Current Affairs – March 15 2023

Current Affairs – March 15 2023

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Current Affairs – March 15 2023

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1. India stands at 8th as per World Air Quality Report 2022, Ranking lowers than Last Year’s 5th place

IQAir, a Switzerland-based air quality technology company has recently published the World Air Quality Report for the year 2022. The index that came out on March 15, 2023 (Tuesday) hints that India is at the eighth rank in terms of the world’s most polluted country in the world.

Annual Global Survey 2022

Lahore in Pakistan leapt on to over 10 places to be titled the worst city in terms of air quality in the world in 2022. Talking about the air quality in Lahore, it has now aggravated to 97.4 micrograms of PM2.5 particles per cubic meter from 86.5 in the last year 2021.

Air Pollution Analysis

The US Pacific territory Guam is reported to have cleaner air than any other country around the world, with a PM2.5 concentration of 1.3 whereas Canberra had the cleanest air for a capital city with 2.8.

What is Air Quality Index (AQI)?

The World Air Quality Report shows the current status of air quality across the globe every year.

2. 13th Exercise Bold Kurukshetra

The 13th edition of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra, a bilateral armour exercise between the armies of India and Singapore, was conducted from March 6 to 13, 2023, at Jodhpur Military Station, India.

Participation of Both Armies in a Command Post Exercise

Soldiers from the 42nd Battalion, Singapore Armoured Regiment, and an Armoured Brigade of the Indian Army took part in the exercise.

Objectives of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra

The exercise aimed to foster a common understanding of mechanised warfare in emerging threats and evolving technologies. It provided both contingents with an opportunity to learn about each other’s operating drills and procedures, as well as exchange ideas and best practices being followed in a modern combat zone.

3. World Consumer Rights Day is observed on March 15

World Consumer Rights Day 2023 was celebrated on March 15 with the theme “Empowering consumers through clean energy transitions.”

The Department of Consumer Affairs marked this day by leveraging technology to minimize the dependence on traditional energy sources and promote a rapid transition to clean energy solutions that are sustainable, secure, affordable, and accessible to consumers.

4. Dick Fosbury Passes Away at the Age of 76

Dick Fosbury, the legendary American high jumper, who changed the game of high jump forever with his unconventional technique, passed away at the age of 76.

Fosbury was a gold medalist in high jump at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, where he stunned the world with his revolutionary style, known as the Fosbury Flop.

5. Atal Innovation Mission launched Sarthi

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) – NITI Aayog, a government-led think tank in India, has launched ATL Sarthi, a comprehensive self-monitoring framework to strengthen the ecosystem of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in schools.

AIM has established 10,000 ATLs in India to promote curiosity, imagination, and creativity among young students and to develop skills such as computational thinking, physical computing, and design thinking.

The Need For ATL Sarthi

ATL Sarthi was launched to enhance the performance of ATLs and achieve the desired objectives. It aims to provide a monitoring and evaluation framework that can help improve the functioning of ATLs.

What are the four pillars of ATL Sarthi?

  • Self-reporting dashboard
  • Compliance SOPs
  • Cluster-based approach
  • Performance-enablement matrix

6. IDFC Mutual Fund (MF) has rebranded itself as Bandhan Mutual Fund

IDFC Mutual Fund has rebranded itself as Bandhan Mutual Fund. The change in name will be effective from March 13. All the schemes of the fund house will be renamed to replace the word ‘IDFC’ with the word ‘Bandhan’.

The rebranding includes a change of the name and the logo. According to the fund house, the name and ownership change will have no bearing on the investment strategy and processes of the schemes.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India had cleared the Bandhan-linked consortium’s proposed acquisition of IDFC Mutual Fund in December 2022.

7. International Day of Mathematics or Pi Day observed globally

Every year on March 14, the International Day of Mathematics, also known as Pi Day, is observed to honour the mathematical constant Pi, which expresses the proportion of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

The value for Pi is 3.14. Every year, all nations are welcome to take part in events that are open to the public and students in schools, museums, libraries, and other locations. At its 205th meeting, the Executive Council of UNESCO declared March 14 to be the International Day of Mathematics.

International Day of Mathematics 2023: Theme

According to the celebration’s official website, the theme for Pi Day 2023 is “Mathematics for Everyone,” which was suggested by Marco Zarco Rotairo of Trece Martires City National High School in the Philippines.

8. Uttarakhand become India’s first state to start insurance scheme for sericulturists

Ganesh Joshi, the state’s agriculture minister, said that Uttarakhand launched the country’s first “Resham Keet Bima” programme to safeguard its sericulturists.

200 sericulturists from five blocks in four districts—Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, and Nainital—received insurance in the first phase of the pilot project, which started in Uttarakhand. This insurance protected them from the effects of climate change, water scarcity, and other dangers.

Who is sericulturists?

A Sericulturist is a professional who is responsible for plant cultivation for rearing silkworms.

The endeavour aims to promote the production of silk in the region. Over 12,000 families in the state are impacted by sericulture both directly and indirectly, and 6,000 stakeholders produce nearly 300 metric tonnes of silk fibroin there annually.

9. Denmark, the first country to import CO2 and bury it undersea

Denmark inaugurates a project to store carbon dioxide 1,800 metres beneath the North Sea, the first country in the world to bury CO2 imported from abroad. The CO2 graveyard, where the carbon is injected to prevent further warming of the atmosphere, is on the site of an old oil field.

Why the project is located in North Sea:

The North Sea is particularly suitable for this type of project as the region already has pipelines and potential storage sites after decades of oil and gas production.

10. International Day to Combat Islamophobia 2023: March 15

In 2022, the United Nations established the International Day To Fight Islamophobia, which is observed annually on March 15 across 140 nations. March 15 was selected as the date because it marks the anniversary of the Christchurch mosque massacres, which left 51 people dead.

11. “Learning Science via Standards” Initiative Launched

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has launched a new initiative called “Learning Science via Standards” to help students in India understand the practical applications of scientific concepts. This initiative is part of BIS’s efforts to bridge the gap between theory and practice in science education and promote a culture of quality and standardization in the country.

Lesson Plans on Everyday Products

The “Learning Science via Standards” initiative provides lesson plans that focus on the practical applications of scientific concepts, principles, and laws in manufacturing, functioning, and testing the quality characteristics of different products.

Capacity Building for Students

The “Learning Science via Standards” initiative is expected to contribute towards the capacity building of students to engage successfully in a variety of economic sectors in the country. It will also serve as a means for the students of schools and colleges.

12. Kenzaburō Ōe is passed away at 88

Kenzaburō Ōe, the Nobel Prize-winning Japanese author, passed away on March 10, 2023, at the age of 88.

  • His death marks the end of an era in Japanese literature, as Ōe was widely regarded as one of the most important and influential writers of the post-World War II era.
  • His works explored complex themes of identity, memory, trauma, and the human condition, often through the lens of Japan’s traumatic history.

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