Daily Current Affairs Analysis Today : 16 – February -2023 Daily current affairs analysis is an essential component of preparing for various competitive exams such as the UPSC, SSC, entrance exams, and other competitive exams. Staying updated on the current events is crucial as the questions in these exams are often based on the recent happenings around the world. The daily current affairs analysis helps aspirants to keep a track of the important events and developments taking place globally.
Royal Challengers Bangalore appoints Indian tennis legend Sania Mirza as the mentor of its Women’s Premier League (WPL) team
Ace tennis player Sania Mirza has been appointed as the team mentor of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the first season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL), which will kick start on March 4.
Mirza is the first Indian woman to win six Grand Slams. She played her last major tournament at the 2023 Australian Open in January. Mirza is expected to join the Bangalore team after the conclusion of the ATP Dubai Open, which is likely to be her last professional tournament.
Mirza is the first Indian woman to win six Grand Slams. She played her last major tournament at the 2023 Australian Open in January.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has appointed which Indian tennis player as the mentor of its Women’s Premier League (WPL) team? Sania Mirza
Racewalker Akshdeep Singh became the first Indian to qualify for the Paris Olympics
Hailing from Kahneke village in Barnala district of Punjab, Akshdeep became the first Indian from athletics, along with seasoned race walker Priyanka Goswami, to qualify for the Paris Olympics next year as well as for World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary in August after winning gold in 20km event of National Race Waking Championships in Ranchi.
Akshdeep clocked 1 hour 19 minutes and 55 seconds to become the first Indian race walker to time sub 1:20 in 20km event and obliterate the national record of 1:20:16, which was in the name of veteran Sandeep Kumar.
The men’s 20km race walk qualifying time for both the World Championships to be held in Budapest in August and 2024 Olympics is 1:20:10.
He began competing at the senior level just three years ago and started training at the Sports Authority of India Centre in Bengaluru only in 2021.
Akshdeep Singh became the first Indian to qualify for the Paris Olympics. He is related to which sport? racewalker
TV show Nukkad’s Veteran actor Javed Khan Amrohi passes away
Veteran actor Javed Khan Amrohi passed away in Mumbai.
He was an active member of IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association) Mumbai since the 1970s.
Javed Khan appeared in famous TV shows from the 80s and 90s such as Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984), Nukkad (1986), Mirza Ghalib (1988), Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai (1995), Ghar Jamai (1997), Powder, Kirdaar, Vishnu Puran and even the iconic show Shaktimaan.
The actor also made a mark on the silver screen, he was best known for his roles in Lagaan, Andaz Apna Apna, Hum Hai Raahi Pyaar Ke, Chak De India!.
Recently Javed Khan Amrohi has passed away. To which field did he belong? Actor
Indo-Bangla joint venture Rampal plant to resume power production
Rampal power plant, a joint venture of Indian state-owned NTPC and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), will resume its operations.
Unit-1 of the plant, having 660 MW capacity, was forced to shut down on January 14 due to shortage of coal.
The authorities of the power plant were unable to open any letter of credit (LC) to import coal due to the dollar crisis.
After a lot of persuasion at the policy level, LC-opening was allowed for importing coal and the supplier sent a consignment of 30,000 metric tonnes, said Anwarul Azim, deputy general manager of the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Limited (BIFPCL).
The unit is ready to go into commercial production, Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) spokesperson Shameem Hasan told media.
The first unit of the 1,320MW power plant in Bagerhat is supplying 620-630 megawatt of electricity to the national grid per day through the Mongla-Mawa-Aminbazar gridline of Dhaka.
President: Mohammad Abdul Hamid
Currency: Bangladeshi Taka
Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
What is the name of the Power Plant between NTPC and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) restart its operations recently? Rampal Power Plant
Shell and Microsoft join hands to provide digital skills to non-IT
Shell India and Microsoft announced a collaboration to impart digital skills to students in vocational education institutions as part of their joint commitment to equip the workforce with future-ready skills.
The project aims to enable 5,000 underserved youth across 24 government institutes with digital productivity and employability skills and prepare them for digital careers in the manufacturing and energy sectors.
This collaboration between Shell and Microsoft will help create a future-ready workforce and open new avenues of learning and job opportunities for students in ITI and polytechnic colleges.
Moreover, the company said that the first phase of the programme will focus on creating awareness about the digital employment opportunities across Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, to enable livelihood opportunities for students in ITI and polytechnic trades such as electrician, electrical engineering, fashion designing.
Further, the initiative will support the enhancement of digital learning labs at these institutes and build the capacity of faculty members to sustain the outcomes of the program.
Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States
Founded: 4 April 1975, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Chairperson: Satya Nadella (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)
Recently with whom Microsoft announced a collaboration to impart digital skills to students in vocational education institutions? Shell India
Saudi Arabia to host FIFA Club World Cup 2023
Saudi Arabia has been named the host of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023, scheduled to take place from December 12-22.
About the FIFA Club World Cup 2023, which is due to be played under the current format with seven clubs, the FIFA Council unanimously appointed the Saudi Arabian Football Federation as tournament hosts from 12 to 22 December 2023.
Saudi Arabia will be only the sixth host of the competition since its inception in 2000.
The Gulf nation, earlier this month, was awarded the hosting rights of the men’s Asian Cup 2027 and is also bidding to host the Women’s Asian Cup for the first time in 2026.
The FIFA Council also confirmed a change in the format of the tournament from June 2025 — to expand the FIFA Club World Cup from 24 to 32 teams — with 12 teams from Europe involved along with six from CONMEBOL, while CONCACAF, CAF, and the AFC will each have four, with one place for the OFC and another for the hosts.
In addition, the Council also confirmed that the hosts of the FIFA World Cup 2026, namely Canada, Mexico, and the USA, will qualify automatically as the joint hosts of the tournament, with their slots.
Currency: Saudi Riyal
King: Salman of Saudi Arabia
Which country will host the FIFA Club World Cup 2023? FIFA
Saudi Tourism Authority signs deal with IPL to promote cricket, tourism
Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) has signed an official partnership with the world’s preeminent Twenty 20 cricket league, the Indian Premier League (IPL), to tap into a strong fanbase between the two countries and promote Saudi Tourism in India.
Cricket is one of the most popular sports around the world and IPL is the premier league in the world through this partnership, STA aims to tap into a strong fanbase between the two countries, encourage affinity and increase awareness of Saudi as a leading destination for Indian travellers, especially among young people.
In 2020, the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation (SACF) was established and it currently looks after 16 regional associations in 11 cities, and counts 8,000+ registered players and 400+ registered clubs, with a total participation of 35,000 in domestic cricket tournaments and championships. The Saudi cricket national team is presently ranked 32nd out of 180 nations in cricket.
Saudi Tourism Authority has tied up with whom to promote cricket, tourism? IPL
Noted painter Lalitha Lajmi passes away
Noted painter Lalitha Lajmi passed away at the age of 90.
She was sister of late actor-filmmaker Guru Dutt.
Lalitha Lajmi was born to a poet father and a poly-linguist writer mother in Kolkata in 1932.
Coming from a family involved in the arts, Lajmi was very fond of classical dance and painting.
She found her calling in painting. An unparalleled water-colourist, through her works she narrates a layered history of the modern Indian woman in the decades that followed Independence.
She has held several exhibitions in international art galleries in Paris, London and the Netherlands.
Lalita made a small appearance in the 2007 film Taare Zameen Par, starring Aamir Khan, in which she played an art teacher.
She was also fond of classical dance.
Noted personality Lalitha Lajmi, who was sister of late actor-filmmaker Guru Dutt died. She was famous for her work in: Art & Dance
ICICI Bank signs MoU with BNP Paribas
ICICI Bank and BNP Paribas have signed an initial pact to cater to the banking requirements of European corporates operating in India and Indian companies in the European Union.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two entities establishes a framework of partnership between the two banks for providing financial services to corporate customers operating in the India – Europe corridor.
This partnership would enhance the support provided to Indian firms on their global journey as well as European corporations seeking to establish their presence in India.
BNP Paribas Group has been in India since 1860 and is among the leading international financial institutions providing a wide range of financial services covering corporate and institutional banking, and personal investment services for individuals.
CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi
Founded: 1994, Vadodara
Founder: Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India
Recently with whom ICICI Bank has signed an initial pact to cater to the banking requirements of European corporates? BNP Paribas
Garuda Aerospace launches solar-powered spy drone
Drone startup Garuda Aerospace entered the defence sector with its solar-powered unmanned reconnaissance aerial J-Glider.
The solar-powered glider-branded SURAJ was launched by Principal Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and former Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDA) Satheesh Reddy at the Aero India 2023 show being held in Bengaluru.
The SURAJ is a high-altitude drone for surveillance operations, providing real-time information to the high command and protecting jawans on the ground.
The drone’s unique J-shaped wings are equipped with solar-powered cells that serve as its primary fuel source, while an auxiliary battery provides additional propulsion or decreased speed as required.
The drone will carry a versatile payload of high-resolution zoom cameras with thermal imagery and foliage-penetrating lidar sensors with a maximum capacity of 10 kg.
This cutting-edge technology will capture, process, and transmit photos and videos in real-time, ensuring that the headquarters and base have access to vital information before planning strategic operations and terms.
It has an endurance of 12 hours and can fly at an altitude of 3,000 ft.
Garuda Aerospace’s SURAJ drone will help in providing military and security support with edge-cutting solutions like real-time monitoring.
Which aerospace has launched a solar powered spy drone? Garuda