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Daily Current Affairs 13th January 2023

Current Affairs 13th January 2023 are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily Current Affairs is the complete bag of important news that is held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update for 13th January 2023 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz. 

Here is the Current Affairs 13th January 2023 covering the following news headlines: Garuda Aerospace, ICC Players of the Month, National e-Governance Services Limited, Alibaba Group, Retail inflation, BHIM-UPI.

Top 17 Daily Current Affairs: National & International News:

Here is providing below the top 17 important Daily General Knowledge 2022 updates with national & international news.

National News

1. Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates School of Logistics, Waterways and Communication in Agartala

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  • Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, along with Tripura Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha, inaugurated the School of Logistics, Waterways and Communication in Agartala. This new institution aims to provide world-class education and training to the region’s talented individuals, allowing them to excel in the transportation and logistics industry.
  • The school’s mission is to tap into the economic potential of the Northeast by harnessing the human resources of the region’s waterways and transportation sector, as outlined by Minister Sonowal.

Appointments News

2. Cognizant Appoints Ravi Kumar S as Chief Executive Officer

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  • IT giant Cognizant has announced Ravi Kumar as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing the outgoing Brian Humphries, effective immediately. He was the president and COO of Infosys until October 2022, before leaving the company to join Cognizant the following week as President of Cognizant Americas.
  • Mr. Humphries had resigned from the post that he held for four years, a move that has been linked to Cognizant’s recent underperformance, including revenue decline in the third quarter of 2022.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Cognizant Founders: Kumar Mahadeva, Francisco D’Souza;
  • Cognizant Founded: 26 January 1994, Chennai.

3. Santhi Kumari Appointed as First Woman Chief Secretary of Telangana

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  • Senior IAS Officer A Santhi Kumari has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Telangana. Santhi Kumari took charge as the first women Chief Secretary of the State at the Secretariat in BRK Bhavan.
  • Santhi Kumari will take charge over incumbent Somesh Kumar, who was relieved from the Telangana government by the Union Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
  • Santhi Kumari is the first woman Chief Secretary of Telangana.
  • She was appointed a day after the former CS Somesh Kumar was relieved by the state government.
  • After taking charge as the Chief Secretary of Telangana, she met Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Pragati Bhavan.
  • Former CS Somesh Kumar has now reported to the Andhra Pradesh government on 12th January 2023.

Agreements News

4. MP Tourism Board Signed MoUs with Chapters of Eight Countries of GOPIO

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  • Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with chapters of 8 countries of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) at the 17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas convention. The event was held at MP Tourism Pavilion at Brilliant Convention Centre in Indore.
  • The MoUs were signed with France Metropole Paris, Mauritius, Reunion Island, Martinique, Sri Lanka, GOPOI International, Malaysia, and Mauritius.
  • The MoU was signed by Principal Secretary of Tourism and Culture and Managing Director of Tourism Board Sheo Shekhar Shukla on behalf of the Tourism Board and Presidents of 8 countries of GOPIO.

5. Sony Sports signs Hyundai Ioniq 5, Samsonite as sponsors for Australian Open

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  • Broadcaster Sony Sports Network, which will air the Australian Open this month across its channels and OTT app SonyLiv. It has roped in sponsors like Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Samsonite as co-presenting sponsors and Panasonic as an associate sponsor for the upcoming open.
  • This will mark the return of the Sony Sports network’s live tennis studio show, ‘Extraaa Serve’, hosted by Arpit Sharma and the Hindi commentary for the tournament will be provided by Natekar, Manish Batavia & Atish Thukral.

Economy News

6. Centre Clears Rs 2,600 cr Scheme to Promote RuPay, BHIM-UPI

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  • The Union Cabinet has approved the incentive scheme for the promotion of RuPay Debit Cards and low-value BHIM-UPI transactions (person-to-merchant) for the current financial year. The approved incentive scheme for promotion of RuPay Debit Cards and low-value BHIM-UPI transactions (P2M) in FY 2022-23 has a financial outlay of Rs 2,600 crore.
  • Under the said scheme, acquiring banks will be provided financial incentive, for promoting Point-of-Sale (PoS) and e-commerce transactions using RuPay Debit Cards and low-value BHIM-UPI transactions (P2M) for the current financial year FY 2022-23.

7. Petrol blended with 20% ethanol from April 1, says Hardeep Singh Puri

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  • The phased roll-out of E20 (20 per cent ethanol blending in gasoline) will begin on April 1, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said. The fuel will be available at select outlets and will not require changes to car engines.
  • The proposed roll-out will give further impetus to the government’s plans of achieving the level of 20 per cent ethanol blending in the overall petrol supply in the country by ethanol supply year 2025-2026.
  • India has increased the ethanol blending in petrol from 1.53 per cent in 2013-14 to 10.17 per cent in 2022. To achieve 20 per cent blending by 2025, the country needs 10.2-11 billion litres of ethanol. This would require a production capacity of around 14.5 billion litres because some production has to be kept aside for starch and chemical industry. Of this, around 7.6 billion litres of ethanol will have to be produced from sugarcane while another 7.2 billion litres will have to come from grain- and non-grain-based sources such as rice stubble and so on.

8. Inflation cools to one-year low of 5.7% in December

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  • Retail inflation declined to a one-year low of 5.72 per cent in December 2022, mainly due to softening prices of food items. Also, it was well within the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) comfort range of 2 per cent-6 per cent for a second month, data released by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) showed.
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation rate eased to 5.72 per cent in December. It was 5.88 per cent in November, and 6.77 per cent in October 2022.
  • After remaining above the Reserve Bank of India’s upper tolerance threshold of 6 per cent since January 2022, retail inflation declined in November to 5.88 per cent and further in December to 5.72 per cent — its lowest level in one year.

Business News

9. Alibaba sells Paytm stake worth $125 Million via block deal

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  • China’s Alibaba Group sold a 3.1% stake in Indian digital payments firm Paytm for a total of $125 million through a block deal. Shares of the company fell as much as 8.8% to 528 rupees in afternoon trading, and was last down 5.8%. Alibaba, which held a 6.26% stake in Paytm as of end-September, sold the stake at 536.95 rupees apiece.
  • Paytm’s stock has risen about 9% this year up to last close, after reporting strong preliminary figures for the third quarter. It closed 2022 with a 60% loss, despite the company announcing a share buyback in December. In November last year, Softbank Group Corp sold a 4.5% stake in the e-payments firm worth $200 million. SoftBank had a 17.5% stake in Paytm as of Sept. 30.

Banking News

10. SBI launched e-Bank Guarantee facility in association with NeSL

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  • State Bank of India (SBI) has launched e-Bank Guarantee (e-BG) facility in association with National e-Governance Services Limited (NeSL). India’s largest lender said this facility will bring about a revolutionary change in the banking ecosystem, where bank guarantee is frequently used in large volumes.
  • By using the NeSL’s platform, the bank customers and other beneficiaries will instantly get an e-Bank Guarantee without additional verification.
  • NeSL’s Digital Document Execution (DDE) platform, which provides e-Stamp and e-Sign functions, will facilitate the e-Bank Guarantee process. Beneficiaries will instantly receive an e-Bank Guarantee on NeSL’s platform without further verification. Currently, the bank issues these guarantees with physical stamping and wet signatures. The introduction of e-BG will replace this function with e-stamping and e-signature.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • State Bank of India Chairperson: Dinesh Kumar Khara;
  • State Bank of India Founded: 1 July 1955;
  • State Bank of India Managing directors: Praveen Kumar Gupta;
  • State Bank of India Headquarters: Mumbai.

Sports News

11. Harry Brook & Ashleigh Gardner named ICC Players of the Month for December

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  • Harry Brook received the ICC Men’s Player of the Month award after a blistering run of scores that helped England claim a historic World Test Championship (WTC) series victory in Pakistan.
  • On the other hand, Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner bagged the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for her contributions with bat and ball in the T20I series against India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams: 

  • ICC Founded: 15 June 1909;
  • ICC Chairman: Greg Barclay;
  • ICC CEO: Geoff Allardice;
  • ICC Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Books and Authors News

12. A book titled ‘Revolutionaries – The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom’ released by Amit Shah

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  • Home Minister Amit Shah has released a book titled “Revolutionaries- The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom” at a function in New Delhi. The Author of the book is Economist Sanjeev Sanyal who is also a member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.
  • Formerly a best selling author, Sanjeev Sanyal has served in the financial sector for almost two decades. Sanjeev Sanyal has been the Global Strategic and Managing Director of Deutsche Bank till 2015.

13. A new book titled “Irrfan Khan: A Life in Movies” shows Irrfan Khan’s iconic life

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  • A new book “Irrfan Khan: A Life in Movies” will offer a compelling account of iconic actor Irrfan Khan’s life and achievements, starting from his days at the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD) to his nearly a decade-long stint in television and his gradual ascent in the film industry.
  • In the book, film critic Shubhra Gupta engages key people, including director Mira Nair, Vishal Bharadwaj, and Anurag Basu in conversation on the actor’s art, craft and legacy.
  • Drawing from interviews with key people Irrfan was close to, worked with, was influenced by – including Irrfan’s wife Sutapa Sikdar, Tillotama Shome, Irrfan’s best friend from the NSD Timangshu, Shoojit Sircar, Tabu, Anurag Kashyap, among many others – this book will be a collection of scintillating new interviews, with commentary from Shubhra herself, that will together offer a complex portrait of Irrfan the actor and the man,” publisher Pan Macmillan.

14. A book titled “Braving A Viral Storm: India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Story” by Aashish Chandorkar

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  • Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has officially launched the book titled “Braving A Viral Storm: India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Story” in New Delhi. The book is co-authored by Aashish Chandorkar and Suraj Sudhir.
  • The book launch comes ahead of India’s second anniversary of starting its COVID-19 vaccination drive in January 2021.
  • In this book, the inside story of India’s fight against Corona and the challenges of making a vaccine in difficult circumstances is told. The whole story from India’s preparation to making it in the vaccine race has been told through words in this book. India had established a Covid management model towards an exemplary vaccination with public participation.

Obituaries News

15. Fighting Emergency to championing Mandal, Sharad Yadav passes away

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  • Socialist stalwart and former JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav passed away. He was 75. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son. A 7-term Lok Sabha and 4-term Rajya Sabha member, Yadav, a former Union Minister, had not been keeping well for some time.
  • Born on July 1, 1947 at Babai in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, Yadav was a gold medallist in engineering from the Jabalpur Engineering College.He soon became active in youth politics, greatly influenced by socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia.
  • He participated in a number of mass movements and was detained under MISA during the turbulent 1970s. Much later, he was among the leaders who played a significant role in the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations.

16. British linguist Ronald E Asher, specialised in Dravidian languages, passes away

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  • A british linguist and educator specialised in Dravidian languages, Ronald E. Asher has passed away at the age of 96. A fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London, Asher won a gold medal from Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Trichur, in 1983 and was honoured by the Royal Society, Edinburgh in 1991. He was also a recipient of a medal from College de France, Paris in 1970.
  • Asher was born on July 23, 1926 in Gringley-on-the Hill, England. His relationship with Kerala began during his days at the University of London where V K Krishna Menon, well-known diplomat and political thinker from Kerala, famed to have been the right hand of Jawaharlal Nehru, had delivered one of his prolonged, passionate and provocative speeches.

Miscellaneous News

17. Former cricketer MS Dhoni, Garuda Aerospace launch surveillance drone named Droni

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  • Former India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and drone market Garuda Aerospace have launched a a surveillance drone named ‘Droni.’ Dhoni is an ambassador-cum-investor in the low-cost drone manufacturer.
  • Dhoni had unveiled the camera drone called Droni at The Global Drone Expo in Chennai last year. Droni is a battery-operated quadcopter surveillance drone. At the launch, MS Dhoni has said that he got interested about drones during the COVID-19 lockdown and learned about the important role drones can play for farmers and agriculturalists.
  • Garuda Aerospace recently became the first-ever drone company in India to get dual DGCA approvals for both drone manufacturing type certificate and RTPO.

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