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27th February 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 27th February 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 27th February 2023 covering the following news headlines: PM-KISAN, Kol Janjati Mahakumbh, Torkham crossing, New Delhi World Book Fair 2023, International IP Index, ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

National News

1. PM Modi to disburse 13th instalment of Rs 16,800cr under PM-KISAN

PM Modi to disburse 13th instalment of Rs 16,800cr under PM-KISAN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will disburse the 13th installment of the income support programme PM-Kisan, totaling more than Rs 16,800 crore to more than eight crore beneficiary farmers in Belagavi, Karnataka. The programme distributes Rs 6,000 annually in three equal installments of Rs 2,000 into each eligible landholder farmer’s bank account.

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2. Union Government Approved Renaming of Aurangabad & Osmanabad in Maharashtra

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Chief Minister Eknath Shinde confirmed that Aurangabad city will be renamed Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, and Osmanabad city will be called Dharashiv. After a year the proposal to rename Aurangabad and Osmanabad has been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Important Takeaways

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Eknath Shinde
  • Governor of Maharashtra: Devendra Fadnavis
  • Maharashtra was founded on 1st May 1960

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3. Amit Shah Addressed ‘Kol Janjati Mahakumbh’ at Madhya Pradesh

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Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah addressed the ‘Kol Janjati Mahakumbh’ organized on the occasion of Shabri Mata Janm Jayanti at Satna, Madhya Pradesh. Home Minister Amit Shah offered prayer at Maa Sharda Shaktipeeth. Many dignitaries including the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chauhan were present.

Important Takeaways:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chauhan
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Mangubhai Chaganbhai Patel
  • Capital of Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal

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International News

4. Trade resumes as Pakistan, Afghanistan reopen Torkham crossing

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The Afghan embassy in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, announced the reopening of the Torkham border. Pakistani officials and Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed administrator in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province also confirmed that the border crossing is open to passengers and trade. The normal trade and movement of people between Pakistan and Afghanistan fully resumed after the two sides reopened a key border crossing that was shut nearly a week ago by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, stranding people and thousands of trucks carrying food and essential items.

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5. China Resumes Orbital Launches With Zhongxing-26 Satellite Mission

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China sent the Zhongxing-26 communications satellite into orbit Feb. 23, marking the resumption orbital launches following a pause for Chinese New Year. A Long March 3B rocket lifted off at 6:49 a.m. Eastern (1149 UTC) from Xichang, southwest China, successfully sending Zhongxing-26 (ChinaSat-26) into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed launch success within the hour.

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6. Russian Soyuz spacecraft initiates mission to return crew stranded on ISS 

Russian Soyuz spacecraft initiates mission for Crew stranded on ISS

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft launched on a mission to return to Earth a crew who were left stranded on the International Space Station (ISS) due to a cooling system leak in their previous return capsule. According to the Tass news agency, the unmanned Soyuz MS-23 launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur space centre and was successfully sent into orbit. The ISS was to be docked with it.

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7. Sri Lanka assent to Adani Green’s $442 Million Wind Power Project

Sri Lanka assent to Adani Green's $442 Million Wind Power Project

Crisis-hit Only a month after the Indian multinational conglomerate’s shares crashed as a result of the negative report on the Group by American short-seller Hindenburg, Sri Lanka has accepted a $442 million wind power project of Adani Green Energy. With the BOI’s clearance, the Adani Group’s total investments in the island nation have now surpassed $1 billion.

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States News

8. Kerala signs pact with UN Women to empower women in tourism

Kerala signs pact with UN Women to empower women in tourism

The Kerala government and UN Women entered into an agreement, in order to promote activities that are welcoming to women in the State’s tourist industry. Kerala Tourism and UN Women India committed to promoting gender-inclusive tourist destinations throughout the State through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

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9. Karnataka plans country’s first marina at Byndoor

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The Karnataka Government will build the country’s first Marina or a boat basin offering dockage, at Byndoor in Udupi district to promote coastal tourism in Karnataka. The government will also seek permission from the Centre for the relaxation of coastal regulation zone (CRZ) to take up beach tourism in coastal areas and pilgrim tourism. The government will collect the history of the greatest dynasties such as Ganga, Kadamba, Rashtrakoota, Chalukya, and Hoysala from the Department of Archaeology and develop the history of tourism in the state. This will not only help the development of tourism but also help people understand the rich history of the state.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Karnataka Capital: Bengaluru (Executive Branch);
  • Karnataka Governor: Thawar Chand Gehlot;
  • Karnataka Chief minister: Basavaraj Bommai.

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Appointments News

10. Lt Gen RS Reen takes charges as Director General Quality Assurance

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Lt Gen RS Reen took over as Director General Quality Assurance. A 1986-batch officer, Lt Gen Reen is an alumnus of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He had completed his BE (Electrical) from National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, Specialisation in Radio Engineering and post-graduation in Communication Engineering from MC EME, Secunderabad. He was a senior faculty at Defence Institute of Quality Assurance, Bengaluru.

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Business News

11. Nokia updates their logo to mark the beginning of a new era

Nokia updates their logo

Nokia will no longer use the colour blue and will instead use whatever is more fitting given the circumstances, therefore no particular colour scheme is allocated. Nokia is now a “enterprise technology company,” according to Lundmark, rather than just a maker of smartphones.

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Defence News

12. India’s indigenous LCA Tejas lands in UAE to take part in its first-ever foreign air exercise

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For the first time, India’s indigenously-made light combat aircraft Tejas will be participating in an international multilateral air exercise — Exercise Desert Flag VIll — in the UAE, reflecting India’s increasing efforts at showcasing the jet at the world stage. An Indian Air Force contingent comprising of 110 Air Warriors arrived at the Al Dahfra airbase of the United Arab Emirates to participate in the exercise, in which five LCA Tejas and two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft would take part, the IAF said.

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Summits and Conferences News

13. Ellora Ajanta International Festival 2023 Held in Maharashtra

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The Ajanta Ellora International Festival 2023 was held from 25th February to 27th February in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The Ajanta Ellora International Festival 2023 festival is a celebration of the cultural heritage and diversity of the region and promises to be a feast for the senses. The festival showcases the Ellora and Ajanta caves‘ artwork and architecture, as well as performances by local and international artists.

Important Takeaways:

  • Ellora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India.
  • The Ajanta Ellora International Festival was first launched in 1985.

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14. Om Birla inaugurate the 19th Annual CPA conference in Sikkim

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The 19th annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), India Zone-3 conference, will be inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, on February 23 at Gangtok, Sikkim. Governor of Sikkim, Lakshman Prasad Acharya, Chief Minister of Sikkim, Prem Singh Tamang, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies in India, Members of Parliament, Members of Sikkim Legislature and other dignitaries are scheduled to participate in the event.

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15. New Delhi World Book Fair 2023 Returned After Three Years Gap

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The World Book Fair began in New Delhi where books from all genres from children to students to adults are showcased for everyone. In the World Book Fair, there is the participation of over 30 countries and nearly 1,000 publishers and exhibitors, the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) is returning to its full physical form after a gap of three years.

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16. Youth 20 India Summit Hosted by Maharaja Sayajirao University, Gujarat

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The Youth 20 India Summit will be held at the Maharaja Sayajirao University Vadodara in Gujarat which was attended by more than 600 delegates from 62 countries. The international conference of The Youth 20 India Summit was inaugurated by Bhupendra Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat. The Youth 20 India Summit is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to mark the celebration of India’s G20 Presidency, the focus would be on ‘Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: Making sustainability a Way of Life’.

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Ranks and Reports News

17. International IP Index: India ranked 42 in 55 countries

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India has ranked 42nd among 55 leading global economies on the International IP Index released by the U.S. Chambers of Commerce. The United States ranks first in the 2023 index, followed by the UK and France. According to the report, India’s size and economic influence is growing on the world stage. India is poised to become a leader for emerging markets seeking to transform their economies through IP-driven innovation. India has taken steps to improve enforcement against copyright-infringement and provides a best-in-class framework to promote better understanding and use of IP assets.

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Sports News

18. ICC Women’s T20 World Cup: Australia clinch 6th Women’s T20 World Cup title

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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final: Australia won the Women’s T20 World Cup for the sixth time when they beat South Africa by 19 runs in the final at Newlands. Opening batter Beth Mooney anchored the Australian innings, scoring an unbeaten 74 in a total of 156 for six. Victory for the Aussies is their sixth in Women’s T20 World Cup history and completes a hat-trick of tournament wins under captain Meg Lanning after their triumphs in 2018 and 2020. Australia’s previous victories came in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020.

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19. Madhya Pradesh wins senior women’s national hockey championship

Madhya Pradesh wins senior women's national hockey championship

Hockey Madhya Pradesh was named the winner of the 13th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship in 2023 after defeating Hockey Maharashtra 5-1 in the championship game in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. In the meantime, Hockey Jharkhand finished third after winning the third-place game against Hockey Haryana.

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20. Daniil Medvedev defeats Andy Murray, wins Qatar Open title

Daniil Medvedev defeats Andy Murray, wins Qatar Open title

Daniil Medvedev won the Qatar Open in his professional tennis debut by defeating Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4, in the final game between two former No. 1s. In every set, Medvedev converted quick beginnings. In the first, he got to 4-1, and in the second, he got to 3-1.

Qatar Open title: All Winners Category Wise

Following are all the winners of Qatar Open Category Wise:

Qatar Open Winner Category Winner Runner Up
Men’s Singles Daniil Medvedev Andy Murray
Women’s Singles Iga Swiatek Jessica Pegula
Men’s Doubles Rohan Bopanna & Matthew Ebden Constant Lestienne & B. Van de Zandschulp
Women’s Doubles Jessica Pegula & Coco Gauff Lyudmyla Kichenok & Jelena Ostapenko

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Awards News

21. Computer scientist Hari Balakrishnan wins 2023 Marconi Prize

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Computer scientist Hari Balakrishnan has been awarded the 2023 Marconi Prize. Dr. Balakrishnan has been cited “for fundamental contributions to wired and wireless networking, mobile sensing, and distributed systems”. The Marconi Prize is a top honour for computer scientists and is awarded by the U.S.-based Marconi Foundation. It is given to those “who have made a significant contribution to increasing digital inclusivity through advanced information and communications technology.”

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Science and Technology News

22. Meta launches LLaMA model, a research tool more potent than OpenAI’s GPT-3

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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Meta Platforms’ impending release to researchers of a new large language model called LLaMA (Large Language Model Meta AI). It’s raining chatbots! After OpenAI’s ChatGPT sparked a revolution, Google introduced its BARD and several others followed suit. The model, developed by Meta’s Fundamental AI Research (FAIR) team, is intended to aid scientists and engineers in exploring AI applications and functions such as answering questions and summarizing documents.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Meta Founded: February 2004;
  • Meta CEO: Mark Zuckerberg (Jul 2004–);
  • Meta Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States.

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Important Days

23. UAE Hosted First I2U2 Vice-Ministerial Meeting to Discuss Investment Opportunities

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The World NGO Day is an annual international observance on February 27 to recognize the contributions of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The day was first celebrated in 2010 and has since become an annual event that highlights the work of NGOs around the world. It provides an opportunity to advocate for policies that support their efforts. World NGO Day aims to create awareness about the sector and encourage people across the world who work in the sector for a good cause. One interesting fact about World NGO Day is that the Government of each country, appreciate these people working selflessly in their official state languages.

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Miscellaneous News

24. IOC to set up green hydrogen plants at all refineries

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India’s top oil firm IOC will set up green hydrogen plants at all its refineries as it pivots a Rs 2-lakh crore green transition plan to achieve net-zero emissions from its operations by 2046, its chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya said. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is re-modelling business with an increased focus on petrochemicals to hedge volatility in the fuel business, while at the same time turning petrol pumps into energy outlets that offer EV charging points and battery swapping options besides conventional fuels as it looks to make itself future-ready, he said.

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