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Current Affairs – September 11 2023
1. India and Saudi Arabia sign an Agreement on Cooperation in Energy Sector
India and Saudi Arabia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of energy.
The MoU between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was signed in New Delhi on 10th September, 2023, by Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power, Government of India, Shri R. K. Singh for the Indian side and Minister of Energy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Royal Highness Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz AI Saud for the Saudi side.
2. Australia’s Navy Pursues Nuclear Submarines and AI-Powered Ghost Sharks
Australia’s Navy is adopting two contrasting approaches to advanced submarine technology to address the challenges posed by a rising China. On one hand, Australia is investing in a costly and slow project to acquire up to 13 nuclear-powered attack submarines.
On the other hand, Australia is rapidly developing AI-powered unmanned submarines called “Ghost Sharks,” AI-powered subs will be delivered in the near future, offering a cost-effective and swift solution to enhance naval capabilities.
The divergent approaches highlight the transformative impact of automation and AI on modern warfare.
3. Dennis Austin, a software developer who created PowerPoint, passes away at 76
Dennis Austin, one of the two creators of Microsoft PowerPoint, passed away at the age of 76. Austin created PowerPoint with Robert Gaskins and released it in 1987.
The pair of software developers were part of software company Forethought, which was acquired by Microsoft for $14m months after PowerPoint, then called Presenter was launched.
Initially only available for the Macintosh, PowerPoint soon gained popularity as an alternative to overhead projectors for presentations after it was bundled with other tools in the Microsoft Office suite, including Word and Excel.
4. World EV Day 2023 is observed on September 09
On September 9, the global community and India celebrate ‘World EV Day’. The year 2023 has established a powerful message for India and the world, it is a message of sustainable transportation and a cleaner future, free of carbon emissions.
Starting with the most definitive government policy, the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, which has been instrumental in promoting EV adoption among the masses.
5. IIM Indore and NSDC Partner to Transform Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in India
In a significant stride towards advancing skill development and entrepreneurship in India, the prestigious Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM Indore) has forged a strategic partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
This collaborative effort represents a shared commitment to fostering excellence and innovation in these crucial domains.