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Daily Current Affairs 30 August 2023, Important News Headlines (Daily GK Update)

Read the most important current affairs of 30 August 2023. Today Current Affairs covers the headlines on Kampala Ministerial Declaration, ORON Aircraft, Aditya-L1, FIDC Chairman, ‘Nabhmitra’ device.

Top 14 Current Affairs and News Headlines of 30 August 2023

National News

1.Nitin Gadkari Launches World’s First Ethanol-Run Toyota Innova car

Nitin Gadkari Launches World's First Ethanol-Run Toyota Innova car

  • Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari introduced the world to a remarkable innovation: a 100% ethanol-fueled variant of Toyota’s Innova HyCross car.
  • The newly unveiled car stands as the world’s premier BS-VI (Stage-II) electrified flex-fuel vehicle, demonstrating the union of cutting-edge technology and a commitment to reducing carbon emissions.
  • In the past, FFVs have predominantly operated using a blend of gasoline and ethanol, with the highest proportion of ethanol usually capping at around 83%. Nevertheless, this fresh iteration of the Innova HyCross challenges the norm by wholeheartedly adopting ethanol as its singular energy source.

International News

2.What is Kampala Ministerial Declaration?

What is Kampala Ministerial Declaration?

  • The Kampala Ministerial Declaration on Migration, Environment, and Climate Change (KDMECC) is a significant agreement adopted by 48 African countries to address the complex relationship between human mobility and climate change.
  • This declaration, initially signed by 15 African states in 2022, provides an action-oriented framework for member states to manage climate-induced migration effectively.
  • The KDMECC holds significance as the first comprehensive, action-oriented framework driven by African member states to address climate-induced migration practically. By tackling this issue, the KDMECC aims to mitigate the adverse effects of climate-induced mobility.

3.ORON Aircraft: Israel’s Advanced Intelligence-Gathering Asset

ORON Aircraft: Israel's Advanced Intelligence-Gathering Asset

  • The ORON aircraft, a result of Israel’s Defense Ministry’s groundbreaking progress, signifies a remarkable advancement in the nation’s military capabilities. This intelligence-gathering aircraft is poised to revolutionize Israel’s defense strategy with its cutting-edge technology and capabilities.
  • The ORON aircraft is based on the Gulfstream G550 Aerospace platform. It boasts state-of-the-art sensors, cameras, and artificial intelligence. The ORON operates at an impressive altitude range of 40,000-50,000 feet. It offers a flight range of up to 1,000 kilometers.
  • The ORON will be managed and operated by the Israeli Air Force’s renowned “Nachshon” 122nd squadron. The operational base for the ORON is the Nevatim Air Base, situated near Beer Sheva.

Appointments News

4.Indian Oil ropes in Chef Sanjeev Kapoor as its Brand Ambassador

Indian Oil ropes in Chef Sanjeev Kapoor as its Brand Ambassador

  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOC) recently launched a captivating video conferencing featuring Celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor as a brand ambassador for its Indane XTRATEJ LPG brand.
  • In a recent event held in Bengaluru, V. Satish Kumar, Marketing Director at Indian Oil, unveiled a brand-new video commercial that highlights the Indane XTRATEJ LPG Brand. This new offering aims to provide a cost-efficient solution that not only meets the requirements of various segments such as hotels and hospitality but also addresses the growing expectations of customers in an era of rapid change.
  • Indian Oil has consistently shown its dominance in the LPG sector, boasting an impressive 49% market share. The company caters to a staggering 16 crore customer connections and delivers 27 lakh cylinders daily.

5.FIDC Announces Appointment Of Umesh Revankar As Chairman

FIDC Announces Appointment Of Umesh Revankar As Chairman

  • In a meeting convened in Mumbai, the managing committee of the Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC) has appointed Mr. Umesh Revankar, who presently serves as the Executive Vice Chairman for Shriram Finance Limited, as the new Chairman of FIDC.
  • Umesh Revankar’s is set to take on this role for a two-year term, beginning on the 23rd of August, 2023. With decades of experience in the financial services industry, Revankar is poised to steer FIDC towards a new era of progress and advancement.
  • To complement Umesh Revankar’s leadership, Kamlesh Gandhi, CMD of MAS Financial Services Limited, and K.V. Srinivasan, CEO and WTD of Profectus Capital Private Limited, have been appointed as Co-chairmen of FIDC.

6.Nita Ambani Steps Down, Isha, Akash & Anant To Join Reliance Board

Nita Ambani Steps Down, Isha, Akash & Anant To Join Reliance Board

  • Reliance Industries announced that Isha Ambani, Akash Ambani, and Anant Ambani have been formally appointed as non-executive directors on the company’s board.
  • In conjunction with the leadership transition, Nita Ambani, Mukesh Ambani’s spouse, has decided to step down from the Reliance Industries Board. However, she will continue to serve as the Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.
  • The chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani’s vision entails not only guiding his children – Akash, Isha, and Anant, towards a unified direction but also collectively mapping Reliance’s trajectory towards heightened expansion and increased value in the years to come.

Agreements News

7.India, New Zealand Sign MoU To Enhance Cooperation In Civil Aviation

India, New Zealand Sign MoU To Enhance Cooperation In Civil Aviation

  • In a significant move aimed at bolstering collaboration in the field of civil aviation, the governments of India and New Zealand have recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
  • This MoU has opened the possibilities of furthering air transport between our two countries. With the introduction of an open sky policy and the expansion of point of calls, the aviation landscape is set to witness a transformation.
  • A pivotal aspect of this MOU involves the broadening of traffic rights bestowed upon the designated airlines from New Zealand. These airlines are now permitted to operate a multitude of services, utilizing various types of aircraft. This is coupled with the granting of third and fourth freedom traffic rights to and from six prominent points within India: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.

8.GSL and Kenya Shipyard Ltd Sign MoU For Collaboration In Shipbuilding

GSL and Kenya Shipyard Ltd Sign MoU For Collaboration In Shipbuilding

  • With its efforts to enhance security of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), especially on the eastern coast of Africa, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) and Kenya Shipyards Limited (KSL) to strengthen maritime security cooperation between the two nations.
  • The agreement focuses on capacity building and collaboration in ship design and construction. The MoU was formalized in the presence of India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Defence Aden Bare Duale during their talks in New Delhi.
  • As one of the largest exporters of defence ships from the Indian subcontinent, GSL brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the partnership. On the other hand, Kenya Shipyards Limited was established by Kenya’s National Security Council in August 2020 to address the operational requirements of the Kenyan Navy. With only a few shipyards located along the eastern coast of Africa, Kenya’s strategic geographical location at the crossroads of crucial shipping lanes positions it to capitalize on this collaboration effectively.

Books and Authors News

9.Shivraj Singh & Anurag Thakur releases books based on speeches of PM Modi

Shivraj Singh & Anurag Thakur releases books based on speeches of PM Modi

  • In a significant event held at the Kushabhau Thackeray International Convention Centre in Bhopal, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Thakur and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj S. Chauhan, unveiled books on the speeches of PM Narendra Modi.
  • The books titled “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas” which focus on Prime Minister Modi’s inspiring speeches, emphasizing unity, development and trust.
  • The books released have been compiled by the publication division of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. The books consist of 86 speeches in one section and 80 in the other section, with the topics spanning from Startup India, good governance and woman empowerment to a self-reliant India and Jai Vigyan-Jai Kisan.

Important Days News

10.International Day For People Of African Descent

International Day For People Of African Descent

  • On August 31, 2021, a significant milestone was reached as the United Nations marked the first-ever International Day for People of African Origin. This day serves as a global recognition of the cultural, social, and historical contributions made by individuals with African heritage.
  • With over 200 million individuals in the Americas alone identifying as of African descent, and millions more scattered across the world, this observance underscores the rich diversity that stems from African roots.
  • The International Day for People of African Origin emerges as a platform to spotlight the exceptional contributions made by Africans and the wider African diaspora across the globe. More importantly, it serves as a clarion call to eradicate all forms of discrimination targeted at individuals of African descent.

Science and Technology News

11.Aditya-L1: Why is ISRO sending spacecraft to study Sun?

Aditya-L1: Why is ISRO sending spacecraft to study Sun?

  • After the remarkable success of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is embarking on a new venture named the Aditya L1 mission. This spacecraft is all set to journey towards the Sun in early September, with a launch date scheduled for September 2.
  • The majestic event will take place at the Sriharikota launch site in Andhra Pradesh, India. This strategic location has witnessed numerous historic launches and is now primed to witness another significant milestone in space exploration—the launch of Aditya-L1.
  • Aditya-L1 is designed to delve into the enigmatic layers surrounding the Sun, specifically the photosphere and chromosphere. To achieve this, the spacecraft is equipped with seven advanced payloads, each serving a unique purpose in the mission’s quest to unravel the Sun’s mysteries.

12.ISRO-developed device for fishers’ safety successfully tested at Neendakara

ISRO-developed device for fishers’ safety successfully tested at Neendakara

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has achieved a significant milestone by successfully testing its innovative device named ‘Nabhmitra’. This device, developed at ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad, aims to enhance the safety of fishermen during their sea expeditions.
  • Nabhmitra operates on the basis of advanced satellite communication technology, allowing seamless two-way messaging between fishing boats and maritime authorities stationed at sea. This breakthrough technology greatly improves the communication channels and safety measures available to fishermen during their voyages.
  • The device facilitates the transmission of critical weather updates and cyclone warnings to fishing boats in the local language. This enables fishermen to stay informed about potentially hazardous conditions and make informed decisions regarding their operations.

13.Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan Rover Confirmes Sulphur Presence On The Surface Of Moon

Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan Rover Confirmes Sulphur Presence On The Surface Of Moon

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) revealed that Chandrayaan-3’s Pragyan rover module has successfully confirmed the presence of sulphur (S) on the surface of the Moon.
  • This significant revelation comes as a result of the first-ever in-situ recordings conducted near the lunar south pole. The confirmation of sulphur’s presence holds paramount importance in unraveling the Moon’s elemental composition and furthering our understanding of its geological history.
  • In addition to sulphur, Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscope (LIBS) instrument onboard the Pragyan rover has identified several other elements present on the lunar surface. These include aluminium (Al), calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), chromium (Cr), titanium (Ti), manganese (Mn), silicon (Si), and oxygen (O).

Miscellaneous News

14.Chokuwa Rice: The Enchanting “Magic Rice” of Assam Gets GI Tag

Chokuwa Rice: The Enchanting "Magic Rice" of Assam Gets GI Tag

  • Chokuwa rice, fondly known as “Magic rice,” has recently been bestowed with the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag, a recognition of its exceptional attributes and heritage.
  • Chokuwa rice, also referred to as Magic rice, has been a dietary cornerstone for centuries. It was a staple for the troops of the revered Ahom dynasty, echoing its historical significance.
  • Chokuwa rice is a semi-glutinous winter rice variety, specifically categorized as Sali rice. Its distinctiveness lies in its sticky and glutinous characteristics, which are further classified into Bora and Chokuwa types based on their amylose content. The cultivation of Chokuwa rice is unique to the Brahmaputra River region, encompassing areas like Tinsukia, Dhemaji, and Dibrugarh in Assam.

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ORON aircraft.