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Current Affairs – September 12 2023
1. BRO to Build the World’s Highest Fighter Airfield
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has announced plans to construct the world’s highest fighter airfield in the Nyoma region of Ladakh. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will lay the foundation stone for this project from Devak Bridge on September 12.
The BRO aims to enhance India’s infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), aimed at surpassing China in infrastructure development along the LAC within the next two to three years.
The Indian government has significantly increased the budget for border infrastructure development in recent years, supporting the BRO’s efforts to improve connectivity and defense capabilities in border areas.
2. NASA’s MOXIE Successfully Generates Oxygen on Mars
NASA announced the successful completion of its Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) aboard the Perseverance Mars Rover.
MOXIE’s success marks a significant step toward enabling astronauts to “live off the land” on Mars by producing their own oxygen and rocket propellant, supporting long-term exploration and sustainability on the Red Planet.
3. India and UK Launch Infrastructure Financing Bridge
India and the United Kingdom have jointly announced the launch of the Infrastructure Financing Bridge during the 12th Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD).
This collaborative initiative signifies the continued commitment of both nations to work closely together to unlock substantial infrastructure investment opportunities in India.
The formal launch of the UKIIFB, led jointly by Niti Aayog (a policy think tank in India) and the City of London, is a centerpiece of this collaboration.
The UKIIFB’s primary objective is to unlock infrastructure investment opportunities and utilize the City of London’s expertise in structuring and phasing major infrastructure projects.
4. United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation 2023 is observed on September 12
United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation, on September 12 of every year, is celebrated by several countries around the world.
The United Nations’ Day for South-South Cooperation celebrates the economic, social, and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the South and highlights United Nations efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries.
5. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2022 Winners Name
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has publicized the list of awardees for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) awards for 2022, considered among the prestigious prizes for science in India.
After an unexplained delay of nearly a year the announcement was always made on September 26, the CSIR’s foundation day. The CSIR had announced the Bhatnagar winners for 2021 nearly two years ago.
All the 12 winners for 2022 are men just as they were for 2021. The 2020 winners included two women scientists.
About the award Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) awards
The Bhatnagar prizes are named after S.S. Bhatnagar, who was the CSIR’s first director general from 1942 to 1954. The SSB Prize, instituted in memory of the first Director General of the CSIR, is usually announced on the foundation day of the institution on September 26.
6. Indian Navy, Uber Team Up For Private Travel Of Naval Personnel, Families
The Indian Navy has taken a significant step towards enhancing the travel experience of its personnel and their families by collaborating with Uber, a leading global cab aggregator service.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar and senior officials from Uber, marking a milestone in providing reliable, convenient, safe, and economical mobility solutions for naval personnel and their families across the country.
7. North Korea Launches New ‘Tactical Nuclear Attack Submarine’
North Korea has made headlines by launching its first operational “tactical nuclear attack submarine,” designated Submarine No. 841 and named Hero Kim Kun Ok, an ex-commander of the North Korean navy.
The launch ceremony took place with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in attendance, where he highlighted the significance of this new addition to their naval force.