Read the most important current affairs of 5 September 2023. Today Current Affairs covers the headlines on Bad Bank’s Chairman resigns, Morgan Stanley, Meta, NASSCOM, Teachers’ Day 2023, Dr V G Patel Memorial Award 2023.
Top 19 Current Affairs and News Headlines of 5 September 2023
1.Government Implements Stricter Regulations for SIM Card Sales
- The Indian government has taken decisive steps to enhance the safety and security of SIM card acquisition in the country. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued two crucial circulars, one targeting individual SIM card users and the other aimed at telecom companies like Airtel and Jio, with the goal of regulating and improving the process.
- Stores selling SIM cards must conduct thorough background checks on their employees. Failure to comply with this regulation can result in fines of up to 10 lakhs for each non-compliant shop. These rules come into effect on October 1, 2023. Existing stores have until September 30, 2024, to meet the new requirements.
2.Kathmandu-Kalinga Literature Festival Concludes In Lalitpur, Nepal
- The three-day long Kathmandu-Kalinga Literary Festival, a vibrant and culturally enriching event concluded in Lalitpur, Nepal. The festival, which was inaugurated by Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, NP Saud, served as a platform for the exchange of culture in South Asia, while promoting literary and cultural activities in the region.
- The festival offered a kaleidoscope of creative expressions, including literature, music, dance, poetry, and various other art forms. This diverse range of offerings helped foster a deeper appreciation for the cultural tapestry of South Asia and encouraged artistic collaboration among the participating countries.
3.Nobel Foundation Reverses Decision to Invite Russian Ambassador
- Nobel Foundation has decided to cancel its invitation to the Russian Ambassador for this year’s Nobel award ceremony in Stockholm. This decision comes after significant controversy surrounding their initial invitation.
- In 2022, the Nobel Foundation made a notable decision not to invite Ambassadors from Russia and Belarus to the Stockholm award event due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. A similar decision was made regarding the Iranian envoy, citing Iran’s crackdown on protests.
- The Nobel Foundation clarified that their intention was to spread the values and messages embodied by the Nobel Prize as widely as possible. They believed it was essential to maintain an inclusive approach. Nevertheless, the public reaction overshadowed this message.
4.Bad Bank’s Chairman Karnam Sekar Resigns After Proposal To Merge With IDRCL
- Karnam Sekar, Chairman of the National Asset Reconstruction Company of India (NARCL) tendered his resignation due to disagreements concerning the institution’s structure and operations. This resignation follows a proposal for merging NARCL with India Debt Resolution Company Ltd (IDRCL).
- Under the current structure, NARCL serves as the ‘principal entity,’ responsible for acquiring and aggregating bad loan accounts from banks. In contrast, IDRCL operates as a resolution agent, focusing on the loan resolution process. The merger would potentially reshape this division of responsibilities, leading to concerns and debates about the optimal structure of these entities.
5.Record Bank Credit Outstanding to Real Estate Reaches Rs 28 Trillion in July: RBI
- In July 2023, India witnessed a significant surge in bank credit outstanding to the real estate sector, reaching an all-time high of Rs 28 trillion, as per data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). This impressive growth was driven by both housing and commercial real estate segments, with annual increases of approximately 37.4% and 38.1%, respectively.
- This surge indicates a robust revival in demand across the real estate sector, despite challenges such as rising interest rates and property prices.
- Housing credit outstanding saw a remarkable 37.4% annual growth, surpassing Rs 24.28 lakh crore. Credit outstanding for commercial real estate soared by 38.1% to reach Rs 4.07 lakh crore.
6.Morgan Stanley raises India GDP forecast after Q1 data ‘surprises positively’
- Morgan Stanley, the multinational investment bank, has revised its economic growth forecast for India for the fiscal year 2024. The bank has raised its projection from an earlier estimate of 6.2 percent to a more optimistic 6.4 percent. This upward revision is attributed to the strong performance of the Indian economy, driven primarily by robust domestic demand.
- Morgan Stanley highlights the sustained momentum in domestic demand as a significant driver of India’s economic growth. This momentum has led to GDP numbers exceeding expectations for two consecutive quarters. Factors contributing to this trend include strong Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections, credit growth, and a robust Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).
7.Asset Under Management Of NPS And APY Crosses Milestone Of Rs 10 Lakh Crore
- The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Chairman, Deepak Mohanty, recently made a significant announcement that the combined Asset Under Management (AUM) of the National Pension System (NPS) and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has crossed an impressive figure of Rs 10 lakh crore.
- It took just two years and ten months for the AUM to double from Rs 5 lakh crore to Rs 10 lakh crore. This exponential growth is a testament to the effectiveness and attractiveness of NPS and APY as retirement planning options for individuals across India.
- The popularity of NPS and APY is also reflected in the growing number of subscribers. The total number of subscribers under these schemes now stands at more than 6.62 crore. This increasing participation indicates a growing awareness among the Indian population about the importance of planning for retirement.
Important Days News
8.Mother Teresa’s 26th Death Anniversary
- On 26th death anniversary of Mother Teresa, marked on 5th September, the world pays tribute to a remarkable woman whose life exemplified the values of compassion, selflessness and unwavering dedication to serving humanity.
- Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, later known as Mother Teresa, was born to Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu in Skopje, North Macedonia. Her parents instilled strong values and empathy in her from a young age, sowing the seeds of her future calling to serve humanity.
- Mother Teresa’s work garnered international acclaim, leading to her receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her efforts to overcome poverty and distress, which she saw as a threat to peace. Despite the fame, she remained humble and focused on her mission.
Summits and Conferences News
9.43rd ASEAN Summit Begins In Jakarta Today
- President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana extended a warm welcome to the heads of state and government participating in the 43rd summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta. The 43rd ASEAN Summit, hosted by Indonesia and occurring from September 5th to 7th, saw esteemed delegates gathering at the Plenary Hall of the Jakarta Convention Center, the summit’s main venue.
- The 43rd ASEAN Summit commenced on a note of unity and cultural celebration. Delegates gathered to sing the ASEAN Anthem, symbolizing their shared commitment to the region’s prosperity and stability. The summit was further enriched by captivating art performances, including those by Aemove Dancer and Gitabumi Voices.
- This year, Indonesia assumed the chairmanship with the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.” This theme underscores Indonesia’s determination to preserve ASEAN’s relevance in the global arena and equip the bloc to face future challenges while promoting regional stability and peace.
10.Cognizant India MD Rajesh Nambiar appointed as Nasscom Chairperson
- Indian IT and tech trade body Nasscom announced the appointment of Rajesh Nambiar, Chairman and Managing Director, Cognizant India, as its new Chairperson. Nambiar is succeeding Anant Maheshwari, former President, Microsoft India as the new Chairperson of the trade body.
- Nambiar takes on the new role from his previous role as Vice Chairperson succeeding Anant Maheshwari, Former President, of Microsoft India. Nambiar along with President Debjani Ghosh, will continue to work with the nasscom Executive Council, industry, and the government in strengthening India’s position as a global technology hub while navigating the current volatile macro environment.
11.Govt partners with Meta for ‘Education to Entrepreneurship’ to skill 500,000 entrepreneurs
- The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Education, and Meta (formerly known as Facebook) have teamed together in a three-year alliance in a significant move intended to strengthen India’s digital capabilities.
- This ground-breaking program, titled “Education to Entrepreneurship: Empowering a Generation of Students, Educators, and Entrepreneurs,” aims to provide aspiring and established business owners with crucial digital marketing knowledge. It is aimed at a mind-boggling 5 lakh people.
12.BEL Inks MoU With Israel Aerospace Industries
- Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel’s leading aerospace and defense company, have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing cooperation in addressing India’s requirements in the domain of Short Range Air Defence Systems. The Memorandum of Understanding was officially signed in Bengaluru.
- The MoU between BEL and IAI aligns perfectly with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat‘ (Self-Reliant India) and ‘Make in India‘ policies of the Government of India. These policies emphasize the importance of domestic manufacturing and self-sufficiency in defense capabilities. By pooling their strengths and expertise, BEL and IAI aim to contribute significantly to these national objectives.
13.Teachers’ Day 2023, President Murmu presented National Teachers’ Award
- President Droupadi Murmu presented awards at an event organized by the Department of School Education & Literacy under the Ministry of Education, held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
- This year, 75 teachers from all over the country were chosen to receive this prestigious award. The purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate the exceptional contributions of teachers. It aims to honor those educators who, through their unwavering commitment and dedication, have not only enhanced the quality of education but also positively impacted the lives of their students.
14.Satyajit Majumdar honoured with Dr V G Patel Memorial Award 2023
- Mumbai Professor Satyajit Majumdar, dean of School of Management and Labour Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), has received the ‘Dr V G Patel Memorial Award-2023 for Entrepreneurship Trainer, Educator and Mentor’ for his work in promoting and strengthening entrepreneurship in India. Patel is widely acknowledged as the Father of the Entrepreneurship Movement in India.
- Award will be given to a professional for his/her outstanding performance/contribution in Entrepreneurship Training/Education/Mentoring/Knowledge or Technology Driven Start-Ups. Award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 100,000
15.McGahey to become first transgender to play international cricket
- For the first time in international cricket, a transgender woman player will feature in ICC-related tournaments. Danielle McGahey, 29, is set to become the first transgender woman player to play in international cricket.
- The right-hand batter from Australia, who moved to Canada in 2020, had fulfilled the eligibility criteria for male-to-female (MTF) transition, per ICC.
- McGahey is named in Canada’s squad for the Women’s T20 Americas Qualifier, the pathway tournament to the T20 World Cup 2024. According to BBC Sport, the first to break this news, McGahey socially transitioned from male to female three years ago in 2020 before undergoing a medical transition in 2021.
16.Divya Deshmukh Emerges Winner Of 2023 Tata Steel Chess India Women’s Rapid Tournament
- Divya Deshmukh, a 17-year-old Chess Woman Grandmaster hailing from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India clinched victory in the women’s category of the rapid section at the Tata Steel Chess India tournament. She dominated the competition by securing victories in all three rounds of the tournament, which took place at the National Library in Kolkata on September 1, 2023.
- Winners of the Tata Steel Chess India Tournament by Ranking:
Rank Player Score 1 Divya Deshmukh 7 2 Ju Wenjun (China) 6.5 3 Polina Shuvalova (FIDE) 5.5 4 Dronavalli Harika 4.5 5-7 Vantika Agrawal 4 Koneru Humpy 4 Anna Ushenina (Ukraine) 4 8-9 B. Savitha Shri 3.5 Irina Krush 3.5 10 Nino Batsiashvili (Georgia) 2.5
Science and Technology News
17.Hyderabad Firm Grene Robotics Unveils India’s First AI-Powered Anti-Drone System – Indrajaal
- Hyderabad-based private sector firm Grene Robotics has introduced Indrajaal, world’s only autonomous wide area, counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS). This state-of-the-art system is touted as capable of safeguarding against micro, mini, small, large, and extra-large drones, signaling a significant advancement in Indian defense technology.
- Indrajaal is built on a foundation of 12 unique layers of technology, a feat powered by artificial intelligence, marking a world-first achievement. This cutting-edge system possesses the ability to detect, identify, classify, track, and swiftly neutralize threats in real time. Its coverage extends to 360 degrees, offering protection over areas spanning up to 4000 square kilometers against all categories and levels of unmanned autonomous threats.
18.ISRO scientist N Valarmathi, voice behind Chandrayaan-3 countdown, passes away
- N Valarmathi, an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist, who lent her voice to countdowns for rocket launches in Sriharikota, died after a cardiac arrest. She was last heard during the countdown announcement for the launch of Chandrayaan-3 that made a historic landing on the Moon. Chandrayaan-3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 14. Chandrayan 3 was her final countdown announcement.
- Valarmathi was a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for over 30 years. She was the voice behind the countdowns for many ISRO launches. Her calm and reassuring voice was a familiar sound to millions of Indians who tuned in to watch the ISRO launches. She was also known for her work in the development of space applications for the benefit of society.
19.Kokborok language in news
- A coalition of 56 organizations in Tripura, under the banner of ‘Roman Script For Kokborok Choba,’ has taken to the streets to demand the adoption of the Roman script for the Kokborok language. This move comes as a culmination of decades of efforts by the indigenous community in the state to preserve and promote their native language.
- Kokborok is the lingua franca of Tripura’s indigenous community, spoken by nearly one-third of the state’s population.
- Its cultural and emotional significance to the people of Tripura cannot be overstated. The demand for a Roman script for Kokborok stems from the need to ensure its survival and accessibility in an increasingly digital and interconnected world.
Important Current Affairs of 5 September 2023
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