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Current Affairs – July 03 2023
1. India-UK Electric Propulsion Technical Workshop held in New Delhi
An India-UK Electric Propulsion Technical Workshop to foster collaboration, exchange knowledge, and explore the exciting possibilities in the field of electric propulsion was organized in New Delhi on 3 July 2023.
The day-long workshop was co-chaired by Shri Rajeev Prakash, Joint Secretary (Naval Systems) from the Indian side, and Commodore John Voyce, Naval Base Commander Portsmouth from the UK side.
The workshop served as a crucial platform for experts, researchers, and industry professionals from both countries to come together, share insights, and engage in meaningful discussions on the development of electric propulsion for ships.
2. National Anti-Doping Agency, India (NADA India) signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SARADO) in New Delhi
NADA India signed an MoU with SARADO, comprising of Anti-Doping Organizations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, at the NADA India – SARADO Cooperation Meet in New Delhi, in the presence of Shri Anurag Singh Thakur Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, Ms. Sujata Chaturvedi, Secretary (Sports), Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, SARADO Secretariat & Member Country Representatives of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
3. Haryana emerged champions at the 6th Youth Women’s National Boxing Championships
Defending champions Haryana continued their domination in the Women’s Youth Nationals, clinching 9 medals to conclude the 6th youth women’s national boxing championship in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
Haryana pulled off a phenomenal show on the final day as all of their 8 finalists ended up winning the gold medal. With 63 points, 8 gold, and 1 bronze medal Haryana finished top of the table.
Bhawna Sharma (48kg) & Anshu (50kg) were on top of the game as they started off with a convincing 5-0 win over Karneka Kathayat of Uttarakhand and Chanchal Choudhary of UP giving Haryana a perfect head start.
4. Tamil Nadu regained the top spot in electronic exports in India
In a significant achievement, Tamil Nadu has reclaimed its position as the leader in electronic exports in India. The state’s electronic exports, valued at USD 5.37 billion in the 2022-23 financial year, now account for a 23% share of the electronics market.
This remarkable growth can be attributed to various factors such as the establishment of major manufacturing facilities by Tata Electronics and the implementation of the Indian government’s production-linked incentives for electronic manufacturing.
5. Government of India reduces the GST rate on an electronic item
The Union Finance Ministry recently announced a reduction in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for electronic items on the sixth anniversary of the GST implementation on July 1.
The list of electronic products includes mobile phones, TVs up to 27 inches, refrigerators, washing machines, and others. With the aim of making home appliances more affordable, the Finance Ministry has lowered the GST rates for various items.
Refrigerators, washing machines, fans, coolers, geysers, and similar products will now be subject to a reduced GST rate of 18 percent, previously at 31.3 percent.
6. Tushar Mehta reappointed as Solicitor General of India
Tushar Mehta, the incumbent Solicitor General of India, has been reappointed for a three-year term by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC).
Mehta’s reappointment, along with six other law officers, was announced after their previous terms in the Supreme Court concluded.
The ACC’s decision reflects the government’s trust in its capabilities to handle the extensive legal matters faced by the country.
7. NCP Leader Ajit Pawar Sworn In As Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, who took oath as the Deputy chief minister of Maharashtra after joining the Eknath Shinde-led government, is the son of Sharad Pawar’s elder brother Anantrao.
He made his first foray into politics by being elected to the board of a sugar cooperative in 1982.
8. World UFO Day 2023 is observed on July 02
World UFO Day, celebrated annually on July 2, serves as a platform for individuals around the globe to delve into the intriguing realm of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).
This day, initially observed on June 24, aims to raise awareness about UFOs, spark conversations, and foster an exchange of ideas regarding the existence of extraterrestrial life.