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Current Affairs – September 05 & 06 2023
1. Ministry of Education observes Literacy Week from 1st to 8th September 2023
The Government of India has decided to organise a literacy week from 1st September to 8th September 2023 to celebrate International Literacy Day for generating awareness among all the stakeholders/ beneficiaries/ citizens about the ULLAS- Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram.
The week-long literacy campaign shall enable mass participation to inculcate a sense of Kartavyabodh and Janbhagidari in each and every citizen of the nation. This vision would popularise the scheme and help us attain the goal of making India fully literate.
2. Lokesh Suji elected to IESF membership committee for three-year term
The General Body of the International Esports Federation (IESF) has elected Lokesh Suji, director, the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) and vice-president, the Asian Esports Federation, to its membership committee on a three-year term.
The election marks the first time that an Indian has become a part of the membership committee of the International Esports Federation.
3. Amul is official sponsor of Indian contingent at Hangzhou Asian Games
Amul is named as the official sponsor of the Indian Contingent for the 19th Asian Games 2022 to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, 2023.
As part of this association, Amul will use the integrated logo in its communication to celebrate the efforts of the sportsperson.
Amul has partnered with Indian sportspersons through the Indian Olympic Association since the London 2012 Olympics for all Indian contingent to Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and we are pleased to further strengthen our decade long relationship.
4. Shyam Sunder Gupta Takes Charge As Central Railway’s Principal Chief Operations Manager
Shyam Sunder Gupta took over as the Principal Chief Operations Manager of Central Railway on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
His appointment follows the superannuation of Mukul Jain, who retired from the position on August 31, 2023. Shyam Sunder Gupta’s illustrious career in the railway services and his extensive experience make him a valuable addition to this pivotal role.
5. India Unveils Worlds First Portable Hospital Arogya Maitri Cube
India has unvieled the world’s first portable disaster hospital, a groundbreaking facility that can be airlifted and consists of 72 cubes.
This extraordinary endeavor is a component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious “Project BHISHM” (Bharat Health Initiative for Sahyog Hita and Maitri), unveiled in February 2022. The project was officially inaugurated during the MedTech Expo in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
6. Nobel Foundation Reverses Decision to Invite Russian Ambassador
In a recent development, the Nobel Foundation has decided to cancel its invitation to the Russian Ambassador for this year’s Nobel award ceremony in Stockholm. This decision comes after significant controversy surrounding their initial invitation.
In 2022, the Nobel Foundation made a notable decision not to invite Ambassadors from Russia and Belarus to the Stockholm award event due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. A similar decision was made regarding the Iranian envoy, citing Iran’s crackdown on protests.
Recently, the foundation announced a reversal of its policy, stating that it would once again invite Ambassadors from all countries represented in Sweden. This decision, however, sparked outrage and strong reactions from various quarters.
7. Kathmandu-Kalinga Literature Festival Concludes In Lalitpur, Nepal
The three-day long Kathmandu-Kalinga Literary Festival, a vibrant and culturally enriching event concluded in Lalitpur, Nepal.
The festival, which was inaugurated by Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, NP Saud, served as a platform for the exchange of culture in South Asia, while promoting literary and cultural activities in the region.
This gathering of literary minds and artists from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka showcased the diversity and richness of South Asian literature and arts.
8. Cognizant India MD Rajesh Nambiar appointed as Nasscom Chairperson
Indian IT and tech trade body Nasscom announced the appointment of Rajesh Nambiar, Chairman and Managing Director, Cognizant India, as its new Chairperson. Nambiar is succeeding Anant Maheshwari, former President, Microsoft India as the new Chairperson of the trade body.
Nambiar takes on the new role from his previous role as Vice Chairperson succeeding Anant Maheshwari, Former President, of Microsoft India.
Nambiar along with President Debjani Ghosh, will continue to work with the nasscom Executive Council, industry, and the government in strengthening India’s position as a global technology hub while navigating the current volatile macro environment.
9. Nattaya Boochatham becomes 1st bowler from associate nation to pick up 100 Wickets in T20s
Thailand women’s cricket team’s star spinner Nattaya Boochatham created history with her three wickets against Kuwait in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Region Qualifier, September 4.
Nattaya completed 100 wickets in T20Is to become the first-ever cricketer, male or female, to reach the 100-wicket mark in international cricket.
The 36-year-old spin all-rounder now has taken 101 wickets in 73 ODI matches at an average of 9.96 and becomes the first-ever cricketer to take 100 wickets at a bowling average below 10.
She becomes the only 11th cricketer in the world with 100 T20I wickets in women’s cricket but possesses the best bowling average in the list. She will join the current world no.1 bowler Sophie Ecclestone’s 102 wickets tally if she picks one wicket in Thailand’s next game against Hong Kong on September 6.
10. SBI announces interoperability of CBDC and UPI for seamless transactions
New Delhi – The State Bank of India (SBI) has taken a significant leap in the world of digital currency by announcing the successful implementation of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) interoperability with its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), also known as the Digital Rupee.
This development is poised to revolutionize the way transactions are conducted, making digital currency more accessible and user-friendly.
11. Satyajit Majumdar honoured with Dr V G Patel Memorial Award 2023
Mumbai Professor Satyajit Majumdar, dean of School of Management and Labour Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), has received the ‘Dr V G Patel Memorial Award-2023 for Entrepreneurship Trainer, Educator and Mentor’ for his work in promoting and strengthening entrepreneurship in India.
Patel is widely acknowledged as the Father of the Entrepreneurship Movement in India.
12. International Day of Police Cooperation 2023 is observed on Sept 07
The International Day of Police Cooperation is a United Nations observance held annually on September 7.
It was created to commemorate the founding of Interpol and highlight the role of law enforcement from around the globe in maintaining peace, security, and justice.
For most of human history, cooperation among law enforcement in different countries was organized largely on a case-to-case basis.
The world’s first initiative for international law enforcement cooperation was the Police Union of German States, established in 1851. It brought together secret police forces from various German-speaking countries.
13. Teachers day is observed on Sept 07
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was a renowned educator, philosopher, and former President of India. Teachers’ Day is a moment to pay tribute to the devoted efforts of all teachers who hold a prominent position in the intellectual and moral growth of students.
When Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan took on the role of the second President of India in 1962, his students approached him with a request to mark September 5 as a special day. However, he humbly suggested that they instead celebrate September 5 as Teachers’ Day to recognize the priceless contributions of educators to society.
14. ‘Green Hydrogen Pilots in India’ Conference
In preparation for the 18th G20 Summit, a day-long conference titled “Green Hydrogen Pilots in India” is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on September 5, 2023.
The event, hosted by NTPC Ltd., India’s leading integrated power producer, highlighted various green hydrogen pilot projects undertaken by both public and private sector companies across India.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore these projects, gain insights into clean energy’s future, and engage in discussions to address technological challenges, establish local supply chains, and enhance techno-economic feasibility.