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Read the most important current affairs of 6 February 2024. Today Current Affairs covers the headlines on Bapu Tower, Bharat Rang Mahotsav, New Army Vice Chief, Safer Internet Day 2024.
Top 18 Current Affairs and News Headlines of 6 February 2024
1.Israeli Researchers Uncover Underwater Canyon Near Cyprus
- The Geological Institute of Israel has recently made a groundbreaking discovery near Cyprus, uncovering an underwater canyon of unprecedented proportions.
- Named Eratosthenes after the nearby underwater mountain, this canyon sheds new light on the geological history of the Mediterranean region.
- Eratosthenes Canyon is a relic of the past, dating back approximately 5.5 million years to the Messinian Event. Stretching across approximately 10 kilometers in width and plunging to depths of 500 meters, Eratosthenes Canyon’s sheer magnitude is awe-inspiring.
2.Bharat Rang Mahotsav, India’s Biggest Theatre Festival, Kicks Off In Gujarat
- The prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav, India’s foremost theatre festival, inaugurated its festivities in the culturally vibrant Kachchh district of Gujarat, heralding the onset of a lively homage to the performing arts.
- The festival kicked off in grand style with a mesmerizing rendition of ‘Uttararamacharitam,’ a classic masterpiece by Bhavabhuti, directed by Dr. Chavan Pramod R. from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. This stirring play, presented in Gujarati, showcased the remarkable talent of NSD students.
- As Bharat Rang Mahotsav enters its 25th year, it stands as a testament to the diverse theatrical voices that enrich India’s cultural landscape. From Mumbai to Srinagar, the festival brings together artists from across the nation, offering a kaleidoscope of performances.
3.Uttarakhand CM launches “Dhami against drugs campaign”
- Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami inaugurated the “Dhami against drugs campaign,” a pivotal initiative spearheaded by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Metropolitan Dehradun.
- This campaign, running from February 5 to February 10, marks a significant step in the state government’s resolution to eradicate drug abuse and cultivate a healthier, drug-free society by the year 2025.
- The “Dhami against drugs campaign” is more than a slogan; it’s a call to action for the entire community. The campaign aims to engage various stakeholders, including students, educational institutions, and civil society, to foster a collective resistance against the drug menace.
4.Bapu Tower: A Monumental Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in Patna, Bihar
- In the heart of Patna, Bihar, a new landmark has emerged as a monumental tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, fondly known as the Father of the Nation.
- The Bapu Tower, located in Gardanibagh, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.
- The Bapu Tower, towering at a height of 120 feet and comprising six stories, is the realization of a dream project envisioned by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
- The tower is not just an architectural marvel but also a hub for learning and reflection on Gandhi’s life and contributions to India’s freedom struggle and his universal principles of peace, non-violence, and harmony.
5.Jammu and Kashmir gets $14 billion from interim budget
- India has taken a significant step towards the economic development of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir by announcing an interim Budget of $14 billion for fiscal year 2024-25.
- This financial commitment is noteworthy, as it is approximately 4.5 times greater than the total amount Pakistan is seeking from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to address its ongoing economic challenges.
- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the interim budget on a symbolic day, as Pakistan observed “Kashmir Solidarity Day.” The timing of the announcement not only reflects India’s resolve to prioritize the economic upliftment of Jammu and Kashmir but also serves as a message of commitment to its integral territories.
6.RBI’s Analysis Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2022-23
- The annual performance report of the Indian banking sector, compliant with Section 36(2) of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, presents a comprehensive analysis of the sector’s achievements and challenges.
- It encompasses cooperative banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), providing insights into their contributions to the country’s economic framework.
- The report highlights the robustness of India’s banking system and NBFCs, underpinned by high capital ratios, improved asset quality, and substantial earnings growth.
- NBFCs have shown remarkable growth and improvement in asset quality, with their combined balance sheets growing by 14.8% in 2022-23.
Important Days News
7.Safer Internet Day 2024
- Safer Internet Day, celebrated on 6th February each year, serves as a global call to action for individuals, families, and communities to unite in making the digital world a safer and more secure environment for all.
- The theme for Safer Internet Day 2024, “Inspiring Change. Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online,” reflects a proactive approach towards fostering a positive and secure online experience
- In an era where digital interaction is a fundamental aspect of daily life, Safer Internet Day underscores the critical need for awareness and education on internet safety.
- It serves as a reminder to evaluate our digital habits, implement robust security measures, and advocate for a respectful and inclusive online community.
Ranks & Reports News
8.Mukesh Ambani Tops Global Brand Guardianship Index 2024
- Mukesh Ambani, the visionary leader steering Reliance Industries Limited, secures the first position among Indian executives and an impressive second globally in the prestigious Brand Guardianship Index 2024 by Brand Finance.
- This recognition places Ambani ahead of renowned global leaders such as Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai, Tim Cook, and Elon Musk. Brand Finance’s survey awarded Mukesh Ambani an impressive Brand Guardianship Index (BGI) score of 80.3.
- Mukesh Ambani stands just below the leading score of 81.6 held by Huateng Ma of China-based Tencent. The BGI utilizes a balanced scorecard, emphasizing CEOs’ ability to act as stewards of their company’s brand and long-term value.
Summit & Conferences News
9.PM Narendra Modi To Address World Government Summit In Dubai
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the prestigious World Government Summit (WGS) in Dubai on February 14.
- This marks his second invitation to the WGS, with the first being in 2018. The WGS, an annual global gathering held in Dubai since 2013, convenes world leaders, policymakers, and experts to tackle pressing global issues.
- Scheduled from February 12 to 14, the WGS is a cornerstone event in Dubai, attracting participants from across the globe.
- On February 14, PM Modi will also inaugurate the UAE’s first traditional stone temple, the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, symbolizing inclusivity and tolerance. This gesture underscores the deepening cultural ties between India and the UAE.
10.PT Usha Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by SJFI and DSJA
- Legendary sprinter and current President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), PT Usha, was honoured with the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award.
- This accolade was presented to her by the Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) and Delhi Sports Journalists Association (DSJA), recognizing her extraordinary contributions to Indian athletics.
- PT Usha, often hailed as the “Queen of Indian track and field,” was presented with a medallion, a citation, and a memento, signifying the high esteem in which she is held for her stellar sporting career.
- This event not only celebrated her achievements but also highlighted the legacy she has built over the years, inspiring countless athletes across the nation.
11.REC Secures Best Green Bond – Corporate Award At The Asset Triple A Awards 2024
- REC Limited, a Maharatna Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Power and a leading NBFC, has been honored with the prestigious Best Green Bond – Corporate Award at The Asset Triple A Awards for Sustainable Finance.
- In April 2023, REC issued USD Green Bonds worth $750 million, marking a milestone as the first from India post its assumption of G20 Presidency. This issuance, the largest Senior Green Bond Tranche by a South or South-East Asian issuer, received widespread acclaim.
- The Asset Triple A Awards are a renowned acknowledgment of organizations excelling in their respective industries. With a history spanning over two decades, these awards reflect unparalleled industry insight and recognize best-in-class institutions and deals.
12.Dr. Bina Modi Named ‘Outstanding Business Woman Of The Year 2023’
- Dr. Bina Modi, the esteemed Chairperson of Modi Enterprises, has been honored with the prestigious ‘Outstanding Business Woman of the Year’ Award.
- This recognition, bestowed upon her by Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister of India, at a distinguished conference organized by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), underscores her exceptional leadership and contributions to the industry.
- As Chairperson of Modi Enterprises – KK Modi Group, Dr. Bina Modi oversees a diverse portfolio of companies, including the renowned FMCG giant, Godfrey Phillips India, and the leading agro-chemical firm, Indofil.
13.Rajendra Prasad Gupta Appointed as Rajasthan’s New Advocate General
- Rajasthan has welcomed Senior Advocate Rajendra Prasad Gupta as its new Advocate General, following the approval of his appointment by Governor Kalraj Mishra.
- This appointment marks a significant transition in the state’s legal leadership, filling the vacancy left after the change of government in December.
- Rajendra Prasad Gupta steps into the role previously held by MS Singhvi, embarking on a new chapter as the 19th Advocate General of Rajasthan.
14.Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi Appointed Army Vice Chief
- In a strategic move within the Indian Army, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi has been appointed as the new Army Vice Chief, effective February 15.
- This transition signifies a seamless succession plan as Lt Gen Dwivedi steps into the role, succeeding Lt Gen MV Suchindra Kumar, who is set to assume command at the Northern Army Command in Udhampur
- Lt Gen. Dwivedi boasts a distinguished career within the Indian Army, having previously served in key positions including Deputy Chief and Director General of Infantry at the Army Headquarters.
- His operational experience in the Northern Command, particularly during the ongoing India-China military standoff, positions him well for his new role as Army Vice Chief. With expertise in command and strategic roles, Lt Gen. Dwivedi brings a wealth of experience to his appointment.
15.Yemen Appoints Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as New Prime Minister
- Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council, in a significant move, appointed Foreign Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak as the country’s new Prime Minister.
- This appointment comes at a critical time as Yemen faces increased tensions and security challenges. The outgoing Prime Minister, Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, has been appointed as an advisor to the Chairman of the Presidential Leadership Council, marking a notable shift in the country’s political landscape.
- Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak has been a prominent figure in Yemeni politics. Bin Mubarak’s political career includes serving as Yemen’s ambassador to the United States and representing the country at the United Nations in 2018.
- Known for his staunch opposition to the Houthi rebels, his appointment as Prime Minister is viewed as a strategic move by the Presidential Leadership Council.
Books & Authors News
16.CDS Anil Chauhan Reveals AI, National Security Book In Pune
- Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan made a significant announcement at the Defence Literature Festival, “Kalam and Kavach,” in Pune.
- He unveiled a groundbreaking book titled ‘Artificial Intelligence and National Security,’ marking a pivotal moment in blending India’s rich cultural heritage with contemporary national security strategies.
- The festival, hosted by Army Southern Command at the prestigious RSAMI Institute, Pune, showcased a remarkable fusion of tradition and innovation in the realm of national security.
- The festival also celebrated the launch of several significant books, including ‘AI and National Security’ by Col Amit Sinha and Vijay Khare, shedding light on the intersection of artificial intelligence and national defense. Additionally, “Russia, Gaza, Taiwan… A World at War” by Ajay Singh provided insights into global geopolitics.
17.Hon’ble Justice U.U. Lalit Joins K.R. Mangalam University as Distinguished Professor
- K.R. Mangalam University proudly announces the appointment of the distinguished former Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Justice U.U. Lalit, as the Eminent Jurist and Distinguished Professor at The School of Legal Studies.
- This appointment follows closely on the heels of the university securing the 2nd position in Haryana, according to the BW Legal World Law School Rankings 2022, affirming its commitment to delivering unparalleled legal education.
- Born on November 9, 1957, in Solapur, Maharashtra, Justice Lalit’s legal journey is a testament to his dedication and commitment to justice.
- Following in the footsteps of his father, U.R. Lalit, Justice Lalit has made significant contributions to the legal field, specializing in criminal law and playing a pivotal role in many landmark cases throughout his career.
18.Isha Foundation’s 242ft Adi Shiva Statue Approved Near Jewar Airport
- The Civil Aviation Ministry has granted in-principle approval for the installation of a towering 242 feet high statue of Adiyogi Shiva near the upcoming Noida International Airport in Jewar, western Uttar Pradesh.
- The Isha Foundation has requested 200 acres of land from the Yamuna Authority for the establishment of the statue and associated facilities.
- The installation of the Adiyogi Shiva statue near the Noida Airport holds the promise of not only enriching the spiritual identity of the region but also enhancing its cultural landscape.
- As a beacon for yoga enthusiasts and spiritual seekers, it will complement existing landmarks and contribute to the harmonious coexistence of industrial and spiritual activities.
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