Daily Current Affairs Analysis Today : 19 & 20 –February-2023

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Meesho, govt sign MoU to onboard rural women as online sellers


Ministry of Rural Development and Meesho signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will enable women registered under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission to sell on the e-commerce platform.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh.

The partnership will give impetus to Meesho’s ongoing efforts to onboard rural women entrepreneurs in various states and enable them to launch and grow their businesses online.

Over the last few months, Meesho has tied up with several government-run self-help groups (SHGs), such as Sanjeevini – Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Mission and UMEED – Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission.



Founders: Sanjeev Barnwal, Vidit Aatrey

Founded: 2015


Which online shopping store has signed a MoU with Ministry of Rural Development that will enable women registered under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission to sell on the e-commerce platform? Meesho



United Breweries’ MD & CEO Rishi Pardal resigns


Rishi Pardal, the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Breweries Limited (UBL), tendered his resignation.

Pradal served as the MD & CEO of the company for two years, and nine months.

Before that, he was the Vice President and General Manager, Global Apparel Solutions, RBIS for over 3 years.

Heineken obtained control of UBL in India in July 2021, following an acquisition of a majority share in UBL.


United Breweries Limited:

Founded: 1857

Founder           Thomas Leishman

Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Chairperson & MD: Rishi Pardal


Name the MD and CEO of United Breweries Limited (UBL), who has resigned from his post recently? Rishi Pardal


‘Mirzapur’ actor Shahnawaz Pradhan passes away at 56


Shahnawaz Pradhan, best known for featuring in series Mirzapur and movie Raees, has passed away. He was in his late 50s.

He has played character roles in films M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Khuda Haafiz, Raees and Phantom; web series The Family Man and Hostages, and TV show Krishna and 24 among others.

Shahnawaz Pradhan (1966/1967 – 17 February 2023) was an Indian television and film actor, best known for his portrayal of Sindbad the Sailor in the popular fantasy television series, Alif Laila (1993–97) and playing Hafiz Saeed in Phantom.

He has also acted in the Marathi serial Kahe Diya Pardes, aired on Zee Marathi.


Shahnawaz Pradhan, who passed away recently, was related to which field? Entertainment



Kollam district panchayat wins Swaraj Trophy for the State’s best district panchayat for 2021-22 fiscal


The Kollam district panchayat has won the Swaraj Trophy for the best district panchayat in the State for the 2021-22 financial year.

The Kannur district panchayat stood second in the rankings. Kollam district, is one of 14 districts of the state of Kerala, India.

The district has a cross-section of Kerala’s natural attributes; it is endowed with a long coastline, a major Laccadive Sea seaport and an inland lake. The district has many water bodies.


Other winners list:

The Thiruvananthapuram Corporation bagged the trophy for the best corporation.

The Mulanthuruthy grama panchayat won the award for the best grama panchayat in the State and Pappinissery and Marangattupilly grama panchayats won the second and third places.

The award for the best block panchayat went to Perumpadappu, while Kodakara and Nedumangad won the second and third places.

Tirurangadi won the award for the best municipality, while Wadakkanchery and Sulthan Bathery won the second and third places.

The Kallikkad grama panchayat in Thiruvananthapuram won the Mahatma award for the best implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The Kollam Corporation won the Mahatma Ayyankali award for the implementation of the Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme (AUEGS).

Wadakkanchery and Vaikom won the award for municipalities.


Which district panchayat has won the Swaraj Trophy for the best district panchayat in the State for the 2021-22 financial year? Kollam


India ranks 4th in quality of entrepreneurship ecosystem: Report


India has ranked fourth among 51 countries in an index measuring the quality of an individual economy’s entrepreneurial environment in 2022.

The ranking of India in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) National Entrepreneurship Context Index (NECI) report is a drastic turnaround following a much lower score in 2021 which was 16th overall.

India’s latest score of 6.1 reflects a steady increase in the country’s overall entrepreneurial environment over the years. India’s NECI score rose from 5.8 in 2019 (ranked 6th among GEM economies) to 6.0 in 2020 (ranked 4th). However, there was a dip in 2021, with a score of 5.0 (barely sufficient) and a rank of 16th.

GEM defines the entrepreneurial context of a particular economy in terms of 13 different characteristics, labelled the Entrepreneurship Framework Conditions (EFCs).

The scores of the framework conditions for each of the 51 participating economies form the basis of the NECI results.

At least 36 experts are selected to assess statements that make up the scores that can be compared across economies.


Note: The country also ranked 4th in Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s National Entrepreneurship Context Index 2020 but slipped to 16th position in 2021 due to pandemic.

Head of the GEM India Team and Director General of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII): Dr Sunil Shukla


What is the rank of India in Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) National Entrepreneurship Context Index (NECI) report 2022? 4



Intel launches new Xeon workstation processors for professional creators


Intel has launched the new Xeon W-3400 and Xeon W-2400 desktop workstation processors (code-named Sapphire Rapids), which are built for professional creators to provide massive performance for media and entertainment, engineering, and data science professionals.

According to Intel, the new workstation processors are available for pre-order from industry partners, with system availability beginning in March.


Key Points:

The new Intel Xeon desktop workstation platform is uniquely designed to unleash the innovation and creativity of professional creators, artists, engineers, designers, data scientists, and power users.

Intel vice president and general manager Roger Chandler informed that it is built to tackle both the most demanding workloads as well as the professional workloads of the future.

Moreover, the company informed that the Xeon W-3400 and Xeon W-2400 processor series enable unprecedented scalability for increased performance with a breakthrough new compute architecture, faster cores, and new embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB) packaging.

The new processors also provide the high-end computing foundation that professionals these days require for the future of computing.

The chip-making company, Intel, mentioned that with DDR5 RDIMM memory, PCIe Gen 5.0, and Wi-Fi 6E, the new processors give professionals the cutting-edge platform technologies they require for the compute workloads of the future.


Intel has launched which new desktop workstation processors, built for professional creators to deliver massive performance for media and entertainment, engineering and data science professionals? Xeon W-3400 and Xeon W-2400



Government Approves Rs 4,800 Crore Vibrant Villages Programme


To improve the quality of life and encourage people to stay in their native locations in border areas, the union government announced a Rs 4,800 crore centrally sponsored scheme for four years through FY26.

The Cabinet approved the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ to ensure the comprehensive development of villages along the northern border areas. Out of the financial allocation of Rs 4,800 crore, Rs 2,500 crore would be used for constructing roads.

The scheme will provide funds for the development of essential infrastructure and creation of livelihood opportunities in 19 Districts and 46 Border blocks 4 states and 1 UT along the northern land border of the country which will help in achieving inclusive growth and retaining the population in the border areas. In the first phase 663 Villages will be taken up in the programme.

The scheme would help in encouraging people to stay in their native locations in border areas and reversing the outmigration from these villages adding to improved security of the border.


In order to improve the quality of life and encourage people to stay in their native places in border areas, the Central Government has announced a Centrally Sponsored Scheme of what amount for four years through FY26? Rs 4,800 crore



Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Amendment Bill to be reintroduced in Budget session


The government is all set to reintroduce the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) (Amendment) Bill in the forthcoming second half of the Budget session.


The AMASR Act of 1958:

The AMASR Act regulates the preservation of ancient and historical monuments and archaeological sites.

It provides for the regulation of archaeological excavations and for protection of sculptures, carvings and other such objects.

The Archaeological Survey of India functions under the provisions of this Act.

The Act prohibits construction in a prohibited area of 100 metres around protected monuments.

It does not permit construction in such prohibited areas even for public purposes, except under certain conditions.

The Central government can extend the prohibited area beyond 100 meters.


AMASR (Amendment) Bill:

The AMASR (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2017. The Bill amends the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958.

Control over prohibited area:It allows the government to take up infrastructure projects within prohibited areas around protected monuments.

Public works:It introduced a definition for ‘public works’, which includes construction of any infrastructure that is financed and carried out by Central government for public purposes.

It allows the Centre to allow public works based on the recommendation of the National Monuments Authority, on an application forwarded by the relevant Central government department that seeks to carry out construction for public purposes in a prohibited area.

The Bill was, however, referred to a select committee in the Rajya Sabha, which subsequently submitted its report in 2018.


What ASMAR stands for in AMASR (Amendment) Bill? Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains


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