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Current Affairs – September 08 & 09 2023
1. Indore Tops Swachh Vayu Sarvekshan 2023 Clean Air Survey
Union Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav announced the results of the Swachh Vayu Sarvekshan 2023 (clean air survey) in Bhopal, with Indore, Madhya Pradesh, claiming the top spot among million-plus population cities.
The survey, in its second year, included 130 identified cities under the National Clean Air Programme.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, secured the second rank, followed by Thane, Maharashtra, in third place.
The awards were categorized by city population size based on the 2011 census. Amravati, Maharashtra, secured the top rank in the three to ten lakh population category.
Himachal Pradesh towns Parwanoo and Kala Amb took the lead among cities with under three lakh population, with Angul, Odisha, in third place.
Cities were evaluated on various factors related to air quality, with a shift in rankings compared to the previous year.
2. World’s Tallest Nataraja Statue
A towering 27-foot Nataraja statue, the world’s tallest representation of Lord Shiva’s dancing form, will greet G20 leaders at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan.
This magnificent ashtadhatu (eight-metal alloy) sculpture, weighing 18 tonnes, was painstakingly crafted by sculptors from Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu.
It draws inspiration from revered Nataraja idols found in Chidambaram, Konerirajapuram, and the Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, all constructed initially during the Chola dynasty’s zenith in the 9th-11th centuries AD.
The Cholas, devoted Shaivites, left an indelible mark on Indian art, especially with their iconic Nataraja sculptures. This impressive work pays homage to Chola’s artistry and the intricate lost-wax casting technique.
3. Women’s fashion brand W roped Anushka Sharma as a Brand Ambassador
Women’s fashion brand W on-boarded Anushka Sharma as its brand ambassador. With this partnership, the brand prepares to launch its high-decibel festive campaign that beautifully merges the warmth of festivities with the spirit of modernity.
The campaign talks about every festival having a story that is synonymous with the story of women.
It captures the essence of women being the center of every celebration, thereby urging women to cherish their individuality and ‘Celebrate your story’.
4. Delhi In Dili: India To Open Embassy In Timor-Leste
During the annual ASEAN-India summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a significant announcement regarding India’s diplomatic relations with Timor-Leste.
India has decided to open an embassy in Timor-Leste, reflecting its commitment to strengthening ties with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region.
5. Country’s First Underground Power Transformer In Bengaluru Installed
In a groundbreaking moment for the city of Bengaluru, Energy Minister KJ George inaugurated the country’s inaugural underground transformer center, a significant step towards modernizing the city’s power distribution infrastructure.
This monumental achievement reflects Bengaluru’s commitment to the safety, reliability, and aesthetic enhancement of its urban landscape.
6. African Union Becomes Permanent Member Of G20 Under India’s Presidency
During the opening session of the two-day G20 Summit, the African Union (AU) received an official invitation to join the Group of 20 largest economies (G20) as a permanent member.
This momentous declaration was made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking a significant stride towards a more inclusive and equitable global economic landscape.
7. Neeraj Mittal Takes Charge As DoT Secretary
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Neeraj Mittal, a seasoned 1992 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer as the secretary in the Department of Telecommunications.
Neeraj Mittal presently holds the position of principal secretary in the information technology department of Tamil Nadu.
Prior to this role, he worked as a senior advisor at the World Bank Group and also served as a joint secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
He is set to take over from K Rajaraman, who has been designated as the chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) in Gujarat.
8. International Day to Protect Education from Attack 2023
The International Day to Protect Education from Attack is an international observance established by the United Nations General Assembly on September 9 every year.
It was established in response to the growing number of attacks on schools and educational institutions around the world. These attacks can take many forms, including shelling, bombing, and occupation.
They can also include the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict.
9. World Physiotherapy Day 2023 is observed on September 8th
World Physical Therapy Day or World Physiotherapy Day 2023 is celebrated on September 8 every year.
It recognizes and celebrates the significant contributions of physical therapy and physiotherapists in promoting health and well-being.
The theme of World Physiotherapy Day 2023
“Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis” is the theme for World Physiotherapy Day 2023.
10. International Literacy Day 2023 is observed on September 08
International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8 every year to promote the importance of literacy for dignity and human rights and a literate and sustainable society.
The day is celebrated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) at the global, regional, country, and local levels across the world.
International Literacy Day 2023, Theme
The theme is ‘Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies’.
11. ‘Moon Man Of India’ Mylswamy Annadurai Joins The Board Of SS Innovations
SS Innovations, India’s renowned surgical robotic firm, has made a groundbreaking announcement by appointing Padmashri Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai, famously known as the Moon Man of India, as a Director on its Board of Directors.
This appointment encompasses both the Indian entity, SS Innovations Private Limited, and the global entity, SS Innovations International.
This strategic move aims to further strengthen the company’s position in the field of surgical robotics and cutting-edge technologies.