Current Affairs – July 17 2023

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Current Affairs – July 17 2023

1. Razorpay launches first international payment gateway in Malaysia

India’s renowned fintech giant and leading Full-Stack Payments and Business Banking Platform, Razorpay, has made a significant announcement regarding its first-ever international Payment Gateway for the Malaysian market as it acquires Malaysian fintech start-up ‘Curlec‘ for $20 million, which has been rebranded as ‘Curlec by Razorpay‘.

The introduction of the Curlec Payment Gateway aims to bridge the gap between local and international payment gateways, while also addressing the unique digital payment challenges prevalent in emerging markets.

2. Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihoods Mission bagged SKOCH Award 2023

The Jammu & Kashmir Rural Livelihood (JKRL) has received the SKOCH Award under the theme “State of Governance India 2047” in Gold category for its outstanding efforts in creating marketing avenues for Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in the Union Territory.

The Jammu-Kashmir Rural Livelihood Mission (JKRL) has bagged the SKOCH Award under the theme “State of Governance India 2047” in Gold category.

JKRL has received this award for its outstanding efforts in creating marketing avenues for the Self-Help Group in the U.T.

The SKOCH Award marks a significant milestone for JKRM, being the first award received since the inception of the scheme.

3. A book titled “India Rising Memoir of a Scientist” authored by R. Chidambaram and Suresh Gangotra

A book titled “India Rising Memoir of a Scientist” authored by R. Chidambaram and Suresh Gangotra.

The book looks at the life of one of India’s foremost scientists, Dr R. Chidambaram, who served as principal scientific advisor (PSA) to the Government of India and as chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C) from November 2001 to March 2018.

As one of India’s most distinguished experimental physicists, Dr Chidambaram has made outstanding contributions to many aspects of basic science and nuclear technology.

4. India Mobile Congress 2023 to be held in Pragati Maidan

The seventh edition of India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2023, Asia’s premier digital technology exhibition, will take place from 27 October to 30 October at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

This year, 7th edition of India Mobile Congress (IMC) will take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 27 October to 30 October 2023.

The event is co-hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Cellular Operators Association of India.

The theme of India Mobile Congress 2023 is ‘Global Digital Innovation.’

5. HDFC Bank breaks into $100 billion market-cap club as world’s 7th largest lender

HDFC Bank, India’s largest private lender, has achieved a significant milestone by entering the $100 billion market-capitalization club. This accomplishment came after its reverse merger with its parent company, HDFC Ltd.

Despite this achievement, the bank currently ranks third on the Indian stock exchanges, trailing behind Reliance Industries (RIL) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

6. Indian Council of Agricultural Research celebrates its 95th Foundation and Technology Day

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) commemorated its 95th Foundation and Technology Day at the National Agriculture Science Complex in Pusa, New Delhi, with the presence of Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar as the chief guest.

ICAR traditionally celebrates its Foundation Day on July 16th each year, but starting from this year, it has been designated as the ‘Foundation and Technology Day‘.

7. Delhi’s IGIA Becomes 1st Airport In India With Four Runways & An Elevated Cross Taxiway

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) achieved a significant milestone as it became India’s first airport to have four runways.

The civil aviation minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, inaugurated the airport’s fourth runway, increasing its throughput capacity from approximately 1400-1500 air traffic movements per day to almost 2000 air traffic movements per day.

The addition of the fourth runway will allow the airport to serve more than 109 million passengers annually.

8. India and Indonesia to launch “India – Indonesia Economic and Financial Dialogue”

Nirmala Sitharaman, during the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting in Gandhinagar, announced the commencement of the “India – Indonesia Economic and Financial Dialogue.”

This dialogue intends to strengthen cooperation and promote mutual understanding on global issues between the two nations. It will serve as a platform for discussing shared interests and exploring mutually beneficial matters.

9. Eminent mathematician Dr Mangala Narlikar passes away at 80

Dr Mangala Narlikar, an eminent mathematician and the wife of Dr Jayant Narlikar who is the founder director of Pune-based Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), passed away. She was 80.

Dr Mangala Narlikar carried out research in pure mathematics. She initially worked at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai before joining as a lecturer at Bombay and Pune universities. Her core fields of interest were real and complex analysis, analytic geometry, number theory, algebra and topology.

10. Saudi Arabia becomes 51st country to sign ASEAN’s TAC

Jakarta, Indonesia – On the sidelines of the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Jakarta, Saudi Arabia has officially become the 51st country to accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC).

The accession signing ceremony took place on July 12, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, on behalf of ASEAN, expressed her appreciation to Saudi Arabia for joining the treaty.

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