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Current Affairs -6th January 2023

1 ) Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates National Genome Editing & Training Centre at Mohali, Punjab

Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, inaugurated the “National Genome Editing & Training Centre” (NGETC) at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, in Mohali, Punjab. Dr Jitendra Singh also launched a 4-day International Conference on Food and Nutritional Security 2023 (iFANS-2023), which takes place from 6th to 9th January 2023.

Key points:

• Over 80,000 firms have been founded in India as a result of the startup movement, which had just roughly 350 startups before 2014.
• Dr Jitendra Singh insisted that the increase in the number of StartUps must also equally and proportionately reflect in the Agri and Bio-tech because this area is yet to be fully explored and taken advantage of by Indian entrepreneurs and youth.
• The NGETC is one roof state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a national platform to meet regional demands for adapting various genome editing methods, including Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)-Cas mediated genome modification.
• Genome editing is a tool to cause site-specific gene changes or mutations to enable the development of critical crop features.
• Indian research might use the promising technology of genome editing to provide the necessary custom features in crops.
• NGETC will help empower young researchers by educating them about its expertise and application in crops.
• Bananas, rice, wheat, tomato, maize, and millet are just a few of the many crops that NABI has demonstrated its capacity to expand the use of its genome editing technologies.

2 ) Odisha CM Inaugurates Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium India’s Biggest Hockey Stadium in Rourkela

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister(CM) of Odisha, inaugurated the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium, India’s biggest hockey stadium in Rourkela, Odisha. The total capacity of the stadium is 21,000 and is the largest all-seater field hockey stadium in the world.

Key points:

• CM Naveen Patnaik also inaugurated the World Cup Village at Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium Complex in Rourkela and announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for each player of the Indian hockey team if they win the World Cup Hockey.
• CM also inaugurated the “Mo Bus” (my bus) services in Rourkela with 30 vehicles to ensure hassle-free movement during the hockey world cup.
• The stadium is inaugurated ahead of the 15th Fédération Internationale de Hockey(FIH) Hockey World Cup – FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 which is scheduled to be held from 13th to 29th January 2023 in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, Odisha.
• Rourkela is the 2nd venue for the international event after the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

3 ) India gets its 1st IVF Mobile Unit for Animals

India received its 1st In vitro fertilization (IVF) mobile unit for animals in Amreli, Gujarat. Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, inaugurated the mobile IVF lab.

Key points:

• The Government of India and Amar Dairy jointly dedicated the IVF mobile van.
• Notably, IVF is a complex series of procedures used to support fertility and child
• It is an advanced reproductive technology used in animals to multiply superior female
germplasm at a higher rate.

4 ) RBI selected 6 firms under 4th cohort of RS to Test Anti-Fraud Solutions

• Reserve Bank of India (RBI) selected six entities out of nine applications for the Test Phase under the 4th cohort of Regulatory Sandbox (RS) on the theme ‘Prevention
and Mitigation of Financial Frauds’.
• The selected entities will commence testing their products on Anti-Fraud Solutions from February 2023.
Selected entities & their Products:
– Bahwan Cybertek
– Crediwatch Information Analytics
– enStage Software Private Limited (Wibmo)
– HSBC in collaboration with Wibmo
– napID Cybersec
– Trusting Social

5 ) SEBI nod to Reclassify Govt Holding in IDBI Bank as ‘Public’ after Sale

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) agreed to the Central Government request to reclassify its shareholding in IDBI Bank after its disinvestment as public holding. However, this is subject to the condition that government’s voting rights in the bank will not exceed 15% of the total voting rights after the sale.

Key points:

• This reclassification by government must be specified in the letter of offer dispatched to the shareholders of the bank in connection with the open offer made by the acquirer.
• After disinvestment, the bank must make an application to the stock exchanges for reclassification of the government holding under the public category.
• The new acquirer must ensure compliance with the minimum public shareholding (MPS) requirements within one year of the sale.
• At present, the government holds 45.48% stake, LIC holds around 49.24%, and the remaining 5.28% is public shareholding.
• The government is selling 30.48% stake in the bank, while LIC will sell 30.24%.
• After the sale, the government will be left with 15 per cent and LIC will have a little over 19 per cent stake in the bank.

6 ) RBI Launches Medium-Term Strategy Framework “Utkarsh 2.0” For 2023-2025

Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Shaktikanta Das, has launched the “Utkarsh 2.0” Medium- Term Strategy Framework for the period 2023-2025. Utkarsh 2.0 would enable the RBI to respond to socioeconomic challenges in both a proactive and reactive manner. Utkarsh 2.0 relies on the strengths of Utkarsh 2022 by retaining the six vision statements, as well as the core purpose, values, and mission statement.

Key points:

• The first strategy framework, “Utkarsh 2022”, covering the period 2019-2022, was launched in July 2019.
• It evolved into a medium-term strategy document that guided the RBI’s work toward the achievement of the defined milestones.
• Utkarsh’s core purpose is to promote monetary and financial stability while retaining growth as a priority, in order to support the establishment of an effective and inclusive financial system.i.Utkarsh 2.0 will include the adoption of tools driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for data analysis and information generation.
• The RBI oversees the program’s implementation and development, through a Sub-committee of its Central Board.

7 ) Delhi & Bengaluru Among the Top 10 Performing Global Airports Of 2022

According to the On-Time Performance Review 2022 released by CIRIUM, the aviation analytics company, Kempegwoda International Airport, Bengaluru, Karnataka, and Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi, were listed among the top 10 in the Top Performing Global Airports of 2022.

Key points:

Key Points:
• Kempegowda International Airport is ranked 2nd and Indira
Gandhi International (IGI) Airport is ranked 7th on the list.
• The list is topped by Haneda Airport in Japan.
• Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai
(Maharashtra) stood at the 11th spot.

8 ) Varanasi Cantt Railway Station Bags ‘Eat Right Station’ Certification from FSSAI

Varanasi Cantt railway station has been awarded a 5- star ‘Eat Right Station’ certification by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for providing high quality and nutritious food to passengers. The 5-star rating indicates full compliance by the station to ensure safe and hygienic food is available to passengers.

Key points:

• The certification is part of the ‘Eat Right India’ movement- a large-scale effort by FSSAI to transform India’s food system to ensure safe, healthy and sustainable food for all Indians.
• The other railway stations with Star certification include Anand Vihar Terminal Railway Station (Delhi); Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Mumbai); Mumbai Central Railway Station, (Mumbai); Vadodara Railway Station, Chandigarh Railway Station and Bhopal Railway Station.

9 ) Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan presents 1st Gouriamma award to Aleida Guevara

Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister (CM) of Kerala, presented the 1st Gouriamma award to Aleida Guevara, Cuban child rights advocate and daughter of revolutionary leader Che Guevara, at Olympia Hall at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Key points:

• The award recognises her efforts to rehabilitate differently abled children and provide debt relief to developing countries.
• The award was instituted by The K.R. Gouriamma Foundation in memory of the Communist leader K.R. Gouriamma.
• The award comprises USD 3,000, a statuette and a citation.
• Jury: former Education Minister M.A. Baby(chair) Binoy Viswam, Member of Parliament (MP), and P.C. Beenakumari, managing trustee of the foundation.

10 ) World Day of War Orphans 2023 – January 6

World Day of War Orphans is annually observed across the globe on January 6 to create initiatives to ensure a better future for children who have been left orphaned by war and to raise awareness of the need to preserve their human rights globally.

Key points:

• The day provides a platform for discussing the problem of war orphans and emphasising the difficulties children experience a they develop emotionally, socially, and physically.
• The French organisation SOS Enfants En Detresse (SOSEED), which aimed to better the lives of children impacted by conflict, established the World Day of War Orphans.
• War Orphans- A child who has lost both parents or, less commonly, one parent through civilian deaths in the war.

11 ) Army signs Pact with Assam Govt for Treatment of Ex-servicemen at Medical Colleges

Indian Army signed Memorandums of Agreement (MoUs)with eight government medical colleges and hospitals under the Governemnt of Assam to offer the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) in Assam. The benefits of ECHS will be offered in hospitals and colleges in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Jorhat, Barpeta, Tezpur, Diphu and North Lakhimpur.

Key points:

• The MoUs were signed between the Indian Army and 8 government medical colleges and hospitals in Assam in presence of Chief Minister (CM) Himanta Biswa Sarma and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command Lt Gen RP Kalita.
• The Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), Government of Assam and TATA Trust initiative, has also been empanelled with ECHS.
• This scheme covers all types of diseases and will facilitate the cashless and capless treatment of almost 1.12 lakh beneficiaries.

12 ) HP CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu Launched Rs 101 crore CM’s Sukhashray Sahayata Kosh for the Needy

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Chief Minister (CM) of Himachal Pradesh (HP), launched CM’s Sukhashray Sahayata Kosh with an outlay of Rs 101 crore for higher education for needy children especially orphans, destitute women and senior citizens with immediate effect.

Key points:

• All 40 Congress Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) have agreed to deposit their first month’s salary into
the fund.
• The Government of Himachal Pradesh will cover the costs of their skill-development education, higher education (engineering, medicine, and management), and vocational training, for destitute children.

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