Current Affairs – March 17 2023
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Current Affairs – March 17 2023
1. Hardik Singh and Savita win the Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr. Award for Player of the Year 2022
The much-awaited Hockey India 5th Annual Awards 2022 took place in the capital city on Friday which saw the National Federation celebrate India’s best hockey stars, officials and former greats of the sport.
On a memorable afternoon where some of the legends of hockey made their presence known, Gurbux Singh won the prestigious Hockey India Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award 2022, while Hardik Singh and Savita won the Hockey India Balbir Singh Sr.
Award for Player of The Year 2022 awards in Men and Women categories, respectively. This year, at the Hockey India 5th Annual Awards 2022, the total prize money was in excess of INR 2.7 Crore.
2. National Vaccination Day is observed on March 16
National Vaccination Day, also known as Immunization Day or Polio Ravivar, is an annual event celebrated in India on March 16th.
The day holds significant importance in India’s public health calendar, as it promotes vaccination campaigns and raises awareness about the importance of vaccines in preventing infectious diseases.
In this article, we will explore the history and significance of National Vaccination Day and the ongoing efforts to ensure full immunization in India.
When was National Vaccine Day first observed?
The first National Vaccination Day was celebrated in India in 1995 to eradicate polio from the country.
3. RBI’s Shaktikanta Das conferred ‘Governor of the Year Award 2023’
In the Central Banking Awards that were held recently, Shaktikanta Das has been honoured with the “Governor of the Year” 2023 Award. He is currently serving in the Reserve Bank of India as the 25th-term governor at present.
Previously, he was a member of the 15th Finance Commission and also India’s Sherpa at the G20 Summit. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is delighted over his victorious event and further tweeted that it is a massive pride for the whole country.
He applauded the governor on this occasion. The former governor Raghuram Rajan was the first Indian to hold the prestigious title in the year 2015.
4. Singapore’s Gem Changi Airport once again titled ‘World’s Best Airport 2023’
One of the busiest passenger hubs for South East Asia, Singapore Changi Airport has topped the list of the World’s Best Airports for 2023. This beauty has maintained its rank for eight consecutive years.
World’s Top 10 Airports of 2023:
- Singapore Changi Airport
- Doha Hamad International Airport
- Tokya Haneda International Airport
- Seoul Incheon International Airport
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
- Istanbul Airport
- Munich Airport
- Zurich Airport
- Tokyo Narita Airport
- Madrid Barajas Airport
Delhi’s IGI Airport Declared the Best in South Asia
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi has been named the best airport in South Asia by the UK-based consultancy, Skytrax. In addition, it has also received the award for the cleanest airport in India for the third consecutive year.
5. Who is K. Krithivasan? The New CEO of TCS, long-lived Head Rajesh Gopinathan Opts for Step Down
The Indian Multinational IT Company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) announced the shift in CEO position as the longest-serving head Rajesh Gopinathan decided to resign. Moreover, K. Krithivasan has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TCS.
Rajesh was a notable Managing Director (MD) and CEO in the last six years. Along with him, Ratan Tata’s right hand Natarajan Chandrasekaran was promoted to Chairman of Tata Sons.
About Global Head K. Krithivasan
Krithivasan has already been serving as the President and Global Head of India’s largest IT services firm TCS. He is currently heading the BFSI (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance) Business Unit at Tata Consultancy Services.
6. World Sleep Day 2023 Observed on March 17th
World Sleep Day is an annual event observed on the Friday before the Spring Vernal Equinox to raise awareness about the significance of sleep. This year, it falls on March 17, 2023.
The day aims to reduce the burden of sleep disorders on society by promoting better prevention and management. The World Sleep Committee of the World Sleep Society, founded by World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and World Sleep Federation (WSF), organizes this day.
Theme of World Sleep Society 2023:
The World Sleep Society has announced the theme for this year’s Sleep Day as ‘Sleep is Essential for Health’.
7. Viacom18 announces former captain MS Dhoni as their brand ambassador
Viacom18 has appointed MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador to promote digital sports viewing. Dhoni will collaborate with Viacom18 to encourage fans to watch their favorite sports on digital platforms.
He will participate in various network initiatives and feature in JioCinema’s upcoming TATA IPL campaign, along with promoting the brand on his social media accounts.
8. IDFC FIRST Bank Partners with Mumbai Indians as Official Banking Partner
IDFC FIRST Bank, a private sector bank in India, has become the official banking partner of the Mumbai Indians, a franchise cricket team that competes in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
As the official banking partner, IDFC FIRST Bank will provide a range of financial products and services to Mumbai Indians and its players, including banking solutions, credit cards, and digital banking services.
About the IDFC FIRST Bank
IDFC FIRST Bank has become the first universal bank in India to offer customer-friendly services such as Monthly Interest Credits on Savings Account, zero charges on all Savings Account Services, and lifetime free Credit Cards with never-expiring reward points.
About the partnership
This partnership will also enable IDFC FIRST Bank to engage with the Mumbai Indians’ extensive fan base across India and leverage the team’s brand to increase its visibility and reach. The partnership is expected to be mutually beneficial for both parties, helping them to strengthen their brand positioning and achieve their business objectives.
9. Narender Singh Tomar inaugurates “AgriUnifest” in Bengaluru
Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on 15 March 2023, inaugurated “AgriUnifest” in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
It is a 5-day cultural program, organized by Bangalore Agricultural University in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). More than 2500 students from 60 State Universities/Central Universities have participated.
10. Canara Bank introduces Rupay Credit Card on UPI
To leverage the reach of UPI and the strength of credit card products, Canara Bank in collaboration with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launched the Rupay Credit Card through UPI using the BHIM app.
How to link Your Credit Card to UPI:
The procedure for linking the credit card is similar to the existing account linking procedure, and customers should select Canara Credit Card during account listing for linking. The transaction limits applicable for UPI transactions shall continue for UPI payments using Rupay Credit Card.
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