Today’s Current Affairs
17th April 2023 Current Affairs are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking, UPSC or other competitive exams. Daily Current Affairs is the complete bag of important news that is held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the Top News of the Day for 17th March 2023 to help you prepare the Latest Current Affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.
Here is the Current Affairs 17th April 2023 covering the following news headlines: International Big Cats Alliance, Buzi Bridge,Guinness World Record, International Flight Safety Standards, National Panchayat Awards Week, Femina Miss India 2023.
1. Nepal becomes founding member of International Big Cats Alliance
Nepal has become a founding member of the International Big Cats Alliance. During the launch of the alliance under India’s initiative, Minister for Energy Shakti Bahadur Basnet handed over the letter mentioning Nepal will be associated with the alliance as a founding member to Indian Minister for Forest and Climate Change Bhupendra Yadav.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Nepal Capital: Kathmandu;
- Nepal Prime minister: Pushpa Kamal Dahal;
- Nepal Currency: Nepalese Rupee.
2. S Jaishankar inaugurates Buzi Bridge in Mozambique
Dr Jaishankar inaugurated the Buzi Bridge virtually, which is a part of the 132 km Tica-Buzi-Nova-Sofala Road project. The bridge has been constructed by India and is a symbol of the solidarity and friendship between India and Mozambique. According to the Indian High Commission in Mozambique, the bridge will make a difference to the lives of many people in Mozambique. The Buzi Bridge is an essential project that demonstrates India’s commitment to the development of Mozambique’s infrastructure. India has been a reliable partner in Mozambique’s growth journey, and this bridge is another instance of India’s contribution to the country’s progress.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Mozambique Capital: Maputo;
- Mozambique Currency: Mozambican metical;
- Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi.
3. Bihu performance in Guwahati creates Guinness World Record
Assam made a historic achievement by entering the Guinness Book of World Records with over 11,000 dancers and drummers performing the traditional ‘Bihu’ dance and playing the ‘dhol’ at a single venue. The performers, comprising both dancers and drummers, participated in the event at Sarusajai Stadium in Guwahati as part of the State Government’s initiative to set a new world record in the Guinness Book.
Assam: Important Takeaways
- Assam Chief Minister: Himanta Biswa Sarma;
- Assam Capital: Dispur;
- Assam Folk Dance: Bihu;
- Assam Governor: Gulab Chand Kataria.
4. US emerges as India’s biggest trading partner in FY23 at $128.55 bn; China at second position
According to provisional data from the commerce ministry, the bilateral trade between India and the United States has risen by 7.65% to reach $128.55 billion in the fiscal year 2022-23, making the United States India’s largest trading partner. This represents an increase from $119.5 billion in the previous year and $80.51 billion in 2020-21, indicating a growing economic relationship between the two countries. As per the data, exports from India to the United States increased by 2.81% to $78.31 billion in the fiscal year 2022-23, compared to $76.18 billion in 2021-22, while imports from the US surged by around 16% to $50.24 billion.
5. MRF emerges as ‘second strongest tyre brand in the world’
According to a recent report by Brand Finance, a U.K.-based brand valuation consultancy, MRF Ltd. has been ranked as the second-strongest tyre brand in the world. The report evaluated various parameters, and MRF scored high on most of them, including being the second fastest-growing tyre brand globally. With a score of 83.2 out of 100, MRF received a AAA- brand rating. The report also mentioned MRF as the most valuable Indian tyre brand and the only Indian tyre manufacturer in the top 10. Furthermore, MRF performed well in the Sustainability Perception Value category.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- MRF Ltd Founder: K. M. Mammen Mappillai;
- MRF Ltd Founded: 1946, Chennai;
- MRF Ltd Headquarters: Chennai.
6. India retains top status in International Flight Safety Standards
India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment rating has been reaffirmed as Category One, indicating that the country satisfies global standards for aviation safety oversight. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States conducted an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the domains of aircraft operations, airworthiness, and personnel licensing, following which India was granted Category One status.
7. Net direct tax collections at Rs 16.6 lakh crore in 2022-23, up 160% from 2013-14
The Finance Ministry has released time series data indicating a significant increase in net direct tax collections, which rose by 160% to reach Rs 16,61,428 crore in 2022-23 from Rs 6,38,596 crore in 2013-14. Gross direct tax collections also saw a massive increase of 173% to Rs 19,68,780 crore in 2022-23 from Rs 7,21,604 crore in 2013-14.
8. SBI reintroduces 400 days ‘Amrit Kalash’ retail term deposit scheme
State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest lender by assets, has announced the re-introduction of its retail term deposit scheme, Amrit Kalash. The scheme offers a special tenor of 400 days and provides an interest rate of 7.6% for senior citizens and 7.1% for others. This deposit scheme had previously been launched by SBI on February 15, 2023, and was valid till March 31, 2023. The reintroduction of this scheme provides customers with another opportunity to avail themselves of the attractive interest rates offered by SBI.
9. Ministry of Panchayati Raj celebrates National Panchayat Awards Week
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj is celebrates National Panchayat Awards Week from 17th to 21st April, 2023, as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) 2.0, leading up to National Panchayati Raj Day on 24th April, 2023. In order to commemorate this occasion in a meaningful manner and to align with the AKAM 2.0 guidelines of taking a “whole-of-society” and “whole-of-government” approach, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has developed a series of Thematic Conferences centered around the theme “Panchayaton ke Sankalpon ki Siddhi ka Utsav” to increase the reach of AKAM 2.0 and positively impact the lives of all Indians.
10. Nandini Gupta wins Femina Miss India 2023
Nandini Gupta from Rajasthan has been crowned Femina Miss India World 2023 in a grand ceremony held recently, making her the winner of the 59th edition of the beauty pageant. The first runner-up was Shreya Poonja from Delhi, and the second runner-up was Thounaojam Strela Luwang from Manipur. The event featured dazzling performances by Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday, and was hosted by Manish Paul and Bhumi Pednaker. Nandini will represent India at the 71st Miss World pageant, which will take place in the United Arab Emirates.
11. Kagiso Rabada becomes the fastest player to take 100 wickets in IPL
During a match between Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans at IS Bindra Stadium, Kagiso Rabada achieved a significant milestone by taking his 100th wicket in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He became the fastest bowler to reach this milestone in terms of matches played, completing it in his 64th IPL match. Rabada, who is a right-arm pacer, surpassed Lasith Malinga, who reached the 100-wicket mark in his 70th match. The wicket that led to Rabada’s achievement was that of Wriddhiman Saha.
12. Asian Wrestling Championships 2023: Aman Sehrawat wins India’s 1st Gold Medal
Aman Sehrawat, a freestyle wrestler, won India’s 1st gold medal, under the men’s 57kg freestyle category, at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2023. 36th edition of Asian Wrestling Championships was held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 9 April to 14 April 2023. Aman Sehrawat won the gold medal by defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Almaz Smanbekov (9-4), who won the bronze medal in 2022. India has won 14 medals(one gold, three silvers and 10 bronze) and is ranked 7th in overall medal tally. Kazakhstan was topped in medal tally followed by Japan and Iran.
13. European Space Agency’s Juice mission launches to search for life on Jupiter’s moons
The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission (Juice) on Friday, 14 April, at 8:14 a.m. ET using an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Juice aims to explore Jupiter and three of its largest moons. Following a successful separation from the Ariane 5 rocket, the ESA received a signal from Juice about an hour after launch, confirming that communication between the vehicle and Earth-based mission control is established.
14. Elon Musk sets low expectations before first SpaceX launch of Starship, most powerful rocket ever built
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is preparing to conduct an unprecedented test flight of its groundbreaking Starship, which is currently the most powerful rocket in existence. Ahead of the launch, Elon Musk has set modest expectations. SpaceX is conducting a demonstration flight of its Starship rocket. This is the first time that both the Super Heavy first-stage rocket booster and the six-engine spacecraft will fly together.
15. World Hemophilia Day 2023 observed on 17th April
World Hemophilia Day is celebrated every year on April 17th to honor the birth anniversary of Frank Schnabel, who established the World Federation of Hemophilia. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness and provide information about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. Hemophilia is a rare medical condition where the blood fails to clot correctly due to the lack of specific clotting factors. This leads to prolonged bleeding, which can be hazardous and life-threatening in some situations.
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