Daily current affairs analysis is a critical aspect for individuals preparing for competitive exams or for those who want to stay updated with the latest happenings in the world. Here’s a quick rundown of the major events that took place on 04-feb-2023:
LCA Tejas to be at the centre stage of ‘India Pavilion’ at 14th edition of Aero India Show
The indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Final Operational Clearance configuration will hold a centre stage of India Pavilion at the 14th edition of Aero India show to be held in Bengaluru from the 13th to 17th of February at Yelahanka Air Force Station
India Pavilion will showcase the growth of India in developing an eco-system for Fixed Wing Platforms.
There will also be a section for Defence space, new technologies and a UAV section, giving an insight into the growth of India in each sector.
Asia’s biggest Aero India show is organised with the theme, “The Runway to a Billion Opportunities”.
Aero India provides a platform to various national and international aerospace and defence companies to showcase their advanced products and capabilities to explore business opportunities.
The HAL Tejas is an Indian, single engine, delta wing, light multirole fighter designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in collaboration with Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC) of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.
It has quadruplex digital fly-by-wire Flight Control System (FCS) with associated advanced flight control laws. The aircraft with delta wing is designed for ‘air combat’ and ‘offensive air support’ with ‘reconnaissance’ and ‘anti-ship’ as its secondary roles. “Extensive use of advanced composites in the airframe gives a high strength to weight ratio, long fatigue life and low radar signatures.
Tejas is equipped with state-of-the-art features like glass cockpit, zero-zero ejection seat, inflight refueling probe and jam-proof AESA Radar, among others, which make the aircraft “more lethal. LCA has come a long way in terms of development and presently available in Air Force fighter & twin seater and LCA Navy fighter and twin seater.
What is the theme of the 14th edition of Aero India show to be held in Bengaluru? The Runway to a Billion Opportunities
Cooperation ministry signs MoU to enable primary agricultural credit societies
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to enable Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) and provide services offered by Common Service Centres, CSCs.
The MoU was signed between the Ministry of Cooperation, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, NABARD and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited in New Delhi.
This will not only help fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘Sahkar Se Samridhi’ but also strengthen both cooperatives and farmers.
This will help in advancing the concept of Common Service Centres to the smallest unit of the country very easily.
The role and contribution of PACS in rural and agricultural development are very important.Primary Agricultural Credit Societies are the soul of cooperatives and making them multipurpose as providers of about 20 services will increase employment opportunities in rural areas.
PACS will now be able to undertake different activities including water distribution, storage and Bank Mitra.
A provision has been made in this year’s Union Budget to make two lakh PACS in the next five years and create a multi-purpose PACS in every Panchayat.
Apart from this, the foundation of the world’s largest grain storage scheme has also been laid in the budget for the cooperative sector.
Between whom, an MoU has been signed in New Delhi to enable Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) and provide services offered by Common Service Centres, CSCs? Ministry of Cooperation, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, NABARD and CSC e-Governance Services India Limited
Former wrestler Babita Phogat joins Oversight Committee panel formed to probe allegations against WFI
Former wrestler Babita Phogat has joined the Oversight Committee panel formed to probe allegations against the Wrestling Federation of India, WFI.
She has been added to the panel of the Oversight Committee formed by the Sports Ministry to undertake the day-to-day administration of the WFI.
The Oversight Committee is also conducting an enquiry into the allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment, intimidation, financial irregularities and administrative lapses of the WFI.
Babita Phogat has become the 6th member of the Oversight Committee, which is being headed by Khel Ratna Awardee MC Mary Kom.
Wrestling Federation of India:
Affiliation: United World Wrestling (UWW)
Headquarters: New Delhi, India
Secretary: V.N. Prasood
Recently Babita Phogat has become the 6th member of the Oversight Committee panel formed to probe allegations against the Wrestling Federation of India, which is being headed by: MC Mary Kom
Madhvendra Singh appointed first CEO of Gujarat Maritime Cluster
Madhvendra Singh appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gujarat Ports Infrastructure Company Limited of the Gujarat Maritime Cluster.
The Gujarat Maritime Cluster (GMC) is the first of its kind Commercial Maritime Cluster in the country aimed at creating a hub for maritime services of international standards.
Gujarat Maritime Board established GMC through its subsidiary, Gujarat Ports Infrastructure Company Limited, to provide impetus to the overhauling of the state and nation’s maritime sector by developing an integrated ecosystem of soft services related to the global maritime and shipping industry in line with the concept of ‘the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the individual companies.
Gujarat Maritime Cluster intends to host a wide array of maritime, shipping, and logistics services providers in GIFT City at Gandhinagar.
It is the first and only maritime cluster in India at present. Besides serving as a vital platform enabling the regional maritime businesses to put forth their views and interests.
One of the biggest strengths of the Gujarat Maritime Cluster is that it shall bring together the industry players, Government, Academia (Gujarat Maritime University), and the Alternate Dispute Resolution Centre, enabling a synergetic collaboration, and accelerating the value creation in the maritime sector.
The Cluster has the unique advantage of leveraging the regulatory flexibility which is afforded by the first International Finance Services Centre (IFSC) in the country.
Who has been appointed as the first CEO of Gujarat Maritime Cluster? Madhvendra Singh
India to be 2025 Madrid International Book Fair’s theme country
India will be invited as the focal country at the Madrid International Book Fair in 2025.
Spain is the theme country at the 46th International Kolkata Book Fair.
The Madrid International Book Fair is an annual event held in the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid.
The Madrid International Book Fair:
The Fair began in 1933.
It ceased for a few years because of the Spanish Civil War.
The Madrid Book Fair is international in scope.
Although it features mainly books from Spanish-speaking countries, the event promotes the literature of a guest country, which may speak another language.
In 2018 the guest country was Romania; in 2019 it was the Dominican Republic.
The event scheduled for 2020 and 2021 were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain.
India has been invited as the theme country for the Madrid International Book Fair to be held in which year? 2025
Odisha CM’s secretary VK Pandian conferred with FIH President award
In the Finals of FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela, FIH President Tayyab Ikram presented the FIH President’s Award to VK Pandian, Secretary to the Chief Minister of Odisha, for his commendable contribution to hockey.
The FIH President highlighted the crucial role played by CM Naveen Patnaik along with VK Pandian in hosting a glorious Hockey World Cup.
The FIH President’s Award recognizes individuals National Associations or other organizations for valuable services to hockey, whether direct or indirect or initiatives which have had a significant effect on hockey at the international level.
International Hockey Federation (FIH):
Formation: 7 January 1924
Founded at: Paris, France
Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
President: Tayyab Ikram
CEO: Thierry Weil
Who has been recently conferred with the FIH President’s Award for his commendable contribution to hockey? VK Pandian
Noted writer K.V. Tirumalesh passes away
Noted Kannada writer K.V. Tirumalesh, 82, passed away in Hyderabad. K.V. Tirumalesh was suffering from age-related illnesses.
He was regarded as one of the most versatile writers across genres and a man with eclectic interests.
He is primarily recognized as a poet and honored with the Sahitya Akademi award for his innovative work Akshaya Kavya — “a long narrative sans story or aim” as he described it — he wrote extensively across genres, including plays, short stories, novels, translations, and criticism.
K.V. Tirumalesh’s career as a writer began in the 1960s when he wrote the collection of poems MukhavaaDagalu (Masks, 1968) in the Navya style, the modernist school of writing in Kannada literature.
His Mahaprasthana (1990) was said to be the result of his exploration of ways of transcending the constraints of modernism. It dealt with the theme of disillusionment after victory, with the mythological heavenward journey of the Pandavas as the setting.
Tirumalesh’s collection of poems, Akshaya Kavya (2010), as described by him is an “epic fragment”. He elaborated: “Aksh aya Kavya imbibes this spirit in an extensive way. It is a long narrative sans story, sans didacticism, sans any aim, a sort of poetic sojourn with a lot of gaps. It is long and fragmentary at the same time: my models are Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Charles Olson.” The work won him the Sahitya Akademi Award for Kannada in 2015.
KV Tirumalesh, who passed away recently, was a noted writer of which regional language? Kannada
Four Indian-American lawmakers appointed as members of key US House Committees
Four Indian-American lawmakers– Raja Krishnamoorthi, Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera and Ro Khanna– have been appointed as members of key US House Committees, reflecting the growing influence of the community in American politics.
Krishnamoorthi was appointed to serve as Ranking Member on the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Another Indian-American Khanna has also been made a member of this new committee, formed in the 118th Congress by Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for the specific purpose of investigating and developing policy to address the United States’ economic, technological and security competition with the CCP.
Indian-American US Representative Pramila Jayapal has been named Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement, making her the first immigrant to serve in a leadership role for the subcommittee.
The Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement will be chaired by Tom McClintock and has jurisdiction over immigration law and policy, naturalization, border security, refugee admissions, non-border immigration enforcement and other various issues.
While Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera was appointed as a member of the influential US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for the 118th Congress. The Intelligence Committee is charged with providing oversight of the nation’s intelligence activities, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the National Security Agency (NSA) and military intelligence programmes.
Ami Bera also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Name the Indian-American, who has been appointed to serve as Ranking Member on the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)? Raja Krishnamoorthi
₹477 cr approved to incubators under Startup India scheme: Govt
The Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS), a flagship scheme under Startup India initiative has been implemented with eﬀect from 1st April 2021.
Under the Scheme, Rs. 477.25 crore has been approved to 133 incubators of which Rs. 211.63 crore has been disbursed as on 31st December 2022.
The ﬂagship schemes under Startup India initiative namely, Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS), Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) and Credit Guarantee Scheme for Startups (CGSS) extend support to startups at various stages of their business cycle. The startups thereafter, are able to raise investments from angel investors or venture capitalists or seek loans from commercial banks or ﬁnancial institutions.
The Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS) has been approved with a corpus of Rs. 945 crore for the period of 4 years starting from 2021-22.
Under SISFS, as per provisions of the Scheme, the Government has constituted an Experts Advisory Committee (EAC) which is responsible for the overall execution and monitoring of the SISFS. The EAC evaluates and selects incubators for allocation of funds under the Scheme. The selected incubators thereon shortlist the startups based on certain parameters outlined in Scheme guidelines.
The Government with an intent to build a strong ecosystem for nurturing innovation, startups and encouraging private investments in startup ecosystem of the country launched Startup India initiative on 16th January 2016.
The Government also implements ﬂagship annual exercises and programs including States’ Startup Ranking, National Startup Awards and Innovation Week which play an important role in holistic development of the startup ecosystem. The Government through stakeholder consultations seeks regulatory and policy related recommendations for enhancing ease of doing business and reducing compliance burden for startup ecosystem. The Government also facilitates participation and engagement of Indian startup ecosystem at international platforms.
Recently, under which startup scheme, Rs. 477.25 crore has been approved to 133 incubators? Startup India Seed Fund Scheme