Current Affairs – May 23 2023
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Current Affairs – May 23 2023
1. Chennai to Host Squash World Cup
The city of Chennai is abuzz with anticipation as it prepares to host the highly anticipated 2023 Squash World Cup. This prestigious event, organized by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) in partnership with the World Squash Federation (WSF), will showcase the world’s top squash players competing for the coveted trophy.
Date and Venue
From June 13 to 17, the squash enthusiasts of Chennai will witness intense matches at two prominent locations – the Express Avenue Mall and the Indian Squash and Triathlon Academy (ISTA).
Sponsorship and History
The 2023 Squash World Cup receives support from the Tamilnadu Government, emphasizing their commitment to promoting sports in the region. This isn’t the first time Chennai has hosted this prestigious event.
A total of eight countries will vie for the 2023 Squash World Cup trophy. Besides the host nation India, teams from Hong Kong, China; Japan; Malaysia; Egypt; South Africa; Australia; and Colombia will compete against each other.
2. World’s Largest Car Exporter Title Shifts from Japan to China
According to data from China’s General Administration of Customs, in the first quarter of this year, China exported 1.07 million vehicles, a 58% increase compared to the same period in 2022, becoming the world’s largest exporter of cars, surpassing Japan. In contrast, Japan exported 954,185 vehicles, an increase of 6% from the previous year.
China surpassed Germany to become the world’s second-largest car exporter last year as the shift towards electric cars has helped expand the country’s motor industry.
3. World Turtle Day 2023 celebrates on 23rd May
World Turtle Day is an annual observance held every May 23rd. It began in 2000 and is sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue.
The day was created as a yearly observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats, as well as to encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. The event was first celebrated in 2000, making 2023 the 24th anniversary of the observance.
4. Israel ties up with IIT-M to set up water technology centre
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has entered into a partnership with Israel to establish the ‘India-Israel Center of Water Technology’ (CoWT). This joint initiative aims to address the challenges in water resources management and water technologies in India.
The Letter of Intent (LoI) for the center was signed by representatives from both countries, highlighting the significance of this collaboration in ensuring water security for India.
5. Neeraj Chopra becomes World No.1 in men’s javelin rankings
Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has claimed number one ranking in men’s javelin for the first time. Neeraj Chopra has topped the charts with 1455 points, 22 ahead of Grenada’s Anderson Peters. On 30 August, 2022, the Indian javelin throw ace rose to World No. 2, but was stuck behind Peters, the reigning world champion, since then.
In 2022, Neeraj won the Diamond League 2022 finals in Zurich in September, which made him the first Indian athlete to do so. However, he was sidelined with an injury following his victory in Zurich.
The Indian national record holder in men’s javelin throw, competed in the season-opening Doha Diamond League on May 5 and finished first with a throw of 88.67m. Anderson Peters finished third in Doha with a distance of 85.88m.
6. International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2023 observed on 23 May
On May 23, is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal that can develop when a woman experiences prolonged, obstructed labor without medical intervention.
It is a devastating childbirth injury that can cause lifelong physical and social problems for women.
7. Narendra Modi conferred with Papua New Guinea and Fiji’s highest honour
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the highest honours of Papua New Guinea and Fiji, an unprecedented acknowledgement of a non-resident in the two Pacific island nations.
During his maiden visit to Papua New Guinea, Modi hosted a significant summit between India and 14 Pacific island countries to bolster bilateral ties. Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, Sir Bob Dadae, awarded Modi with the Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu (GCL), which is the country’s highest civilian award.
8. Adidas named new India cricket team kit sponsor
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Adidas will be the new kit sponsor of the Indian team. Adidas will replace Kewal Kiran Clothing Ltd, maker of Killer Jeans, which came in as interim sponsor after the then-sponsor Mobile Premier League Sports (MPL Sports) pulled out of the deal midway.
Adidas is a German multinational corporation that designs and manufactures athletic shoes, apparel, and equipment. The company is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, and is the largest sportswear manufacturer in the world.
Adidas has been involved in cricket for many years, and is the current kit sponsor for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).