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9th 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 09th 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 09th February 2023 covering the following news headlines: Safer Internet Day, Visva-Bharati University, Igloo Restaurant, NISAR satellite, Salman Rushdie, World Happiness Index 2023.

National News

1. Dept of Integrative Medicine Inaugurated at Safdarjung Hospital by Union Health Minister

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Union Minister of Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya jointly inaugurated the Integrative Medicine Centre at Safdarjung Hospital. Minister of State for Health, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, and Minister of State for Ayush, Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, and Secretary Ayush, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha were also present on the occasion.

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International News

2. Nearly 600 sea lions die due to bird flu outbreak in Peru

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Peru reported the death of 585 sea lions and 55,000 wild birds due to the H5N1 bird flu virus in recent weeks. Following the discovery of 55,000 dead birds in eight protected coastal areas, rangers found the bird flu that killed them had also claimed 585 sea lions in seven protected marine areas, the Sernanp natural areas protection agency said.

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States News

3. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival begins in Mumbai After Break of Two Years

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival began on 4th February and will go on till 12th February 2023. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is Asia’s biggest multicultural festival. The festival is happening after a break of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Every year this festival is organized in January or February. The festival is usually held at the Kala Ghoda Art district which starts from the Regal Circle at the Southern end, stretches to the Mumbai University at the northern end, and further expands to the Oval Maidan in the west ends at the Lion Gate at the end.

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Economy News

4. India Received Highest ever Foreign Inward Remittances in a single year of $89,127 million in FY 2021-22

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During 2021-22, India received foreign inward remittances of USD 89,127 million which was the highest ever inward remittances received in a single year. This was stated by Union Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.

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Banking News

5. RBI expands scope of TReDS platform to allow insurance facility, secondary market ops & to improve cashflow of MSMEs

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The Reserve Bank of India decided to expand the scope of the Trade Receivable Discounting System or the TReDS platform allowing the use of insurance facilities, permitting entities eligible to undertake factoring business to participate as financiers on TReDS and allowing secondary market operations on the platform. The central bank’s decision is expected to boost trade of receivables increasing cash flows to MSMEs.

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6. RBI announces pilot for QR code-based Coin Vending Machine

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Shaktikanta Das, the governor of the RBI, announced that a pilot programme to introduce coin vending machines that use QR codes will begin shortly. In response to the outcome of the monetary policy for the year 2023, the Central Bank Governor announced that the RBI will introduce a coin vending machine that uses a QR code to improve accessibility to coins.

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Business News

7. MobiKwik becomes India’s first app to support credit cards on UPI

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India’s leading fintech, MobiKwik has become the first fintech apps to support RuPay Credit Cards on UPI. The development brings a new level of convenience to the millions of Indians who use UPI for their daily transactions. With nearly 50 million users possessing one or more credit cards, this is a significant milestone in India’s drive towards a cashless economy.

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Defence News

8. ‘Operation Dost’: India went All Out To Help Quake-Hit Turkey, Syria 

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As part of “Operation Dost,” India is deploying a field hospital, supplies, and rescue personnel to the earthquake-stricken countries of Turkey and Syria, the foreign minister S Jaishankar. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred while people were asleep destroyed thousands of buildings, trapped an undetermined number of people, and may have affected millions of people.

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9. Defence Ministry inks deal with L&T for procurement of 41 modular bridges

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The Ministry of Defence on February 8 inked a contract with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for the purchase of 41 indigenous modular bridges for the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army, valued at over Rs 2,585 crore, providing a significant boost to the “Aatmanirbar Bharat” initiative. A modular bridge is made of quick-installing components that may be easily assembled on site. The Ministry of Defence stated in a statement that L&T, a DRDO-nominated production agency, will produce the bridges after they have been designed and developed by DRDO.

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Awards News

10. NTPC bagged ‘ATD Best Awards 2023’ for 6th consecutive year

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The country’s largest power generating company, NTPC Limited has been honoured with ‘ATD Best Awards 2023’ by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), USA. This is the sixth time that NTPC Limited has won this award for demonstrating enterprise success in the field of talent development. The foundation of NTPC’s culture has always been to engage employees through creative techniques. The award is testimony to NTPC’s contemporary HR practices.

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11. Mrf’s Mammen Gets Atma Lifetime Achievement Award

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MRF Ltd. Chairman and Managing Director K.M. Mammen was presented the ATMA Lifetime Achievement Award by Maruti Suzuki India MD & CEO Hisashi Takeuchi at the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) Annual Conclave 2023 in New Delhi. It is noted that Mammen has been at the helm of every landmark achievement that has brought MRF to the milestone of over INR 19,000 crore turnover and in its ranking, of being amongst one of the top tyre companies in the world.

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Ranks and Reports News

12. World Happiness Index 2023 Country Wise List

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The World Happiness Index 2023 Report will mark its tenth anniversary with this year’s Globe Happiness Reflect, which uses data from international surveys to show how people rank their lives in more than 150 countries. In these dark times, there is a glimmer of optimism revealed by the World Happiness Index 2023. The pandemic not only caused anguish and suffering, but it also led to a rise in social assistance and charitable giving. India ranked 136th in the World Happiness Report 2023.

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Sports News

13. Gary Ballance becomes second player in Test history to set rare record

 

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  • Gary Ballance, who represented England 42 times across all three formats, scored a superb century for Zimbabwe on the fourth day of the first Test against West Indies in Bulawayo.
  • The 33-year-old’s outstanding 137 means he is just the second player in the history of the game to have scored Test centuries for two different countries, following in the footsteps of former Australia and South Africa international Kepler Wessels. He hit four Test hundreds for Australia and two for South Africa.

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Books and Authors News

14. Salman Rushdie new novel ‘Victory City’ released

 

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Salman Rushdie published his new novel “Victory City”, an “epic tale” of a 14th-century woman who defies a patriarchal world to rule a city. The much-anticipated work tells the tale of young orphan girl Pampa Kampana who is endowed by a goddess with magical powers and founds the city, in modern-day India, of Bisnaga, which translates as Victory City. Brilliantly narrated in the style of an ancient epic, Victory City is a saga of love, adventure, and myth that is in itself a testament to the power of storytelling.

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Science and Technology News

15. ISRO-NASA ‘NISAR’ satellite to be launched from India in September

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), jointly developed an Earth-observation satellite, called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar), got a send-off ceremony at the American space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California. ISRO will use NISAR for a variety of purposes including agricultural mapping, and monitoring of glaciers in the Himalayas, landslide-prone areas and changes in the coastline.

Important Takeaways for All Competitive Exams:

  • ISRO Chairman: S. Somanath;
  • ISRO’s foundation Date: 15th August, 1969;
  • ISRO’s Founder: Dr. Vikram Sarabhai.

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16. Elon Musk’s SpaceX Preppi pivotal engine test for Starship

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Plans pivotal engine test for StarshipSpaceX plans to fire up all 33 engines powering its massive Starship launch system ahead of its first orbital launch, a key milestone in the company’s efforts to reach the moon and Mars. The business, formerly known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp., fueled the rocket and booster with propellant in a “wet dress rehearsal” roughly two weeks before the announcement.”

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17. Skye Air Launched India’s First Traffic Management System for Drones

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari unveiled Skye UTM, which is the most cutting-edge unmanned traffic management system in the world, which is capable of handling 4,000 flights per hour and 96,000 flights per day. Skye UTM is a Cloud-based aerial traffic management system that integrates unmanned air traffic with manned aviation airspace.

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Important Days

18. Safer Internet Day 2023 observed on 7 February

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This year’s Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday, 7 February 2023. Significantly, it was the 20th edition of the campaign. Safer Internet Day is marked to help the younger generation understand safe practices on the Internet. This is not only to protect themselves but to understand that they do not cause harm to others, whether it is intentional or unintentional. According to UK Safer Internet Center, the theme for Safer Internet Day 2023 is ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.’ This year, the day will be commemorated on February 7.

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Miscellaneous News

19. UNESCO To Declare the World’s First Living Heritage University

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Visva-Bharati University was founded by Rabindranath in 1921. It will soon receive the UNESCO ‘heritage” tag. This will allow it to be the first university of living heritage. Bidyut Chakraborty, Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati University, stated that the university would be designated a heritage university. According to UNESCO, in 1922, Visva-Bharati was inaugurated as a Centre for Culture with exploration into the arts, language, humanities, music and these are reflected in diverse institutes that continue in their educational programmes like including Hindi studies, Sino-Asian studies, humanities, fine arts, and music.

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20. India’s First Glass Igloo Restaurant in Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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Glass igloo restaurant has been opened in the middle of the snow-covered mountains in Gulmarg and has become the center of attraction for tourists in the hill station in Kashmir. Tourists are seen enjoying their meals and taking photographs in the glass-wall restaurant. This unique glass igloo restaurant is developed by Kolahoi Green Heights, a hotel in Gulmarg.

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