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23rd January, 2024

FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fisheries Management, first pilot project to make jet fuel from alcohol, Ram Temple, Kachchhi Kharek, GI tag, Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024, International Trade Financing Services Platform, Jeevan Dhara-II, Vision 2049, Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2024

  1. India has been elected as the First Vice Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fisheries Management.
  2. Central government has directed schools and higher education institutions to provide study material for all courses in Indian languages digitally within the next 3 years.
  3. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has launched first pilot project to make jet fuel from alcohol in Pune.
  4. Ram Temple has been inaugurated in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on 22nd January, 2024.
  5. Kachchhi Kharek, indigenous dates of Kutch has become 2nd fruit from Gujarat to get GI tag.
  6. 10th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 has been held from 10th to 12th January.
  7. Yes Bank has became the 1st Indian bank to execute an export finance transaction on the International Trade Financing Services Platform (ITFS) of RXIL Global IFSC Limited (RXIL).
  8. SEBI Chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch has launched two multi-lingual initiatives of Central Depository Services Ltd. (CDSL).
  9. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has announced the launch of a non-linked, non-participating, individual savings deferred annuity plan ‘Jeevan Dhara-II’.
  10. Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has collaborated with IIM Ahmedabad to develop ‘Vision 2049’.
  11. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has successfully landed Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on surface of moon.
  12. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran has launched Sorayya satellite using a three-stage solid-fuel Qaem 100 satellite carrier.
  13. Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2024 has been announced.
  14. Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Daljit Singh Chaudhary as the Director General (DG) of Sashastra Seema Bal.
  15. Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah has released the book ‘Assam’s Braveheart Lachit Barphukan‘ in Guwahati, Assam.

Table of Content

National News

  1. India has been elected as the First Vice Chair of the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO COFI Sub-Committee on Fisheries Management.
      • Key points-
        • India will serve as member of a FAO Fisheries Bureau on ‘Capture Fisheries‘ for the first time in 57 years.
        • India is one of the top fishing nations with over 28 million inland and marine fishers.
      • What is Capture fisheries?
        • It is the practice of the removal of aquatic organisms from natural or enhanced inland waters.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About Food and Agriculture Organisation-
• Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security.
• Headquarters- Rome, Italy
• Established- 1945
• Director General- Qu Dongyu
• Motto- fiat panis in Latin (Let there be bread)
Source: AIR

  1. Central government has directed schools and higher education institutions to provide study material for all courses in Indian languages digitally within the next 3 years.
      • Objective-
        • To provide students the opportunity to study in their own language.
      • Key points-
        • These directions are in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP) for promoting multilingualism in education at every level.
        • It provides students with the chance to learn in a natural environment, providing innovative thinking without language barriers.
        • Content creation in local languages will boost this multilingual asset and pave way for its better contribution to ‘Viksit Bharat’ to make our country as developed nation by 2047.
        • Translation of Engineering, Medical, Law, UG, PG and Skill books being done through the ‘Anuvadini AI’ based App.
        • These books are available on the e-KUMBH portal.


Knowledge Nuggets -
About Anuvadini AI-
• It is an AI-powered translation tool specifically for Indian languages, which higher education institutions can use for translation.
• Developed by- All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
About e-KUMBH portal-
• It is a portal to provide free, open access to high-quality technical textbooks in English and 12 Indian languages.
• Launched by- All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
Source: Business Standard

  1. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has launched first pilot project to make jet fuel from alcohol in Pune.
      • Key points-
        • This project will produce sustainable biological aviation fuel or SAF.
        • This pilot project has been set up in the research and development department of Praj Udyog Group in Pirangut Industrial Estate near Pune.
          Source: AIR
  2. Ram Temple has been inaugurated in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on 22nd January, 2024.
      • Key points-
        • Temple has been built in Indian Nagara Style.
        • Chief Architect- Chandrakant Sompura
        • Construction company- Larsen and Toubro (L&T)
        • Sculptor- Arun Yogiraaj
      • Major construction materials used in the construction of Ram Mandir are-
        • Bansi Paharpur Pink Sandstone from Bharatpur district of Rajasthan have been used in the main temple structure.
        • Granite Stones have been used in the plinths
        • White Makrana and Colored Marbles have been used for the inlay work.
        • Teakwood has been used for the construction of the doors of the temple.
        • Other Materials Used: Shaligram Rock, Copper Plates, Gold, and Ashtdhatu
          Source: TOI

State News

  1. Kachchhi Kharek, indigenous dates of Kutch has become 2nd fruit from Gujarat to get GI tag.
      • Key points-
        • It has received Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDT) of India.
        • Presence of dates in Kachchh (Kutch) is believed to be around 400-500 years old.
          Source: Indian Express
  2. 10th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024 has been held from 10th to 12th January.
      • Key points-
        • Theme- Gateway to the Future
        • Chief guest- United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
        • Event has witnessed the participation of 34 partner countries and delegates from over 130 countries.
        • Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for 41,299 projects with investment proposals worth Rs 26.33 lakh crore were signed during the event.
          Source: HT, BS

Banking and Economy

  1. Yes Bank has became the 1st Indian bank to execute an export finance transaction on the International Trade Financing Services Platform (ITFS) of RXIL Global IFSC Limited (RXIL).
      • Objectives-
        • To attract global capital to support development of India.
        • To create a globally competitive financial hub offering a comprehensive range of international financial services at both regional and global levels.
      • key points-
        • A strategic partnership streamlines credit arrangements for exporters and importers worldwide.
        • It will offer competitive trade financing services, including Factoring and Forfaiting, through a digital platform for quick and efficient transactions.
Knowledge Nuggets -
What is International Trade Financing Services Platform?
• It is an electronic platform for facilitating the trade finance requirements of exporters and importers by providing access to multiple financiers.
Source: ET

  1. SEBI Chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch has launched two multi-lingual initiatives of Central Depository Services Ltd. (CDSL).
        • Objective-
          • To increase the inclusivity and accessibility in the capital market.
        • Two initiatives-
          • CDSL has introduced an upgrade in investor CAS through the ‘Apka CAS – Apki Zubaani’ initiative to enable investors to receive their statements in their preferred language.
            • It is accessible in 23 Indian languages, and provides investors with a unified overview of their securities held in a demat account, presented in their preferred language.
          • Another initiative is the unique multilingual chatbot on CDSL website, ‘CDSL Buddy Sahayta 24*7’.
            • It has been launched to simplify investors’ processes.

    Other initiatives-

        • SEBI Chairperson has also unveiled a thought leadership report titled ‘Reimagine Digital Trust in Capital Markets’.
          • It is prepared in collaboration with knowledge partners KPMG.
          • CDSL has also announced completion of ‘Neev’ – a 25-city pan-India financial literacy campaign, covering the armed forces and rural areas, with the goal to deepen market awareness among the masses.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About SEBI-
• It is the regulatory body for securities and commodity market in India under the administrative domain of Ministry of Finance within the Government of India.
• Headquarters- Mumbai
• Established- April 12, 1988
• Chairperson- Madhabi Puri Buch
About CDSL-
• It is the largest securities depository in India, measured by the number of demat accounts opened.
• Headquarters- Mumbai
• Established- 1999
• MD & CEO- Nehal Vora
Source: Hindu Business Line

  1. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has announced the launch of a non-linked, non-participating, individual savings deferred annuity plan ‘Jeevan Dhara-II’.
      • More about Jeevan Dhara-II –
        • Scheme offers guaranteed annuity from inception, and 11 annuity options are available to prospective policyholders.
        • Plan is available for individual aged 20 years to 80 years.
        • It provides life cover during the deferment period and offers a higher annuity rate at higher ages.
        • A loan facility would be available during or after the deferment period under annuity options with the return of premium/purchase price
Knowledge Nuggets -
About LIC-
• Headquarters- Mumbai
• Established- 1956
• Chairperson- Siddhartha Mohanty
Source: Hindu Business Line

  1. Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has collaborated with IIM Ahmedabad to develop ‘Vision 2049’.
      • Objective-
        • To position itself as a globally recognised leader in the accounting profession.
      • More about ICAI Vision 2049-
        • It will empower chartered accountants as catalysts for economic progress,
        • It will provide a dynamic environment that seamlessly integrates with fundamental objectives of India.
        • ICAI will celebrate its 100th year of existence in the year 2049.
          Source: Hindu Business Line

Science and Tech

  1. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has successfully landed Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on surface of moon.
      • Japan has became the 5th nation to soft land on lunar surface after the United States of America (USA), Russia, China, and India.
        Source: BT
  2. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran has launched Sorayya satellite using a three-stage solid-fuel Qaem 100 satellite carrier.
      • It is a telecommunication satellite.
        Source: UI

Awards

  1. Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2024 has been announced.
      • What is Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar?
        • It is given to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievements.
        • Awards are given to children in the age group 5 – 18 years for their excellence in seven categories namely-
          • Bravery, Art & Culture, Environment, Innovation, Science & Technology, Social Service and Sports that deserve national recognition.
        • Award includes a medal, certificate and a citation booklet.
    • List of awardees-
S no.Name Category State
1Aaditya Vijay Bramhane (posthumous) Maharashtra Bravery
2Anushka Pathak Uttar Pradesh Art & Culture
3Arijeet Banerjee West Bengal Art & Culture
4Armaan Ubhrani Chhattisgarh Art & Culture
5Hetvi Kantibhai Khimsuriya Gujarat Art & Culture
6Ishfaq Hamid Jammu & Kashmir Art & Culture
7 Md Hussain Bihar Art & Culture
8 Pendyala Laxmi Priya Telangana Art & Culture
9 Suhani Chauhan Delhi Innovation
10 Aryan Singh Rajasthan Science & Technology
11 Avnish Tiwari Madhya Pradesh Social Service
12 Garima Haryana Social Service
13 Jyotsna Aktar Tripura Social Service
14 Saiyam Mazumder Assam Social Service
15 Aaditya Yadav Uttar Pradesh Sports
16 Charvi A Karnataka Sports
17 Jesicca Neyi Saring Arunachal Pradesh Sports
18 Linthoi Chanambam Manipur Sports
19 R Surya Prasad Andhra Pradesh Sports

Source: PIB

Appointments

  1. Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Daljit Singh Chaudhary as the Director General (DG) of Sashastra Seema Bal.
      • SSB guards border of India with Nepal and Bhutan.
      • What is Appointments Committee of the Cabinet?
        • This committee takes decision regarding all higher level appointments in Cabinet Secretariat, public enterprises, banks and financial institutions.
        • Composition- It is headed by Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, and minister in-charge of concerned Ministry.
          Source: ET

Miscellaneous

  1. Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah has released the book ‘Assam’s Braveheart Lachit Barphukan‘ in Guwahati, Assam.
      • Key points-
        • Written by– Arup Kumar Dutta
        • Book has been published by the State government in English language and translated in 24 Scheduled Indian languages.
          Source: AIR
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