Daily & Latest Current Affairs in 2023

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS
A)
Sabaragamuwa University
B)
University of Kelaniya
C)
Wayamba University
D)
Rajarata University

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Sabaragamuwa University

Note :

Closely after the International Hindi Diwas, the Indian High Commission signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a Hindi Chair at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
 
High Commissioner Gopal Baglay and Vice Chancellor of Sabaragamuwa University Prof. Udaya Rathnayake signed the MoU to establish the Hindi Chair as part of India’s cultural connect through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
 
The Hindi chair will help in familiarizing students with India, its history, and culture as well as pave way for popularising Hindi by deputing Indian faculties. Mr. Baglay also gave away prizes to the winners of the Hindi Kavita competition held at the university..

Source : AIR

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
IIT Bombay
B)
IIT Madras
C)
IIT kharagpur
D)
IIT Kanpur

Correct Answer : Option (B) - IIT Madras

Note :

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) Annual Cultural Festival Saarang will be conducted completely in physical mode this year with a slew of diverse events planned on campus.

This year will be the 28th Edition of the Saarang, which is one of the largest student-run festivals.
 
Saarang 2023 will feature nearly 100 events between the 11th and 15th January 2023 and is expected to attract a footfall of over 80,000 from over 500 colleges across the country.

Over 850 students of IIT Madras across various years and departments are working to make this edition a grand success.
 
The theme for Saarang 2023 :  ‘Mystic Hues’ which celebrates how intertwined colours are with culture and traditions.
 
* IIT Madras is hosting the Saarang 2023 after two years post Covid-19 pandemic.

* Saarang 2023 launched ‘Panacea’ for this year’s social cause.

* Panacea is a campaign aimed to encourage healthy habits to prevent disease outbreaks.

* This year, three new verticals are being introduced including Nova presents, Media Confluence, Comics, and the Korean Fest.

* The Korean Fest will celebrate journalism, comic books and characters, and Korean culture.

* The event will have lectures by actress Suma Kanakala, Chef Sashi Cheliah, Group Art Director of Amar Chitra Katha Savio Mascarenhas, Journalists Palki Sharma Upadhyay, and actress Revathy..

Source : PIB

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
Gujarat
B)
Uttarakhand
C)
Madhya Pradesh
D)
Uttar Pradesh

Correct Answer : Option (B) - Uttarakhand

Note :

Uttarakhand Governor Lt Gen Gurmit Singh (retd) has given his consent to a Bill providing 30 per cent horizontal reservation to domiciled women of the state in government jobs.
 
* Uttarakhand Public Services (Horizontal Reservation for Women) Bill, 2022 was passed by the state assembly on November 29, 2022.
 
* With the governor's consent to the Bill, it has become an Act, an official said here on Wednesday (11th Jan 2023).
 
* The beneficiaries need to be women with a domicile certificate of Uttarakhand.
 
* According to the Bill, if enough women are not available to fill the reserved seats, they will be filled with qualified male candidates in the order of proficiency.

* Horizontal Reservation refers to the equal opportunity provided to other categories of beneficiaries such as women, the transgender community, or individuals with disabilities.
 
* The vertical reservation applies separately for each of the groups specified under the law, the horizontal reservation is always applied separately to each vertical category.
 
Objective of the Uttarakhand Public Services (Horizontal Reservation for women) Bill : The bill seeks to provide 30 percent reservation to women of the state in government jobs. The bill ensures social justice, equality of opportunity, Improvement in living standards, and gender equality in public planning..

Source : Business Standard

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
Gujarat
B)
Maharashtra
C)
Teangana
D)
Kerala

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Kerala

Note :

Kerala kicked itself into the Guinness Book of World Records, by taking 4500 penalty kicks within a span of 12 hours at the Dream Goal Penalty Shootout organised at the Payyanad Stadium in Malappuram district (10th Jan 2023).
 
Former Indian football player "U Sharaffali" took the first kick at 7.38 am,  while the last kick was taken by the State Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports V Abdurahiman at 7.38 in the evening.
 
Many football lovers, students, teachers and others enthusiastically queued up to take the penalty kicks. Officials representing the Guinness Book of World Records were present at the event organised by the State Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
 
The Malappuram event obliterated the previous record of 2500 penalty kicks held by Germany..

Source : AIR

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
Odisha
B)
Gujarat
C)
Kerala
D)
Rajasthan

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Kerala

Note :

The Kerala government’s Industries department got recognition from the centre for its Year of Enterprises project which was selected as one of the best practices in the ‘Thrust on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)’ category.

* Under this project, more than one lakh enterprises were set up in eight months in the state of Kerala. 
 
* The Year of Enterprises has been regarded as the best practice model in the second Chief Secretaries National Conference held in New Delhi from Janurary 5-7, 2023.
 
* The project by Kerala Government was started in the current fiscal year with the aim to create one lakh enterprises in one year. The state government achieved the goal in eight months, said Kerala Industries Minister P Rajeev. 
 
* As many as 1,01,353 enterprises were set up under the project and the total investment stood at around Rs 6,282 crore by November, 2022.
 
* Meanwhile, Kerala Industries Minister, P. Rajeeve had earlier said in December that the state government has set up a target to scale up 1,000 MSMEs and turn them into Rs 100 crore turnover companies in the next three years.
 
* He added that Kerala’s ranking in Ease of Doing Business index has improved to 15th position this year from 28th rank last year. 
 
* The state has witnessed registrations of almost 42,300 MSMEs in the first quarter of this fiscal as compared to only 17,300 MSMEs registered in the state during the entire last fiscal...

Source : Financial Express

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
7.2%
B)
7.8%
C)
8.3%
D)
8.7%

Correct Answer : Option (A) - 7.2%

Note :

The government has hiked interest rate on Kisan Vikas Patra for the quarter January – March 2023. The Kisan Vikas Patra is a small savings tool that will make it easier for people to contribute to long-term savings plans. Due to its low risk and assurance of profits, it is a well-liked investing tool
 
At the end of the maturity period, you will receive the invested money with a guaranteed double increase in value, regardless of market volatility
 
Kisan Vikas Patra interest rates 2023 :

Deposits made into KVP accounts will now earn an interest rate of 7.2% annually compounded. Earlier the interest rate offered on KVP was 7%. At 7.2% interest, the investment in the KVP account will double in value after 120 months.
 
Who can open Kisan Vikas Patra Yojana :A single adult, Joint Account (up to 3 adults), a guardian on behalf of minor or on behalf of person of unsound mind, a minor above 10 years in his own name can open Kisan Vikas Patra.
 
Types of KVP accounts :

(1) On an application to the accounts office in Form-1, the following types of accounts can be opened under the Scheme, namely :-
(a) Single Holder Type Account
(b) Joint A- Type Account
(c) Joint B- Type Account.
 
How to open KVP online in through Post Office internet banking :

Step 1: Login into DOP internet banking .
Step 2: Under ‘General Services' >'Service Requests' > 'New Requests' .
Step 3: Click on NSC Account - Open a NSC account and KVP Account to open a KVP account.
Step 4: Enter Amount for which NSC to be opened minimum is Rs 1000 and in multiple of < 100) .
Step 5: Select the Debit Account linked PO Saving Account
Step 6: Click on 'Click Here' to read terms and conditions and accept terms and conditions .
Step 7: Submit online
Step 8: Enter transaction password and submit.
Log in again to view the details of NSC opened under ‘Accounts'.
 
Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) :
Kisan Vikas Patra has a lock in period of 2 years 6 months. Premature closure before 2 years 6 months is allowed only:
On the death of the holder or any of the holders in the case of joint holder.
On forfeiture by a pledge being a gazetted government officer.
When ordered by a court of law.
 
When KVP can be transferred from one person to another person :

KVP may be transferred from one person to another person on the following conditions only.
(i) On the death of account holder to nominee/legal heirs.
(ii) On the death of account holder to joint holder(s).
(ii) On order by the court.
(iii) On pledging of account to the specified authority..

Source : India Times

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
Australia
B)
New Zealand
C)
United Kingdom
D)
Switzerland

Correct Answer : Option (A) - Australia

Note :

Now Punjabi will be taught in public schools in Western Australia. The language is all set to be introduced into the school curriculum.

The Australian government is adopting Punjabi as the newest language after a 2021 census showed that it was the fastest-growing language in Australia with more than 239,000 people using it at home, an increase of over 80 per cent from 2016, reported SBS Punjabi.
 
The syllabus for pre-primary to year 12 will be developed 2023. The move to teach Punjabi in schools was considered after the syllabus included Tamil, Hindi, and Korean languages in 2021.
 
Students are expected to be able to take Year 11 courses in 2024, with the first Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) course examination set in 2025, while schools will have access to the pre-primary to Year 10 curriculum starting in 2024.

In December, Education Minister Sue Ellery told SBS that the Punjabi language will be offered as an option to pre-primary through year twelve students in Western Australia.

She added that with over 190 languages spoken throughout the state, linguistic diversity is a great strength that provides a range of social, cultural and economic benefits...

Source : NDTV

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
9th January 2023
B)
10th January 2023
C)
11th January 2023
D)
12th January 2023

Correct Answer : Option (B) - 10th January 2023

Note :

Greece’s former King Constantine II, whose nine-year reign coincided with one of the most turbulent periods in the country’s political history, has died at a private hospital in Athens, his doctors announced late on Tuesday (10th January 2023). He was 82.
 
He was born of King Paul I, younger brother to King George II, of Greece and German aristocrat Princess Frederica of Hannover, Germany, on 2nd June 1940 in Psikhikó near Athens, Greece.
 
About Constantine II :

* When Constantine was an infant, the royal family fled Greece during the German invasion of World War II, moving to Alexandria (Egypt), South Africa. They returned to Greece in 1946.

* Constantine II, the 2nd cousin of Britain’s King Charles III, is the only son of King Paul and Queen Frederica of Greece, he ascended to the throne in 1964 at the age of 23 after the demise of his father. His reign was marred by political instability, culminating in a military coup on 21st April 1967.

* A military coup was launched as a result of the episode involving the defection of numerous lawmakers from the ruling party, which is widely known as the “apostasy” in Greece. He remained in Rome until the regime abolished the monarchy in 1973.

* He married Princess Anne­Marie of Denmark in 1964.

* At the 1960 Rome Olympics, he participated in sailing and won a gold medal in the Dragon class along with 2 other Greek sailors.

* He was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee and became an IOC Member in 1963 and served until 1974. He was then made an Honorary Member. During his tenure, he served on the Commission for the International Olympic Academy from 1967­73.

* Most of his life went into exile where he lived in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom (UK).

Born : 2 June 1940, Psychiko, Greece
Died : 10 January 2023, Athens, Greece.

Source : The Guardian

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana
B)
Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana
C)
Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana
D)
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

Correct Answer : Option (D) - Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

Note :

The Centre has named the new Integrated Food Security Scheme as Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY). Earlier, the Union Cabinet had approved new integrated food security scheme for providing free foodgrains to Antodaya Ann Yojna (AAY) and Primary Household (PHH) beneficiaries.

Implementation of the new scheme has started from 1st of January 2023, benefiting more than 80 crore poor and poorest of poor people.
 
Keeping in view the welfare of the beneficiaries and in order to maintain uniformity across the States, free foodgrains will be provided under PMGKAY for the year 2023 to all Primary Household and Antodaya Ann Yojna (PMAAY) beneficiaries, as per entitlement under National Food Security Act.

The integrated scheme will strengthen the provisions of National Food Security Act in terms of accessibility, affordability, and availability of foodgrains for the poor. Necessary steps have already been taken for smooth implementation of the PMGKAY in the field.
 
The Central Government will spend more than two lakh crore rupees in 2023 as food subsidies under NFSA and other welfare schemes, to remove the financial burden of the poor and the poorest of the poor..

Source : News on Air

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Published On : January 12, 2023
A)
Rajnath Singh
B)
Arvind Kejriwal
C)
Amit Shah
D)
Droupadi Murmu

Correct Answer : Option (C) - Amit Shah

Note : Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the ‘Jai Hind- The New Light and Sound Show' at Red Fort in New Delhi on 11th Jan 2023.

On this occasion, Mr. Shah said, the rich history and heritage of India has been presented very well in this one-hour show.

He said, those who do not learn from history cannot build a great nation. He called upon the people to make collective efforts to make the country number one in the world in the coming 25 years during the Amrit Kaal. .

Source : AIR

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Published On : January 12, 2023