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Here is the Daily Current Affairs of the 6th January 2023 covering the following news headlines: Mopa Airport, Imoinu Eratpa Festival, Didir Suraksha Kavach, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, Maithili Thakur, Bank of Singapore.
Top 19 Daily Current Affairs: National & International News:
Here is providing below the top 19 important Daily General Knowledge 2022 updates with national & international news.
1. Union Cabinet: Mopa Airport to be Named After Late CM of Goa Manohar Parrikar
- The Union Cabinet has approved the naming of Greenfield International Airport at Goa’s Mopa as Manohar International Airport after former Defence Minister and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. The airport was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2022 at Mopa Goa. The airport will be named after the late Manohar Parrikar to honor his contribution to building modern Goa.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mopa International Airport, at Goa. The foundation stone of the airport was also laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2016. The Mopa International Airport is developed at a cost of around Rs 2,870 crores.
- The airport has been built on the theme of sustainable infrastructure and comprises a solar power plant, green buildings, LED lights on the runaway, rainwater harvesting, and a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant with recycling facilities. Phase I of the airport will cater 4.4 to million passengers per annum (MPPA). It can be expanded up to the capacity of 33 MPPA.
2. India Takes Over Leadership of the Asian Pacific Postal Union
- India has taken over the leadership of the Asia Pacific Postal Union (APPU) in January 2023. Dr Vinaya Prakash Singh will take over the charge of Secretary General of the Union for a tenure of 4 years. This is the result of the elections during the 13th APPU Congress held in August-September 2022.
- There are 32 members in this international organisation from the Asia-Pacific. It is a specific department inside the UN. The sole Restricted Union of the Universal Postal in the area is this one. The Asia Pacific Postal Union’s headquarters are in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Secretary general leads the activities of the Union and is also the director of the Asian Pacific Postal College (APPC) which is the largest inter-governmental postal training institute in the region.
3. Silent Valley Welcomes 175 Species and 17 New Species of Birds
- Silent Valley National Park in the last month identified 141 species of birds of which 17 were new species of birds. A total of 175 species of birds have been spotted in Silent Valley. The bird survey was conducted at Silent Valley on the 27th, 28th, and 29th of December 2022 and marked the 30th Anniversary of the first bird survey in Silent Valley.
- The bird survey was first conducted in the last week of December 1990, however, due to Covid-19, the anniversary could not be celebrated in December 2020. P.K Uthaman and C.Sushant, the veteran birders were the only members of the 7th Survey team who had attended the first survey held in 1990.
- For the survey, 30 birders and forest staff took part in the bird survey by staying in seven camps inside the core area of the Silent Valley. The survey was held in association with the Kerala Natural History Society.
4. Imoinu Eratpa Festival Celebrated in Manipur, CM Extends Warm Greetings to People
- Imoinu Day is celebrated in Manipur as a part of the Meitei Cultural ritual. The traditional festival of Imoinu Day is celebrated on the 12th day of the Meitei Lunar Month of Wakching. Every year on this day, people of the valley serve dishes in odd numbers as part of the Imoinu Eratpa ritual.
- Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed that the celebration keeps the tradition alive and reinforces belief in traditional elements in Manipur.
- Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that Imoinu Eratpa is celebrated with traditional gaiety and religious fervor, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and fish are offered, and lights are lit around the houses to evoke the blessings of Goddess Imoinu, believed to be the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
5. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Launched ‘Didir Suraksha Kavach’ Campaign
- West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a new campaign “Didi’r Surakha Kavach” for her party, Trinamool Congress. The campaign “Didi’r Surakha Kavach” ahead of the panchayat polls due in April. The “Didi’r Surakha Kavach” will begin on 10th January 2023.
- The campaign will continue for 60 days during which the workers of the party will reach out to the people across the state and ensure that everyone can avail of the welfare schemes of the state government.
- During the “Didi’r Surakha Kavach” campaign every leader of the party, MP, and MLA will stay at people’s homes for 10 nights.
- TMCs campaign in 2021 has resonance with Bengal voters and Mamata Banerjee will have to replicate something along those lines to ensure similar results in the Panchayat polls.
- Mamata Banerjee will focus on her government’s performance with state schemes as well as the implementation of central government schemes.
- The “Didi’r Surakha Kavach” was launched on 2nd January 2023. The campaign was launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, and State President Subrata Bakshi.
6. 5-time MLA Kuldeep Singh Pathania to be next speaker of Himachal Assembly
- Five-time MLA from Bhattiyat Kuldeep Singh Pathania is all set to be the next Speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly. Pathania submitted his nomination papers to Vidhan Sabha secretary Yash Pal in the presence of senior leaders including HPCC president Pratibha Singh. Three sets of nomination papers were filed for him.
- His name was proposed by the Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu and was seconded by the leader of the opposition in the house and BJP leader Jai Ram Thakur. Pathania will be formally elected as Speaker. He was elected to the Assembly in 1985, 1993, 2003, 2007 and 2022.
- He had contested as an Independent in 1993 and 2003. The first session of the 14th Himachal Pradesh legislative Assembly started on 4 January 2023 in the state capital Shimla. It is a three day session. Jaiwant Ram was the first speaker of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
- Himachal Pradesh Chief minister: Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu;
- Himachal Pradesh Official animal: Snow leopard;
- Himachal Pradesh Capitals: Shimla (Summer), Dharamshala (Winter).
- Himachal Pradesh Governor: R V Arlekar.
7. Election Commission appointed Maithili Thakur as Bihar’s state icon
- Folk singer Maithili Thakur was appointed the state icon for Bihar by the Election Commission. The singer will create awareness among the voters for their participation in the electoral process.
- This recognition will give her (Maithili) more impetus to spread Bihar’s folk music across continents and generate awareness about the importance of participating in the electoral process.
- 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.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Bihar Governor: Phagu Chauhan;
- Bihar Chief minister: Nitish Kumar;
- Bihar Capital: Patna.
8. Under State Food Security Scheme Odisha Govt to Provide Free Rice for one Year
- Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik directed the distribution of five kilograms of rice per month free of cost to beneficiaries of the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) for the next one year.
- The state government has decided to provide 5 kilograms of rice under SFSS to the beneficiaries free of cost for a period of one year starting from January 2023 to December 2023. The total expenditure of the plan will be Rs 185 crore.
- The state government has announced that it will distribute 5kgs of rice free of cost to the people registered in the SFSS.
- The beneficiaries have been provided with additional rice and pulses during the last 28 months of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation in the state.
- Rs 1000 cash incentive was given to each family under the National Food Security Act and State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) twice.
9. Madhya Pradesh Government Launch Chief Minister’s Residential Land Rights Scheme
- Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the Madhya Pradesh Residential Land Rights scheme (Mukhyamantri Awasiya Bhu Adhikar Yojana) to distribute free leases of residential land to selected beneficiaries.
- The scheme aims to provide free plots to the poor living in rural areas for building their houses. The land will be offered completely free of cost and along with the plot, the benefits of all other schemes will also be delivered.
- Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan distributed free pattas of residential land to selected beneficiaries.
- Under the scheme, applications from 14 lakh people have been received from across the state.
10. Jason Moo appointed as CEO of Bank of Singapore
- Bank of Singapore (BoS), the private banking arm of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), announced that it has appointed Jason Moo as its new CEO. BoS’s announcement comes after Bloomberg’s article on Dec 26, 2022. Moo will succeed Bahren Shaari officially from March 6 onwards.
- Moo comes with over 25 years of experience in private banking, wealth management and capital markets. This includes 22 years in Goldman Sachs, as well as time spent in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. From 2017 to 2019, Moo was the CEO for Goldman Sachs (Singapore). Moo joins BoS from Julius Baer where he was head of private banking, Southeast Asia and branch manager Singapore.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Bank of Singapore Founded: 29 January 2010;
- Bank of Singapore Parent organization: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation, Limited.
11. IIT Madras & DRDO tie-up for Advanced Defence Technologies
- IIT Madras Centre of Excellence working with DRDO on Advanced Defence Technologies including Combat Vehicle Technologies.
- Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is operating a Research Centre dedicated to defence technologies jointly with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to develop advanced technologies for the national defence and security needs of the nation.
- It was established by DRDO but IIT Madras has now taken over and converted it into a centre of excellence.
- DRDO founded: 1958
- DRDO Agency executive: Dr Sameer V Kamath, Chairman
- DRDO Headquarters: DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi
12. Odisha wins World Habitat Award 2023 for its JAGA Mission
- Odisha won the UN-Habitat’s World Habitat Awards 2023 for Jaga Mission, a 5T initiative of the state. The awards recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programmes from across the world.
- The Jaga mission is the land titling and slum upgrading program that aims at empowering the lives of slum dwellers. Jaga mission is the world’s largest land titling and slum upgrading program which aims at empowering the lives of slum dwellers.
- Under the inspiring leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Government of Odisha has set itself the ambitious target of becoming the first slum-free state in India and is leading the Jaga Mission programme to upgrade all of the state’s 2,919 slums.
- Earlier in 2019, Odisha’s Jaga mission had received World Habitat Awards for its success in providing land tenure security to the slum dwellers.
13. Odakkuzhal Award 2022 for Writer Ambikasuthan Mangad
- Writer Ambikasuthan Mangad has been selected for Odakuzhal Award 2022 for his collection of short stories titled Pranavayu. The award consists of Rs 30,000, citation, and plaque. Instituted by the Guruvayurappan Trust, the award is being given for the best collection of short stories in Malayalam.
- The award will be presented on the occasion of the 45th death anniversary of Mahakavi G. Sankara Kurup, who established the Guruvayurappan Trust, on February 2 at the Ernakulam Samastha Kerala Sahithya Parishad building here. Literary critic Dr. M. Leelavathi will present the award to Ambikasuthan Mangad.
- Pranavayu’ written in 2015 tells the story of a dystopian world where people have to buy oxygen kits for survival. Six years later, in 2021, it became one of the most-read stories in Kerala as Indians across the country gasped for oxygen during the Covid pandemic.
14. 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2023 announced
- 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award: 27 Indians living overseas have been chosen by the Indian government for the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards (PBSA), for outstanding achievements both in India and abroad.
- The award is the highest honour conferred upon Indians living abroad, including Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) or organisations/institutions established and run by them.
- As per the Ministry of External Affairs, the theme for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2023 will be “Diaspora: Reliable Partners for India’s Progress in Amrit Kaal”. This theme highlights the importance of the Indian diaspora in contributing to India’s progress.
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15. RBI Survey for Price Movements, Inflation Assessment Launched
- The Reserve Bank of India has launched the Inflation Expectations Survey of Households (IESH) which will provide useful inputs for monetary policy. In the January 2023 round, the survey will be conducted across 19 cities. It aims to capture subjective assessments of price movements and inflation, based on individual consumption baskets.
- The survey will be conducted in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi and Thiruvananthapuram.
16. Govt Eyes $17 billion Cut in Food, Fertiliser Subsidies in 2023/24
- India aims to cut spending on food and fertiliser subsidies to 3.7 trillion rupees ($44.6 billion) in the fiscal year from April, down 26% from this, to rein in a fiscal deficit that ballooned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spending on fertiliser subsidies will likely fall to about Rs 1.4 lakh crore. That compares with nearly Rs 2.3 lakh crore this year.
- Food and fertiliser subsidies alone account for about one-eighth of India’s total budgetary spending of ₹39.45 trillion this fiscal year, but reducing these subsidies could be politically sensitive given the impending elections.
- The government anticipates allocating roughly 2.3 trillion for food subsidies in the upcoming fiscal year as opposed to 2.7 trillion for the year that has just ended on March 31.
- The amount spent on fertiliser subsidies will probably decrease to roughly 1.4 trillion in contrasts to 2.3 trillion this year.
17. Cabinet Approves Rs 19,744 Cr for National Green Hydrogen Mission
- The Union Cabinet approved an initial outlay of Rs 19,744 crore for the National Green Hydrogen Mission. Addressing the nation on its 75th Independence Day in 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a national mission for green fuels in line with the Centre’s stated target of making India energy-independent before completing 100 years of Independence.
- The mission will have four components that aim at enhancing domestic production of green hydrogen and promote the manufacturing of electrolysers — a key constituent for making green hydrogen.
- The initial outlay for the mission will include Rs 17,490 crore for strategic interventions for green hydrogen transition (SIGHT) programme, Rs 1,466 crore for pilot projects, Rs 400 crore for research and development (R&D), and Rs 388 crore towards other mission components.
18. Apollo 7’s last surviving astronaut, Walter Cunningham passes away
- On October 11, 1968, three men boarded NASA’s Saturn IB and had what the agency described as a “perfect launch” into space in the first crewed Apollo mission. On Tuesday, Walter Cunningham– the last surviving astronaut on that mission who helped pave the way for humans to walk on the moon – died in Houston. Walter was a fighter pilot, physicist and entrepreneur, above all, “he was an explorer.”
- One of his first encounters, however, ended in tragedy. He, along with Walter Schirra and Donn Eisele, were backup crew members on the Apollo 1 mission in 1967 when a flash fire occurred during a launch pad test. The incident resulted in the deaths of three other astronauts.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- NASA Founded:- 29 July, 1958
- NASA HQ’S:- Washington, D.C.
- Administrator:- Bill Nelson
19. The Man Behind India’s Space Dream, Satish Dhawan
- Dr. Satish Dhawan (25 September 1920 – 3 January 2002) was an Indian mathematician and aerospace engineer, widely regarded as the “father of experimental fluid dynamics research in India”.
- Born in Srinagar, Dhawan was educated in India and further on in United States. Dhawan was one of the most eminent researchers in the field of turbulence and boundary layers, leading the successful and indigenous development of the Indian space programme. He succeeded M. G. K. Menon, as the third chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 1972.