT Madras are working together on Advanced Defence Technologies including Combat Vehicle Technologies.
- It is an important milestone in bringing together the Academia, Industry and DRDO to collaborate and develop Atmanirbhar technologies for critical needs of our country.
- Specifically, this will provide a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Startups and MSMEs to participate in this critical Nation Building activity.
- IIT Madras CoE- ‘DRDO Industry Academia- Ramanujan Centre of Excellence’ (DIA-RCoE) will be conducting a directed research process to meet the national defence and security needs of the nation.
About Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
- Founded – 1 January 1958
- Headquarters – New Delhi
- Motto – “Strength’s Origin is in Knowledge”
- Chairman – Samir V Kamat
Koustav Chatterjee becomes 78th Grandmaster of India
- 19-year-old Koustav Chatterjee became India’s 78th Grandmaster in MPL 59th National Senior Chess Championship in New Delhi.
- He is also the tenth GM from West Bengal.
- Koustav earned his first GM norm in October 2021 at a Grandmasters’ chess tournament in Bangladesh.
- He crossed FIDE rating 2500 in August. Koustav is in the joint-lead with GM Abhijeet Gupta at the National Senior Chess Championship with a score of 8/10 after 10 rounds.
GRAND MASTERS OF INDIA (Chess)
- 77th – Aditya Mittal (Maharashtra)
- 76th – Pranav Anand (Karnataka)
- 75th – V. Pranav (Tamil Nadu)
- 74th – Rahul Shrivastava P (Telangana)
- 73rd – Bharath Subramanian (Tamil Nadu)
- 72nd – Mitrabha Guha (West Bengal)
- 71st – Sankalp Gupta (Maharstra)
- 70th – Raja Ritwik (Telangana)
4 January – World Braille Day
- World Braille Day is celebrated every year on 4 January around the world and it also marks the birth anniversary of Braille’s inventor Louis Braille.
- Objective – To promote awareness about Braille and the contributions of Louis Braille.
- The United Nations has been commemorating the day since 2019.
- Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809. He lost his vision at an early age following an accident. An educator for the visually impaired, Braille developed his eponymous writing and reading system in order to help others.
- His writing system used six tactile dots in order to represent alphabetic, numerical, musical, mathematical, and scientific symbols. He had received a scholarship to the National Institute for Blind Children, where he taught later.
Sangeet exponent Sumitra Sen passes away
- Noted Rabindra Sangeet exponent, Sumitra Sen passed away at the age of 89.
- She will be remembered for her rendition of songs like Jokhon Porbe Na Mor, Sokhi Vabona Kahare Bole, and Mone Ki Dwidha.
- She was honoured with the Sangeet Mahasamman award by West Bengal government in 2012.
- Rabindra Sangeet also known as Tagore Songs, are songs from the Indian subcontinent written and composed by the Bengali polymath Rabindranath.
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