Current Affairs is the most important area in all competitive exams. But the difficulty level is very high. That’s why; many aspirants get confused, how to select Current Affairs for Preparation of Competitive Examination? In this Post, Daily Current Affairs 10 January 2023, we have tried to cover each and every point and also included all important facts from National/ International news that are useful for upcoming competitive examinations such as UPSC, SSC, Railway, State Govt. etc.
Current Affairs for Competitive Exam – 10 January 2022
The India’s first-of-its-kind inclusivity, ‘Purple Fest: Celebrating Diversity’ has been started in Panjim, Goa from January 6–8, 2023. The event was attended by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar; Goa CM, Dr Pramod Sawant; and Minister for Social Welfare, Goa government Subhash PhalDessai.
Aim: To showcase how we can come together to create a welcoming and inclusive world for everyone.
Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar also visited an exhibition cum sale of products by Divyangjans and interacted with the participants. He was present to witness the grand opening of Purple Fest, India’s first of its kind inclusivity festival.
The festival aims to showcase how we can come together to create a welcoming and inclusive world for everyone. Earlier, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar inaugurated a two day sensitization workshop on ‘’Issues relating to Empowerment of persons with Disabilities’ in association with the Purple Festival in Goa. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the Government, Non-Govt, Corporate Sector about their role to create an inclusive society and also to have a co-ordinated approach towards the empowerment of Divyangjan. Shri Subhash Phal Dessai, Minister for Social Welfare, River Navigation, Archives and Archeology, Government of Goa, Shri Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of persons with Disabilities, Govt. of India were present on this occasion.
CJI Chandrachud to be conferred with ‘Award for Global Leadership’: The Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession has decided to confer Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud with the ‘Center on the Legal Profession Award for Global Leadership’.
Reason: In recognition of his lifetime service to the legal profession in the country and around the world.
The award will be presented to him at an online event on January 11, 2023.
The release has quoted David Wilkins, CLP faculty director, saying: “I know how much India, and indeed the world, need Justice Chandrachud’s leadership, particularly on issues such as mental health and the well-being of lawyers, which he spoke about so eloquently at our conference in 2017 – long before the global pandemic placed this issue in the forefront of the profession’s consciousness.”
He took over as the 50th CJI on November 9, 2022. He obtained an LL.M. degree and a Doctorate in Juridical Sciences (SJD) from the Harvard Law School.
Former West Bengal governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi passes away: Senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi passed away at 88 at his home in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj during the wee hours on Sunday.
On December 8, he had fractured his hand after falling in the washroom. He also had general weakness besides decreased oral intake and urine output and was admitted to the ICU of a private hospital on December 30. After undergoing treatment at the hospital for a week, Tripathi was brought home, where he passed away at around 5am, family members said.
He was a governor of West Bengal from July 2014 to July 2019. He had also served as the governor of Bihar, Meghalaya and Mizoram, and speaker of UP legislative assembly. He had also worked as a senior advocate at the Allahabad High Court. He authored several books such as “The Age of Wings”, “Sanchayita:Kesharinath Tripathi”, “Destination Jesus”.
Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel inaugurates 2023 International Kite Festival: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said on the occasion of the inauguration of International Kite Festival 2023 that the tradition of Kite Festival started by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has become a global identity.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the kite of development of Gujarat has been crossing new heights for two consecutive decades. He further said that the Kite Festival is an opportunity to touch the sky and reach new heights. Kite is a symbol of progress, progress and flight and Gujarat’s festivals like Kite Festival have become international attractions, he added.
The theme of this festival will be held with the theme of G20 – ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.
The event is organized after a gap of two years due to the covid 19 pandemic. The delegates from G20 countries have been invited to the inauguration of the international kite festival 2023 to exchange their culture.
DPIIT to Organize Startup India Innovation Week from 10th to 16th January 2023: To honour the Indian startup ecosystem and National Startup Day, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is hosting Startup India Innovation Week from January 10 through January 16, 2023. (16th January 2023).
Aim of Startup India Innovation Week 2023:
Startup India Innovation Week 2023 aims to engage startup ecosystem stakeholders across the nation during 10th January-16th January 2023 and spur the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in India.
More About This Development:
Startup India Innovation Week 2023 will include Knowledge Sharing Sessions for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and other enablers, involving relevant stakeholders from the startup ecosystem such as government officials, incubators, corporates and investors.
A Wider Coverage:
As a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, various startup related events are being organised in more than 75 places across the country to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation by involving the startup community across length and breadth of the country.
These occasions include workshops specifically designed for women entrepreneurs, incubator training sessions, workshops on mentoring, stakeholder round tables, conferences, workshops on capacity building, and startup pitching sessions, among others.
National Startup Day:
The National Startup Awards 2022 winners will be honoured in an event hosted by DPIIT on January 16, 2023, National Startup Day, a flagship programme of Startup India. The ceremony will recognise and reward the excellence exhibited by startups and ecosystem enablers across different sectors, sub-sectors, and categories.
It was also announced that 16th January (Startup India Initiative was launched on this day in 2016) will be celebrated as National Start-up Day, to take the Startup culture to the far flung areas of the country.
36th Inter University South Zone Youth Festival: At Padma Tarang, the 36th Inter University South Zone Youth Festival held at Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) in Tirupati, University of Kerala won the “Overall Championship.” Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, came the runners-up. With more than 700 registered participants from universities across South India converging on the campus.
Championships were awarded in each of the five categories:
- Music: MGU Kottayam
- Dance: Sri Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit
- Fine arts: Yogi Vemana University
- Theatre: University of Kerala
- Literary events: University of Kerala
About the Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV):
In partnership with the Association of Indian Universities, the SPMVV is organising the occasion for the third time (AIU). In all, there will be 27 competitive events during the five-day festival. Of the eighteen universities that deputed student contingents to the event, Kerala ranked first with seven varsities.
PM Launches Aspirational Block Programme Aimed at Spurring Development Parameters: The government’s Aspirational Block Programme (ABP), which was announced by the prime minister, aims to boost the performance of blocks that are falling behind on several development parameters. The Aspirational Blocks Programme is on the lines of the Aspirational District Programme that was launched in 2018 and covers 112 districts across the country.
About Aspirational Block Programme (ABP):
- The Centre had announced its intention to launch this initiative in the Union Budget 2022-23.
- The programme will cover 500 districts across 31 states and Union Territories initially.
- Six states account for more than half of these blocks: West Bengal (29), Bihar (61), Madhya Pradesh (42), Jharkhand (34) and Uttar Pradesh (68). (29).
- However, states can add more blocks to the programme later.
Ranking of these Blocks:
NITI Aayog in partnership with the states will release a quarterly ranking of these blocks based on their performance on development indicators covering sectors such as health, education and nutrition among others.
About Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP):
- Launched in January 2018, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ initiative aims to remove this heterogeneity through a mass movement to quickly and effectively transform these districts.
- The program’s main tenets include convergence (of central and state schemes), collaboration (between central, state-level “Prabhari” officers, and district collectors), and competition (among districts) fostered by a spirit of mass movement.
- With States as the main drivers, this program will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.
Features of the ADP:
- It has transformed into a Jan Andolan.
- The ADP is different in trying to monitor the improvement of these districts through real-time data tracking.
- The programme aims to create convergence between a few current programmes of the federal and state governments.District performance in the public domain and experience building of the district bureaucracy is another notable feature.
- The programme is targeted, not towards any single group of beneficiaries, but rather towards the population of the district as a whole.
Selection of districts:
Based on composite metrics, NITI Aayog has recognised 117 Aspirational districts in total. The objective of the program is to monitor the real-time progress of aspirational districts based on 49 indicators (81 data points) from the 5 identified thematic areas.
Weightage has been accorded to these districts as below:
- Health & Nutrition (30%)
- Education (30%)
- Agriculture & Water Resources (20%)
- Financial Inclusion & Skill Development (10%)
- Basic Infrastructure (10%).
World Hindi Day 2023: Every year on January 10th, World Hindi Day, also known as Vishwa Hindi Diwas, is observed to raise awareness of the language throughout the globe. It is also the day when Hindi, India’s national language, was spoken for the first time in the United Nations General Assembly. It was on this day in 1975 that the first World Hindi Conference was held in Nagpur. Since since, these conferences are held annually in various locations across the globe.
Notably: The language got its name from the Persian term ‘Hind’ which means ‘the land of Indus’. The language is spoken in India, Trinidad, Nepal, Guyana, Mauritius and other countries.
Theme of World Hindi Conference 2023:
“Hindi – Traditional Knowledge to Artificial Intelligence” is the theme for this year. This year, the 12th World Hindi Conference will be organised in Fiji by the Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the Fiji government from February 15 to 17. The location for the 2023 event was decided during the 11th World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius last year.
Significance of World Hindi Day 2023
To recognise the significance of Hindi as a language, the World Hindi Day or Vishwa Hindi Diwas is observed. It is considered one of the official national languages in India, especially in the northern part of the country. The day is also celebrated to represent the Hindi-speaking community on a global level. The Ministry of External Affairs organises a number of events worldwide to raise awareness of Hindi on the occasion of World Hindi Day.
History of World Hindi Day
The Union of India adopted Hindi as its official language in 1950. According to Article 343, the Constitution of India states that the official language of India shall be Hindi in Devanagari script. Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Wardha, had the idea for the inaugural World Hindi Conference in 1973. On January 10, 1975, Nagpur hosted it. Its aim was to promote the language on a global level. The conference saw the participation of 30 countries with 122 representatives.
First observed in 2006 on Manmohan Singh’s orders as prime minister, Vishwa Hindi Diwas. The date of January 10 was chosen as Hindi was spoken for the first time in the United Nations General Assembly on January 10, 1949 . In 1975, the World Hindi Conference was formed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for bringing together Hindi scholars, writers and laureates who have contributed to the development of the language and appreciate their contributions.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited: A Maharatna and Fortune Global 500 company, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), has announced the introduction of Low Smoke Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) for the Indian Army in Jammu. BPCL has emerged as the first OMC to commence the supply of the new LSLA grade SKO supplies to the Army, which will go a long way in improving the serving environment and alleviate the issues related to smoke and smell in use of SKO.
Why this step taken?
Normal kerosene emits substantial smoke, which poses a health hazard to the Army personnel who use it at higher altitudes, where oxygen level is very low. Hence, the low-smoke kerosene is a big step towards providing a cleaner fuel to our soldiers operating in very tough terrains.
Benefits of this oil:
- The Army needs SKO supplies since it is used as fuel in the room heaters (Bukhari) at the high-altitude camps. The Army consumes about 70 TKL/A of SKO for their Northern and Eastern commands. Northern command consumes a higher quantity of about 45 TKL/A.
- The low-smoke kerosene is a big step towards providing cleaner fuel. During the product innovation process, BPCL’s Industrial and Commercial (I&C) SBU in association with the Corporate Research & Development Centre (CRDC) and Mumbai Refinery offered the upgraded SKO with tailored parameters related to smoke point and aromatic content and conducted field trials at Karu (Leh -Ladakh) and Gangtok.
Paytm Payments Bank: The RBI has approved the appointment of Surinder Chawla as the Managing Director and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.The RBI, however, continues to bar Paytm Payments Bank from on-boarding new customers. Before joining PPBL, Chawla was working with RBL Bank, where he served as Head – Branch Banking and focused on expanding the CASA base, fee revenue, and cross-selling across channels. The latest appointment, according to the company’s regulatory filing, is part of PPBL’s continued efforts to develop its leadership team, improve its technological capabilities, and promote financial inclusion in the nation.
Career of Surinder Chawla:
- Chawla brings with him a career in retail banking spanning over 28 years across institutions such as HDFC Bank, RBL Bank, ABN Amro Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. He joins to PPBL from RBL Bank, where he oversaw branch banking and was responsible for increasing the number of Current Account Savings Accounts (CASA), fee income, and cross-selling opportunities.
- Prior to joining RBL Bank in 2013, Chawla spent about 12 years in key senior management positions at HDFC Bank, culminating in his role as head of the retail liabilities product group. As senior executive vice president at HDFC Bank, Chawla also worked as the head for the Southern, Eastern and Northern regions at different points in his career.